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Croatia Tours & Vacations

Croatia stands proudly with unrivaled regality on the banks of the Mediterranean with secrets awaiting your arrival. Become transplanted into a seemingly fictional world of fortresses and winding village roads while living a life unanimously admired abroad. Discover Croatia’s endless beauty with a customized vacation from Zicasso.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Best of Croatia Tour: 12-Day South to North

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Croatia is a country that is on the cusp of becoming one of Europe’s most desired destinations. There are a plethora of reasons that account for this recent popularity, including Croatia’s awe-inspiring architecture, deeply-rooted historical roots, and wondrous landscapes that are truly lovely. Not only is the country gorgeous in its own right, but Croatia also offers extensive opportunities to explore with an abundance of outdoor adventures and exciting cultural and educational excursions. Join in the appreciation as you embark on this luxurious, 12-day tour of Croatia’s highlights, introducing you to the some of the best that this European gem has to offer. Indulge in tours of Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice National Park, the capital city of Zagreb, the Istrian region, and so much more.
Romantic Croatian Itinerary: Island Hopping Getaway...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,395

This luxurious, 7-day Croatian Island adventure embraces a romantic mentality that reveals the life-infusing value of both love and travel. As you embark on this intimate adventure together, you will cherish your time spent in this idyllic enclave, which will be much like enjoying a feast of life and love. Amid the Croatian Islands with your partner by your side, you will see that you can have your cake and eat it too. From sailing and swimming to exploring charming towns and seaside villages, you will cherish every moment spent in this idyllic corner of the world.
Seniors Trip to Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,395

While some European destinations offer only party scenes and endless bars and night clubs that cater to the teenage Spring Break, Croatia is a breath of fresh air, and it offers experiences and a plethora of excursions that cater to a much higher echelon of taste and desire. As you embark on this hand-crafted, 7-day luxury tour that is comprised of only the most unforgettable experiences and prestigious destinations that Croatia has to offer, you will discover gems such as the dazzling city of Dubrovnik, Plitvice National Park, and the charming capital city of Zagreb.
Best of Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From $1,795

This luxurious 9-day journey has taken the very best highlights of a trio of Croatian gems: Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split. Croatia is full of charming towns, quaint villages, and captivating cities to explore. When it comes to visiting them all in just one vacation, it can seem a bit rushed. This exciting adventure offers you only the most elite excursions and exclusive experiences to ensure that there will never be a dull moment. Explore the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, partake in an early morning yoga session, and indulge in a private cooking class.
Food and Wine Tour of Croatia, Slovenia & Italy...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,795

You can never have too much gourmet luxury on this 8-day journey through the flavors that take you from the Western Adriatic to the Julian Alps. Uncover the stunning gastronomic and cultural treasures of Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy where the feast never ends, bringing you that much closer to three culturally distinct but geographically close regions. From fabulous Istria, Croatia to sensational western Slovenia, and incredible northeastern Italy, you will find the endless charm and the mesmerizing flavors that will captivate you forever on this gourmet tour.  
Croatia’s Captivating Past: Historical Tour of Croatia...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

World travelers across the globe have been attracted to Croatia’s natural beauty and charming characteristics, but what many may not know is the rich abundance of history and culture that the country possesses. From iconic historical relics to gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and various other landmarks in between, this luxurious, 12-day adventure will lead you on a delightful journey of discovery. Whether it is delving into the ancient secrets of Dubrovnik’s Old City, uncovering the origins of the Konavle Valley, or flying over Zagreb while being regaled with fascinating facts, you will soon learn that this jaw-dropping, European gem is so much more than meets the eye.
Highlights of Croatia Tour: Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,595

Travel from city to sea to ethereal forest on this deeply luxurious and ever-enthralling week-long trip through Croatia. From the innovative cuisine and galleries of Zagreb to the historically steeped Roman and Baroque walls of Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik, you will experience the culture, history, beauty and utter elegance of an emergent and truly re-invented eastern European country. After days amidst architectural wonders and the alluring Adriatic Sea, reflect on the wonder of Croatia as you unwind, wandering throughout the enchanted forests, fields and terraced lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park before returning once more to the cafes of Zagreb. 
Gourmet Tour of Croatia: Hunt Truffles, Harvest Oysters...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $2,795

Croatia will take you on a tasting journey through the old and the new. Begin with Konoba dining in an abandoned medieval village, pluck oysters and mussels from the cliffs, and taste olive oils and recipes unchanged for centuries. Explore an innovative underwater winery, enjoy glitzy modern restaurants and the new-world styles of Istria and Dalmatia. This handcrafted tour will celebrate all of the flavors, balancing unique food adventures with inland and coastal highlights. 
Croatia for Couples Vacation: An Exclusive Romantic...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $6,995

Croatia likely drew the two of you with the glorious Mediterranean together with old Eastern European charm. The country will indeed soothe at first sight and then move your heart to racing with all manner of experiences on offer with truffles, oysters, old-timer cars, majestic old towns and flowing waterfalls abounding. Handcrafted especially for two, this two-week luxury tour brings you through the best of the country with everything from a fairytale castle to a sea organ lullaby and the bucolic charms of Dubrovnik.
The Ultimate Game of Thrones Series Finale Tour

15 Day Custom Tour

From $6,220

Be immersed in the rich fantasy world of Westeros during your epic, 15-day Game of Thrones private tour through Croatia, Spain, and Morocco. History, romance, and intrigue emerge behind the walls of dramatic strongholds and bullrings that double as slave fighting pits. Awe-inspiring marketplaces will create the ambiance of exotic lands, and elegant royal gardens will bring you to the heart of Sunspear. From Tyrion’s moment of honor at the Battle of Blackwater to Cersei’s Walk of Shame, the Seven Kingdoms will come to life as you travel through the captivating filming locations of Croatia, Spain, and Morocco.Exploring Further Did you know the key scenes from Game of Thrones were also filmed in Iceland and Ireland? Further explore the far reaches of the Seven Kingdoms in Iceland and Ireland, where the creators of the hit show captured George R.R. Martin’s vision in the dynamic landscape. You can extend your experience by venturing onto the battleground between the Hound and Brienne of Tarth or follow in the steps of Jon Snow. For more inspiration for an enriching excursion into the depths of additional filming locations, legendary tales, and breathtaking scenery, check out Zicasso's collection of Game of Thrones inspired itineraries. All travel arrangements can be custom-tailored for your perfect Game of Thrones tour.Note: Zicasso and “The Ultimate Game of Thrones Series Finale Tour" are not affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by, Home Box Office Inc./BCKORS, LLC./GROK!, LLC./Generator Entertainment/Suction Productions, Inc.
Sip and Savor: Croatia’s Culinary Delights Tour

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,395

When it comes to luxurious vacations, the sky is the limit, but when it comes to the most elite and extraordinary, gourmet getaways, Croatia is one of Europe’s most delicious destinations to visit. From exciting culinary adventures to scrumptious excursions to sip and savor, this unique adventure through Croatia caters only to the most discerning upper echelon of good taste. Prepare your palate for a cornucopia of culinary delights as you embark on this carefully curated, weeklong luxury tour of many of Croatia’s most idyllic and awe-inspiring locales. From the sparkling shores of Dubrovnik to the capital city of Zagreb, you will see and taste just why Croatia is fast becoming one of Europe’s most desired travel destinations.
Croatian Coastal Adventure Tour: Wine and Wonder

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Croatia’s coastline runs to a wonderful rhythm with tastings at organic farms, cobbled towns for indulgent evenings, adventures on the water and a sense of summer all year around. From Split to Dubrovnik, you can go in search of these pleasures with this luxury tour including everything from river rafting to medieval fortifications and an underwater winery. Handcrafted for the curious and the adventurous, this is Croatia at its jewel-dazzling best.
Luxury Island Hopping Vacation in Croatia

13 Day Custom Tour

From $2,595

Getaway to the Croatian islands for an Adriatic breeze to ruffle your hair as the coastline looks as if from a dream. From Split to Dubrovnik, you will traverse the turquoise through an archipelago that dazzles in both beauty and diversity. Old-world Hvar, green Korcula, the oasis of Mljet, tradition on Brac and the beaches of Elafiti will bring a glorious adventure as this handcrafted tour is part island relaxation, and part cultural exploration for a chance to discover why Croatia has become such a loved destination.
Exclusive Croatia and Slovenia Tour

15 Day Custom Tour

From $7,495

Historical cities, outstanding hotels, pristine waters, radiant forests, and stunning beaches await during your exclusive 15-day Croatia tour. The villages and coastline of the country reflect a hidden gem on the Adriatic Sea containing a rich heritage from Romans to Venetians, Hungarians to the Soviet Union. Fresh oysters offer a sample of the tasty cuisine and celebrated vineyards represent attention to sophisticated detail. Glassy lakes replicate the magnetic greenery of the surrounding woodlands and luxurious hotels provide stunning views of the tranquil shoreline. Your personalized Croatia tour lets you delight in limitless beauty and discover indelible majesty.
Best of the Adriatic: Tour Venice to Dubrovnik

18 Day Custom Tour

From $4,045

Venice to Dubrovnik is the perfect route along the Adriatic coast as you follow the footsteps of past empires and civilizations. This itinerary gives you the ultimate tour along the Adriatic with a mix of iconic highlights together with offbeat attractions and surprises. Imagine magical old cities, mesmerizing national parks, mystical islands and all the possibility of the coastline with truffle hunting, wine tasting, island hopping, cave swimming, canals, palaces, waterfalls and medieval villages.
Game of Thrones: A Unique Tour of Croatia

7 Day Custom Tour

From $3,201

Game of Thrones is a series so rich that it begs description, so alluring that it cannot be resisted, and so captivating that it leaves you eagerly awaiting the next episode. Fitting, then, that it should be shot in Croatia, where history inhabits every street corner and romance fills the air.  This tour shows you the best of the filming locations and of Croatia, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.While others offer a one-day tour, this is the ultimate Game of Thrones immersion over seven days. It's perhaps the most exciting of all our Croatia tours.EXPLORING FURTHER, did you know that much of Croatia was once part of the Republic of Venice for nearly four centuries? The battles and conquests involving several kingdoms during that 15th - 18th century were certainly worthy of a Game of Thrones story! With Venice and the rest of Italy so close by, we suggest combining one of our Italy tours with this one. All travel arrangements can be customized.
Royal Cities of Central Europe: Tour Prague, Budapest,...

15 Day Custom Tour

From $3,115

Bask in the old beauty of Europe as you travel from Bohemia to the Adriatic. Explore Prague and Budapest, both exquisite capitals draped around a river and then move to Zagreb and Split, Croatian cities of sublime surprise.  Finish with Dubrovnik, an iconic city-republic encased by millennia-old fortifications. It will not just be the destinations, as your will entranced by the journey as you island hop, pluck fresh oysters and wine taste while river cruising, seeing amazing waterfalls, taking in a ghoulish chapel and relaxing in sublime old villages.
Croatia and the Last Jedi Encounter: A Star Wars-Inspired...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,793

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far away to experience the captivating adventures of the rebellion during your 9-day Star Wars-inspired tour of Croatia. Venture to and beyond the filming locations of the upcoming film in Dubrovnik and discover the marvels of Croatia, which spans more than 1,200 miles of coastline and contains thousands of tiny islands and lush vegetation. Uncover real-world history connected to Illyrians, Romans, Hungarians, and Venetians and explore the newest realms of the legendary saga. Exploring Further Did you know that Croatia was a filming location for various hit series, including Game of Thrones and Star Wars? The capital city of Dubrovnik also doubled as King’s Landing in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, which you can learn more about on our Game of Thrones: A Unique Tour of Croatia itinerary. Star Wars also had extensive filming in other countries such as Ireland and Bolivia. Consider discovering the other breathtaking landscapes that inspired the film directors on our Star Wars Inspired Tour of Ireland. Note: Zicasso’s Star Wars-Inspired itineraries are not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by, The Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilm Ltd., Home Box Office Inc./BCKORS, LLC./GROK!, LLC./Generator Entertainment/Suction Productions, Inc.
Adriatic to the Alps: Gourmet Tour of Croatia, Slovenia...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,695

Taste the unparalleled flavors from the Adriatic to the Alps on this custom tailored tour that will forever more define “gourmet.” From the spectacular Adriatic Sea to the pearled Julian Alps, stretching between Croatia, Slovenia, and northeastern Italy, you will discover the remarkable landscapes and the unforgettable dishes that can no longer be kept secret. Magnificent caves abound and medieval towns decorate the plush countryside. From fabulous truffle hunting to wine tasting in a grand castle, you will venture from the Adriatic to the Alps and find the flavors that will bring you to the top.  
Dalmatian Sunshine: Cultural, Culinary, Historic Tour...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $1,795

Slovenia and Croatia combine to create a luxurious yet adventurous experience in these emerging travel destinations. From the shores of the Adriatic Sea to the depths of the Postojna Caves, and up into the Julian Alps, over the course of a week you will experience the ethereal beauty, the vibrant history and the captivating cultures of these central European countries. Amidst the excitement, romance is found along the Riva promenade and beneath spruce trees, while culinary delights are sampled in the capitals of Zagreb and Ljubljana. Take delight in this unique fusion of history, culture and nature as you explore it all against a truly exclusive and completely indulgent backdrop. 
Sailing the Adriatic Sea Tour: Elaphiti, Mljet, Hvar,...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,595

Drift away on the gentle swells of the Adriatic Sea as history, culture and unparalleled natural beauty swirl around you. Marbled walkways, faded mansions, fields of lavender, and Roman ruins weave together as you effortlessly sail across the aquamarine seas connecting the islands of the Dalmatian coast on this week long journey. From Dubrovnik to Hvar and from Split to the Maksara, this truly unique sail will give you a taste of the mystique that enshrouds the coastline of Croatia. Indulge, enjoy, and disappear into the effortless aristocratic elegance that will inevitably capture your heart and your imagination. 
Ten-Day Enchanting Vacation: Exploring Croatia’s Top...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,995

Quickly becoming one of the hottest trending destinations for luxury travelers, Croatia has a little bit of everything to offer, making it the perfect choice for your next European vacation. From awe-inspiring architecture to historical landmarks and cobblestone streets to exciting seaside cities, Croatia will impress you in every aspect. Whether you are looking for modern luxury or old-world charm, Croatia delivers. Come see for yourself what all of the fuss is about on this custom-tailored, 10-day tour that will take you to the sun-dappled shores of Dubrovnik and Split, Plitvice and Krka National Parks, and even Zadar and Zagreb.
Immersive Highlights of Croatia and Slovenia Tour

15 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Your fantasies of the Mediterranean will come to life during your custom-tailored 15-day Croatia and Slovenia highlights tour. Marvel at the soaring peaks and tumbling caves scattered across Slovenia, admire the charming bell towers and winding streets of Zadar, experience the natural splendor of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and bask in the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. The opulence of the Saint Domnius Cathedral inspires its visitors, and the tides of the Adriatic Sea will provide a tranquil ambiance. Whatever your pleasure, your Croatia and Slovenia trip will showcase the best of the Balkans.

Croatia

How to Book a Croatia Tour

Croatia embodies the Mediterranean fantasy of sapphire waters, ancient walled towns, and unforgettable flavors. From eclectic galleries to lavish museums, Venetian stone buildings to scenic pebbled beaches, Croatia hosts a blissful coastline and hints of European imperial history. Graced with an indelible spirit with scenery that sweeps from the Adriatic to the hinterlands, you can find homestyle cooking, elegant truffles, and superb Croatian hospitality.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences. The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist make a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Croatia

Zicasso has worked alongside our travel specialists to organize our recommendations for any length of trip. A custom Zicasso tour considers your time and goals when visiting Croatia.

How and where you travel depends on your goals in Croatia. The off-season offers different experiences than the popular summer season. We suggest the following examples for the first-time Croatia traveler depending on the length of your trip.

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have between one week to nine days in Croatia, we recommend that you use Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik as bases to explore the surrounding beauty of the country. How you organize where you go and what you see will help you maximize your experience and save time. Your Zicasso travel specialists will ensure that your trip is organized in the best way possible.

7 Days

Days 1-2: Zagreb

Days 3-5: Split

Days 6-7: Dubrovnik

8 Days

Days 1-3: Zagreb

Days 4-6: Split

Days 7-8: Dubrovnik

9 Days

Days 1-3: Zagreb

Days 4-7: Split

Days 8-9: Dubrovnik

If you have more time (10-16 Days), we recommend:

If you have approximately two weeks in Croatia, we suggest you indulge in the country’s natural beauty and celebrated flavors by visiting other unique destinations. With around 14 days in Croatia, you can visit the original destinations of Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and add Rovinj, Zadar, Sibenik, and Vis. You can also extend your time in the region with day trips to sites like Montenegro or cities such as Budapest, Hungary or Ljubljana, Slovenia.

All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but here is how we recommend spending your time:

10 Days

Days 1-2: Zagreb

Days 3-5: Rovinj

Days 6-8: Split

Days 9-10: Dubrovnik

12 Days

Days 1-3: Zagreb

Days 4-6: Rovinj

Days 7-9: Split

Days 10-12: Dubrovnik

14 Days

Days 1-2: Zagreb

Days 3-5: Rovinj

Days 6-7: Zadar

Days 8-9: Sibenik

Days 10-12: Split

Days 13-14: Dubrovnik

15 Days

Days 1-2: Zagreb

Days 3-5: Rovinj

Days 6-7: Zadar

Days 8-9: Sibenik

Days 10-12: Split

Day 13: Korcula

Days 14-15: Dubrovnik

16 days

Days 1-2: Zagreb

Days 3-5: Rovinj

Days 6-7: Zadar

Days 8-9: Sibenik

Days 10-11: Split

Days 12-13: Vis

Day 14: Korcula

Days 15-16: Dubrovnik

How many days is enough to see Croatia?

Between 9 to 10 days is a great amount of time to see the highlights of Croatia. If you can spend up to 10 days in the country, you can use three main cities as hubs to explore the surrounding history, landscapes, coastline, and culture. By spending more time in each city, you can better experience the authentic charms of each location while also sampling the diverse scenery that changes across the country.

Essential Experiences for the Best Croatia Vacation

During your Croatia tour, you can take a speedboat to the Blue Cave, wander down ancient medieval alleys, sample delicious wines in the countryside, or search for rare truffles. You can also find fantastic beaches, pristine lakes, tranquil islands, and fashionable art galleries.

Best Way to Experience Zagreb

Zagreb is a town made for exploration with neighborhoods that define the customs and political heart of Croatia. Cafe culture, elegant restaurants, distinctive architecture, lively plazas, stylish boutiques, and opulent museums showcase the diversity of Croatia’s capital city. You can enjoy the following essential experiences for your first time in Zagreb.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Zagreb (2-3 days depending on pace)

Secret Histories

  • Discover the intimate secrets and remarkable stories that create a sense of the city’s history when walking along Zagreb’s upper town.

Cultural Experiences

  • Enjoy the pedestrianized lane of Tkalciceva to find vibrant cafes and welcoming restaurants as well as intimate shops that line both sides of the street.
  • Indulge in the indelible ambiance of the Dolac Market, where farmers from around Zagreb showcase fruits, vegetables, and meats near the main square.

Artistic Interpretations

  • Delight in Zagreb’s reputation as hosting the largest number of museums per square meter. Some of Zabreb’s galleries include the Mushroom Museum, Museum of Illusions, and the Lauba, which is an Austro-Hungarian riding stable turned interactive showroom.

Best Way to Experience Split

Split represents greater Dalmatian life with a striking balance between the traditional and the contemporary. Modern shops, restaurants, and bars contrast ancient walls, and coastal mountains juxtapose the captivating turquoise of the Adriatic Sea. The following list represents essential experiences you can have when in Split.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Split (2-3 days depending on pace)

Experience Local Art

  • Revel in the wonders of local art galleries as contemporary sculptures at the Mestrovic Gallery accentuate 14th-century works in the Gallery of Fine Arts.

Adriatic Views

  • Experience the true beauty of the Adriatic from the summit of Marjan Hill or from a speedboat to visit the Blue Cave.
  • Embrace the nautical paradise of Kornati National Park. Here, sailing between 89 islands provides an unforgettable scenic adventure.

Local Culture

  • Uncover local culture and life at the Pazar Market, where fruits, cheeses, meats, and vegetables reflect the typical cuisine you can enjoy on a picnic.

Best Way to Experience Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic with seaside views of the Dalmation Coast, a historic Old Town, and an artistic history that celebrates its local heritage. Picturesque streets, heritage palaces, and the looming peak of Mt. Srd press against the azure water of the sea. The below information represents some of the essential experiences you can in Dubrovnik.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Dubrovnik (2 days depending on pace)

Old-Town Culture

  • Explore the living history of Dubrovnik’s historic ramparts, cobbled lanes, and port, where shops and restaurants add ambiance among the medieval walls.
  • Discover where fairytale and history converge when discovering film locations for the hit show Game of Thrones.

Flavors of Dubrovnik

  • Delight in the flavors in and around Dubrovnik with a wine tour that highlights grape varietals and tastes that are unique to the area.

Special Interests & Activities in Croatia

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests.

Best Food & Wine Destinations

The varied flavors of Croatian food and wine stem from the two distinctive gastronomic traditions of the country. The islands and coastline celebrate the abundance of seafood with Mediterranean influences, and the inland hinterlands reflect the culinary heritage of Central Europe. Regional specialties abound, from Istria’s truffles to Dalmatian lobster, spicy sausage to schnitzel stuffed with cheese and ham. Cafes, bars, and restaurants reflect heritage in regional and national specialites, resulting in five Michelin-starred restaurants as of 2019. Wineries and vintners along the coast and inland showcase the variety of flavors found in the soil.

Istria

The Istria region in southwestern Croatia is a key winegrowing area that produces celebrated fruity and dry white wines and New World styles. The crisp, refreshing, and aromatic wines include Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling grapes, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Often referred to as Croatia’s Tuscany, the exciting region highlights a mixture of Slovenian, Italian, Austrian, and Balkan winegrowing perspectives.

Central Dalmatia

The wine history of Central Dalmatia embodies the greater heritage of Croatia with tales of indigenous grapes that have evolved into a sophisticated wine culture. From ancient Greeks to modern Hvar, the Roman, Venetian, and Communist cultures remain present in the stories of Central Dalmatian wine. Wines of the region include Vugava on the island of Vis, which is an ancient grape similar to a Viognier.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Croatia Best Wine

A Zicasso travel specialist can organize private tours and tailor exclusive food and wine visits for you. You can experience a private cooking class on a sailboat or cycle through the countryside to stop at award-winning wineries. You can also learn more about Croatia’s diverse timeline of wine history, production, and ancient varietals that date back to ancient Greeks from a local sommelier.

Art & History

Art in Croatia takes inspiration from the diverse history and turquoise water of the Adriatic Sea. The hinterlands, mountains, medieval architecture, and islands represent Croatia’s natural and historical wonders through a colorful lens. Artistic expression embraces the heritage of the country and spans centuries, from ancient treasures to contemporary masterworks and from 16th-century walls to dynamic modern sculptures.

Must-See Art Museums & Attractions:

  • Zadar - The contemporary seaside promenade acts as a living work of modern art and includes the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun.
  • Museum of Naive Arts - The galleries display works dedicated to self-taught artists whose diversity highlights lively and colorful folk art.

Art & History

History in Croatia spans millennia, from the Greeks to the Romans and the Venetians to the Austro-Hungarians. Culture and tradition reflect how the country was passed over by empires and overrun by invading armies to build a modern nation that echoes with the culture of its past. The influence of Illyrians, Slavs, Christian kings, Venetian sailors, Ottoman Turks, and Napoleonic forces remain prevalent in the cuisine, architecture, artistic sensibilities, and sailing traditions.

The collection of art museums in Zagreb highlights the importance of modern self-expression, while fishing villages on secluded islands retain a sense of tranquil connection to the azure waters. The rolling green hills in Istria, the celebrated coastline around Split, and the hinterlands outside of Zagreb share the diverse stories of local communities that each possess their own diverse traditions. On a customized Zicasso trip, we can design tailored tours with specialized guides, such as members of the art community in Zadar or maritime archeologists with a PhD. We can also organize history-focused small-group tours with a certified guide.

Active Tours

Active tours in Croatia reveal the diverse land and seascapes throughout the nation by unveiling its stoic waters, rolling hills, and tremendous vistas. We recommend the following active experiences when visiting Croatia.

Hiking

  • Paklenica National Park - The southern slopes of Velebit Mountain host two gorges and countless trails, including a hike to the Anica Kuk summit at 2,335 feet above sea level.
  • Ucka Mountain - The charming mountaintop views possess a single stone tower and a 360-degree panorama of the Istrian Peninsula, Adriatic islands, and Gorski Kotar mountains. From here, you can also see Venice and the Alps to the northwest.

Cycling

  • Hvar - The island of Hvar offers a scenic cycling route along the coastline that opens to views of yachts, fishing towns, hilltop hamlets, and antique stone houses.

Maritime Activities

  • Dalmatian Islands - The Adriatic archipelago offers the perfect playground for fans of maritime activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and speedboats.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have connections for tours that are perfect for insider access. Each excursion or activity is customized to your specific goal when traveling in Croatia to curate the most memorable experience. The following list offers some examples but the possibilities are endless:

  • Bask in the romantic ambiance of a private cave turned restaurant for an exclusive 5-course meal with a personal butler and chef.
  • Sail between the Dalmatian Islands on a private sailboat for sensational views, incredible cuisine, and aquatic activities.

How much is a tour of Croatia?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Croatia trip is approximately $200 per person, per day. For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be approximately $150 per person, per day.

The cost of a Croatia vacation is dependent on several factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you spend on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert Croatia travel specialist to plan a customized Croatia tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

The cost of a tailor-made Croatia tour typically starts at $2,000 per person for a 10-day trip, i.e., at $200 per person, per day during the low or mid-season.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation, such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made Croatia tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $5,000 per person for a 10-day trip, or $500 per person, per day.

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or help you to select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit Croatia

Updated: January 27, 2020

The best time to visit Croatia is between May to early-June and again from the end of September to October. These months represent the shoulder season, which is when the weather is warm along the Adriatic Sea, and the inland regions see far smaller crowds. Summer months like July and August are hot and crowded but offer the highest probability of great weather for maritime activities; however, there is also a high probability of canceled active tours, such as cycling and hiking, as temperatures reach approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

March and April have unpredictable weather. It can be windy and cold one day and sunny and warm the next. The water in May and June can still be cold from the warming winter months, but in September and October, the Adriatic Sea will still be warm after the summer.

The climate may vary throughout Croatia. The typical weather of the Mediterranean is predominantly shaped by dry summers and rainy winters. The mountains and inland regions see dramatic drops in temperature during the winter, while the hinterlands and valleys possess hot, humid summers.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Croatia?

To ensure that you can enjoy your time wisely during your trip, you should plan your Croatia vacation up to five months in advance, especially if you wish to visit popular destinations like Dubrovnik or Hvar in the summer. If you wish to travel during the shoulder season, you could plan your trip three months in advance. Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to organize your best trip by focusing on your preferred hotels, destinations, activities, and tours, especially when they are given a long enough timeline to plan your trip.

Modes of Transportation in Croatia

The best way to see Croatia in 10 days is by private car. A private car driven by a knowledgeable local guide can stop at local areas, travel at your pace, and provide you with a more authentic perspective of Croatia. Your driver could offer a different perspective from which to view the history, culture, and landscape of Croatia by knowing specialized shops or local information you could not experience otherwise.

Trains

Trains do exist in Croatia, but they generally do not connect to the more popular tourist areas of the country.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private airport transfers and domestic flights between destinations. This helps create a stress-free Croatia tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Croatia

When traveling on a Croatia tour, safety and travel logistics are always important considerations. The following information answers important travel questions you may have before visiting Croatia, so you can have a stress-free vacation.

Is Croatia Safe for Travel?

Croatia is very safe for travelers. Popular tourist areas see issues of petty theft, such as pickpocketing, but these instances are rare. Your overall safety will not be jeopardized, and if you keep a diligent eye on your belongings, they will remain safe. The majority of locals speak English, especially in larger cities, which makes it easy for travelers from North America to communicate, feel safe, and get around.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

When traveling Croatia as a family, you can visit two or three cities to keep travel time to a minimum and partake in tours that are more family-focused. Families traveling with small children will want to prepare as tours, outdoor activities, and cities with cobblestone streets can make it challenging to explore and discover with a stroller. Your Zicasso travel expert will make sure you can find appropriate family-friendly activities around Croatia that are suitable for children of all ages.

For Seniors

Seniors should consider the weather and terrain when traveling in Croatia. National parks can be warm, and those with mobility challenges should focus on the importance of accessibility within the parks, such as the walking trails and undulating terrain. Rainy weather can turn cobblestone streets slippery. Your Zicasso travel specialist can ensure that your driver and hotel staff help circumvent any obstacles, such as stairs, distances between arrival points, and hotel lobbies.

For Couples

A travel specialist understands the best destinations and activities in Croatia for couples who are eager to balance romantic experiences and active exploration. Secluded coastal properties, thrilling outdoor excursions, and private dinners will create intimate memories. Exclusive tours will also shape your custom-tailored experience, such as truffle hunting followed by a private multi-course lunch.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Your Croatia travel specialist can help any guests with mobility challenges by focusing on alternative arrangements to concerns, such as navigating antique cobblestone streets or less accessible historic buildings. Our experts’ invaluable experience and attention to important details will ensure that you can enjoy Croatia’s natural beauty, stunning waters, and delightful accommodations with ease.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Croatia

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Croatia is Zagreb’s Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb (ZAG). As Croatia’s capital city, the majority of flights from North America will travel to Zagreb. A large number of flights also arrive at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).

The most convenient route for most travelers is to fly into Zagreb and out of Dubrovnik or vice versa. This takes away the need to return to the city of your arrival and spend valuable time backtracking instead of enjoying your trip. The busiest airports in Croatia are:

  • Zagreb (ZAG)
  • Dubrovnik (DBV)
  • Split (SPU)

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights in Croatia are available and quick. The airlines travel between the major airports, and flights last an average of 1.15 hours. When considering that you need to arrive at the airport two hours before your departure in addition to the travel time from your hotel to the airport and the airport to your hotel after landing, it takes nearly the same amount of time to fly between destinations as to drive. Driving allows you to see more of the country and to stop for excursions or in different destinations along the way.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Croatia tour, you can travel into the depths of the cities and countryside beyond the essential destinations of Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik. You can bask in the natural wonders of fantastic heritage of destinations that are equally worth your attention by visiting the following recommendations during your return trip.

Sibenik

The city of Sibenik has a medieval heart that contrasts the azure Adriatic with white stone. The labyrinth of cobbled lanes and backstreets makes it feel undiscovered by travelers. The distinctive fortifications reflect the heritage of the region and offer a great proximity to the popular sites of Croatia. Sibenik is also considered the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea.

Korcula

The island of Korcula shines with vineyards, olive groves, and captivating villages that overlook the Adriatic. The diverse landscape immerses you in pine forests that were once harnessed by Greek settlers and sandy beaches that embody the nation’s treasured coastline. The eponymous town is rumoured to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. Here, marble streets lead to Renaissance and Gothic buildings that highlight the local grandeur and island charm.

Related Croatia Tours by Zicasso

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