From coastal mountains to offshore islands and cove-indented shores, Croatia is a cultural feast and contemporary classic, where castles and palaces meet cafés and promenades, and modern Adriatic marinas hem atmospheric medieval towns.
A tour in Croatia is a magical mix of culture and nature, from splendid cities to medieval monasteries, picturesque ports, idyllic islands, and the sumptuous scenery of the country’s national parks.
Cruises of the country’s coastline carry you in comfort and style through the clear blue waters of the eastern Adriatic, slipping between the thousand islands, and mooring at a coastal cornucopia of enchanting towns.
The small ships are perfectly proportioned for the island ports of call: Korcula, its vineyards and olive groves backing the 14th-century town; Mljet, with pine forests and a pair of lakes; Hvar, its old town topped by a medieval castle; Brac, the largest of the Dalmatian islands, with the long sweep of Golden Cape beach; and tiny Trogir, bridged to the mainland, its labyrinthine lanes awarded UNESCO status.
Cultural sites include Zadar’s myriad monuments, ancient, medieval, and modern; Sibenik, its 16th century cathedral the jewel in its Old Town crown; and two UNESCO cities, Dubrovnik’s lively and lovely Stradun plaza, encircled by fortress walls; and Split, with its back against the mountains, its toes in the sea, and contemporary life lived within the ancient architecture of a vast Roman complex.
Natural wonders are revealed in excursions to Croatia’s National Parks. Krka spreads east from the coast to the mountains in a medley of monasteries, gorges, and waterfalls; Kornati is a nautical Eden of islands and islets, ethereal, deserted, and indented with caves and grottoes; and UNESCO listed Plitvice Lakes is a landscape of canyons, karst rocks, and cascades from sixteen lakes.
Touring the country by road takes you to the capital, Zagreb, blending several centuries of architecture with a vivacious café scene; to coastal Opatija, which tempted Chekhov and Puccini to its bay-forest backdrop and grand Habsburg villas; Pula, on the Istrian Peninsula, with one of Europe’s best-preserved Roman amphitheatres; and Rovinj, bringing romance to its old-world streets and colourful water’s edge.
Along the varied routes, Jules Verne tours also add a taste of Croatia in home-grown produce, and a touch of its traditions in unique experiences.
With some variations between the coast and the country’s interior, Croatia has a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters, its most temperate weather for touring coming in late Spring and early Autumn months, when average temperatures hover around 20-25°. Jules Verne’s tours and cruises are planned for these pleasant climes of balmy, blue-skied, sunshine, with departures in May & June, September & October, avoiding the peak-season crowds, and providing a comfortable warmth for exploring the sites and enjoying the sea.
Whether it’s strolling through seafront cities, absorbing the atmosphere of medieval towns, or exploring national parks in the Kornati archipelago, Mljet island, or the mainland’s untamed landscapes, tours in Croatia are a refreshing mix of pleasurable places and beguiling culture. With this effortless intermingling of history and scenery, palaces and churches, art and architecture, there is sure to be something to meet the interests of many, and delight, intrigue or surprise the curious traveller.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne visits iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. Travelling by road or sailing on a private Jules Verne small-ship, our journeys in Croatia add some special touches, visiting the scenic Peljesac peninsula to taste the fine wines of the region, sampling local olive oil in Sali, and introducing the country’s traditions with Croatian Klapa music and heritage performances.
All our guided tours to Croatia are ABTA and ATOL protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee, so you can book with complete confidence.
The Coast of Explorers & Emperors
A magical meander around the intriguing sites, inviting islands, and inimitable scenery of the Croatian coast, this relaxing and refreshing cruise sees new horizons every day of its seven-night sail on a private Jules Verne small-ship, the elegant MV Admiral
Coasts, Lakes & Capitals
Crossing Croatia and Slovenia, from convivial Zagreb to elegant Ljubljana, this is a tour of capital cities, coastal towns, and natural wonders; where a Roman theatre, medieval churches, and modern resorts share the bill with magnificent lakes and mythical caves
Natural Wonders of Croatia
Touring magnificent landscapes and medieval landmarks, this coastal cruise calls at charismatic towns, and takes the ‘back to Nature’ routes to uninhabited islands and peaceful national parks, revealing the secret scenic splendour of Croatia’s untamed interior
Sailing from the Black Sea to Budapest, this is a fascinating and multi-faceted journey, revealing the less-known reaches of the Danube, and cruising through the ravishing riverscapes which connect the countries, capitals, and cultures along its remarkable route