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Welcome to Croatia

Croatia combines a spectacular, island-dotted Mediterranean coastline with ancient history and farm-to-table cuisine. Sun-and-sand seekers can find pebbled beaches lined with pristine waters along the Dalmatian Coast from Split, while those in search of luxury hotels, fine dining, and chic parties should head for Dubrovnik or the island of Hvar, arguably Croatia's glitziest beach destination. But the coastal towns are not without their cultural highlights; in Split, the ruined Diocletian's Palace makes up half the town and boasts ancient Roman monuments every bit as impressive as those in Rome. Meanwhile, the compact Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking tours of these historic sites cover the main highlights while providing insider information from a guide. Plus, in the capital, Zagreb, sightseeing tours lead travelers through neighborhoods such as Donji Grad (Lower Town) and Gornji Grad (Upper Town) to landmarks including Jelacic Square and St. Mark's Church. Nature lovers can visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a forest reserve containing 16 interconnected lakes, on a day trip from Zadar, Zagreb, or Split. And adventure-seekers thrill at the hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and biking opportunities available in the inland Dinaric Alps, craggy karst peaks that stretch from Italy to Albania. For a true taste of Croatia, take a day trip to the wine-producing Pelješac peninsula or Konavle Valley (both around an hour's drive from Dubrovnik), where much of Dalmatia's wine, olive oil, and fresh produce is harvested.

Top 15 attractions in Croatia

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.More

Dubrovnik Old Town

Located at the southern tip of Croatia, perched above the rocky coastline of the Adriatic Sea, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik attracts visitors with its medieval architecture and labyrinth of limestone-paved streets. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains surrounded by 14th-century fortified stone walls.More

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

With its startling blue light and luminescent waters, it's easy to see how the Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) earned its name. The natural wonder is hidden in the sea cliffs along the coast of Bisevo Island and is made even more enticing by its remote, difficult-to-reach location. The effort is rewarded with stunning scenery and endless photo opportunities.More

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

With their imposing watchtowers looming over the medieval city and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls are an impressive sight and deserving of their star-attraction status. Dating back to the 10th century, the remarkably preserved walls—among the finest in the world—mark out the perimeter of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offer magnificent views over all corners of the city.More

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in about three minutes, from the lower station just north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srđ. During the ride, you can enjoy peerless views of Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops, the coastline of Dalmatia, and archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.More

Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

Just minutes offshore from fashionable Hvar Island along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast lies the Pakleni archipelago (Pakleni Otoci). It’s the perfect destination for an island-hopping tour with 17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests.More

Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Mostly uninhabited and untouched, pristine Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac) is an ideal place to experience Croatia’s natural beauty. The island, off the coast of Split, is a great destination for getting out of the city and relaxing, thanks largely in part to its quiet bay, clear turquoise water, and pebbly beaches.More

Lokrum Island

Just 600 meters (1 kilometer) from Dubrovnik, the car-free island of Lokrum makes a peaceful escape from the city. At its center is a medieval Benedictine monastery complex that’s surrounded by botanical gardens planted with exotic trees, flowers, and bushes. Picturesque swimming spots abound on the island’s rocky shoreline.More

Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

Built under the reign of Emperor Vespasian between 27 BC and AD 67—around the same time as Rome’s Colosseum—Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre) is one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. Today, it’s the best-preserved ancient monument in Croatia and is still used as a performance venue that accommodates up to 20,000 spectators.More

Diocletian's Palace

Built in the fourth century as a retirement complex for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this vast, fortress-like compound still dominates Split Old Town. After the palace was abandoned in the sixth century, locals flooded into it. Now, the 220 Roman-era buildings within the palace boundaries house homes, shops, bars, and other businesses.More

Elaphite Islands

Go island hopping during a trip to Dubrovnik with an excursion along the Dalmatian Coast to the Elaphite Islands (also known as the Elafiti Islands. The archipelago consists of 14 islands–including the three most popular destinations of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan–and is a popular destination for swimming and sunbathing.More

Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)

Visitors to the Croatian city of Zadar are inevitably drawn to the melodious sounds emanating from the city’s most popular sight: the Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). This massive underwater instrument, designed by architect Nikola Bašić, plays musical notes generated by the sea. The constantly shifting waves never play the same tune twice.More

Dolac Market

At Zagreb’s much-loved, indoor-outdoor Dolac Market, all manner of edible supplies and artisanal products are trucked in from the fertile farming regions of Croatia and displayed in myriad stalls sheltered by red umbrellas. The capital city’s premier market has been bustling for 80-plus years and attracts a loyal crowd of grocery-shopping locals as well as hungry visitors on the hunt for a cheap meal. In addition to being a great place for food shopping, it is also an excellent people-watching spot.More

Zadar City Gates

Once a powerful fortress in the Venetian Republic, Zadar’s old town remains encircled by remnants of its defensive walls, some of which date back to ancient Roman times. Six different city gates provide entry into the walled section, each with a distinct architectural style and motif.More

Zrmanja River

Inland from Zadar, Croatia, the emerald-green Zrmanja River is a whitewater playground for rafters and kayakers. Originating in the Velebit Mountains, the Zrmanja flows for 43 miles (69 kilometers through spectacular limestone canyons before emptying into the Adriatic Sea. Visitors are drawn to the rivers’s crystal-clear water, hidden swimming holes, and picturesque waterfalls.More

Top activities in Croatia

Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
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Private Tour: Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
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Plitvice lakes and Rastoke day trip from Zagreb (Guaranteed departure)
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Slovenia, Ljubljana and Lake Bled Full Day Small Group Excursion from Zagreb
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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
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Recent reviews from experiences in Croatia

Lovely day tour of Lake Plitvice n Rastoke
TUIIAR_A, Oct 2022
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
Good tips and advice on what to see n do for visiting Zagreb n Dubrovnik.
Great trip and great host
BaxterGallifent_D, Oct 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
Josh was great, got us there in good time and was super informative (and funny) would highly recommend this tour to anybody staying in Croatia wanting to visit Bosnia for the day
Best driver in Dubrovnik
Roberta_B, Oct 2022
Luxury private transfer: Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik
Mario our driver had a vast knowledge of Croatia and spoke English with ease and clarity.
Great experience. Great...
CristinaS, Oct 2022
Full-Day Ljubljana and Bled Small-Group Tour from Zagreb
Great command of both Croatian and English language.
Muhammad_A, Oct 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
Amazing trip from Dubrovnik to Kravice Waterfall and Moster.
A must do when you arrive Dubrovnik
Mark_S, Sep 2022
Discover the Old Town Walking Tour
Knowledgeable, entertaining with excellent English.
Mountainous Montenegro
Kim_S, Sep 2022
Private Tour: Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
We have been touring in Croatia and decided to visit a nearby country.
Excellent tour of Zagreb!
Isma_A, Sep 2022
Walking tour of Zagreb
The walking tour itself is a great way to see the history of Zagreb, the architecture and culture of Croatia.
Fabulous trip a must do on your calendar.
Anthony_G, Sep 2022
Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
The English speaking tour guide she was brilliant and so well informed regarding the history of Croatia.
Great tour!
Shirien_N, Aug 2022
Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour, Boat Cruise & Swimming
The waterfalls were very beautiful!
Fun trip from the airport
Kurt_F, Aug 2022
Luxury private transfer: Split airport to Split
Our driver did a great job of orienting us to Split on the way to the city, and answering any questions we had about restaurants, attractions and life in Croatia - a really good use of our trip from the airport to Split!
Excellent scenic tour
ManojGupta, Aug 2022
Krka Waterfalls Day Tour with Boat Ride from Split & Trogir
It's a beautiful park with beautiful waterfall, the pickup and guide did exceptionally well.
David_K, Aug 2022
Pula Arena Amphitheater Admission Ticket
Worth to visit the Amphitheater in Pula, Croatia.
GoT Dubrovnik Tour for the win!
Luis_G, Aug 2022
Total Game of Thrones Experience
Not only did we get to see the filming sights, but our guide Mikeala had so much ‘behind the scenes’ knowledge of the time while HBO was filming, had fascinating stories about the actors during their time in Dubrovnik, and shared how Croatian history had an impact on the overall story.
A great day spent on the Cetina River
Kim_N, Aug 2022
Rafting Experience in the Canyon of the river Cetina
It was a great day spent with my husband and son and we enjoyed Marco (tour guide) And the deal was spent doing a lot of fun things and rafting.
Mostar and krevice
sheba_A, Oct 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
He was able to recommend restaurants and places to see .
Wonderful visit
Valentin_S, Aug 2022
Plitvice Lakes group tour from Split or Trogir (Included: Entry Ticket)
Wonderful visit, clearly the place to go if you want to see beautiful landscapes in Croatia.
Amazing trip
Ella_H, Aug 2022
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Tour from Zadar - simple, comfortable and safe
Plitvice Lakes is very beautiful, there are lots of waterfalls, photo opportunities and clear, blue water.
Breathtaking and Memorable Adventure
Michael_D, Dec 2022
Montenegro Day Tour
Tour Logistics: You have to cross 2 borders: Croatian first and then Montenegro… and since it was winter, it was very easy (versus if you go during the summer where you can find yourself in a very long line… maybe for hours).
If you’re in Zagreb for a few days definitely do this tour
David_R, Dec 2022
Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb
Lake Bled and Bled castle are also magical to see in person.
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