Croatia Self Drive 04 - Zagreb Circuit

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

About Croatia Self Drive 04 - Zagreb Circuit


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

Activity code: CRFD04

Duration: 8 Days


A self-drive 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; this journey includes a huge variety of stunning scenery and cultural experiences.

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.

For the second part of the itinerary we recommend driving on the scenic roads directly to Split and take 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). 

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; the lovely old town also has some innovative new sights up its sleeve. Perhaps you may wish to carry on further up the coast to Opatija (or Rijeka) for an extra night or two. It is then a relatively short drive back to Zagreb Airport for your flight home.

Why Book with Rediscover the World ?

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 (or port) transfer service, we can then deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel. All our vehicles have a/c and we provide driving directions and parking information for all accommodation. The new highways linking Zagreb, Split, Pula and Dubrovnik 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 in a number of locations - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private round trip airport transfers.
  • 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
  • FREE travel app with all your documents, maps, weather and much more
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

    NB: Flights available with a range of airlines, from various UK airports. All holidays which include flights booked through us include ATOL cover.

Our recommended hotel choices for this holiday:

    • Zagreb: - Hotel Villa Tina, Palace Hotel, Hotel Esplanade
    • Plitvice: - Hotel Miric Inn, Hotel Degenija
    • Zadar - Hotel Mediteran, Hotel Bastion
    • Split: - Hotel Slavija, Hotel Peristil, Luxe Hotel
    • Trogir: - Hotel Concordia, Palace Hotel
    • Hvar: - Hotel Croatia, Villa Nora, Hotel Adrianna
    • Brac: - Hotel Bol, Villa Adriatica
    • Opatija: - Hotel Galeb, Hotel Kapetanovic

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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.

    • stay in Zagreb - 1 night B&B

  • Day 2: Zagreb - Karlovac - Plitvice

    More time in Zagreb if required; deliver hire car to your hotel and drive via Karlovac and scenic route to Plitvice National Park.

    • stay in small hotel near Plitvice National Park - 2 nights B&B

  • 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 - Split - Adriatic Islands

    Onward drive to Split on Dalmatian coast via a choice of locations, ferry to an island of your choice, e.g. Hvar, Brac.

    • stay in Hvar Town or maybe Bol on Brac Island - 1 night B&B

  • Day 5: Adriatic Islands - Split / Trogir

    Morning sightseeing on your chosen island then afternoon short ferry crossing to mainland; possible zip-wire experience at stunning Cetina Valley near Omis and then on to Split once more.

    • Stay in Split or Trogir - 2 nights B&B

  • Day 6: Split / Trogir

    A full day to visit historic Split and/or Trogir (you can travel between the two on the small ferry across the bay). Nearby is ancient Salona Roman site.

  • Day 7: Split - Zadar / Opatija

    Drive up coast highway via possible visits to Sibenik and Krka National Park and finish day in Zadar.

    • stay in Zadar - 1 night B&B

    ** extend trip with a night or two further north by driving up coast road to Opatija (or Rijeka) and then travel to Zagreb or consider exploring Istria first [we suggest 3 extra nights for the latter option]

  • 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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