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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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View from the island of Hvar
Map of Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar & Split - 8 Days
Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar & Split - 8 Days

From the "Pearl of the Adriatic" of Dubrovnik, through the islands of Korcula and Hvar, to the 1600-year-old city of Split: this 7-day itinerary presents the highlights of the Dalmatian coast. Depending on your available time this trip can be made shorter (down to 4 or 5 days) or longer.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, just south of Zagreb
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.

Swimmers wading in the Adriatic Sea by 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 filled with time relaxing on the beach in Hvar, scuba diving on the island of Krapanj, swimming in the waterfalls of National Park Krka and taking in the historical sites of the ancient Mediterranean coastal towns of Zadar and Split.

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
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...

Croatia Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
The coastline of Istria, 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...

Croatia Destination Guides

View of Hvar Town
Unique Ways to Experience the Island of Hvar

Known for year-round beautiful weather, great wines, summer nightlife, clear turquoise waters—and great outdoor activities such as kayaking, cycling, and rock climbing, Hvar has...

View of Split's Old Town and Marjan Hill
Unique Ways To Experience Split

A bustling port city with its Old Town built into the alleys of the 1600 year old Diocletian’s Palace, Split is full of cafes, restaurants and galleries. Split is 2nd largest...

Aerial view of Korcula's Old Town
Unique Ways to Experience Korcula

Korcula is one of our favorite islands because it offers different activities for every type of traveler. Korcula may be less crowded than Hvar but it does not lack in the vast...

Croatia Experiences

Unique things to do in Croatia
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 fungus has a delicate nutty and mushroomy taste making it a highly prized delicacy among foodies and, as it can only be...

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 Old Town is a mix of romanesque and neoclassical architecture, making it a romantic destination on any Croatian...

Sample local wines in the Konavle Valley
Konavle Wine Tasting Tour

To the east of Dubrovnik sits Konavle, a famous wine region that stretches from Cavtat to the southeasterly tip of Croatia at the Montenegrin border. Its small population lives in some 32 villages scattered across the fertile land squeezed between the mountains on one side and the sea on the...

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Cover stunning landscapes as you cycle in Europe's southeastern corner
Map of Southeastern Europe Multisport: Croatia, Montenegro, & Bosnia and Herzegovina - 8 Days
Southeastern Europe Multisport: Croatia, Montenegro, & Bosnia and Herzegovina - 8 Days

Discover Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia as you hike and bike your way through this exciting multisport itinerary. You'll trek in the mountains of the Konavle countryside, bike over the historic Ciro route amid the wild and unspoiled nature of the Popovo polje, and canoe and swim your way down the green Trebižat River. With time left over to explore three historical cities, atmospheric Kotor, enchanting Mostar, and bewitching Dubrovnik, you'll get to know southeastern Europe intimately.

Sunset over the Krka river estuary and Lake Prokljan, near Skradin
Map of Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 8 Days
Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 8 Days

This itinerary, filled with the top experiences in Croatia and Slovenia, will bring you to Dubrovnik's famed Old Town, the imposing defense walls of Ston, and historic Split. Admire the beauty of Krka and Plitvice Lakes national parks, feast on straight-from-the-sea fare in Zadar, and visit the popular Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. Once in Slovenia, you can hike, row, or swim in Lake Bled, take a walking tour of elegant Ljubljana, and go underground to explore Postojna Cave.

Bled Castle overlooks serene Lake Bled
Map of Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 9 Days
Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 9 Days

From cultural stops in coastal towns and dynamic capital cities to national parks and underground caves, this itinerary perfectly captures Croatia and Slovenia. Starting in Dubrovnik, the "Adriatic Pearl," you'll venture through Dalmatia, stopping in medieval Ston before reaching the ancient Roman cities of Split and Zadar. Then it's on to Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks, Zagreb, and Slovenian highlights Ljubljana and Lake Bled.

Croatia Travel Maps

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Top Regions in Croatia
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8 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 6 hours 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 3 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 Marina Trogrlic
active 3 hours ago

Marina Trogrlic

If you would ask me about the purpose of life, I would tell you to taste new experiences to the utmost. Adventure and challenges have always been a great part of my life and it was more than clear...

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Travel specialist Jared Reisman
active 3 hours ago

Jared Reisman

I am a travel advisor for JayWay Travel and I get joy from planning amazing adventures for clients with the knowledge I've gained having traveled extensively throughout Europe. I prefer to build a...

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Trip Reviews for Croatia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
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

Stuart

Active and Cultural Croatia Tour - 10 Days · Croatia - Oct 4 - Oct 13, 2019

Traveler: Stuart B. - Local specialist: Veselka Huljic

Very helpful, especially when our trip to Slovenia was cancelled at the last minute. She was able to book us early 2 days in Zagreb. Very much appreciated.