Croatia's "best bits"! Visit the capital city, Dalmatian coast, beautiful islands & some incredible national parks.
START - Zagreb / FINISH - Dubrovnik.
Activity code: CRFD06
Duration: 15 days
Our most popular self-drive holiday. Starting in the capital, Zagreb, this fabulous holiday includes national parks, historic towns, beautiful islands & much more. The itinerary concludes in Dubrovnik but can easily be reversed with the flexible flight schedule now available.
Your holiday begins with a smooth transfer service to your hotel in Zagreb where you have a couple of days to visit the city on foot as well as 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. Travelling along the coast you can visit another national park, Krka, en route to your next main stop, either Trogir or Split (you can choose either according to your preference as it is easy to travel between them on the local ferry across the bay). Time to relax or perhaps take up the offer to do some rafting or the mulit-zip-wire experience in the beautiful Cetina Valley.
For the second week of the trip you could give up the car and travel on the fast ferry catamaran service to Dubrovnik via your choice of island(s) but sticking with the self-drive we recommend staying in Hvar Town for a couple of nights and then traversing the island to get the ferry over to the mainland at Drvenik (thereby avoiding backtracking to Split). Once back on the mainland we have include a single night stay in Ston where you can sample oysters and walk the walls (an alternative here would be a detour inland to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina prior to arriving in Dubrovnik. Mostar may be a day trip destination for many holidaying in Croatia but its stunning bridge, which was lovingly reconstructed after the war in the 1990s, and the old town's atmosphere is well worth the overnight stay).
If you have a extra time available you may wish to consider a few days in Montenegro which can be tailored to your preference between the beach resort of Budva with its tranquil old town and Kotor with its impressive walls, historic buildings and challenging walk up the "staircase" to the fortress high above.
We feel that the best finale to this holiday is a few nights in Dubrovnik where you can relax, enjoy some activities and sightseeing without your car as the local buses and cable car offer an excellent service.
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.