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. It will not take the visitor very long to also discover the evidence of a rich cultural legacy and influence from the Greeks and Romans to the Hapsburgs and most strikingly of all, the Venetians.
The 1100 miles of coastline is stunning in itself but the myriad of islands and islets along its length (over 1000) add to its beauty as well as offering additional choices for places to stay or visit as part of a holiday to Croatia. The outstanding scenery of the Dalmatian Coast is not the only jewel in the crown, there is a mountainous interior to explore including the Plitvice Lakes National Park (one of our favourite places), the many Venetian-influenced towns, the cosmopolitan and vibrant capital, Zagreb, and numerous opportunities to visit the bordering countries (of former Yugoslavia) - Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia & Macedonia.
Our tailor-made holidays in Croatia cover the whole country from the south around Dubrovnik to the north on the Istrian Peninsula and can also include many of the lesser-visited places of northern and eastern Croatia. There are many flights from London and UK regional airports (as well as from across Europe) into Dubrovnik, Split, Pula, Zadar and Zagreb. Why not consider one of our very popular fly-drives utilising a flight into one airport and home from another which enables more sightseeing time, this is particularly useful if you wish to include Zagreb or the National Parks, for example Plitvice Lakes. Also on offer through Rediscover the World are island hopping itineraries, twin-centre holidays, honeymoons, personally-selected short breaks including spa and sightseeing weekends & activities and culinary experiences. Croatia's magical scenery and legendary hospitality are unquestionably real, as you'll confirm when you have explored the country, still waiting to be rediscovered.
As founders of Rediscover the World we use our experience of travelling extensively over many years in this region, in fact our connection goes back to the mid 1980s. Today we combine frequent visits and the unrivalled expertise of our long-term, local partners, enabling us to provide you with the most up-to-date and fullest possible assistance in planning your ideal holiday - we can put together any tailor-made itinerary for you to suit most budgets. We are fully bonded (ATOL & TTA) for your financial security and this includes assistance should any part of your holiday not happen entirely to plan. If you were to assemble your holiday yourself you may not have this sort of protection nor would you be able to benefit from many of our special rates.
There are some classic fly-drive holiday routes as well as some longer and more individual ones which can be arranged with our assistance and local knowledge. To begin the process we include on our website some of the most popular itineraries; 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. We also include guideline costs based upon our recommended places to stay and a list of "What's Included".
Some of the most requested places to stay on self-drive holidays are - Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Rovinj on the Istrian Peninsula, 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 will also advise on driving times, places of interest along your route and, quite importantly, up-to-date ferry timetables.
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 at a flat rate per day (this charge does not include food and lodgings; 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. (Entrance fees to National Monuments and local guide charges apply in some places).
In addition to the self-drive itineraries we offer twin centre holidays, short breaks, luxury honeymoons, island hopping, golf packages, cycling and other activities, lots of ideas for family holidays and much more.
Ask us about the selection of excellent Adriatic Cruises from both Split and Dubrovnik which take in the fabulous coastline and many of the wonderful islands such as Hvar, Korcula and Brac. Cruises also include a full package of sightseeing and activities.
Looking for a guided tour of Croatia's "best bits" or an escorted journey through the region then have a look at the wide range of group tours with guaranteed departures throughout the season. These tours also include the surrounding countries such as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia; even Macedonia, Serbia and Albania are included on some, providing a more off the beaten track itinerary. All listed tours are in English and accompanied by an experienced Tour Leader; all sightseeing is with official local guides and most meals are included; accommodation is in 4* hotels. Departures are from mainly Zagreb or Dubrovnik but we can easily add extra days to the start or end of your tour if you wish to visit additional places or simply relax on or near the beach.
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, Norwegian and Jet 2 to suit most requirements and provide full ATOL protection (T7172) for your holiday.
Where 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. There are many influences from its neighbours making Istria quite different and special.
The landscape of Croatia offers much more than coastal resorts and historic towns; there are some exceptional National Parks and protected landscapes.
Brac is one of the largest of the Adriatic islands but tends to be quieter than its more popular neighbours. Its real draw, though, is the stunning Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach) on the south coast.
The island of Cres has a rich cultural and historical heritage and is characterized by a sharp contrast between the northern dry and the southern rich vegetation. Lošinj to the south is connected ...
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", its scenery is a gorgeous combination of rocky and dramatic in the north contrasting with lush, green shores in the south. In its centre are ancient villages and v ...
Lopud island is very close to Dubrovnik; its beauty & uniqueness is breathtaking with over 1km of marvellous sandy beaches. What's more, no cars are allowed on the island, making it a natural para ...
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 resembling a lunar landscape but elsewhere there are olive groves, lush pine woods & 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.
Dubrovnik is the brightest jewel on the southern Dalmatian coast. Despite coming under attack in the Balkan wars, it remains as delightful and full of historic treasures and atmosphere as it always wa ...
Motovun is a city-monument, an ancient Istrian acropolis town situated on the top of a 277 metre hill whose current appearance originates from the Middle Ages, the 12th and 13th century.
Rijeka's rich history (Austria-Hungary & Italy) has been renovated, transforming much of old Rijeka into a fascinating & vibrant place for tourists - the 2020 European Capital of Culture.
Split is most famous as the location of 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 also a great base to visit the National Parks of Paklenica and Krka, Pag and the Kornati Islands and the Adriatic coastline.
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.
Opatija, an elegant tourist destination, is the centre of the Riviera with the longest tourism tradition in Croatia.
Paklenica National Park's landscape offers exceptional, dramatic and largely unspoilt landscapes providing walking and climbing for outdoor lovers.
Plitivice Lakes National Park is open all year round; in the summer it is green & full of lush vegetation while in the winter the lakes & waterfalls freeze leaving spectacular ice sculptures.
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.
Things to do
A full week's cruise across the Adriatic & its islands between Split & Dubrovnik. Includes many stops on the mainland and islands.
A full week's cruise through the Adriatic & its islands between Dubrovnik & Split. Includes many stops on the mainland and islands.
Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, hiking, cycling & swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START / FINISH - Split or Zadar.
Six days in a choice of hotels in Dubrovnik with romantic dinner plus optional sightseeing including Montenegro and islands. Easily extended to a twin-centre ...
Split, Dubrovnik and the Island of Hvar. A perfect introduction to Croatia and a great combination for a relaxing holiday on the beautiful Adriatic.
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Medit ...
The freedom of the sea - make use of Croatia's fabulous network of fast ferries to visit a choice of islands; includes two cities (Split, Dubrovnik) & ...
Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, hiking, cycling, canoeing, rafting and swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START - Dubrovnik ...
A short break holiday in Bosnia & Herzegovina, including Dubrovnik. This is a taster itinerary which includes a private driver and local guides in ...
Croatia mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean.
A grand drive along Croatia's coast from Dubrovnik in the south to Istria in the north (plus Venice) - includes locations with magnificent history, beautiful ...
A holiday in southern Croatia touring the Dalmatian Coast, Adriatic Islands & Plitvice National Park. Designed as a circuit so you can choose your ...
A Fly Drive itinerary taking in many lesser-visited locations in the north and east starting in the capital, Zagreb. Includes national parks, historic ...
A break in central Croatia touring the historic interior, coast, islands & national parks. Designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Plitvice ...
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 ...
Croatia's "best bits"! Visit the capital city, Adriatic coast & her islands plus some incredible national parks. Designed as a linear route so you ...
Croatia's whole coastline from Pula to Dubrovnik (or vice versa) - includes magnificent history, choice of beautiful islands and several national parks ...
A full tour of Croatia's & Slovenia's "best bits" including both capitals, stunning coastline, incredible caves, islands, lakes, historic towns & ...
Explore the beautiful, history-filled Istrian Peninsula plus fabulous locations in Slovenia. Designed as a circuit so you can travel via Opatija to Lubljana, ...
A week and a bit exploring three countries, all within easy reach of Dubrovnik. This is designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Mostar and return ...
Rediscover traditional hospitality & wild countryside in Croatia & Bosnia, unique homesteads, great walks & fabulous food. 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) ...
Experience Croatia’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage aboard this selection of cruises.
Experience Croatia’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage aboard this selection of cruises.
A Best of Both Worlds tour from Dubrovnik to Zagreb; first by mini-cruise along the Adriatic coast and then inland through Bosnia & Herzegovina and ...
A grand tour of what formerly constituted Yugoslavia. The itinerary includes stunning scenery, historic sights, unique national parks and an insight into ...
This tour includes the coast of Montenegro, Lake Ohrid, Albania, Dubrovnik and the fabulous countryside inbetween. START / FINISH - Dubrovnik
Croatia mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean. This is a ...
This tour includes Croatia's highlights and the "best bits" of Slovenia: staying in mostly 4* hotels, with English-speaking Tour Leader and guides throughout. START ...
11 Days / 10 nights
This tour crosses through the Balkans - Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia - staying in mostly 4* hotels, English-speaking Tour Leader & guides throughout. ...
This tour includes the stunning Adriatic coast of Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina's jewels - Mostar and Sarajevo and the unique Plitvice Lakes National ...
This tour includes: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes staying in 4* hotels, with English-speaking Tour Leader and guides throughout. START ...
Hiking through 5 National Parks in Croatia; experiencing traditional Croatian cuisine and hospitality.
Kornati Islands – sailing, cycling, walking and SUP around the islands and secluded bays off the central Dalmatian coast. START/FINISH - Skradin ...
Lakes, sea and rivers – kayaking, cycling and swimming in Krka & Zrmanja Valley nature parks. START/FINISH - Zadar (or Split).
Six days in a choice of luxury hotels in Dubrovnik. Romantic dinner, all transport and great sightseeing options included. Easily extended to a twin-centre ...
This activity holiday thoroughly explores the stunning Mreznica river canyon & Plitvice Lakes region. START / FINISH - Zagreb
Lakes and rivers – kayaking, trekking, cycling and swimming in Plitvice & Una Valley National Parks. START/FINISH - Zagreb (or Zadar).
Rediscover Dubrovnik and its surrounding region; its beautiful coastal area, the islands and countryside through numerous walking paths.
Cycling through some of southern Croatia's most impressive countryside on the mainland and her nearby islands. START/FINISH - Dubrovnik.
"All accommodation was good - a good mixture of character, location and comfort."
K Gibbes, Australia, Sept 2019
"A fantastic holiday experiencing the beauty of a charming country....self drive is the best way to experience it.."
J Butterworth, UK, Sept 2019
"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
"We had an amazing time and loved all the resorts. The organisation was great and everything worked well. We loved the app too - very helpful! We would definitely come to you again for a future holiday. Thanks!"
J Graves, UK, Sept 2019
"Absolutely loved everything."
J Liddy, September, 2019
"In hindsight I would have hired our car after our Korcula Island visit and not in Dubrovnik. Apart from that all good and Vamoos certainly is a great app to enable logistics and handy to have all vouchers on hand. Great advise, service and patience at Rediscover."
J Rovegno, Malta, September, 2019
"Thoroughly enjoyable holiday. The set up through Andy Scase was excellent. Built a perfect itinerary for our tastes. Use of vamoos app was really helpful. All transfers and arrangements were excellent and kept the continuity of our island hoping experience. Hotels were all in great locations. Throughly recommend rediscover for future holidays and we wouldn't hesitate to use them ourselves."
N Pritchard, August, 2019
"In a nutshell we were thrilled with the trip you booked for us - everything went extremely smoothly, there were no hiccups at all, the transfers and travel was hassle free and most of the accommodation was absolutely fantastic, with excellent staff. On the whole we had a wonderful trip, and really enjoyed working with Rediscover - your service was excellent."
C Broadway, Australia, August, 2019
"With island hopping (for the first time) and never having been to Croatia before I was little apprehensive about whether all the individual transfers would work out - I needn't have worried - it was all seamless. Each location was wonderful and quite different, we asked for a taste of everything that Croatia had to offer (in one week!) and we really got that, so you understood our brief well. We came home feeling like we'd been away for a fortnight... I've never booked a holiday through a travel agent before - but I won't hesitate to come back to you again in the future. The app was super helpful too! We wouldn't have changed anything about the itinerary. thank you so much."
E Johnson, UK, August, 2019