Croatia is fast becoming one of the world’s hottest destinations, and there’s no denying that this country has a lot going for it. From its fascinating history and extraordinary beauty to its outstanding architecture and welcoming atmosphere, Croatia promises to bedazzle you and transform your escorted tour holiday into a truly unforgettable travel experience.
Dubrovnik is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown and it offers endless things to do and see all year round. This city is a sensational blend of baroque architecture, picturesque towns and tranquil waters, and no holiday to Dubrovnik can be complete without a walk along its Ancient City Walls. Dubrovnik is also known for its UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, the perfect place to wander cobbled streets and discover narrow alleyways, stunning buildings, cute squares and terracotta-tiled rooftops. As a prominent Game of Thrones filming location, you can even take an escorted tour that takes you to see some of the scenes and filming spots of this popular television series.
Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is another must-visit area on a tour or holiday in this part of the world. Split is a city that combines modern life with ancient buildings, and it boasts many historic sites like Diocletian’s Palace and ruins that date back to the Roman Empire. It’s also home to a wonderful Old Town, as well as People’s Square (Narodni Trg), a central meeting square that’s overlooked by an impressive clock tower and features many cafés and restaurants.
If you want to visit the capital during your Croatia escorted tour holiday, you’ll need to head to Zagreb, which is jam-packed with quirky bars, trendy pubs and decent restaurants. Not only is Zagreb the capital but it’s also the largest city of Croatia, and it’s where you can enjoy an arty vibe and a speciality coffee scene. Zagreb also has many fascinating museums, such as the Torture Museum, Museum of Illusions and the award-winning Museum of Broken Relationships. There’s even a terrific market scene in Zagreb, a city that hosts many festivals and has become a hotspot of amazing street art.
Most Croatia escorted tour itineraries include a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the country’s top tourist attractions and one of the oldest and largest national parks. Nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts come from far and wide to see this heavily forested area and to explore the lakes, caves, waterfalls and different hiking trails. The forests in the park are home to wolves, bears, wild boar, hedgehogs, mink, rare birds and many other special animals, making it a great location to view amazing landscapes and lots of wildlife.
When booking your holiday or escorted tour, you may want to add some of Croatia’s islands to your itinerary. Croatia’s coast is dotted with more than 1,000 islands, all of which offer you a glimpse at island life and give you a taste of the incredible Croatian cuisine. Brac, the third largest island, is one of the most-visited as it has a beautiful white-pebble beach. Just south of Brac is Hvar, a celebrity holiday hotspot with countless secluded coves. There’s also the island of Vis, the idyllic filming location of the movie Mamma Mia. The compact nature of the Balkans also means that you can combine an escorted tour of Croatia with a visit to neighbouring countries, such as Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.