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Hvar Island, Croatia

UNESCO Sites of Southern Croatia

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Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

£4,700pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Adventure Traveller

Croatia may be a small country but it has a rich history and culture. This holiday is jam-packed with seven of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Hvar Harbour, Croatia 1

Explore Hvar

Walk through the ancient pedestrian streets of Stari Grad, once the capital of Hvar.

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia 2

Historic Cities

Explore the historic cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir with your private guide.

Plitvice lakes, Croatia 3

Explore Plitvice Lakes

Follow the boardwalks through Plitvice Lake National Park.

Streets, Porec, Istria, Croatia 4

Delightful Porec

Porec is home to the cultural monument, Euphrasian Basilica.

Why we like it

This trip combines seven of the 10 UNESCO sites of Croatia. You will be in the company of engaging local characters as they lead you through the winding streets of historic Trogir, Split, and Dubrovnik. Sit and chat a while to the wine growers of Hvar, walk the boardwalks of Plitvice National Park and venture to lesser-visited Istria to discover Porec’s heritage. Which other countries can you achieve all of this in ten days? Handpicked accommodation reflects the historical theme with boutique hotels in ancient quarters.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Dubrovnik

  • Day 2

    Dubrovnik

  • Day 3

    Dubrovnik - Hvar Island

  • Day 4

    Hvar Island

  • Day 5

    Hvar Island - Split

  • Day 6

    Split

  • Day 7

    Split - Zadar

  • Day 8

    Zadar - Plitvice lakes - Rovinj

  • Day 9

    Rovinj

  • Day 10

    Rovinj - Pula

Day 1

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnick Harbour, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a magnificent walled city, on the Adriatic. Spend a few days exploring this historical gem.

Day 2

Dubrovnik

Day 3

Dubrovnik - Hvar Island

Day 4

Hvar Island

Hvar Harbour, Croatia

Croatia’s sunniest spot and most luxurious beach location.

Day 5

Hvar Island - Split

Day 6

Split

Adriatic Beach, Split, Croatia

Once merely considered by some as just a transit point, there is plenty of reason to stay awhile in Split. Fantastic Roman sites, excellent options for dining, drinking and nightlife and plenty of beach options are on offer.

Day 7

Split - Zadar

Kornati Archipelago, Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town.

Day 8

Zadar - Plitvice lakes - Rovinj

Day 9

Rovinj

Rovinj, Croatia

Situated on the coast of Istria, Rovinj is a wonderfully charming place. The old town contains steep cobbled streets and small squares, punctuated by a tall church tower.

Day 10

Rovinj - Pula

Now for the details

Oyster Harvesting, Ston, Hvar, Croatia
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Ston and Oyster Harvesting

Ston is famed for its oyster harvesting, salt production, and defensive walls – the second largest in the world after the Great Wall of China. Ston is now a laid back fishing town, producing some of the best oysters in the world. Experience the oyster harvest up close with a local fisherman. Forget the restaurant, this is the place to try one of Dalmatia’s most prized gastronomic treats followed by a seafood lunch on a quiet island. Lovers or seafood will enjoy this lunch stop immensely.

Trogir cooking class, Split, Croatia
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Lunch with Tatjana

Tatjana is one of our favourite chefs in Croatia. The cooking class happens in Tatjana’s 13th-century palace in the centre of Trogir. She will share her secrets in the kitchen whilst happy to discuss all aspects of Dalmatian traditions.

Architecture, Old Town, Sibenik, Croatia
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Sibenik

Sibenik is home to the famous UNESCO protected cathedral of St. James, considered by many the most beautiful in Croatia. It is thought to be the worlds’ largest church completely built of stone. Look up at the exterior frieze, decorated with 71 heads.

Plitvice lakes, Croatia
Plitvice lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lake

The Plitvice lakes, known as the “Falling lakes”, is a series of 16 turquoise lakes set in the National Park of the same name. The lakes have enjoyed the status of a national park since 1949 and since 1979 they have been under the protection of UNESCO. Walks are graded with easy trails on boardwalks suspended over the water.

Accommodation

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

Vestibul Palace £££££

  • Croatia
  • Boutique

A luxury boutique hotel located in the very heart of ancient Diocletian’s Palace, Vestibul Palace has 1,700 years of Split’s history right outside the door. You are surrounded by ancient Roman walls and the main city sights like the Peristil, Saint Duje Cathedral and the Riva promenade which are only a few steps away. History, emanating from every corner of the hotel, a modern and minimalistic interior and a high level of comfort will make your stay unforgettable.

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Hotel Monte Mulini £££££

  • Croatia
  • Boutique

High-end accommodation, excellent service supported by experience and expertise and the best amenities, create a perfect blend with the surrounding area, turning this hotel and resort into an ideal choice. All rooms and suites have balconies, with panoramic views of the picturesque cove and protected park forest Zlatni Rt.

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The Pucic Palace £££££

  • Croatia
  • City
  • Boutique

The Pucic Palace luxury hotel in central Dubrovnik is situated on Gundulic square, the heart of the Old Town. Gundulic Square is one of the most beautiful spaces in Dubrovnik and serves as a quaint market in the morning and the setting for glamorous alfresco dining in the evening.

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Bastion Hotel £££££

  • Croatia
  • City
  • Boutique

Hotel Bastion is a unique city boutique-hotel, which accentuates the cultural heritage of the city of Zadar. It is located in the historic core and built on the remains of the medieval fortress, Kastela, from the thirteenth century. The famous Sea Organs, the Greeting or Monument to the Sun, as well as the many churches, are just a stroll away from the hotel.

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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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