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Welcome to Croatia

Croatia combines a spectacular, island-dotted Mediterranean coastline with ancient history and farm-to-table cuisine. Sun-and-sand seekers can find pebbled beaches lined with pristine waters along the Dalmatian Coast from Split, while those in search of luxury hotels, fine dining, and chic parties should head for Dubrovnik or the island of Hvar, arguably Croatia's glitziest beach destination. But the coastal towns are not without their cultural highlights; in Split, the ruined Diocletian's Palace makes up half the town and boasts ancient Roman monuments every bit as impressive as those in Rome. Meanwhile, the compact Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking tours of these historic sites cover the main highlights while providing insider information from a guide. Plus, in the capital, Zagreb, sightseeing tours lead travelers through neighborhoods such as Donji Grad (Lower Town) and Gornji Grad (Upper Town) to landmarks including Jelacic Square and St. Mark's Church. Nature lovers can visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a forest reserve containing 16 interconnected lakes, on a day trip from Zadar, Zagreb, or Split. And adventure-seekers thrill at the hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and biking opportunities available in the inland Dinaric Alps, craggy karst peaks that stretch from Italy to Albania. For a true taste of Croatia, take a day trip to the wine-producing Pelješac peninsula or Konavle Valley (both around an hour's drive from Dubrovnik), where much of Dalmatia's wine, olive oil, and fresh produce is harvested.

Top 15 attractions in Croatia

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Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

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A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.More
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Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

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Located at the southern tip of Croatia, perched above the rocky coastline of the Adriatic Sea, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik attracts visitors with its medieval architecture and labyrinth of limestone-paved streets. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains surrounded by 14th-century fortified stone walls.More
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Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

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Built under the reign of Emperor Vespasian between 27 BC and AD 67—around the same time as Rome’s Colosseum—Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre) is one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. Today, it’s the best-preserved ancient monument in Croatia and is still used as a performance venue that accommodates up to 20,000 spectators.More
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Elaphite Islands

Elaphite Islands

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Go island hopping during a trip to Dubrovnik with an excursion along the Dalmatian Coast to the Elaphite Islands (also known as the Elafiti Islands. The archipelago consists of 14 islands–including the three most popular destinations of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan–and is a popular destination for swimming and sunbathing.More
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Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

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Mostly uninhabited and untouched, pristine Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac) is an ideal place to experience Croatia’s natural beauty. The island, off the coast of Split, is a great destination for getting out of the city and relaxing, thanks largely in part to its quiet bay, clear turquoise water, and pebbly beaches.More
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Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

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With its startling blue light and luminescent waters, it's easy to see how the Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) earned its name. The natural wonder is hidden in the sea cliffs along the coast of Bisevo Island and is made even more enticing by its remote, difficult-to-reach location. The effort is rewarded with stunning scenery and endless photo opportunities.More
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Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

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Built in the fourth century as a retirement complex for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this vast, fortress-like compound still dominates Split Old Town. After the palace was abandoned in the sixth century, locals flooded into it. Now, the 220 Roman-era buildings within the palace boundaries house homes, shops, bars, and other businesses.More
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Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

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Just minutes offshore from fashionable Hvar Island along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast lies the Pakleni archipelago (Pakleni Otoci). It’s the perfect destination for an island-hopping tour with 17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests.More
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Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car

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Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in about three minutes, from the lower station just north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srđ. During the ride, you can enjoy peerless views of Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops, the coastline of Dalmatia, and archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.More
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Zadar City Gates

Zadar City Gates

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Once a powerful fortress in the Venetian Republic, Zadar’s old town remains encircled by remnants of its defensive walls, some of which date back to ancient Roman times. Six different city gates provide entry into the walled section, each with a distinct architectural style and motif.More
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Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island

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Just 600 meters (1 kilometer) from Dubrovnik, the car-free island of Lokrum makes a peaceful escape from the city. At its center is a medieval Benedictine monastery complex that’s surrounded by botanical gardens planted with exotic trees, flowers, and bushes. Picturesque swimming spots abound on the island’s rocky shoreline.More
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)

Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)

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Visitors to the Croatian city of Zadar are inevitably drawn to the melodious sounds emanating from the city’s most popular sight: the Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). This massive underwater instrument, designed by architect Nikola Bašić, plays musical notes generated by the sea. The constantly shifting waves never play the same tune twice.More
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Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

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The social and geographic center of Zagreb, Ban Jelačić Square (Trg Bana Jelacica is a lively gathering place where locals and visitors alike gather to shop, dine, and enjoy seasonal markets. Free from traffic, it's a popular place to stroll among historic monuments against the backdrop of elegant and arcaded Baroque buildings.More
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Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

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With their imposing watchtowers looming over the medieval city and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls are an impressive sight and deserving of their star-attraction status. Dating back to the 10th century, the remarkably preserved walls—among the finest in the world—mark out the perimeter of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offer magnificent views over all corners of the city.More
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St. Mark's Church (Crkva Svetog Marka)

St. Mark's Church (Crkva Svetog Marka)

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A brightly patterned tiled roof makes this Catholic church one of the most distinctive buildings in Zagreb. Fires and an 1880 earthquake destroyed most of the church’s original 13th-century construction, though an ornate Gothic doorway remains. Devotional sculptures and frescoes by leading Croatian artists adorn the interior.More

Trip ideas

Plitvice Lakes Tours from Split

Plitvice Lakes Tours from Split

How to Spend 2 Days in Split

How to Spend 2 Days in Split

Top activities in Croatia

Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
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Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands with Food and free Drinks
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Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
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Blue Lagoon & 3 Islands Half-day Trip from Split
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Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
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Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
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Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
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Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb
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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
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Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour
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Elaphite Islands Cruise and Blue Cave Snorkeling Boat Tour from Dubrovnik
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Recent reviews from experiences in Croatia

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Good trip
Rafa_e, May 2022
Bosnia and Herzegovina Day Trip Including Medjugorje and Mostar
Add waterfall.
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Good day trip worth doing from dubrovnik
Maryam_F, May 2022
Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
I still do recommend this day trip it was great to be able to visit another country from Croatia.
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A must-see
Sebastian_R, Apr 2022
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Split
They are so beautiful en with the waterfalls it looks like being in a fairytale.
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Highly Recommended, Historical Tour of Split
Jeffrey_E, Apr 2022
Walking Tour of Split with a 'Magister' of History
He was also helpful in recommending what other things to see and do.
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Fantastic views, knowledgeable guide
Izabelle_B, Apr 2022
Dubrovnik Panoramic Sightseeing Tour - Cable Car View
We went to 4 view points, tried delicious spring water and watched the sun set from the top of the mountain.
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The best way to travel from Split to Dubrovnik in one day.
Patrick_M, Mar 2022
Dubrovnik Private Day Trip from Split (round trip transfer)
Great way to see Dubrovnik while staying in Split.
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Beautiful, historic Split with Game of Thrones tour
Thomas_M, Mar 2022
Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Tour in Split (entrance tickets included)
Guide was friendly, warm, professional, exceptional English, and showed us some beautiful local gift and good shops.
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Thank you for this AMAZING day
Marlne_R, May 2022
Krka waterfalls from Split - ticket and lunch INCLUDED
Emmanuel provides explanation and stories along the way and makes sure everyone understand the instructions and what to do.
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Great all day trip
Harriet_M, May 2022
Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
In Parast you can go to visit the lady of the rock, or just enjoy a nice coffee looking across the bay.
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A must visit with an awesome guide!
Kayla_G, May 2022
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
The ride to the waterfalls found us driving through Karlovac and Tušilović and we saw buildings with visible bullet holes, carried over the from the 1991-1995 war.
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Great way to spend the day on a world class tour
Will_C, May 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
Mostar and the waterfall were both beautiful but you can see them on any tour.
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Amazing park with waterfalls!
Angeliki_S, Apr 2022
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
Spring is best time to go, as there isn't crowded.
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Take the one with wine tasting
Terra_B, Apr 2022
Krka Waterfalls and Trogir Small-Group Guided Tour from Split
We went on Krka Waterfalls from Split with Boat Cruse, Olive oil and Wine Tasting.
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Like walking in a fairy-tale on a perfect day!
Paula_R, Apr 2022
Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split
Our guide, Leo was a phenomenal host who gave us tid-bits about the falls and it's history.
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excellent Sugarman tour to Plitvice lakes, recommend visiting early spring for water & flowers and low crowd numbers
Sue_S, Apr 2022
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Split
Went early April just after snow storm with plenty of spectacular water in the waterfalls and not so many people as high season.
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What a wonderful tour !
JoseEduardo_M, Apr 2022
Dubrovnik Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Dubrovnik and Cavtat
The only reason I’m not giving the tour 5 stars is her English seemed to be a bit rusty.
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Nice day trip
Maria_G, Apr 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
The waterfalls were beautiful and Mostar is a small but nice town.
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A Personalized Experiences with Bespoke Croatia
Merit_S, Apr 2022
Private eclectic experience of Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes National Park
Although it was offseason, The Plitvice park was still a beautiful site to see and because it wasn’t during peak season, we actually got a discount on the tickets and got most of the park to ourselves!
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Ultimate Nerd Out!
Amy_A, Apr 2022
Total Game of Thrones Experience
One of the best parts of the tour is getting to see notable places in/near Dubrovnik that you don't need to tour separately.
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AMAZING Private boat tour of Croatia!
allipac, Mar 2022
Explore Magical Blue cave From Dubrovnik private tour
This was truly an amazing experience and we got to see so much of Dubrovnik and Croatia from the beautiful Adriatic Sea.
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