Experience the best of Croatia with this private land tour perfect for adventurous foodies, history buffs, and nature lovers. Your journey begins with a visit to a place found on few itineraries, the Istrian interior–one of the rare places in the world where you can find truffles. You’ll get to try them! We’ll then enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park before stepping back in time with a fascinating guided tour of the 1,700 years old Diocletioan’s Palace. We’ll then eat and drink our way through Hvar before visiting the Jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Elaphiti islands both from Dubrovnik’s city walls and up close when you go there to swim, snorkel, and relax on the sandy beaches.
- All PRIVATE transfers/experiences in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
- Professional English-speaking guides and drivers
- 24-hour concierge assistance
- Stays in 4-5 Star boutique hotel properties
- 2 nights in Rovinj
- Istrian hinterland experience with tastings
- Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- 1 night in Plitvice Lakes
- Orientation tour of Split with luggage assistance
- Fast ferry tickets to Hvar and Dubrovnik
- 3 nights in Hvar Town
- Secret location island dinner and drinks experience with boat transfers
- Hvar wine tour with dinner in an abandoned village
- 3 nights in Dubrovnik
- Old Town Dubrovnik walking tour
- Half day Elaphiti Islands boating experience
Optional Tour Extensions:
Welcome to Croatia! Upon arrival at the Venice airport, your driver will meet you at baggage claim and transfer you to your hotel for the next two nights in the magical center of Old Town Rovinj.
You have the remainder of the day to explore Rovinj at your leisure.
Today is a full day private excursion to the Istrian Interior to explore the medieval hilltop villages of Motovun and Groznjan.
The day begins with a stunning drive along the west coast of Croatia into the lush Motovun Forest. The town of Motovun is surrounded by the Mirna River Valley which is brimming with the most expensive mushroom in the world, the Tuber Magnatum Pico, more commonly known as the white truffle.
In Motovun, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a truffle tasting or a course truffle lunch with a cold glass of Malvazija, a white wine from this region. After lunch there will be more time for sightseeing in Motovun before our journey continues to Grožnjan. Grožnjan is known as the artist’s village so you will find a number of small boutiques, studios, and galleries lining the medieval alleys.
Full day private Istrian Hinterland Experience with lunch and tastings
Leave Istria behind and head to rural Lika where you’ll find unspoiled natural beauty, tiny river villages and even storks’ nests. Among all of this magnificence is the incredible Plitvice Lakes National Park, known for its 16 interconnecting lakes, over 90 waterfalls, and as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the well-kept trails and pristine brilliance of this natural wonder
Entrance tickets are included.
Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Travel to the famous port city of Split with your new local best friend. Learn about current day life in Croatia as well as what it was like during the Homeland War, which occurred less than thirty years ago.
After you arrive in Split, you’ll stash your luggage and go on an orientation walk of the pedestrianized Old Town—also known as Diocletian’s Palace. Our guide will give you the complete 411 on all the best local spots. Savor the rest of the afternoon on your own for lunch and exploring the nooks and crannies of the Palace before your evening departure to the island of Hvar via fast ferry.
1-hour private Split Insider Experience
The day is free to explore Hvar Town Hvar town at your leisure. We recommend soaking in the view of the archipelago from the top of the Spanish fortress, finding a chill secret beach or joining in the fun at one of the lively beach clubs. Alternatively spend the afternoon sipping coffee or a drink while people-watching in a local cafe.
This evening, we’ll take a boat to a nearby island for a lovely dinner at a small family owned restaurant set in a simple stone building amongst olive trees. Everything is fresh and made to perfection. Be sure to follow the house recommendation. You won’t regret it!
Dinner experience with drinks and private boat transfers
Get ready for a day filled with food! Today we’ll be tasting local delicacies (including wine!) at small, family-owned establishments. Our first stop is at an olive grove where we will learn about olives and their importance in Croatian culture. The food journey continues to a honey farm where we’ll have the opportunity to learn about how honey is made, the importance of bees, and try some of the sweets made on the farm.
Up next, we’ll visit a local vineyard to learn about natural wine production before enjoying wine paired with local traditional delicacies. End the day with one final stop to sample some unique sweets exclusive to Hvar.
Full day private Hvar Island Experience with lunch and tastings
This morning, we travel to the Jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik. After checking in to your accommodation, your afternoon is free to explore Old Town or cool off with a swim in the crystal clear Adriatic water.
In the evening, join our guided walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik where you’ll learn about Dubrovnik’s rich history as we meander through centuries old stone streets and promenades.
After, enjoy dinner at one of the many fantastic restaurants and soak up the unique atmosphere of Dubrovnik.
90-minute private walking tour
Elaphiti Islands by Speedboat
The best of Croatia comes together today on a full day boat excursion to three of Dubrovnik’s neighboring islands complete with swimming in crystal clear waters, indulging in traditional food, and being amazed by unimaginable beauty.
After a morning filled with snorkeling in sunlit caves and relaxing on sandy beaches, enjoy lunch in one of the Elaphiti Islands’ freshest eateries. Luxuriate in the sounds of the sea while washing it all down with some homemade wine–just like the locals do! Following lunch, you’ll have more time to explore the islands and swim in the turquoise waters.
Full day private Boating Experience with lunch and drinks
Enjoy your final full day in Croatia at your leisure. It’s time to seek out any activities, views, or cafes that have caught your eye over the past few days. Walk the ramparts above Old Town, visit Lokrum island, or simply relax with one last dip in the Adriatic.
It’s time to say goodbye to Croatia. A private transfer will bring you to the Dubrovnik airport for departure from Croatia