At the crossroads of central Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, Croatia and it’s more than a thousand islands off the Adriatic coastline is a true jewel of the region. From ancient history to modern luxury, Croatia is home to a world-class culinary scene, breathtaking coastal landscapes, and true hospitality. There are several ways to experience this stunning European coastline, so whether you’re a foodie, history buff, family, honeymooning couple, adventurer, cyclist, or sailor, Croatia will dazzle.
When to go: Croatia enjoys three different climates: The coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet. Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate. April, May, September – November.
Food & Wine
Food & Wine
Istria is a magic land – terra magica! There are many cultural treasures here – from Roman amphitheaters to gourmet cuisine, olive estates and wineries. Istria is the land of truffles and other culinary delights, stunning landscapes, pebble beaches, charming towns, great hiking in and around hill towns, and a fascinating history. Be sure not to miss the tiny medieval town of Motovun.
Pula is the largest and most important port in Istria. Pula Bay’s well-protected natural harbor is surrounded by lush green countryside. Its city possesses extraordinary beauty and culture home to a number of historical monuments, magnificent beaches, and gorgeous interior – the ideal spot for relaxation. The most memorable symbol of the Roman influence in Istria is the twenty centuries-old city, Arena – the sixth largest amphitheater in the world.
Rovinj is a small jewel on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. It used to be a fishing port on an island, its restricted area resulting in crowded houses, narrow streets and small squares, still untouched by modern urbanism. On the seaside, the town is protected by a high rocky shore and house walls built on cliffs, while solid walls protect the mainland side. The town is dominated by the baroque St. Euphemia’s Church, its 200-foot tower providing a view of grey and red rooftops and chimneys, streets and squares, the port and pier with ships and boats, and the marina harboring yachts.
Built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, Zadar is an ancient city full of historical and cultural monuments. At over 3,000 years old, this city’s tumultuous and dynamic history is often destroyed, looted, and devastated, but nevertheless, emerges from the ruins a stronger, richer, and more beautiful historic site.
The ancient city of Split is simply stunning in its beauty and is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Cities . The Diocletian’s Palace, Peristil, St. Doimus’s Cathedral, the Piazza… to name but a few monuments, are unique in the world. The City of Split has much to offer, whether you like culture, fine arts, music or hiking and sailing.
Split also has its wild side which enchants its many visitors every day. The Marjan Park Forest, which proudly guards the city, is also called the lungs of the city. The entire Marjan peninsula is dotted with tiny churches many centuries old, large black pine trees, Mediterranean plants and herbs and beautiful beaches.
The Croatian coastal city of Split has everything from Roman ruins and grand museums to fashionable and trendy cafes and shops.
The under-visited Ston and its neighbor Mali Ston on the Peljesac peninsula are great escapes from the standard southern Dalmatia tourist route. About 59km northwest of Dubrovnik, the small town of Ston is free of big resorts and luxury hotels with fantastic eating, gorgeous scenery, and old stone houses and longest fortifications of Europe.
Surrounded by walk-able medieval walls, Dubrovnik is a fascinating historical city with a vibrant modern day culture. For centuries, its enviable port has made it the envy of the Ottomans and Venetians, and later brought invasion by Napoleon’s troops. That it has survived even its most recent assault (an 8-month seige during the Serbian war) is a testament to the spirit of its people who are justly proud of their heritage. Today, you’ll find pedestrian streets leading to beautiful plazas filled with churches, monasteries, palaces, cafes and restaurants. One of many highlights is the Old Pharmacy, continuously operating since 1317 inside the Fanciscan Monastery.
Culinary & Walking Adventure
Land & Sail Adventure
We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS to help provide emergency medical care to people in more than 70 countries around the world. You can learn more about our commitment to responsible travel in our Responsibility Pledge.