Route: Discover Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast
Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Countries Visited: Zagreb - Opatija - Pula - Rovinj - Opatija - Motovun - Porec - Opatija - Plitvice - Zadar - Kornati - Zadar - Sibenik - Trogirc - split - Trogir - Hvar - Trogirc - Makarska - Dubrovnik - Korcula - Cavtat - Dubrovnik
Introduce: Zagreb to Dubrovnik: this self-driving holiday offers a near-perfect balance between cultural discovery, the beauty of the countryside and the pleasures of the azur-blue sea. A journey where you will visit the flagship sites of Croatia: the old city up above Zagreb, the lakes of Plitvice, palaces of Split, the gentle madness of Hvar, the historic center of Dubrovnik...en route there are miles and miles of opportunities to discover and appreciate in the Croatian culture, due to several millennia of rich influences from the Roman Empire, to Ottoman and Venetian enthusiasm.
Each stage of the journey has been chosen for the special view, their cultural character and their location in the heart of this historic land centers or in a nature preserve.
Moreover, this route is flexible: you can change each stage depending on if you favor a certain type of boutique hotel.
Your days are free and unrushed, so there is no better way to make the most of the good life? It has been said that Croatia is the little bride of the Mediterranean, and she is just waiting for you to place the ring on her finger after falling in love...

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Discover Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast
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Discover Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

The discovery of UNESCO World Heritage sites
The visit of the most beautiful national parks
The excursions on the most beautiful archipelago and islands
The architectural diversity influence by Empires (Austrian Hungarian among othersà
Discovery the culture of Croatia

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Day 1 - Zagreb

Pick up the rental car, and spend the evening and night in Zagreb.

Day 2 Zagreb

Simply the best things to do include: stroll through the center of Zagreb, visit the medieval upper town and spot the church of St Mark, St Stephen's Cathedral, Tklaciceva street and Ban Jelacic Square in the centre. Night in Zagreb.

Day 3 Zagreb/Opatija (175km)

The Plitvice Lakes National Park can be discovered on foot, in the form of short walks or long hikes. The entrance ticket you buy on site provides access to an all-terrain mini-train (it’s a bit quicker than walking and gets you to the end of the lakes), the various electric boats (which allow crossing the lakes) and of course the great walking trails.

Hit the road and go back in time through the Austro-Hungarian Empire towards Opatija, take Lungomare Franz Joseph or visit the botanical garden Villa Angiolina. Overnight in Opatija

Day 4 Opatija/Pula/Rovinj/Opatija (215km)

Discover the hilltop villages of Labin, the amphitheater of Pula and Rovinj (the most charming beautiful ventian style city is Istra). Overnight Opatija.

Day 5 Opatija/Motovun/Poreč/Opatija (140km)

We suggest a jaunt through the Istrian hinterland with its hilltop villages towards Porec, an ancient city full of Byzantine mosaics and classified by UNESCO. Return to Opatija.

Day 6 Opatija/Plitvice (145ckm)

Head along past the Bay of Kvarner passing through Senj. A detour to the island of Krk is a must! Overnight in Plitvice.

Day 7 Plitvice

Discover the ancient Dalmatian capital of Zadar, the pre-Romanesque St. Donatus Church, Cathedral St. Anastasia, the Roman Forum and the Venetian ramparts. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 8 Plitvice/Zadar (120km)

Discover the ancient Dalmatian capital of Zadar, the pre-Romanesque St. Donatus Church, Cathedral St. Anastasia, the Roman Forum and the Venetian ramparts. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 9 Zadar/Kornati or Dugi Otok/Zadar (2h ferry)

Today is set up for an excursion on the tiny islands off the coast from Zadar, discover the park Kornati or Dugi Otok Island.  The whole archipelago is easy to navigate by ferry. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 10 Zadar/Šibenik/Trogirc (140km)

Leave Zadar and visit to the Renaissance cathedral Sibenik Italo- Dalmatian St Jacques another site classified by UNESCO.  Check in to Trogir and stroll through the medieval city (again classified as a historic site) with its palaces, alleyways and St John's Cathedral, the jewel of Trogir. Overnight in Trogir.

Day 11 Trogir/Split/Trogir (56km)

Nearby Split deserves a day trip – a walk through the old town passes by the Diocletian's Palace and amongst the maze of medieval streets.
Enjoy the pleasant sea front.
Overnight in Trogir.

Day 12 Trogir/Hvar or Brač/Trogir (56km + ferry 2-4h Return)

Enjoy an excursion on the island of Hvar with its intact Venetian harbor and its cosmopolitan atmosphere, or further onto the island of Brac and the beach in Bol. Overnight in Trogir

Day 13 Trogir/Makarska/Ston/Dubrovnik (255km)

After breakfast check out and take the coastal road south towards Trogir.  The geography is dominated by the massive Biokovo Mountains which plunge down in to the sea.  A lunch stop is advised Ston (Mali Ston) at one of the seafood restaurants. Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 14 Dubrovnik

Discover Dubrovnik. It is the most well preserved walled city in the Mediterranean, has a baroque style palace, convents and monasteries, churches, as well as the Recteur palace and Stradun street. Overnight in Dubrovnik. 

Day 15 Dubrovnik/Korčula/Dubrovnik (240km)

A recommended daytrip is an excursion along the Peljesac peninsula to the island of Korcula and its fortified capital. This is the birthplace of Marco Polo and a superb city influenced by Venice. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 16 Dubrovnik/Cavtat/Return Airport (25km)

Spend the morning in Cavtat, one of the nicest ports of Dalmatia and one of the oldest built on a wooded peninsula. Return of the rental car and flight return.
Group size:minimum 2 persons
Best time to travel: May / June / July / August / September.
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