Over the past 10 years, Croatia has justifiably grown from a little-known destination to one of the Mediterranean’s best loved holiday havens.
Famous for its stunning ancient architecture, home to pristine national parks and blessed with a glittering island-studded coastline, the dazzling country of Croatia awaits you.
Take a holiday to Croatia and you’ll be joining an ever-growing band of travellers who revel in a country where all the charm and warmth of the Mediterranean and the natural beauty of lakes and mountains remain unspoilt, and where you’ll enjoy the warmest of welcomes and the friendliest of service from locals eager to share the joys of their country with you.
Croatia tours are the perfect way to discover a warm, welcoming land with a stunning coastline framed by the glittering blue Adriatic Sea and backed by striking peaks and lush green woodland, and where historic towns and villages provide a perfect backdrop for a holiday Croatia alone can provide.
Modern hotels, pristine beaches and all the amenities you’d expect from a first-class holiday destination combine with the cultural richness of historic sites and some spectacular scenery. Croatia tours give visitors the opportunity to rest and relax in the resorts of the sun-kissed Istrian peninsula, or explore the exquisite region of Dalmatia as you make your way to the historic walled city of Dubrovnik - one of the best escorted tours of Croatia.
Think sapphire seas and emerald cliffs, tumbling waterfalls and rugged mountains, and historic settlements nestled beneath forested hills - Croatia holidays are amongst some of Europe’s best kept secrets.
Dive into the warm waters of Croatia’s azure sea and discover its many islands off the idyllic Adriatic Coast. On the mainland, the shallow blue waters and beaches of the Makarska Riviera beckon you to its blissful shores, while just off the coast, more than a thousand stunning islands vie for your attention. See Croatia’s most famous beach, Zlatni rat, on the island of Brac, or mingle with the glitterati on the island of Hvar, famous for its glamorous harbours and trendy nightlife.
Not just a land of pristine waters and beautiful beaches, Croatia is also dotted with historic architecture and breathtaking scenery, with hills, mountains and forests to explore to your heart’s content. This country's scenery ranges from lofty mountains blanketed in pine forests to rolling hills draped in vineyards, and Croatia tours are one of the best ways to experience everything the country has to offer. Your travel in Croatia can be full of adventure, whatever type of Croatia holiday you’re after. Hike over the craggy peaks and river canyons of the Dinaric Alps, or cycle along the back roads through Istria’s rugged landscapes; alternatively, you can relax and unwind in one of the country’s many coastal homesteads.
Further south, discover the tumbling waterfalls of Krka National Park, or kayak on the scenic lakes of the beautiful Mljet Island. One of the country’s biggest draws and a favourite stop of Croatia tours is the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, a verdant oasis of forests, crystal-clear lakes and interconnecting waterfalls. Here, you might spot rare birds, deer, wild boar and even brown bears.
Croatia’s culture is a mix of influences from past ruling kingdoms. Soak up the rich history in Split, home of the Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, or stroll through the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Dubrovnik, where a sea of red roofs and church spires form an iconic skyline.
Join us on an escorted holiday to Croatia and discover the beauty of this stunning Mediterranean idyll.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of Croatia
Visiting Croatia means diving headlong into a vibrant culture of sights, sounds and tastes. The country has a rich and complex history just waiting to be explored; alternatively, if you’re the active type, there are copious walks, treks and outdoor adventures to be had. For the foodies out there, Croatia’s culinary scene is packed with exciting dishes and local produce to try at a delightful array of both fine dining restaurants and bohemian eateries.
For those wishing to explore Croatia’s spectacular architecture and history, there are plenty of heritage sites where you can soak up the Mediterranean sunshine while enriching your knowledge of the country. Visit the Cathedral of St Domnius, a centuries-old octagonal church featuring an iconic Romanesque bell tower, intricate stonework and an ancient crypt.
No visit to this corner of Southeastern Europe would be complete without a trip to Dubrovnik, a highlight of which is undoubtedly the spectacular city walls and historic forts. Experience this beautiful city from above, viewing the picturesque terracotta rooftops through a shimmering mirage and the glittering ocean to the west. Want an even more dramatic view of the city? Dubrovnik has a well-established cable car system, a journey which is inexpensive and bookended with charming shops and restaurants.
Another essential destination on your Croatia tour is Pula; this seafront city is home to one of Europe’s most incredible Roman Amphitheatres, the Pula Arena. This remarkably well-preserved structure allows you to walk in the footsteps of gladiators, wild beasts and Roman theatre troops, and there are also underground chambers to explore with appealing displays of olive oil extraction equipment.
If you love a glass of vino, you’re in luck: Croatia boasts a wealth of wineries where guests can happily wile away an afternoon (or two) enjoying wine-tasting and learning about the history of the most popular wine regions Rak and Putalj.
Croatia is also home to some breathtaking natural spaces: one of the best is undoubtedly Paklenica National Park, which covers nearly 100 square kilometres of rugged cliffs, dramatic gorges, dappled wooded paths and verdant meadows, spread between the Adriatic shoreline and continental Croatia.
Finally, we couldn’t talk about Croatia without mentioning its nightlife and social scene, which is among the most invigorating and eclectic in Europe. Dive into an exciting array of beach clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in the country’s capital, Zagreb, or experience seaside partying like never before on one of Croatia’s many islands.
Croatian food encompasses a wealth of different culinary influences, and visitors can enjoy everything from locally caught seafood to fresh vegetarian salads and indulgent international dishes. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find an endless array of delicious food and drink to keep you satisfied during your Croatia holiday.
Croatia has a rich food culture and plenty of unique local delicacies to enjoy. One of the most famous dishes that is essential for visitors wanting a taste of the country to try is their octopus salad: soft and tender octopus delicately dressed in olive oil, fresh tomatoes and lemon can be found on most traditional menus.
Another must-try dish is the classic black risotto, a rich and indulgent dish coloured with squid ink, cooked with wine and scattered with fresh herbs. Seafood is a prominent part of Croatian cuisine: taste the delights of squid, mussels, prawns, clams, oysters and meaty white fish that has been freshly caught that morning, washed down with a cool glass of crisp Croatian Zinfandel.
Croatia is also known for its delicious craft beer, the most popular of which are Pan, Karlovačko and Ožujsko; all three you can find in the country’s many bars and liquor shops.
As well as elegant dining, Croatia has a fantastic street food scene. Indulge in the lip-smackingly good Ćevapi - minced meat shaped into small patties, traditionally doused in a rich red pepper and tomato sauce known as ajar, topped with sour cheese and stuffed into fluffy flatbreads - the perfect portable meal to enjoy in the warm Croatian sunshine.
First holiday to Croatia? Here are a few questions you might have.
To get the best of your Croatian adventure, we recommend the following tours:
Dubrovnik, Montenegro & the Dalmatian Coast
Croatia's Istrian Riviera & Lake Bled
Croatian Islands Cruise - Mendula
Dalmatian Coastal Cruise on board MS Mendula
Dubrovnik & Croatian Island Cruise - Mendula
Split & Dalmatian Coastal Cruise
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The climate in Croatia depends on where you are. Generally speaking, the coast enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and average temperatures around 25 to 35°C. Storms and rain are not uncommon during summer, and the high temperatures often last until the autumn, albeit with more chance of rain. During winter, temperatures hover around the 10°C mark, on occasion dropping to 5°C. The interior of the country experiences a more continental climate, with milder summers and colder winters, where temperatures frequently drop below 0°C and snow is common.
Peak summer in Croatia can be uncomfortably hot for some. Croatia’s popularity as a holiday destination for neighbouring European countries means that it can also become quite crowded during summer. Generally speaking, it is best to visit during early or late summer (April and May/ August and September).
Croatia is famous for its Adriatic Coastline, which stretches the entire length of the country and encompasses thousands of islands that are popular tourist destinations. Sailing and watersports are popular along the coast and on the islands. Croatia is also known for its outstanding natural beauty, including the Plitvice Lakes, together with a host of historic cities, including Dubrovnik and Split.
Croatia is a part of the European Union, but does not use the Euro. Instead, in Croatia they use the Croatian Kuna (KUN). For up-to-date exchange rates, see www.xe.com. Although not as expensive as Western European destinations like France, Spain and Italy, Croatia is still a mildly expensive country compared to its Eastern European neighbouring. That being said, if you are careful, it is easily possible to enjoy the country on a budget.
Croatian is the national language of Croatia, although English is spoken widely, especially in areas that depend on tourism. Below are a few useful phrases in Croatian:
Hello – zdravo
Goodbye – dovidjenja
Thank you – molim
Please – hvala
Do you speak English? – govorite li Engleski?
Croatian cuisine is heavily influenced by nearby countries, together with those that have historically ruled the country, including Italy, Austria, Hungary and Turkey. Typical Croatian dishes include fresh seafood, pizza, black risotto, barbecued lamb and grilled sardines. International cuisine is popular in the major cities, but less so on some of the more remote islands.
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