Croatia Self Drive 06 - Classic Croatia

Grand Tour from Zagreb to Dubrovnik

About Croatia Self Drive 06 - Classic Croatia

Summary

A full route which includes Croatia's "best bits". On this holiday you will visit the capital city, the Adriatic coast and its islands plus some of Croatia's incredible national parks. This is designed as a linear route so you can reverse the direction of travel if you wish.

START - Zagreb / FINISH - Dubrovnik.

Activity code: CRFD06

Duration: 15 days

This fly drive itinerary is our most popular itinerary offering a recommended holiday of 2 weeks in Croatia. Starting in the Capital, Zagreb, it includes national parks, historic towns, beautiful islands and much more. The itinerary concludes in Dubrovnik but can easily be reversed with the flexible flight schedule now available.

The holiday begins with a smooth transfer service to your hotel in Zagreb where you have a couple of days to visit the city on foot and using its excellent public transport. Your hire car will be delivered to you and you can head straight out 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 first sight of the coast comes at the lovely old town of Zadar which also has some innovative new sights up its sleeve. Travelling along the coast you can visit another national park, Krka, which is similar to Plitvice en route to your next main stop, either Trogir or Split (you can choose either according to your preference and in the main season it is easy to travel between on the local ferry across the bay). Time to relax or perhaps take up the offer to do some rafting or the mulit-zip-wire experience in the Cetina Valley.

For the second week of the trip you could give up the car and travel on the catamaran service to Dubrovnik via an island (or two) of your choice but sticking with the self-drive we recommend staying in Hvar Town for a couple of nights and then traversing the island to get the ferry over to the mainland (thereby avoiding backtracking to Split). Once back on the mainland you can stay in Ston and sample oysters and walk the walls or consider travelling inland to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina prior to arriving in Dubrovnik. Mostar may be a day trip destination for many holidaying in Croatia but its stunning bridge, which was lovingly reconstructed after the war in the 1990s, and the old town's atmosphere is well worth the overnight stay.

If you have a few extra days or wish to cut down the locations along the way you may wish to consider a few days in Montenegro which can be tailored to your preference between the beach resort of Budva with its tranquil old town and Kotor with its impressive walls, historic buildings and challenging walk up the "staircase" to the fortress high above.

We feel that the best finale to this holiday is a few nights in Dubrovnik where you can relax, enjoy some activities and sightseeing without your car as the local buses and cable car offer an excellent service.

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 transfer service; we can deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide driving directions 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 Dubrovnik - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private round trip airport transfers.
  • 14 nts on BB at a choice of small hotels.
  • 11 days fully-inclusive car hire
  • Guide book.
  • 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:

    • Zagreb: - Hotel Villa Tina, Hotel Astoria, Hotel Esplanade
    • 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
    • Hvar: - Hotel Croatia, Villa Nora, Hotel Adriana & Spa
    • Brac: - Hotel Borak, Villa Adriatica
    • Korcula: - Hotel Marko Polo, Hotel Korsal, Hotel Korkyra
    • Mostar: - Hotel Demandino, Hotel Kriva Cuprije, Hotel Villa Eden
    • Mali Ston: - Hotel Ostrea
    • Dubrovnik: - Hotel Lero, Hotel Zagreb, Hotel More

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

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

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival into Zagreb

    Arrive in Zagreb; private transfer to your hotel.

    • Overnight in Zagreb.

  • Day 2: Zagreb

    Local sightseeing by public transport.

    • Overnight in Zagreb.

  • Day 3: Zagreb - Karlovac - Plitvice

    Deliver hire car to your hotel and drive via Karlovac and scenic route to Plitvice National Park.

    • Overnight in small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 4: Plitvice National Park

    Full day to explore National Park trails and scenery.

    • Overnight in small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 5: Plitvice - Zadar

    Drive south to the Dalmatian coast and beautiful Zadar; optional detour on way to Paklenica National Park. Alternative route via Otocac and Senj / Velebit National Park, even Rab and Pag Islands.

    • Overnight in Zadar.

  • Day 6: Zadar

    Relax in Zadar or visit the local area, e.g. Pag Island, Paklenica National Park.

    • Overnight in Zadar.

  • Day 7: Zadar - Sibenik - Split / Trogir

    Onward drive along coast road to Split via Sibenik or visit to Krka National Park.

    • Overnight in Split or Trogir.

  • Days 8 & 9: Split / Trogir

    Relax and explore historic cities of Split and Trogir plus Solana Roman city. It is possible to visit Split using local ferry.

    • Overnight in Split or Trogir.

  • Day 10: Split - Adriatic Islands [Hvar, Brac, Korcula]

    Ferry from Split to one of the islands, such as Hvar or Brac or Korcula.

    • Overnight in Hvar Town, Supetar on Brac or Korcula Town.

  • Day 11: Adriatic Island

    Relax and explore your chosen island.

    • Overnight in Hvar Town, Supetar on Brac or Korcula Town.

  • Day 12: Adriatic Island - Mali Ston

    Drive across island and take short ferry to mainland; drive along coast road to Mali Ston for one night.

      * We recommend that you include a night here if you have been to Brac or Hvar prior to travelling to Dubrovnik; this will allow you time to also visit Korcula or Mostar.
    • Overnight in Mali Ston.

  • Days 13 & 14: Mali Ston [Korcula / Mostar] - Dubrovnik

    If you decided to stay in Mali Ston then you can visit the castle, travel up the Peljesac Peninsula to Korcula or head inland to Mostar to visit the World-famous bridge.

    - [followed by...] relax and enjoy Dubrovnik on foot, by bus or cable car; optional excursions available.

    • Overnight in Dubrovnik (x2).

  • Day 15: Departure from Dubrovnik

    Private transfer to Dubrovnik 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.

Prices

Croatia Fly Drive no. 06 - Classic Croatia

Fully inclusive fly drive; prices include airport transfers, 11 days car hire (group A), 14 nts small hotel accommodation on BB basis, all taxes, detailed itinerary and 24hr emergency customer support in Croatia. Based upon 2 persons travelling.

1. Average cost for May

2 people
£ 1028

2. Average cost for June

2 people
£ 1171

3. Average cost for July

2 people
£ 1231

4. Average cost for August

2 people
£ 1273

5. Average cost for September

2 people
£ 1106

6. Average cost for October

2 people
£ 991

All prices are per person

Reviews

"Fabulous trip. Have given 5 stars on review. Excellent service from yourselves. Will be booking further trips with you."

M Harris, August 2017

"Thank you very much for helping us to enjoy a most memorable family holiday. We all enjoyed every bit of this trip and we will most definitely contact you again when planning our next trip. We were very happy with five of the six hotels we stayed in. Bad weather for three of the last four days of our trip restricted the number of activities we could do in Hvar and Dubrovnik, especially missing out on the green and blue grotto's around the island of Vis was quite disappointing for the children. Not having parking closer to Hotel Villa Nora in Hvar was a bit of an inconvenience, however the exceptional service we received from the host made up for that. Hotel accommodation close to the old town in Dubrovnik would have been preferred, especially due to the fact that we have already returned our rental car. In general we have had a great time in a very beautiful country with friendly people and all bookings and arrangements were without any issues. "

J Voges, October 2016

"We took a number of lovely detours during the drives, and particularly loved Podgora and Gradac on the coast. We were very happy with Andy at Rediscover the World, who was extremely informative and efficient. He made the transition from destination to destination smooth and trouble free."

T Jascourt, Sept 2016

"A fantastic trip with a really great selection of hotels. All transfers and car hire delivery / collection perfect."

A Knowles, August 2017

"Compliments are given to the amount of information given prior to departure regarding possible places of interest; also the GPS directions were an excellent bonus. In conclusion, thanks to all for the first class attention, organisation and professionalism."

T Lambie, May, 2017

"We returned just over a week ago from a super holiday, everything went to plan and we really enjoyed the range of hotels you'd selected. Only one mishap - Dan left some clothes in a hotel which serves us right for tidying up after our kids!  We arranged for them to be posted back and got them a few days ago - brilliant. Overall we had a great time and would like to thank you for making all of the arrangements that worked so well. I'd be happy to send you extra feedback and a few photos if you'd like."

J Burgess, Sept 2016

"We had a great holiday and could not fault the organisation and location of accommodation that was specifically tailored to our requests. If there was a category for 'very good' we would have selected it! We particularly appreciated the advice on alternative driving routes, we always chose the 'scenic' route and were never disappointed! We would have just liked a little more info on practicalities such as some hotels not having lifts, or safes, Hotel Perla being in a pedestrianised area & therefore having to do several journeys to unload the car (as it was our final stop). We were also unaware how early you need to turn up for the ferry from Spit to Korchula - we took the booking clerks advice and turned up 2hrs early for the 10.15 ferry but still didn't get on and had to spend another day in Split (which we had already visited) waiting for the 5.30pm ferry. I appreciate that this is only an issue during August but other people clearly knew because they were there super early! All other arrangements worked very well and we organised our own trips to Plitvice, Krka and Miljet. We found everybody to be very friendly and helpful, everyone spoke english! the food was good and the roads were a pleasure to drive. We hope to return soon!"

J Cooper, August 2017

"We had a great trip. Thank you !!!"

S Pearson, Oct 2015

"We have had an amazing time ... please pass our thanks on the all those involved in the planning....we have seen so much, Croatia is beautiful, we loved it. "

H Christmas, October 2017

"Plitvice Lakes was by far the highlight of the holiday, followed by Dubrovnik, but the whole 2 weeks was very enjoyable (even getting soaked at the Paklenika NP and having to dry off and change in the car park)."

K Hathrell, October 2017

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