Like all coastal destinations, Croatia is best seen and experienced from the sea. Whether you decide to embark on one of the cruise holidays or a tailor-made island hopping tour, get ready to spend most of your travel time on board the cruise ships, ferries and catamarans.
One of the advantages of the Croatian coast is the proximity of its islands to the mainland, meaning you’d rarely spend more than 3 hours on a catamaran or ferry. Islands are so close to each other, that you can easily “hop” from one to another in less than an hour.
Below we have introduced two of our best tailor-made island hopping holidays. An advantage of a tailor-made holiday is that any part of your itinerary can be changed and modified and any activities or tours added or removed. While cruise holidays allow you to explore Croatia without the daunting packing and unpacking at different hotels, at the same time they limit your exploring time at each destination. At Tour Croatia we have created most of our holiday packages from scratch and are happy to change the proposed itineraries according to your preferences.
This holiday itinerary has been created to show you the highlights of continental as well as coastal Croatia over 10 nights. Starting in Zagreb, the country’s booming capital city, this tour takes you to Split via the UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes National Park. Situated in the mountainous part of Croatia, this wonderful park is one of Croatia’s gems and a must-visit natural attraction. With sixteen lakes and countless waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes will leave you in awe.
Arriving in Split, you’ll have time to explore the spectacular UNESCO-protected Ancient Roman palace, built by Roman Emperor Diocletian as his retirement home in the beginning of the 4th century AD. From Split, a short catamaran or ferry ride will take you to one of Croatia’s most luxurious destinations – the island of Hvar. With the beautiful Renaissance Hvar Town as its main tourist destination, Hvar Island attracts rivers of visitors every summer. Another beautiful medieval island and your next destination on this island hopping holiday is the town of Korčula on Korčula Island. Korčula is the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous Medieval merchant and traveller. It is also a home to some of the most amazing beaches in Croatia and the medieval old town.
This exciting holiday finishes in Dubrovnik, situated in the far south of Croatia. Dubrovnik needs no special introduction; its long defensive walls are famous all over the world as is its reputation of Croatia’s “star” destination. Enjoy the end of your holiday exploring the UNESCO-protected Dubrovnik old town, soaking up the sun on one of the beaches and sampling the delicious local food and wine.
This tour takes you to the most beautiful destinations in Croatia’s southern region of Dalmatia. Crowded with tourists from all over the world, Split, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik are must-see places on your Croatia trip. This 10-night holiday starts in Split, famous for the beautiful Ancient palace and the long sea-side Riva promenade lined with palm trees and cafes. Split is also a home to some of the best museums and galleries Croatia can offer. If you’re a history lover, do not miss the Split Archaeological Museum. Those looking to soak up the sun and get tanned should spend their days on the Bačvice beach, only a short walk away from the centre of Split.
The islands of Hvar and Korčula are some of the best-preserved examples of the Renaissance architecture in Croatia. Boasting narrow cobble stoned streets, beautiful towers and churches, these Mediterranean islands feature some of the best beaches in Croatia, luxurious hotels and restaurants.
As always, the magnificent UNESCO-protected city of Dubrovnik is your last destination on this holiday, due to its position in the far south of Croatia. Walk the medieval walls of the old town or experience the cable car ride up the Srđ Mountain. Fans will enjoy the specialised Game of Thrones tour of Dubrovnik.
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