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A Week in Croatia: Zagreb, Split & Dubrovnik

9 days |  11 days with Dubrovnik extension
9 days |  11 days with Dubrovnik extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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Medieval cities and sparkling seascapes deliver major Mediterranean charm.

Simply put, this coastal Mediterranean country is a never-ending feast for the senses. When you spend a week in Croatia, you’ll hear the rush of waterfalls as you wander among them, marvel at colorful art in a trailblazing museum, and savor the flavors of traditional Croatian cuisine. Along the way, stroll atop Europe’s longest defensive city walls in Ston, and pause along the Adriatic in Zadar to appreciate the music that’s made when innovative art meets the sea.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Croatian Museum of Naïve Art
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Zadar
  • Sibenik
  • Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel Day

Board your overnight flight to Zagreb today.

Zagreb2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Zagreb
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Croatia! Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Zagreb
Included meal: Breakfast

Meet up with a local guide, who will show you the best of Croatia’s capital city on a walking tour.

  • Pass by the Mestrovic Pavilion, Zrinjevac Park, and the fortified Lotrscak Tower
  • Visit the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art to admire the simplistic beauty of works by artists who have had no formal training

Spend a free afternoon in Zagreb or add an excursion.

Kumrovec & Medieval Tabor with Dinner

From $99 per person

Plitvice1 night
Day 4: Transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Plitvice today and take a guided walking tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, known for its 16 levels of lakes nestled between Mount Mala Kapela and Mount Pljesevica.

  • Join your Tour Director as you explore the picturesque lower lakes area
  • Walk along boardwalks that crisscross atop the turquoise waters
  • Meet up with a local guide to walk through the upper lakes area
  • Admire the placid bodies of water, forests, caves, and waterfalls within the limestone canyon

Continue to your hotel in Plitvice, then sit down for an included dinner.

Split Region2 nights
Day 5: Split via Zadar & Sibenik
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Split today. Along the way, you’ll stop in two Dalmatian Coast towns for guided tours.

  • Join a local guide in the seaside town of Zadar
  • Explore Roman ruins and listen to soothing sounds created by the town’s one-of-a-kind Sea Organ, an architectural artwork that plays musical sounds as seawater flows into and out of its tubes
  • Visit Sibenik, the oldest Slavic town on the Croatian coast, and view the Cathedral of St. James
  • Enjoy free time to explore the charming town at your leisure

Continue on to your hotel in Split.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Split
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided tour of Split, a coastal city whose local culture seamlessly combines tradition and modernity.

  • Examine sculptures, drawings, and paintings at the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
  • Enter Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous third-century palace complex
  • View monuments, including Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Venetian fortifications, and an Egyptian sphinx, that showcase the city’s varied cultural influences

Spend a free afternoon in Split or add an excursion.

Trogir & Croatian Wine Tasting

From $125 per person

Dubrovnik2 nights
Day 7: Dubrovnik via Ston
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel south and stop on the Peljesac peninsula to visit the city of Ston.

  • View the city walls, which stretch for almost five miles and are some of the longest in Europe
  • Enjoy free time to explore the quaint, coastal city

Continue on to Dubrovnik, where you can enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Scenic Dubrovnik Coast Cruise & Dinner

From $95 per person

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Set on a peninsula on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik’s massive walls have served as the city’s calling card for centuries. Today, you’ll take a guided tour of the historic area.

  • Stop at a viewpoint to soak in panoramic views of the Old Town, coast, and nearby Lokrum Island
  • Pay a visit to the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most extensive library in the region

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Dubrovnik.

Extension to Dubrovnik
With its centuries-old stone walls, narrow lanes, and Baroque buildings—all set along hilly, tree-studded terrain at the edge of the sparkling sea—it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is known as the “the Pearl of the Adriatic.” However you feel like spending your time here, Dubrovnik’s world-class museums, laid-back restaurants, and dreamy coastal surroundings make it easy to do as you please.
Dubrovnik2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day getting to know Dubrovnik at your leisure, or add an excursion.

Konavle Wine Tasting & Lunch

From $129 per person

Day 10: Free day in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

A Day in Montenegro: Perast & Kotor

From $149 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Croatia’s wonder -
    6/15/24 by 1st-time traveler Deborah

    I would highly recommend this 8 day tour of Croatia to everyone. The tour showed all the highlights of Croatia and the excursions were a definite must to really experience Croatia at it’s finest. The pace wasn’t too demanding and the guided tours were informative. Milan our tour director was truly ...

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    Amazing Trip
    5/16/24 by 3rd-time traveler Carolyn

    The week in Croatia was an amazing experience Our tour director was incredible He was knowledgeable patient and helpful I highly recommend EF and this tour

    5 out of 5 stars

    Croatia-- beyond expectations
    5/18/23 by 4th-time traveler Anonymous

    I've been on a number of EF Go Ahead tours and Croatia surpassed my expectations. This tour combined tours of ancient cities, fortresses, a national park, and coastal landscapes-- varied terrain and experiences in a beautiful country. One of my favorite experiences was the boat ride to dinner on a...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
    Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

    This traditional hotel is located in Zagreb’s Donji grad neighborhood. Guests enjoy a heated indoor pool, a spa, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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    Lyra Hotel Plitvice
    Lyra Hotel Plitvice

    This modern hotel is located in the village of Licko Petrovo Selo in Plitvice. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, wellness area, and bar. Nearby you’ll fi...

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    Atrium Hotel
    Atrium Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in Split. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and indoor pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Archaeological Museum Split,...

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    Hotel LERO
    Hotel LERO

    This contemporary hotel is located in Lero, just outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Guests enjoy the Piano Bar, pool, and spa. Nearby you’ll find Bellev...

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