Driving through the beautiful landscapes of Croatia is an unforgettable experience

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A 9-day private luxury roadtrip adventure in Croatia

There is no reason not to embark on the adventure of discovering the beauties of Croatia - we will provide you with top local guides and excellent accommodation, and it is up to you to get behind the wheel and explore.

Croatia is full of natural beauties, historical sights, and intangible cultural heritage recognised by UNESCO. It is impossible to visit all the interesting places in a week, but it is possible to make you fall in love with this small Mediterranean country and wish to return as soon as possible.

Destinations included in this program will show you the diversity and richness of urban architecture, natural landscapes, and the recognizable gastronomic offer of Croatia. From the capital, through the most popular national park and the archaic city with the largest Roman forum on the east coast of the Adriatic, to the island with the largest numbers of sunny days, and several filming locations for the world-famous series Game of Thrones, this itinerary is made to tickle your imagination and make you want to discover the hidden gems of Croatia. 

Trip highlights

  • Visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park, registered on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites
  • Taste local delicacies, award-winning olive oils and wines
  • Marvel at the remains of Diocletian’s Palace in the largest Croatian coastal city
  • Tour the island that has more UNESCO heritages than any island in the world
  • Stay in some of the most prestigious hotels in Croatia, in the most beautiful locations you can imagine 

Trip availableAPR-OCT
Duration9 days
Suitable for2-7 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesen
Price per personfrom 1,719.00 €
Great for
  • Couples or small groups of experienced travelers
You’ll be accommodated in
  • Top centrally located city hotels and a 5-star island resort
Trip designed by Marija Mance

Experienced tour guide and a passionate explorer of hidden treasures of Croatia

Activities are taking place in Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik

Historic cities and unspoilt nature are among the top things people seek to explore while visiting Croatia.

The vibrant capital city of Zagreb is home to some of the country's best museums, galleries, restaurants, and shopping. Cosmopolitan and alternative, a mix of Austro-Hungarian and socialist architecture, street art and urban construction, Zagreb is a must-see destination.

Along the coast, centuries-old harbour towns are packed with Venetian-era stone buildings, while countless pebble beaches offer things to do such as scuba diving, water skiing, and windsurfing.

Split is the urban centre of the eastern part of the Adriatic Sea, known for its beautiful promenade, warm Mediterranean climate, bars and restaurants, but also its’ 4th-century Roman palace in the city centre.

Croatia's blissful islands are a haven for yachters and those wanting to simply relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine.

In 2013 the Mediterranean diet was inscribed in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. As the areas that represent the heritage of the Mediterranean diet, Croatia has chosen the islands Brač and Hvar, but rest assured that in every region you can come across some delicacy that Croatia abounds in.

The list of Croatian treasures would not be complete without the drink of the gods. One of the famous wine-growing areas is certainly the Pelješac peninsula, as well as the island of Hvar. Hvar has had a long tradition of vine-growing and wine production, ever since the Ancient Greeks sailed into the bay which is now home to modern-day Stari Grad and planted the original vines, back in 384 BC. Even before that, the Illyrians had been growing grapevines here. The island's wines were exported around the Mediterranean for ages. 

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Zagreb

Arrival at Zagreb airport and private transfer to the Westin Zagreb hotel. Relax and freshen up. Depending on the time of your arrival, before dinner spend some time re-energizing in over 1,700 m² of modern, elegantly appointed, sleek and airy surroundings of the hotel wellness centre. Overnight.

DAY 2

Zagreb city centre tour and relaxed exploration of the city

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, meet with your local guide and take a walking tour around Zagreb city centre.

The Croatian capital is in many ways an exceptional city. Zagreb offers its guests the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, a picturesque open market, green parks, and promenades, but also superb culinary delights and an exciting nightlife. It has managed to preserve its distinctive beauty and relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect blend of a Central European metropolis and the relaxed tempo of the Mediterranean.

Your guide will take you to the historical centre of the city, The Stone Gate, Church of St. Mark with the famed multicoloured roof, the Cathedral and many other sights. After the tour, have lunch in one of its various restaurants - ask the guide for a recommendation.

Spend the afternoon visiting some of the interesting museums, such as the Museum of Broken Relationships, filled with mementoes of relationships that have in one way or another gone wrong. There is also a Museum of Hangovers where the artefacts related to the alcohol-infused sessions are exposed, with an attached background story, and the Museum of Chocolate, a theme park dedicated to chocolate.

Overnight Westin Zagreb.

DAY 3

From Zagreb to Zadar through Plitvice Lakes National Park

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, pick up your rental car and depart for the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The park is a magical world of lakes, waterfalls, moss, and forests. Nestled in the embrace of the surrounding wooded mountains are sixteen smaller and larger crystal turquoise lakes, interconnected by foaming cascades and deep falls.

Meeting with a local guide and a walking tour of the National Park, which includes a boat ride, and allows you to experience first-hand the magical beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, each spectacular in its own right.

You can have lunch at one of the local restaurants that feature an array of local specialities.

After visiting the park, continue towards Zadar where you will check in the unique city boutique-hotel Bastion.

Once you've settled in and freshened up, meet your guide at the reception and take a stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town. You will visit the most famous sights of Zadar - they are all within walking distance of your hotel. In just 5 minutes you can reach the Greeting to the Sun and the Sea organ installations, where you will listen to a unique melody played by the waves. One of the stops on the tour will also be the Roman Forum, the biggest forum built in Croatia, today one of the most visited ruins in the country.

Dine in one of the charming taverns and return to the hotel for the night.

DAY 4

Picturesque Trogir, Stella Croatica Ethno Agro Park and Klis Fortress

Buffet breakfast and check-out. On your way towards the traditional family estate Stella Croatica, stop in the typical Dalmatian historical town of Trogir and meet your local guide.

The town has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1997 and one of its must-see attractions is the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, known for its Romanesque door carved in the 13th century.

After the walking tour, say goodbye to your guide and continue east. Upon arrival to the Stella Croatica estate, you will be welcomed by your host, who will let you take a peek into the past – the culture, customs and everyday life of the Dalmatian family.

Take a tour of the (manu)factory where the sweets are handmade, walk through the scenic botanical collection, explore the rich Mediterranean garden, and visit the olive oil museum. Awaken all your senses by tasting different varieties of homemade delicacies and some award-winning olive oils in the authentic atmosphere of the concept store.

Before going to the hotel in Split, visit the Klis fortress. Controlling the valley leading into Split, this medieval fortress offers a fantastic birdseye view of the entire Split “metropolitan” area, the Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands.

After taking some photos at this "Game of Thrones" exterior shot location for the city of Meereen, proceed to your final destination of the day - the Cornaro Hotel, a new urban lifestyle hotel in the Split city centre. When checking into the hotel, inquire about the many restaurants in the area and choose one to your liking for dinner. Overnight.

DAY 5

Split Historical and Gastro Tour with the Green Market

In the morning, after breakfast, you will embark on a tour that will tickle your senses.

On this Split food tour, your guide will take you to different food stops so you can taste the most delicious and scrumptious food while you are walking along the 1700-year-old imperial palace, getting to know all of Diocletian’s Palace and the surrounding medieval highlights of Split.

You’ll start your food adventure by visiting the Greenmarket, a great traditional restaurant ”konoba” known for its culinary specialities “macaroni” – handmade pasta and fresh seafood.

During the next part of the tour, you will visit a small shop where you will taste the traditional peasant pie “soparnik” and the tour concludes in the oldest pastry shop in Split, where you will taste traditional pastries and gelato.

Rest assured, you will enjoy this food & walk culinary tour, with the best highlights of Split and its delights.

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free options are available, so dear guests if you have any kind of diet restrictions or food allergies please let us know.

Return to the hotel, get some rest, and then enjoy an evening off to explore around the city.

Overnight Cornaro.

DAY 6

Ferry from Split to Hvar, island tour

After breakfast, check out and catch the ferry to the island of Hvar, a popular destination with tourists due to its natural setting, mild climate, and the fact that it has more UNESCO heritage "badges" than any island in the world.

A modern 5-star Maslina Resort is just a 5-minute drive away from the ferry port of Stari Grad. Adhering to the principles of ecologically responsible hotel management, the property is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the island.

Check into the hotel and then set off to explore the island – you can start with the town of Hvar.

Highlights of Hvar Town include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress, and the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Cathedral. For some of the best views of the island, Hvar Town, and the nearby Pakleni Islands, take a short walk up to the 16th-century Španjola Fortress. Treat yourself to a drink and a snack in the ancient piazza of Hvar overlooking the Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal theatre in Europe.

As the next stop on the island tour, we suggest the ancient Greek Hora, i.e. UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain. Hora or Ager is an impressively preserved testament to the Ancient Greek period, an agricultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks.

After that, it's time to visit the wine cellar belonging to the Duboković family, hear the story about wine production and taste 5 wines (rose, white/orange, red, red / premium, dessert). You will also be offered some olive oils, given that they are an essential part of the island diet.

For the sweet end to the island tour, the Gamulin family will welcome you to their very special chocolate boutique. The story started with an old grandma's recipe for dried figs wrapped in sugar, a traditional Christmas treat in Dalmatia – with the sugar being replaced with chocolate, a new praline was invented and named figolini. Now the whole family is involved in making a fusion of chocolate and Mediterranean fruits and herbs which island Hvar abounds with and they are willing to share some of their secrets with you.

Return to Maslina Resort. Overnight.

DAY 7

Back to the mainland - stopping on Pelješac and in Trsteno on the way to Dubrovnik

Breakfast and check-out. A one-hour drive across the island along a winding island road is a true Mediterranean experience that will take you to Drivenik, where you will board the ferry.

Once on land, the drive starts to the southeast and your final destination – Dubrovnik.

En route, you'll stop at the edge of the Pelješac peninsula to spend a little time in the small medieval town of Ston. Upon arrival, you will notice one of Ston trademarks - Ston city walls, the longest fortified system in Europe. If you are in the mood, you can walk the walls.

Apart from the walls, two other things that the area is known for are oysters and mussels, and the salt plant. Oysters and mussels have been grown here since Roman times. In the same period, Romans were producing the salt, and after the area was taken over by the Dubrovnik Republic, they built the oldest active salt plant on the whole Mediterranean.

You’ll embark on an oyster tasting experience, a unique gastronomic attraction. Sailing in a boat you will enjoy the untouched natural beauty of the protected ecosystem of Mali Ston bay. The entire experience also has an educational character, since the guides will gladly share their knowledge about the process of cultivating oysters. You will enjoy tasting world-famous oysters, just taken out of the sea, on a floating dock in the middle of the oyster farm.

You can have lunch at the Bota Šare restaurant. The restaurant offers and nurtures original indigenous Dalmatian cuisine and draws inspiration for its dishes from two old cookbooks found in the dusty corners of this medieval salt warehouse. Almost everything you eat and drink here is farmed, caught or produced within 100 m of your table.

When you're ready, continue your journey down the coast and after a 30-minute drive, make a short stop in a beautiful green oasis of Trsteno Arboretum. This oldest arboretum in this part of the world was used as the setting and filming location for the world-famous series Game of Thrones.

Proceed further to your final destination, where you will return your car and check into an iconic landmark hotel. A historic villa built in 1913 and taking full advantage of gorgeous west-facing views of the glorious Old Town, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik enjoys the most enviable location of any hotel in the city – just a five-minute walk from the medieval fortress walls.

DAY 8

Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Dubrovnik Private Sightseeing Tour

Dubrovnik is known as one of the world’s finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world. Its long and storied history is told in its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains all found within its imposing fortress walls.

After breakfast, meet your guide and walk with him to the nearby entrance to Dubrovnik Old Town. Once in the "Old Port", your guide will relate the intriguing stories of the famous Quarantine and the nearby fortresses of St. Luke and St. John as well as fascinating legends about the Church of St Blaise, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando's Column.

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, please note that we can also organize a GOT sightseeing tour. You will be taken through the parts of Dubrovnik Old Town where some of the most memorable scenes from the cultural phenomenon were filmed, including The Pile Gate where King Joffrey was faced with a citizens’ riot and pelted with dung, the Lovrijenac fort (menacing Red Keep), and the place where the unsuccessful attack on King's Landing - the Battle of Blackwater - took place.

The rest of the day explore Dubrovnik and its surroundings on your own. Take a walk along the 2 km long Dubrovnik's city walls and enjoy the views of the fortresses, lively squares, and the hidden narrow streets below. Come early evening, you can get stunning panoramic views over the city and the Adriatic by taking the cable car up to Srđ Mountain.

Have dinner in one of the famous restaurants in the Old Town, and taste local dishes such as pašticada with gnocchi, cheese in oil, and the traditional dessert of Dubrovnik - "rožata". Overnight Excelsior.

DAY 9

Departure Dubrovnik

Breakfast at the hotel and free time until departure for Dubrovnik airport. If you have some spare time, buy some unique souvenirs or gifts: arancini (candied orange peel), sugared almonds or Konavle-style embroidered tablecloth. 

What's included?

  • Private transfer from Zagreb Airport to the Westin Zagreb hotel - Mercedes E class or similar for up to 3 persons, Mercedes Viano/V class or similar for up to 7 persons
  • 2 overnights in a Deluxe double room* in the 5-star Westin Zagreb hotel, with buffet breakfast and tourist tax included
  • Private guided walking tour of Zagreb on Day 2 (2-3 hours) accompanied by an experienced local guide
  • Car rental from Day 3 to Day 7
  • Entrance fee for Plitvice Lakes National Park and a guided walking tour on Day 3 (3-4 hours)
  • Private guided walking tour of Zadar on Day 3 (approximately 2 hours) accompanied by an experienced local guide
  • 1 overnight in a Superior room* in the Bastion Heritage Hotel in Zadar, with buffet breakfast, tourist tax, and parking included
  • Private guided walking tour of Trogir on Day 4 (1- 2 hours) accompanied by an experienced local guide
  • A tour of the Stella Croatica family estate, with tasting of homemade delicacies and award-winning olive oils (approximately 2 hours) on Day 4
  • Entrance fee for Klis Fortress on Day 4
  • 2 overnights in a Superior Double/Twin Room in the new urban lifestyle hotel Cornaro in Split, with buffet breakfast, tourist tax, and parking included
  • Split Historical and Gastro Tour with Green Market on Day 5 (approximately 3 hours), with traditional finger food, handmade pasta, local red and white wines, spirits and gelato included
  • Ferry ticket for car and passengers Split - Hvar on Day 6
  • Duboković family wine cellar tour, presentation about wine production and tasting of 5 wines on Day 6
  • Chocolate workshop and chocolate tasting on Day 6
  • 1 overnight in a Panoramic room* in the modern 5-star Maslina Resort in Stari Grad, with buffet breakfast, tourist tax, and parking included
  • Ferry ticket for car and passengers Sućuraj - Drvenik on Day 7
  • Oyster tasting experience in Mali Ston on Day 7
  • Entrance fee for Arboretum Trsteno on Day 7
  • 2 overnights in a Superior room* in the 5-star Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik, with buffet breakfast and tourist tax included
  • Private guided walking tour of Dubrovnik on Day 8 (approximately 2 hours) accompanied by an experienced local guide
  • Private transfer from Excelsior hotel to Dubrovnik Airport on Day 9
  • Trip preparation fee
  • VAT

*Room types subject to availability


What's not included?

  • International airfare to and from Croatia
  • Meals and services other than specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (tips are always appreciated but not mandatory)

Reductions and supplements

  • Lunch at a local restaurant on the National Park grounds on Day 3 (on request)
  • For 3rd person on additional bed (on request)
  • For Children on additional bed (on request)
  • For single room (on request)

Remark

  • Driving in Croatia is safe and easy, you are unlikely to encounter any problems. Roads are mostly of a very good standard and very well marked. In case you still come into some difficulties, our 24/7 support service will be glad to assist you

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