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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, Slovenia and Montenegro.

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. There are many flights from London and UK regional airports 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 excellent, 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). You would need to bear in mind the size of your party (with luggage) plus the driver when choosing a suitable rental vehicle and, of course, you would be responsible for payment of fuel as usual.

Recommended Holiday Ideas

In additon 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.

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 & Herzegvina, 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

"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

"We had a great holiday and this was definitely enhanced by the excellent location and good standard of the hotel. The sea view room was brilliant - third floor so above the tree line, and the room and balcony were very spacious. Thanks for organising this for us."

Y Hitchcox, July 2014

"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

"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

"It was a fabulous holiday, if a little energetic. You made some great choices, and we were happy with just about everything – lots of things to see, and do – next time we need to come back for longer! But all in all a great holiday, Thank you for all you did."

K Brazier, August 2016

"Just to say thanks - we had a great holiday, and all the travel arrangements worked well without any hitches. We were slightly concerned with booking through such a small operation as yourselves, but we need not have worried - your knowledge combined with Amanthus your efficient local agents helped us have a great time. Last minute car hire arranged a huge Skoda Octavia for us, so no problems with room for luggage (very impressed with their customer service). Overall a great time, and thanks. We are thinking of maybe a fly drive in Pelopennese Greece or maybe Slovenia in the near future so will be in touch if that happens!"

P Duxbury, September 2014

"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

"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

"a little bit tired, needs some redecoration, room had excellent view with the balcony"

K Hathrell, October 2017

"Loved Split, and the hotel there; will definitely go back. Kastela much quieter resort - if it can be called that - but perfectly located for exploring the area."

S Taylor, July 2016

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