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.
"Just thought I would drop you a line re our recent holiday in Croatia. Everything went well, all pick ups there on time and both hotels and venues just what we wanted. Hotel Lipa at Postira on the island of Brac, excellent value, quiet village, great for a rest. Hotel More at Lapad just outside Dubrovnik, the height of luxury and much enjoyed, plenty to do and see. Many thanks for all the arrangements, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at both sites."
A Pearce, September 2013
"We also stayed in Dubrovnik which was great. The hotel was not really our taste but it was efficient and very clean and food good. A 20 min walk into old town which was fine by us but some people may not be so keen! Overall the holiday was great, sadly we had a lot of heavy rain but still got enough sun to enjoy a day on the beach off Hvar. The hotel in Hvar was absolutely fantastic and they were incredibly friendly and helpful, definately our favourite. Transfers were great and everyone very friendly. We would definitely like to use you again in the future! Thank you for your help. "
D Goodin, October 2016
"With respect to Hotel Croatia, we too had read the trip advisor reviews and were a little anxious in advance but I can honestly say it was a joy to stay in. I would go so far as to say that I would not have wanted to be anywhere else as the location is perfect, set in beautiful gardens, adjacent to the sea, a ten minute walk along the coast to town and run by great staff (far better that the 4-star Butlins look-alike next door). The hotel and outdoor areas had clearly been renovated over the winter (some rooms were still being decorated) so maybe this has helped although I never believe trip advisor reviews."
Paul C, May, 2015
"- just one comment about the Hotel Croatia (Hvar) - good position and hotel rooms good but please could the staff manage a few manners or even a smile would be good. Compared to the other hotels they really were not the best!!!"
P Robinson, Oct 2015
"We had a good holiday. All the transportation links worked perfectly and were excellent - only weakness was the transfer from Supetar to Bol - the driver was extremely fast and made me slightly nervous. We liked Split and had a good time there and 2 days was about right. Omis was similarly good - we did some really good activites. Disappointed with Bol which was SO busy - serried ranks of sunloungers. For some reason I was expecting it to be quiet and relatively undiscovered! The upside of the town being busy was that there were plenty of activities on offer so although none of us wanted to join the heaving masses on the beach, we all found something to do. Thanks for organising - it all went really smoothly"
S Finn, August 2016
"just back from brilliant time in Croatia - thanks for all your help - everything went really smoothly. I had excellent service from Andy Scase from the beginning to end of dealing with my holiday to Croatia. His advice was excellent and the planning - driving instructions, ferry times - suggestions for sightseeing were all brilliant. All accommodation was excellent - thanks again and hopefully we will be asking you again next year when we decide where to go!!"
P Robinson, Sept 2015
"We returned from Croatia yesterday and I wanted to email and thank you for organising us such a fantastic holiday. Everything ran like clockwork. We had great taxi drivers who showered us with knowledge and information, we found all the hotels with no trouble, we absolutely loved every place we visited and marvelled how each one was different from the previous, we found the staff at most hotels were incredibly friendly and helpful and the sun shone every day! I would just like to mention the staff at Villa Tina and the reception staff at Hotel Mediteran were particularly charming and helpful and went out of their way to make sure we knew where we were going, what buses to catch, where we could park the car for free etc. We were amazed at our fabulous room with a brilliant view in Hotel Concordia. This was our favourite stopover mainly because of the position. The only blip was having to queue for five and a half hours for the ferry from Hvar to the mainland in the blistering heat. Apparently this is normal during high season but it meant we had very little time at Mali Ston which was such a shame as it was so gorgeous. We would most certainly use your company again. You have got the formula spot on and your attention to detail was excellent. We felt very well supported. I have already recommended you to friends and sometime in the future we will try out Morocco. Many thanks once again."
Y O'Brien, August 2014
"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
"Just wanted to say thank you very much for arranging a fantastic holiday for us to Croatia. We had an amazing time - everything went to plan - all transfers etc went very smoothly.We really appreciate all the hard work you put into the arrangements and have already recommended you to many of of our friends. We met some lovely people, saw some beautiful places and did some fantastic activities.We are saving up for next year now!"
M Miles, August 2016
"The Antica Ragusa suited us extremely well as it was in the old city - so we forgave the third floor room without a lift. I can understand why you normally get people to stay outside the city walls. We made sure were ready well before time for our transfer to the ferry - but it would have been a nightmare for the driver if we'd not been so considerate. However, in our case, we really valued that proximity. Apart from the Bellevue (which had a lift), the staff at the other hotels all helped us with our luggage and were very polite and delightful. The drivers for the transfers were punctual, polite and very nice. Andy Scase was very helpful and responsive in the short time period in which we booked. For the future - we will be booking further in advance and probably looking for a cheaper overall package."
F Markham, July 2016