Discover the highlights and hidden gems of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on this 9-day cycling adventure. Starting in the ancient Adriatic port of Split, you'll explore the islands of Korčula, Brač, and Hvar by bike—pedaling past a backdrop of scenic coastlines, lush vineyards, and hidden beaches. Hop over to the Pelješac Penisula to cycle around its rugged wine country and peaceful lakes, then head south down the coast to end your journey at the majestic city walls of Dubrovnik.
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Experience Croatia from north to south on this memorable 11-day self-drive itinerary. Starting in the northern capital of Zagreb, you'll wind your way through spectacular national forests and scenic countryside to reach the famed Dalmatian Coast. Here you'll hop between UNESCO-listed cities and Adriatic islands, ending in the historic coastal fortress of Dubrovnik.
Outdoor adventures abound on this active 8-day journey through some of Croatia's most breathtaking landscapes. Hike to the waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes and Krka, raft down the Zrmanja and Cetina Rivers, and trek to the famous limestone cliffs of Paklenica. In between adrenaline-filled excursions, spend your downtime soaking up culture and history in the ancient Dalmatian ports of Split, Skradin, and Trogir.
This cycling trip is a combination of classic highlights and hidden gems that are worth visiting in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. Ride through Brač Island, known for its stone sculptures and quarries that have been used in the construction of iconic monuments like Diocletian's Palace and the White House in Washington, D.C. Bike around Korčula Island to experience the local white wines and historic architecture around Old Town. End your trip in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with rich history and culture. That's just a glimpse of all the places you'll get to experience on bike and foot.
This multi-sport trip is designed for those who like to be active on their vacation while staying in the same region. Begin your week-long trip on Korčula Island, where you'll stay busy checking out all of its historic churches, local restaurants, and gray stone houses. Then, cycle and kayak around the Pelješac Peninsula, visiting Mljet Island's National Park and taking in all of its popular sites. After seeing much of Ston, head back to Dubrovnik — where you flew in — and explore the city's rich culture and history.
This multi-activity holiday will showcase Croatia’s highlights over an 8-day period and keep you active through various daily excursions. Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Croatia, beginning in Dubrovnik and traveling north towards Split, Zadar, and Rijeka. See Korčula, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, kayak and canoe on the Trebizat River, and cycle in Krka River National Park. You will also visit Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia’s neighboring country.
Explore the Dalmatian Coast in style on this 8-day small-group cruise through Croatia’s most beguiling islands. Combining gourmet experiences with plenty of relaxing downtime, you'll cruise from the ancient port of Split to the medieval walls of Dubrovnik, island hopping through the Adriatic along the way. Swim off the famous golden sands of Brač’s Zlatni Rat, tour an organic farm on Hvar, go wine tasting on Korčula, and cycle around saltwater lakes in Mljet. Each night you’ll drop anchor in a different island port, letting you sample the culture, cuisine, and glittering nightlife on offer.
This multi-sport trip around the Dalmatia region is designed for those who like to be active on their vacation while staying put in the same region. Explore the many islands of the Pelješac Peninsula by walking, hiking, cycling, and/or kayaking around the scenic landscapes. Visit the city of Dubrovnik to experience the rich history and culture of Croatia through its architecture and food. Find time to relax on the famed beaches of Koločep Island.
Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore the best of Croatia’s UNESCO-listed cities, rugged wine country, and idyllic islands. On this immersive self-drive adventure, you'll set off from the northern capital of Zagreb, discovering enchanting castles and pristine national parks as you head south toward the spectacular Dalmatian Coast. After unforgettable stops in Zadar, Skradin, Split, Hvar, and Korčula, your journey comes to an end in the historic Adriatic fortress of Dubrovnik.
With a perfect blend of nature, history, and culture, this 12-day self-drive itinerary lets you discover Croatia’s highlights at your own pace. Starting in the capital of Zagreb, you'll drive south along the glittering Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik—hiking to waterfalls and hidden lakes, exploring Roman ruins and medieval fortresses, and hopping between idyllic Adriatic islands along the way.
With a balmy coastline stretching over 4567 mi (7350 km), 1246 islands (including one of the world's few naturally heart-shaped isles) and an abundance of medieval towns seemingly untouched by time, Croatia turns honeymooners eyes with its tantalising shores, well-preserved history and divine seafood. Here are the best destinations for a honeymoon in Croatia, and the best things to do in each.
Experience the natural beauty of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on this 6-day active itinerary. The island of Korčula is your jumping-off point for just under a week of hiking and biking—plus some downtime to enjoy the region's famed beaches and turquoise waters. Cycle through vineyards and taste the local reds on the rugged Pelješac Peninsula, bike around the lush forests and lakes of Mljet Island's National Park, and hike across the idyllic Elafiti Islands. Your adventure ends overlooking the Adriatic from the magnificent walled city of Dubrovnik.
Explore Croatia’s natural wonders on this active 15-day multisport adventure. Travel the length of the country from the culture-rich capital of Zagreb to the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik, immersing yourself in the spectacular and diverse landscapes in between. Kayak the Zrmanja River, hike the waterfalls of Krka, cycle the rugged Pelješac Peninsula, and sail between idyllic Adriatic islands—with plenty of time for cultural sights and gastronomic discoveries along the way.
This two-week multisport itinerary blends the best of Croatia’s major sights with lots of opportunities to hike, bike, kayak, and sail your way through its spectacular landscapes. Get to know the capital of Zagreb, then hit the road to explore historic castles, dramatic waterfalls, and dense forests. After hiking around two pristine national parks, you'll set sail from the ancient port of Split and island-hop around the Adriatic. Back on the mainland, cycle and kayak your way through the unspoiled wine country of the Peljesac Peninsula before finishing up in the magnificent walled city of Dubrovnik.
With a stunning coastline weaving down the Adriatic Sea and more than 1,000 islands, you can bet Croatia is a beach destination. In the north, you'll find stretches of pebbles hugging the Istrian peninsula and the many islands off the coast of Kvarner. In the south, spend your time island hopping (and beach hopping) in Dalmatia, discovering some of Europe's most scenic sandy corners, including the famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) on Brač Island.
This 13-day itinerary is perfect for adventure seekers looking to explore Croatia's natural and cultural wonders. Starting in the capital of Zagreb, you'll wind your way south through a land of fairytale castles, dramatic waterfalls, and pristine national parks to reach the captivating Dalmatian Coast. Tour the ancient port city of Split, set sail to the unspoiled islands of Brač, Hvar, and Korcula, and cycle and hike your way through the rugged wine country of the Pelješac Peninsula. Your journey ends in the magnificent walled city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic."
One of the most popular activities in Croatia is sailing, which should come as no surprise considering the country's long and narrow shape hugs the Adriatic Sea. With over 3,000 miles of coastline and more than 1,000 islands, the country is a prime spot for sailing excursions. So whether you're looking for day trips to the archipelagos or an entire itinerary sailing from spot to spot, you can find it in Croatia. Discover islets, caves, lagoons, and rugged coves all by boat.
With a diverse landscape filled with rocky mountain peaks, jagged cliffs, rushing rivers, and endless coastline, there's always something active to do in Croatia. Explore the country's idyllic scenery by paddleboarding through archipelagos, hiking to hidden viewpoints, kayaking along the coast, or cycling through vineyards. In addition, Croatia has some of Europe's most beautiful national parks, all perfect for an active outdoorsy itinerary.
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 fare in Istria, and seafood along the coast. Zagreb is a haven for markets and contemporary cuisine, and distinct wine regions cover nearly the entire country. You can go truffle hunting, taste olive oils, or shuck oysters, all while sipping unique heritage wine varietals that thrive in Croatia's harsh soils.
Celebrate the natural wonders of Croatia's southern coastline on this 8-day multisport adventure. Starting on the glittering Pelješac Peninsula, you'll spend five nights in the town of Ston, home to ancient salt flats and renowned vineyards. Cycle through Mljet National Park, hike Ston's historic city walls, and sea kayak in idyllic bays before cycling down the coast to end your adventure in Dubrovnik— where you'll explore "The Pearl of the Adriatic" and take a day trip to its neighboring islands.
Split is Croatia's second-largest city, complete with a vibrant waterfront promenade, ferry connections to the Dalmatian Islands, and an Old Town nearly enveloped by the 4th-century Diocletian's Palace. In one day, you can explore the city's original Roman cellars, relax on a quiet beach along Marjan Park, discover the Illyrian Kliss Fortress, and nosh on fresh seafood. Enjoy your days meandering the marbled streets or hiking, kayaking, or taking day trips to the islands, national parks, and nearby medieval villages.
Zadar is a vibrant seaside city in Northern Dalmatia with roots dating back to the 9th century BCE. Discover influences from the Romans, Venetians, and Slavs, plus archeological gems, such as the Byzantine St. Donatus Church, and modern creations like the sea organ. But what makes Zadar so special is its location among several of Croatia's best natural environment, including Paklenica's canyons, Kornati's archipelago, Plitvice's waterfalls, and Sjeverni Velebit's craggy peaks.
Hvar Island encompasses everything visitors love about Croatia: golden beaches, emerald waters, lavender fields, craggy peaks, ancient towns, and unique cuisine. For these reasons, it's one of the most popular islands. On Hvar, you can hike on medieval trails to scenic vistas, explore villages founded by the Greeks, go wine tasting, kayak to secluded coves, and visit neighboring islands. When hungry, eat a traditional meal cooked in a peka and take advantage of Hvar Town's buzzy nightlife.
Korčula isn't just beloved by tourists; it's also a favorite among Croatians. This is because Korčula combines the best of the country with its rich history, incredible scenery, and distinct culture. Enjoy lazing on secluded beaches, wine tasting across the island, kayaking along the shore, wandering the charming streets of medieval towns, eating makaruni (the island's signature pasta), and watching traditional Moreska dances, all in the same day.
Istria is Croatia's largest peninsula, sitting in the country's northwest corner near Italy and Slovenia. Throughout the centuries, it's been ruled by the Venetian Republic, Italy, and the Austrian Empire, to name a few. With so many different cultural influences, you have a unique and scenic landscape filled with olive groves, vineyards, forests with truffles, beaches, Roman ruins, grand villas, fishing ports, national parks, and more.
Croatia's distinct shape, coastal location, and dynamic history have created a unique and diverse culture. So, whether you're hunting truffles in Istria's countryside with its Italian vibes or castle hopping near Zagreb with its Austro-Hungarian grandeur, there's an abundance of cultural activities to enjoy. Dive deep into the country's culture by meeting with the locals, taking day trips to smaller towns and cities, and eating traditional cuisine.
Croatia is a prime spot for history buffs, with numerous cultural influences from centuries of various rulers and empires. In Zagreb, enjoy "mini Vienna" with grand Austro-Hungarian architecture and museums depicting life from the Bronze Age to the time of Yugoslavia. Head west to Istria for true Italian vibes, or venture south along the coast and visit some of Europe's most historical relics, including Diocletian's Palace in Split and the walled city of Dubrovnik. Even the islands host an abundance of unique rural history!
Croatia is a family- and kid-friendly destination, filled with hiking, paddleboarding, castle hunting, and plenty of beach time. The country's culture works well for families of any age, as it's slow-paced with tasty cuisine and activities that you can adapt to your interest. Discover waterfalls in national parks, go truffle hunting in Istria, or explore one of the numerous islands that dot the Croatian coastline. End each day with ice cream and a sunset.
Many travelers skip Croatia's vibrant, youthful capital in favor of the coast, but Zagreb perfectly complements any Croatian itinerary. With grandiose Austro-Hungarian architecture, a never-ending calendar of festivals and events, the best coffee scene in the country, and nearby hiking and skiing, there's plenty to see and do in buzzy, authentic Zagreb.
The history of Dubrovnik's walled city runs deep, back to the 7th century CE and Middle Ages, when it was a wealthy and independent republic. Step back in time as you wander the labyrinth of twisting alleyways and take in the views from atop the walls. Explore Gothic churches, 600-year-old synagogues, marble monuments, and a string of local beaches. Excursions along the coast, hikes into the hills, and adventures to small towns all compliment local food, wine, and legendary sunsets.
Croatia's Istrian peninsula is the ideal destination for winding cobblestone streets and long, leisurely dinners, especially in the fishing port of Rovinj. Wander Venetian-influenced architecture and lounge alongside the Adriatic before you retire to one of these elegant hotels that marry the city's history with contemporary influences.
With its turquoise coast and charming stone Old Town, it's easy to see why Korčula is sometimes called "Little Dubrovnik." But this woodsy Adriatic isle has plenty of charm of its own. Take it all in from a seaside resort, soak in the sun in a boutique beach retreat or spend your nights in the town's first established hotel.
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.
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.
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.
Discover the Dalmatian Coast on this 6-day tour of Croatia, starting in the city of Split with its 4th-century Diocletian's Palace and sprawling Marjan Park. Head inland to explore one of the country's waterfall-infused parks (Krka or Plitvice) before heading south to Dubrovnik to walk its old town and historic walls. Along the way, stop on the Pelješac Peninsula for old fortifications, world-famous oysters, and delicious red wine, plus an optional kayaking excursion.
Enjoy a cycling tour of the Western Balkans, traversing parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. You'll start in the medieval city of Dubrovnik and cycle through the Bay of Kotor, stopping in historic villages dotting the shore. Explore the towns of Kotor, Herceg Novi, and Cavtat, as well as the caves and wineries of Zavala and Ravno in Herzegovina. End the tour walking along walls and eating oysters in Ston on the Pelješac Peninsula, then bike through wineries, olive groves, and along beaches to return to Dubrovnik.
This trip focuses on the cultural and culinary delights of the Istria region in Croatia, starting with a road trip through the hilly medieval villages of Grožnjan and Motovun. Enjoy a boat trip to the islands of Brijuni National Park, explore the coastal cities of Rovinj, Pula, and Opatija, and discover the untouched scenery of Cres and Lošinj Island. Along the way, you'll explore the region's culinary scene with visits to a regional winery and a local distillery, as well as an eco goat farm, an olive grove, and a wool museum.
Explore Croatia's Dalmatian coast on this food tour, starting in the historic walled city of Dubrovnik and with wine tastings, a beer tasting, and traditional meals on the island of Korčula and the Pelješac Peninsula. Explore the beauty of Mljet National Park before transferring to the town of Omiš for a rafting experience along the Cetina River. End the trip in the city of Split, where you'll explore Diocletian's Palace, shop at local markets, and enjoy a cooking class from a celebrated chef.
Explore the history and culture of the Dalmatian Coast, starting in the walled fortress city of Dubrovnik, where you'll enjoy a guided walking tour, an optional kayak excursion, and sunset atop Srđ Hill. Hike across Koločep Island and discover its Blue Cave, then go oyster and wine tasting on Pelješac Peninsula. End your trip in the city of Split, where you'll explore the historic Diocletian's Palace, hike through Marjan Park, and enjoy an afternoon on the beach.
Explore the northwestern Balkans in this trip that combines nature with historic cities, starting in Slovenia with a tour of its capital Ljubljana, as well as visits to Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, and the country's Karst Region. Discover the beauty of Croatia by visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park, as well as the ancient Old Towns of Split's Diocletian Palace and Dubrovnik's walled fortress. Enjoy day trips to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, plus Perast and Kotor in Montenegro.
Explore Croatia's Dalmatian islands on this active tour, starting on the rural island of Šolta with its traditional way of life. Then set sail to the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, and Mljet, cycling through the pastoral wilderness, villages, and Mediterranean shrubbery, all while discovering ruins, ancient old towns, and national parks. End your trip on the small island of Šipan and sail to the city of Dubrovnik, where you can walk its historic walls, peruse its Old Town, and climb to Srđ Hill for outstanding panoramic views of the region.
Dive into the coastal culture of Croatia's Dalmatia region with this 7-day journey beginning in Split. Experience incredible national parks, sail among beautiful islands, and explore the country's most popular city, Dubrovnik. From the historic streets of Split to the culinary acumen of the Konavle region, you'll see and do many of the best activities the country has to offer in just one week.
In eight days, explore Croatia's captivating Dalmatian coast and nearby Adriatic islands on foot, using Dubrovnik as a springboard into the surrounding area. Local-curated walking routes will take you past stone villages, family-run vineyards, dramatic coastal paths, and through thick forests of pine, oak, and Mediterranean scrub. Along the way, you'll spend three nights in the fortressed city of Dubrovnik, the perfect baroque and Renaissance contrast to all that untouched countryside.
This epic Central Europe itinerary highlights the top cities and attractions of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. From the cobblestone streets of Prague, you'll head south and discover a new level of elegance and pastoral beauty in Austria, from opera houses to Alpine lakes. Then it's off to Slovenia to explore the charms of Lake Bled and the Karst region before a weeklong tour of Croatia from Zagreb to the sunny Dalmatian coast.
Whether you have two days or two weeks, Croatia is a fun and beautiful destination to explore. Dubrovnik, also known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," is easily the most popular city to visit in the country. With a little planning, you'll have an amazing time there and some unexpected experiences too. Whether you have one day or three, you will not run out of things to do in and around Dubrovnik. Keep reading for advice on how many days to spend in Dubrovnik — and what to do while you're there.
This self-guided 8-day cycling tour starts in Croatia's Konavle, the rural countryside beyond Dubrovnik, before leading you through the rugged terrain of the Pelješac peninsula to your first Adriatic island, Korčula. You'll pedal amid olive groves, vineyard-covered hills, and along stunning coastal paths until it's time to venture to Mljet National Park to cover equally, if not more beautiful ground. You'll end your active holiday with two nights in the "Adriatic Pearl," enough time to explore the city as well as visit the nearby island of Šipan for one last day of riding.
Discover the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik on this week-long self-guided cycling adventure. You'll warm the legs with a ride up Marjan Hill to look over the historic city of Split, ride alongside fields of lavender and ancient Greek ruins in Hvar's interior, and cross the length of Korčula to drink native wines and swim in the sea. Then it's back to the mainland with a ride over the ruggedly beautiful Pelješac peninsula to the historic saltpans of Ston before ending the trip with two nights in the "Adriatic Pearl," and a day to venture into the rural countryside beyond the city's gleaming streets.
Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is known for its culture, art, and foodie appeal. Its compact historic center, dotted with small museums and churches, can be seen in just a few days. However, those who stay for longer will have the opportunity to get beneath the surface, relax, and enjoy the flavors of the city. Read on for advice on how long to stay in Zagreb.
This short and decadently sweet itinerary is perfect for travelers who are short on time and love indulging in luxurious travel experiences. You'll tour the Dalmatian coast beginning with a food tour of local delicacies in Split, then it's off to Hvar to explore dazzling beaches and rugged island scenery before joining a private boat tour to nearby islands. Your holiday ends in Dubrovnik, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of the historic city as well as visit the rustic countryside of the Konavle region.