Croatia is a country of stunning landscapes and rich, ancient culture - you'll experience the best of both worlds on this adventurous 10-day tour. Explore historic cities, kayak the pristine waters of the Pakleni Islands, and get to know Croatia by seeing and doing it all.

Highlights

  • Visit the exquisite travertine lakes of the Plitvice National Park
  • Cycle through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hvar 
  • Kayak around the pristine Pakleni Islands
  • Explore the ancient cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Split

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Croatia Zagreb
Day 2 Explore Zagreb, the capital of Croatia Zagreb
Day 3 Zagreb – Plitvice National Park - Split Split
Day 4 Explore Split Split
Day 5 From Split to Hvar Island Hvar
Day 6 Sea kayaking to Pakleni Islands Hvar
Day 7 Cycling through Hvar Hvar
Day 8 From Hvar to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 9 Dubrovnik, day at leisure Dubrovnik
Day 10 Departure/ End of tour  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Croatia

Zagreb

On arrival at Zagreb Airport you will be welcomed by our driver and taken directly to your hotel.

Day 2: Explore Zagreb, the capital of Croatia

Zagreb

Your local guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on a private guided tour of Old Zagreb. Learn about the history and everyday life in the capital city of Croatia. Spend the afternoon at leisure, and explore Zagreb on your own.

Day 3: Plitvice National Park

Plitvice National Park

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, travel from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park, about a two-hour drive. This is an exquisite collection of 16 emerald green and blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls, and numerous caves, which together comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife.  You have a half-day at Plitvice Lakes to enjoy the park on your own before making the three-hour drive to Split.

Day 4: Explore Split, the 1700-year-old city

Split Old Town

Split is a 1700-year-old city which is simply stunning in its beauty. Among the fine historical sites that you will visit here are Diocletian's Palace, Peristyle, St. Doimus's Cathedral, and the Piazza. Whether you like culture, fine arts, music or sports, Split offers something for you. Head to Marjan Park Forest, a lovely green space known as the "lungs of the city." Or opt for another activity - the entire Marjan Peninsula is dotted with centuries-old churches, towering black pine trees, and beautiful beaches.

Day 5: From Split to Hvar Island

Hvar

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a ferry to Hvar Island. Embark on a hike from Hvar town, passing through two villages. Velo Grablje is the first on your route, founded 500 years ago when Hvar’s patricians and nobles sought refuge in the hills during a revolutionary period. Nowadays, only a few people inhabit the village throughout the year, but many gather for the lavender festival to harvest and celebrate the village's saints. Next, hike down the canyon to the village of Malo Grablje where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch at perhaps the most authentic of the island's taverns. Spend the night in Hvar.

Day 6: Sea kayaking to the Pakleni Islands

Kayaking at the Pakleni Islands

This morning, sea kayaking awaits you at the Pakleni Islands. The name Pakleni originates from the days when the islands were the main source of resin for local shipbuilders. The islands are the most beautiful part of the Hvar Riviera, and are a favorite retreat for locals seeking to escape the summer heat. Altogether, there are 14 wooded and rocky islets, which you will get a chance to explore by kayak.

The islands are covered with thick pine trees, which provide shade even on the hottest summer days. The route through narrow straits and around the islands reveals small, hidden pebble beaches. Enjoy having these beaches all to yourself for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. Rest up at your Hvar hotel for your day of cycling tomorrow.

Day 7: Cycling through Hvar

Cycling in Hvar

Get to know a different side of Hvar. Take a bike tour through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, a remarkably well-preserved testament to the Ancient Greek period. Explore small villages in the inner part of the island, and be carried away by delicious Dalmatian flavors prepared from organically grown ingredients on a local farm in Ager (and don't forget the local wine!). Enjoy your last night on Hvar Island.

Day 8: From Hvar to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

After breakfast, board a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik, which takes about four hours. Dubrovnik is called the "Adriatic Pearl" due to its exceptional beauty. It used to be the seat of the Republic of Dubrovnik, and is a phenomenal city that is easy to fall in love with. Take a guided tour in the afternoon, encompassing the majestic city walls, the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, Onofri's Fountain, St. Vlaho's Church and the main street of Stradun. Dubrovnik offers excellent nightlife, restaurants and wine bars, too!

Day 9: Day at leisure in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

On this free day in Dubrovnik, stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, or walk the city walls; spend the day at one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the islands facing Dubrovnik. Spend your last full day in Croatia however you choose!

Day 10: Departure/ End of the tour

Check out from the hotel and take a private shuttle to Dubrovnik airport.