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Enjoy the best of Croatia with kimkim's handpicked activities. Experience Hvar's rich winemaking history that dates back to the ancient Greeks, or navigate the labyrinthine Old Town of Split, the unexpected home of Diocletian's 4th-century palace. Farther south, experience authentic Croatian culture firsthand with a visit to a family farm in Konavle, where you'll learn to prepare a traditional peka meal. And if you're a nature lover, don’t miss the hiking trails and scenic waterfalls of Krka National Park. Check out our recommended activities in Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik, and more for your Croatia adventure.

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
4.7
(9)
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 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...
Waterfalls and a stone mill in Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Explore Krka National Park
5.0
(2)
0 hours
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Explore one of Croatia’s highlights, the famous Krka National Park. This green oasis is named after the Krka River and offers hiking trails, emerald lakes, scenic waterfalls, and swimming holes. The park is also known for its multiple endemic species of birds, fish, and amphibians. Apart from the...
Town and fortress of Klis
Klis
Wine Tasting & Lunch near Klis Fortress
5.0
(1)
5 hours
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Private
Set off to explore Klis Fortress (also known as the city of Mereen in the popular TV series, Game of Thrones). Discover the 2,000-year-old fortress and see where some of the famous TV scenes were filmed. While you walk and learn, enjoy stunning views of Split, the Adriatic Sea, and the islands in...
Marjan hill
Split
Bike Tour of Split & Marjan Hill
5.0
(1)
3.5 hours
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Private
Combine an active bike ride with a history lesson as you pedal through the ancient city of Split, tackling the hills of nearby Marjan Hill Park for incredible views over the city and islands. You'll start at Sv. Jere Church in Marjan Park, learning about Split's origins and history. Pedal around...
Stiniva  beach on Vis Island
Blue Cave
Explore the Caves & Beaches of Vis Island
4.0
(1)
7 hours
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Small group
Embark on an excursion to see the amazing Blue and Green Caves of Vis Island! The first stop is the incredible Green Cave, in which you can swim and snorkel or enter with a guide on the small boat. The cave gets its name from a tiny hole in the ceiling due to one of the wars, which allows a...
Zagreb
Dolac Market Food Tour Zagreb
3.0
(1)
3.5 hours
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Private
Dive deep into Croatian cuisine with this foodie tour of Zagreb. Hit the streets of the country's capital, learning about its history and culture through your taste buds. Zagreb's food scene is an essential part of its culture. From its lively open-air markets to hidden local favorites, you can...
Mostar
Day Trip to Mostar
2.0
(1)
10 hours
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Private
The Balkan region is compact, meaning some areas allow for easy day trips into neighboring countries. This is certainly the case for Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, two countries that share a lot of history but remain distinct in culture. From southern Croatia, it's an easy day trip to the...
Korčula
Discover Korčula's Archipelago
1.0
(1)
4 hours
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Private
Discover Korčula's surroundings and enjoy a boating excursion through its archipelago. Also known as the Škoji Islets, this cluster includes 18 islands accessible by boat, including Vrnik (the only inhabited island) and Badija (featuring a Franciscan Monastery). You'll depart from Korčula Town...
Lopud coastline
Lopud Island
Hike & Beach on Lopud Island
Explore beautiful Lopud, one of the Elafiti Islands set off the coast of Dubrovnik, home to one of the biggest and most beloved sandy beaches in the area, Šunj. You can either walk 30 minutes across the scenic island or take a local golf cart to get to the beach. Once at Šunj, enjoy relaxing on...
On the hunt for wild truffles
Motovun
Truffle Hunting in Motovun Forest
Surrounding the ancient sleepy hilltowns of Motovun, Buzet, and Vrh 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. As...
Pula
Explore the City of Pula
Discover the hidden historical gems of Pula, the biggest town in Istria. Although many visitors pass this city over, it's actually famous for an impressive 1st-century Roman amphitheater. This theater is one of the top 10 biggest amphitheaters built by the Romans and the only remaining theater to...
Korčula
Cycling & Wine Tasting on Korčula
5 hours
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Small group
Spend the day on a cycling tour across the island of Korčula, from the historic Korčula Town to the lush vineyards of Lumbarda. Along the way, you'll make several stops at beaches, scenic vistas, and wineries. First, you'll pick up your bike and meet your guide in Korčula; then, you'll head out...
Sample local wines in the Konavle Valley
Dubrovnik
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 and the sea.  You'll have the...
Kornati Islands at sunset
Zadar
Sail the Kornati Islands
Enjoy a fun and incredible scenic day of sailing from Zadar to the unique landscape of Kornati National Park. Nearly devoid of life, the barren and ruggedly beautiful 90 or so islands of the Kornati archipelago sit around the significantly larger Kornat Island. The area's highlights include...
Paklenica National Park
Starigrad (Paklenica)
Hike in Paklenica National Park
Private
Nature and outdoor lovers rejoice! Rise early and make your way east to Paklenica National Park, the most accessible hiking area in the southern Velebit mountains. Made up of dramatic karst formations, the park is most known for two limestone gorges, Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica (literally...
Prepare a traditional Mediterranean meal
Trogir
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...
Plate of soparnik (a type of savory pie) with prosciuto and cheese
Split
Afternoon Food Tour of Split
3 hours
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Private
Explore Split through your tastebuds with a walking food tour through the heart of the city. You'll meet your guide in the afternoon, where you'll learn a bit about Split's regional cuisine and culinary history. Then, meander over to a restaurant to taste a few local specialties, including...
Cyclist explore plains around Stari Grad
Hvar Island
Cycling Tour of Hvar
4.5 hours
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Small group
Discover the beauty of Hvar on a cycling tour, starting in Stari Grad on the island's northwest side, a quaint town surrounded by scenic agricultural landscapes. After getting acquainted with your bike and gear, you'll set off to explore Hvar. One of the best ways to see the entire island and get...
Cavtat
Cavtat
Visit Cavtat & Sokol Grad
Set just 30 minutes southeast of Dubrovnik is the small town of Cavtat. This gorgeous harbor village enjoys a postcard-perfect location nestled in a peninsular cove on the Adriatic. It also has quite a bit of history. It was founded in the 7th century as a haven for ancient Greek Epidaurum...
Ston
Oyster Tasting on Pelješac Peninsula
Private
Visit the picturesque Pelješac Peninsula, located between Split and Dubrovnik and jutting out from the Croatian mainland. It makes an excellent day trip from either city or the perfect stopping point when traveling between the two.First, make a stop in the town of Ston, where you can walk along...
Veliki Tabor Castle in the rollings hills of Zagorje county
Zagreb
Castles & Villages of the Zagorje Region
6 hours
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Private
Just a few miles northwest of Zagreb lies Zagorje, a bucolic hilly region dotted with Renaissance and medieval fortresses, numerous baroque castles, and family-run vineyards and farms. It's a memorable, romantic landscape that will take you back in time to a sense of both the aristocratic past...
Ancient Roman ruins at Salona
Solin
Visit Trogir, Klis, & Solin
8 hours
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Self guided
For lovers of history and archaeology, there is a wealth of medieval and Roman ruins in the immediate surroundings of Split.Set on a small island—a stepping stone between the mainland and the much larger Čiovo—is the ancient coastal city of Trogir. It's a small place, and it doesn't take longer...
National Theater
Zagreb
Walking Tour of Zagreb (+ Strukli)
3.5 hours
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Private
Enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb's buzzing historical city center, complete with a ride on the funicular and visits to all the famous sites and buildings the Croatian capital has to offer!Zagreb is roughly divided into two separate parts: Upper Town and Lower Town. Expanded from two medieval...
Photo: Novak Elcic. Mljet National Park is a lush and tranquil place covered with forests. Just the place for people in search of perfect relaxation in nature
Mljet Island
Day Trip to Mljet National Park
9 hours
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Self guided
Located southeast of Korčula, Mljet Island is often called Croatia's greenest island. The entire western portion is covered in lush vegetation, protected as a Mljet National Park. There are plenty of roads and trails to walk around to enjoy nature, or you can boat to the islet of St. Maria inside...
Korčula
Walking & Culinary Tour on Korčula
4 hours
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Private
Experience the rural side of Korčula Island on a walking and culinary tour! Learn about island life (past and present) while listening to stories about the historic village of Zrnovo. A passionate local guide will lead you around the town and surrounding countryside, passing through the village,...
Zagreb
Hike in Medvednica to Zagreb's Medvedgrad Castle
4.5 hours
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Private
Many European cities have castles, but not all sit atop a forested hill surrounded by hiking trails and a dense nature park. Well, Zagreb is one of them! For lovers of hiking, mountain biking, or the outdoors, you can enjoy a moderate trek through the Medvednica Nature Park to Medvedgrad, one of...
Great biking, walking, and running trails in Kamenjak National Park
Cape Kamenjak
Beach Day & Water Sports in Cape Kamenjak
Discover the beautiful Cape Kamenjak, the Istrian peninsula's most southern point. Protected as a nature park, the peninsula offers various secluded coves and beaches, some of the best in the Pula region. Here you can relax, soak in the fresh salty air, and enjoy the mesmerizing sea as you swim,...
Zagreb
Lunch & Wine Tasting in Zagreb's Countryside
4 hours
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Private
One perk of Zagreb's relatively small size (at least for a European capital) is the peaceful countryside making up its surroundings. With rolling hills and valleys, you can explore some of the rural villages just outside the capital and get a taste of traditional life. Along the way, stop to...

Best Experiences in Croatia

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 has more than its share of natural wonders, beautiful coastline and picturesque islands.

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 paradise for watersports enthusiasts. You can sail among the islands, kayak the inland rivers and lakes, snorkel or scuba off the Adriatic coastline or kitesurf, fish, or even bungee jump during a vacation in Croatia.

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 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.

Views of Dubrovnik
Top Historical Experiences in Croatia

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!

Istrian town of Motovun
Top Cultural Experiences in Croatia

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.

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 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.

Croatia is a wonderful destination for families
Top Family Experiences in Croatia

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.

Looking to Zagreb's Hilly Old Town
Best Things to Do in Zagreb

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.

Beautiful Zadar
Best Things to Do in Zadar

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.

The hilltop villages of Istria
The Best Things to Do in Istria

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.

Split's waterfront at sunset
Best Things to Do in Split

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.

Stunning Korčula Town
The Best Things to Do on Korčula

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.

Discover Croatia with an active excursion
Top Active Experiences in Croatia

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.

Explore Croatia's renowned coastline
Top Beach Excursions in Croatia

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.

Sail along Croatia's stunning coastline
Top Sailing Experiences in Croatia

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.

One of Dubrovnik's Harbors
Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik

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.