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Ker & Downey’s Best of Croatia tour packs in all of the highlights of this beautiful country. Over 12 days, travel from the waterfalls of Plitvice National Park in the north to the islands of Hvar and Korčula in the south. Along the way, your Croatia private tour will introduce you to idyllic seaside towns, expert local guides, and historic hotspots ready for exploration.
Your Best of Croatia private tour first kicks off in the north in the country’s capital of Zagreb. Over two nights, get to know this cosmopolitan city — the most populated you will visit. Begin with a cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in the city. Then continue with a private guided walking tour with your local guide. During your tour, your guide will introduce you to all of the highlights of Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). Cap off your time in the region with a traditional dinner and wine tasting in Zagorje nearby.
Next continue your Best of Croatia private tour in Rovinj. Along the way you will stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park – a place where Mother Nature shows off her very best. Your private guide will lead you on a leisurely hiking tour to explore its sixteen lakes, plenteous waterfalls, and wildlife-rich woodlands.
Then it is onward to Rovinj, a sweet seaside harbor town which acts as a perfect base from which to explore the Istrian Peninsula. As such, you will have the opportunity to visit several places during your three nights here. For example, visit the Venetian-style houses and Roman Old Town of Poreč, and enjoy an exclusive olive oil tasting and truffle lunch in Motovun. You will also tour nearby Pula with its Roman monuments, temples, and impressive amphitheater.
A Best of Croatia itinerary would be incomplete without a stop in Split. Ker & Downey therefore recommends at least three nights to enjoy this beautiful walled city and its surrounding wonders. Of course you will have the opportunity to explore the largest city in Dalmatia with your private local guide. Walk around the walls and through the narrow streets of Diocletian’s palace and the old town of Split.
Additional destinations on the docket during your time in Split include the colorful “city-museum” and UNESCO protected Trogir, as well as Šibenik, a gem of the Croatian Adriatic situated along the mouth of Krka. Finally, embark on a private boat transfer to the fairytale island of Hvar. You will have a chance to explore its ancient streets and also stop at the Pakleni Islands to visit one of the archipelago’s most popular bays, Vinogradišce at Palmižana.
Last but certainly not least, conclude your Best of Croatia tour in magical Dubrovnik. Your expert guide will introduce you to Dubrovnik’s Old City Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important living historical monuments in this part of Europe. You will even have an entire day to explore the city at your leisure. Perhaps you can wander the bustling boutiques, markets, and bars. Or savor freshly caught seafood while gazing out to sea at sunset. Another option would be to walk along the iconic walls, or take a cable car up to Mount Srđ for the most spectacular views in all of Dubrovnik. The choice is yours!
While in Dubrovnik, you will also have a chance to board another private boat and cruise to Korčula. Indeed, Korčula is a town of secrets. Your private guide will show you its hidden courtyards and alleyways away from the typical tourist spots.