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About Croatia

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.

What does Rediscover the World offer?

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.

Why Rediscover the World?

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.

Croatia Fly Drives

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.

Private English-Speaking Driver Service

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).

Recommended Holiday Ideas

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.

Cruising in the Adriatic

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.

Coach Tours [guaranteed departures]

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

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.

UNESCO sites in Croatia:

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979). Over time, water has flown over the natural limestone and chalk, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of connecting lakes, waterfalls and caves. The nearby forests are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species.
  • Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian(1979). The palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, and later served as the basis of the city of Split. A cathedral was built in the Middle Ages inside the ancient mausoleum, along with churches, fortifications, Gothic and Renaissance palaces. The Baroque style makes up the rest of the area.
  • Old City of Dubrovnik (1979). Dubrovnik became a prosperous Maritime Republic during the Middle Ages, it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a remarkable level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec (1997). The episcopal complex, with its striking mosaics dating back to the 6th century, is one of the best examples of early Byzantine art and architecture in the Mediterranean region and the world. It includes the basilica itself, a sacristy, a baptistery and the bell tower of the nearby archbishop's palace.
  • Historic city of Trogir (1997). Trogir's rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. It is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe. Trogir's medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
  • Cathedral of Saint James, Šibenik (2000). The cathedral is a triple-nave basilica with three apses and a dome (32 m high inside) and is also one of the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance the eastern Adriatic.
  • Stari Grad Plain, Hvar (2008). The Stari Grad Plain is an agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century BC, and remains in use today. The plain is generally still in its original form. The ancient layout has been preserved by careful maintenance of the stone walls over 24 centuries.

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Reviews

"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

"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

"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

"Thank you very much for your excellent, efficient service. We will certainly recommend you to others."

A Stephens, August 2016

"Just a quick note to say what a fabulous time we had in Croatia. The  hotels chosen where fabulous particularly Hotel Lero in Dubrovnik, Hotel Korsal in Korcula, Hotel Mediterran in Zadar and Hotel Degenya in Plitvice (the pool had only  been opened 10 days).  The days we were driving where really easy and the best route form Korcula to Split is definately better by ferry. I understand that the border crossings with Bosnia can be a pain and lengthy at times.  Got to see all my Games of Thrones sites apart from the Aborteum just outside Dubrovnik - think we missed the signs.  There was only one error and that was the Hotel Edens fault - they did not have a twin room for the  kids - they were fully booked, so could not change. But other than that no problems.   "

S Syder, June, 2017

"This was our first experience of this structured holiday and we loved all of it. Very good itinerary, quality hotels if a bit quirky, distance between venues was manageable and allowed us to see a varied landscape. Loved the people who were all very friendly and helpful. Would do it again."

B Melling, December 2012

"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

"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

"Your communication with us giving initial suggestions & then adjusting things according to our suggestions was excellent. Thank you. Information provided on the finalised itinerary was helpful though the links to directions on how to get to the various accommodations did not work directly & when accessed the directions were not always very clear or detailed. However with the aid of my own Sat Nav we did of course find them all. Transfers from/to the airports overseas were excellent. Thank you. Car hire was excellent with delivery to the hotel in Zagreb & pick up from the port in Dubrovnik all handled on time & without a hitch. Thank you."

P Tilsley, Oct 2015

"We had a great holiday. Transfers and accommodation were excellent and it was mainly trouble-free. The only issues we had were: - Dropping the hire car off at Rovinj Port. The drop off time was 7am but our Catamaran to Venice left at 7am so we had to arrange a suitable drop off location and time with Last Minute Car Rentals. They were not keen on meeting us at 6am so we had to leave the car in the port car park, with the keys hidden somewhere. However we did receive a text later that day to say the car had been collected and all was OK, but I was not initially keen to leave the car and not complete a handover. I did take photos of the car when I initially collected it and when I dropped it off in case there were issues over damage. - We had issues with parking the car at a couple of the hotels due to a lack of spaces, however the hotels were very accommodating and found us somewhere to park. There was usually an extra charge for parking which we were not aware of before we started the holiday. For future reference it may be useful to inform hotels when booking that a car space is required and advise customers of the additional cost. Also, we had to pay a tourist tax in Venice (4.50 Euros per person per day I think) so it may be worth advising customers of this (unless you do already and I missed it!!) Apart from the above everything else was excellent. The paperwork and information we received from you was spot-on. Flights and transfers were trouble-free and the hotels were all clean and the staff friendly and very helpful. We would like to thank you for organising thee holiday for us, we would certainly recommend you to family and friends and will look to book through you in the future. Many thanks again."

S Cooper, August 2016

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