• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 8 days (any day, any time)
  • Availability: DAILY, private tour


  • Zagreb: Upper Town, historical center of the city, Church of St. Mark
  • National Park of Plitvice Lakes
  • Split: Diocletian Palace, the Peristyle and Jupiter’s temple
  • Dubrovnik: old walled city, Franciscan monastery
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8 days from Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split and to Dubrovnik

The perfect pre-cruise tour from Zagreb!
Private tour encompassing the best Croatia has to offer.
Start in Zagreb, and then head inland to the UNESCO Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes.
Return to the coast to visit glorious Split.
Finish in Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic.
You will be on your own (no group, no guide).
Independent Tour, so you can start any day at any time


Open age Independent Tour (no group, just you!). Minimum 2 people.
This is a private tour, so you can arrive any day at any time.
English-speaking Chauffeur for all private transfers.
Entrance tickets to Plitvice Lakes included.

Fully Private Tour Package. Minimum 2 people. You will be on your own; there is no guide and no group. Transfers, ferry tickets and hotels are all pre-booked for you as a package, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your time in each city. Bed and breakfast included.

Croatia, known as the country of a thousand islands, is beautifully situated on the Adriatic Coast. If you have ever dreamed about a secluded vacation, this is the place for you. Our Best of Croatia Tour package offers both outdoor adventures as well as a local insider's look at Croatia's unique mix of history, culture and delicious cuisine.

Visit the capital, Zagreb and its famous Cathedral. Notably visible in the skyline due it its 2 huge spiral columns, the cathedral is a landmark in the city. The city houses many interesting museums in the historical part, along with Medieval churches, palaces, and galleries. Zagreb is known for its shopping, with many large malls. Croatian cuisine is incredibly delicious with the chance to taste premium meats such as duck and goose and many delicious pastries.

Plitvice Lakes National Park - Arguably one of the most photogenic and picturesque natural rivers and lakes in the world. Created by a chain of 16 lakes that have a terrace effect into each other, visitors can wander through the national park crossing bridges and wooden decks. Walkways and hiking trails connect most of the park and a ferry takes visitors between the upper and lower lakes. If you are looking for one of the most beautiful natural formations in Europe, look no further than Plitvice National Park!

Split - overlooking the Adriatic Sea, It is mostly popular for its sandy and clean beaches and music and art festivals that occur each year. Thousands of travellers flock to Split to relax, swim, and enjoy Croatian cuisine. Within the white stone walls of the city, hundreds of bars, cafes, and clubs allow tourists and locals alike to truly enjoy living life!

Finish in Dubrovnik - The Pearl of the Adriatic Sea. It is hard to find a more picturesque town than Dubrovnik. As the old town is encircled with giant stone walls, it has an incredibly medieval feel to it. Hike up and overlook the city from the top or spend the day on Banje beach swimming in the Adriatic Sea. Take a trip out to the island of Lokrum where you can explore the fortress, gardens, and monastery!

Ideal to combine with a cruise from Dubrovnik:

8 days from Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split and to Dubrovnik

• 7 nights in standard double or twin room
• Buffet breakfast daily
• Private arrival & departure transfers (first and last day)
• Private car transfer from Zagreb to Plitvice
• Private car transfer from Plitvice to Split
• Passenger ferry tickets from Split to Dubrovnik (subject to ferry timetable)
• If ferry is unavailable, public coach tickets will be substituted from Split to Dubrovnik (subject to bus timetable)
• Private transfers between hotels and ferry/bus stations in Split and Dubrovnik

Hotel list - Standard Hotels:
• ZAGREB – Hotel Central 3star or similar
• PLITVICE – Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT – Hotel Art Annex Building 3star or similar
• DUBROVNIK – Hotel Petka 3star or similar

Hotel list - Classic Hotels (on request):
• ZAGREB – Hotel Dubrovnik 4star or similar
• PLITVICE – Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT – Hotel Luxe 4star or similar
• DUBROVNIK – Grand Hotel Park 4star or similar

• Optional tours/activities
• Tips/gratuities
• Private tour guide for Plitvice Lakes (optional extra)
• Entrances to any sites except Plitvice Lakes

Arrive any time. Transfer from the airport included. Passengers who arrive before 2pm (hotel check-in time) can leave their bags at Reception until their room is ready. Late arrivals are possible. This is a private tour, so you can arrive any day, at any time.

Welcome to Croatia! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2: ZAGREB (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure in the capital city of Croatia. With a rich history dating back to 1094, Zagreb offers you many places to visit. Don’t miss the "Upper Town," the Cathedral of Mary's Assumption, and the Gothic Church of St. Mark. As charming as the upper town is also the 'Lower Town” with its centre on Jelacic square Overnight in Zagreb.

In the morning you will be transferred from Zagreb to Plitvice. Rest of the day at leisure. You can discover the beauty of this natural wonder protected by UNESCO on your own. Overnight in Plitvice.

This morning private transfer to your hotel in Split. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Split.

Day 5: SPLIT (B)
Split is Croatia's second-largest city, but it remains one of the Adriatic's most vibrant port cities, stunningly located between mountains and sea. As the center of the Dalmatian coast it offers numerous things to see and to do, including day trips, world-class nightlife, restaurants, cafes … Explore the rich cultural and monumental heritage of this 1,700year-old city on your own, and discover the beauty of the Diocletian palace (part of It is UNESCO World Heritage from 1979). Overnight in Split.

This morning, your private transfer will bring you to Split ferry or bus station where you will take a regular ferry or bus line to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day at leisure in Dubrovnik. Discover the charming city or book in advance your private tour. Surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, this ancient town is a treasure trove of architectural and cultural masterpieces, carefully preserved over the centuries. Take a pleasant walk to the Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery with its 14th-century Pharmacy, as well as to the other places of interest. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport, port or bus station.


Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Croatia Cruise FAQ - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Croatia Island Hopping Tour FAQ - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)


Click here to see how the booking process works: https://discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.


What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!


What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +612-9212-1507
Email us: [email protected]



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