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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 Croatia 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, e.g. Plitvice Lakes. Also on offer through Rediscover Croatia 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 Croatia?

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

"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

"Villa Nora was outstanding in every respect. Lero was too big for us, and like any international hotel, with bored reception staff. This confirms our preference for boutique hotels. Private transfers worked like clockwork !"

R Morfee, August 2016

"A short note to thank you for helping organise our holiday. We had a great time and thought Croatia was fantastic. Having good weather obviously helps and for us it was superb with the temperatures ideal ? mid to high 20?s. I think we went for one too many changes of hotel on the ?touring? section ie we should have spent an extra day probably in Hvar and possibly Zadar. The car hire was excellent and worked very well for the pick-up and drop-off. The hotels you arranged for us worked out well and, overall, we were pleased with them; perhaps the Marco Polo was a little disappointing but that was more to do with lugging our heavy cases around to the room than the actual quality."

A Wilkinson, Oct 2015

"A quick line to thank yourself and your team for organising a great holiday for myself and Emma in Croatia. The holiday surpassed our expectations and will defiantly be returning to explore the country further."

D Liew, October 2016

"We had a brilliant time, the weather was good and we loved all the islands. We were pleased with the itinerary and were able to have a look around in all the places we visited. The private transfers were excellent. This was our first island hopping holiday in Croatia and we enjoyed the contrast between the peace and quiet at Mljet and the buzz of Hvar. The crowded old town of Dubrovnik with the quaint and quiet old town at Korcula. We enjoyed the local restaurants and found the waiters charming and helpful. The only changes we would suggest would be an apartment at Hvar on the outskirts where it may be a bit quieter rather than a hotel. The hotel was centrally placed but quite noisy. We would also opt for 3 nights at Korcula as due to the ferry times we didn't have long there to enjoy the beautiful island. The ferries were all on time, the only problem we had was that in Korcula the departing ferry left from a different port to where we arrived. We were unaware of this and nearly missed it. A really enjoyable holiday, booked with ease."

L Coomber, Sept 2016

"Hotel Milan was very good: comfortable accommodation, very welcoming and friendly staff, and the food was excellent - the best of our whole stay, though much more expensive. The location was fine, half an hour walk into the city and 5 minutes from the beach."

R Swain, Oct 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

"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

"We stayed in four great hotels with amazing accomodation and sea views and friendly helpful staff. By far the best experience we encountered was the Hotel Korsal on Korcula if you get the chance do not miss this place the food, staff and accomodation to die for!"

T Jones, Sept 2016

"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

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