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While pristine turquoise waters and endless Mediterranean sunshine might first come to mind when you think of a trip to Croatia, it is also a country bursting with fascinating history and architecture, traditional cuisine, stunning natural sites, and friendly local people. On this 11-day tour from Zagreb along the coast to Dubrovnik, prepare to embark on a journey back in time from the m...

While pristine turquoise waters and endless Mediterranean sunshine might first come to mind when you think of a trip to Croatia, it is also a country bursting with fascinating history and architecture, traditional cuisine, stunning natural sites, and friendly local people. On this 11-day tour from Zagreb along the coast to Dubrovnik, prepare to embark on a journey back in time from the medieval to the present, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Stop off for wine-tasting, city tours, a trip to the breath-taking lakes and waterfalls at Plitvice National Park, swim around the Kornati and Hvar Islands, and round off the trip exploring the buzzing Bosnia and Herzegovena!    

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This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival At The Airport

Welcome to Croatia! Start your tour by getting to know Zagreb. Enjoy a relaxing city walk with your guide and explore its rich history from medieval times to the present. Stop for a coffee and cake break in the afternoon, a must for the locals! 

Zagreb is characterised by a Central European architectural appearance, mixed with a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. It boasts a rich history, which your guide will introduce you to as you are taken to all the hidden gems just out of reach of tourists. 


Day 2: Lace Making And Traditional Crafts

Today, you'll explore Croatia’s UNESCO heritage site of the Zagorje region, north of Zagreb. With an English-speaking guide, visit the small town of Lepoglava. Here you will join a lace-making workshop, and discover how this ancient and unique tradition creates wonderful patterns you can take home with you.

Continue on to the colourful town of Marija Bistrica, and learn about the art of old craft from the 13th century, making lovely gingerbread hearts. In the afternoon, enjoy some down-time and dine in the countryside savouring a fresh, home-cooked meal. The region is well-know for good cuisine and fine wine! 


Day 3: Plitvice National Park

Untouched nature, beautiful waterfalls, and 16 lakes await you at Croatia’s most famous National Park, Plitvice Lakes. Explore this UNESCO protected wonder that attracts millions of nature lovers from all over the world. Then, continue south to Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre in the small village of Smiljan, near Gospić. An interactive exhibition will answer all your questions about Tesla’s life and inventions. In the evening, you'll arrive at Solaris village resort to relax in the peaceful atmosphere.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Smiljan

Day 4: Paradise On Kornati Islands

In the morning, head to the Adriatic on a cruise that will take you to a breathtaking, day-long visit of Kornati Islands. A UNESCO protected site of 147 mostly uninhabited islands, islets and reefs covering 69 sq. km, Kornati Islands are the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic. Lunch and refreshments included in the cruise.

In the afternoon, get to know Šibenik, a town of stone labyrinth streets and steep back-streets and alleys. Get your cameras ready - it is here that you will witness the beauty of St. James Cathedral, a true renaissance jewel and a UNESCO site. Return to Solaris village for overnight stay.


Day 5: Kick Your Feet Up In Solaris Village

Spend the day relaxing in Solaris village! Visit the Etno village of Solaris and enjoy some great dining close to your hotel.


Day 6: The Renaissance World At Split

In the morning head to Trogir, a UNESCO listed city, from where you can sit back and enjoy a drink in one of the local terraces overlooking the city’s historical centre. After a short break, continue to Split, a historical town in the heart of Dalmatia where your guide will take you on a stroll to lead you through the history of Split from Roman times to modern day. Lunch in Split, and in the afternoon the ferry will take you across the channel to the stunning island of Hvar.


Day 7: Hvar: The Unesco Highland

Welcome to the sunniest island in the Adriatic!  Your guide will walk you through some great stories of the Island, and its UNESCO protected sites. Hvar is situated in a bay, where 13th-century walls surround beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets. Today it is the most popular yacht port, with yachts and sail boats flocking from all over the world.

The city has a long and distinguished history as a centre for trade and culture in the Adriatic. Put your feet up in what is considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.


Day 8: Heading South: Dubrovnik

Today, continue further south to Dubrovnik. Drive down the old road of Croatian coastline, passing many little towns en-route. Stop off for oyster tasting, to stretch your legs along the amazing stone walls, and learn about value of the salt in ancient times by visiting salt plains in Stone. In the evening, relax and simply enjoy Dubrovnik.


Day 9: Getting To Know Dubrovnik

There are many reasons why Dubrovnik is known as the pearl of the Adriatic, linked to its well preserved renaissance historical city centre and its great importance in trade and diplomacy. For centuries, it was the centre of the Republic of Dubrovnik, and the great rival of the Ottoman Empire and the powerful Venetian Empire. Listen to the legends while walking the city walls and take the funicular to enjoy the view of the historical city from the Srđ hill. Enjoy your evening meal and excellent Mediterranean cuisine in a local restaurant recommended by your local guide.


Day 10: Bosnia And ​Herzegovina

Visit the city of Mostar, a city on the Neretva River in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On this day trip from Dubrovnik, you'll head to the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House, and historical mosques. You'll also have time to visit the old craft shops or sit back to a traditional Turkish lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Dubrovnik for overnight.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dubrovnik

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. See you soon!


Zagreb Plitvice Lakes National Park Smiljan Kornati Šibenik Sollaris Trogir Split Hvar Dubrovnik Bosnia and Herzegovina

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,190 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax4 Pax
Price per person in Low Season$1,530$1,190
Price per person in High Season$1,760$1,360

Included in price:

  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Car rental for 6 days
  • All accommodation with breakfast included in 4/5 star hotels
  • Ferry to and from Hvar island
  • Local guides as in itineraries
  • Full day excursion and dinner in Zagorje region/day 2
  • Full day excursion to Kornati islands / day 4
  • Full day excursion to Mostar / day 10
  • Entrances to: Plitvice National Park, Diocletian palace in Split, Lace workshop, Nikola Tesla memorial
  • Evaneos' Free Repatriation Insurance covering all travellers

Not included in price:

  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Flight
  • Airport taxes
  • Cost of the fuel for rental car
  • Tolls
  • Extra activities

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