The ultimate Croatian vacation
Explore Croatia's enchanting cities and natural wonders on this 7-night vacation! With your own car, begin in historic Dubrovnik, then drive to Split, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Opatija and Zagreb. Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Croatia is no slacker when it comes to vibrant cities, beautiful beaches, and jaw-dropping natural wonders. See Croatia's main cities on this self-drive vacation that gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Begin in the historical heart of the country, Dubrovnik! Walk the perimeter of the city's fortified stone walls (the finest in Europe) and tour the Old Town with a local guide. Dig into a hearty meal of peka before setting off for Split, home to one of the finest Roman ruins in the world. Stop in historic Opatiija - once referred to as the Austrian Riviera - before arriving in your last destination, the exciting capital of Zagreb! Here in Croatia's largest city, seek out the unique attractions like the world's shortest funicular ride and a museum dedicated to failed relationships. Croatia is full of surprises!
Day 1. Welcome to Dubrovnik!
Welcome to the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik! Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and drive to your first accommodation. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in this enchanting city, which served as the setting for King's Landing in "Game of Thrones." Celebrate your first night in Croatia with a traditional Croatian meal. One of the most well-known dishes is peka, or meat and potatoes cooked in a bell-like dome under hot coals.
Day 2. Dubrovnik
Wake up today and enjoy a morning walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik! With the help of a local guide, you'll see the historic highlights that make up Old Town, from Rector's Palace to the Franciscan Monastery. After your tour, take the 4-minute cable car up to Mt Srd. At the top, you will be treated to spectacular views of Old Town, the sparkling Adriatic sea, and several islands. Return to Old Town and enjoy a leisurely dinner while watching Croatian life pass you by.
Dubrovnik City Walking Tour : See the highlights of Old Town Dubrovnik on a morning walking tour! Meet your local guide at Pile Gate in front of Old Town, the natural starting point to any Dubrovnik visit. Begin at Rector's Palace, built in the 15th-century as the home of Dubrovnik's elected rector, then see Bell Tower Clock and Orlando's Column, a symbol of the city's freedom. Continue to Sponza Palace, a splendid 16th-century palace that was a customs house, a mint, a state treasury and a bank. You'll also enjoy views of the Dominican Monastery and the famous Franciscan Monastery with its pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world dating back to 1371.
Day 3. Dubrovnik - Split
Say goodbye to Dubrovnik this morning as you drive 148 miles to the city of Split, the second-largest city in Croatia after Zagreb. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the historic inner city including the UNESCO-certified Diocletian's Palace. After the tour, treat yourself to a refreshing aperitif and a stroll along the palm-tree-studded Riva waterfront promenade. This area makes for prime people watching in Split!
Split City Walking Tour : Enjoy a walking tour of the historic inner city of Split, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Meet your guide in front of the Diocletian Palace entrance, then explore the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage. Gaze in awe at its Renaissance and Gothic structures and the Temple of Jupiter, originally an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the king of the gods. Continue to Peristyle Square in the center of the city, then end at the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral still in use.
Day 4. Split - Trogir - Zadar
Leave Split today and drive 20 miles north to the picturesque town of Trogir, built on a small island and connected to mainland Croatia by a stone bridge. This town is a real cultural treasure stroll through its charming narrow streets and visit the beautiful St. Lawrence Cathedral. Leave Split today and drive 20 miles north to the picturesque town of Trogir, built on a small island and connected to mainland Croatia by a stone bridge. This town is a real cultural treasure; stroll through its charming narrow streets and visit the beautiful St. Lawrence Cathedral. When the sun goes down, head to Zadar's waterfront to hear the sweet sounds of the sea organ and see the Sun Salutation light show!
Zadar City Walking Tour : Explore two of Zadar's highlights on this walking tour : the Roman Forum and the Church of St. Donatus. Begin at the Roman Forum, constructed between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD. Continue to the 9th-century Church of St. Donatus Church. Stones from the Roman Forum were used to build the neighboring rotunda of the Byzantine-style church, which is now used for concerts.
Day 5. Zadar - Plitvice - Opatija
After breakfast, leave Zadar and drive 92 miles to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a highlight of any trip to Croatia. Spend a few hours exploring the breathtaking scenery of the 16 terraced lakes that make up the park, and the surrounding wooded mountains and lush vegetation. From the park, drive 110 miles to Opatija, a seaside resort town on the beautiful bay of Kvarner. Enjoy a sunset stroll along the promenade as you admire the handsome Belle Epoque villas built during the hey-day of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Day 6. Opatija - Zagreb
Spend a leisurely morning in Opatija, then pack up one more time as you drive 106 miles to your last destination, Zagreb. Croatia's capital and largest city hums with exciting cultural institutions, intriguing history, and a modern dining and nightlife scene. Head to Zrinjevac Square, the verdant heart of Zagreb where there is always something going on. It's filled with stalls almost year round, and features festivals and events summer through winter.
Day 7. Zagreb
In the morning, set out on a walking tour of Zagreb's historical center, Gornji Grad, also known as Upper Town. With the help of a local guide, you'll visit St. Mark's Church, Parliament, and the Government Palace. After the tour, take the funicular connecting the Lower and Upper Towns of Zagreb. Fun fact: it happens to be the shortest funicular ride in the world! Continue to Zagreb's quirkiest museum, the Museum of Broken Relationships, which houses personal objects from failed relationships donated by people from all over the world. If that doesn't strike your fancy, the Museum of Contemporary Art houses an exciting display of Croatian and international art.
Zagreb City Walking Tour : See the gems of Zagreb on this morning tour! You'll venture through historic Upper Town, then discover by some of the religious highlights of the city, from the medieval St. Mark’s Church to the Baroque-style St. Catherine’s Church. You'll also pass the Zagreb Cathedral - the tallest build in Croatia - as well as the important and iconic Parliament building and Government Place.
Day 8. Depart Croatia
Your self-drive Croatian vacation ends today. At the appropriate time, drive to Zagreb airport, drop off your rental car, and transfer to your departure gate for your flight home.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Roundtrip economy class airfare into Dubrovnik (DBV), out of Zagreb (ZAG).
Manual, economy car rental for 7 nights - upgrade to automatic available.
Pick up Dubrovnik Airport, Drop off Zagreb Airport.
2 nights in Dubrovnik at the Hotel Lacroma or similar.
Dubrovnik City Walking Tour.
1 night in Split at the Hotel President Split or similar.
Split City Walking Tour.
1 night in Zadar at the Hotel Bastion or similar.
Zadar City Walking Tour.
1 night in Opatija at the Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar.
2 nights in Zagreb at the Palace Hotel or similar.
Zagreb City Walking Tour.
Hotel service charges & taxes.