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Croatia Vacation & Tour Packages

Croatia Travel, Recommend by Croatia Tourist BoardTraveling in Croatia is a rewarding experience. This is a timeless country with something for everyone. That's why it's our most popular summer vacation destination. Rich history, breathtaking nature, the endless Adriatic coastline, classic architecture, vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, spectacular National Parks and a warm climate await you in this Mediterranean idyll. The Croatians are friendly and proud people with strong traditions. They have kept the country from becoming too commercial. Ready to discover Croatia?

We're Croatia travel specialists

More than just a Croatia travel agency, we are a specialist Croatia tour operator with our own local staff in Dubrovnik, Split, and Zagreb. That's in addition to our US travel advisor team. For over a decade our private trips to Croatia have been earning us high praise from our guests. Our Croatia vacation packages are the best way to tour this spectacular country. We'll arrange all the details, saving you many hours of research. We will create a custom-tailored Croatia travel package to your wishes and budget. You will stay in handpicked lodgings we offer which go all the way from self-catering apartments to boutique and luxury hotels. For city tours and excursions you can opt for private guides or small group tours. You could choose to leave a day or two free and get some ideas on how to spend the day from our local staff. Whether you prefer to self-drive or opt for the luxury travel option of being chauffeured around, we'll take care of everything. All you have to do is enjoy your vacation!

Croatia's most beloved destinations

We've picked the very best Croatia vacation spots for you. From south to north Croatia offers a variety of pleasures. Start with the southern region of Dalmatia and Dubrovnik's walled city on the Adriatic sea. Then discover some of the more than 1,000 islands in Croatia, such as Korcula, Vis, Hvar, and Brac. Along Croatia's Adriatic coast you'll find the ancient towns of TrogirSplit, and Zadar. The inland lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes and Krka National park are more must-sees. Round out your trip in Rovinj in Istria, "Croatia's Tuscany", complete with Venetian-era bell towers, and the typically Central European capital city Zagreb to the north. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite Game of Thrones characters at filming locations in and around the historic towns of Split or Dubrovnik. Visit the country's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Roman ruins and other traces of civilizations past. Hike in beautiful countryside. Take boat trips to secluded bays and idyllic islands. Discover a rich culinary tradition of local cheeses, hams and olive oil as well as extensive seafood dishes. Go wine tasting in one of the country's many wine regions. We can create a custom Croatia tour itinerary exactly to your taste and needs. With your private tour of Croatia, there are no fixed dates. You choose how long you spend in each location, whether you're sticking to the highlights or venturing off the beaten path.

Visit a neighboring country

While vacationing in Croatia you will be ideally placed to make overnight stops or day excursions to neighboring countries. Our service extends to the places which were part of the former Yugoslavia. This includes Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and North Macedonia. Emerging but still relatively unknown Albania is also close by. With ferry and flight connections, a combined Croatia and Italy itinerary is another option. Croatia is a beautiful country, but your European vacation doesn't have to be limited to one place. By planning a longer multi-country vacation with us you have access to our local experts all over Europe.

Get your customized Croatia trip plan

Further below you will find links to some suggested Croatia itineraries along with cost estimates. You can use one of these as a starting point or our Croatia travel experts can build a trip plan tailored to your exact needs. Whether you're looking for a luxury tour of Croatia packed with money-no-object unique experiences or an affordable multi-generational family trip. Contact us for a free travel consultation and we'll get started planning the perfect Croatian vacation package, just for you.

We're with you all the way

Once booked, we will create a personalized website for your trip. Your Guest Page contains your full itinerary and is packed with info and travel tips about the destinations you'll be visiting. It's a travel guide, just for your vacation. A month before you depart for Europe our in-country staff will be in touch to take care of all the details for you to make sure your trip to Croatia creates memories you'll treasure forever. You will be met on arrival in Croatia by one of our City Hosts. They will available to you, as a concierge service, during your trip by local cellphone.

Explore Our Destinations in and Around Croatia

Popular Croatia Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Croatia and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Croatian vacation packages
Based on 116 reviews
Review by Megan & Dylan

Megan & Dylan

New Jersey

Would book through JayWay Travel again in a heartbeat.

Would book through JayWay Travel again in a heartbeat.

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Angie, Angela, Janice & Lora

Angie, Angela, Janice & Lora

Tennessee

Thorough, great planning, always prompt and fun staff with great suggestions for hotels and events like wine tasting and cooking classes so you are able to immerse yourself into the culture and be a real traveler.

Thorough, great planning, always prompt and fun staff with great suggestions for hotels and events like wine tasting and cooking classes so you are able to immerse yourself into the culture and be a real traveler.

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Zagreb, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Zagreb, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Jill & Brigette

Jill & Brigette

New York

Stellar. Efficient. Thorough. Knowledgable. Accommodating. JayWay Travel gets the best personal city guides and will hold your hand throughout the entire journey. Best vacation ever!

Stellar. Efficient. Thorough. Knowledgable. Accommodating. JayWay Travel gets the best personal city guides and will hold your hand throughout the entire journey. Best vacation ever!

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Zadar, Pula, Rovinj, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Zadar, Pula, Rovinj, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Croatia

When is the best time to visit Croatia?

July and August are Croatia's warmest months and roughly correspond to the high season. This is when the majority of Europeans take their summer vacations. The sea temperature reaches a pleasant 27° C (81° F) and air temperature can be over 30° C ( 86° F). This is the peak of the vacation season, especially between July 15 and August 15. You can expect crowds on the most popular beaches and in the coastal towns, although sites of a more cultural nature won't be as busy as you might expect. Croatia's shoulder seasons are an excellent time to visit. June and September are ideal if you prefer weather that isn't as hot, and fewer crowds. The water is still warm and you will get plenty of sunshine. Swimming and sunbathing are also possible in May or October. This is especially true if you come from northern places and are not afraid of colder water. Depending on the weather, even April is sometimes nice and warm enough for the beach, though there's no guarantee that early in the year.

Outside of these months (November to March) is very much the off-season. Many tourist-centric businesses shut down either for their own vacations or to make renovations and improvements. Read our article about when to visit Croatia for more info.

How many days do I need to see Croatia?

It really depends on your desired travel pace and interests but to keep to a comfortable pace we advise against too many one night stays. If it's your first time in Croatia and you have just a week to spare we suggest concentrating on the southern Dalmatia region. The historical city of Dubrovnik is truly a must-see. For a "Croatia in 10 days" itinerary, adding the capital Zagreb or some time in Istria is possible. With two weeks you could see almost the whole country at a leisurely pace. You could potentially spend a couple of days in neighboring Slovenia too. Our travel advisors will work with you to craft the ideal itinerary for you. The most common answer to the question "what would you do differently" is "spend more time almost everywhere".

Where in Croatia should I go?

Croatia's coastal and inland areas offer a lot of variety. Dubrovnik, for pure wow-factor is a must for all Croatia first-timers. Of the islands, Hvar has the best nightlife, Korčula and Vis are far quieter. For outdoor pursuits Split is a great base. For a mix of rolling green wine hills and some coastal time, Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula ticks all the boxes. Our travel advisors can help you choose where to spend your time based on your interests.

Are there direct flights to Croatia from the US?

From summer 2019, American Airlines started flying direct from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik. The coronavirus outbreak in early 2020 led to these flights being cancelled. As Croatia Airlines (which has the most flights in and to Croatia) is part of the Star Alliance, it's most likely you would be changing planes somewhere else in Europe, typically Munich or Frankfurt.

Any advice on buying flights to Croatia?

Because of Croatia's geography: long and thin, we recommend buying an open-jaw (multi-city) flight, landing at one end of your itinerary and departing from the other. For example land in Dubrovnik and depart from Split or Zagreb (depending on the destinations you're visiting). You'll save time doubling back on yourself and the additional cost is usually minimal.

How much will a Croatia vacation cost?

Our custom Croatia vacation packages of accommodation, transfers, walking tours and activities start at around $200 per person per day. A luxury Croatia vacation package, staying at the very best hotels and packed with activities, can cost upwards of $500 per person per day.

You can get a rough estimate based on any of the itineraries on our site by using the Price Guide function. Choose which class of hotel you prefer, the size of your party and the month you wish to travel in and an estimated price will be generated for you.

To get a more accurate price, submit your details and after a brief phone consultation our expert travel advisors and trip planners will create a custom Croatia trip plan for you, with accommodation options and excursions tailored to your budget and interests.

What's a good itinerary if I've only got a week?

With just a week to see Croatia, you'll probably want to concentrate on the highlights of the country which for many is the Dalmatia region. Start with three days in Dubrovnik, then head to the island of Hvar. We suggest Hvar town rather than Stari Grad. It's closer to day trip destinations like the Pakleni islands or Vis. Finish your trip in Split, from where you'll have time to fit in a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Split's well-connected airport convenient for your return flight.

What are the beaches like in Croatia?

Most of Croatia's beaches are pebble beaches or made up of small stones. There are very few sandy beaches in Croatia. The main reason why Croatia's coast is so crystal clear is the lack of sand. We recommend bringing flip-flops or sandals for the beach. If you're spending a lot of time in the water we recommend neoprene beach shoes as there can be sharp rocks on the seabed. Read about the Best Beaches in Croatia.

What is Croatian cuisine like?

Croatia's food and wine traditions are a mix of influences from the Italians, Hungarians, and Greeks, as well as Slavic neighbors in all directions. This has resulted in an impressive range of seafood, grilled meats and vegetables. Istria is famous for its truffles and truffle dishes are affordable here and highly recommended. The Adriatic Coast is a real paradise for seafood and fish lovers. You will find a large number of meat dishes and rostilj (barbecue). Save room for dessert! Croatian sweets are delicious and different in every region.

Do restaurants in Croatia offer vegetarian options?

Although Croatian cuisine abounds with meat and seafood there's plenty of choice for vegetarians. Choose from delicious fresh salads to tasty vegetable dishes. There are now a number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants to be found in any Croatian city. If you have any dietary restrictions at all, let your local representative know. They will make specific recommendations in the places you will visit.

What should I drink in Croatia?

Croatia has a wide range of drinking choices. Beer is sold everywhere. Domestic brands like Karlovacko and Ozujsko are usually on draft in most places. The wine selection is expansive and almost exclusively local. The most common indigenous grape variety for reds is Plavac Mali, a relative of Zinfandel. For whites, Grasevina is the most planted varietal. Croatians like to drink wine with their meals, sometimes watering it down with still or sparkling water. This is called a "gemišt" inland, or "bevanda" on the coast. Fresh fruit juices and soft drinks are also available.

Coffee is popular and always a welcome reason to take a break. Croatia and her neighbors all have lively cafe scenes. The cafes are for drinking coffee, local wine, beer or spirits. Some of them also offer a wonderful range of icecream. Espressos start at 7 kuna in Croatia and multiple daily coffee breaks are not unusual.

After dinner you will often be offered a shot of a colorless distillate called "rakija". Made with a wide variety of flavors, from anise to nuts. Head inland you will frequently be offered a "šljivovica" – a plum brandy – by your hosts.

Is Croatia expensive to visit?

Many older guide books refer to Croatia's affordability, but since the country's growing popularity, and increasing standard of living, it isn't the bargain it once was. Expect lodging and dining prices on a level with Italy for example, especially in popular coastal towns. Dubrovnik is particularly expensive. For more budget-friendly Balkan destinations we recommend Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro.

With over 1,000 islands along the Croatian coast, why do you only offer four of them?

Although Croatia has a huge number of islands, not all of them are inhabited. Many do not have an established tourism infrastructure or are not well connected with the mainland, or each other. Some simply lack significant points of interest. We have chosen to concentrate on four islands as overnight destinations. We feel each offer something different and representative. You can visit many other islands from each of these as day trips. By focusing on these islands we are able to maintain strong relationships with our accommodation and activity partners. This enables us to ensure the quality of service our guests expect.

How many UNESCO World Heritage Sites does Croatia have?

There are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia, ranging from old city sites like Dubrovnik to Diocletian's Palace in Split to natural wonders such a Plitvice Lakes. Another 15 have been submitted for consideration and remain on UNESCO's "Tentative" list.

Should I stay in Trogir or Split?

There's no right or wrong answer overall to whether you should stay in Split or Trogir. Trogir is a quieter and smaller town, Split is more lively and cosmopolitan, with some higher end hotel options, so it really depends on your preference. Both are UNESCO-listed old walled towns. Read more about the pros and cons of each here. Whichever you choose you're bound to have a wonderful time!

Split or Zadar?

On paper there are some clear similarities between Split and Zadar. Both these coastal cities were formed in the Ancient Roman era and retain plenty of signs of their origins. Split is a major ferry port, so it can be hard to avoid spending at least a few hours there on any trip to Croatia that includes some Dalmatian islands. There's no doubt that the Old Town of Split, contained within the walls of a 16 century-old Roman emperor's palace is impressive, but vacationers looking for an off-beaten-path experience would do well to consider Zadar. The city walls might be Venetian, not Roman, but the marble-smooth streets of the old town are a pleasure to get lost in and have a buzz that's more real than Split's thanks to the large university located in the city. As a bonus you'll be treated to what Alfred Hitchcock described as the most beautiful sunset in the world.

Krka or Plitvice: Which should I visit?

On the surface, these two UNESCO-listed, waterfall-rich national parks might seem quite similar. Certainly, you might find it unnecessary to visit both on the same trip. Your decision might be made easier by proximity, if you're staying in a city that's closer to one or the other. Plitvice Lakes National Park is by far the most visited of the two, and the most iconic, but visiting Krka can help you avoid some of the crowds.

Is it possible to pay in Euros in Croatia?

Although Croatia joined the European Union in July 2013, it is not a member of the Euro. So far it has retained its own currency, the Kuna, and is officially expected to do so until 2025. While you may find some businesses accept Euros, the rate is unlikely to be favorable. You can exchange foreign currency at banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels and marinas. You may however get a better rate using an ATM, as long as you decline its offer to convert the charge to your own currency, and avoid the yellow-and-blue Euronet machines.

Is paying with cards acceptable in Croatia?

Credit cards are widely accepted, but don't expect to be able to use them everywhere. Visa, Mastercard and Diners are the most frequently accepted. American Express is accepted less frequently. You can pay by credit (or debit) card in hotels, stores, restaurants, gas stations. Cards are often not accepted in small family inns, fast food joints, small tourist offices and stores, so we recommend keeping some Kuna on hand.

What should I pack for a trip to Croatia?

Croatia is a very laid back country and there's no strict dress code in most places. Bare shoulders are forbidden in most churches. As you will likely be doing a lot of walking on marble-smooth stone in the city center of Dubrovnik, Split or Zadar and cobblestone streets in other old towns, sturdy and comfortable shoes are a must. Please refer to our blog post for advice on what to pack when traveling to Croatia and the Adriatic region in general.

Is Croatia safe?

Croatia is very safe, although you should take the usual precautions against pickpocketing though overall crime levels are very low. Dubrovnik's main street can be slippery, especially when wet, due to centuries of foot traffic.

Which travel documents are required for Croatia?

You will need your passport but visitors holding passports from Western European countries, Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand do not require a visa. For any other countries, we recommend checking the visa requirements page on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Since 22 July 2014 Croatia now accepts a valid Schengen Area visa under the same conditions as any Schengen country. Your passport should be valid for at least six months AFTER your date of departure from Croatia.

What is transportation like in Croatia?

Croatia's intercity bus and train system isn't always the best. With excellent modern highways, we recommend private transfers, or renting a car if traveling north of Split. The northern half of the country including Istria is perfect for a road trip. A self-drive vacation is a cost-effective way to cover a lot of ground and driving in Croatia is generally very safe. Flights within the country are rarely worth the hassle and cost unless you need to backtrack from one end to the other quickly. Driving from Zagreb to Dubrovnik would take a full day.

We advise against trains, as much of the country (such as Dubrovnik) isn’t part of the rail network. Where they do exist, train stations are rarely central, and trains aren’t as reliable as travel by road. With our connections with ferry companies, we’re happy to arrange ferry travel. While many of Croatia’s highways are in good shape, a rental car is not much use in the islands. Dubrovnik is a driver’s nightmare thanks to its narrow, winding roads, and large pedestrian-only areas. Parking near the centers of Split and Dubrovnik is expensive and in short supply. Dubrovnik is home to the country's only cable car, and while pricy, the views from the top of Mount Srd' are truly breathtaking.

Can I combine Croatia and Italy in one trip?

Adriatic neighbors Croatia and Italy have a lot of shared history and make for a great combo trip, providing you allow enough time. We suggest a couple of weeks. You could take a route that includes Rome, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split & Venice. With a little longer you could include Rovinj in Istria, and take the ferry to Venice. By starting and finishing in Italy, you'll have cheaper transatlantic flights than if you started in Italy and returned from Croatia.

Can I visit Croatia and Greece in the same trip?

Anything is possible but unless you’ve got at least a week to dedicate to each or better still three weeks, it doesn’t make sense. Croatia and Greece might look close on a map but there are two countries (Albania and Montenegro) and no highways or train routes between them. There are also very few flight connections. - Greeks don’t go to Croatia much and vice versa. The only direct flights year round are Athens - Zagreb and in the season Athens - Dubrovnik. These direct flights are priced quite high as there is no competition. There are no direct flights from the Greek islands to Croatia and no ferries.

Do you offer group tours of Croatia?

We don't offer group tours of Croatia. Croatia has so much to offer and we find most group tour itineraries don't give you the diversity of experiences that's available with a tailored tour. If you prefer shared day trips and guided tours, for cost or socializing reasons, we can always include that in your trip plan.
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