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 jewel on the southern Dalmatian coast and, despite coming under attack in the Balkan wars, it remains as delightful and full of historic treasures and atmosphere as it always ...
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.
Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, trekking, cycling and swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START - Dubrovnik / FINISH - Zag ...
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.
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) & ...
Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, trekking, cycling and swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START - Dubrovnik / FINISH - Zag ...
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 & her 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 ...
Rediscover traditional hospitality & wild countryside in Croatia & Bosnia, unique homesteads, great walks & fabulous food. START / FINISH ...
A fantastic cycling tour taking you through traditional villages and the most beautiful and stunning national parks of Croatia. START - Zagreb (or Rijeka) ...
Experience Croatia’s natural beauties & rich cultural heritage aboard our selection of cruises & enjoy the company of friendly hosts.
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
Croatia mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean. This is a ...
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.
Kornati Islands – sailing, cycling, walking and SUP around the islands and secluded bays off the central Dalmatian coast. START/FINISH - Skradin ...
Lakes, sea and rivers – kayaking, cycling and swimming in Krka & Zrmanja Valley nature parks. START/FINISH - Zadar (or Split).
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 ...
Lakes and rivers – kayaking, trekking, cycling and swimming in Plitvice & Una Valley National Parks. START/FINISH - Zagreb (or Zadar).
Rediscover Dubrovnik and its surrounding region; its beautiful coastal area, the islands and countryside through numerous walking paths.
Cycling through some of southern Croatia's most impressive countryside on the mainland and her nearby islands. START/FINISH - Dubrovnik.
"All arrangements worked out beautifully as did the downloaded maps. Everything worked out so well and we enjoyed every moment of this well planned itinerary. All people we dealt with - at the hotels, meeting us at airport and taking us to the airport - were friendly, helpful and kind. The planning of this trip for us was excellent. Thank you, Andy."
M Hick, Canada, Oct 2018
"All bookings and arrangements worked seamlessly so mega thanks to you and Amathus."
A Tarrant, UK, Oct 2018
"What an amazing holiday we had. By far the highlight being Plitvice Lakes. Everything ran like clockwork, the transfers, car hire, locations of hotels were spot on. We did drop the car off a couple of days early as driving around Split didnt appeal, but the drive from Split to Plitvice was great..."
K Jones, UK, Oct 2018
"As tonight is our last night in Croatia, I take this opportunity of thanking and congratulating you for a superb itinerary, excellent selection of good Hotels in prime locations and very efficient, punctual and courteous transfers. I am particularly grateful to Katarina of Amathus for her attention to detail which was exceptional. All tranfers were punctual with couteous drivers who were generally quite good with English language and local knowledge. Their driving was careful and cars in good condition. All Ferry trips enjoyable though rather crowded. .. Vamoos is a superb means of providing and updating information. This is the best system for this purpose I have experienced. Thanks for your organisation. Weather was excellent (virtually no rain and good temperature) and fewer number of other tourists at this times of year. Good to avoid Cruise Ships at Split and Dubrovnik. I would recommend your services to other potential guests for such trips."
K Lister, Australia, Oct 2018
"A really well organised self drive holiday through Croatia. The app we received for our phone with all the holiday details was excellent, we used it so much throughout the two weeks. Maps and suggestions of places of interest to visit en route were very helpful. The Croatian agents Amathus were very helpful when we needed to contact them in regard to a query over paying for car hire. They contacted the car hire company straight away and cleared up any confusion.. We would certainly consider booking another holiday through Redisciver the World to another destination as it worked so well. All the hotels selected for us were of a good to excellent standard. The Miric Inn at Plitvice was beyond excellent- a fantastic hotel, very helpful staff and fabulous food. Thank you. "
D Toone, UK, Oct 2018
"All round, 5* Andy and Dawn, another great experience with Rediscover."
A Tarrant, UK, Oct 2018
" Well, we are safely home from Croatia. Our flight was a little late in arriving in Toronto then the pilot missed the runway first time and had to go around again plus the Toronto Airport was very crowded as they are just starting to use electronic customs check in. It was a bit chaotic. We are very, very pleased with the program you set up for us. First, you were easily available for any questions we had in anticipation of the trip and you responded quickly. That started us off with lots of confidence in your planning and recommendations. We are also impressed that you accurately understood the type of travel we like to do. The amount of travel time each day was not overly taxing. Staying at one place for 2 or 3 nights was much more relaxing and satisfying. This gave us free time to explore the area as we wished... The accommodations without exception were excellent choices. In addition they had some exciting extras, Motovun on top of the mountain, Ston along the harbour and next to the wall, and Villas Mline 20 meters from the sea with large slider doors facing it were highlights especially watching the storm on the Adriatic for the 2 days we were there. Omis was also a favourite. Vamoos was very helpful. We did not end up using a smart phone or a GPS. We found the written directions from Vamoos to be based on street names and after the first day realized that Croatians used the destination city as the standard rather than street names. We bought a highway map, identified the city or town we were heading toward and followed the well marked signs along the road. Driving in Croatia was fun, although some of the roadways were a little serpentine [quite]! We didn’t hesitate to take some of the challenging back roads and enjoyed them and the towns and villages along the way very much. Overall, we would not hesitate to use your services in the future and you may use our recommendation to anyone else who asks. "
C & K Drudge, Canada, Oct 2018
" Andy, immediate feedback on our visit to Croatia: 150% MORE THAN SATISFIED OUR EXPECTATIONS! Seriously from the time of arrival in Dubrovnik to the time we left Dubrovnik Debbie and I could not have been more pleased with all the planning, we, you and your more than capable associates undertook. The hotels, breakfasts, the towns, villages and cities along with our stay in Plivice National Park gave us an “”above expectation” Croatian experience. All of our accommodations were 4 star or above with wonderful welcomes by hotel staff who also offered their expertise and suggestions. The car rental worked out well, except with the negative of the car was empty of windshield fluid which we filled. We were extremely fortunate with the weather since we saw no rainfall the entire trip. Staying two nights at each location proved a good decision since it made for a relaxing and enhanced way of living a little of Croatian culture. We certainly would and will recommend your organization to friends since there is presently great excitement of visiting the Dalmatian coast. I have to edit nearly a 1,000 photos taken during our stay and will be putting on travel shows down the road. "
M & D Heaton, Canada, Oct 2018
"Just want to say what an amazing holiday - you even made the sun shine! Am recommending you to one and all! Brilliant app by the way."
A Griffiths, France, Sept 2018
"I wanted to say an enormous thank you to you for making all my travel plans for my 3 centre holiday in Croatia. I had a great time in a beautiful, interesting country and all the arrangements for travel, transfers and hotels were perfect. Many thanks indeed for all your patience, help and attention to detail which ensured my holiday went smoothly and successfully."
A Pickering, UK, Sept 2018