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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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...

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 Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Dubrovnik's Old Town
Best Boutique Hotels in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik may have found its most recent fame via "Game of Thrones," but it's got plenty of epic history of its own to be discovered on its stone streets and blue seas. Sleep...

Photo courtesy of Palace Judita Heritage Hotel
The 6 Best Boutique Hotels in Split

Split is the kind of city you’ll want to take in at your leisure, and that means spending a few days here. Luckily, there's a hotel for every taste, often in the historic...

Hvar coastline
5 Best Boutique Hotels on Hvar

The island of Hvar has a reputation as Croatia’s party capital, and its pulsing nightlife and ritzy beaches can sure make it seem like the French Riviera. But it’s also home to...

Best Things to do in Croatia

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Fort Lovrijenac, outside the city wall of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Map of Best Things To Do in Croatia
Best Things To Do in Croatia

Once a secret destination of in-the-know travelers, Croatia is bursting upon the international scene. And for good reason: This tiny country on the shores of the Adriatic Sea...

Sailing boat anchored along the Dalmatian Coast
Best Water Activities in Croatia

Croatia’s coastline runs more than 1,100 miles. Add the shorelines of 1,185 islands, plus its inland lakes, rivers, lagoons, and waterfalls, and it’s clear that the country is a...

Tour Croatia through its diverse culinary scene
Top Culinary Experiences in Croatia

Croatia's culinary traditions boast influences from many other cultures, including Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans. You'll find rich foods in the north, truffle-infused...

Hvar Town at Sunset
The Best Things to Do on Hvar

Hvar Island encompasses everything visitors love about Croatia: golden beaches, emerald waters, lavender fields, craggy peaks, ancient towns, and unique cuisine. For these...

Our Latest Croatia Content

Toast your travels at local vineyards on this Croatian adventure
Map of Dalmatian Coast Food & Wine Tour: Split, Hvar, Korčula & Dubrovnik - 9 Days
Dalmatian Coast Food & Wine Tour: Split, Hvar, Korčula & Dubrovnik - 9 Days

Eat and drink your way down Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on this 9-day gastronomic adventure. Sample sweet and savory delicacies on a walking tour of ancient Split, then hop between the sun-soaked islands of Hvar and Korcula for wine-tasting and Adriatic views. Head to Ston for the country's best oysters, then end in Dubrovnik—touring the spectacular walled city and escaping to the countryside for a farmhouse feast.

Hike to breathtaking views over the Adriatic
Hike Croatia's Adriatic Islands - 8 Days

This 8-day, small-group tour takes you hiking and island hopping against the spectacular backdrop of Croatia's Adriatic coast. Starting in Zagreb, make your way through Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Velebit Mountains to reach the glittering Adriatic. Skipping between the islands of Krk, Cres, and Lošinj, you'll embark on a series of half-day hikes—discovering a magical landscape of secluded fishing villages, rocky peaks, and hidden beaches along the way.

Family in Croatia
Map of Family Time on Croatia's Coast  - 9 Days
Family Time on Croatia's Coast - 9 Days

Go beyond the typical European hotspots and take your family on an unforgettable nine-day adventure to Croatia. Kayak around the sun-kissed Dalmatian Coast, walk amid ancient Roman palaces in Split, and marvel at the medieval fortress walls in Dubrovnik. Along the way, you'll hop aboard private boats for island excursions to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Adriatic Sea for snorkeling and sunbathing.

Croatia Travel Maps

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Croatia map: Top Regions in Croatia
Top Regions in Croatia
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7 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Croatia map: 5 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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 20 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 21 hours ago

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 23 hours 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 Anna-Maria Frid
active 21 hours ago

Anna-Maria Frid

I come from the hospitality industry, where I've spent years working, after graduating from university. Hospitality and travels are embedded in my DNA as well as sports. Among other things, I am an...

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Trip Reviews for Croatia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Anna Maria is the best! She handled all the a...
Croatia | Nov 10 - Nov 23, 2022

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HELEN M.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Anna Maria is the best! She handled all the arrangements perfectly and made adjustments when the weather was inclement. She was always reachable and responsive. I am extremely impressed with the service she provided and can’t recommend her highly enough.

Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid
Anna-Maria
Anna-Maria Frid
Local specialist in Zagreb | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Dear Helen,
thank you for your kind words and the time you took to write this review!

It was a pleasure being of service to you! I cannot thank you enough for the trust you showed me regarding all aspects of this trip as well as for all the last minute changes that occurred.

Please feel free to contact me if there is ever anything else I can help you with!

Kind regards,
Anna-Maria

What a perfectly orchestrated trip.
Croatia | Sep 6 - Sep 17, 2022

Ron
Ron B.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

What a perfectly orchestrated trip.
The hotels were great overall - comfortable, good locations, lovely hosts. The 16 Lakes guesthouse was neat with a delightful host. Valamar Resort was a treat, great island, food and surroundings. The Zicara apartment at the end was especially perfect in timing and location - we had a comfortable cozy stay and an opportunity to decompress from a busy whirlwind 10 days.
Highlights of our trip: oyster tasting, hikes in the national parks, interesting... read more

What a perfectly orchestrated trip.
The hotels were great overall - comfortable, good locations, lovely hosts. The 16 Lakes guesthouse was neat with a delightful host. Valamar Resort was a treat, great island, food and surroundings. The Zicara apartment at the end was especially perfect in timing and location - we had a comfortable cozy stay and an opportunity to decompress from a busy whirlwind 10 days.
Highlights of our trip: oyster tasting, hikes in the national parks, interesting castles, Mostar visit, Ston wine-tasting, Split harbour and Dubrovnik walls.
Bruno went above and beyond in every aspect of our stay. As a dedicated guide, he made our trip personal, informative, and varied. Bruno passed along his love for and excitement about the country of Croatia. Goran with the boat trip to the Elaphiti Islands was also perfect as a guide, historian and conversationist. Our thanks to Robbie and both of these guides who managed our Croatian itinerary and visit so enjoyably.

Hotel Reviews
Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence
Poreč

Wonderful location and experience

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Gorgeous beach, unique surroundings, ferry to island, relaxing, exciting walkable restaurants and stores.
Sixteen Lakes Guest House
Jezerce

The host here was personable, friendly, helpful and easy to connect to.

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Activity Reviews
Explore Split and Diocletians palace
Split

Varied, historical, lots to do.

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Walk up to viewpoint and old town, Hotel Marul staff were delightful.
Visit Mostar
Split

Amazing bridge and historical spot. Bruno also found a traditional restaurant with special food and wine - delightful

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Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park
Croatia

Gorgeous unspoiled falls and hike

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Local specialist: Robert Pinčević
Robert
Robert Pinčević
Local specialist in Croatia | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hi Ron,

thank you very much for your nice words and review!
I appreciate it very much! It was a pleasure to host you and meet you finally with your team.
Glad to hear you had a nice time, and that we were able to contribute to your overall experience in Croatia!
Hope this trip will stay in good memory for a long time!
Thank you all once again, and sending many regards from Croatia!

Best

Robi

Robbie is THE BEST - Book Today
Croatia | Nov 6 - Nov 11, 2022

Paul
Paul A.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

So I was very nervous to tour Croatia by myself and as a travel agent, I know how important it is to have someone who invest in knowing what type of tour works best for you. Robi was that person for me. Working online, we crafted the perfect tour, understanding what highlights and I wanted to see but also providing additional suggestions. He was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Croatia but at the same time provided space for me to just enjoy the views, relax, and know that I was in good hands. I... read more

So I was very nervous to tour Croatia by myself and as a travel agent, I know how important it is to have someone who invest in knowing what type of tour works best for you. Robi was that person for me. Working online, we crafted the perfect tour, understanding what highlights and I wanted to see but also providing additional suggestions. He was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Croatia but at the same time provided space for me to just enjoy the views, relax, and know that I was in good hands. I will be referring all my clients and him and encourage each of you to book with Robi!

Hotel Reviews
Cornaro Hotel
Split

Fantastic food, great views, great location

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Scalini palace
Dubrovnik

Amazing location and the views are just incredible!!

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Local specialist: Robert Pinčević
Robert
Robert Pinčević
Local specialist in Croatia | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Hi Paul,

thank you for your kind words, much appreciated!

I am very happy to hear you had a good time, and that I was able to help design and execute the trip you wished for!
Hope Croatia will stay in good memory and to see you again one day!

Sending many regards from Croatia!

Best

Robi