Medieval Cities & Magical Lakes
Croatia in 9 Days • 7 Nights in Destination
The perfect introduction to Croatia, this guided tour includes stays in the coastal cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Opatija as well as a visit to the magical Plitvice Lakes National Park and time in the capital of Zagreb.
Explore the treasures of Croatia, a land of fascinating landscapes and history! Touch down in Dubrovnik, known for its atmospheric old town. Next, enjoy the enchanting historic sights and Mediterranean vibes of Split before immersing yourself in the magnificent nature of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Spend a relaxing few days in the upmarket resort town of Opatija before exploring vibrant Zagreb.
9 days trip including flights*
8 days and 7 nights in destination
NYC - DBV
NYC - DBV
ZAG - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Touch down in Dubrovnik and transfer to your hotel. Situated in southern Croatia overlooking the glistening waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is well-known for its incredible old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to stunning architecture and a vibrant cultural and foodie scene, this city is a must-see. Once settled at the hotel, spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring Dubrovnik's atmospheric alleyways and taking in the sweeping sea views. You may even recognise parts of the old town from the popular television series Game of Thrones! Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Completed in the thirteenth century, the ancient city of Dubrovnik remains largely unchanged. Its medieval ramparts encircle the Old Town, which can be entered through one of two historic gates. After crossing an impressive stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise, explore the broad, stone-paved promenade known as Stradun. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include St. Blaise Church, the Renaissance-era Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace. After the tour, take some free time to explore the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Dubrovnik behind as you set off for Split this morning. The third-largest city in the country, Split sits on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings. In fact, Split is one of the most sought-after coastal destinations in Croatia. Once settled at the hotel, get out and enjoy a walking tour of Split Old Town, including a visit to the remains of the Diocletian Palace, built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Split.
Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey of discovery through Croatia continues today with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of exquisite natural beauty. Home to 16 lakes, this coveted natural environment invites you to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Accompanied by an expert guide, take a walk through the ancient woodlands before following the path across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Visit the Lower Lakes before exploring the different trails and sections of the park on a 3-4 hour visit. Afterwards, continue to Opatija, a coastal town known for its Habsburg-era villas and beautiful beaches, where you'll spend the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija.
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a city tour of Opatija to discover its rich history and aristocratic legacy! Situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, it was once a favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and other European aristocrats, such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Walking through the colourful Angiolina Park, home to exotic plants, and along the Lungomare promenade surrounded by charming Austro-Hungarian villas and residences, you can still feel the unique appeal of charming Opatija. After the walking tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, perhaps enjoying the city's beaches or doing some souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Opatija.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a relaxing day in Opatija at your leisure, perhaps exploring the Croatian Museum of Tourism or enjoying the delicious Mediterranean cuisine on offer here. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the Istrian Peninsula and the Pula Colosseum.* Overnight stay in Opatija.
*Optional Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum: Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to head to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, home to an abundance of culture and history. Arrive in Zagreb and set off on a walking tour to explore the most emblematic sights in the city. In the medieval-era Upper Town pay a visit to St. Mark's Church, famous for its tiled roof, as well as the Parliament Building, Government Palace and countless other historical buildings. The remainder of the day is free to get a taste of the Croatian capital at your leisure. Be sure to stroll along Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes and the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Overnight stay in Zagreb.
After a final breakfast at the hotel, it's time to head home.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.**
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
** Dependant on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.
Accommodation: 7 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Boutique Hotel Porto Dubrovnik, Grand Hotel Park Dubrovnik, Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik, Lero Dubrovnik.
City Tour of Dubrovnik
Set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Explore the broad, stone- paved promenade known as Stradun. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include St. Blaise Church, the Renaisxplore the broad, stone- paved promenade known as Stradun. Some of
City Tour in Split
enjoy a walking tour of Split Old Town, including a visit to the remains of the Diocletian Palace, built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century.
Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
Accompanied by an expert guide, take a walk through the ancient woodlands before following the path across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Next, enjoy a boat ride on the Lower Lakes before exploring the different trails and sections of the park.
City Tour of Opatija
Take a city tour of Opatija to discover its rich history. Situated on Kvarner Bay, it was once a favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and other aristocrats.
Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum
Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Dubrovnik, Zagreb - US.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
- All transfers
- Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Guide/s during the excursions.
- Tour leader from day 2 to 8
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase
Drinks, entrance fees, city taxes, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.
Hotel ratings in Croatia are not governed by the same standards as those in the US, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.
Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.
For wheelchair users this trip is upon request, please contact us for further information.
Hotel information: Please see hotel allocations by date.
Dubrovnik: Park Hotel (between July 3rd to September 27th)
Dubrovnik: Porto Hotel (between May 24th to June 12th)
Dubrovnik: Adria Hotel (All other arrivals)
Split: Art Hotel (3rd May / 24th May / 3rd July / September 9th / September 27th)
Split: Corner Hotel (All other arrivals)
- Entry requirementsValid passport or identity card.
- VisaNo visa is required to enter the country.
- Electricity220 V. No adapter required.
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
- Time zoneThere is no time difference.
- Other useful informationCroatia
- Tourist Office websitehttp://croatia.hr
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 888-488-0592 or via our contact form.