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Christmas in Croatia

Experience the very best of Croatia's Christmas Markets on this week-long tour. It's well outside the tourist season so you'll be able to enjoy Croatia like a local. The Croatians love Christmas time, a chance to relax after the busy season and enjoy the company of their family, as well as tasting the traditional seasonal food and drinks. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik tour

3 Nights in Zagreb

3 Nights in Zagreb

4 days in Zagreb

3 Nights in Zagreb

Zagreb is a city where different worlds have long come together. Situated at the intersection of ancient trade routes between the Adriatic and Central Europe, it is a cosmopolitan place with various cultural influences evident in the cuisine and architecture at home in any Austro-Hungarian city. You’ll love exploring the open-air markets, impressive buildings, peaceful parks, and many delicious restaurants. Just strolling through the unique combination of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, ancient churches, and market squares is a pleasure, but there’s much more to do here. After exploring all that the city has to offer with a local guide, you’ll be able to make the most of your time. You could also take a guided bike tour around the city, to get a little exercise as you experience the city. But you’ll also want to explore some of the region surrounding Zagreb. As a longer day trip, you could see the delightful Trakoscan, a neo-Gothic castle sitting on a hilltop, surrounded by a romantic English style park with exotic trees and an artificial lake. While you’re there you can also stop in Varazdin to appreciate its ornate baroque architecture.

Zagreb is a city where different worlds have long come together. Situated at the intersection of ancient trade routes between the Adriatic and Central Europe, it is a cosmopolitan place with various cultural influences evident in the cuisine and architecture at home in any Austro-Hungarian city. You’ll love exploring the open-air markets, impressive buildings, peaceful parks, and many delicious restaurants. Just strolling through the unique combination of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, ancient churches, and market squares is a pleasure, but there’s much more to do here. After exploring all that the city has to offer with a local guide, you’ll be able to make the most of your time. You could also take a guided bike tour around the city, to get a little exercise as you experience the city. But you’ll also want to explore some of the region surrounding Zagreb. As a longer day trip, you could see the delightful Trakoscan, a neo-Gothic castle sitting on a hilltop, surrounded by a romantic English style park with exotic trees and an artificial lake. While you’re there you can also stop in Varazdin to appreciate its ornate baroque architecture.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Zagreb

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Zagreb's airport and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Zagreb

Classic Zagreb Private Walking Tour

See the Sights: Private City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the most vibrant city in Croatia. In spite of the rapid economic development in the last few decades, Zagreb has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and show you around the local points of interest, including Upper Town and the oldest part of the city, St. Mark’s Church, the Parliament, Zagreb Cathedral, Dolac Market and the Stone Gate. The Upper town, the former Gradec, together with Kaptol, which is the oldest part of the city. Tickets on the funicular are included. At the end of the tour you guide can bring you back to your accommodation, or give you tips for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Visit Zagreb's Award-winning Christmas Markets

Suggestion to explore on your own

Looking to continue a two-year winning streak as "Europe's Best Christmas Market," the Croatian capital, Zagreb, is again going all out to wow locals and in-the-know vacationers. The city's main market takes place on the large central square in the heart of the city. Ban Jelacic square is right in the thick of things. Well connected by tram but otherwise pedestrianized, it's the perfect setting for a yuletide celebration. But in fact you'll find every little square is home to an event of some sort. One of our favorites is Fuliranje, the street at the bottom of the funicular. That's where the best food stands are. In Upper Town (at the top of the funicular) Stross Promenade and square is where you'll find live music, wine, food and a magnificent view over the city, especially after dark when everything is lit. It's quite something special to behold.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Zagreb

Sweet Sounds: The Local Music Scene

Suggestion to explore on your own

There are plenty of concerts to attend in Zagreb throughout the year and between the Zagreb National Theater and the Lisinski Concert Hall there's a solid calendar of opera and classical performances.

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Split by Private Car

A very full day is ahead of you so your private driver guide will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning. En route to Split, you'll stop for 4-5 hours to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park. Your driver will act as your guide in the park, taking you on a lovely hike. Admission is included.

We also offer the following excursions in Zagreb

Ljubljana and Bled Private Day Trip
Light10-12 hours
Plitvice Lakes Private Excursion
Moderate8 hours
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Group Tour
Strenuous11 hours
Private Wine Tasting in a Wine Cellar
Easy50 minutes

2 Nights in Split

2 Nights in Split

3 days in Split

2 Nights in Split

The Roman Emperor Diocletian made Split his home in the 4th Century AD, building a vast palace complex on the waterfront that stands to this day. In fact several of the accommodation options we offer in Split are nestled inside its ancient walls. These days there is an embankment in front of Diocletian's palace but the water used to go right up to the main wall. It's on this man-made strip of land that you'll find the Riva, a pedestrian promenade bustling with life. Split's UNESCO listed Old Town is contained within these old walls and is a pedestrian-only maze that it is quite easy, but fun, to get lost in. Who know what romantic hidden cafés you might find in one of the narrow streets and alleyways? To get the best out of your time in Split, however, we recommend taking a tour with a local guide. Split is very well connected for flights, with an international airport a half hour drive away and is a popular stopping point for our guests on their way between Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar, Vis, or Korcula, all easily reached by a ferry from Split's port. If you base yourself in Split for a few days, you will find it is also perfect located for visits to some of Croatia's most stunning national parks.

The Roman Emperor Diocletian made Split his home in the 4th Century AD, building a vast palace complex on the waterfront that stands to this day. In fact several of the accommodation options we offer in Split are nestled inside its ancient walls. These days there is an embankment in front of Diocletian's palace but the water used to go right up to the main wall. It's on this man-made strip of land that you'll find the Riva, a pedestrian promenade bustling with life. Split's UNESCO listed Old Town is contained within these old walls and is a pedestrian-only maze that it is quite easy, but fun, to get lost in. Who know what romantic hidden cafés you might find in one of the narrow streets and alleyways? To get the best out of your time in Split, however, we recommend taking a tour with a local guide. Split is very well connected for flights, with an international airport a half hour drive away and is a popular stopping point for our guests on their way between Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar, Vis, or Korcula, all easily reached by a ferry from Split's port. If you base yourself in Split for a few days, you will find it is also perfect located for visits to some of Croatia's most stunning national parks.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Split

Your driver will bring you straight to your city center accommodation when you arrive in Split.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Split

Split Private Walking Tour

Explore Diocletian's Palace with an Expert Guide

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll exploring the inspiring city of Split with a local guide. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation and led through the UNESCO-listed 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s palace, which is just the beginning of the tour. You’ll also see the Cathedral of Saint Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast. And you’ll explore the ancient cellars as well as the square in the center of the palace. The stunning Roman temples will awaken the spirit of another time for you, as will the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Ninski. This is the best way to get to know the incredible history of this beloved destination.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1.5 hour

Split's Laid-Back Christmas Markets

Suggestion to explore on your own

Split’s laid-back population is fond of festivals, and Christmas and Advent are no exceptions. During Advent, the squares in and around Diocletian’s Palace fill with Christmas markets, as does the Riva promenade along the sea. The Riva may be decorated with processions of palm trees, but the nearby mountains are often snow-capped in December. Below them, the markets are full of traditional treats, from mulled wine to roasted chestnuts. For something more local, we recommend seeking out small doughnuts topped with powdered sugar and often flavored with raisins, rum, and citrus zest (Fritule), as well as gingerbread-like cookies made with honey and black pepper (Paprenjak).

See our blog for plenty more details.

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Dubrovnik by Bus

You are heading south today to the fascinating city of Dubrovnik. You'll go by bus, taking a beautiful route along the Dalmatian coast. We'll arrange bus tickets based on your preferred departure time. If you'd like a little more comfort and flexibility, we can also arrange for a private transfer. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Split and take you straight to your Dubrovnik accommodation. You can also take the opportunity to make a stop or small detour along the way into Bosnia to visit Mostar and the famous bridge. If you're happy to drive yourself we could arrange for a one-way rental which would allow you to make those same stops.

You can upgrade your transfer

By Private Transfer to Dubrovnik

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Split

Blue Cave and Hvar Island Group Speedboat Tour
Moderate10 hours
Blue Lagoon and Trogir Group Tour
Light5 hours
Chef's Table Private Food Experience
Easy2 hours
Game of Thrones Private Tour
Light4.5 hours

2 Nights in Dubrovnik

2 Nights in Dubrovnik

3 days in Dubrovnik

2 Nights in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and ancient traditions. Marble-like polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways, and breathtaking architecture compose the unique atmosphere of the Old Town. You’ll experience a true variety of sightseeing, leisure, and outdoor adventures here. Dubrovnik’s most stunning feature is the 82-foot tall city wall which extends more than a mile. Game of Thrones fans will be in luck, as we offer a special tour to local set locations. King’s Landing never looked so good! There’s a rich selection of live performances for music lovers here, as concerts are performed daily, and in July and August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre and dance brings incredible performers from around the world. The nightlife is also exciting, with restaurants, cafes and bars that will keep you socializing until dawn. You’ll be staying in beautiful accommodation within short walking distance to all the major sites, so you’ll be able to sample a little of everything. But there are also several exciting day trips and cruises to enjoy. From kayaking through hidden coves to an authentic Croatian cooking class, vineyard tours, and trips as far afield as Montenegro, you’ll have more than enough to fill your itinerary.

Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and ancient traditions. Marble-like polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways, and breathtaking architecture compose the unique atmosphere of the Old Town. You’ll experience a true variety of sightseeing, leisure, and outdoor adventures here. Dubrovnik’s most stunning feature is the 82-foot tall city wall which extends more than a mile. Game of Thrones fans will be in luck, as we offer a special tour to local set locations. King’s Landing never looked so good! There’s a rich selection of live performances for music lovers here, as concerts are performed daily, and in July and August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre and dance brings incredible performers from around the world. The nightlife is also exciting, with restaurants, cafes and bars that will keep you socializing until dawn. You’ll be staying in beautiful accommodation within short walking distance to all the major sites, so you’ll be able to sample a little of everything. But there are also several exciting day trips and cruises to enjoy. From kayaking through hidden coves to an authentic Croatian cooking class, vineyard tours, and trips as far afield as Montenegro, you’ll have more than enough to fill your itinerary.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Dubrovnik

When you arrive at the Dubrovnik bus station, we will have someone waiting to bring you to your accommodation.

Enjoy Dubrovnik with the Locals

Suggestion to explore on your own

At this time of year the citizens of Dubrovnik will be enjoying a break after a record summer and getting their calm back. December is still a great time to visit Dubrovnik. They don't turn the waves off and take the impressive medieval walls down for winter! The temperatures are usually quite pleasant and the ease of movement makes up for the fact that you'll find slightly fewer restaurants open as the locals take advantage of the off-season to do some traveling of their own. The Christmas markets occupy the legendary Stradun, the old walled city's main thoroughfare. You can enjoy Dubrovnik's Winter Festival from late November on.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour

Get to Know Dubrovnik on a Private City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the elegant main streets and picturesque paths of Dubrovnik, with your own personal guide. This truly is one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Adriatic. A walking tour of Old Town will take you to its elegant main street and most of its most important sights: The Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio’s Fountains, Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, the City Bell Tower, the Church of St. Blaise, the city’s patron saint, and Rector’s Palace, the seat of the Republic and the Cathedral. This is the perfect orientational tour of the Old town and will give you the best insight into the rich history of Dubrovnik. You’ll learn what there is to see and do in Dubrovnik and how to get around.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1.5 hours

After your tour: City Walls, Cable Car and Lokrum Island

Suggestion to explore on your own

As well as taking a short walking tour of Dubrovnik's old town with a private guide, which will tell you all about the city's history and get you oriented, there are a few other must-dos when in this breathtaking city and all involve getting a different perspective on the magnificent walled old town.


Continue your day in Dubrovnik after the tour with a ride on the cable car up Mount Srd' to take in the views. You'll find the bottom station of the cable car by exiting the city through the Buža Gate. Walking the circumference of the ancient city walls themselves is a way to get another view of the town. It's a bit of a climb to the top of the Minceta tower but highly recommended. If you also want to see Dubrovnik from afar then take a boat trip to Lokrum Island, an oasis of nature and tranquility just 10 minutes from the old town harbor.

Shop the Christmas Stadrun

Suggestion to explore on your own

While many locals take a break at the end of the year, December is still a great time to visit Dubrovnik. They don't turn the waves off and take the impressive medieval walls down for winter! The temperatures remain quite pleasant if cool, and the ease of movement makes up for the fact that you'll find slightly fewer restaurants open, as the locals take advantage of the off-season to do some traveling of their own. The Christmas markets occupy the legendary Stradun, the old walled city's main thoroughfare. We recommend visiting the Convent of St. Claire, where you'll find traditional crafts and sweets, such as candied oranges (Arancini). See our blog for plenty more details.

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your Dubrovnik accommodation and drop you off at the airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Dubrovnik

A Perfect Culinary Getaway Group Tour
Moderate4 hours
Adventerous Quad Safari Group Tour in Peljesac
Moderate10 hours
Adventure Park and Zip Line Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Bay of Kotor Private Tour
Light9 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Zagreb

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Zagreb Airport Transfer
Classic Zagreb Private Walking Tour
Zagreb - Trogir/Split Private Transfer with a Stop in Plitvice (Entrances Included)

Split

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Split Private Walking Tour
Split - Dubrovnik Bus

Dubrovnik

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Dubrovnik Bus Station Transfer
Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour
Dubrovnik Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Greg & Sally

Greg & Sally

Kingdom

Perfect planning and understanding our requirements with a great website and itinerary page. Fantastic customer service.

Perfect planning and understanding our requirements with a great website and itinerary page. Fantastic customer service.

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Susan & Carole

Susan & Carole

California

JayWay Travel is the perfect travel company for me. JayWay Travel provided me with a wonderful balance between the assistance and support that reduced the travel chaos and yet still allowed for the independence and spontaneity I yearn to have while traveling.

JayWay Travel is the perfect travel company for me. JayWay Travel provided me with a wonderful balance between the assistance and support that reduced the travel chaos and yet still allowed for the independence and spontaneity I yearn to have while traveling.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Michael & David

Michael & David

Texas

JayWay Travel provides flexibility in arranging an affordable trip tailored to your desires

JayWay Travel provides flexibility in arranging an affordable trip tailored to your desires

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

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