Croatia Self Drive 08 - The Grand Tour!

Zagreb to Split via Slovenia


Croatia's & Slovenia's "best bits" including both capitals, stunning coastline, caves, islands, lakes, historic towns & national parks.

START - Zagreb / FINISH - Split

Activity code: CRFD08

Duration: 18 Days

If you were looking to visit both Croatia and Slovenia then this self-drive holiday is for you. Starting in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, your journey includes national parks, historic towns, beautiful islands and much more. The itinerary concludes in Split but can easily be extended to Dubrovnik or done in reverse 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 and by using its excellent public transport. Your hire car will be delivered to you and you can then head straight out into the countryside in the direction of your first stop, the city of Varazdin, one of the oldest in Croatia and located on the southern bank of the River Drava. In the 18th Century Varazdin became Croatia's capital for a time but a disastrous fire (1776) ended this period of glory and the government returned to Zagreb. Today, the town is definitely an easy-going kind of place, thanks to its large student population and makes a relaxing place to stay prior to your arrival in Slovenia.

The middle section of this holiday is in Slovenia, including a couple of nights in its fabulous and compact capital, Ljubljana, and then on to the beautiful Lake Bled and Triglav National Park which offer so much in the way of outdoor activities. On the way back to Croatia stop off to visit the caves at Postojna, surely one of the best in Europe. Once in Istria your main base for this part of the holiday is likely to be Rovinj; from here there is so much to visit, including Pula, Porec, the Brijuni Islands and the lovely hill town of Motovun.

Before driving inland to the main national park of your trip, Plitvice Lakes, we recommend an overnight in the seaside town of Opatija or on nearby Krk Island (accessible by spectacular bridge). After a full day to explore Plitvice National Park it is time to return to the coast at the lovely old town of Zadar which also has some innovative new sights up its sleeve. Travelling along the coast road or highway you can visit another national park, Krka, which is similar to Plitvice en route to your final location, Trogir or Split (you can choose either according to your preference aas it is easy to travel between them on the small 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 nearby Cetina Valley or possibly a day trip to one of the islands just an hour away by fast ferry catamaran.

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. If you have a few extra days you may wish to consider a few days on the islands such as Hvar and Korcula and possibly completing your trip in Dubrovnik.

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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What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfers.
  • 17 nts accommodation on B&B.
  • 13 days fully-inclusive car hire.
  • 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; private transfer to hotel.

A full day in Zagreb sightseeing; we recommend using public transport.

Deliver hire car to your hotel and drive short distance to the north to Varazdin; visit castle.

Head west into Slovenia along scenic route of Sava Valley or via main highway to Lubljana.

Sightseeing in Ljubljana in morning, then drive short distance to Lake Bled via Kranj and/or Radovljica.

Day 6 - full day to explore Lake Bled including nearby Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj and Triglav National Park.

Drive south back into Croatia; visit the spectacular caves at Postonja and castle at Predjama en route.

A full day to explore the history and stunning scenery of the Istrian Peninsula, including Pula's impressive amphitheatre, Porec and the Brijuni Islands.

Drive through the centre of Istria via Pazin (lovely small town with zip wire over a gorge) and over to the east coast, stay in the resort of Opatija. An alternative would be to stay on Krk Island (accesible via bridge).

Continue along coast with a possible visit to Rijeka and then scenic drive inland to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Full day to explore National Park trails and scenery including electric boats and traditional restaurants.

Drive down to Dalmatian coast via one of a choice of interesting routes (Otocac & Senj; Paklenica; Pag Island...) and finish the day in the historic town of Zadar.

Relax in Zadar, local sightseeing in old town and nearby places of interest such as the picturesque village of Nin, Pag Island and the Paklenica National Park.

Onward drive to Split via Sibenik (possibly a stop at the lovely Krka National Park), then take a car ferry to one of the nearby islands, such as Hvar or Brac.

Morning sightseeing in your chosen town/resort and then drive across island for short ferry crossing to mainland. Drive back up the coast road (or highway if later in day) to Split or Trogir.

Two full days to relax and explore the historic cities of Split and Trogir and the Roman site at Solana. Excursions possible to Cetina Valley at Omis for rafting and/or zip-wire, Krka National Park or another island.

Private transfer to Split airport for flight home.

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.