With the country of Croatia full of delights – from the amazing coastline and its islands to its national and nature parks, its exciting cities and picturesque inland areas to explore – it is no surprise that many visitors to Croatia want to see as many locations as possible, perhaps in a short amount of time. We do have specific itineraries (from just a weekend to three weeks plus!) to help travellers, plus a guide on What Not to Miss in Croatia to make sure you don’t miss out on the best places to see. But if you’re keen to see as much of Croatia as possible without doing too much planning, you may well opt for one of the multi-day tours of Croatia. u Here’s our guide to some of the best tours you can join.
Please note: many of the below tours are booked through tours company Viator. These tours are then run by established and experienced local agencies in Croatia.
One Week+ Tours of Croatia
Here are some of the tour options if you fancy visiting some of the highlights of Croatia over a period of a week or longer.
On Explorer Club’s Bike & Yacht Tour spend your days cycling the gorgeous Dalmatian islands – Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula and Mljet – as well as the Peljesac Peninsula, whilst your “home” for the tour is a beautiful wooden gulet that comes with a skipper and professional crew! (No need to pack up your gear after every day of cycling – simply return to your cabin!) Explore each island on two wheels before retiring for the day on a luxurious sailboat that has a well-stocked bar and on which you can devour the catch of the day. The tour takes in some tough climbs and challenging descents but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking sea views on every ride; the tour has been designed with the discerning ‘active’ road cyclist in mind. (There is approximately 70km and 1200m of climbing per day.) As well as experiencing the highlights of these gorgeous islands, you’ll sail into Dubrovnik at the end of the tour and you’ll get a chance to explore here too.
This one-direction tour starts in Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb, and heads to Dubrovnik – travelling via the Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar and Korcula. (You will have overnight stays in Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik.) There is also the chance to extend the tour for an additional two days in Dubrovnik, during which you can then explore locations such as Lokrum and the Elafiti Islands. The tour includes 3- or 4-star accommodation in each location, as well as breakfast every day, all transport and walking tours of Zagreb, Split and Hvar. You can also take up airport transfers at either end of the tour if required.
If you prefer your tour of Croatia to be largely sea-based, this is the tour for you! Starting and ending in Dubrovnik, you’ll stay on board a comfortable cruise ship for the duration of your trip; this will give you plenty of options for diving into the crystal clear Adriatic Sea during some downtime. You’ll be able to explore the islands of Mljet, Korcula, Hvar and Brac, and locations such as the Peljesac channel and the vibrant city of Split. Breakfast and lunch are included, and there’s the option (for an additional cost) to have dinner each night on board on the ship – alternatively, you may prefer to head to a local restaurant on land.
If you’d prefer to enjoy a cruise off Croatia’s wonderful coastline privately, this 8-day tour offers you that – as well as some amazing experiences in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Starting in Split, you’ll spend the first day on motorbikes heading down to Krka National Park and Sibenik before reaching your accommodation for the whole trip – a Lagoon yacht (or similar). The following days the yacht will head to places such as the Blue Lagoon, the Pakleni Islands, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Montenegro with more opportunities to head out on the road on the motorbikes. There’s visits to national and nature parks and a winery, plus Mostar in Bosnia – this tour really packs in many of the experiences Croatia has to offer! All meals will be provided for you onboard prepared by the hostess/chef or in carefully chosen restaurants on land.
This tour, which starts in Split, takes in the island of Brac, Hvar and Korcula and Vis, plus the Peljesac Peninsula and the tiny Susac. There are wine tours and visits to wineries, with plenty of time for visiting and exploring the towns.
Outdoor adventurers – this is the one for you! Starting in Zadar and ending in Split, you’ll walk in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, cycle in Krka National Park, hike in Velebit National Park and be taken on a boat trip to Kornati National Park! There’s also an opportunity for kayaking around Murter island. Included is accommodation, all equipment, accommodation, breakfasts, airport transfers and tour guides.
Less than One Week Tours of Croatia
This 7-day tour of the Dalmatian coast takes in many of Croatia’s highlights – it starts in Dubrovnik, ends in Split and includes overnight stops on the islands of Korcula and Hvar in between. Accommodation in 3- or 4-star accommodation is provided, as are some meals, airport transfers at either end and walking tours in Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split.
If you’re wanting to visit some of the towns of interest in Croatia’s neighbouring countries, this tour will easily let you do just that. Starting in Dubrovnik, you’ll be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation in the city (you’ll spend two nights here in either 3- or 5-star accommodation); you’ll also be able to enjoy a private guided tour of the Old Town. On day 3 you’ll be taken on a day trip to Montenegro to explore the coastal towns of the Bay of Kotor. On day 4, there’s another day trip – this time to Bosnia & Hercegovina to visit Mostar and Medjugorje. All accommodation, transport and tours are included, as is breakfast.
Short Tours of Croatia
If you don’t have much time to spend but still want to experience a short cruise, how about a three-night sailing trip that starts in Dubrovnik…but one with an adventurous twist! You’ll set sail to the islands local to Dubrovnik such as Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan and Mljet as well as the Peljesac Peninsula and along the way enjoy activities such as paddle boarding, swimming, snorkelling and cycling. Accommodation is on board a catamaran and all necessary equipment is provided for you.
Starting in Zagreb, this tour will let you sample some of the local wines and food of Zagreb and its surrounding areas. As well as visiting the nearby delightful little town of Samobor – famous for a number of tasty food items such as kremšnita cream cakes – you’ll also be able to explore Medvednica Nature Park above Zagreb. Accommodation, meals, transport and guides are included.