Croatia Self Drive 01 - Venetian Connections

Dubrovnik - Korcula - Split - Zadar - Istria - Venice

Summary

A grand drive up Croatia's coast from Dubrovnik to Istria (plus Venice) - includes magnificent history, beautiful islands & national parks.

START - Dubronvik / FINISH - Venice (or Pula)

Activity code: CRFD01

Duration: 15 Days

Why not rediscover Croatia's past with a beautiful drive along the length of its scenic coastline from south to north, then round of your holiday with a romantic mini-break in Venice ?

Travelling in Croatia is an absolute joy whether you choose to island-hop, drive the incredible coast road or use the modern highways (a few kms inland) to get quickly between main locations. Starting with a couple of days in the beautiful Dubrovnik your journey really begins with a drive up the stunning Dalmatian coastline, taking in the incredible walls at Ston, the Peljesac Peninsula and maybe one of the stunning Adriatic islands, such as Hvar. The mid-point of the holiday is the city of Split but you may choose to stay in smaller Trogir across the bay; from here we recommend a visit to the Krka National Park and a stop in one of our favourite places - Zadar. From Zadar you can choose to head inland if you wish to visit the incredible Plitvice Lakes National Park or simply stay on the wonderfully scenic coastal road all the way to Istria.

Once in Istria you can spend a few days exploring its unique historic locations, Pula, Rovinj, Porec, etc. and its fantastic countryside, including, perhaps, a night in our recommended hilltop town - Motovun. At this point your could conclude your holiday and fly home from Pula but, if your schedule allows, we are also able to book you on the (passenger-only) ferry to Venice with one or two nights in a small hotel in the centre of the city, just a short walk from St. Marks Square. There are many flights from Venice's Marco Polo Airport so we can match up a return flight with your arrival into Dubrovnik.

Important Information

Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports to Croatia. If we book your flights this means that your holiday will also be fully ATOL protected.

Prices shown are a guideline "from" (in UK Pounds) and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. Single supplements may need to be applied to the twin/double price and discounts for children (under 12yrs) and/or a 3rd adult sharing a room are available upon request. Quoted prices for individual enquiries will depend upon your chosen accommodation, room availability and dates of travel. We always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Discounts will apply if there are 3 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.

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Based upon 2 persons travelling.

Prices from £1164 per person

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfers.
  • Private port transfers (Pula & Venice).
  • 14 nights accommodation on B&B.
  • 9 days inclusive ONE WAY car hire.
  • * also includes delivery & collection fees, second driver.
  • Pre-booked ferry to Venice.
  • Fully detailed itinerary with driving directions, ferry info & sighteeing ideas.
  • FREE travel app with all your documents, maps, weather & much more.
  • All taxes.
  • Full 24hr representative services.

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 - arrive into Dubrovnik; private transfer directly to your hotel.

Day 2 - a full day to explore the old town on foot, by bus and cable car including its nearby beaches and countryside; visit independently or with a choice of pre-booked excursions and activities.

Optional Guided Tour: Dubrovnik Panorama & Sightseeing "... those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik" (George Bernard Shaw). This tour will reveal the finest sites of the old walled City as well as give you an opportunity to view it from above. Our guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city.

We will deliver your hire car directly to your hotel at a time of your choosing. Leaving Dubrovnik drive north across the suspension bridge and consider a choice of sightseeing along the way to your overnight location of Korcula - these include the Arboretum at Trsteno, the impressive walls at Ston and the dramatic scenery of the Peljesac Peninsula. From Orebic you can get the short ferry crossing to Korcula Town.

An alternative for this day would be to head inland after visiting Ston and visit Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Your overnight stay would then most likely be in Mostar rather than Korcula.

Day 4 - from Korcula take the ferry back to Orebic and then a short drive for another relatively quick ferry crossing over to Ploce (thereby avoiding retracing your steps down the peninsula AND the Bosnia Corridor). From Ploce head along the coast road visiting the Zaostrog Monastery prior to taking a final short ferry crossing to the eastern tip of Hvar Island from Drvenik. Once across drive along the stunning road which traces the spine of the island, passing the capital, Stari Grad, all the way to the west coast and to Hvar Town.

From Mostar you can drive back to the coast via possible sightseeing detours at Kravice Waterfalls, Pocitelj and Medugorje.

Day 5 - enjoy a full day in Hvar Town to relax and explore the old town and its castle. Possible excursions include the Pakleni Islands, the Blue Cave and a "Food & Wine Tour".

Recommended places to stay

Day 6 - take the morning ferry from Stari Grad back to the mainland, this time to the port of Split; at this point you can choose to visit Split and then travel on to nearby Trogir or you could stay in the centre of Split itself.

Day 7 - a free day to explore Trogir or visit nearby places of interest such as the Roman ruins of Salona, the Kliss Fortress or return to Split (it is possible to visit Split using the local passenger ferry across the bay). Perhaps you may also be interested to do some rafting or ride the zip wire in the Cetina Valley near Omis.

Continue by driving up the coast once again, this time passing Primosten and Sibenik en route to Zadar. You will have time to visit the centre of historic Sibenik and you will also pass close to the National Park of Krka, which is well worth a minor detour - stopping near the highway in Skradin or via the Lozovac entrance further inland. Balance of the day to visit the old town of Zadar including the fabulous new sights such as the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun.

Day 9 - drive inland from Zadar on a choice of routes to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Along the way why not makes a small detour to the fascinating seaside village of Nin or even Pag island with its unique "moonscape" which is accessible by bridge.

Day 10 - a full day to explore the national park using the transport options included in your entry ticket together with some walking around the impressive natural wonders. We recommend pre-booking your tickets to ensure entry at a time of your choosing; these can be included as part of your holiday itinerary.

Day 11 - drive from Plitvice back to the coast using the road down to Senj for its panoramic views, then up the coast road to Rijeka and Opatija. The final section of your journey could be inland to the small hilltop town of Motovun or continue south to the resort of Pula on the southern tip of the peninsula.

Day 12 - your last full day in Croatia can be used to explore sights in Pula such as its amphitheatre and many churches but you may also wish to see other fascinating places nearby, such as Rovinj and the Brijuni Islands. Drop off car at end of day in Pula.

Transfer to port in Pula (or Rovinj); depart Croatia on the [early] morning fast ferry from Pula to Venice. We will arrange a transfer on arrival to your hotel.

Day 14 - a full day to explore Venice on foot and on public transport (water bus, gondola).

Day 15 - departure transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport, across the lagoon.

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Flexible Tailor-Made Holidays

  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
  • Rediscover a city, a resort or an island in a weekend or longer.
  • Take a small group tour or embark upon a more adventurous trip.

Travel Knowledge

  • We have all travelled extensively and will be happy to share our experiences.
  • Personally-chosen hotels, riads, guest houses & apartments in places we know and love.
  • Individual sightseeing recommendations and route planning.
  • Add excursions, activities and food & wine experiences (one of our passions).

Why book a Fly Drive ?

  • Accommodation choices are small, independent or family-run properties which add significantly to your travel experience.
  • Stress-free arrival & departure transfer service.
  • Detailed driving directions, parking info, suggested routes & sightseeing ideas.
  • Fully protected for your peace of mind & financial security.