Croatia Self Drive 05 - Central Croatia

Split - Zadar - Plitvice - Split

About Croatia Self Drive 05 - Central Croatia


A week-long break in central Croatia touring the coast, islands and national parks from Split. This is designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Plitvice Lakes and return via Zadar (or vice versa) - extended very easily with extra nights in one or more of the locations.


Activity code: CRFD05

Duration: 8 Days

This fly drive itinerary is one of our popular options for a circuit in central Croatia; it includes splitting your time between the coast and its islands and the stunning Plitvice National Park.

The holiday begins with a smooth transfer service to your hotel in Split where you have the remainder of the day to visit the city on foot. You can also visit Trogir across the bay using the small ferry during one of the days; you could also consider the offer to do some rafting or the mulit-zip-wire experience in the Cetina Valley near Omis during your stay in Split. Your hire car will be delivered to you and you can head straight into the countryside in the direction of your first major stop, the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Each day's drive is not so far so you have plenty of time to do some sightseeing, walking or take an extended lunch / picnic along the way. Your return to the coast comes at the lovely old town of Zadar which also has some innovative new sights up its sleeve. Hidden nearby is the pretty village of Nin and you coudl also drive over to see the unique scenery of Pag Island via the bridge.

Time to relax before the final leg of your journey;  a relatively short drive back to Split Airport for your flight home.

Why Book with Rediscover the World ?

We are able to tailor-make this holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, overall duration, pre-booked activities, etc.

Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in these fascinating countries (in the list below we have included our main recommendations together with suggestions for "boutique" hotels and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport (or port) transfer service; we can collect your hire car from your hotel in Dubrovnik at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide detailed driving routes, sightseeing suggestions and parking information for all accommodation. The new highways linking Zagreb, Split, Pula and Dubrovnik will cut down journey times when you wish to get from A to B quickly but this also means that the other roads will be quieter and a pleasant alternative for sightseeing and travelling at a gentler pace. (NB. tolls apply on the highways).

Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing and we include the most up-to-date ferry schedules and tariffs; we are also able to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Split - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfer on arrival
  • 7 nts on BB at a choice of small hotels.
  • 6 days fully-inclusive car hire
  • Fully detailed itinerary with ferry schedules, driving directions and sighteeing ideas
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this holiday:

    • Plitvice: - Hotel Miric Inn, Hotel Degenija
    • Zadar - Hotel Mediteran, Hotel Bastion
    • Split: - Hotel Slavija, Hotel Peristil, Hotel Luxe
    • Trogir: - Hotel Concordia, Hotel Monika, Trogir Palace Hotel

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.


  • Day 1: Arrival into Split

    Arrive in Split; private transfer to your hotel in Split or Trogir. Balance of day local sightseeing.

    • Overnight in Trogir or Split.

  • Day 2: Split / Trogir

    Relax and explore historic cities of Split and Trogir (one can be visited from the other by local ferry).

    • Overnight in Trogir or Split.

  • Day 3: Split - Zadar

    Delivery of hire car; explore coast and countryside via Sibenik (or Krka National Park) enroute to Zadar.

    • Overnight in Zadar.

  • Day 4: Zadar

    Explore Zadar & visit local area including island of Pag and Paklenica National Park.

    • Overnight in Zadar.

  • Day 5: Zadar - Plitvice

    Drive inland via scenic route to Plitvice National Park.

    • Overnight in a small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 6: Plitvice National Park

    Full day to explore National Park trails and scenery.

    • Overnight in a small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 7: Plitvice - Split

    Return to Split on Dalmatian coast, stay in Split or Trogir.

    • Overnight in Trogir or Split.

  • Day 8: Departure from Split

    Drop off hire car at Split Airport for flight home.

    NB. if you have an evening flight home then you may wish to have the extra night in Split (or Trogir) at the beginning and travel directly from Plitvice (or Zadar in reverse) to the airport.

  • Prices and Departure Dates

    Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.

    Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money.

    NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.


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