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
Experience Croatia’s natural beauties & rich cultural heritage aboard the delightful m/s Adriatic Pearl; enjoy the company of friendly hosts. START ...
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. START ...
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 ...
The freedom of the sea - make use of Croatia's fabulous network of ferries and catamarans to visit your choice of islands. This particular holiday is for ...
A grand drive along the whole of Croatia's coastline from Dubrovnik in the south right up to Istria in the north with an optional extension of your holiday ...
A 10 day holiday in southern Croatia touring the Dalmatian Coast, Adriatic Islands and Plitvice National Park. This is designed as a circuit so you can ...
This Fly Drive itinerary is a slightly different tour of Croatia taking in many of the lesser-visited locations in the north and east. Starting in the ...
A week-long break in central Croatia touring the historic "interior", the Dalmatian coast, Adriatic Islands and national parks. This is designed as a circuit ...
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 ...
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 ...
A full tour of Croatia's coastline from Pula in the north to Dubrovnik in the south. Included are locations with magnificent history such as Split, a choice ...
A full tour of Croatia's and Slovenia's "best bits" including both capitals, stunning coastline, incredible caves, islands, lakes, historic towns and national ...
Just over a week exploring the beautiful and history-filled Istrian Peninsula plus fabulous locations in Slovenia. This is designed as a circuit so you ...
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 ...
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 much of what formerly constituted Yugoslavia. The itinerary includes stunning scenery, historic sights, unique national parks and ...
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 ...
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.
A full week's cruise through the Adriatic & its islands between Split & Dubrovnik. Includes many stops on the mainland and islands. START / FINISH ...
Six days in a choice of luxury hotels in Dubrovnik. Romantic dinner, all transport and great sightseeing options included. NB. Easily extended to a twin-centre ...
Rediscover Dubrovnik and its surrounding region; its beautiful coastal area, the islands and countryside through numerous walking paths.
"All drivers were punctual, smartly dressed, and polite."
C Royle, October 2017
"We think Croatia is an amazing country and Andy was incredibly efficient and helpful on all arrangements - flight booking, accommodation, private transfers and so on all worked very smoothly and we can't fault his organisation and friendliness beforehand."
L Doughty, Sept 2017
"Hotel Villa Dvor however was fabulous, such friendly people and ideally situated with a fantastic view. Omis was also beautiful and perfect to end our holiday. Thank you for recommending it to us. We will definitely go back."
D Higham, July, 2017
"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
"Very satisfied overall, everything went very smoothly except the return flight which was late."
T Austin, May 2013
"We just returned from our Croatia Fly/Drive trip yesterday, and I wanted to waste no time in letting you know what a wonderful time Dave and I had. (I will also submit feedback to Responsible Vacations so they know what a great experience we had and a great job you did.) We were so impressed by how smoothly everything went - transfers were prompt, service and friendliness exceptional, and hotel choices were perfect in location, style, and overall comfort. You were so easy to work with from the start, and very flexible and responsive in meeting our needs and answering questions. We so much appreciate everything, and look forward to working with you on additional trips in the future. Thank you!!!"
E Snow, July 2013
"Car hire company were excellent. Best service I have ever had from a car hire company. Polite, helpful and nothing too much trouble. Would use again. Your local representative was excellent."
G Windett, October 2015
"Croatia Hotel, Hvar. Location excellent, food good, cleanliness excellent. Overall impression very good. "
L Stringer, July, 2017
"Back from Croatia and just wanted to let you know that we had a great time. The three hotels were quite different (which was nice) and all three were very good. Drivers and cars were very smart and very punctual – only timing problem was a delayed Easyjet flight on Saturday due to fog / mist back at Gatwick. Thanks again for all your arrangements – quite sure this trip to Croatia will be our first and not our last."
F Lynch, Oct 2015
"Received excellent service and advice from Andy and Dawn Scase at Rediscover the World on this trip. You may quote us! Any queries we made from Australia to Andy and Dawn in England were answered promptly and efficiently. Able to fit in an extra person at short notice. Trip advice on sites, hotels, detours etc resulted in a well paced and rewarding experience in Croatia."
J Veilands, June, 2015