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Independent travel in Croatia is wonderful but sometimes it's great to have someone take care of the details for you. Taking an organized tour or a package holiday in Croatia allows you to see a great deal in a short amount of time at an unbeatably low price. Purchasing a package holiday that includes flights and hotels can offer remarkable value for money.
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Here's a sampling of the most intriguing Croatia tours from G Adventures:
Sail the Adriatic with this nine-day Montenegro tour, starting and ending in Dubrovnik. Witness the dramatic scenery and some of the area’s nicest beaches for swimming, snorkelling, or simply relaxing. If you want to get some dancing in, make sure to save some energy for Budva - known as the regional capital of nightlife! From €1099. See full itinerary.
Live like the locals do – in a farm villa with local wine, food and olive oil. Take day trips to Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea among other legendary locales. All this and more is waiting for you on this weeklong sojourn to rural Croatia, where you’ll walk, bike, and sail all over Dubrovnik before retiring to your rustic villa home for the evening. Prices from €1149. See full itinerary.
Embark in lovely Dubrovnik (or in Split) and discover charming villages as you sail from island to island on a small yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and culture and you'll fall in love with this region's beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecues and snorkelling and you have a memorable and affordable island getaway. Prices from €919. See full itinerary.
In one week, venture from historic Zagreb along the Adriatic Coast to stunning Dubrovnik. Along the way, you’ll hit the highlights – Plitvice Lakes and Hvar island. Party in exclusive clubs and wander historic and picture-perfect old lanes. Travel with young and fun travellers, and you’ve got friends for life. Prices from €699. See full itinerary
These 12 rich days are the ideal introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the dramatic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro. Plus, enjoy an exclusive experience walking through Sarajevo with a local war historian. This one has it all--culture, food, nature, history, and people. Prices from €2399. See full itinerary.
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See the best of the Dalmatian coast on this 7-day island-hopping tour from Dubrovnik to Split. Visit the islands of Korčula and Hvar, discover medieval walled towns, pebble beaches and crystal clear water. Prices from $654. See full itinerary.
On this small boat you'll hop from island-to-island in comfort. Embark in Dubrovnik, then sail on to Korcula and Brac. Visit the coastal highlights around Split, then go on to Hvar before sailing back down the Dalmatian coast. Prices from $856. See full itinerary.
Start in Dubrovnik and then head along the Adriatic coast with your guide to visit Diocletian's Palace in Split. Take a stunning nature walk through UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, and take sightseeing tours of historical places like Zagreb, Zadar, and Trogir. Prices from $1057. See full itinerary.
On this seven-night tour that starts in Zadar you will go kayaking in Novigrad Bay, hiking in Paklenica, biking in Krka canyon, rock climbing in Paklenica canyon, paddleboarding in Starigrad and rafting on Zrmanja river. Prices from $1043. See full itinerary.
Kayak around Dubrovnik's walls, take a zip line in Omis, and go canyoning in the Cetina River. Then snorkelling on the islands and hiking in Hvar should get the adrenaline flowing. No? How about free climbing, trekking and rafting? This tour is 15 days of heart-pumping adventure. Prices from $3622. See full itinerary.
Still looking? Check out these general tour operators who offer holidays and packages in Croatia:
Specialises in year-round flights, hotels and holidays.
Sailing holidays from Split to Dubrovnik in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
Many, many departures to cruise Croatian islands with other under-35s.
This UK-based company offers fantastic package deals and dozens of resorts from Istria to Dubrovnik.
This company offers tours especially for singles with no single supplement. In Croatia they have tours of Istria, the Makarska Riviera, Dubrovnik, the Croatian coast and a tour for active travellers. More.
Incredible deals on package holidays. Save by booking flight-hotel-car rental together.
Hiring a private guide can be an excellent way to see a lot quickly in a town or region. Private guides can arrange for the best time to visit a museum or monument and give you the kind of in-depth background you could never get from a guidebook or app. They can take you to out-of-the-way places or arrange an itinerary that caters to a special interest such as food, wine or shopping. Not confined to walking tours, a private guide can arrange to accompany you in a car or minibus to see more far flung sites. And it's not much more costly than hiring a car on your own plus you get the convenience of a hassle-free excursion. Just hang back and enjoy the ride.
In Croatia, private guides are licensed and required to undergo regular retraining. Each municipality is in charge of their own guide programs. In Split, I highly recommend Ante Batarelo, a personal and highly knowledgeable local. In other areas, a good place to start is at a local guide organization. Here is a selection:
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