Highlights of Croatia
Whether you choose to explore the historic charm of Dubrovnik and the golden sand beaches of Split or embark on an activity holiday along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, our selection of small group holidays to Croatia will create memories to last a lifetime. Here are some of our Croatia tour highlights.
Also known as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic' the medieval town of Dubrovnik is one of Croatia's crown jewels. Almost completely destroyed by shelling in the Siege of Dubrovnik, UNESCO and the local people gracefully restored this fortified town. With restoration, Dubrovnik retains a cheerful atmosphere and authentic charm. Wander around the city's timeworn stone walls on our Cycle the Dalmatian Coast trip for far-reaching views across a patchwork of red-terracotta roofs encased by the azure-blue ocean and jagged coastline.
Step back in time as you wander through Split's maze of narrow cobblestone streets on our Croatia Discovery Tour. Discover pre-Romanesque churches, Gothic chapels and alleyways lined with rustic townhouses adorned with faded emerald-green shutters. Browse eclectic boutiques, delve into hidden galleries and stop for a bite to eat in a hole-in-the-wall cafe.
Head to the seafront for a gentle stroll along the Riva Promenade and savour fresh seafood in one of the waterfront restaurants, before relaxing on the golden sand beach lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters and playing a game of Picigin with the locals.
Located on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, Split is a captivating city that blends ancient history with a vibrant modern atmosphere. Its centrepiece is the remarkable Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive Roman ruins in existence. Split's Old Town, with its labyrinthine streets and charming squares, revolves around the palace. At the palace, visitors can explore underground passages, marvel at the grandeur of the Cathedral of St. Domnius, and soak in the enchanting ambiance.
Beyond the historical allure, Split offers a bustling waterfront promenade, a thriving cultural scene, and nearby natural beauty, including Marjan Hill's panoramic views and the inviting beaches along the Adriatic Sea.
Standing in stark contrast to the Mediterranean-esque cities along the coast, the Croatian capital city of Zagreb wows with its abundance of 18th and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian buildings and architecture. Nestled between the slopes of Mount Medvednica, this cultural hub offers a wealth of architectural gems, historical landmarks, and artistic treasures.
The Upper Town, with its cobblestone streets and medieval architecture, features the iconic St. Mark's Church and the impressive Zagreb Cathedral. The Lower Town boasts lively squares, bustling markets, and vibrant café culture. Zagreb also houses an array of world-class museums, showcasing art, history, and science.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Follow timber boardwalks around a labyrinth of aquamarine lakes in Plitvice National Park, Croatia's largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sixteen lagoons of shimmering topaz water sit among lush verdant forests and cascade over steep limestone cliffs, as pearly-white spray glistens in the sunshine and rainbows beam over the veils of water pouring into the ethereal plunge pools below. These dams of limestone crystals have formed over many millennia, and new chutes frequently burst through the travertine banks, creating a plethora of over ninety waterfalls to explore in this ever-evolving landscape.
Krka National Park
Another of Croatia's most popular national parks, Krka National Park is located in southern Croatia. It is renowned for its series of breathtaking waterfalls, including the iconic Skradinski Buk, which tumbles over a series of travertine barriers.
The park's lush greenery and crystal-clear turquoise waters create a picturesque setting that feels like something out of a fairytale. Visitors can explore the park's network of wooden walkways and hiking trails, immersing themselves in the tranquility of nature while enjoying the captivating sights and sounds of rushing waterfalls and diverse wildlife.
Dalmatian Coast and Dalmatian Islands
Sail between sun-soaked islands, swim in beautiful bays of crystal-clear water and wander through historic cities of red-roofed buildings and grand monuments along the Dalmatian Coast. The southernmost stretch of coastline along Croatia's Adriatic Coast, the Dalmatian Coast is home to several of Croatia's most legendary cities, Dubrovnik and Split, as well as 79 scenic islands that you can hopscotch between on an island-hopping adventure.
The Dalmatian Islands, scattered along the coast, provide an idyllic escape with their pristine beaches, secluded coves, and quaint fishing villages. Hvar Island is famous for its vibrant nightlife, stunning lavender fields, and elegant Venetian architecture. Korčula Island, the birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo, enchants visitors with its charming old town and vineyards.