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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 cars 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.

Catch a sunset over the Adriatic from the fortified Old Town of Korčula
Map of Highlights of Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Korčula & Dubrovnik - 7 Days
Highlights of Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Korčula & Dubrovnik - 7 Days

Get behind the wheel and cover the highlights of Croatia in a whirlwind seven days. Starting in the capital of Zagreb, you'll make your way south to Dubrovnik, stopping at Plitvice National Park, the ancient Dalmatian Coast port cities of Zadar and Split, and the idyllic Adriatic island of Korcula. In just one week, you'll experience the best nature, culture, and wine experiences on this compact Croatian itinerary.

Bird's eye view over Dubrovnik
Map of Best of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Best of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik - 12 Days

In this 12-day itinerary, you'll wind your way from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Covering many of the country's best highlights, you'll see notable sights such as Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rector's Palace as well as taste the local cuisine and famous wines. A balance of culture and adventure provides you with an incredible experience from soaring high about the Cetina River Canyon to paddling the incredible blue waves of the Adriatic around Croatian islands. For an in-depth look, view the days detailed below.

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.

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.

Beachgoers wade in the crystalline waters of the Adriatic Sea near Zadar
Map of Dalmatian Coast Family Holiday: Zadar, Split, Hvar & More - 14 Days
Dalmatian Coast Family Holiday: Zadar, Split, Hvar & More - 14 Days

Planning a two-week family vacation in Croatia may seem daunting, 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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Croatia

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How Many Days to 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...

Include Korčula in a Croatia highlights tour or a focused exploration of the Dalmatian Coast
Map of 1 Week in Croatia - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Croatia - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Croatia, you can travel right across the country—from Zagreb to Dubrovnik—on a highlights tour or narrow your focus to one region. The idyllic Dalmatian Coast...

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

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
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...

Croatia Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Photo courtesy Cornaro Hotel
Split
Cornaro Hotel
5.0
(14)
· Luxury
Cornaro Hotel, residing in the ancient city of Split, seamlessly blends a rich history with modern-day comfort. Established within historical walls that tell tales of a bygone era, this establishment offers an authentic experience of Croatian hospitality. Located in Split, you'll be perfectly...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
4.9
(13)
· Luxury
Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is a luxury boutique and design hotel perched on a high cliff above Miramare Bay and the popular Bellevue Beach. This unique location gifts you panoramas of the Dalmatian coast, but keep in mind you'll be farther from Dubrovnik's medieval city center. Getting to Pile Gate...
Photo courtesy of Villa Nora Hvar
Hvar
Villa Nora Hvar
5.0
(8)
· Mid-range
Hotel Villa Nora Hvar sits proudly amid the Old Town of Hvar—so seamlessly integrated that you might miss its subtle sign amid the historic surroundings. This 14th-century palace, once the grand residence of the aristocratic Gazzari family, has been restored into a hotel. It offers a dose of...

Best Experiences in Croatia

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Hvar Island
Wine Tasting on Hvar
5.0
(6)
4 hours
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Private
Get to know Hvar's 2,400-year history through its vineyards. The island has produced delicious varietals for centuries, starting with the ancient Greeks who first planted vines on Hvar in the 4th century BCE. The Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and where you'll find most of the...
Looking down on Split from Marjan Hill
Split
Explore Split & Diocletian's Palace
4.6
(8)
Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and home to the dazzling Diocletian’s palace, a 4th-century haven for the Roman emperor Diocletian. Although the palace has changed its appearance over the centuries, with its surroundings eventually becoming a medieval city and, today, a modern...
Konavle
Family Farm Visit & Authentic Croatian Meal in Konavle
4.7
(6)
4.5 hours
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Private
Just south of Dubrovnik is the beautiful Konavle region, which hosts various traditional villages. You'll join a local family at their farm in the little village of Cilipi. After touring the farm and getting to know your hosts, you'll learn how to prepare a delicious, authentic Croatian peka...

Our Latest Croatia Content

Your luxury island escape awaits on an itinerary that includes Hvar (photo courtesy of Maslina Resort)
10 Days in Croatia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Croatia, you can sink into ultimate luxury while exploring from north to south on a fast-paced highlights tour. Or, slow down and hop between the Istrian Peninsula's storied villages and offshore islands. Other more focused itineraries include an island hopping adventure brimming with active excursions, an upscale cuisine and culture trip along the Dalmatian Coast, and a nature and culture tour featuring national parks and a detour into Slovenia.

Relax and revive at Zagreb's opulent Esplanade Hotel (photo courtesy of Esplanade Zagreb)
Map of 2 Weeks in Croatia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Croatia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

Elevate your two weeks in Croatia with a luxury itinerary that covers 5-6 destinations, from north to south on a classic highlights tour. Or, if you're eager to spoil yourself with fine wine and secluded beaches, focus on the dreamy islands off the Dalmatian Coast. Other more focused itineraries include an upscale foodie adventure, a nature-immersed journey that includes time in Slovenia, and a fast-paced trip brimming with immersive activities and unique day trips.

On a luxury getaway to the Istrian Peninsula, you'll stay at the Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa (photo courtesy of Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa)
Map of 1 Week in Croatia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Croatia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Croatia, you can embark on a luxury-forward journey featuring rich cuisine, serene islands, and storied villages. Cruise between Brac, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik on a luxury island-hopping adventure, or swap in Split to discover more of the Dalmatian Coast's historical highlights. Zagreb is an excellent starting point for lovers of nature and the finer things in life, while the Istrian Peninsula calls to those who dream of extravagant meals and tucked-away wineries.

Croatia Travel Maps

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1 Week in Croatia - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Croatia
Travel specialist Robert Pinčević
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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
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Antonia Ljuština

Adventure hunter, hot air balloon enthusiast, foodie. After years of working as a tour guide and travel agent all over Europe, I found my true passion right here, at home. We create itineraries...

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Travel specialist Sarah Cosic
active 34 mins ago

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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Travel specialist Nikola Vojvodić
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Nikola Vojvodić

Born and raised on a small island in North Dalmatia, Nikola is an expert in adding a local, authentic touch to your Croatian adventure. His life-long dream is to visit every one of Croatia's 1000...

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Trip Reviews for Croatia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

We love Croatia!
Croatia | Jun 9 - Jun 14, 2024

Noreen
Noreen C.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2024
First time using an online travel agent and we were pleasantly surprised at the ease of booking the activities and accommodations. We were also very impressed by the attentiveness of our agent, Sarah. She went above and beyond communicating with us during our trip to ensure that our needs were met. The activities and tours were exceptional. We especially loved the private boat tour to the islands of Hvar, and the surrounding islands. Our guide went above and beyond for us. The... Read more

First time using an online travel agent and we were pleasantly surprised at the ease of booking the activities and accommodations. We were also very impressed by the attentiveness of our agent, Sarah. She went above and beyond communicating with us during our trip to ensure that our needs were met. The activities and tours were exceptional. We especially loved the private boat tour to the islands of Hvar, and the surrounding islands. Our guide went above and beyond for us. The private biking tour with Mislav was a blast! He ensured we had fun taking in the sights while learning about Dubrovnik's rich culture and history.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Neptun Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

Hotel Neptune exceeded our expectations. The suite was spacious for our family of 3. The view was spectacular. It made our visit complete!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Unbelievable view and just a walk to the ocean!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Aparthotel Bellevue Trogir
Trogir

The staff was incredible. They were attentive to our needs. We loved the breakfast. The rooms were simple and clean. However the construction on the main road to the entrance to the hotel was a challenge. The travel agency should have been notified of this and relocated us.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms are smaller than what we are used to.
Activity Reviews
E-bike tour in Dubrovnik with wine tasting and snacks (small group)
E-bike tour in Dubrovnik with wine tasting and snacks (small group)
Dubrovnik

Our guide Mislav ensured that we enjoyed a safe ride while experiencing the beauty of Dubrovnik. He was fun and entertaining and tailored the tour to fit our needs. We loved learning about the beloved city while enjoying lunch overlooking the beautiful scenery.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tour Dubrovnik's Old Town
Tour Dubrovnik's Old Town
Croatia

We loved ANNA! She was a local who grew up in the old city. What a treat to hear her personal experience. She went above and beyond with teaching us about the rich culture and history of this city. She even gave us some secret local spots to visit for wine and cheese.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private boating excursion to Brac & Hvar Island by motor boat
Private boating excursion to Brac & Hvar Island by motor boat
Trogir

Our skipper gave us a 5 star experience exploring the stunning islands on the clean and elegant speed boat. He even helped us with an incredible lunch experience. This exceeded my expectations!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Krka National Park + lunch in the countryside
Krka National Park + lunch in the countryside
Croatia

Our private driver ensured that we got the best experience at KRKA. I was expecting more of a rigorous hike, but overall it was lovely. The traditional Croatian lunch was excellent.

Quality of Experience
Food
loved having a traditional lunch
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our driver was amazing.
Transport
Local specialist: Sarah Cosic
Sarah
Sarah Cosic
Local specialist in Zagreb | Replied on Jun 21, 2024

Thanks so much for being our lovely guests, Noreen! We're so happy you enjoyed the trip and hope you come back one day!

Our trip to Croatia completely exceeded our e...
Croatia | Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2024

Cindi
Cindi D.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2024
Our trip to Croatia completely exceeded our expectations! Everything was so well-planned out by Robi, with lots of unexpected surprises!
Robi was extremely thoughtful and definitely listened to all of our requests for our dream vacation - including amazing bike rides, kayaking, national parks and an incredible hike!
We loved all of the history combined with fun outdoor recreation, incredible beaches, spectacular scenery, wineries, lovely accommodations and amazing food!
We totally...
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Our trip to Croatia completely exceeded our expectations! Everything was so well-planned out by Robi, with lots of unexpected surprises!
Robi was extremely thoughtful and definitely listened to all of our requests for our dream vacation - including amazing bike rides, kayaking, national parks and an incredible hike!
We loved all of the history combined with fun outdoor recreation, incredible beaches, spectacular scenery, wineries, lovely accommodations and amazing food!
We totally enjoyed our tour of the Wall in Dubrovnik with Marco on the first day - he did a wonderful job of combining the history of the city with personal stories.
I can't say enough about our main guide, Goran - he was the best! He took such great care of us and was extremely patient with us. He made sure we never got lost while biking and was always there at every intersection making sure we headed in the right direction!
We totally enjoyed spending time with him and absolutely loved the day he took us hiking on Mljet! That was really special. The scenery was spectacular, and we thoroughly loved our fresh fish lunch on the island!
We loved everywhere we stayed from an apartment in Dubrovnik very close to the Walled City to a family run "palace" in Ston!
Our last night, Robi surprised us with an incredible stay at a fantastic hotel with beautiful views, a spectacular beach, and amazing service,
I could go on and on...every day of our vacation we said was "another top 10 day!" Every day in Croatia was our favorite day!
Thank you so much for an incredible experience and so many fun memories!

Hotel Reviews
Sorgo Palace
Ston
Authenticity & Character
Such a unique place to stay!
Location
In the town, walk to the wall, restaurants, quick walk to Mali Ston.
Staff
I can't say enough good things about this lovely family! They treated us like royalty!
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were beautifully decorated, and the beds were super comfortable.
Hotel Marko Polo
Korčula
Authenticity & Character
Location
Walk to everything. Market steps away. Beach, kayaking all right there!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Marul
Split
Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to everything!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Apartment Zicara
Dubrovnik

Great location - right across from the cable car and a quick walk to the wall! Includes a lovely patio overlooking the city - well stocked, comfortable beds, food and drink are steps away! Loved this place!

Authenticity & Character
Close to everything!
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Robert Pinčević
Robert
Robert Pinčević
Local specialist in Croatia | Replied on Jun 18, 2024

Hi Cindi,

thank you very much for your feedback and nice words. We appreciate it very much, and it is an encouragement for the future to continue with the good work we believe in.
I am very happy that you liked the biking section which is beyond mainstream.
It was a pleasure meeting you all, and I am happy that Croatia gave some good memories :)
THANK YOU :)

Many regards from Croatia

Best

Robi

Eighteen-day trip to Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
Croatia | May 27 - Jun 13, 2024

Ronald
Ronald M.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2024
It is impossible to answer what were our most memorable places, activities or people we interacted with on our trip. Why? Because in 18 days we traveled to three countries (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro). Ten cities/towns/areas in Croatia, two in Bosnia & Herzegovina and one in Montenegro. Every day, every place, every experience from drivers to tours & guides, to hotels & personnel, to restaurants & staff, and everyone and thing in between was amazing. The people of these... Read more

It is impossible to answer what were our most memorable places, activities or people we interacted with on our trip. Why? Because in 18 days we traveled to three countries (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro). Ten cities/towns/areas in Croatia, two in Bosnia & Herzegovina and one in Montenegro. Every day, every place, every experience from drivers to tours & guides, to hotels & personnel, to restaurants & staff, and everyone and thing in between was amazing. The people of these places in Eastern Europe are so genuine and real it absolutely warms your heart and makes you want to embrace them in every way you can. Working with Antonia in planning our sojourn to Sara, who watched over us every day, was a perfect experience. This was not just a trip or vacation; it was an enlightened education and life experience.

Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština