Croatia Self Drive 04 - Zagreb Circuit

Zagreb - Plitvice - Split - Adriatic Islands - Zadar - Zagreb

About Croatia Self Drive 04 - Zagreb Circuit


A break in central Croatia touring the historic interior, coast, islands & national parks. Designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Plitvice & Split, returning via Istria (or vice versa).

Activity code: CRFD04

Duration: 8 Days


This fly drive itinerary is our recommended option for a circuit of central Croatia which starts and finishes in Zagreb. In one week you can explore the capital, the coastline from Split right up to the Istrian Peninsula and visit the fabulous Plitvice National Park; it includes a huge variety of stunning scenery and cultural experience.

The holiday begins with a smooth transfer service to your hotel in Zagreb where you have the remainder of the day to visit the city on foot and using its excellent public transport. Your hire car will be delivered to you and you can head straight out into the countryside in the direction of your first major stop, the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. Each day's drive is not so far so you have plenty of time to do some sightseeing, walking or take an extended lunch / picnic along the way. Your first sight of the coast comes at the lovely old town of Zadar which also has some innovative new sights up its sleeve.

For the second part of the itinerary we recommend driving to Split and taking the ferry to Hvar Island, staying in Hvar Town for a night and then traversing the island to get the ferry over to the mainland. Once back on the mainland you can perhaps take up the offer to do some rafting or the mulit-zip-wire experience in the Cetina Valley near Omis or simply travel back up the stunning coast road to Split (or Trogir) - you can choose either according to your preference and in the main season it is easy to travel between on the local ferry across the bay.

Time to relax before the final leg of your journey and we suggest you take to the highway and drive north to stay in Zadar or carry on further to Opatija (depending upon your route earlier in the holiday). It is then a relatively short drive back to Zagreb Airport for your flight home.

Why Book with Rediscover the World ?

We are able to tailor-make this holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, overall duration, pre-booked activities, etc.

Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in these fascinating countries (in the list below we have included our main recommendations together with suggestions for "boutique" hotels and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport transfer service; we can deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide driving directions and parking information for all accommodation. The new highways linking Zagreb, Zadar, Split and Pula will cut down journey times when you wish to get from A to B quickly but this also means that the other roads will be quieter and a pleasant alternative for sightseeing and travelling at a gentler pace. (NB. tolls apply on the highways).

Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing and we include the most up-to-date ferry schedules and tariffs; we are also able to book activities and specialist sightseeing - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfer on arrival
  • 7 nts on BB at a choice of small hotels.
  • 7 days fully-inclusive car hire
  • Fully detailed itinerary with ferry schedules, driving directions and sighteeing ideas
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this holiday:

    • Zagreb: - Hotel Villa Tina, Palace Hotel, Hotel Esplanade
    • Plitvice: - Hotel Miric Inn, Hotel Degenija
    • Zadar - Hotel Mediteran, Art Hotel Kalelarga, Hotel Bastion
    • Split: - Hotel Peristil, Hotel Marmont, Luxe Hotel
    • Trogir: - Hotel Concordia, Palace Derossi, Palace Hotel
    • Hvar: - Hotel Croatia, Villa Nora, Hotel Adrianna
    • Brac: - Hotel Borak, Villa Adriatica
    • Opatija: - Hotel Galeb, Villa Ariston, Hotel Bristol

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.


  • Day 1: Arrival into Zagreb

    Arrive in Zagreb in morning; private transfer to your hotel. Sightseeing in Zagreb on foot and by public transport in afternoon.

    • Overnight in Zagreb.

  • Day 2: Zagreb - Karlovac - Plitvice

    Deliver hire car to your hotel and drive via Karlovac and scenic route to Plitvice National Park.

    • Overnight in small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 3: Plitvice National Park

    Full day to explore National Park trails and scenery.

    • Overnight in small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 4: Plitvice - Zadar - Split / Trogir

    Onward drive to Split [or Trogir] on Dalmatian coast via a choice of locations, e.g. Pag Island, Zadar, Sibenik or Krka National Park.

    • Overnight in Split or Trogir.

  • Day 5: Split / Trogir

    Relax and explore historic cities of Split and Trogir.

    • Overnight in Split or Trogir.

  • Day 6: Split - Adriatic Islands [Hvar, Brac...]

    Visit one of the islands near Split such as Hvar or Brac on direct ferry.

    • Overnight in Hvar Town or Supetar on Brac.

  • Day 7: Adriatic Islands - Split - Zadar / Opatija

    Return to mainland by short ferry, drive up coast highway to a choice of locations: e.g. Zadar or Opatija. We suggest you plan this day in conjunction with Day 4 to avoid overlapping routes.

    • Overnight in Zadar or Opatija.

  • Day 8: Departure from Zagreb

    Return to Zagreb on highway and drop off car at airport for flight home.

  • Prices and Departure Dates

    Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.

    Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money.

    NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.


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