Croatia Self Drive 05 - Central Croatia

Split - Zadar - Plitvice - Omis - Split

About Croatia Self Drive 05 - Central Croatia


A break in central Croatia touring the coast, islands and national parks from Split. Designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Plitvice Lakes and return via Zadar (or vice versa).

Activity code: CRFD05

Duration: 8 Days


This fly drive itinerary is one of our popular options for a circuit in central Croatia; it includes splitting your time between the coast and its islands and the stunning Plitvice National Park.

The holiday begins with a smooth transfer service to your hotel in Split where you have the remainder of the day to visit the city on foot. You can also visit Trogir across the bay using the small ferry during one of the days; you could also consider the offer to do some rafting or the mulit-zip-wire experience in the Cetina Valley near Omis during your stay in Split. Your hire car will be delivered to you and you can head straight 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 return to the coast comes at the lovely old town of Zadar which also has some innovative new sights up its sleeve. Hidden nearby is the pretty village of Nin and you coudl also drive over to see the unique scenery of Pag Island via the bridge.

Time to relax before the final leg of your journey;  a relatively short drive back to Split 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 (or port) transfer service; we can collect your hire car from your hotel in Dubrovnik at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide detailed driving routes, sightseeing suggestions 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, particularly in Split - 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.
  • 6 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:

    • Plitvice: - Hotel Miric Inn, Hotel Degenija, Hotel Etno Garden
    • Zadar - Hotel Mediteran, Hotel Bastion
    • Split: - Hotel Slavija, Hotel Peristil, Hotel Luxe
    • Trogir: - Hotel Concordia, Hotel Monika, Trogir Palace Hotel
    • Omis: Hotel Villa Dvor, Hotel Plaza

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

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


  • Day 1: Arrival into Split

    Arrive in Split; private transfer to your hotel in Split or Trogir. Balance of day local sightseeing.

    • Overnight in Trogir or Split.

  • Day 2: Split / Trogir

    Relax and explore historic cities of Split and Trogir (one can be visited from the other by local ferry).

    • Overnight in Trogir or Split.

  • Day 3: Split - Zadar

    Delivery of hire car; explore coast and countryside via Sibenik (or Krka National Park) enroute to Zadar.

    • Overnight in Zadar.

  • Day 4: Zadar

    Explore Zadar & visit local area including island of Pag and Paklenica National Park.

    • Overnight in Zadar.

  • Day 5: Zadar - Plitvice

    Drive inland via scenic route to Plitvice National Park.

    • Overnight in a small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 6: Plitvice National Park

    Full day to explore National Park trails and scenery.

    • Overnight in a small hotel near Plitvice National Park.

  • Day 7: Plitvice - Omis

    Return to the Dalmatian coast, stay in Split or nearby Omis for a final night at the mouth of the stunning Cetina Valley.

    • Overnight in Split or Omis.

  • Day 8: Departure from Split

    Drop off hire car at Split Airport for flight home.

    NB. if you have an evening flight home then you may wish to have the extra night in Split (or Trogir) at the beginning and travel directly from Plitvice (or Zadar in reverse) to the airport.

  • 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.


"Never having been to Croatia before we relied on Andy to provide an itinerary which would allow us to see different places and show some of the highlights that the country had to offer. I believe he did this excellently as it provided us with a varied and enjoyable time with lots of suggestions of sites and locations to visit and advice on anything that may need booking in advance etc. All the accommodation was of good quality with excellent locations and the Vamos app was a good way of having the itinerary and maps to hand on your Smart device."

D Woods, UK, Sept 2019

"All in all it was a most memorable and enjoyable holiday - a little challenging at times with things like absence of road signs and numbers!!! Thanks for the suggestions and planning - the hotels were much grander than we had expected - enjoyed their swimming pools which was an unexpected bonus. Probably the highlight for us was Plitvice - stunning!"

K Heap, UK, September, 2019

"Just want to say what an amazing holiday - you even made the sun shine! Am recommending you to one and all! Brilliant app by the way."

A Griffiths, France, Sept 2018

"The first time we have done this type of multi centre holiday and also our first visit to Croatia. Everything was perfect. The pick up at Split, the delivery of the hire car, the 4 different hotels and locations, the maps and easy driving instructions were all excellent. Croatia is a beautiful country with very friendly people. All the documents you sent via Vamoos worked brilliantly."

M Hird, UK, Aug 2018

"Everything has been very well organized, from airport transfer to delivery/return of rental cars, suggested itinerary and driving routes. Excellent job by Andy and Dawn!"

J Png, Singapore, June 2018


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