For a small country, Croatia has an abundance of historically significant locations and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Including medieval fortified cities, Roman ruins, cathedrals, natural wonders and baroque architecture. This ultimate UNESCO itinerary takes you on a journey through beautiful Croatia, leaving you with an appreciation for the country’s natural beauty, culture and fascinating history. To complement the itinerary we have selected luxury hotels that tell a story of each destination.
Day 1 - Welcome to Zagreb
Welcome to the capital of Croatia! Our driver will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel in the centre of the city. After settling in you will meet our private guide who will take you on a walking tour to learn about this vibrant city. You’ll take a ride on the Funicular (one of the shortest in the world) to the old town and explore the narrow cobbled streets and some of Zagreb’s most iconic sights.Accommodation
Day 2 - Enjoy Zagreb at leisure
After breakfast at the hotel, you have the day to yourself. Wander through ‘The Green Horseshoe’, a stretch of picturesque parks and gardens, home to some of Zagreb’s most famous buildings, such as the National Theatre. Visit one of the city’s many museums, enjoy the quirky cafes or take the tram to Lake Jarun, often referred to as Zagreb’s beach.
Day 3 - Onto Split via Plitvice Lakes National Park
Today you depart for Split but first, a glorious day at the UNESCO Plitvice National Park. Approx 2 hours drive from Zagreb, the park’s 16 emerald-green cascading lakes and waterfalls are one of Croatia’s most beautiful natural attractions. Your day will include a leisurely hike of the upper and lower lakes, a boat trip across the big lake and a train ride through the forest. You will continue to the watermills and have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at a traditional local restaurant, before continuing to Split.Accommodation
Day 4 - Diocletian's Palace, Trogir and the Roman ruins of Salona
You will begin with a guided tour of UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace. This impressive example of Roman architecture is now a living museum of narrow medieval streets, home to restaurants, bars and ancient monuments. From here you will drive to the small but hugely historic town of Trogir. A UNESCO protected town surrounded by water and connected to the mainland by a bridge. En route back to Split you will visit the ancient Roman ruins of Salona, the most important archaeological site in Croatia, giving a full appreciation of life in Roman times.
Day 5 - Watch the world go by at the Riva
You will have a free day to enjoy Split at your leisure. Sit at one of the many cafes on the Riva or in one of the old town piazzas and enjoy a coffee watching the world go by. Make your way to the city’s beach a 20 minute walk from the Riva or If you are feeling active you might like to hike or cycle through the pine forests of Marjan hill and enjoy panoramic views over the city
Day 6 - Set sail for the islands
This morning you’re off to the islands by private boat. The first stop is Milna bay on the island of Brac, where you can enjoy a coffee on the beautiful promenade. From here you will make your way to the sandy beaches of the Pakleni islands to enjoy the turquoise waters, snorkelling and sunbathing. You continue by boat to the luxury island of Hvar. You will check in to your hotel before a guided walking tour of Hvar Old Town. Be sure to walk up to the fortress for sunset views over the island. Hvar is known as the new St Tropez, so hit the town and enjoy the scene.Accommodation
Day 8 - Dubrovnik - the pearl of the Adriatic
After breakfast you will depart your Hvar sanctuary and take the ferry to spectacular Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic. On arrival, you driver will take you to check in at your hotel, a palace in the heart of the old town. Take some time to settle in before meeting your guide for a private tour of Dubrovnik old town. Your guide will share facts and tales and give you ideas for the rest of your day. Be sure to walk around the almost fully-intact city walls for iconic views.Accommodation
Day 9 - Explore or relax, you decide
Today, choose to relax at the beach. If you are felling active we’d recommend hiring a kayak and viewing the iconic city walls from a different angle. Take the cable car for sunset views over the city or watch the sun dip down behind the Adriatic from one of the cliffside bars.
Day 10 - It's Goodbye to Croatia for now
Spend your final morning enjoying a leisurely breakfast before a meander through the old town streets for the last minute souvenirs. Our driver will meet you at Pile Gate and take you to the airport in plenty of time for your homeward bound flight. Until next time!
- Prices start from £2,385 per person
- Accommodation in luxury accommodation on a B&B basis
- Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicles)
- Bottled water in vehicles
- Private guides
- All entrance fees included in the itinerary
- All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered