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- from £2,095 PP
- 14 Nights
- Mar - May & Sep - Oct
- 3hrs from London
Book this unforgettable 14 night ATOL protected Croatia multi-centre holiday from Zagreb to Dubrovnik with overnight stops at the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park, the historic city Split and the beautiful and chic island of Hvar. Explore the beautiful and cultural sites of Zagreb, one of Europe’s smallest capitals to start and end your holiday in awe inspiring fashion as you wander through the UNESCO listed medieval city of Dubrovnik
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At a Glance
- Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia's capital city. Private transfer to your top hotel.
- Trip to Trakoscan & Varazdin Castles. Wine-tasting in the beautiful hinterland.
- Trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park to wander in stunning watery paradise.
- Visit to Kuterevo Bear Sanctuary.
- Explore Split, Croatia's second biggest city. Split is a UNESCO-listed site and the oldest Roman palace in the world that is still in use.
- Day trip to Klis Fortress, used as defence againse the Mongols in the 1200s, then the Ottomans in the 1500s. Also used as a filming location for Game of Thrones.
- Day trip to Trogir, a picturesque seaside town with winding streets and great examples of architecture from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance & Baroque perionds.
- Travel to Hvar by catamaran. Explore the bustling main town and book a table at a seaside restaurant.
- Take a water taxi to Palmizana Beach in thte Pakleni islands. Sample the excellent restaurants and relax.
- Wine-tasting in Hvar or jeep safari.
- Depart from Hvar to go to Dubrovnik. Take a tour with an expert local guide.
- Walk on the top of Dubrovnik's mighty city walls. Take a cable car to the top of Srd Mountain for supper at the restaurant at the top. Stunning at sunset.
- Exciting speed boat tour to visit nearby islands.
- Day trip to Lokrum. Pack a picnic and wander amongst nature and the remains of a 12th century monastery.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival to Zagreb
Upon arrival to Zagreb airport, our driver will take you to your hotel. After you have settled in your hotel, stroll amongst the city’s classicist and secessionist facades and green parks. Satisfy your inner culture vulture by visiting one of the many museums and galleries or simply soak up the atmosphere of the busy city streets.
Take a funicular to Gornji Grad, the Medieval part of the city containing St Mark’s church, offering stunning tile roof.
Zagreb has a booming craft beer scene so if you’re a fan, go for a stroll around Tkalciceva street and sample some of the local brews.
Day 2 (OPTIONAL) Visit Trakoscan Castle and Varazdin
Zagreb’s hinterland is hiding beautiful 13th century Trakoscan castle and a baroque Old town of Varazdin and its 14th century Varazdin castle.
Hinterland is also a home to several family farm restaurants with their own vineyards, serving local home-made food. Here you will be able to see a traditional čardak house and sample the štrukli and kulenaccompanied by local wines Škrlet (white), Graševina (white) and Frankovka (red) wines, as well as widely known wines Merlot, Shiraz, Muscat, Sauvignon, Pinot, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Day 3 Arrival to Plitvice
After breakfast, you will make your way towards UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes national park.
With arrival around lunch time, you will have the afternoon to explore the park.
Whilst in Plitvice Lakes, may we suggest purchasing a 2-day ticket to Plitvice Lakes National Park, which will allow you much more time to explore the trails, beautiful waterfalls and lakes. Hop on a scenic electric boat or train for a different perspective of the park.
Day 4 (OPTIONAL) Explore Plitvice Region
You can further explore lush Plitvice region, which is much more than lakes and waterfalls. This is a mountainous region with lots of game, so do try local venison, wild boar and rabbit, or sample delicious homemade soured milk.
If you’re an animal lover and would love to support local conservation project, visit Kuterevo bear sanctuary. Lika bears are a symbol of the region and this sanctuary, ran by volunteers, rescues orphaned cubs. The entry is free but they depend on donations.
Day 5 Arrival to Split
Today, you will make a morning departure to Split, second biggest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia region.
The Diocletian’s Palace makes the core of the Old Town and a symbol of modern-day Split, incorporating an eclectic combination of Roman temples, Gothic palaces and modern Mediterranean-style stone houses.
Within the walls of the Palace, you will find cafes, restaurants and shops – plenty to explore.
Don’t miss Riva, Split’s palm tree-lined promenade, panorama from Marjan hill or simply walking the cobbled streets of the Old Town, infused with history.
Day 6 (OPTIONAL) Klis and Trogir
To start your day, visit Klis fortress, lodged in the mountain above Split. In the past, it served as a line of defence against Mongols and Ottoman empire.
Later, continue towards Trogir. This Medieval island town is another UNESCO-listed site in Croatia. Walk the streets of Trogir admiring preserved Kamerlengo castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Connected with Trogir via bridge is Čiovo island, and with a short walk or a taxi drive, you can spend part of your day enjoying beautiful beaches.
Day 7 Relax and explore
For your last day in Split, relax on one of the beaches around Marjan hill. Enjoy crystal-clear sea and beach bars with lush forest in the backdrop. If you’re an art lover, don’t miss out on Mestrovic Gallery and Mestrovic Kastelet nearby, containing works of one of the most prolific Croatian artists, Ivan Mestrovic, renowned worldwide. If you climb just a little bit higher, to the first viewpoint, you will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of Split and the islands of Solta and Brac in front.
Day 8 Arrival to Hvar
You will board an early morning catamaran to Hvar, one of the top destinations in Croatia and an island of stunning nature, turquoise sea and lively bar and restaurant scene.
After checking into your hotel, explore bustling Old Town. For the best view over the town climb up to 17th century Fortica Fortress or explore Hvar’s narrow streets filled with wonderfully quaint restaurants and shops selling artisanal wonders. Spend the evening relaxing with a drink taking in the sights, sounds and celebrities of Hvar’s nightlife, we recommend the Le Bonj bar.
Day 9 (OPTIONAL) Pakleni islands and Palmizana beach
For your last day on Hvar, hop on a taxi boat to visit beautiful Palmizana beach in Pakleni islands archipelago, scattered in front of Hvar bay, short boat ride from Hvar town. Palmizana beach has several excellent restaurants and beach bars, so you can spend a relaxing day enjoying crystal clear sea and cocktails.
Alternatively, if lounging by the beach is not your style, perhaps you’d be interested in a private sailing tour of Pakleni islands whilst enjoying a picnic sunset.
Day 10 (OPTIONAL) Experience wine-tasting
Whilst in Hvar, visit award-winning winery Tomić. Taste award-winning wines Plavac Mali, local favourite Bogdanuša or Hectorovich prošek (sweet dessert wine) in fantastic stone cellars, not unlike those used by Romans.
For a bit more active day out, go on a jeep safari tour, exploring Hvar’s countryside. Frozen in time and abandoned in the 50s, the nearby village Malo Grablje has a new-found purpose as an ethno-eco village, open to tourists and providing an insight into authentic island life. There is a restaurant serving traditionally-prepared food, using only locally-sourced ingredients, so you can enjoy a meal in a tranquil and beautiful setting.
Day 11 (OPTIONAL) Blue Cave tour with 5 islands or Jeep Safari tour
If you’re up for an adventure, board a speedboat for a tour of 5 islands and an unforgettable visit to the Blue Cave, a stunning natural phenomenon. Spend the day cliff jumping, snorkelling, cave diving and discovering hidden coves and beaches.
Alternatively, go on a jeep safari tour, exploring Hvar’s countryside. Abandoned in the 50s, the nearby village Malo Grablje has a new-found purpose as an ethno-eco village, open to tourists and providing an insight into authentic island life. There is a restaurant serving traditionally-prepared food, using only locally-sourced ingredients, so you can enjoy a meal in a tranquil and beautiful setting.
Day 12 Arrival to Dubrovnik
Departing from Hvar with an early morning catamaran, you will be in Dubrovnik around lunch time.
Upon arrival, our driver will meet you at the harbour and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we will organise a private guided tour of the Old Town (combined with Game of Thrones tour if you’re a fan of the TV show), taking you to locations where this world-popular TV show was filmed and introducing you to the beauty of the town known as ‘Pearl of Adriatic’, which wasn’t diminished even by severe shelling during Homeland war in the 90s.
Day 13 (OPTIONAL) Walk Old City Walls
Walk the stunning Old City walls, with St John’s, Bokar and Minceta tower forts along the way, for breath-taking views of Dubrovnik’s surroundings and watching waves crash into the fortifications. For a stunning sunset, take a cable car up Srdj hill, offering stunning panorama of Dubrovnik and Elaphiti islands in front. End your day on a high note and treat yourself to a dinner or a glass of wine at Panorama restaurant.
Day 14 (OPTIONAL) Visit to Lokrum island nature reserve
For a day surrounded by nature and tranquillity, hop on a ferry for a day trip to Lokrum island nature reserve, offering beautiful wild beaches and remains of a 12th-13thcentury Benedictine monastery of St Mary and a cloister garden. Enjoy a day of nature, surrounded by Lokrum’s locals: peacocks and wild bunnies. There’s a simple café offering drinks and quick bites but it’s advisable to bring your own picnic if you plan on staying longer.
Dy 15 Departure Day
Say goodbye to Croatia. Your private transfer will take you to the airport.
- Return flights from the UK
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in 4-star hotels in Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik
- Private transfers throughout your trip
- Your holiday is ATOL protected for your peace of mind
- Access to our concierge service
- Flexibility – you can select how many nights you would like to spend in Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik as this holiday will be tailor-made for you
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