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Kayking, Dalmatia Hinterland, Croatia

Croatia For Families

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

8 Days

Prices Start from

£2,200 ex. flights

This eight-day family-friendly holiday explores the southern Dalmatian, staying between Dubrovnik and Split with visits to the islands of Vis and Hvar. Each day includes the opportunity to experience all the key UNESCO sites with a sprinkling of fun activities appealing to any active family.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Gun Turret looking over Lokrum Island, Old City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia 1

Dubrovnik On Foot

Head to the Old Town early in the day to walk the city walls before the crowds. Retreat to the beach before the heat of the day.

Kayaking, Dubrovnik, Croatia 2

Go Kayaking

There are few places in the world you can paddle around UNESCO Sites. Circle the City Walls and stop off at Lokrum Island.

Old Red Bicycle, Croatia 3

Konavle Valley by Cycle

Cycle an easy going route down gorgeous remote roads past vineyards, forests, fields and villages alongside River Ljuta.

Aerial view, Croatia coast, Rab Island 4

Island Hopping

Island Hop around Vi, Bisevo and Hvar in your private motor boat for the day.

Why we like it

Croatia is, without doubt, a child-friendly destination. With other a thousand islands to choose from, your adventurous clan can play out Robinson Crusoe within a stone’s throw of the mainland. The choice of family-friendly hotels in both Dubrovnik and Split will make your stay home from home. Take to the water on a kayak. Experience the fun and freedom of your own private motorboat for the day. Back on land, cycle through quiet fields and villages, overlooked by tourists. With fabulous guides to lead you every step of the way, you are in safe hands throughout your holiday.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 2
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 3
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 4
    Dubrovnik - Split
  • Day 5
    Split
  • Day 6
    Split
  • Day 7
    Split
  • Day 8
    Split
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik and Split

The UNESCO cities of Dubrovnik and Split deserve to be on the school national curriculum. Dubrovnik is a stunning city. The Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Kids will love riding up the cable car to Mount Sard which have the best views of the town. Also worth visiting is the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence. It is an interesting reminder that Dubrovnik was under siege not so long ago. Split is home to a 1700- year-old harbour and has its share of historic monuments, museums, and galleries. From here you can visit dreamy Adriatic islands and isolated stretches of coastline.

Motor Yacht Princess Larimar II, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Motor Yacht Princess Larimar II, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Hire a Motor Boat

Take a private motorboat for a day of island hopping 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, sunbathing and swimming in the coves around Bisevo. On your return we suggest you cruise around the famous Pakleni archipelago and berth for lunch at one of the beachside restaurants on Palmizana.

Scenic Archway, Konavle Valley, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Cycling Adventures

An active day from Split exploring the Dalmatian countryside. Cycling on paths, through fields, along the Peruca Lake and through the Cetina River Canyon, home of Croatia’s highest mountain. A must do is stop for a lunch at a typical Dalmatian agricultural estate. Taste local prosciutto and cheeses.

From Dubrovnik explore the Konavle Valley, only a 20-minute drive from Dubrovnik. An easygoing route through vineyards and blueberry fields, across the bridge of the Ljuta River. Stop off at an interesting Franciscan Monastery and old mills. Make a stop for a traditional peka meal at Bio Konalve Ranch. The kids can enjoy the 12- hole mini-golf before returning to Dubrovnik.

Kayking, Dalmatia Hinterland, Croatia
Croatia

Kayak from Dubrovnik to Lokrum

A guided kayak trip starts from a quiet beach outside Dubrovnik. Pass right under the magnificent city walls of the Old Town before reaching caves and hidden beaches. An opportunity to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water. On the island of Lokrum walk through the botanic gardens and spend some time sipping a cold drink at some of the relaxing bars, before returning to the mainland.

Food market, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia

Dubrovnik Market

Every day a market sets up in one of Dubrovnik’s old squares. It is a wonderful opportunity to taste the Croatian treats of candied orange peels and candied figs. Pick up some fresh fruit which was hauled into town early in the morning on donkey carts.

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Accommodation

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

Hotel Excelsior £££££

  • Croatia
  • City
  • Boutique

Just a few steps from the UNESCO Dubrovnik Old town and overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the Hotel Excelsior’s stunning location, elegance and Mediterranean charm make it one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. The Excelsior Hotel is distinctive for its outstanding service and selection of superb restaurants.

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Villa Dubrovnik £££££

  • Croatia
  • City
  • Boutique

Villa Dubrovnik is an elegant, stylish hotel set into rocky cliffs overlooking the Adriatic located a mile outside the Old Town of Dubrovnik and a short walk from Sveti Jakov Beach, one of the most picturesque bathing spots in the region. The hotel offers 55 contemporary guestrooms with stunning sea views, a fully-equipped wellness centre and indoor swimming pool, a selection of restaurants and a rooftop bar.

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Villa Orsula Dubrovnik £££££

  • Croatia
  • Boutique

Located a five-minute walk from the old town of Dubrovnik, overlooking the forested island of Lokrum is the Villa Orsula. Once a family home to nobles, now a stylish hotel with contemporarily-designed rooms, spa and restaurant. The hotel has its own private beach and beautiful gardens to enjoy.

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Judita Palace £££££

  • Croatia
  • City
  • Boutique

Judita Palace is a charming, eight-bedroom boutique hotel located right in the heart of Split old town. The rooms are situated around an attractive courtyard, a popular place to retreat to after a busy day exploring Split. With exposed stone walls and archways, the style is a mix of Roman, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and contemporary interior furnishings. This gem of a hotel boasts attentive staff and the highest standard of personalised service.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £2,200 Per person

When to travel

Croatia in January

January is a chilly time of year in Croatia, with snow falling inland, and occasionally on the coast too. Days can be sunny and pleasant though, and the scenery will be spectacular covered in snow.

Croatia in February

It’s generally mild on the coast, with Carnival heating things up in Rijeka. Expect wild costumes and parades, but you’ll need to book well in advance to get the best accommodation. It’s still snowy near Zagreb and a good time to put your skis on.

Croatia in March

A great time to visit Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Coast before it gets too crowded over the summer and it feels like the locals are still in the majority.

Croatia in April

Longer and sunnier days makes it a lovely time to explore the country, and you can experience the Easter celebrations. These include traditional processions, bonfires and costumes in the local areas.

Croatia in May

May brings gorgeous warm and dry weather throughout the country, whilst visitor numbers remain low. Winds can be less predictable though and the occasional storm can occur.

Croatia in June

The country heats up as summer gets into full swing. A great time to enjoy the beautiful beaches without the crowds. If you like outdoor activities, it is a good time to get out into the mountains.

Croatia in July

July and August is peak season, with both locals and tourists flocking to the coast to search for the cooler sea breezes. Temperatures can get close to 40C, making it a perfect time to enjoy the stunning white sandy beaches fringing secluded blue water bays. It is recommended that you book well in advance to secure the best accommodation, especially during school holidays.

Croatia in August

July and August is peak season, with both locals and tourists flocking to the coast to search for the cooler sea breezes. Temperatures can get close to 40C, making it a perfect time to enjoy the stunning white sandy beaches fringing secluded blue water bays. It is recommended that you book well in advance to secure the best accommodation, especially during school holidays.

Croatia in September

September sees visitor numbers drop significantly, whilst the weather cools off a little but remains warm. A great time to explore the cities and beautiful countryside without the crowds and searing heat of summer. It is also an ideal time for swimming, as the sea will have warmed up all summer.

Croatia in October

The start of low season brings cooler weather, making for ideal hiking temperatures. It is still possible to get very pleasant weather right throughout the month, but there is a chance that some facilities and accommodation will start to close.

Croatia in November

November is a very quiet month to visit Croatia, after the summer, but before the Christmas rush. You are unlikely to encounter snow making for easy travel, whilst you can enjoy the inland lakes and national parks surrounded by autumnal woodland colours.

Croatia in December

The run-up to Christmas sees the cities of Zagreb and others buzzing with markets and celebrations. Snow begins to fall in the mountains, offering skiing opportunities, whilst the coast remains milder.

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