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See the best of Croatia's mainland with this entertaining and educational 8-day guided tour. The trip begins in Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic,' and travels north-west along the coast to superlative Split to see the incredible Diocletian's Palace an early 4th-century retirement palace of a Roman emperor, Diocletian. Go on a walking tour through incredible Plitvice National Park with its amazing turquoise waterfalls, and then get history-laden tours of Trogir, Zadar, and Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Accommodation, transportation and daily meals are included. 


  • 8-day tour of Croatia with a knowledgeable guide
  • Take a sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik to visit a Franciscan monastery and stop by the oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe
  • See the Roman Palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split on the Adriatic Sea
  • Enjoy the serene natural beauty on a walk through UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Explore Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and tour historical Zadar and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Trogir
  • Seven nights of accommodation, all transportation and daily breakfast and dinners included

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What You Can Expect

8-Day Croatia Tour: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Zagreb and Plitvice

8-Day Croatia Tour: Plitvice

Begin this incredible 8-day tour of Croatia with a sightseeing walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most stunning cities in Europe. Walk down the Stradun, the limestone-paved street that acts as the city's main promenade for both tourists and locals. See the late-medieval Franciscan monastery, home to an incredible Gothic courtyard and one of the oldest still-functioning pharmacies in Europe. 

The follow day, head up the Dalmatian Coast in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, taking in the views of the coastline and rustic fishing villages along the way. Stop in Split, Croatia's second largest city, and explore Diocletian's Palace, a 4th-century palace that, around the 7th century became a part of the fabric of the city. Today, the palace is partly made up of shops and cafes. Then carry on to Trogir, an incredible seaside town that boasts impressive Gothic architecture. 

On the fourth day, explore Zadar a coastal town with city walls and medieval-era churches. After a tour of the city, board the bus for the journey to Zagreb, Croatia's dynamic capital city. Visit the Ban Jelačić Square, the city's main plaza, as well as the well-preserved Upper Town, among many famed landmarks. 

On the penultimate day, it's nature time, as the coach pulls up to Plitvice National Park, a swath of land that is highlighted by turquoise streams, lakes and waterfalls. The next morning, begin the journey back to the starting point, Dubrovnik, but take some time to stretch your legs in Trilj, located in the verdant Cetina River Valley. 

All transportation, accommodation and daily breakfasts and dinners are included, and for lunch, your guide can give you recommendations on great places to eat around the city. 

See the Itinerary section below for a detailed schedule.


Day 1: Dubrovnik (D)
You’ll be picked up from the Dubrovnik airport and taken to your hotel for a local, Dalmatian-style dinner and an overnight stay to gear up for your exciting trip.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Ivka in Dubrovnik or similar

Day 2: Dubrovnik – Split (B, D)
Start your day with breakfast and then take a sightseeing tour around Dubrovnik’s Old Town to see some important historical monuments. Visit the Franciscan monastery and stop by one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in Europe. You’ll also visit sites like St Blaise, Rectors’ Palace, Sponza Palace and the Orlando Statue.

Continue your tour to Split in the afternoon, where you will enjoy dinner and then settle in at your hotel for the night.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Katarina in Split or similar

Day 3: Split – Trogir – Zadar (B, D)
The next morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Split's historical center. Learn from your guide how this city centers around the ancient Roman Palace of Emperor Diocletian, who spent his last days in the sunny harbor. You’ll see this palace as well as former mausoleum, which was converted into a cathedral and baptistery.

After your time here, make your way to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic town on the coast. Walk along the stone streets to the Cathedral of St Lawrence, whose portal is considered to be the masterpiece of Gothic art in the Dalmatia region.

Then depart for Zadar where you will spend the night and enjoy your dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Pinija or 4-star Hotel Kolovare in Zadar or similar

Day 4: Zadar- Zagreb (B, D)
After breakfast, your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the historical center. You’ll see that most of the town is surrounded by city walls, towers and gates.

Head to the Mainland Gate, see the five-sided tower and stop by several wells to see the city’s former water supply. Browse interesting exhibits in the Gold and Silver of Zadar museum and then enjoy free time to explore more at your leisure.

Departure to Zagreb will take place in the afternoon, arriving on time for your local dinner and accommodation.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Panorama in Zagreb or similar

Day 5: Zagreb – Plitvice (B, D)
Enjoy breakfast and then embark on a journey through Zagreb, the capital of Croatia situated in a fertile valley near the Sava River. Follow your guide through Kaptol, the city’s oldest quarter home to a market and animated square.

Stroll through the streets of the city. Take photos of the gas-lit streetlamps and flower sellers, or make a wish at Stone Gate or St Mark's Church with its multicolored roof.

In the afternoon you will be heading to Plitvice to have a rest at your hotel and flavor some local dishes for dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Park in Plitvice or similar

Day 6: Plivice (B, D)
After breakfast, relax on the drive for a tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest national park in Southeast Europe.

Explore 16 blue-green lakes that lie in the valley between forested mountains and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy the exceptional beauty and spot plants and animals while walking along wooden promenades to see the majestic waters from above.

Enjoy free time in the park and take pictures at this natural phenomenon. After your nature walk, return to your Plitvice hotel for a country-style 3-course dinner of meat or seafood and your overnight stay.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Park in Plitvice or similar

Day 7: Plitvice – Trilj- Dubrovnik (B, D)
After checking out from your hotel, enjoy a scenic drive along the valley of Cetina river via Trilj.

When you arrive, the afternoon is yours to shop or sightsee.

In the evening, head to your hotel for your last dinner and an overnight stay.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Ivka in Dubrovnik or similar

Day 8: Dubrovnik (B)
On your last day, reminisce on your amazing Croatia trip over breakfast before being taken to the airport for your departure flight.

Customer Reviews

Ellen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour. Great guide and great itinerary. Croatia is amazing. Particularly liked the full day in Plitzvice.

Teik Ling Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We enjoyed every minute of this fantastic Croatia tour in this beautiful country. The friendly and highly experienced bus driver and tour manager Helena made our tour interesting and tireless while travelling round the country. Highly recommended to visit the beautiful and unspoiled Plitvice National Park. The complimentary Wi-Fi service in the comfortable bus helps us to connect with our family back home.

Thomas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great tour! First tour we've ever done and it did not let us down at all. Our tour guide, Jelena, was fantastic, her knowledge and passion for her country came across well and gave us a lot of interesting and local knowledge. The tour destinations were well chosen and the company we had on the tour was great too. I'd thoroughly recommend trying Croatia out.

George H B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

We were extremely luck to have a very small group on our tour - only 6 people plus a guide and a driver in a minibus. The guide and the driver were very flexible in their arrangements and very professional enabling us to make the most of the tour by occasionally moving outside the itinerary to see different aspects of Croatia. The hotels were mostly very good and the meals were also good. The one possible exception was the Hotel I in Zagreb, an old "Yugo" style place with rather indifferent staff and rather poor breakfasts. The local guides were all very good and there was plenty of free time provided. Although the hotels were not centrally located this was not a problem because the itinerary was so full. Overall a great experience and a great introduction to Croatia.

Katherine H

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

A great way to see what this amazing country has to offer in a short amount of time. The transport was efficient and comfortable and the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. It is a lot to do in 8 days, so not for people looking to relax, but if like me you want to experience as much as possible and immerse yourself in a country, this is a great way to do that. Depending on your arrival and departure flight times, I would recommend contacting the local tour guide when you receive their details, as they can hook you up with more to do, like sea kayaking in Dubrovik.

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