Discover Croatia

Vibrant Zagreb, the spa resort of Opatija, scenic Plitvice Lakes, Split & Diocletian's Palace & medieval Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

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Style Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes History & Culture
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.
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Croatia is quickly becoming a favorite destination for travelers seeking a European vacation package with a twist. It offers gorgeous scenery, historic cities, impressive architecture, charming villages, great food and wine, sparkling clean water, and plenty of hiking, sports and activities for everyone.

Take advantage of our 10-day Croatia tour package and visit Croatia's most enticing areas, including Zagreb, the capital city and Opatija, playground of the Habsburgs. Spend the day in the Istrian Peninsula visiting Pula and its 2000 year-old Roman theatre that will remind you of the Colosseum in Rome. Walk through the amazing Plitvice Lakes National Park. Visit the Adriatic Coast towns of Zadar, Split and Trogir. Spend time in the timeless old town of Dubrovnik.

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Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR) on scheduled carriers, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • 8 nights accommodations in Superior hotels
  • 16 Meals: 8 buffet breakfasts, 3 light lunches and 4 dinners (Traditional foods including the Zigante Truffles and Pasticada)
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Wine tasting near Split and Dubrovnik

Why you'll love it

  • Visit Zagreb's medieval Upper Town.
  • Discover Pula's 2,000 year old Roman amphitheater.
  • Treat your taste buds to the earthy flavors of one of Istria's greatest treasures, the Zigante truffle.
  • Lace up your hiking shoes and explore Plitvice Lakes National Park.
  • Listen to the mysterious sounds resonating from Zadar's famous Sea Organ.
  • Indulge in award-winning wines and delectable tapas during a tasting at a well-known winery.
  • Explore Split's 4th century palace where Emperor Diocletian spent his golden years.
  • Sip Plavac Mali wine at a winery near Ston.
  • Walk through the old city of Dubrovnik on a guided tour

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zagreb

Day 2 Zagreb

  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Meet your tour manager and traveling companions with a welcome drink and light dinner

Hotel Dubrovnik, Hotel Academia or similar Dinner

Full Day Itinerary

Upon arrival in Zagreb, capital of Croatia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later, enjoy a welcome drink and light dinner at the hotel and meet your tour manager and traveling companions over a plate of "strukli", a local specialty.

Day 3 Zagreb & Opatija

  • Set off on a walking tour of Zagreb
  • Depart by coach to Opatija

Remisens Hotel Admiral, Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
St. Mark's Church, Zagreb

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb through the fortified, medieval Upper Town, St. Mark's Church with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament and Government Palace. Depart Zagreb by coach to Opatija, situated on the Kvarner Bay. Opatija was the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs' European aristocracy and celebrities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Check in at your hotel on the promenade. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 Opatija & Istria Peninsula

  • Visit Pula and tour the 2000-year-old amphitheater
  • Independently explore Rovinj
  • Sample the Zigante truffle in Livade

Remisens Hotel Admiral, Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Colorful buildings of Rovinj

This morning, depart for Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Drive to the western coast and visit Pula, which was a strategic port in ancient Roman times. Tour the 2000-year-old amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind still preserved, which is reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome. Continue to Rovinj, perhaps one of the most beautiful towns in Istria, and an inspiration to artists. Enjoy some free time to explore the old town with its narrow lanes, stores and galleries. Depart for Livade for a light lunch, and sample one of Istria's greatest treasures, the Zigante truffle. Return to Opatija for overnight.

Day 5 Plitvice Lakes

  • Hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Take a boat ride across the emerald green Kozjak Lake
  • Explore on foot before returning to the main entrance by train

Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Plitvice Lakes

This morning, depart Opatija and head south to the Lika mountain region and the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park consists of 16 lakes connected by waterfall. Enjoy a hike through the park, viewing several of the lakes, including a boat ride across the emerald green Kozjak Lake.

Explore the park by foot before returning to the main entrance by train. Continue to your hotel for check-in.

Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 6 Zadar & Split

  • Depart for the historic town of Zadar
  • Visit the Bibich Winery for a wine tasting and light tapas lunch

Hotel Cornaro or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
St. Donatus Church, Zadar

Depart the mountain region for the Adriatic coast and to the historic town of Zadar. The historic town of Zadar is rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you can see the Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD, and the famous Zadar Sea Organs, the only one of its kind in the world. Continue to the Bibich Winery for a wine tasting and light lunch. The winery burnt to the ground during the Yugoslav wars and has been rebuilt, producing award winning wines that are exported to the USA. Taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine as well as the cuvee of Shiraz and Merlot, accompanied by Croatian style tapas. Proceed to Split and check in at your hotel.

Day 7 Split & Trogir

  • Walk through the old town and visit Diocletian’s palace
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Trogir’s old town
  • Have lunch at the Tragos Restaurant

Hotel Cornaro or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Split

Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest in the Dalmatia region. The town has been built and re-built for seventeen centuries, and today you may find an 18th century building intersecting with ancient Roman walls. Walk through the old town, and visit the 4th century palace built by Emperor Diocletian to spend his golden years. Drive to the nearby town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Trogir has 2300 years of urban traditions and a culture influenced by ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians. A walking tour of the old town will take you past its palaces, churches, tower and fortress, situated on a small island linked by small bridges. Enjoy lunch at the Tragos Restaurant where you can try "pasticada", a traditional Dalmatian dish. Return to Split and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 8 Ston & Dubrovnik

  • Visit a local winery for a presentation of the wine-making process and a wine tasting

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, Valamar Argosy Hotel or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Dancing in the streets of Dubrovnik

Depart Split and continue along the Dalmatian coast. Stop near the town of Ston, where you will visit a local winery, and taste the famous "Plavac Mali" wine, a very close relative of Zinfandel. Here, the traditions of wine making have been passed down for generations. Enjoy a presentation on the wine-making process and a wine tasting. Continue to Dubrovnik for check in and dinner at your hotel.

Day 9 Dubrovnik

  • Enjoy a walking tour of the old city of Dubrovnik
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, Valamar Argosy Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Aerial view of Old Town, Dubrovnik

Completed in the 13th century, the old city of Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged. Enjoy a walking tour and view the Franciscan Monastery, Clock Tower, St. Laurence Fortress, Sponza's Palace, and Rector's Palace. The remainder of the day will be at leisure. Spend some time wandering the winding streets, stopping at stores and galleries. Its medieval ramparts encircle the entire city, which pedestrians can enter at one of two gates, under the watchful gaze of the city's patron, Saint Blaise, or walk along the broad stone-paved avenue known as the Stradum.

Day 10 Dubrovnik/USA

  • Transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA

Breakfast

Hotels

Hotel Dubrovnik

Hotel Dubrovnik
First Class

Hotel Dubrovnik provides a friendly environment with the charm of the old city. Situated on the main Zagreb square called "Trg Ban J. Jelacic". This ideal location can serve as your gateway to the very heart of the city. At your doorstep you will find the most important cultural, government, and business institutions, the main shopping area, the open-air market, lively cafes and taverns, historical upper town and parks and promenades.Hotel Dubrovnik has 237 rooms and 8 suites that will meet all your requirements. Most of the rooms overlook the main town square or pedestrian area and are recently enhanced with free of charge wireless internet service, air conditioning, safe, mini bar, satellite TV with LCD display, telephone, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer.

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Hotel Academia

Hotel Academia
First Class

Conveniently located near the historic center of Zagreb, Hotel Academia is the perfect base for exploring this fascinating city.The 53 spacious rooms feature modern furnishings and a minimalistic design, along with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, heating and air conditioning, safe and minibar.The Bistro St. Michael, located on the ground floor of the hotel, offers creative dishes that fuse Croatian tradition with a modern twist, and are prepared with fresh locally grown ingredients from small producers. In addition, the wine menu offers a selection of 30 different Croatian wines, along with wines from the main global wine regions and producers.

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Remisens Hotel Admiral

Remisens Hotel Admiral
First Class

Remisens Hotel Admiral is located right on the Adriatic Sea and Lungomare coastal promenade, just a short walk from the heart of Opatija. This four star hotel provides an ideal accommodation for the sailing enthusiast. The exterior architecture has a sleek, modern look while the interior is bright and spacious.Remisens Hotel Admiral has a total of 180 rooms and suites. Most rooms have balconies with sea views and are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, Internet connectivity, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, mini bar, and writing desk. Room service is available.  Whether it is a full meal or a light snack, Remisens Hotel Admiral satisfies all appetites. Enjoy regional dishes at the a la carte restaurant's summer terrace. The kind staff will gladly recommend a delicious local wine to pair with your dinner. Try the café for light eating or the bar for nightcaps.Sunbathe by the outdoor pool and take in some marvelous views. The Spa Zone includes an indoor swimming pool with heated seawater, two whirlpools, Finnish and Turkish saunas and a fitness center which fitted modern equipment.

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Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace

Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace
First Class

The historic Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace is located in the center of Opatija, just steps away from Slatina, the most centrally-located beach in the city. There is also a casino as well as several bars, cafes and restaurants nearby.The hotel has a total of 209 classy rooms fitted with air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi Internet access, direct-dial telephone and hairdryer. Most rooms have breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.Entertainment is Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace's specialty. Spend an evening on the outdoor summer terrace dancing and listening to live music. Grab a drink at the cocktail bar or enjoy a casual dinner at the hotel restaurant.Despite its old charm, Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace offers contemporary facilities – such as the indoor swimming pool with heated sea water.

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Hotel Cornaro

Hotel Cornaro
First Class

The Hotel Cornaro offers an excellent city central location, with ancient historical surroundings. Combining elegant décor with comfort, the Hotel Cornaro demonstrates the utmost in dedication to guests. Just minutes from the hotel are popular attractions like Gregory of Nin, Bacivice Beach, and Marjan Hill. With 142 luxury rooms, 4 suites and 1 premium suite, the Hotel Cornaro meets the standards of the most discerning clientele. Rooms are superbly appointed with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, IDD telephone, kettle, minibar, in room safe, and flat screen satellite TV. Bathrooms are well equipped with bathtub or walk-in shower, heated flooring, slippers, bathrooms amenities, and hair dryer.The restaurants at Hotel Cornaro offers legendary Dalmatian cuisine, with a relaxed setting. Healthy, locally sourced, quality ingredients are highlighted every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while offering extensive choices for those with dietary restrictions. After a long day of touring Split, indulge with a refreshment at the Terrace Lounge, or perhaps try some of their famous Nikolica wines at the Wine Bar or Rooftop Lounge.The Hotel Cornaro is dedicated to enhancing wellness, and offers intensive and purifying facial and body treatments. Treat yourself to a massage, Finnish sauna, or relax in the Jacuzzi.

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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel
First Class

The stylishly modern Hotel Lacroma is nestled amidst the lush greenery and pristine beaches of Babin Kuk peninsula, just 15 minutes from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. and its style sets the standard for Croatian hospitality.Hotel Lacroma's rooms are equipped with air conditioning, LCD satellite TV, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi Internet access, safe deposit box, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board. Some rooms have private balconies which offer spectacular views of the Elaphiti Islands and Mediterranean woodland.

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Valamar Argosy Hotel

Valamar Argosy Hotel
First Class

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