Croatia
Croatia

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Blend Balkan heritage with Mediterranean island vibes, and add extraordinary natural beauty—that's Croatia in a nutshell. Do you want to visit Croatia, but don't know how to plan your trip? Let us help! We've partnered with Croatian tour operators that offer itineraries that will hit the mark for all adventurers, especially water-lovers!

Croatian tour itineraries include a variety of activities. Many locations in Croatia are UNESCO-protected sites, recognized either for their natural or historical relevance—and you will see why. You might hike through National Parks, marveling at the cascading turquoise lakes and waterfalls in pristine forests, or bike around the Dalmatian Islands stopping in medieval towns of stone buildings with red-tiled roofs. Kayak on the sapphire sea among idyllic islands of emerald shrubbery and white-pebble beaches.

Thanks to its geography of coastline and adjacent archipelagos, Croatia is a popular sailing destination. If you want a laid-back tour on the water, check out the sailing itineraries that include a professional Skipper who navigates a private sailboat on the Adriatic Sea, docking on a different island each night. Swim and snorkel in secluded bays to your heart's content!

A tour in Croatia is the perfect way to sample what the country has to offer. The country’s pleasant and balmy climate makes it an ideal destination for fair-weather travellers. Croatia’s stunning natural wonders, fascinating medieval history, gorgeous islands, and thousands of miles of coastline on the Adriatic Sea are waiting to be explored! Check out our curated list of tours in Croatia.

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  • Sit back and relax as you explore the Dalmatian Islands by boat
  • Choose your daily activities: swim, snorkel, kayak, and more
  • Experience life at sea onboard a sailboat with a Captain
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  • Explore the Dalmatian Islands in the best way: on a sailboat
  • Customize your tour with your choice of adventure activities
  • Visit medieval towns and some of Croatia’s national parks
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  • Explore Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Taste local dishes and flavours on a culinary e-bike tour
  • Sail and paddle on the cobalt Adriatic Sea
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  • Soak up Croatian culture in the seaside city of Split
  • Hike, raft, zipline and bike in Croatia’s stunning wilderness
  • Enjoy a private yacht charter from Split to Hvar island
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  • Trek on some of Croatia’s most stunning islands in the Adriatic Sea
  • Learn about Croatian culture and visit UNESCO-protected areas
  • Walk through ancient villages among serene Mediterranean nature
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  • Experience the richness of Croatian culture and history
  • Bike to ancient cities through boundless Mediterranean flora
  • Enjoy a day kayaking on the Adriatic Sea among the stunning Pakleni Islands
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  • Be immersed in Dalmatian history and culture each day
  • Hike through fascinating medieval landscapes on the islands
  • Kayak on the Adriatic Sea among the stunning Pakleni Islands
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  • Spend a week sailing Croatia’s Adriatic Sea
  • Add swimming, snorkelling, hiking, or kayaking to your tour
  • Enjoy delicious Croatian cuisine and enjoy the Mediterranean life
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  • Start your journey in Venice, Italy’s famous floating city
  • Ride along the bright blue Adriatic and through green countryside
  • Enjoy Roman ruins, historic villages, and beautiful coastal views
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Types of Tours in Croatia

When you book a tour in Croatia, you can choose from self-guided, semi-guided, or fully guided tours. If you want to enjoy a trip free of responsibility, we’ve got you covered with guided tours. Or if you’re comfortable navigating your way around a new country, a self-guided tour would suit you.

Stress-free Adventure: Guided Croatia Tours

One of the best ways to learn about a country is by talking to a local. On guided tours, you benefit from local experience and knowledge without doing any prior research. Just follow the itinerary and listen to your guide along the way!

Croatia’s recent history is fascinating, and what better way to learn about it than from a local who lived through it. For example, there are particular anecdotes about former Yugoslavia that you won’t learn from Google.

A guided tour in Croatia is an enriching experience. You can focus on taking pictures and making memories as your guide leads you down their favourite paths and regales you with the fun facts about each location. The guides on these tours have years of experience and are passionate about their country. They’re thrilled to share this with guests.

Do you want an adventure tour in Croatia, but you don’t want to plan? A guided tour is the way to go if you want to hit all the highlights without planning it yourself. Save hours of researching the best spots and take a guided tour instead; all that work is done for you. Your trip should be stress-free! You don’t have to worry about finding the best spots to eat, getting stuck at an attraction with a bunch of crowds, or looking for a location to capture that perfect sunset picture. Guided tours also include private transfers and luggage transfers if you’re cycling.

Alone But Not Lonely: Self-Guided Croatia Tours

Guided tours are a great option if you don’t want the hassle of planning your itinerary. However, some people love planning, and if that’s you, consider a self-guided tour.

Self-guided tours are a great option if you like flexibility throughout each day but still want the comfort of having a planned place to rest each night. Your accommodation will be organized during the tour, and 24-hour assistance is available if you have any questions along the way. Self-guided tours are great for those who don’t want to be fixed to a precise schedule, or those who want more privacy than a group guided tour would allow.

Go at your own pace and travel confidently with the tour operator’s support, but still have the flexibility to create your daily schedule.

Hiking Tours in Croatia

Hiking in Croatia suits different levels of fitness and preferences. You can choose a region based on its landscape—coastal or interior—or pick based on your preferred level of difficulty from easy to moderate.

The tours on offer in Croatia are either guided or self-guided. As we noted above, there are benefits to each option. On a guided hiking tour, you’ll have the benefit of a local guide leading the way. (No need to worry about getting lost with a guide!) You have more flexibility on a self-guided journey to go at your own pace and stop as you please. Self-guided tours include a list of recommended hikes in each area and 24-hour assistance.

The landscapes will never cease to amaze you in Croatia. Ancient villages dot the Dalmatian Islands, and many of the trails will lead you through time-worn tracks rich with a history of trades and agriculture. Move inland to find resplendent National Parks in dense forests with cascading waterfalls and lakes connected by wooden bridges. Croatia’s coastline comprises rocky shorelines touching crystal clear blue sea just waiting to be explored on foot. Dip your toes in the sea!

Croatia’s pleasant climate lends well to long walks or hikes, especially if you’re near the sea or in a National Park with lakes where you can stop for a dip. No matter which region you choose, you’ll be awarded stunning views on your walks and hikes. Each night you’ll have well-selected comfortable accommodation to rest.

Cycling Tours in Croatia

Ride through picturesque landscapes on safe routes picked by your expert guides. The developed roads and routes in Croatia offer a smooth terrain for any adventurous travellers who want to explore this country on two wheels. Biking is perfect for those who want the human-powered experience with more speed than being on foot. All equipment is included in the tour price, so you just need to bring your adventurous spirit.

The most popular cycling tour is on the Dalmatian Islands—an incredible archipelago with tons of stunning spots to take a break. You take passenger ferries between each island, creating a unique cycling experience. Not to worry, though, your luggage will be transported for you so you can ride throughout each day unencumbered, and your belongings will be waiting for you once you reach your nightly accommodation.

Some routes don’t provide a lot of shade from the sun, and it can get quite hot in July and August. A biking tour in the middle of the summer could be tough—but the climate in late-spring and early-fall is absolutely perfect. (If you’re looking for a mid-summer retreat, check the sailing tours, which include endless swimming opportunities!)

Get swept away by the views as you ride through the scenic Croatian countryside!

Sailing Tours in Croatia

Croatia claims some of the best opportunities for sailing in the world. If the Adriatic Sea and its surplus of islands are calling to you, a sailing tour in Croatia deserves your consideration.

First of all, you and your group will have a private sailboat and a professional Skipper, making the experience unique. Different sailboat options are available to suit a spectrum of budgets. Some include an optional half-board addition, but each sailboat is equipped with a small kitchen, so if you want to cook, you can!

The sailing adventure tours we’ve curated offer sample itineraries, but the tours are completely customizable. Do you want to spend every night moored at a different island or visit a specific old town? It’s up to you. Your Skipper navigates your boat, so you don’t have to worry about learning sailing techniques before you arrive. Feel free to discuss with your Skipper your preferences for the journey. He or she will undoubtedly have some recommendations!

Sailing allows you to find spots you would otherwise not see on a passenger ferry. Swim and snorkel in private coves and bays with crystal blue water and white rocky shores.

If a nautical adventure is what you’re after, sailing in Croatia should be on your list!

Top Destinations For Croatia Tours

With its gorgeous coastline and islands, exceptional nature reserves, and Balkan architecture and landscapes, Croatia is a country full of attractions. We’ve rounded up our top destinations to help you choose where to explore when you go!

Croatian Island Tours

These are the most popular itineraries in Croatia since the country is renowned as a nautical destination.

The Dalmatian Islands have some of the most coveted vacation spots in Eastern Europe, especially if you’re a fan of sailing. This archipelago off the coast of Croatia is enchanting. Choose from hiking tours that lead you to each island's peaks, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the surrounding area. Walk among typical Mediterranean vegetation, a lot of which is used in Croatian cuisine and products you’ll have a chance to taste: capers, olives, and lavender. Both guided and self-guided hiking tours are available.

The islands are great to explore by bike if you want a tour with a slightly faster pace. Passenger ferries connect the islands, and with guided tours, the tickets and luggage transfers will be taken care of for you.

If the Dalmatian Islands are calling to you, you might consider a sailing adventure tour as being on a boat is the best way to experience the area. Imagine ocean views when you wake up, docking in different marinas each night, and disembarking where you please to explore the charming towns.

Mainland Croatia Tours

Mainland Croatia bursts with dazzling nature. The country contains 8 National Parks, perhaps the most famous of which are inland: Plitvice National Park and Krka National Park. The landscapes comprise a network of rivers and waterfalls amid lush forests and rocky terrain. Admire the green hills above turquoise rivers and lakes—you will feel like you’re in a fairy tale.

Further north, you’ll hit Zagreb, the fascinating capital of Croatia that blends Eastern and Western European culture and history. It’s a growing metropolis with stunning architecture, plazas, and monuments to discover.

Most tours start in Split, a UNESCO-protected seaside town with many marvels of its own. Your itinerary from here may include day trips to the islands and an exploration further inland.

Planning Croatia Tours: What You Need To Know

Even with our list of recommended tours, you might still have questions about Croatia. When is the best time to go? Which regions are best for hiking or sailing? Which sites have the most remarkable history? Well, here’s a quick guide to the key points of Croatia.

Croatia’s Scenery

When it comes to beautiful landscapes, Croatia has earned bragging rights. As a relatively small country (compared to the United States or Canada), it contains an unexpected range of geography within its borders. As you move from cities to the countryside to islands, you’ll notice that vegetation and diverse topography cover much of the country. The only plains lie close to the Hungarian border in the northeast.

Central Croatia’s geography consists of dense forests, rocky terrain, gorges and peaks, dry grasslands, and low-level mountains. Plenty of water runs through the country having several rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. Croatia exemplifies the green and blue imagery we associate with land and sea.

On its thousands of miles of coastline, you see beaches with small white pebbles or rocky shores spilling into warm crystal clear water—this is typical of the entire coast. You’d be hard-pressed to find a sandy beach in Croatia, but hopping on a sailboat to explore the islands is more enticing anyway.

Croatia’s History and Culture

Croatia gained independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and has a fascinating fabric of heritage beyond that. When you walk the narrow streets in Croatia, you’ll feel the medieval ambiance looking at Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architecture and being surrounded by fortress walls still circling some old town centres.

Its enormous coastline makes it an ideal port destination, which also required protection. What remains of history today can be seen in several coastal towns that have forts or lookouts. Each island has its unique tapestry to discover through food, wine, agriculture, and architecture. Croatia is an intriguing country with so much to be uncovered and learned by those who visit.

Best Time to Tour Croatia

While Croatia enjoys a pleasant climate year-round, the best time to visit for a blissful fair-weather getaway depends on the type of tour you choose.

For hiking and biking, the ideal months to travel are May, June, September, and October. The weather is consistently warm in the mid-20s, and you’ll hit fewer crowds compared to July and August. The winters can be rainy and cold with some snow in the mountains, which is not a problem when dressed appropriately—but that’s not why you want to visit Croatia!

The peak season of July and August might get too hot for some adventurers when temperatures reach the low 30s on the coast and mid-30s inland. These temperatures make it a bit risky for long hikes or bike rides with little escape from the heat. That said, if you don’t mind a destination with more crowds, peak season is ideal for embarking on a sailing adventure since you can stop whenever you want for a refreshing dip in the sea!

Croatia Tour Practicalities

Croatia is part of the European Union, which means Canadian, US, and UK citizens do not require a visa for trips under 90 days. Getting around the country is straightforward with its network of rail and bus systems. Split has an international airport, which is likely where you’ll start your tour in Croatia. You could also fly into Zagreb and find transit from there if you want. Most tours include transfers from Split, so you won’t have to worry about that if you’re just coming for one of these tours.

How to Get Around in Croatia

Croatia has plenty of sights that are easy to access in a few ways: on foot, by bike, or by boat. Your choice depends on what kind of adventure you want. City walks are a fantastic way to admire the architecture in each medieval town, and hiking trails will lead you through the nature reserves and across the Dalmatian Islands. Bike to fascinating spots you might not otherwise walk to, or spend your time in Croatia mostly on the water between the thousands of islands dotting the Adriatic Sea.

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