10-Day Croatia Tour: Exploring The Country’s Most Famous Cities

A 10 day trip to Croatia 
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While others are flocking to the overcrowded hubs of Europe that are only known for raucous night clubs, its chaotic nightlife, and partying till you drop, Croatia is light a beacon of light that provides much more refined and deep experiences that are aimed for a more sophisticated experience. This luxuriously handcrafted, 10-day tour leads you on a whirlwind adventure that will have you visiting some of the most incredible, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring locales while also witnessing the most stunning scenery that you have ever seen in your life. By indulging in exciting excursions daily, you will explore all of Croatia from the sparkling shores of Dubrovnik and Split to the capital of Zagreb. This unforgettable, 10-day adventure will utterly captivate you.

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Looking onto Dubrovnik city in Croatia.
Clock tower in Split, Croatia.
Split is a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.
Stari Grad is a town on the northern side of Hvar island in Croatia.
Minčeta tower is a 14th century fortress located at the highest point of Dubrovnik.
St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
The amphitheatre arena in Pula, Croatia.
Plitvice national park in Croatia.
An aerial shot of a wooden walkway through Plitvice lakes and waterfalls in Croatia.
Golden angel statues in Zagreb, Croatia.
Parasols cover the groceries at the Zagreb market in Croatia.
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Dubrovnik, Plitvice National Park, Rastoke, Zagreb, Varazdin, Peljesac Peninsula, Pula, Rovinj, Split, Krka National Park

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Dubrovnik - Arrive in Dubrovnik and Explore its Awe-Inspiring Old City

Today, you will feel every muscle in your body relax as you settle into the comfortable and cushioned seat of your private transfer, which will be waiting for you the minute you make it through customs in Dubrovnik. The stress of your daily life will instantly melt away as you realize that for the next ten days, all of the driving, big decisions, and logistics have already been completely planned. Your only job will be to sit back, relax, and wonder in amazement at the captivating country of Croatia that you will have the pleasure of experiencing for the next ten days.

After arriving at your luxurious accommodation, you will settle in before setting off for your first exciting excursion, which will be a private evening, walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City. As you wander around the completely walled, ancient fortress, you will marvel at the majestic statues, buildings, and landmarks of this Old City. You will even have the rare opportunity to witness a few of the actual filming sites for the world famous Game of Thrones TV series, including the Red Keep, the House of the Undying’s dungeon, the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and more. After your tour, your private driver will return you to your immaculate accommodation.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 2: Dubrovnik - Savor Every Moment on a Peljesac Peninsula Wine Tour

Today, you will be led on a whimsical first day in Dubrovnik. First, you will be picked up by your private driver who will escort you on a luxurious wine tour of the picturesque Peljesac Peninsula. As you make your way through the romantic rolling hills of Croatia’s stunning countryside, you will visit several family-run wineries, where you will sample their most delicious and award-winning wines. You will also indulge in a stop by the seaside town of Ston, which is an idyllic enclave that is best-known for its delicious and fresh-caught oysters. Unless you choose not to, you will sample some of this morning’s freshest and tastiest offerings. Then, after exploring the town’s old salt factory and learning all about how locally harvested salt is made ready for consumption, you will return to your hotel in Dubrovnik via private transfer.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 3: Split - Sail to the Blue Lagoon and See the Sights in Split

Day three promises to be no less thrilling as you check out of your Dubrovnik hotel transfer to Split, where after quickly checking into your luxurious hotel, you will literally launch into an adventure as you board a catamaran for a seaside cruise. You will spend a half day of discovering the magical island of Drvenik, which is known by most as the Blue Lagoon. As your tour is entirely private and catered specifically to your desires, you will have ample free time to use as you choose with options to sunbathe, swim, or snorkel.

After soaking up the sun and enjoying the beauty of Croatia at sea, you will be excited to swap your swimsuits for your sneakers as the evening finds you embarking on a private, walking tour of Split’s landmarks, including Diocletian's Palace, Prokurative Square, and the city’s Gregory of Nin Statue. As you wander in wonder, your knowledgeable guide will regale you with facts and insights of the fascinating culture and history that is connected with each locale. After your tour is completed, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an al fresco dinner of your choice at one of the countless, seaside cafes before your private driver delivers you back to your hotel.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 4: Split - Be Captivated by Krka National Park

Today, you will wake up with a smile with your spirit full of anticipation as today promises more outdoor adventures with a full day’s luxury tour of Krka National Park. Nestled by the lovely Krka River in the Southern part of Croatia, Krka’s claims to fame are its seven, stunning waterfalls. You will fall in love with the park’s most popular and frequented waterfall of Skradinski Buk, as it’s surrounded by intimately quaint watermills that will make you feel like you have stepped back in time. You will also meander among the beautiful nature trails within the park, including one that traverses past Roski Slap, which is another stunning waterfall. You will also be delighted with the pleasure to witness the Krka Monastery, which is complete with Roman catacombs that were built beneath it.

After an entire day of breathtaking beauty, you will be able to comfortably relax in your private transfer on your return ride to Split. You will feel grateful that your foresight had you book everything in advance, leaving nothing but a lot of relaxing, resting, and rejuvenating rest in your near future in addition to your peaceful commute. Upon your return to Split, your driver will drop you off at the door of your luxurious accommodation.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 5: Plitvice National Park - Get Lost in the Dreamlike World of Plitvice National Park

You will say goodbye to Split today as you are whisked away to the world-famous Plitvice National Park via private transfer. Once you arrive at this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have the whole afternoon to explore its every magical nook and cranny. Truly a land where one would imagine a fairy nymph or forest elf to come flitting around every corner, this national park boasts magical cascading waterfalls, luscious green scenery, and rambling natural pathways that take you directly over crystalline lakes and romantic bridges.

While roaming this wonderland that is worthy of a nod from even Walt Disney, you will be tempted to pinch yourself in order to make yourself believe that what you are witnessing is actually real. As you depart this dreamland, you will understand why Plitvice has landed on nearly every official bucket list of professional travelers in the world, and you will certainly already be planning your return trip. As your private driver drops you off at your luxury accommodation, you will lay your head on your pillow, going from one dream world to the next.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 6: Zagreb - Explore Zagreb’s Upper Town and Concoct a Croatian Meal

More dream scenes await you as you make your way to the nearby Rastoke Village, where working watermills woo travelers with their old-world style charm and quaint main street. It will be very likely that this charming city will make you feel as if you have stepped into a storybook. After snapping some perfect photos and enjoying a cup of coffee at the village’s most scenic cafe that is perched atop the main street’s idyllic bridge, you will be transferred to Zagreb.

Upon your arrival in Zagreb, you will check-in to your immaculate accommodation, where you will have time to freshen up before setting out on your evening excursion, which will be a private walking tour of the Upper Town. With its picturesque architecture that includes the Zagreb Cathedral, Ban Jelacic Square, St. Mark’s Church, and more, you will be inspired and amazed as you make your way down one charming avenue after the other. You will even be provided with the opportunity to see where the famed Dolac Market resides, which is typically bustling with local vendors who sell their freshest produce, handcrafts, and artisan products daily.

Following your Upper Town tour, you will become the student of a master chef as you learn how to create a delicious authentic Croatian dish during a private cooking lesson, which will be complete with ample amounts of wine should you desire. After you are taken step-by-step through the process of concocting a mouthwatering meal, you will not only be able to keep a copy of the recipe to take home with you, but you will enjoy the fruits of your labor right there by indulging in the delicious meal that you have created. With your full belly and a happy heart, you will then be picked up by your private driver and taken back to your hotel.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 7: Zagreb - Be Awed by the Istria Region on a Private Tour

Croatia continues to romance and charm you as day seven finds you being introduced to the stunning Istria region on a private, full day’s tour. Today, you will journey via private transfer to picturesque Pula, where you will be introduced to the Pula Arena, the Assumption, the Temple of Augustus, and the city’s Ancient gate. After taking copious amounts of pictures and soaking in the beautiful atmosphere, you can set out for your next destination of Rovinj.

Rovinj is one of Croatia’s most beloved towns. Known for its eye-catching, Baroque architecture and Renaissance-era style, this magically medieval town has an old-world charm that is enigmatic and enchanting. As you stroll down its ancient streets and set your sights on the marble and stone that whispers of times long past, you will be touched with a deep and true sense of the history that fills this unique place. Your tour will culminate at Rovinj’s beloved Church of St. Euphemia, which is the patron of the city, and as you step within it, you will sense the sacredness that surrounds you. After experiencing this one of a kind enclave, you will return to your luxurious hotel and be thrilled to have seen so much of this beautiful country in a single day.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 8: Zagreb - Visit Varazdin and a Pair of Castles Fit for Royalty

Today, you can don your proverbial crown as you become king or queen for a day during your final two days in Croatia. This is because you will be whisked away via private transfer to two idyllic castles. You will also witness a town that rivals Europe’s beloved Vienna, which explains its nickname of Little Vienna.

Your private tour will begin in the charming town of Varazdin. As mentioned before, this beautiful haven is so cheery and inviting that it has earned the town the lovely moniker of Little Vienna. As you wander among its flower-strewn streets and snap photo after adorable photo, you will understand why Varazdin is one of the most photographed places in Europe. After enjoying window shopping in addition to nibbling and sipping your way through its cafes, coffee shops, and artisan bakeries, you will delight in a tour of the town’s resident castle. Then, fast on the hills of one majestic castle, you will travel to Croatia’s most famous castle: Trakoscan Castle. Here, you will roam the vast halls and majestic courtyard while being tempted to close your eyes and imagine that you really are the king or queen of this astounding abode. As you step outside, your tour will continue to the stunning castle grounds, which will prove to be no less gorgeous or aesthetically awe-inspiring.

After marveling at the impeccably landscaped gardens and snapping a plethora of photos on the property’s peaceful and lovely lake, you will wrap up your tour, feeling like you are walking on a cloud. Your driver will meet you and give you the royal treatment, delivering you directly to your hotel before you have even had a chance to lift a finger. Your job is to simply relax and enjoy the ride, while your driver returns you to your majestic accommodation.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 9: Zagreb - Indulge in a Mount Medvednica Photo Tour and an Evening Truffle Hunt

Your final day in Croatia will literally be one that you will never forget because you will have a wealth of amazing photographs to remember it by when all is said and done. This is because you will be discovering the beauty of nearby Medvednica Nature Park on a thrilling 4x4 photo tour, snapping photos the entire way, which will create lasting keepsake memories. You will also be provided with the unique opportunity to venture where many tourists never get to witness. In addition to an abundance of breathtaking and luscious, mountain scenery, you will be sure to see native wildlife and even some truly special highlights, like an ancient spring, an abandoned silver mine shaft, and Medvedgrad Fortress.

After returning to your hotel and delighting in a comfortable dinner, you will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will provide the perfect dinner party discourse for years to come. You will actually be joining in on a real-life truffle hunt, and what makes it even more exciting and authentic is that you will be searching for these prized local treasures under the cover of darkness, which is just how the pros do it. Apparently, the scent of truffles is most potent during the evening, allowing for the trusty canines to track them with their expert noses. Equipped with a headlight and a sense of adventure, you will be led on a thrilling quest, which will be rewarded in the end with a sumptuous feast of truffle delicacies. All of your truffle tastings may be paired with as much wine as you can drink, should you desire. The fearless truffle hunter in you will then be returned to the real world and your luxury accommodation.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 10: Zagreb - Wake up to a Lovely Brunch and a Reluctant Goodbye

Today, you will say goodbye to Croatia after enjoying a lovely farewell brunch, where you will be bestowed with a unique goodbye gift and served with a sweet, tangible memory of your magical time here. As you are dropped off at the airport by your private driver and board your plane home, you will already be planning your next Croatian getaway, this time, intending to stay much longer.

What’s Included: airport transfer, brunch

Price

Starting Price 

$1,995
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.