Croatia Self Drive 04 - Zagreb Circuit

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


Touring the historic interior of Croatia, including visits to coast, islands & national parks.


Activity code: CRFD04

Duration: 8 Days

Explore central Croatia on a self-drive circuit starting and finishing in Zagreb. In just one week you can explore the capital, the stunning Adriatic coastline between Split and the Istrian Peninsula and visit the fabulous Plitvice Lakes National Park. This journey combines a large variety of incredible scenery with fascinating cultural experiences.

Your 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 as well as using its excellent public transport. Your hire car will be delivered to you the next day 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 or picnic along the way.

For the second part of your journey we recommend driving on the scenic roads directly to Split and taking the ferry to Hvar Island, staying in the wondeful Hvar Town for a night. A spectacular drive along the spine of the island and a short ferry crossing gets you back to the mainland where you can perhaps take up the offer to do some rafting or the mulit-zip-wire experience in the Cetina Valley near Omis. You may choose to stay in Historic Split or pretty Trogir across the bay.

The final leg of your journey begins with a drive north to stay in one of our favourite places, Zadar; its lovely old town is crammed full of history but also has new, innovative sights up its sleeve. It is then a relatively short drive back to Zagreb Airport on the highway for your flight home. However, there are some choices available if you are considering extending your stay - you could continue up the coast road to Rijeka & Opatija and also enjoy some time in Istria; alternatively you could elect to visit some islands such as Pag, Rab and Krk which are easily accesible on short ferry crossings or by bridges.

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 £527 per person

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfer(s).
  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B.
  • 7 days fully-inclusive car hire.
  • * also includes delivery fee & second driver.
  • 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.



Arrive into Zagreb in morning; a private transfer directly to your hotel. Balance of day for sightseeing on foot and by public transport.

More time in Zagreb if required. We will deliver your hire car to your hotel at a time of your choosing; drive south via Karlovac and Rastoke to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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.

A scenic drive along route no.1 down to Split via the historic towns of Knin and Sinj. Continue straight to the port to take a ferry to an island of your choice - our suggestions are either Hvar or Brac.

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Morning sightseeing on your chosen island - for example, a walk up to the castle overlooking Hvar Town or the spectacular Zlatni Rat beach at Bol. A scenic drive to the eastern port of your chosen island and a short ferry crossing back to the mainland. You may like to try the zip-wire experience at the stunning Cetina Valley near Omis if you have time and then on to Split or to nearby Trogir.

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 if you didn't have time on day 5.

Continue your journey 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. 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.

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

Extend your trip with a few extra nights on one or more of the northern islands (Pag, Rab, Krk) or drive up coast road via Rijeka all the way to Istria (Opatija, Pula, Motovun) and then travel to Zagreb.


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.