As the Best of Croatia Tour is a small group tour we explore the Ancient towns and small villages, breathtaking National Parks and pristine coastline as a local would. This tour is for the adventurous traveller who wants to get off the beaten track but still see the highlights of Croatia. On this tour we stay in a mixture of luxury, boutique and traditional accommodation and we dine in konobas (traditional taverns), vineyards and local restaurants. This tour allows you to experience the real Croatia.

Best of Croatia

Land Only Small Group Tour

Duration : 10 DAYSCountry : CROATIA
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As the Best of Croatia Tour is a small group tour we explore the Ancient towns and small villages, breathtaking National Parks and pristine coastline as a local would. This tour is for the adventurous traveller who wants to get off the beaten track but still see the highlights of Croatia. On this tour we stay in a mixture of luxury, boutique and traditional accommodation and we dine in konobas (traditional taverns), vineyards and local restaurants. This tour allows you to experience the real Croatia.

Included in the price

  • Fully escorted by English speaking Tour Director as well as a local expert English speaking tour guides for day trips
  • Local tours include Zagreb, Opatija, Rovinj, Poreč, Motovun, Hum, Zadar, Trogir, Split & Dubrovnik.
  • Air conditioned luxury coaches and professional drivers
  • 9 nights’ accommodation (3 nights luxury hotel, 3 nights boutique hotel, 3 nights traditional accommodation)
  • 23 Meals according to Itinerary including: Welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant in Zagreb. Motovun hilltop local lunch. Try local delicacies including truffles, Istrian prosciutto and local wines. Croatian traditional lunch at a family estate. On the Metković Boat Safari we will stop part way down the river at a local restaurant for a traditional fish lunch. Aboard the Kornati Islands cruise you will be treated to a lunch of fresh seafood and Swiss chard. Farewell dinner at a traditional Konoba (tavern).
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • Safari excursion in Metković
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums on the guided tours including the St Euphemia & Batana Eco Museum House (Rovinj), Euprasian Basilica (Poreč), St Donat Church & St Anastasia Cathedral (Zadar), St Lawrence’s Cathedral (Trogir), Diocletian Palace Basements (Split), Dominican Monastery Museum, Franciscan Monastery Museum and Rectors Palace & the Cultural Historical Museum (Dubrovnik)

Day 1: Zagreb

Meet your Tour Guide at 12pm at the hotel in Zagreb, where you will check in and join your fellow travellers at an information session. Our local guide who will take us on a tour of Zagreb, the Capital and economic centre of Croatia. You will see the wonders of the old fortified Upper Town, Cathedral of St Stephen, the famous St. Mark’s church with its multicoloured roof and the bustling town market ‘Dolac’. We will then go back to the hotel for you to freshen up prior to heading to the welcome dinner at a family-owned restaurant that offers a fine collection of wine and traditional meals using seasonal ingredients from the Dolac market. (D)

Day 2: Zagreb – Hum – Motovun - Rovinj

We depart Zagreb early in the morning and head to the Istrian region which is famous for its Mediterranean landscape that includes hilltop vineyards, olive groves and medieval towns. Our first stop is the quaint town of Hum. Hum is the smallest city in the world with only 17 inhabitants. We then travel through the rolling countryside onto to Motovun. Motovun is an impressive hilltop village which is famous for its Venetian architecture and the Motovun film festival. Here you will savour famous Istrian delicacies like truffles, prosciutto and exquisite local wines. We continue on our scenic journey through the Mediterranean countryside to the fishing town of Rovinj. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Rovinj - Porec – Opatija

Rovinj is a historical town full of romance and mystery. The city is dominated by the baroque church of St.Euphemia with its 60 metre tower revealing a panoramic view of the region. We also visit the Batana House Eco Museum that showcases the local boat building tradition. Go for a stroll down the “Street of Artists” or discover the narrow streets, stone houses and small squares full of locals watching the world go by. In Poreč you will visit the ancient Roman town famous for the 6th Century Euphrasian Basilica. (B, D)

Day 4: Opatija – Plitvice Lakes National Park

This morning we leave Opatija for the indescribable UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice National Park. The park is 29.6 hectares with 16 lakes joined by waterfalls that cascade from one level to another. At your own pace you can wander along the wooden paths that lead down to breathtaking waterfalls and exquisite turquoise lakes. We will then take a boat ride on the largest lake in Plitvice where you will take in the serenity and feel like you have escaped from the stress of everyday life. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant specialising in traditional Croatian cuisine. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Plitvice Lakes National Park – Zadar

In the morning we leave Plitvice Lakes and continue to Zadar. Zadar is the town that Alfred Hitchcock described as having one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. The old town centre is built inside the old city walls with marble streets and a blend of modern and ancient architecture. Explore the famous St. Donatus church, the ancient Roman forum and the Sea Organs (a contemporary city attraction – haunting sounds made by the sea). (B, D)

Day 6: Zadar – Kornati Islands

Today we take a boat ride through the spectacular Islands in the Kornati National Park. With over 130 Islands and Reefs, we will moor at the most spectacular islands for us to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Zadar - Krka National Park - Trogir

Today we set off on a scenic journey through the beautiful Krka National Park. Here we will visit old restored mills, traditional houses and the “Skradinski Buk” which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe. If weather permits we will swim underneath these magical waterfalls. After the swim we reboard the boat and travel down the River Krka canyon and onto Skradin where we will enjoy a traditional Croatian lunch at a local family estate. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Trogir - Split

This morning we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, the medieval town of Trogir. Trogir is affectionately known as the city that has not changed in 2,300 years. The whole city is made of stone and there is no modern architecture. Whether you sit in the city square and people watch, visit the old fort, shop at the markets or climb to the top of the bell tower you will never want to leave this charming city. We then continue onto Split, Croatia’s second largest city. In Split we will hear the local myths and legends about the Roman Emperor Diocletian who decided to spend his last days in the sunny harbour of Asphalatos. Here he built the amazing Diocletian palace, which is now another UNESCO World Heritage site. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore or have a coffee with the locals on the “Splitska Riva” (city promenade). (B, D)

Day 9: Split - Metkovic boat Safari - Dubrovnik

Today we venture down the Delta Neretva on a boat safari in traditional “Lada” boats. The river is lined with plantations, local farms and roadside vendors. Part way down the river we will stop at a local restaurant for a traditional lunch of fish and other delicacies. If you are lucky we may even see a pirate or two before heading onto Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is known as the pearl of the Adriatic and is a natural wonder - UNESCO World Heritage site. Today we will wander along the famous main street (Stradun) and visit the Franciscan monastery, the beautiful Renaissance Sponza Palace and many more beautiful sites including the old city. The most impressive and intriguing site are the fortified city walls, which are 2 km long and 22 meters high. The old city is surrounded with several fortresses and towers which protected the city in days gone by. This romantic city leaves none indifferent and always wanting to return. The tour concludes at 3pm. (B)



The over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 metres long and are preserved in their original form. They are open to visitors and are the city’s greatest attraction. Since 1979 the town has been under UNSECO protection.


Trogir, a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches... 


This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral of sv. Dujam [St. Domnios], the patron saint of Split, is located in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Many valuable monuments of culture are located outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace (Renaissance Prokurative Square, palaces, churches, museums...). 
Krka National Park

Krka National Park

The largest part of this amazing river’s course is the national park, which in addition to its natural phenomena abounds with cultural and historical monuments. The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone. Within the monastery there is a picture gallery and a church, origins of which are traced back to the 14th century. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap, although Skradinski buk is the biggest and most well known.


Zagreb is Croatia's capital, as well as being a business centre, university centre, city of culture, art and entertainment. Springing up from two medieval settlements - Kaptol and Gradec, which form the core of the old Upper Town, it is a true Central European city and with the surrounding settlements it has about one million inhabitants. The old Baroque nucleus is woven from old stone streets and buildings, many churches, a magnificent cathedral with modern shops, cosy cafes and restaurants. Have a ride on the Zagreb’s blue tram or walk down the longest street in Zagreb - Ilica, climb up the funicular to the Upper Town and visit the Lotršćak tower, St. Mark's Church, Kamenita vrata, museums and galleries... 
Plitvice lakes

Plitvice lakes

Plitvice lakes - a natural phenomenon is a jewel of inestimable value. Between Mala kapela and Plješivica, in the area where the river Korana has its source, there are 16 large and a lot of small lakes which are connected by small, medium and large waterfalls after which the river Korana continues its journey to Karlovac.  Due to the natural beauty of the waterfalls, cascades, caves and rocks, which offer a beautiful mosaic of colours, sounds and shapes surrounded by high mountain forest terrain, Plitvice lakes and its surroundings were in 1949 declared a National Park, and since 1979 have been under the UNESCO protection. This largest and oldest national park only has electric trains and boats that transport its visitors to various destinations, after which tourists can continue their sightseeing by walking on the narrow paths and trails, crossing wooden bridges that are just above the water surface. 


Opatija is a fashionable Adriatic tourist resort. In the past it was a summer and winter destination for the Austro-Hungarian nobility because of its mild Mediterranean climate, and today it is a place of luxury hotels, former villas and private summer residences that have been turned into beautiful hotels, wellness centres, congress halls, and swimming pools. Villa Angiolina, one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings, has hosted many famous people. From then until today, Opatija has been a favourite destination for many tourists. The elegant shops, lounge bars and hotel terraces are like in any other fashionable destination in the world. 


Rovinj is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast because of its unique appearance and its wonderful natural surroundings. The 67 kilometre long coast, 2,289 hectares of protected greenery, 14 islands, islets and rocks as well as a unique ancient town centre, make Rovinj unique. It developed in the tradition of a small fishing town under the watchful eye of its patron saint, Sv. Eufemija (St. Euphemia), with a distinctive form of boat, the batana, and the recognisable bitinada songs. Its beauty is especially valued by artists who painted the most beautiful motifs of this town and exhibited them in Grisija – the street of artists.


Poreč is a town located in the heart of the western coast of Istria. A town of culture, tourism, sport and leisure, where the aromas and colours of past times form a mosaic of unforgettable experiences. Traces of the past are preserved in the old part. The stone streets, the remains of ancient temples, forums and other beautiful buildings preserved from ancient times testify to the many rulers. The Euphrasian basilica from the 6th century is the most valuable cultural and historical monument in Istria, and on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 


A town of rich historical heritage in which each stone has its own story has been an attractive and popular tourist destination for a many years. This medieval Istrian town is situated on a hill with a view of the river Mirna valley. 


Zadar is an ancient Mediterranean port city. The old town, surrounded by walls and towers on a peninsula, with a new, urban part is connected by a bridge, a symbol of the city.  Built on Roman urban principles, where there are several major longitudinal streets traversed by a greater number of latitudinal streets, give the city a rectangular shape. The old town is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures and monuments to the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. This is visible by a number of sacral and architectural monuments – the church of sv. Donat [St. Donatus] where every summer the sounds of Zadar's musical evenings echo, the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga - the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of sv. Stošije [St. Anastasia], an Archaeological Museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage (town gate, Arsenal, churches, museums...).
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Croatia    

GEOGRAPHY: Croatia occupies the largest part of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deepest into European soil. Croatia’s shoreline and numerous islands enjoy the majority of the Adriatic coastline. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental part, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the North-West to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.   

VISAS: Croatia, as a member of the Schengen States, does not require Australians citizens travelling to Spain as tourists to obtain a visa prior to arrival. On arrival from a non-Schengen state Australian citizens will be issued with a short period visa, or the common ‘Schengen Visa’, which permits a maximum stay of 90 days over a six month period within the Schengen State area (that is, 90 days over six months in the entire Schengen State area, and not in each individual Schengen state).   

MONEY: 1 AUD = 4.94315 HRK (04/03/2014). The official currency in Croatia is the kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices and in the majority of tourist information offices, hotels and campsites.Credit cards (Eurocard / Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners) are accepted in almost all hotels, marinas, restaurants, shops and cash machines.   

ELECTRICITY: Electricity supply in Spain is AC 220 volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have adaptors for different plugs. Make sure that the electrical appliances you are going to use (computers, mobile phone chargers, shavers…) work at this voltage.   

CLIMATE / WEATHER: There are three climate zones in Croatia: in the country’s continental interior the prevailing climate zone is moderately continental, while the mountain climate prevails at 1200m above the sea level. The areas along the Adriatic coast have a pleasantly mild Mediterranean climate with a large number of sunny days, summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet. The average temperatures in the continental interior are: January -2 oC to 0 oC, with somewhat lower temperatures in the mountains; July temperatures reach 20 oC-22˚C, and around 13˚C in the highlands. The average temperatures in the Littoral (Adriatic Coast) are: January 5˚C - 9 oC and July 23°C - 26°C. Winter sea temperature is about 12 oC and it reaches approximately 25 oC in the summer.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb   

LANGUAGE: The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Ethnic minorities living in Croatia also speak Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German.   

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways of experiencing a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. Croatia's location ensures that its food options are phenomenal. With loads of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, visitors will be able to taste Greek, Italian and Hungarian influences in many of their meals.   

HISTORY: Welcome to Croatia! A land whose rich cultural heritage is not discovered only from within the walls of numerous museums, galleries and churches, many of which today, as zero category monuments, are included in a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, but much more in that magical place on the Mediterranean, where even the shortest stroll becomes a journey down a staircase thousands of years old which takes one through a history that is at the same time turbulent, exciting and glorious. Whether walking the intricate grid of narrow white stone streets and alleys, or revelling in the teeming life of the port towns of Istria, Kvarner or Dalmatia, or climbing the green serpentines of Central Croatia to the fairy-like fortresses and castles, each step is an ever fresh experience, made special by the fact that on her territory as many as four cultural circles meet, intertwine and complement one another - west, east, Central European and the southern spirit of the Mediterranean. Croatia is a land of urban culture which numbers more cities than any other part of the Mediterranean.   

SHOPPING: Croatia has an interesting mix of quaint outdoor markets, modern malls and hip clothing boutiques. There's plenty of options that make better souvenirs than the usual lurid magnets or tourist t-shirts. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.   

1 January - New Year’s Day 
6 January - Epiphany 
Easter Sunday & Easter Monday 
1 May - Labour Day 
Corpus Christi 
22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day 
25 June - Statehood Day 
5 August - Victory Day and National 
Thanksgiving Day 
15 August - Assumption Day 
8 October - Independence Day 
1 November - All Saints’ Day 
25-26 December - Christmas Holidays    

HEALTH: No jabs are necessary for Croatia. However, vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes advised. Precautions should be taken against tick bites. For anyone planning to spend long periods of time in forested areas, carrying a pair of tick tweezers is advised, and immunisation against tick-borne encephalitis is also a possible precaution. Rabies is present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: Most visits to Croatia are trouble-free, and there is no particular threat of terrorism. Busy tourist areas are prone to petty theft, so it is worth keeping a careful eye on possessions. Outside the normal tourist routes travellers should be aware that unexploded mines might remain, particularly in Eastern Slavonia and the former Krajina. Tourists are urged to be cautious in former conflict areas, including Eastern Slavonia, Brodsko-Posavska County, Karlovac County, areas around Zadar, and in more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and stay on known safe roads and areas. If in any doubt check with authorities before setting out into remote areas.   

EMERGENCY: In the event of an accident, phone 112 for help!   

TIPPING: In tourist or upmarket restaurants a tip of 10% will be appreciated, but otherwise it is usual to round up the bill if the service has been good unless a service charge has already been added. Tour guides expect to be tipped. Most other services receive a small tip by rounding up the bill.   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.  

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