Secret Wonders of Croatia
Combine the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the islands and coast of less-visited central Croatia on a cruise, ideal for nature lovers and for the second time visitor
Crescent-shaped Croatia is littered with small islands, each offering visitors something special. And of course, there’s also the mainland, with its rich Mediterranean beauty and unique attractions. On any one of our fantastic Croatia tours here at Jules Verne, you’ll get to discover so much of this amazing location.
Croatia’s islands give visitors something new to uncover every day. Hvar reveals palaces, monasteries and churches and is wonderfully free of cars; Mljet’s 12th-century monastery of St. Mary lies on a striking salt lake in the Mljet National Park; and Korčula is home to the 13th-century cathedral of St. Mark, an architectural triumph with Gothic and Renaissance elements.
This magnificent destination offers so much in the way of nature and culture that it has seven recognised UNESCO World Heritage sites, four of which you can explore on an escorted holiday to Croatia with us. Trogir, one of these UNESCO sites, is a jewel of the Dalmatia, with its narrow, intertwining streets. Another highlight on the Croatian coast is Split, which was first settled when the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, built a palace which now forms an old town area like no other.
Dubrovnik is a real treat for culture enthusiasts. In its golden years, it was a significant economic and cultural centre, rivalling Venice for supremacy. Its fortified walls now host an array of museums, galleries, treasuries, churches and fine palaces.
No matter which of our Croatia tours you choose, it’s certain to be a trip you’ll remember forever.
Our Croatia escorted tours have been carefully curated to ensure that you witness all its beauty. With visits to the likes of Dubrovnik, Split, Mljet, Hvar, Brač, Trogir and Šibenik on the itineraries, you will have the chance to experience all the best parts of this spectacular country.
From its breathtakingly beautiful coastline and soaring mountains to incredible national parks and quirky museums, there is something for everyone to enjoy on a Croatia tour holiday. On our Dubrovnik trip, you will be able to find out for yourself why it deserves its title, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. After being destroyed by an earthquake in the 1660s it was entirely rebuilt in the Baroque style, and now entices thousands of visitors every year. Beyond the walls of this stunning city, visitors will find five-star hotels, the best seafood restaurants, pretty beaches, relaxing wine bars and iconic monuments such as Rector’s Palace.
If you would prefer to see Croatia from the water, then opt for our Secret Wonders of Croatia tour. Ideal for nature lovers, you will be able to explore four UNESCO heritage sites, as well as three national parks on a private cruise. After landing in Split, you will take to the Adriatic in style on board the luxury MV Admiral vessel, before hopping off again to wander around the tiny island of Trogir. Over the course of the week, you will witness the cascading waterfalls in Krka National Park, take part in an olive oil tasting afternoon at Zlata Kap mill, have a walking tour of Zadar to take in the fascinating monuments, and discover Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Perhaps you would like to sail the wonderful Dalmatian islands on our Coast of Explorers & Emperors Croatia tour instead? This seven-night Adriatic coast cruise will take you to some of the most picturesque towns and villages, which are all sprinkled along the coastline. After strolling through the winding streets of Split, you’ll then journey to Mljet, where you will have the chance to take in the breathtaking natural beauty of the National Park. On this tour, you’ll also get to meander through Hvar’s pretty Old Town, and discover the history of Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Whether you’d prefer to travel by road, or cruise along on a boat, our Croatia tour holidays will provide you with a whole host of unforgettable memories.
Our Croatia tours have been expertly planned during the times of the year when the striking scenery and charming coastal towns can be best enjoyed. Departing in May, June, September and October, you can expect pleasant temperatures, blue skies and sunshine.
Exploring is nice and comfortable during these months, with weather ideal for both wandering through cobbled streets and taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Popular areas also tend to be less busy, with fewer crowds than the peak summer months of July and August.
Here at Jules Verne, we have over 40 years’ experience in delivering exceptional trips across the globe. Every year, we provide travellers with the opportunity to experience the true character of all our destinations.
Our walking tours and cruises around the Croatian coast have been finely crafted by our experts to offer the perfect combination of comfort and adventure. We guarantee that when you join us on one of our escorted holidays to Croatia, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.
When you choose to travel the world with us, you will enjoy your trip in a small group of like-minded travellers, which will allow you to relax and enjoy your magnificent surroundings.
If you’d like to make your dream holiday a reality, why not book your place on one of our Croatia escorted tours today?
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Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions inland and Mediterranean influence on the Adriatic coast.
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Peak season is July to August with temperatures in the high 20s or 30s in places like Split, but you can expect plenty of sunshine from roughly May to October on the coast, and the shoulder seasons (May-June and September) are among the best times to visit.
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