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Croatia - Best Tours & Trips 2019
501 trips to Croatia tours from 115 tour companies. 1,058 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Croatia is one of Europe's hottest destinations, and occupies an enviable position on the Adriatic. Its island-dotted coast makes it perfect for exploring by small ship cruise lines, which can dock at off-the-beaten-path isles like Hvar and Trogir. Medieval cities Dubrovnik and Split provide glimpses into the region's storied past, but are gastronomically up-to-date.
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Adriatic Cruise tour
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Adriatic Cruise
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Indus Travels
By Indus Travels
Premier
8 days
$ 119 / day
$ 1,099
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Croatia & Montenegro
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Croatia & Montenegro
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Carpe Mundo
By Carpe Mundo
7 days
$ 239 / day
$ 1,675
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The Grand Balkan tour
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The Grand Balkan
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Indus Travels
By Indus Travels
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13 days
$ 153 / day
$ 2,999
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A Luxury Discovery of Croatia and Slovenia
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A Luxury Discovery of Croatia and Slovenia
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Jacada Travel
By Jacada Travel
12 days
$ 580 / day
$ 6,955
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Adriatic Explorer - 8 days
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Adriatic Explorer - 8 days
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On The Go Tours
By On The Go Tours
8 days
$ 143 / day
$ 1,145
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Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast - 8 Days
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Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast - 8 Days
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On The Go Tours
By On The Go Tours
8 days
$ 224 / day
$ 1,595
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Croatia Island Hop & Stop - 8 Days
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Croatia Island Hop & Stop - 8 Days
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On The Go Tours
By On The Go Tours
8 days
$ 162 / day
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Croatia Island Discovery - 8 Days
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Croatia Island Discovery - 8 Days
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On The Go Tours
By On The Go Tours
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$ 187 / day
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Adriatic Explorer Premium Nthbound - 8 days
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Adriatic Explorer Premium Nthbound - 8 days
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$ 143 / day
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Wonders of the Adriatic - 8 Days
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Wonders of the Adriatic - 8 Days
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$ 237 / day
$ 1,795
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Western Balkans Discovery - 7 days
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Western Balkans Discovery - 7 days
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$ 242 / day
$ 1,695
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Sailing Split Premium Plus - 8 days
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Sailing Split Premium Plus - 8 days
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$ 162 / day
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Croatia Coast & Island Walk - 8 days
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Croatia Coast & Island Walk - 8 days
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On The Go Tours
By On The Go Tours
8 days
$ 181 / day
$ 1,445
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Cycle Croatia - 8 days
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Cycle Croatia - 8 days
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$ 184 / day
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Adriatic Explorer Premium Plus Nthbound - 8 days
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Top Croatia Experiences and Attractions
Top Croatia Experiences

Walking through ancient Roman ruins from when Rome conquered the area in the 2nd century BC.

Exploring the beautiful Dalmatian Coast.

Visiting the urban city of Zagreb

Taking a sailing tour along Croatia s incredible coastline

Savoring Croatia s eclectic cuisine, which combines Italian, Turkish and other culinary influences.

Touring the city of Dubrovnik where much of Game of Thrones was filmed.

Enjoying an afternoon in Plitvice National Park with its hundreds of waterfalls and pristine blue water.


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Top Croatia Attractions

Plitvice National Park

Dubrovnik

Split

Dalmatian Coast

Hvar

Diocletian's Palace
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Croatia Trip Reviews
1,058 Croatia Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend
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Jill
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Great cultural experience.
5.0
Western Balkans Uncovered

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

Fantastic trip through a little known region. Safe, incredibly beautiful, amazing history and a great cultiral experience.
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Alison
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If ever gets taught in history classes in the US
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Western Balkans Uncovered

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

The Western Balkans uncovered trip was amazing. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and helped me gain a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and people of the countries we visited. This is an area of the world whose history rarely, if ever gets taught in history classes in the US.
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Ainsley
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This was my first intrepid experience
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Dubrovnik to Santorini

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

This was my first intrepid experience and it was amazing. I loved every minute of it. Exploring this part of the world, I was amazed by how beautiful the surrounds were, the food delicious and tour leader with local knowledge was excellent. I cannot recommend this tour enough
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Grietje
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Western Balkans gave me a wonderful insight
5.0
Western Balkans Uncovered

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

Western Balkans gave me a wonderful insight into the culture of the people who have struggled so much but they are resilient and have come a long way.
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Jasmina
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unforgettable experience
5.0
Western Balkans Uncovered

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

For those who want to explore the lesser known parts of Europe, this tour is going to be for you. My tour guide, Saimir was a wealth of information. He made it an immersive and unforgettable experience. Strongly recommend this trip! :)
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Jasmina
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Immersive and unforgettable experience
5.0
Western Balkans Uncovered

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

For those who want to explore the lesser known parts of Europe, this tour is going to be for you. My tour guide, Saimir was a wealth of information. He made it an immersive and unforgettable experience. Strongly recommend this trip! :)
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Croatia Tours and Travel Guide
Croatia Attractions & Landmarks Guide

If any country has played a role as a crossroad of history, it s present-day Croatia. Because of its key location spanning Eastern and Western cultures, this West Virginia-size nation, along with neighbors which comprised the former Yugoslavia, provided a bridge and melting pot of peoples over the centuries. Among those who came, went and left their influences were ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians.

This rich kaleidoscope of cultures, ethnicities and religions, along with its storied history, natural beauty and other attractions, has elevated Croatia into a major magnet for travelers seeking an authentic experience. The result: While the country ranks only 127th in size, it s the world s 18th most popular tourist destination.

Croatia s cities, towns and villages serve as living history museums that immerse visitors in centuries past.
Dubrovnik,  Pearl of the Adriatic

Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site, was a major city-state and maritime trade center from the 14th through 18th centuries. Its reach and power throughout the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas rivaled that of Venice.

The intact fortress walls that surround the old city, its wealth of stunning architecture, historic monuments and maze of narrow streets transport visitors back to those heady times -- one of the main reasons it has served as a shooting location for the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

Dubrovnik suffered heavy damage in the early 1990s, when Croatia sought to become a sovereign country following the breakup of Yugoslavia but was opposed and attacked by local Serb forces and the Serb-controlled Yugoslav People's Army.

Since then, the historic core of the city has been restored to its former splendor. The city walls, accentuated by three forts, 16 towers and other fortifications, are among the best-preserved and most beautiful in Europe. Built over a span of 600 years beginning in the 12th century, they create a 1-1/4-mile long defensive ring around the old city, and a  walk on the walls is a favorite activity for visitors.
Zagreb, Split, and Beyond

Zagreb, Croatia s capital, claims architectural treasures that echo the charms of Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and other great European cities. Many historic monuments grace the Lower Town and Baroque Upper Town. More contemporary touches include the seemingly wall-to-wall cafes and coffee houses that are packed with people throughout the days and evenings.

Split boasts Roman ruins  the 4th century Emperor Diocletian s Palace -- built right into the center of the city. (Remnants of Roman structures are grouped along the coastline, dotted throughout the countryside and preserved in cities.) A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split also contains medieval and Renaissance architecture. Tiny Trogir, another World Heritage Site along with coast, is a medieval gem.

The defensive walls that encircle the medieval hill hamlet of Hum (pronounced Hoom) are distinctive because houses were built into them. Tiny Hum consists of just two short streets, has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest town in the world, and locals claim a current population of 17, 18 or  about 20.

The adjacent seaside resorts of Lovran and Opatija (oh-pah-tee-uh) have a history of tourism dating back to Roman times, when both were popular with patrician families who built impressive villas. At the end of the 19th century, the towns once again became fashionable vacation destinations for aristocratic families, whose elegant homes still grace the setting.
Visiting Croatia on Land vs. on a Cruise

Croatia is one of the few countries in Europe that is a top destination to visit by land or sea. Croatia s history is intertwined with its landscape and no matter which way you see this amazing country, it will be unforgettable.

Visiting Croatia on a cruise is one of the best ways to see the country s historic old towns. The Dalmatian Coast, or the central and southern portion of Croatia s coastline, is full of ancient cities and stunning beaches.

Traveling Croatia by boat allows you to easily explore these cities and quickly transfer between destinations. Additionally, if you are on a cruise, stops on the outer islands of the coast are usually included.

If you visit Croatia by a land tour, you will be able to explore the inland sites, such as Plitvice National Park and Zagreb. Many of the Croatia tours by land include stops on the coast, but transportation will be by bus, allowing you to see more views of the country. Additionally, these tours also include more opportunities to do adventurous activities, like hiking or ziplining.

However, you can combine both types of tours. There are many tours to Croatia that combine seeing the country by cruise ship, but also by taking day trips inland to see more. Additionally, land tours have itineraries that include taking catamarans out to the smaller islands.
Mother Nature at Her Best

The main natural attraction is Plitvice Lakes National Park, which encompasses a series of 16 lakes linked by waterfalls and rivulets that cascade from one to another. The lakes themselves reflect the colors of their surroundings, from emerald green and turquoise to blue and gray.

Another popular setting is the line of beaches strung out along Croatia s long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. While most are pebble beaches, there also are inviting sandy stretches  and 97 of them have Blue Flag status, an international award based upon water quality and other standards.

The Croatian coast is also lined with a thousand little islands like Korcula and Hvar, which combine medieval architecture and natural beauty. Small ship cruises often stop there.
The Best Time to Visit Croatia

With Croatia s location, you can visit at all times of the year. The coast of Croatia has a typical Mediterranean climate with very warm summers and cool winters making visiting during the spring, summer, and fall ideal.

However, Croatia is also a perfect winter destination. The capital city of Zagreb is known for its Advent Festival during December with its twinkling lights and there are many ski resorts throughout the Dinaric Alps that make up central Croatia
Croatia Cuisine

Croatia Cuisine is unique in the Balkans because of its combination of different cooking styles. You can see influences from traditional Croatian dishes, Turkey, Italy, and Austria depending on what part of the country you are visiting.

If you are visiting the Dalmatian Coast, you will find many seafood dishes and Mediterranean ingredients like olives and feta. But if you travel farther inland, towards Zagreb for example, the fare becomes more meat heavy and reflects Austrian or Turkish cuisine.

One of the top items on a Croatian menu is stuffed anything. Stuffed meats, peppers, or pastries are staples in Croatian kitchens. Additionally, hearty stews and gnocchi are found throughout the country. No matter what part of Croatia you are in, you will learn about the country s history through its food.
Wine Tasting in Croatia

Croatia is one of the top wine destinations in Europe. Birthplace of zinfandel, Croatia has a long history of making and producing wine and grapes on the Dalmatian Coast. The best place to taste the wine is in the central and southern regions of the coast between Split and Dubrovnik.

Most Croatian tour itineraries include activities of either visiting a winery or including a wine and food tasting. These tours give you an opportunity to see the countryside and experience one of Croatia s oldest industries.

Mainland Croatia isn t the only place to taste wine. Some of the top wine experiences in Croatia are on the islands. Hvar and Korcula are known for having some of the best wineries and in fact, most of the islands are made up of sprawling fields of grape vines.
Top Things to See in Croatia

Croatia is full of places to see and experience, but there are a few destinations that are top attractions in Croatian itineraries.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a must see when visiting Croatia. This historic, walled city is the crown jewel of the Dalmatian Coast with its towering walls, romantic streets, and lively food scene. Don t be afraid to go outside of the walls to kayak the bay or lay out on the sandy beaches.

Diocletian s Palace

The most important Roman ruin in Croatia, Diocletian s Palace was once the estate for the Roman Emperor Diocletian and today makes up most of the old town in Split.

Plitvice National Park

Plitvice is Croatia s oldest national park. The sprawling park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features aquamarine lakes, waterfalls, and trails. The park s goal is to preserve the local landscape and teach visitors about protecting the environment.

Zadar

Zadar is the home of the largest old town in Croatia. This massive old town features modern cafes, large plazas, and two unique architecture pieces. The Sea Organ and Monument to the Sun are examples of how art and nature can combine to make something special.

Zagreb s Upper Town

Zagreb s Upper Town was once two former villages, but is now the oldest area in the city. This part of the city includes some of the city s top attractions -- St. Mark s Church, Cathedral of Zagreb, and Dolac Market.
Game of Thrones Locations in Croatia

Croatia was one of the countries the TV show Game of Thrones filmed at. When you visit, you can go on specific Game of Thrones tours taking you to each specific site that was used or influenced an episode of the show.

Most of the filming of the TV show took place in and around Dubrovnik. There are many sites in the city, like Pile Gate, Rector s Palace, and the Jesuit Staircase, that were used in filming. The show also used sites outside of the old town as well. Bokar Fortress and Lokrum island were both used in the shooting of the show.

Another top Game of Thrones destination in Croatia is Split. Spots throughout Diocletian s Palace can be seen throughout the city of Mereen in the show. Also, Klis Fortress outside of Split was used as the inspiration and shooting for Mereen.
Adventure Travel in Croatia

While Croatia is an ideal place to visit to relax, it is also a place to go on an adventure. Croatia has some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in Europe. Visitors can kayak through the bay around Dubrovnik or hike through the numerous mountain ranges, like Velebit Range.

One of the most popular adventure activities in Croatia is sailing. Travelers can rent sail boats out of the busy ports of Split, Dubrovnik, or Zadar and spend a few days sailing the Dalmatian Coast islands and relaxing in the Adriatic Sea.

If you want to go farther inland, you can visit the many mountains and national parks, like Krka and Plitvice, to see some of the best untouched landscapes in the Balkans.
Most Popular Cities in Croatia

Split - The center for the Dalmatian Coast, Split is a sprawling combination of Croatia s past and present. This bustling port is where many Croatian cruises and tours start, but don t forget to check out the historic Diocletian s Palace or Marjan Park before you leave.
Dubrovnik - A top destination in Croatia, Dubrovnik is famous for its walled city and vibrant old town that has been featured in many films and TV shows, such as Game of