Croatia's Dalmatian Coast mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean. It will not take the visitor very long to also discover the evidence of a rich cultural legacy and influence from the Greeks and Romans to the Hapsburgs and most strikingly of all, the Venetians.
The 1100 miles of coastline is stunning in itself but the myriad of islands and islets along its length (over 1000) add to its beauty as well as offering additional choices for places to stay or visit as part of a holiday to Croatia. The outstanding scenery of the Dalmatian Coast is not the only jewel in the crown, there is a mountainous interior to explore including the Plitvice Lakes National Park (one of our favourite places), the many Venetian-influenced towns, the cosmopolitan and vibrant capital, Zagreb, and numerous opportunities to visit the bordering countries (of former Yugoslavia) - Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia & Macedonia.
Our tailor-made holidays in Croatia cover the whole country from the south around Dubrovnik to the north on the Istrian Peninsula and can also include many of the lesser-visited places of northern and eastern Croatia. There are many flights from London and UK regional airports (as well as from across Europe) into Dubrovnik, Split, Pula, Zadar and Zagreb. Why not consider one of our very popular fly-drives utilising a flight into one airport and home from another which enables more sightseeing time, this is particularly useful if you wish to include Zagreb or the National Parks, for example Plitvice Lakes. Also on offer through Rediscover the World are island hopping itineraries, twin-centre holidays, honeymoons, personally-selected short breaks including spa and sightseeing weekends & activities and culinary experiences. Croatia's magical scenery and legendary hospitality are unquestionably real, as you'll confirm when you have explored the country, still waiting to be rediscovered.
As founders of Rediscover the World we use our experience of travelling extensively over many years in this region, in fact our connection goes back to the mid 1980s. Today we combine frequent visits and the unrivalled expertise of our long-term, local partners, enabling us to provide you with the most up-to-date and fullest possible assistance in planning your ideal holiday - we can put together any tailor-made itinerary for you to suit most budgets. We are fully bonded (ATOL & TTA) for your financial security and this includes assistance should any part of your holiday not happen entirely to plan. If you were to assemble your holiday yourself you may not have this sort of protection nor would you be able to benefit from many of our special rates.
There are some classic fly-drive holiday routes as well as some longer and more individual ones which can be arranged with our assistance and local knowledge. To begin the process we include on our website some of the most popular itineraries; each of these suggested holidays has a summary of the details and a full itinerary giving day by day suggestions of the routes and sightseeing options. We also include guideline costs based upon our recommended places to stay and a list of "What's Included".
Some of the most requested places to stay on self-drive holidays are - Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Rovinj on the Istrian Peninsula, Trogir, Dubrovnik and the islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula. We can arrange for any combination of these locations (and many others) in hotels to suit your budget and taste. We will also advise on driving times, places of interest along your route and, quite importantly, up-to-date ferry timetables.
If you would prefer not to drive or wish to enjoy the scenery as you pass through this fantastic country then we can offer a private driver at a flat rate per day (this charge does not include food and lodgings; we would pre-book your driver on the same itinerary and board basis as you and include this cost in your quote). The driver will be English-speaking and will be able to assist with any local sightseeing, e.g. arranging a local, official guide for historic monuments, etc. (Entrance fees to National Monuments and local guide charges apply in some places).
In addition to the self-drive itineraries we offer twin centre holidays, short breaks, luxury honeymoons, island hopping, golf packages, cycling and other activities, lots of ideas for family holidays and much more.
Ask us about the selection of excellent Adriatic Cruises from both Split and Dubrovnik which take in the fabulous coastline and many of the wonderful islands such as Hvar, Korcula and Brac. Cruises also include a full package of sightseeing and activities.
Looking for a guided tour of Croatia's "best bits" or an escorted journey through the region then have a look at the wide range of group tours with guaranteed departures throughout the season. These tours also include the surrounding countries such as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia; even Macedonia, Serbia and Albania are included on some, providing a more off the beaten track itinerary. All listed tours are in English and accompanied by an experienced Tour Leader; all sightseeing is with official local guides and most meals are included; accommodation is in 4* hotels. Departures are from mainly Zagreb or Dubrovnik but we can easily add extra days to the start or end of your tour if you wish to visit additional places or simply relax on or near the beach.
Flights are possible into Croatia from all over the UK (and Europe). If you want flexibility on duration as well as open-jaw itineraries then we can arrange flights with BA, Croatian Airways, Easy Jet, Thomson Fly, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Norwegian and Jet 2 to suit most requirements and provide full ATOL protection (T7172) for your holiday.
Where to visit
The journey through the Southern Dalmatian Coastline is spectacular; the islands just off the coast in the Adriatic sea offer beautiful scenery, historical sights and plenty of lovely, small hotels.
The Dalmatian Riviera stretches from Split to Dubrovnik and includes superb beaches, pretty resorts such as Gradac & Makarska and is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Mediterranean.
Istria is the most northern province of Croatia with a great sweep of coastline jutting out into the Adriatic. There are many influences from its neighbours making Istria quite different and special.
The landscape of Croatia offers much more than coastal resorts and historic towns; there are some exceptional National Parks and protected landscapes which offer the visitor a unique experience.
Brac is one of the largest of the Adriatic islands but tends to be quieter than its more popular neighbours. Its real draw, though, is the stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach) on the south coast.
Hvar is one of the most popular islands of Southern Dalmatia, offering beautiful scenery and historical sights including castles & fortified churches perched on the edge of the Adriatic.
There is a legend that Korčula was founded by the Trojans (c.1150 BC) but more likely the Greeks colonized the island, calling it Korkyra Melaina (Black Corfu) because of its dark forests.
Krk is known as the "Golden Island", its scenery is a gorgeous combination of rocky and dramatic in the north with lush, green shores in the south. In the centre are ancient villages and vineyards.
Lopud island is very close to Dubrovnik; its beauty & uniqueness is breathtaking with over 1km of marvellous sandy beaches and no cars are allowed on the island, making it a natural paradise.
Mljet is one of the smaller but most beautiful of the islands - its western half is given over to a Nature Park to protect the environment of its famous salt lakes; a peaceful holiday location.
Pag islands offers a very different landscape - at first glance, it is rocky & bare resembling the surface of the moon but elsewhere there are olive groves, lush pine woods & beaches.
Rab is the smallest of Kvarner's main islands but is a popular place for visitors, attracted by its lush vegetation and fine beaches.
Dubrovnik is the brightest jewell in the southern Dalmatian coast and despite coming under attack in the Balkan wars it is as delightful and full of historic treasures and atmosphere as it always was.
Split is most famous as the location of the retirement home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Today's Split has a stylish and laid-back sophistication with cafes lining the palm-shaded waterfront.
Trogir's maze of small streets rises out of the sea on its own little island; this magnificent town is car-free with many boutique hotels, bars & restaurants, dominated by its Cathedral.
Zadar is one of our favourite places in Croatia; it is also a great base to visit the National Parks of Paklenica and Krka, Pag and the Kornati Islands and the beautiful Adriatic coastline.
National Park Krka has a very rich and diverse flora & fauna; it includes the region along the river Krka which runs through a deep canyon and forms beautiful waterfalls such as Skradinski Buk.
Paklenica National Park's landscape offers exceptional, dramatic and largely unspoilt landscapes providing walking and climbing for outdoor lovers.
Plitivice Lakes National Park is open all year round; in the summer it is green & full of lush vegetation while in the winter the lakes & waterfalls freeze leaving spectacular ice sculptures.
Pula is located on the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula and has been settled for at least 3000 years of history. Its Roman amphitheatre is the biggest outside of Italy.
Things to do
A full week's cruise through the Adriatic & its islands between Split & Dubrovnik. Includes many stops on the mainland and islands.
Six days in a choice of hotels in Dubrovnik with romantic dinner plus optional sightseeing including Montenegro and islands. Easily extended to a twin-centre ...
Split, Dubrovnik and the Island of Hvar. A perfect introduction to Croatia and a great combination for a relaxing holiday on the beautiful Adriatic.
Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, trekking and swimming in central Croatia's national parks.
The aim of this activity holiday is to explore the stunning Island of Vis but it is also about great food, good local wine and relaxation. START / FINISH ...
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Medit ...
The freedom of the sea - make use of Croatia's fabulous network of fast ferries to visit a choice of islands; includes two cities (Split, Dubrovnik) & ...
A grand drive along Croatia's coast from Dubrovnik in the south to Istria in the north (plus Venice) - includes locations with magnificent history, beautiful ...
A holiday in southern Croatia touring the Dalmatian Coast, Adriatic Islands & Plitvice National Park. Designed as a circuit so you can choose your ...
A Fly Drive itinerary taking in many lesser-visited locations in the north and east starting in the capital, Zagreb. Includes national parks, historic ...
A break in central Croatia touring the historic interior, coast, islands & national parks. Designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Plitvice ...
A break in central Croatia touring the coast, islands and national parks from Split. Designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Plitvice Lakes and ...
Croatia's "best bits" - visit the capital city, Adriatic coast & its islands plus some incredible national parks. Designed as a linear route so you ...
Croatia's whole coastline from Pula to Dubrovnik (or vice versa) - includes magnificent history, choice of beautiful islands and several national parks ...
A full tour of Croatia's & Slovenia's "best bits" including both capitals, stunning coastline, incredible caves, islands, lakes, historic towns & ...
Explore the beautiful, history-filled Istrian Peninsula plus fabulous locations in Slovenia. Designed as a circuit so you can travel via Opatija to Lubljana, ...
A week and a bit exploring three countries, all within easy reach of Dubrovnik. This is designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Mostar and return ...
Experience Croatia’s natural beauties & rich cultural heritage aboard our selection of cruises & enjoy the company of friendly hosts.
Spa & Golf Resort Sveti Martin is located in upper region of Medjimurje in nothern part of Croatia, approx. 125 km from Zagreb.
A Best of Both Worlds tour from Dubrovnik to Zagreb; first by mini-cruise along the Adriatic coast and then inland through Bosnia & Herzegovina and ...
A grand tour of what formerly constituted Yugoslavia. The itinerary includes stunning scenery, historic sights, unique national parks and an insight into ...
This tour includes the coast of Montenegro, Lake Ohrid, Albania, Dubrovnik and the fabulous countryside inbetween. START / FINISH - Dubrovnik
This tour includes Croatia's highlights and the "best bits" of Slovenia: staying in mostly 4* hotels, with English-speaking Tour Leader and guides throughout. START ...
11 Days / 10 nights
This tour crosses through the Balkans - Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia - staying in mostly 4* hotels, English-speaking Tour Leader & guides throughout. ...
This tour includes the stunning Adriatic coast of Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina's jewels - Mostar and Sarajevo and the unique Plitvice Lakes National ...
This tour includes: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes staying in 4* hotels, with English-speaking Tour Leader and guides throughout. START ...
Hiking through 5 National Parks in Croatia; experiencing traditional Croatian cuisine and hospitality.
Six days in a choice of luxury hotels in Dubrovnik. Romantic dinner, all transport and great sightseeing options included. Easily extended to a twin-centre ...
Rediscover Dubrovnik and its surrounding region; its beautiful coastal area, the islands and countryside through numerous walking paths.
"The entire holiday was wonderful, more than we had imagined. Croatia is a very beautiful country. Every town/city we visited was a picture postcard. One of our memorable events was taking the ferry from Trogir to the small island of Drvenik Veli. After walking in the sun for 1 hour to a fish restaurant we came to the end of the road and a small building which turned out to be a private residence. We had walked in the wrong direction. The owner of the home turned out to be a journalist from Germany. We had a great visit with her, swam in the Adriatic at her private beach and then she drove us to the restaurant that would have been a 2 hour walk in the sun. It was a great afternoon, wonderful food and interesting company. Don't hesitate to visit the smaller islands on day trips. Learn about the history of each place through walking tours. Relax and enjoy the coast and swimming in the Adriatic. The island of Mljet is definitely worth a visit. We talked to many local people and bought their goods, such as fresh figs, sugared almonds and homemade Grappa. We also went to Konoba restaurants wherever we could to support family businesses. Excellent. We highly recommend this type of holiday to anyone travelling to Croatia. Driving is easy. Don't hesitate to do it. It is breath taking to drive along the coast."
R Browne, September 2013
"Wonderful, thank-you! You and Andy have been nothing but great! Quick to respond and highly organized. We are really looking forward to this trip. Thanks for all your patience, attention to details, and hard work!! Much appreciated."
L Hesse, May 2016
"Rediscover the world provided a superb service and everything worked perfectly. There was some discrepancy in what was a 4 star hotel and the Bristol in Mostar needed lots of TLC No hesitation in recommending Rediscover and Croatia"
J Connolly, August 2016
"Really enjoyed the trip - advice on where to go was invaluable as we visited Kotor, Mostar and several other points recommended. In a week on holiday we didn't meet a grumpy, rude or unhelpful Croatian national. They should get the contract to train French waiters. Hotel was great and the staff were really, really friendly and helpful especially late one night when a bed collapsed! They were great at providing directions and general help. Major consideration was friendly, prompt and helpful responses to e-mails and questions. Already booked Morocco via Rediscover."
A Goodwin, October 2014
"just wanted to say that our self drive trip through Croatia with add-ons was great. Everything worked out well, all transfers were there and the notes you included were so helpful. No real glitches. We would certainly do another trip through you because they are so interesting. We have passed your name along to several friends. Will keep in touch."
S Noble, Oct 2015
"Overall, this was an excellent trip and we could not have enjoyed it more. Andy was a great agent! I look forward to working with him again soon on another fly/drive trip for the summer of 2016. This kind of service will lead both of us to working with you well into the future."
G Gebbia, July, 2015
"Overall the holiday was a great success. The transport arrangements all went like clockwork and the accommodation was generally good. Thanks for your company's help."
C Fox, Sept 2016
"This hotel rests on its location and from the outside the grounds etc and location beautiful. But that's where it ended. Room was tired, dated and bathroom/shower very poor. The restaurant was run by one waiter who struggled to keep everyone happy and food poor. The breakfast was supposed to start at eight and on our departure date we were there with others at eight only to find a lot of it had not even been put out. Again only 1 girl to oversee it all. I had laundry done which was returned still very damp and poorly ironed which meant putting it in the car to dry off as the air con was keeping the room cool. I did complain about it and the food and was offered a reduction. "
V Copper, 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
"House on Vis smaller than expected. Our room only had a small window in the very back of the room by the wardrobe so no natural light. No garden. Scruffy village. We were unlucky with the weather there and only canoed on the last two days but the other people staying there were lovely. "
E Langley, Sept 2016