Croatia's Dalmatian Coast mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean.
The 1100 miles of coastline is stunning in itself but the myriad of islands and islets along its length (more than 1000) add to its beauty as well as offering so many choices of places to stay and visit. The outstanding scenery of the Dalmatian Coast, with its many Venetian-influenced towns, is matched by a mountainous interior including Plitvice Lakes National Park (one of our favourite places).
Elsehwere, we recomend the cosmopolitan and vibrant capital, Zagreb, and numerous opportunities to visit the bordering countries (of former Yugoslavia) - Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia & Macedonia.
Croatia's magical scenery and legendary hospitality are unquestionably real, as you'll confirm when you have explored a country, still waiting to be rediscovered.
Croatia Fly Drives
There are some classic fly-drive holiday routes which can be arranged with our assistance and local knowledge and these examples are on our website. Each of these suggested holidays has a summary of the details and a full itinerary giving day by day suggestions of the routes and sightseeing options but it is just as easy to use them as a starting point to plan a completely bespoke. Our quotes include a comprehensive list of "what's included", particularly relating to car hire. Pre-bookable activities and excursions can also be included.
Some of the most requested places to stay on self-drive holidays are - Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Rovinj, Trogir, Dubrovnik and the islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula. We can arrange for any combination of these locations (and many others) in hotels to suit your budget and taste. We also provide advice on driving times, places of interest along your route and, quite importantly, up-to-date ferry timetables (much of which is indiviudally uploaded to our fabulous FREE travel app which also includes detailed maps and all your travel documents).
Private English-Speaking Driver Service
If you would prefer not to drive or wish to enjoy the scenery as you pass through this fantastic country then we can offer a private driver. We would pre-book your driver on the same itinerary and board basis as you and include this cost in your quote. The driver will be English-speaking and will be able to assist with any local sightseeing, e.g. arranging a local, official guide for historic monuments, etc.
Flights are possible into Croatia from all over the UK (and Europe). If you want flexibility on duration as well as open-jaw itineraries then we can arrange flights with British Airways, Croatian Airways, EasyJet, Tui Airways, Ryanair, Wizz Air and Jet 2 to suit most requirements and provide full ATOL protection (T7172) for your holiday.
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Regions to visit
The journey through the Southern Dalmatian Coastline is spectacular; the islands just off the coast in the Adriatic sea offer beautiful scenery, historical sights and plenty of lovely, small hotels.
The Dalmatian Riviera stretches from Split to Dubrovnik and includes superb beaches & pretty resorts such as Gradac & Makarska.
Istria is the most northerly province of Croatia with a great sweep of coastline jutting out into the Adriatic. Influences from its neighbours make Istria quite a special place.
The landscape of Croatia offers much more than coastal resorts and historic towns; there are some exceptional National Parks and protected landscapes.
Islands to visit
Brac is one of the largest of the Adriatic islands but tends to be quieter than its more popular neighbours. Its real draw is the stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach) on the south coast.
Cres has a rich cultural & historical heritage with a contrast from the dry north to the verdant south. Lošinj to the south is connected by a bridge across the Kavuada Canal.
Hvar is one of the most popular islands in southern Dalmatia, offering beautiful scenery and historical sights including castles & fortified churches.
There is a legend that Korčula was founded by the Trojans (c.1150 BC) but more likely the Greeks colonised the island, calling it Korkyra Melaina (Black Corfu) because of its dark forests.
Krk is known as the "Golden Island". A combination of rocky & dramatic scenery contrasts with lush, green shores with ancient villages and vineyards at its centre.
Lopud is close to Dubrovnik; its beauty is breathtaking with over a kilometre of sandy beaches. What's more, no cars are allowed on the island, making it a natural paradise.
Mljet is an extremely peaceful holiday location, it is also one of the smaller Croatian islands. The western half of Mljet is a National Park which was set up to protect its famous salt lakes.
At first glance Pag Island is rocky & bare but tucked away are olive groves, lush pine forests & beaches.
Rab is the smallest of Kvarner's main islands but is a popular place for visitors, attracted by its lush vegetation and fine beaches.
Cities to visit
The brightest jewel on the southern Dalmatian coast. Despite coming under attack in the Balkan wars, Dubrovnik remains as charming, atmospheric & full of historic treasures as it always was.
Motovun is an ancient Istrian acropolis town situated on the top of a 277 metre hill whose current appearance originates from the Middle Ages.
This former European Capital of Culture has a rich history (Austria-Hungary & Italy). The city has been renovated, transforming much of old Rijeka into a vibrant place for visitors.
Split is most famous for being the retirement home of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Today's Split has a stylish and laid-back sophistication with cafes lining the palm-shaded waterfront.
Trogir's maze of small streets rises out of the sea on its own little island; this magnificent town is car-free with many boutique hotels, bars & restaurants and dominated by a Cathedral.
Zadar is one of our favourite places in Croatia; it is a great base from which to visit the National Parks of Paklenica and Krka, Pag and the Kornati Islands and the Adriatic coastline.
Resorts to visit
National Park Krka has a rich and diverse flora & fauna; it includes the region along the River Krka which runs through a deep canyon and forms beautiful waterfalls such as Skradinski Buk.
An elegant tourist destination which lies between the stunning panorama of the Učka Mountains and the sea.
Paklenica National Park's landscape offers exceptional, dramatic and largely unspoilt landscapes providing walking and climbing for lovers of outdoor pursuits.
Plitivice Lakes National Park is open all year round; in the summer it's green & full of lush vegetation while in the winter the lakes & waterfalls freeze leaving spectacular ice sculptures.
Poreč (Parenzo) is a town on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula; its major landmark is the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pula is located on the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula and has been settled for at least 3000 years. Its Roman amphitheatre is the biggest outside Italy.
Tours & Activities
Rediscover traditional hospitality & wild countryside in Croatia & Bosnia, unique homesteads, great walks & fabulous food. START / FINISH ...
Split, Dubrovnik and the Island of Hvar. A perfect introduction to Croatia and a great combination for a relaxing holiday on the beautiful Adriatic. START ...
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast mixes sunny climate, historic cities & one of the most breathtaking stretches of shoreline in the Mediterranean. START - ...
The freedom of the sea - make use of Croatia's fabulous network of fast ferries to visit a choice of islands & two fabulous cities. START - Dubrovnik ...
A short break holiday in Bosnia & Herzegovina; a taster itinerary which includes a private driver and local guides in each main location. START / ...
The perfect introduction to Croatia; a taster itinerary from Zagreb to Dubrovnik which includes a private driver and local guides. START - Zagreb / FINISH ...
A grand drive up Croatia's coast from Dubrovnik to Istria (plus Venice) - includes magnificent history, beautiful islands & national parks. START ...
A holiday in southern Croatia touring the Dalmatian Coast, Adriatic Islands & Plitvice National Park. START / FINISH - Dubrovnik
Explore lesser-visited locations in the north & east of Croatia, starting in Zagreb; includes national parks, historic towns and much more. START ...
Touring the historic interior of Croatia, including visits to coast, islands & national parks. START / FINISH - Zagreb
Central Croatia, touring the coast, islands and national parks from Split; includes Plitvice Lakes, Zadar and Cetina Valley. START / FINISH - Split
Croatia's "best bits"! Visit the capital city, Dalmatian coast, beautiful islands & some incredible national parks. START - Zagreb / FINISH - Dub ...
Croatia's whole coastline from Pula to Dubrovnik - includes magnificent history, beautiful islands and several national parks along the way. START - Pula ...
Croatia's & Slovenia's "best bits" including both capitals, stunning coastline, caves, islands, lakes, historic towns & national parks. START ...
Explore the beautiful, history-filled Istrian Peninsula combined with fabulous locations in Slovenia such as Lubljana, Lake Bled & Postonja caves. START ...
Explore three countries, all within easy reach of Dubrovnik. Visit Mostar, the Bay of Kotor and stunning national parks on quiet roads. START / FINISH ...
A fantastic cycling tour taking you through traditional villages and the most beautiful and stunning national parks of Croatia. START - Zagreb (or Rijeka) ...
Hiking through 5 National Parks in Croatia; experiencing traditional Croatian cuisine and hospitality.
Six days in Dubrovnik with romantic dinner, optional sightseeing package - extend to a twin-centre with an island of your choice.
Kornati Islands – sailing, cycling, walking and SUP around the islands and secluded bays off the central Dalmatian coast. START/FINISH - Skrad ...
Lakes, sea and rivers – kayaking, cycling and swimming in Krka & Zrmanja Valley nature parks. START/FINISH - Zadar (or Split).
This activity holiday thoroughly explores the stunning Mreznica river canyon & Plitvice Lakes region. START / FINISH - Zagreb
Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, hiking, cycling, canoeing, rafting and swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START - Dubrovnik ...
Lakes and rivers – kayaking, trekking, cycling and swimming in Plitvice & Una Valley National Parks. START/FINISH - Zagreb (or Zadar)
Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, hiking, cycling & swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START / FINISH - Split or Zadar ...
Rediscover Dubrovnik and its surrounding region; its beautiful coastal area, the islands and countryside through numerous walking paths. START / ...
Cycling through some of southern Croatia's most impressive countryside on the mainland and her nearby islands. START/FINISH - Dubrovnik.
Explore Croatia's Wine Road along the coast of southern Dalmatia - includes Dubrovnik, Ston, Korcula, Konavle and the Peljesac Peninsula following the ...
Hotels to visit
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