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Introducing Croatia

Once a secret destination for in-the-know travelers, Croatia is bursting upon the international scene. And for good reason: This small country on the shores of the Adriatic Sea has more than its share of natural wonders, beautiful coastline and picturesque islands.

When's the best time to go?
The spring (May & June) and fall (September & October) are the best times to visit in terms of good weather and to avoid the majority of the crowds. Mid-June through mid-September is the busiest time for visitors all throughout Croatia, so expect to bump into crowds during these months (as well as higher prices for accommodation). Winter sees the tourism grind to a halt in the islands of Dalmatia, but this can be a great time to see mainland Croatia and to check out Zagreb's famous winter market! Learn more

Where should I go in Croatia?

Croatia is best known for its national parks (Plitvice Lakes and Krka), its medieval coastal cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, and its more than a thousand islands along the beautiful Dalmatian Coast, including Hvar, Korcula, and many others. Whether you're into local cuisine, natural wonders, history, nightlife or active adventures, Croatia has lots to offer for travelers who seek unique experiences. Learn more

How many days do I need?
If you're short on time, five days is enough to have a great experience in one of Croatia's main regions, such as Dalmatia or Istria. For a great overall experience, however, you should aim for 10-14 days to cover multiple regions and to not feel too rushed. Learn more

Getting around Croatia
Croatia is a relatively small country with a great road network, making private transfers and rental cards the ideal form of transport for the mainland, and getting between key cities such as Zagreb and Split. There are also numerous public ferry routes accessing the islands between Dubrovnik and Split (subject to seasonality) and private boats for charter for getting between the islands. Learn more

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Croatia Tours & Itineraries

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Hvar Town and the Pakleni Islands archipelago in the distance
Map of Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, & Split - 8 Days
Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, & Split - 8 Days

From Dubrovnik's city walls and limestone-paved streets to the ancient Roman city of Split, this 7-day itinerary features the highlights of Croatia's stunning Dalmatian coast. Enjoy three nights in the "Adriatic Pearl" discovering baroque buildings and medieval fortresses, savor Dalmatian cuisine in Marco Polo's hometown of Korčula, and explore the 14 wooded and rocky islets of the Pakleni archipelago on a guided kayak tour.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, just south of Zagreb
Map of Highlights of Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Korčula, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days
Highlights of Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Korčula, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days

Cover the highlights of Croatia in this one-week itinerary. Starting in Zagreb, the capital, you'll make your way south to Dubrovnik, stopping at Plitvice National Park and the ancient port cities of Zadar and Split. Spend a few days relaxing on the beach on the island of Hvar then end your trip in the medieval town of Dubrovnik.

Beachgoers wade in the crystalline waters of the Adriatic Sea near Zadar
Map of Dalmatian Coast Family Holiday: Zadar, Split, Hvar, & More - 15 Days
Dalmatian Coast Family Holiday: Zadar, Split, Hvar, & More - 15 Days

Planning a two-week family vacation in Croatia may seem like a daunting task, but with plenty of activities for the family, the choices are endless. This itinerary is chock-full of cultural exploration and lazy beach days, from the historic city of Zadar and the small island of Krapanj to the ancient coastal city of Split and the stunning island of Hvar. You'll relax swim, snorkel, and kayak in the sparkling Adriatic, discover dramatic waterfalls and glittering emerald-green lakes in Krka National Park, and catch the most beautiful sunsets in Zadar.

Zlatni Rat Beach, Island of Brač
Map of Classic Croatia: Zagreb, Split, Brač, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Classic Croatia: Zagreb, Split, Brač, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

The sun always shines on the Dalmatian Coast—one of the most scenic coastal drives in Europe. In 12 days, you'll have the freedom to explore on your own, starting from historic Zagreb and ending at the walls of mighty Dubrovnik with a wide selection of national parks and beautiful coastal towns to stop at along the way.

Highlights of Croatia: Split to Dubrovnik - 8 Days
Map of Highlights of Croatia: Split to Dubrovnik - 8 Days
Highlights of Croatia: Split to Dubrovnik - 8 Days

Croatia has something for all interests, with historic old towns, sparkling sea for swimming and kayaking, and beautiful hiking trails. See a bit of them all on this 8-day itinerary that takes in some of Croatia's gems: the lovely cities of Split, Dubrovnik, and nearby national parks and islands for wilderness adventures.

Lumbarda Vineyards
Map of Wine Tasting and Cycling Day Tour in Korcula
Wine Tasting and Cycling Day Tour in Korcula

Korcula is known for its white wine. Grk wine is a white wine grape variety found in the village of Lumbarda. To take in the Korcula scenery and drink some wine at the same time, join John (who moved to Korcula with his wife Rachael 6 years ago from the UK) on a 4-5 hour tour cycling through Lumbarda. Taste the different wines while getting the local intimate experience which you will not find anywhere else.

Make the Most of Your Time in Croatia

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Croatia?

Whether you have two days or two weeks, you'll have a great time in Croatia with a little planning. Get to know Dubrovnik during a quick weekend trip, explore islands along the...

The famous hilltop town of Motovun in Croatia's Istria region
Map of 14 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks allows you to cover multiple regions in Croatia—you can visit the Dalmatian coast, the Istrian peninsula, and even Slovenia in one trip. You can see more highlights at...

Croatia Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
The Istrian peninsula coastline hugs the Adriatic Sea
Best Time of Year to Visit Croatia

Are you into water sports? Visit Croatia from June to September when the Adriatic Sea is warm. Do you want to hire a guide and his dog to go truffle-hunting or join a grape...

The Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia
Top Regions in Croatia

When you picture Croatia, chances are you're thinking of Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast first. But this popular area is only one of the country's five regions, each one of...

The Cathedral of St. Euphemia towering over the town of Rovinj in Istria
Going Off the Beaten Path in Croatia

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s indisputable hotspot, but the rest of the country is rich with wonders waiting to be discovered. Here is a glimpse of Dubrovnik, as well as lesser known...

Croatia Travel Advice

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Women rolling dough at a traditional food stand in Rijeka, Croatia
What to Eat in Croatia (and Where to Eat It)

Spicy seafood stews, sausages sizzling on the grill, homemade pasta topped with shaved white truffles, cakes made with juicy citrus fruits: Croatia has so much to offer gourmet...

Church of Saint Donatus in historic center of Zadar.
A Guide To Croatia's Medieval Towns

Stroll around the medieval town centers of Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Zadar (especially after midnight). Travel like a local by hitting the hippest spots in Croatia. These are some of...

Croatia Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
The Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia
Top Regions in Croatia

When you picture Croatia, chances are you're thinking of Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast first. But this popular area is only one of the country's five regions, each one of...

The Cathedral of St. Stephen in historic Hvar Town
Unique Ways to Experience the Island of Hvar

Known for beautiful year-round weather, crisp white and robust red wines, summer nightlife, clear turquoise waters—and active outdoor excursions like kayaking, cycling, and rock...

Split hugs the Adriatic coastline and extends to the Marjan peninsula, the "lungs of the city"
Unique Ways To Experience Split

A dynamic port city with a medieval Old Town grown out of the 1,700-year-old Diocletian's Palace, Split bustles with modern life amid its ancient Roman setting. Cafés,...

Croatia Experiences

Unique things to do in Croatia
SUP off the coast of the Kornati islands near Zadar
Paddleboard in Kornati National Park

Mottled with patches of sage, the 140 islands of the Kornati archipelago range in color from gravelly white to pale ochre and together comprise Kornati National Park, a nautical...

Prepare a traditional Mediterranean meal
Cooking Class in Trogir

Located 45 minutes west of Split is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trogir, a port town on a small island just off the mainland. Encircled by medieval walls, Trogir's gorgeous...

On the hunt for wild truffles
Truffle Hunting in Motovun Forest

Surrounding the ancient sleepy hilltown of Motovun lies damp and dark woods, the perfect environment—and prime-hunting ground—for the elusive truffle. This valuable subterranean...

Historical saltpans on Pag Island
Guided Tour of Pag Island

Barren in its appearance from the mainland, the moon-like island of Pag is home to around 8,000 people looking after three times as many sheep, whose diet mostly consists of the...

Our Latest Croatia Content

A view over Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Dubrovnik spend about 7 to 8 days in Croatia, which usually includes some time in Split, Hvar, and Korčula as well. If you're only headed to Dubrovnik, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in about 5 days. Travelers with limited time can see the highlights of the city in as few as 2 days. Read on for the best itineraries including Dubrovnik and beyond.

Dubrovnik's West Harbor
Nature and Culture of Dalmatia - 8 Days

Combine Croatia's medieval cities and exceptional natural beauty on this trip, starting with a tour of Split's 4th-century Diocletian Palace and an excursion to the emerald waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Next, head to the island of Hvar where you'll kayak its shores and explore its cobbled streets, vineyards, mountains, and lavender fields. End the trip in Dubrovnik by eating your way through its historic streets and watching the sunset atop Srđ Hill.

Dubrovnik Walls at Sunset
Explore Dalmatia from Dubrovnik to Split - 7 Days

This tour of the Dalmatian Coast explores the historic Old Towns of Dubrovnik, Split, and Trogir, with their cobbled streets and medieval sites. You'll enjoy a day trip to the Pelješac Peninsula and Korčula Island for wine and oyster tastings, and to explore the old walls of Ston. Escape the city with a swim in the waterfalls of Krka National Park, and discover the old Roman city of Salona with its large amphitheater and impressive Klis Fortress.

Croatia Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Top Regions in Croatia
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8 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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5 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Croatia
Travel specialist Robert Pinčević
active 7 days ago

Robert Pinčević

I always say, do not consider me only as your guide, but as your friend, who is trying to make your trip more comfortable for you! At the end, it all about you, and if you are happy, I am happy! I...

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Travel specialist Antonia Ljuština
active 17 hours ago

Antonia Ljuština

History admirer, adventure-hunter, hot air balloon enthusiast, foodie, wine lover. After 3 years of working as a tour guide and travel agent all over Europe, I found my true passion right here, at...

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Travel specialist Rachael & John Flynn

Rachael & John Flynn

We run a small travel & tour company on the beautiful Island of Korcula in Croatia specialising in wine and food tours. We have also recently set up a winter venture in Sarajevo, Bosnia i...

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Travel specialist Sarah Cosic

Sarah Cosic

I'm originally from Burlington, Canada and I have always loved traveling, meeting new people and discovering unique places. Once I graduated university, I decided to take a year off to travel...

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Trip Reviews for Croatia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Amazing Trip to Croatia! · Croatia - Oct 25 - Nov 4, 2019

Traveler: Amber H. - Local specialist: Robert Pinčević

Our trip to Croatia this past fall was amazing! Our guide was extremely helpful with giving us places to see that really fit our personalities! He really was there for us whenever we needed him. The sites and guesthouses we stayed at along the way were very nice...and the hosts were extremely welcoming. Such an amazing and beautiful country to explore...

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Robert Pinčević, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Amber,
so nice to hear from you! Thank you very much for your feedback and kind words!
I am very happy to hear you liked Croatia in general and that I contributed to your good experience during vacation!
Many regards from Croatia!
Best
Robi

Kate

Antonia planned the perfect trip! · Croatia - Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2019

Traveler: Kate C. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Antonia planned the perfect trip! The guides she works with all over Croatia and Slovenia are excellent, and the private guided tour of Plitvice Lakes was a highlight. She also planned an amazing excursion to Bled in Slovenia, where I took a hot air balloon ride over the lake - a truly unique experience that I'll never forget. I highly recommend Antonia for your next trip to Croatia/Slovenia!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kate,
Thank you for this lovely review and your kind words. It was my pleasure making this trip for you. Looking forward to seeing you on another Croatia & Slovenia adventure!
Best,
Antonia

Amazing Vacation Thanks to kimkim · Croatia - Sep 28 - Oct 11, 2019

Traveler: Esther W. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

After this trip through kimkim, my husband and I are convinced - the only way we can travel is through kimkim, a fully-personalized and customized vacation that meets our travel objectives with private transfers from city to city, 4 and 5-star hotels, and all within our prescribed budget.

I found out about 6 weeks before a fully-paid-for pilgrimage to Croatia that it had to be cancelled because of insufficient interest. I had bought the airtickets myself and so had to make the trip.... read more

After this trip through kimkim, my husband and I are convinced - the only way we can travel is through kimkim, a fully-personalized and customized vacation that meets our travel objectives with private transfers from city to city, 4 and 5-star hotels, and all within our prescribed budget.

I found out about 6 weeks before a fully-paid-for pilgrimage to Croatia that it had to be cancelled because of insufficient interest. I had bought the airtickets myself and so had to make the trip. Desperate, I googled online late into the night and found travel platforms and companies which might be able to help me put together a trip to Croatia. Kimkim surfaced towards the end and I was exhausted and thought, “No need for more” but something told me to write to them too, and so I did.
Guess what, kimkim was the first to respond and Antonia Ljustina of Croatique sent me a proposal that covered all the places I wanted to visit with a clear and well-presented full itinerary within my prescribed budget. She asked if she could call me and within 5 minutes of chatting with her I made up my mind to go with her. I did receive several other proposals in the next few days but none could beat Antonia’s in terms of depth or appeal.

Antonia is the consummate travel professional, a joy to work with from day one. She has great ideas but listens carefully and the end result, she crafts a customized dream vacation for you – Croatia is a beautiful country and we wanted to enjoy the scenery, partake in the cultural and religious heritage and try the great local food.

Antonia did an amazing job for us – it was so easy communicating with her prior to the trip through the kimkim platform. Being local, she put together a most enjoyable itinerary with “must-do” experiences, beautiful hotels, and some of the best local guides. Private transfers, the way to go. No fear of being delayed by anyone and we simply zipped across borders….very different experience for the tour buses each with 40 or more passengers trying to clear customs.

Antonia welcomed us with a full package on arrival, we had a good chat on the phone discussing the itinerary and any questions I had. We also had a great app for the itinerary. She reminded us every night of the program for the next day with helpful reminders re passports, weather, etc. We could call her anytime for help – she was available 24/7 and we were in constant communication through Whatsapp. Upon checking in at each hotel, she made sure we were happy with our room and on 2 occasions, got us upgraded to bigger rooms with better views.

My husband and I had a very special and wonderful vacation, and we have been telling family and friends nonstop since returning about kimkim – a secure online Californian platform that works with terrific travel specialists overseas. You must check them out for your next trip!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Esther,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure making this unique trip for you.
I am so happy your first kimkim experience with Croatique was memorable!
Wish you both all the best and I also hope you wish to return to Croatia.
Best,
Antonia