The Grand Tour of Croatia
Discover the most authentic past of the Mediterranean on your own terms
- Flights to Venice, the starting and ending point of the trip
- Discover Croatia on your own terms and at your own leisure with the hire car included in the trip
- You’ll see cities with an impressive past, such as Zadar and Dubrovnik
- Experience the purely Mediterranean atmosphere of places such as Split or Pula
- Enjoy the fantastic countryside of the Dalmatian islands of Hvar or Korcula
- And combine cultural visits with trips to the countryside, such as Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park
- 9 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 8 days car rental
- Try the extensive Croatian cuisine and “Maraschino”, a typical cherry liqueur
- Did you know that ties come from Croatia?
- You can visit Marco Polo’s house in Korcula
- Listen to the sea organ in Zadar, which plays with the wind and the waves
- Have a drink on the lively Majstora Jurja street in Split
- You must purchase the “vignette”, a sticker for driving on motorways and highways, in order to drive through Slovenia on your way to Croatia
- Visit the tourist board’s website: www.croatia.hr
Day 1Flight to Venice.
Arrive at your airport of departure 90 minutes before the departure time in order to check in and board your flight to Venice. Upon arrival, transfer at your leisure to the hotel to leave your luggage and spend the remaining time visiting the city of canals and bridges. The Piazza di San Marco, the Duomo, the Grande Canale and the Ponte Rialto are just some of the Venetian treasures. Overnight stay in Venice.
Day 2Venice - Zagreb.
Spend the morning in Venice before picking up your hire car on your way to Croatia. Leaving Italy behind and driving through Slovenia, you’ll arrive at your first stop on the tour in less than 4 hours: Zagreb, the capital city of the country and the largest city in the Republic of Croatia. Overnight stay in Zagreb.
You have the whole day to enjoy the Croatian capital city. The historic centre of Zagreb has a lovely mix of cobbled streets, buildings and churches and modern shops, restaurants and cafés. Stroll along Ilica street, the longest street in the city, take the funicular up to Gornji grad and visit Lotrscak tower, Saint Mark’s church and the huge Kamenita vrata, among others. Overnight stay in Zagreb.
Day 4Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes - Zadar.
Set off for Plitvice Lakes early in the morning. Enjoy the wonderful countryside of the Mala Kapela and Pljesivica mountains and their 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. Carry on towards Zadar. Its walled historic quarter is located on a peninsula and is connected to land by a bridge, which is the symbol of the city. There are many different archaeological gems and monuments waiting to be discovered. However, the most noteworthy in Zadar is its beautiful sunset. Accommodation in Zadar. The tour covers around 270 km today.
Day 5Zadar - Split.
The tour continues towards one of the most famous cities of the region of Dalmatia. Particularly noteworthy in Split are Diocletian’s Palace, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the cathedral of Saint Domnius, patron saint of the city, and the Republic Square, etc. However, the greatest attraction of the city is its youthful spirit and lively atmosphere. If you’re looking to escape from it all, just go out of the city a little to find Marjan hill, a forestry park where you can enjoy peaceful countryside and wonderful views. Overnight stay in Split. Total tour 160 km.
Day 6Split - Hvar.
One of the places where Croatia can be best enjoyed is on its islands. Take the ferry from Split to Stari Grad on Hvar (not included in the trip) and discover this island and its unique mix of nature and culture. The city, with the same name as the island, includes a wealth of monuments. Stroll down its streets and climb right up to the Spanjol fortress to enjoy spectacular views of the green islands and blue sea. Also visit the Cathedral and its lively square, the Arsenal, the oldest theatre in Europe and the Benedictine monastery where lace is woven, one of the typical products of the area. Overnight stay in Hvar. Total tour today: approx. 60 km.
Day 7Hvar - Korcula.
Today you’ll discover Korcula on a trip that includes ferry rides (not included in the trip). There is no direct ferry between the islands so you have to take the ferry from the port of Sucuraj (Hvar) to Drvenik, on dry land. From there you must drive to Ploce (the trip by road takes just under 30 minutes), where you’ll take a second ferry to Trpanj. From Trpanj, cross the peninsula by car (approx. 30 min.) and, when you reach the port of Orebic, take the ferry to Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Korcula is the largest of the islands of the archipelago of Dubrovnik, a city of narrow streets and gothic-renaissance buildings, ideal for walking around and enjoying the Croatian culture and its extensive cuisine. You can visit the house of Marco Polo and discover the streets that were designed according to the ”fishbone” model to enjoy more hours of sunshine and to protect it from strong winds. Overnight stay in Korcula. Total tour approx. 180 km.
Day 8Korcula - Dubrovnik.
Take the ferry to Orebic early in the morning (not included in the trip). Once on dry land, carry on to the next stop on your trip, Dubrovnik, considered the “Crown Jewel” of the Adriatic. Although the area surrounding Dubrovnik is spectacular, for many it has become too touristic as a city. But don’t let that stop you. Dubrovnik, surrounded by almost 2 km of medieval walls, is a real outdoor museum and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day spent discovering the former Ragusa. Among its countless monuments are Pile Gate (western entrance to the historic quarter), the Franciscan monastery, Orlando’s column, Sponza Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Rector’s Palace, among others. And if you’re travelling in the summertime, go for a swim on Gradska Plaza beach, very close to the medieval city. You can also drive to Montenegro and visit Kotor, the only fiord in the Mediterranean. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 10Dubrovnik - Sibenik.
Today we recommend you drive the 280 km to Sibenik to enjoy one of the most picturesque towns of the Eastern coast of the Adriatic. On the way you can stop off at Trogir, a small island 20 km to the west of Split, where Kamerlengo and Saint Mark’s Fortresses and the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence are worth a visit. The fortresses of Saint Anne and Saint John are noteworthy at the highest part of the city of Sibenik. Below is the Old Town, with its network of steep, narrow streets. Overnight stay in the Sibenik/Krka area.
Day 11Krka National Park.
If you want to enjoy lovely countryside, visit Krka National Park where the river of the same name runs through before joining the Adriatic Sea. Very close to the city of Sibenik, you can enjoy a pleasant 2-hour walk around the different waterfalls in an incomparable setting. If the weather is on your side, take you towel with you and have a swim in its waters, spending a lovely day in the heart of nature. Overnight stay in Sibenik/Krka.
Day 12Sibenik - Krvarner Gulf.
Start on your way back to the north of Croatia. You can make a few stops on the way and enjoy the views of the Adriatic. On your way you can visit the island of Pag, which is noteworthy for its sharp coastline and its wild coves and beaches, its historic quarter and good food (particularly white wine and sheep’s cheese). Then carry on to Rijeka, one of the most important Mediterranean ports, where you can visit the Stari grad (old city) and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat, one of the most typical sights of the city. Nearby is the residential town of Opatija, site of the former summer homes of the most select European aristocracy. Overnight stay in Rijeka or Opatija. Total tour: approx. 350 Km.
Day 13Kvarner Gulf - Pula.
Visit the Istrian Peninsula today, very close to Slovenia and Italy. Discover Pula, the largest city on the peninsula and a true gem for culture enthusiasts. Strolling around its historic quarter is like going back in time, under the imposing Roman amphitheatre. However, if you want to relax, you can enjoy its 190 km of wild coastline with its crystal-clear water and spectacular beaches. Overnight stay in Pula. Total tour approx. 110 km.
Day 14Pula - Trieste.
Spend the morning visiting the treasures of Pula, either strolling around the city or having a swim on one of its beaches. Or start your day early discovering the Slovenian coast and some of its Adriatic cities with their magnificent architecture, such as Piran or Koper. On arriving at Trieste, go for a walk around to visit the city. Overnight stay in Trieste. approx. 120 km in total.
Day 15Return flight.
Today you have to go back to Venice to take your return flight. Trieste is approx. 1h 30min from Venice airport. Depending on the departure time of your flight, make the most of the last few hours to visit the region. Get to Venice airport in plenty of time so that you can return the car and check in for and board your return flight. Arrival at your city of origin. End of the trip and of our services.
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