This is the Skywalk on Biokovo mountain. If you are brave enough, you'll enjoy the view from 1228 meters with only glass floor under your feet

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Hand-picked Croatia: 9 days of stunning diversity

If you are a person of multiple interests, you love nature wonders, urban cities, the sparkling sea and coastal gems all in one trip, you should take this tour and collect unforgettable memories of hand-picked highlights of Croatia.

Croatia has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The mere mention of Croatia conjures up images of pristine landscapes, sparkling seas and fortified towns furnished with quaint outdoor cafés. Many of Europe's greatest empires including the Romans, Venetians, Ottoman Turks and Habsburgs, left their mark on Croatia in the form of architecture, language, art and food. Situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Central Europe and the Balkans — Croatia has it all, from beautifully preserved medieval cities to stunning natural wonders and man-made attractions.

Trip highlights

  • See for yourself why Plitvice Lakes have found their place on UNESCO's World Heritage List
  • Visit the Blue Cave, the most impressive of about ten caves scattered around Biševo's coast
  • Dare to take a walk on the Biokovo Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass walkway
  • Visit the smallest cathedral in the world in Nin
  • Explore the city of Zagreb on foot

Trip availableMAY-OCT
Duration9 days
Suitable for2-6 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesen
Price per personfrom 2,942.00 €
Great for
  • Travellers of multiple interest
  • Small groups of friends
  • Families with or without children
  • Couples
  • Seniors
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 4-star hotels in:
  • Zagreb
  • Šibenik
  • Makarska
  • Split
  • Zadar
Trip designed by Vesna Luzar

Extremely versatile trip designer with an established career in travel business

Activities are taking place in various places in Croatia

You are about to discover the handpicked highlights of Croatia. Here you can learn a few interesting facts about some of them.

Zagreb

The story of the city of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, had begun more than 900 years ago. Situated under the hills of Medvednica and at the banks of the river Sava, the city gives you an open-hearted welcome. One of the most prestigious travel guides, Lonely Planet, listed Zagreb on top of the most desirable and exciting European destinations to be visited.

As a living, breathing city, Zagreb has a full menu of activities and pleasures all year round. Summers are rarely stifling and are a great time to enjoy Zagreb's parks. The season gears up in autumn with a full menu of concerts, exhibits and special events. Freezing winter temperatures make it the ideal time to duck into a cosy coffee house and linger over hot chocolate. In spring, cafe life blossoms as everyone heads outdoors for lunch on a terrace or an after-work drink on one of the city's attractive squares.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

A soothing feeling of peace and tranquillity will surround you as soon as you arrive in Plitvice. Release your inner explorer and see for yourself why Plitvice Lakes have found their place on UNESCO's World Heritage List. There are numerous ways to experience the park throughout the year. The scenery offers a broad palette of stunning colours: turquoise lakes, vividly green forests, rustic brown leaves or snow-white waterfalls. The Plitvice Lakes are famous for their 16 magnificent and entwined cascading lakes that form a gorgeous ring of water. Plitvice has been named one of the 35 most beautiful national parks in the world, and for good reason.

Šibenik

Unlike the other coastal towns, which sprung from the remains of earlier Illyrian, Greek or Roman settlements, Šibenik was built by Croats, who opted for a peaceful seaside oasis and an enclosed sea formed when the lower Krka River flooded after the last ice age. You should visit the Barone, St. Michael's and St. John's fortresses on the mainland, which provide an extensive view of the city and its surrounding area, and the Cathedral. The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral, such as a remarkable frieze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, illustrate the successful fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art.

Makarska

Makarska is a small town only 60km away from Split and 140km from Dubrovnik, located in a naturally protected harbour surrounded by beautiful peninsula St. Peter and the cape Osejava. It is the only harbour of this kind in these areas and it served as a shelter for sailors in the past if they got caught in stormy weather. The city of Makarska is a famous tourist location. A beautiful promenade in the city centre is lined with palm trees and surrounded by luxury hotels.

Biokovo Nature Park and Skywalk

On Biokovo Mountain there is a new attraction in Nature Park near Makarska on 1228 meters above sea level. This lookout is designed as a prestressed reinforced concrete structure that cantilevers over a cliff overlooking the Makarska Riviera, Adriatic, islands, and open sea. A glass walkway has been laid on the primary concrete structure to provide a bird's eye view in all directions, creating a unique adrenaline experience. This attractive platform will enable visitors to enjoy extreme and unforgettable walks in controlled conditions.

Split

At the core of this dynamic city on the Adriatic are the impressive remains of Diocletian's enormous palace, built as a retirement residence by the 4th-century Roman emperor. The city is the main urban and cultural centre of Dalmatia and is also the traffic hub of the region. Along with its rich history, it also has the warmth of a modern Mediterranean town. To “properly“ enjoy Split, you have to make time to sit on the café terraces, because this is an integral part of social life in the city, as are strolls along the popular Riva promenade, the palace waterfront. This tranquil experience of watching the world go by in Split and elsewhere in Dalmatia is almost as important as sightseeing.

Trogir

In a narrow strait between the mainland and Čiovo Island, on a small islet, barely a couple of hundred meters wide lies Trogir. It is a town that doubles as a museum: the centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, owing to its historic landmarks, especially the Cathedral of St. John, a Renaissance masterpiece. Bridges connect the present-day Trogir both with the mainland and the island of Čiovo, where many residents of Split have their summer houses, making Trogir one of the busiest tourist centres in the surrounding area during the summer months.

Zadar

Zadar, which has been a city for the past 2,000 years, has always been one of the most prominent cities on the east Adriatic coast. Its historic strength is visible at every corner. The Zadar Forum, the central square of an ancient Roman city, is the largest on the east Adriatic coast. The Church of St. Donatus, a representative bishop's chapel dating back to the 8th century, is one of the few circular medieval churches in Europe, while the cathedral and numerous other churches with their treasures of art showcase the wealth of the city. As you walk through the ancient streets, look up and you'll be in awe by the opulent Gothic- and Renaissance-style windows. The Greeting to the Sun is a famous monument in Zadar, dedicated to the Sun. It consists of three hundred, multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level as the stone-paved waterfront. It consists of a 22-meter diameter circle, with photovoltaic solar modules underneath. Lighting elements installed in a circle turn on at night, and produce a light show.

Nin

Nin is one of the oldest towns in the Mediterranean. Here in the shallow lagoon, on one islet, inhabitants first came over a thousand years ago, and it's very rich cultural heritage tells of these historic times. You cannot leave Nin without first visiting its many churches. One of the most famous ones is the Church of St. Nicholas, a symbol of the town and the Church of the Holy Cross, also known as the smallest cathedral in the world. Nin did not just inspire romantics and poets, but also astronomers; one asteroid was named Aenona, after the old Roman name for the town.

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome to Zagreb, a must-see metropolis of Central Europe

Private transfer from Zagreb airport to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Zagreb is an exceptional city in many ways. The city offers its guests the baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, green parks and promenades, but also superb culinary delights and exciting nightlife. 

It has managed to preserve its distinctive beauty and relaxed atmosphere and is a perfect blend of a Central European metropolis and the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. 

Overnight.

DAY 2

Zagreb – the gorgeous ring of water of Plitvice Lakes National Park – Šibenik

Breakfast and check-out. Head towards Plitvice Lakes National Park, famous for its 16 cascading lakes that form a gorgeous ring of water, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The interaction between water, air, rocks and vegetation is constantly changing and the result can only be described as magic. 

A sightseeing walking tour includes a boat ride and allows you to experience first-hand the magical beauty of the lakes and waterfalls (electric boat and panoramic train rides are subject to weather conditions). Lunch at a local restaurant on your own.

In the early afternoon departure to Šibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic. Check-in at the hotel and overnight.

DAY 3

Šibenik walking city tour – Makarska

Breakfast will be followed by check-out and a tour of the city. With 4 fortresses and numerous steps in the old historic centre, this will seem less like sightseeing and more like an urban hiking tour that will have your lungs working at full capacity. 

Take a walk on the attractive and recently spruced up walkway along the Channel of St. Anthony, at whose entrance is an islet where the St. Nicholas' Fortress is located. A very special stop is the Cathedral of St.James, the only cathedral in Europe that is made entirely of stone.

After sightseeing continue to Makarska, a small town on the Adriatic coast, located in a naturally protected harbour surrounded by the beautiful peninsula of St. Peter and the cape Osejava. It is the only harbour of this kind in these areas and it served as a shelter for sailors in the past if they got caught in stormy weather. Check-in at the hotel and overnight.

DAY 4

Makarska – the majestic Blue Cave and Island of Hvar

Breakfast at the hotel. Blue Cave tour from Makarska is a day tour designed to reveal to you all the natural beauties of Middle Dalmatia islands. 

The highlight of the tour is definitively sightseeing tour of the Blue Cave on island Biševo, but besides that, you could swim to the most beautiful beach in Europe, Stiniva Cove on island Vis and enjoy on one of the most relaxing spots in the area, lagoon of Budikovac island. From there you will head out to Palmižana located on the breathtaking archipelago.

The tour is capped by enjoying the late afternoon stroll through Hvar town, one of the most popular vacation destinations in Croatia. Return to Makarska. Overnight.

DAY 5

Makarska – the glass-floor attraction of Biokovo Skywalk

Breakfast at the hotel. Half-day group panoramic tour of the Biokovo mountain including its new attraction: glass platform Skywalk. It can be described as a walking surface at the edge of a cliff above an abyss at an altitude of 1200 meters. From this plateau, the lookout offers a view of the open sea and the skywalk concrete and steel platform in an attractive horseshoe shape with a guardrail and floor made entirely of glass! 

Do you dare to take a walk on the most attractive promenade in Croatia? (Skywalk could be closed for visitors due to rain or bad weather circumstances). Explore the observation deck for a spectacular view of the sea and the islands along the coastline. You will see olive trees with their picturesque trunks, small cultivated plots of land which make up a unique landscape. 

At first sight grey and scanty Mount Biokovo is very rich in unique plant life and numerous animal species. With this half-day excursion, you will be able to meet a new world of Mediterranean beauty, interesting history and unforgettable tradition. Rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight.

DAY 6

Makarska – Split, "the capital of Dalmatia"

Breakfast and check out. Continuation of the trip to Split and city tour upon arrival. The largest city on the Croatian coast preserved the relaxed lifestyle of the Mediterranean. The „capital of Dalmatia“ is famous for Diocletian's Palace which is the most important and preserved Roman building in Croatia, registered on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. 

Besides the Palace visit to Peristyle, Cellars, the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Domnius. Check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening we suggest that you visit one of the traditional inns (“konoba”) for an authentic Dalmatian dinner or take a stroll along Prokurative, known as the Republic Square, a big square west from Riva (waterfront). 

Overnight.

DAY 7

From Split to medieval Trogir and Roman Zadar

Breakfast and check out. Drive from Split to the medieval city of Trogir, whose nucleus is situated on a small island, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cathedral of St. Lawrence, built in the 13th century is one of the most significant monuments in Trogir.

After the tour departure to Zadar, check-in at the hotel. Take a walking tour of the historical centre of Zadar. Admire the defensive walls that protect the city on three sides with four medieval gates, head back in the opposite direction and you'll come to the Trg 5 Bunara (Square of the 5 Wells) which once furnished Zadar with water. 

Other monuments include the Roman forum, the neighbouring 9th-century rotunda - St Donat's Church etc. Sit next to the Sea Organ, a one-of-a-kind instrument embedded in the waterfront, and listen to the music created by the waves. Zadar's monument The Greeting to the Sun symbolizes communication with nature, communicates with light (LED diode panels), while the Sea organ communicates via the sea-generated sound. 

Overnight.

DAY 8

Zadar – romantic Nin – Zagreb walking tour

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. On the way back to Zagreb visit the Town of Nin, which was the seat of the Bishop and the first capital city of the Croats, often called „the most romantic destination of Europe“. 

You can enjoy walking along its romantic streets, be amazed by the sandy beaches and you will not be able to resist touching the toe of one of the most famous lucky charms, the bronze statue of Bishop Gregory of Nin. See the smallest cathedral in the world, Church of the Holy Cross originated from the 9th century.

Continue to Zagreb, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, a 2- hour walking tour of the city through the historic parts of Zagreb's Upper Town, along its narrow streets, each with its own stories from the past. The Stone Gate, Grič Cannon and St. Mark's Church are just some of the Upper Town's most cherished sights.

There is also the elegant architecture of Zagreb's Lower Town and its Austro-Hungarian buildings and parks, as well as the charming pedestrian streets. Since the city also has a highly regarded food scene, we suggest that you take dinner at one of the famous national restaurants. 

Overnight.

DAY 9

Zagreb – Farewell

Breakfast and check-out. Should you have time, drink your morning coffee like a genuine local at the Flower Square (Preradovićev Square), also called “the living room of Zagreb”. 

Free time until private transfer to the airport.

What's included?

  • Private transfers airport-hotel-airport
  • 2 overnights in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Zagreb, with buffet breakfast and tourist tax included
  • Guided tour in English of Plitvice Lakes with entrance fee on Day 2
  • 1 overnight in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Šibenik, with buffet breakfast and tourist tax included
  • 3 overnights in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Makarska or Makarska Riviera, with 3 buffet breakfasts and tourist tax included
  • 1 overnight in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Split, with buffet breakfast and tourist tax included
  • 1 overnight in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Zadar, with buffet breakfast and tourist tax included
  • Transportation during the whole tour including driver- accommodation of the driver, fuel, tolls, parking included
  • Group full-day excursion to Blue Cave and the Island of Hvar on Day 4 - entrance fee to Blue Cave and lunch are not included
  • Half-day excursion to Biokovo mountain and Skywalk on Day 5, with transportation, admission ticket to the Nature Park, English speaking tour guide, warm beverage, cake, and herbs brandy included
  • Guided walking sightseeing tours with English-speaking guide (up to 2 hours) of the cities of Šibenik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Nin and Zagreb
  • Trip preparation fee
  • VAT 

What's not included?

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

Reductions and supplements

  • For 3rd person on additional bed (on request)
  • For children additional bed available (on request)
  • For single room (on request)  

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