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Croatia - Family Friendly Holidays

Explore Dubrovnik, Split and the Islands

8 days

from £2,200pp (excluding flights)

This eight day holiday on the Dalmatian coast combines the history and culture of the UNESCO cities with a beach stay, making it an ideal break for families with active kids. This Croatia family holiday explores the southern Dalmatian region including the coastline between Dubrovnik and Split and the islands of Vis and Hvar.

  • Walk the marble streets and soak up the baroque buildings on a walking tour of Dubrovnik 
  • Discover hidden beaches on the island of Lokrum with a guided sea kayak adventure
  • Cycle through orchards and vineyards, alongside the rivers of the Konavle Valley
  • Island hop around Vis, Bisevo and Hvar in a privately chartered motor boat

Split

Split is one of the Adriatic's most amazing seaports and Croatia's second-largest city. Not only does this 1700- year-old harbour have its share of historic monuments, museums and galleries, but from here you can visit dreamy Adriatic islands, and isolated stretches of coastline. Diocletian's Palace, as the ancient heart of Split, is one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences on the planet. Built on the seacoast of Split around 295 AD, the structure features sixteen towers, three temples and an emperor's mausoleum.

Dubrovnik

George Bernard Shaw was so enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said "those who are looking for paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik", as well as famously describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a mélange of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition.

WHY WE LIKE IT

With direct flights from the UK, Croatia is by far one of the most family friendly destinations. Easily reached with a flying time of under three hours the UNESCO cities of Dubrovnik and Split deserves to be on the school national curriculum.  Most importantly, Croatia is undoubtedly child friendly.

With over a thousand islands to choose from, your little ones can play out Robinson Crusoe within a stone’s throw of the coastal cities.

Hiring a motor boat is exhilarating and memorable giving a greater freedom to explore at your family's pace, stopping for lunch at beachside restaurants on a whim. While the most interesting thing they will see are likely to be small fish, sea cucumbers and urchins, snorkelling in Croatia makes a great place for your kids to get started and practice how to put their head underwater as the waters are very calm.

interesting fact

Hvar, not Stratford-upon-Avon, is the home of the world’s oldest public theatre.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Dubrovnik


You will be staying at Hotel Excelsior, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Old Town Walking Tour
Meet your expert guide after breakfast for a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town. George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said ''those who are looking for paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik, as well as, famously, describing it as 'the pearl of the Adriatic'. The stunning Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange of cafes and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition.


Sea Kayaking
Take a short walk to St Jacob's beach with your guide. Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure around the island of Lokrum, passing right under the magnificent city walls of the Old Town en route. Discover unreachable caves and hidden beaches by paddling near impressive sea rocks. Experience the cultural-historical sites from a new perspective. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear blue Adriatic Sea. You will have a short stop on the island of Lokrum; take a walk through its beautiful botanic garden or relax in a bar on the island sipping a cold drink before returning to the mainland.


You will be staying at Hotel Excelsior, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Konavle Valley Cycling Tour
Your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and take you to the picturesque Konavle valley to go on a cycling tour of this enchanting place. The excursion starts at the village Gruda in Konavle, and a trail takes you through orchards, corn fields, vineyards, blueberry fields and across the bridges of Ljuta and Konavocica rivers. Occasional short breaks are made for getting acquainted with the historical and natural characteristics of the Konavle region, including a visit to Franciscan Monastery and old mills in Ljuta village. The highlight of the tour is a traditional peka meal which will be served in a tavern deep in the hillsides of Konavle.


You will be staying at Hotel Excelsior, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Dubrovnik to Split (Road Journey)


Split Sightseeing
Meet your guide for a private discovery tour of Split and the historical center. Split is one of the Adriatic's most amazing seaports and also Croatia's second-largest city. Diocletian's Palace, as the ancient heart of Split, is one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences on the planet. Originally the palatial walled summer residence of the Emperor Diocletian, Split became a city after Salona, the Roman capital of Dalmatia just 6km north, was sacked in 7thC. Fleeing refugees were given asylum inside the two meter thick walls of the palace and over the next 1000 years, the "city" of Split was such a safe haven, it never grew beyond the same walls that exist today! As a result, the remarkable ensemble of Roman, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and other architectural remains are all still here-and so are more than 3,000 people still living inside these ancient walls. But Split is more than its walled palace; it's about enjoying the local way of life.


You will be staying at Hotel Park, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Boat Trip to Vis & Hvar
Today is a day of island hopping, exploration and indulging in the beauties of the Adriatic Sea and Croatia's most stunning islands. Take a private motor boat excursion and visit the islands of Vis and Bisevo. The islands are well-known for their inlets and caves, the most famous being Modra Spilja (the Blue Cave) in the Balun Cove, accessible only by boat. Enjoy a fun day of sunbathing and swimming in the coves around Bisevo.

On the way back towards Hvar, cruise around the famous Pakleni archipelago and berth for lunch at one of the beachside restaurants on Palmizana (payable locally). Return to Split later in the afternoon.


You will be staying at Hotel Park, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Day at leisure


The following excursions are optional and would be chargeable.


Day Trip to Krka Waterfalls
Meet with your guide and driver and take a private tour of the Krka Waterfalls National Park. The River Krka has seven falls, the last one being the amazing Skradinski buk. Thanks to the constant process of travertine building, the Krka River is a karst phenomenon, carving a spectacular canyon on its 70 kilometre journey from the foothills of the Dinara mountains to the estuary under the walls of historic Sibenik.
Walk the winding wooden paths through the main park area and visit the ethno museum and shops housed in the old mills at Skradinski buk.


Off-Road Cycling in the Dalmatian Hinterland
Embark on an active day of exploring the Dalmatian hinterland. Explore the rugged terrain and beautiful countryside, cycling on paths, through fields and hillsides of the hinterland, along the Peruca Lake and through the Cetina River Canyon at the base of Croatia's highest mountain, Dinara, to the source of life in this area - the Cetina River.

Enjoy a private lunch in a Dalmatian agricultural estate, with opportunity to taste local premium wines, traditional Dalmatian proscuitto and cheese from local pastures in authentic surroundings of a traditional eco-ethno village near the picturesque town of Vrlika.


You will be staying at Hotel Park, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Day at leisure


You will be staying at Hotel Park, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Fly Split to Gatwick

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hotel Park

Hotel Park

Built in 1921 and completely restructured in 2015, the Hotel Park Split is located next to the famous Bacvice Beach....

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Hotel Excelsior

Hotel Excelsior

Operating since 1913, Dubrovnik Hotel Excelsior is known as one of the finest five star hotels on the Mediterranean according to the eminent Sunday Times....

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