This trip is designed for those who want to experience some of the best Croatian highlights! On this trip, you can see 5 UNESCO sites( Plitvice lakes, Zadar walls,  Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik) and 2 UNESCO waiting list sites ( Ston , Korčula), 2 National Parks (Plitvice, Krka), and more. You will stroll along the cost and end in Continent of Croatia and experience differences in food, scenery, architecture and more..Rich culture combines with local food and fun activities make this trip as one of the best ways to experience Croatia!

Highlights

  • UNESCO: Plitvice, Zadar, Split, Trogir, Dubrovnik,
  • Pelješac peninsula wine region with Ston walls
  • Korčula

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 2 Dubrovnik, explore the Old town Dubrovnik
Day 3 Montenegro day trip from Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 4 Cavtat and Sokol/Falcon tower Dubrovnik
Day 5 Pelješac penisula and Korčula Korčula
Day 6 Explore Korčula Ston
Day 7 Explore Split Trogir
Day 8 Explore Split and area-Trogir and Klis Trogir
Day 9 Krka National Park Skradin
Day 10 Novigrad-Zadar-Nin Novigrad
Day 11 Plitvice Lakes National Park Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 12 Zagreb Zagreb
Day 13 Zagorje region Zagreb
Day 14 Goodbye Zagreb  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

Welcome to Croatia and Dubrovnik.
After airport transfer to your hotel feel free to walk around to get familiarized with the area, and have a good rest after a long trip to Croatia.

Feel free to start your trip with a glass of a local red or white wine in one of the restaurants or wine bars in Dubrovnik. We will be happy to recommend our favorite gelato place for dessert as well.

Do not hesitate to walk and explore the Old City when the sun goes down. You will appreciate the night walk without daily crowd and heat!

Day 2: Dubrovnik, explore the Old town

Dubrovnik- Stradun main street
Dubrovnik- Stradun main street

Dubrovnik- as many will say the Pearl of the Adriatic!

Today it's all about Dubrovnik. We suggest a guided tour of the city to learn about its history, legends and local life. Meet your guide at the entrance of the Old town and start to walk through centuries of the rich history of this unique place.

You will walk inside the walled city through main and side streets and learn about local stories and legends and what was the importance of once the great Dubrovnik Republic. You will pass by highlights as the Onorfious fountain, Rectors place, Old port and more!

We suggest walking the city walls, the second biggest in the world. At places, the wall is approximately 75 ft high, which makes it a great sightseeing point to take photos of beautiful scenery.

Another place to visit is Srđ hill and fortress Imperial where you can visit a photo video exhibition about the war in 1991.
Short cable car ride will take to the Srđ hill, where you take photos of Dubrovnik and area like on your palm.

Day 3: Montenegro day trip from Dubrovnik

Walls of Kotor
Walls of Kotor

Explore Coastal Montenegro, towns Perast and UNESCO site Kotor!

Today you will visit the neighboring country of Croatia- Montenegro.

You will leave Dubrovnik in early morning hours and will have a private English speaking driver and van.
Please make sure you have valid passports since you need to cross the border!

You can do a trip on your own with the rental car as well, however, please note that it is VERY hard to find parking in August in Kotor and sometimes you need to wait on the border each way at least 2 hours.

If you go on your own, friendly suggestion is to leave Dubrovnik around 6 am to beat the crowd especially with the car.


Enjoy the drive in Boka Kotorska bay and stop at the little place Perast
Perast has two little islets in front of the town with a church on them which is possible to visit!  After Perast you will visit a small UNESCO site Kotor.
Walk the narrow Mediterranean streets, experience multiculturalism of Kotor and hike up to fortress above Korot for beautiful views.

We suggest taking a daily backpack and 1,5 liter of water per person since it will be hot hiking to fortress.

Day 4: Cavtat and Sokol/Falcon tower

Sokol Tower
Sokol Tower

Today you will explore area south of Dubrovnik, a small town Cavtat, known as the archeological site of ancient Epidaurus from where supposedly in 7th-century people run from and inhabited a rock couple miles north from there which is later known as Ragusa/Dubrovnik!

Cavtat had a nice promenade and its know, like Dubrovnik, for many water polo players who came from here.

One of the cultural highlights is Račić family mausoleum which is made by the most famous Croatian sculpturer Ivan Meštović!

After of before Cavtat, depending on your preferences, you will visit Sokol/Falcon tower in Konavle area.

Sokol tower is one of the most impressive fortresses in the Dubrovnik area built partially on a cliff. As it is restored a few years ago it will give you a nice overview of local history!

Day 5: Pelješac penisula and Korčula

Ston walls in (Mali)Little Ston. Fortress Koruna.
Ston walls in (Mali)Little Ston. Fortress Koruna.

Today you will leave Dubrovnik and go to Pelješac.

Pelješac is the second biggest Croatian peninsula situated in Dubrovnik county known for its natural beauty and for 2 brands. 

First one is Ston, one of the very rare 100% planned and built Croatian cities on the Croatian coast, know for the -

  1. longest fortified system in Europe, Ston city walls
  2. oldest active salt plant on the whole Mediterranean, still active and still producing salt as they did in the 14th century
  3. and for a long tradition of growing oysters and muscles. 


Another thing that Pelješac in known for, is red wine. The whole peninsula is basically a wine region and 
Pelješac is home of the most famous red wine in Croatia, which got he name by the position where is grown - Dingač.

This position of Dingač  is unique for its steep slopes, up t 70 degrees, and since 1964 its protected my Geneva convention for its authenticity. 

Over the last couple of year, there are more and more winemakers that decided to open their own family vineries which created more opportunities for tourism on the peninsula. 

Since you will be in the wine region you will have an opportunity to visit a couple of wineries today!

Peljašac is the place to visit. It will not be boring, that's for sure. It has history, beautiful scenery, great food, and great red wines. Lately, there are more and more options to be active on the peninsula and to do some cycling or kayaking.

Today you will also visit Korčula.

Korčula as the name stands for 2 things. Island Korčula and the town Korčula on the same-named island. The name itself derives from the Greek -Korkyra, which give you an idea that this island was already inhabited in B.C in Greek times.

Actually, that is correct, but the island was inhabited even a thousand years before the Greeks!
Korčula today is known for its beauty, hidden beaches, as a cycling destination and for authentic indigenous local white wines, Grk and Pošip.


Town Korčula is one of the finest examples of Venetian architecture on the Dalmatian coast, and most likely its the birthplace of Marko Polo, since it is known that the Polo family originates from this place.

Old town Korčula is on the UNESCO waiting list, and Croatia hopes to get another member on world heritage list soon!


Small as it is Korčula town is great for exploring by foot!

Day 6: Explore Korčula

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Today is a great opportunity to explore the rest of Korčula town and neighboring area. As the island knows for authentic wite wines, feel free to explore local wineries and wine bars to taste local wines. 


If you like bikes, local roads are perfect for exploring the area on two wheels in every direction.
Not far away from Korčula town, is a place called Lumbarda, one of the oldest settlements on the island, inhabited by the old Greeks. Today its famous for the biggest sandy beach on the island.

We have to point out, the biggest sandy beach for Croatian standards, meaning to say that most of the beaches are rocky and covered with pebbles, so every sandy beach is highly appreciated!
You can have a cold drink or snack in a local beach bar as well, and have a fun beach day!

Since you will have a car with you, you might go and explore  Blato -second biggest place on the island and small villages Smokvica and Čara and their wineries. Those 2 villages are mother and father of Croatian white wine -Pošip.


Enjoy

Day 7: Explore Split

Peristil- Diocletian palace
Peristil- Diocletian palace

Today you will leave South of Croatia and go North west.Your destination is Split!

Today you can explore the city of Split and its most famous part, Diocletian's palace. 

Split is the biggest city in Dalmatia, known for ancient Diocletian’s palace built in the 4th century. Since 1979 it is on a UNESCO heritage list as one of 12 UNESCO locations in Croatia. 

The picturesque center - Diocletian palace- is perfect for sightseeing and long walks among its numerous streets and historical monuments, beautiful architecture from Roman to modern times. 

We suggest taking a local city guide to learn about local history. If you like walking, local hill Marjan would be a perfect place with beautiful vistas.
If you like nature, Marjan hill is a place for a nice walk and beautiful vistas.

After exploring Split you will go to  Trogir for overnight!

Day 8: Explore Split and area-Trogir and Klis

Trogir loggia
Trogir loggia


Trogir – a beautiful coastal city more than 2000 years old, another proud member of the UNESCO’s World Heritage family since 1979.   Its much smaller town than Split and less busy in August!

Feel free to get lost in narrow stone streets of this little isles, and remember, where ever you go in 5 minutes you will end up on the see. That is how small this city islet is! Small but rich in culture and medieval architecture.

Architecture in Trogir, especially the local church has importance for Croatian culture since it has one of the most valuable Croatian Romanesque works of art- Portal of the Cathedral- made by local artist Radovan and his students. 

We suggest visiting fortress Kamerlengo from where you have a beautiful overview of Trogir and area

Trogir is also known for great Dalmatian Accapella singers, so don't be surprised if you hear traditional singing from one of the narrow streets.

If you would like to explore more of the area you can visit Klis. Klis is a small fortress on a cliff 20 minutes from Trogir, which dates in a period of Croatian kings centuries ago, and it was protecting Split for a long period from Ottomans.
Lately, it became more popular because some scenes in Game of the Thrones were recorded here ( Meereen)

Day 9: Krka National Park

National Park Krka
National Park Krka


During this day you will visit yet one more of Croatia’s highlights – the National park Krka, named after the river Krka.

You will visit couple sections of the park. First, you will visit Skradinski Buk, the biggest waterfall in the park.

Apart from the beautiful scenery, you will also see and learn how people used to live in the old days along the banks of Krka by visiting the restored ethnic-village.

As for the beautiful waterfalls, the Park is also well known for its multiple endemic species of birds, fish, and amphibians.

After Skradinski Buk waterfall you will go to Roški slap where you can do a short walk on the bridge across the river on the river section called neckless, named by 17 little rapids that look similar as the pearl neckless when looked from above.
At Roški Slap you will have lunch at, once watermill, and now a restaurant that serves local produced prosciutto,
cheese, and seasonal salads.

Did you know: You can also visit, as the part of the park, a place which used to host the oldest power plant in Europe. People in neighboring Šibenik area were the first one in Europe with electricity.

Day 10: Novigrad-Zadar-Nin

Zadar
Zadar



One of the places that is worth of visiting in Dalmatia is for sure historic peninsula of Zadar. Unique place, and the biggest north Dalmatian town.

There is a lot to be seen and do in Zadar, from ancient Roman ruins that you can walk above on the glass floor to one of the best ice cream places in Dalmatia. Zadar is gaining popularity more and more lately thank 2 unique modern pieces of art: Greeting to the Sun and Sea pipe organs.
In Zadar, you can see layers of history, from Roman ruins, trough medieval buildings to modern architecture.
And, do not forget, this is the place with one of the best ice creams you will find in Croatia.

Today you can explore small town NIN in Zadar area. Old NIN is centuries old and its small islet with some of the biggest sandy beaches in Adriatic.

You will retire in Novigrad, small fisherman place in Novigrad bay, which is not as busy as the big cities around.
You will enjoy views of the biggest mountain in Croatia Velebit.

If you would like refreshment on a hot August day you can choose to do kayaking trip on one of the most beautiful Croatian rivers Zrmanja.

Day 11: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice lakes
Plitvice lakes

Today you will explore Plitvice lakes, the most famous Croatian National Park.

You will do hiking and be walking in the most famous Croatian National park – Plitvice Lakes. The lakes of Plitvice are a unique design of nature famous across the globe for its beauty. Since 1979 the Park has been a part of the UNESCO World Heritage register.

Plitvice is home to about one-third of all known orchids in Croatia. During this day you will walk the chosen paths, see many waterfalls and experience the best sights the park has to offer which will provide a great opportunity to take many photos. 

National park got the name by 16 lakes, that you will walk around, however, ts only 2 % of the park in total. The rest of the park are forests, and some places are not even allowed for visitors.

It takes about 4-5 hours to do the loop of the lakes from Lower lakes to Upper and back!



Day 12: Zagreb

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Zagreb, capital of Croatia.

Zagreb is the capital and the biggest city in Croatia, the administrative center of the country with about 800 000 people living in it. The city center is easily walkable, and there are no worries to get lost. All the main attraction and restaurant are in the walking distance!

If preferred a guided tour of the city, you will be introduced to a rich local history while walking the historic center of the town. You will walk from the main square to Upper town of Zagreb and pass through the local market and St.Mark square. 

If you like unusual places, we believe that Museum of broken relationships on the Upper town is definitely one of the places which is interesting to visit!

You are more than welcome to ask any question about Zagreb or Croatia!

Enjoy!

Day 13: Zagorje region

Trakošćan
Trakošćan

Today you can explore the northwest of Croatia- Hrvatsko Zagorje.

This area of Croatia is known for little hills and castles. We suggest visiting Trakošćan castle north of Zagreb.
Trakošćan is a very picturesque place since the castle lays next to the lake. The whole property was belonging to local nobles and today is a museum open for visitors.

After Trakošćan you can visit Veliki Tabor castle. These 2 castles are very different. One is very well preserved and another is restored, and belong to different nobility.

Apart from castles, you can explore Old village and restored old peasants houses with an example of local crafts that were done in the past. Rovinj is one of the most popular places in Istria, known for little peninsula which is shown on many picture postcard. Feel free to explore Rovinj on your own in the evening hours and you can have lunch in one of many great local restaurants!

The village is in Kumrovec the birthplace of  TITO former Yugoslavian president.

Day 14: Goodbye Zagreb

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Today is your departure day.

Thank you very much for visiting Croatia. We hope you enjoyed your stay and that you will return home with fond memories.