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Excursions Croatia by Musement

Elaphite Islands

There are more than 1,000 islands in Croatia – but few are more beautiful than the 13 in the Elaphite Islands. On this full day island-hopping excursion you’ll visit the two largest – Lopud and Sipan – and explore these oases of scented citrus plantations, pine-clad hills and sandy beaches.

After pick-up at your hotel, we’ll head for Gruz port to hop on a boat and sail to Lopud. The second largest island in the archipelago is car-free and mostly covered in thick woodlands, among which can be found long-abandoned chapels. You’ll have free time to wander around the picturesque old harbour or drop into the Franciscan monastery.

We’ll then sail to Sipan, the largest of the islands, for a lunch of either fish or chicken. It used to be the summer playground of Dubrovnik aristocrats, and palatial villas in various states of repair can be spotted. Stroll the promenade under gaze of locals playing cards in cafeterias or knitting in porches.

Elaphite Islands

The Best of Montenegro

A trip along ever-changing south Dalmatian coast from Dubrovnik takes you to the tiny country of Montenegro – a land of great natural beauty and immense cultural heritage. You’ll explore Kotor, Perast and the island of Our Lady of the Rocks during this full day tour.

The day kicks off in Perast, where you’ll visit the small island of Our Lady of the Rocks and the church bearing the same name – famous for the 68 frescos painted by one of the masters of the baroque fresco painting, Tripo Kokolja. Our next stop will be Kotor – a UNESCO-listed fortified medieval town, which is presented in its full beauty during a guided tour.

You’ll have free time here, too. Drop into the famous St Tryphon Cathedral – considered a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture – and the Maritime Museum, or soak it all up with a drink in the square.

The Best of Montenegro

Bay of Kotor Cruise

Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor is the stuff of legends. Jaw-dropping mountain scenery, shimmering blue waters and the walled town of Kotor make this fjord-like landscape a must-see. You’ll visit Our Lady of the Rocks islet during a boat trip in the bay. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.

After a drive along the Dalmatian coast to Meljine, you’ll board your boat and sail in search of the bay’s natural beauty – it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll even have the chance to swim. Then, it’s back on board to glide through the bay to the fairytale-like islet of Our Lady of the Rocks.

Discover this dinky church, famous for its baroque murals and stunning location. Back on board, we’ll sail past Perast, Stoliv and Prcanj en route to Kotor town. Here, you’ll have some free time to explore this fortified medieval pearl packed with Venetian palaces.

Bay of Kotor Cruise

Riviera Cruise

The Korcula archipelago’s 20 islands, islets and cliffs stand out for their beauty even in such as beautiful region as Dalmatian. This amazing boat trip takes you to island such as Badija, Vrnik and Majsan, and also to pretty fishing village of Lumbarda, where you’ll have free time to hit the beach.

Glide over to Badija, separated from Korcula by a narrow channel and famed for its 15th century monastery in the Dalmatian Gothic style. Three islands south is Vrnik, the only one in the archipelago still inhabited. You can visit some of the quarries – stone from here was used in Ayia Sofia in Istanbul and Washington DC. And on Majsan, there’s a recently unearthed pre-historic site. What’s more, there’s a wine tasting on board.

After all that island hopping, it’s time to dock at Lumbarda, which was the first Greek colony in the Adriatic in classical times. Maybe visit the villas of the old noble families or vineyards growing the local Grk grape, or go for a swim during your free time here.

Riviera Cruise

Lokrum Island Sea Kayak Tour

A bit of adventure is required for the best panoramic views of Dubrovnik. And this sea-kayaking tour wraps up views, exploration and hidden caves all in one. You’ll paddle out from Pile to explore the caves and hard-to-reach beaches of Lokrum Island. To top it all off, there’s a spot of snorkelling before the return crossing.

After meeting your instructor in the old port near Pile, you’ll paddle across the Adriatic to the wooded island lying off the old town. Remember to look back for an incredible panoramic view of Dubrovnik old town before you get too lost in discovering the island’s hidden treasures.

After paddling around Lokrum, we’ll head back to the mainland. Caves dot the coastline to the southeast of Dubrovnik and you’ll soon reach Betina Cave beach, which is only accessible by boat. Here, you’ll get to take a well-deserved break to snorkel and snack on sandwiches. Then, we’ll set off back towards the city to paddle beneath the city walls.

Lokrum Island Sea Kayak Tour

Scenic Train Ride Through Konavle Valley

The best of Konavle is brought to you on a plate during this half-day tour. You’ll sample locally grown wines at family-run vineyards, ride a train from village to village and tuck into some traditional food, all in the scenic surroundings of the Konavle Valley. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.

Located near the border with Montenegro, between mountains and the Adriatic Sea, the Konavle Valley is a scenic countryside escape from Dubrovnik. You’ll arrive at the village of Brajkovic to visit the first winery on the itinerary, then it’s all aboard to ride to Ljuta by train. See how flour and wool used to be produced at Đivanović mill, and continue to Vodopić vineyard for a well-earned tasting.

You’ll have another wine tasting at the vineyards of Mr Ivo Karaman and the chance to try a typical ploughman’s lunch before a last stop for some malvasia wine tasting. Relish some of the best wines from the region and experience the real Konavle.

Scenic Train Ride Through Konavle Valley

Cadmos Village Adventure Park

Imagine enchanting oak woods, picturesque valleys beyond and legends passed down from generations – well, this is what you can expect at Cadmos Village, and a whole lot more. There’s adrenaline-pumping ziplines through the treetops and an oak tree terrace to take in the views of the Konavle region on this half-day tour.

You’ll leave Dubrovnik and travel into the countryside to a village where adventure and nature go hand in hand. Hidden in the ancient oak woods you’ll find Cadmos Village Adrenaline Park where in no time at all you’ll find yourself swinging through the treetops. There’s three levels ziplines to try, and it’s sure to get the heart racing.

After plenty of activity, you’ll have some time to relax on the seven metre high oak tree terrace that looks out over the Konavle valley. Enjoy a snack as you hear about the legends surrounding the medieval stone cross in the middle of the village and the love story of the gods Cadmos and Harmonia.

Cadmos Village Adventure Park

Dubrovnik Old Town Tour

Once the holiday home of choice for Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, Dubrovnik’s enjoyed almost a century in the spotlight. These days, it’s the likes of Tom Cruise and Michael Douglas who are spotted here. And it’s easy to see why. This walking tour of the old town brings you an impressive line-up of sights in just under two hours.

Meet up with your guide in the early evening and set off on a guided walk of Dubrovnik’s old town in the prettiest light of the day. The area’s packed with Baroque churches, Venetian houses and ornate palaces. Not to mention designer shops and homey restaurants, splashing fountains and bell towers. All of which you’ll spot during the tour.

Top billing, though, has to go to the chunky walls and battlements that surround the city. Places don’t come much prettier than this – no wonder the poet Byron dubbed it ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’. After the tour, you’ll have free time to explore under your own steam, or enjoy an aperitif.

Dubrovnik Old Town Tour

Mljet Island Day Trip

If you had to choose one word to describe the Adriatic island of Mljet, it would be lush. Carpeted in forests, vineyards and fields, this long and narrow island makes for an ideal daytrip from Dubrovnik. Expect untouched nature, legends and quaint villages.

This tour doesn’t just feature Mljet, you’ll also stop off in Ston – famous for the stone walls that zigzag their way across the hills – where you’ll have some free time to check out the and glide over to Pomena. It’s of the three villages in Mljet National Park, which covers the western tip of the island.

Enjoy a walk around and explore the two saltwater lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero – that really are the stuff of legends. One even has a romantic islet with a monastery. There are countless stories surrounding the island, and its beauty and history are just as mystical. You’ll have plenty of free time before returning to Dubrovnik.

Mljet Island Day Trip

Game of Thrones King’s Landing Filming Locations Tour

Fans of Game of Thrones will delight in this filming locations tour to Fort Lovrijenac just on the outskirts of Dubrovnik’s old town and Lokrum Island – or the Red Keep and Qarth. You’ll get to re-live scenes from the epic series while seeing two historic sites.

Your afternoon gets off to an exciting start with a walk up to Fort Lovrijenac, which also doubles up as the Red Keep in King’s Landing – the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s perched high above the old town of Dubrovnik and affords you a great view of the Battle of Blackwater Bay, the House of the Undying Dungeon and, of course, the city below.

Then, you’ll hop aboard the boat from the old port to exotic Lokrum Island, where you’ll learn all about its history and recent transformation into the magical town of Qarth. You’ll walk over to the Benedictine monastery and arboretum. Just remember to take a bun or two for the resident peacocks.

Game of Thrones King’s Landing Filming Locations Tour

Mljet National Park

If you had to choose one word to describe the Adriatic island of Mljet, it would be lush. Carpeted in forests, vineyards and fields, this long and narrow island makes for an ideal daytrip from Korcula and Orebic. Expect untouched nature, legends and picture-postcard ports.

You’ll glide across the Adriatic to Pomena, located in a picturesque pine-fringed cove sheltered by offshore islets. It’s of the three hamlets in Mljet National Park, which covers the western tip of the island. Enjoy a walk around the cove and wander into the woods that separate it from two saltwater Jezero lakes – Malo and Veliko.

The larger lake – Veliko – even has a romantic islet with a monastery dating back to the 12th century. There are countless stories surrounding the island, and its beauty and heritage are just as rich. You’ll have plenty of free time before returning to your hotel.

Mljet National Park

Cilipi Folklore Morning

The village of Cilipi, just south of Dubrovnik, sets the scene for this half-day tour. You’ll be immersed in Croatian folklore and traditions with Sunday mass at St Nicholas Church, a show and market where you can browse all kinds of handicrafts.

You’ll be welcomed right into the heart of the village of Cilipi with a drink and snack – grape brandy and figs – before you hear the bells call for mass. And in the church square, you’ll find the Sunday market filled with stalls selling silk embroidery, handicrafts and souvenirs. Watch the locals, all dressed in their finest, head into mass and enjoy the typical village scene unfold.

After the service, a celebration takes place as locals dressed in typical clothing – white shirts, red belts embroidered with gold silk and bright red shoes – take to the square to perform songs and dances from the region. You’ll have a chance to browse the market stalls while listening to the rhythms of Dalmatian music. A fascinating glimpse into village life.

Cilipi Folklore Morning

Republic of Dubrovnik

A day of world-class sightseeing. On this trip, you’ll explore three jewels of the Adriatic with visits to the walled village Ston and Dubrovnik as well as a wine tasting in the Peljesac peninsula.

First up is tiny Ston. Once the defensive outpost of the Republic of Ragusa – as Dubrovnik was known for centuries – its walls, which snake up a hill, are said to be the longest standing in Europe. We then head to Dubrovnik. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site old town with your guide, see Onofrio’s fountain, the cathedral and much more.

Then, after some free time in Dubrovnik, the journey back takes you through the vineyards of the Peljesac peninsula. Here, you’ll indulge in a wine-tasting session. A great way to round off a day steeped in the heritage of Dalmatia.

Republic of Dubrovnik

Famous legends of Peljesac and Korcula

Known as ‘Little Dubrovnik’, Korcula town is full of historic sights and it’s more than easy on the eye. Along with the wine-producing area of Peljesac and the walled village of Ston, it’s one of the star turns of this fascinating excursion.

Korcula town is perched on a peninsula in the northeast corner of the large island of Korcula. We’ll reach it after a boat ride across the Adriatic from Orebic. And once you’ve stepped inside the honey-coloured town walls, you’ll find a slice of vintage Croatia that’s all red-roofed tiles and marble streets. Explore a bit and you’ll be rewarded with sights like the ornate St Mark’s Cathedral and the house where locals claim Marco Polo was born. Dip into the galleries, admire the churches or drop into one of the pocket-sized cafés.

The journey back takes you through the vineyards of the Peljesac peninsula – where you’ll get to indulge in a tasting session – and tiny Ston. Its walls, which snake up a hill, are said to be the longest standing in Europe.

Famous legends of Peljesac and Korcula

Mljet Island Tour

Over two-thirds of Mljet is covered in forest, so this Adriatic gem is as unspoilt as they come. On this half-day, small-group trip by van you’ll trundle through most of the villages on the island, stop off at Babino Polje, and hit the sandy beach in Saplunara for some much-deserved swimming.

As the largest of the islands in the Dubrovnik archipelago, there’s plenty to explore around forested Mljet – including legends surrounding Odysseus. You’ll head inland by bus, ticking off a string of villages and lookout points for photo opportunities with the Adriatic Sea as the backdrop.

Then, once you reach the largest settlement, Babino Polje, you’ll be able to get out and about, taking in the 15th century Rector’s Palace and Renaissance buildings as you wander around. Finally, the lure of the turquoise water will prove too tempting, and you’ll have one last hour-long stop at Saplunara for swimming and sunbathing.

Mljet Island Tour

Korcula Boat Trip

Beautiful beaches, fantastic food and a fascinating old town are just a few of the reasons to visit Korcula. Admire one of the largest islands in the Adriatic from the decks of a boat, then come ashore for free time to explore her history-packed old town, dine on delicious Dalmatian dishes or swim from the shores of her rugged coastline.

Cast off into the Adriatic by boat and you’ll sail through the Peljesac peninsula as you approach the island’s towering red-roofed buildings and ancient walls. Known as ‘Little Dubrovnik’, Korcula town is full of historic sights.

With free time to use as you choose, you can go in search of where locals say famous explorer Marco Polo was born, poke around all the must-see monuments in the old town or pick a restaurant for lunch. Try some Dalmatian specialities in one of the pocket-sized cafés, sip wine in one of the bustling bars or head down to the coast to cool off with a dip in the sea.

Korcula Boat Trip

Odysseus Cave from Mljet

Legend has it that Odysseus took shelter in one of Mljet’s caves after a shipwreck, and the name’s stuck ever since. You’ll take a boat trip out from Pomena to take a look, and swim if you like, inside this egg-shaped cave.

Once Odysseus landed on the shores of Ogygia, now known as the island of Mljet, he couldn’t resist the charm of the nymph Calypso and the island itself. So, it’s said he stayed for seven years before he was free to go, and you’ll see it all for yourself on this boat trip to Odysseus Cave.

After sailing for just over an hour, you’ll anchor up in front of the cave, which from the outside looks just like a small tunnel carved into the limestone rock. Then it’s up to you whether you swim or take a smaller boat inside, where once you’re through to the other side, everything opens up before you. You’ll have about an hour to take it all in before your return boat trip.

Odysseus Cave from Mljet

Magical Istria from Rabac

Istria is a melting pot of cultures where historic towns and delicious dishes vie for your attention. This excursion takes in some of its star turns and also features a lunch of tasty local specialities. Itineraries vary depending on where you’re staying but expect to visit some of Bale, Grzini, Porec, Pula and Rovinj.

Each one has its own unique charm. Bale is an Italian-accented inland village, famous for its arched medieval streets and dinosaur heritage. The hamlet of Grzini is on every itinerary – it’s where we’ll go for a typical Istrian lunch in an agrotourism and an insight into rural life.

Ancient Porec is now as famed for its modern bars and clubs as its Euphrasian Basilica – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And in Pula, your guide will bring to life the times of gladiators and roaring crowds on a visit to its towering and remarkably well-preserved Roman Arena. While in the Venetian-style town of Rovinj, you’ll explore narrow streets fringed by Roman and Byzantine treasures.

Magical Istria from Rabac

Pirates of Croatia

Pirate Tim and Calypso the Parrot need your help to find their lost treasure. But first you need to be fully trained in all the skills you need to become a TUI Pirate.

You’ll join our crew in search of the booty, and along the way everyone will get into the pirate spirit with some help from the pirate team on the boat. There’ll be lots of fun activities for everyone to join in on.

For our little pirate crew, there’ll be face painting and lots of pirate-themed games to play and for the older pirate crew, there’ll be some pirate challenges to join in with. And no pirate adventure would be complete without a treasure map and clues to follow. There’ll be swashbuckling fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Pirates of Croatia

Unforgettable Venice via Poreč – from all resorts

Built on more than 100 islands, Venice is famed for its network of dusky-blue canals, lined with elaborate architecture and criss-crossed by beautiful stone bridges. And this daytrip from Istria to Venice sees you crossing the Adriatic Sea by boat for a guided tour and free time in this romantic Italian city.

You’ll arrive in style into San Basilio pier, right in the heart of Venice, to begin your guided tour to spot some of the city’s highlights. Start off in the legendary St Mark’s Square – a piazza dominated by the beautiful Byzantine basilica of St Mark and its belfry.

Maybe take a gondola ride, find as many bridges as you can and dip in and out of classic eateries – there’s loads to do here. You’ll make your own way to the port to leave Venice in the early evening and return to Croatia having seen one of Italy’s top cities.

Unforgettable Venice via Poreč – from all resorts

Unforgettable Venice from Rabac – via Poreč

Built on more than 100 islands, Venice is famed for its network of dusky-blue canals, lined with elaborate architecture and criss-crossed by beautiful stone bridges. And this daytrip from Istria to Venice sees you crossing the Adriatic Sea by boat for a guided tour and free time in this romantic Italian city.

You’ll arrive in style into San Basilio pier, right in the heart of Venice, to begin your guided tour to spot some of the city’s highlights. Start off in the legendary St Mark’s Square – a piazza dominated by the beautiful Byzantine basilica of St Mark and its belfry.

Maybe take a gondola ride, find as many bridges as you can and dip in and out of classic eateries – there’s loads to do here. You’ll make your own way to the port to leave Venice in the early evening and return to Croatia having seen one of Italy’s top cities.

Unforgettable Venice from Rabac – via Poreč

Grill & Chill with BBQ Cruise from Poreč

Blue seas, green scenery, rugged cliffs and craggy coastline, Croatia’s Istria boasts an enchanting landscape to admire on this full day boat trip. You’ll cruise through the magical Lim Fjord to swim in Vrsar, anchor up in Rovinj to take a look around this pretty seaside village and spend the day sunning yourself on deck. It’s idyllic to a T.

Leaving the harbour behind, you’ll sail away into the glittering blue seas to see Croatia at its most capitivating. Watch the scenery change colours as we navigate to Rovinj. Also known as Little Venice, you’ll have free time to wander past picturesque townhouses and along narrow cobblestone streets that transport you to Italy in miniature.

We’ll continue to Lim fjord – a protected area – towards Vrsar where you’ll get to take a dip, if you wish. There’s also a barbecue lunch served on board. Then, hop back on board to return to Porec.

Grill & Chill with BBQ Cruise from Poreč

Magical Istria from Umag, Novigrad & Poreč

Istria is a melting pot of cultures where historic towns and delicious dishes vie for your attention. This excursion takes in some of its star turns and also features a lunch of tasty local specialities. Itineraries vary depending on where you’re staying but expect to visit some of Bale, Grzini, Porec, Pula and Rovinj.

Each one has its own unique charm. Bale is an Italian-accented inland village, famous for its arched medieval streets and dinosaur heritage. The hamlet of Grzini is on every itinerary – it’s where we’ll go for a typical Istrian lunch in an agrotourism and an insight into rural life.

Ancient Porec is now as famed for its modern bars and clubs as its Euphrasian Basilica – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And in Pula, your guide will bring to life the times of gladiators and roaring crowds on a visit to its towering and remarkably well-preserved Roman Arena. While in the Venetian-style town of Rovinj, you’ll explore narrow streets fringed by Roman and Byzantine treasures.

Magical Istria from Umag, Novigrad & Poreč

Magical Istria from Pula & Medulin

Istria is a melting pot of cultures where historic towns and delicious dishes vie for your attention. This excursion takes in some of its star turns and also features a lunch of tasty local specialities. Itineraries vary depending on where you’re staying but expect to visit some of Bale, Grzini, Porec, Pula and Rovinj.

Each one has its own unique charm. Bale is an Italian-accented inland village, famous for its arched medieval streets and dinosaur heritage. The hamlet of Grzini is on every itinerary – it’s where we’ll go for a typical Istrian lunch in an agrotourism and an insight into rural life.

Ancient Porec is now as famed for its modern bars and clubs as its Euphrasian Basilica – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And in Pula, your guide will bring to life the times of gladiators and roaring crowds on a visit to its towering and remarkably well-preserved Roman Arena. While in the Venetian-style town of Rovinj, you’ll explore narrow streets fringed by Roman and Byzantine treasures.

Magical Istria from Pula & Medulin

Unforgettable Venice direct from Pula & Medulin

Built on more than 100 islands, Venice is famed for its network of dusky-blue canals, lined with elaborate architecture and criss-crossed by beautiful stone bridges. And this daytrip from Istria to Venice sees you crossing the Adriatic Sea by boat for a guided tour and free time in this romantic Italian city.

You’ll arrive in style into San Basilio pier, right in the heart of Venice, to begin your guided tour to spot some of the city’s highlights. Start off in the legendary St Mark’s Square – a piazza dominated by the beautiful Byzantine basilica of St Mark and its belfry.

Maybe take a gondola ride, find as many bridges as you can and dip in and out of classic eateries – there’s loads to do here. You’ll make your own way to the port to leave Venice in the early evening and return to Croatia having seen one of Italy’s top cities.

Unforgettable Venice direct from Pula & Medulin

Grill & Chill with BBQ Cruise from Medulin

This island-hopping boat trip in the Medulin Riviera takes in some of the most beautiful costal scenery in Istria. As well as the islets of Porer and Ceja, you’ll also pitch up at Kamenjak National Park – a wild and rugged peninsula famous for its clean waters and cliff divers.

It’s stunning scenery right from the go as we sail out of Medulin harbour. Gently gliding for an hour towards Kamenjak National Park, you’ll be able to relax on board as you savour the beauty of the coastline. Your captain will drop anchor at this protected nature reserve. The cliffs here are honeycombed with caves, and guides will lead you in, if you fancy swimming inside one of them.

Once you’ve dried off, we’ll sail to Porer, a circular islet that’s smaller than a football pitch and topped with a lighthouse. Meat and fresh fish are barbecued up on the boat for lunch, and once we’ve eaten, we’ll pull up on the island of Ceja for a couple of hours’ sunbathing and swimming. Utter bliss.

Grill & Chill with BBQ Cruise from Medulin

Charming Adriatic Gems

The coastline of Kvarner Bay is peppered with beautiful towns and historic locations. On this tour, you’ll visit three eye-catching spots – the village of Plomin, the hilltop fort of Mošćenice and the cosmopolitan seaside resort of Opatija. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.

First up is Plomin village for the wow-factor panoramas over the Istria peninsula and the Adriatic Sea. On to Mošćenice and there’s free time to explore the narrow cobbled streets and medieval architecture, or visit the impressive hilltop fortress overlooking the Kvarner Gulf.

Next up is the elegant 19th-century Adriatic resort of Opatija. Known for its pastel-coloured villas and botanical gardens, it was the place to be seen in the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s golden age. Stroll along the Lungomare, just as many kings and emperors in the olden days, and taste delicious praline chocolates at a chocolatier.

Charming Adriatic Gems

Magical Istria from Rovinj

Istria is a melting pot of cultures where historic towns and delicious dishes vie for your attention. This excursion takes in some of its star turns and also features a lunch of tasty local specialities. Itineraries vary depending on where you’re staying but expect to visit some of Bale, Grzini, Porec, Pula and Rovinj.

Each one has its own unique charm. Bale is an Italian-accented inland village, famous for its arched medieval streets and dinosaur heritage. The hamlet of Grzini is on every itinerary – it’s where we’ll go for a typical Istrian lunch in an agrotourism and an insight into rural life.

Ancient Porec is now as famed for its modern bars and clubs as its Euphrasian Basilica – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And in Pula, your guide will bring to life the times of gladiators and roaring crowds on a visit to its towering and remarkably well-preserved Roman Arena. While in the Venetian-style town of Rovinj, you’ll explore narrow streets fringed by Roman and Byzantine treasures.

Magical Istria from Rovinj

Istrian hilltop treasures

Legend has it that in the Mirna valley lived giants who were so tall they could build settlements with their own hands. Welcome to the green Istrian hills – a place of mythical beauty that you’ll explore on this half-day tour to Groznjan and Oprtalj. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.

The adventure kicks off Groznjan – an artists’ colony, which is surrounded by green hills. It is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, historic castles and palaces. It’s also home to no fewer than 28 artists’ studios. You’ll discover every nook and cranny, and streets that lead to art galleries and other surprises.

Then it’s over to the hilltop hamlet of Oprtalj. Here, you’ll stroll down ancient streets with great views over the surrounding countryside. Rounding off the day is a tasting of local Istrian delicacies, wine and olive oil at a tavern.

Istrian hilltop treasures

Natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes

Croatia boasts some of the most beautiful parklands in Europe. Take a full day to explore the amazing Plitvice Lakes National Park, an unspoilt nature sanctuary with cascading waterfalls and a myriad of lakes that are accessible via kilometres of wooden walkways.

Journey inland through the scenic Croatian hills, arriving at the heavily forested Plitvice Lakes National Park – almost on the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. Admire how the park’s 16 crystalline lakes seem to almost tumble into each other across the landscape.

Follow the 18km of wooden bridges and pathways around the lakes learning all about the local flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide, and often being escorted by hosts of beautiful butterflies. Explore the lakes by foot, and also take a pleasant boat journey across Kozjak, the park’s largest lake. Without doubt, one of the highlights of the excursion is a trip to the magnificent 78-metre-high Veliki Slap waterfall – the tallest in Croatia.

Summer escape to Lake Bled

Slovenia is easily accessible from Istria. And this tour explores one of its most picture-postcard areas – Lake Bled, with its emerald-coloured waters and turreted castle framed against the backdrop of the Julian Alps. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.

Lake Bled is the epitome of Alpine tranquillity – you’d be forgiven in thinking that you’d stumbled on to a filming location for the Sound of Music. The pine-clad slopes, the picturesque dwellings and the fairytale wooded islet with 99 steps leading to St Mary’s Chapel are irresistible.

First up is medieval Bled Castle, set into a towering cliff face. With its cone-shaped turrets and lofty parapets, it’s something special. Then it’s into your locally made wood boat, to be rowed across to the incredibly pretty chapel. The chapel is steeped in legend, from how you ring the bell to how a groom carries his bride.

Summer escape to Lake Bled

Baredine Cave

This tour takes you into a mystical Istrian underworld – the Baredine Cave. You’ll step up to 60 metres below the surface to uncover a hidden world of wacky stalagmite and stalactite stone sculptures, then visit Tractor Story and taste some local wine at Konobon Gallery during this half-day trip.

After being picked up from your hotel, you’ll head to the mouth of Baredine Cave, one of Istria’s best-kept secrets. You’ll walk down the stairs through five chambers, brushing against stalagmites and stalactites that have been shaped to perfection over thousands of years. The 40-minute walk is illuminated by your guide and atmospheric lights so that you see it in all its beauty.

Back on the surface, and you’ll get to delve into Istrian agricultural life and visit the exhibition on historical tractors at Tractor Story. Afterwards, relax over a glass of local wine in Konobon Gallery before heading back.

Baredine Cave

Motovun and Flavours of Istria

Like something out of a fairytale, Motovun is the sort of town you dream of eloping to. Alleys of stone houses laden with art galleries and cafés are packed either side of robust Venetian walls – you’ll love it. And while it’s the undoubted star of this half-day tour, you’ll also discover the greener than green Istria countryside.

Your first stop of the morning is hilltop Motovun – a medieval monument in itself with and stop-and-stare views over the vineyards sprawling out below. Taste some truffles while you’re here and walk around the old town, soaking up an atmosphere that’s both bohemian and old-world at the same time.

Next, you’ll continue towards our next stop, a distillery – but look out the window as we’ll be travelling along the blue ribbon of the River Mirna. At the distillery, you’ll learn how they pick wild herbs and fruits on the slopes of the Ucka Mountains, process them and create delicacies like brandy, jams, cookies and chocolates. Then it’s time to taste them.

Motovun and Flavours of Istria

Unforgettable Venice direct from Umag

Built on more than 100 islands, Venice is famed for its network of dusky-blue canals, lined with elaborate architecture and criss-crossed by beautiful stone bridges. And this daytrip from Istria to Venice sees you crossing the Adriatic Sea by boat for a guided tour and free time in this romantic Italian city.

You’ll arrive in style into San Basilio pier, right in the heart of Venice, to begin your guided tour to spot some of the city’s highlights. Start off in the legendary St Mark’s Square – a piazza dominated by the beautiful Byzantine basilica of St Mark and its belfry.

Maybe take a gondola ride, find as many bridges as you can and dip in and out of classic eateries – there’s loads to do here. You’ll make your own way to the port to leave Venice in the early evening and return to Croatia having seen one of Italy’s top cities.

Unforgettable Venice direct from Umag

Slovenian Pearl Piran

Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Piran lives up to its nickname in every way. Discover the charming medieval architecture, rich history and idyllic coastal scenery of this gem in Slovenian Istria.

A teardrop-shaped mass of red-roofed houses jutting out into the Adriatic, Piran is one good-looking Slovenian town. Things kick off with a guided tour of the medieval quarter where star turns include the Church of St. George and Tartini Square.

With free time to explore, you can visit a host of historic sights, stroll the atmospheric tangle of cobbled lanes or stop by a café before returning back to resort.

Slovenian Pearl Piran

Premium Wine Tasting Experience

We’ve hooked up with some of the top family-owned wineries in Istria for this afternoon wine tasting outing. You’ll tour the Cattunar and Kabola wineries to get the lowdown on their production processes and then raise a glass or two to celebrate their dedication and passion.

The fun kicks off at the Cattunar winery, a lowland village not far from the coast. Owned by the Cattunar family, it specialises in local grape varieties such as Malvasia, Teran and Muscat Momjanski grown over four types of soil. After seeing the cellars, it’s time to taste the goods.

And there’s more. Our next stop is the Kabola winery in Momjan, in hilly country. Owned by Markezic family since the 19th century, it has a long tradition of producing top-notch sparkling, macerated, semi-sweet and sweet wines. Nurse a glass of wine while you drink in the peaceful surroundings of the state.

Premium Wine Tasting Experience

Natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice National park is a big tick on any bucket list. Cascading waterfalls plunging into lakes of pure jade, it’s no wonder it made the UNESCO World Heritage List – it’s a sight to behold. And with a professional guide too, you’ve everything you need to discover this natural wonder.

You’ll have an early start to reach the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site of Plitvice National Park – but some trips are worth the effort. Journeying through the hills and countryside of the Dalmatian Hinterland, it promises to be a day of amazing landscapes.

Arriving at the park by mid-morning gives you plenty of time to explore the 18km of wooden paths that snake around the park. What’s more, a guided nature walk takes you along all the bridges, boards and best lookout points over the lakes. Every shade of green and blue in the spectrum, this place is almost made for Instagram. A day out over a million years in the making.

Natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes

Unforgettable Venice

Built on more than 100 islands, Venice is famed for its network of dusky-blue canals, lined with elaborate architecture and criss-crossed by beautiful stone bridges. And this daytrip from Istria to Venice sees you crossing the Adriatic by boat for a guided tour and free time.

You’ll arrive in style into San Basilio pier, right in the heart of Venice, to begin your guided tour to spot some of the city’s highlights. Start off in the legendary St Mark’s Square – a piazza dominated by the beautiful Byzantine basilica of St Mark and its belfry.

Maybe take a gondola ride, find as many bridges as you can and dip in and out of classic eateries – there’s loads to do here. You’ll make your own way to the port to leave Venice in the early evening and return to Croatia having seen one of Italy’s top cities.

Unforgettable Venice

Natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes from Rab

Plitvice National park is a big tick on any bucket list. Cascading waterfalls plunging into lakes of pure jade, it’s no wonder it made the UNESCO World Heritage List – it’s a sight to behold. And with a professional guide too, you’ve everything you need to discover this natural wonder.

You’ll have an early start to reach the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site of Plitvice National Park – but some trips are worth the effort. Journeying through the hills and countryside of the Dalmatian Hinterland, it promises to be a day of amazing landscapes.

Arriving at the park by mid-morning gives you plenty of time to explore the 18km of wooden paths that snake around the park. What’s more, a guided nature walk takes you along all the bridges, boards and best lookout points over the lakes. Every shade of green and blue in the spectrum, this place is almost made for Instagram. A day out over a million years in the making

Natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes from Rab

Split walking tour

Go back to the ancient Roman Empire with our expert guides on this great walking tour of the historic core of Split. Learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage site while taking a relaxing walk through the streets and squares of old Diocletian’s Palace.

The tour lasts approximately one hour and a half and covers the Diocletian’s Palace with the Historical Complex of Split which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The price doesn’t include entry tickets to churches and museums, however you can buy these tickets on spot and our guide will take you inside of each and every monument you decide to visit.

Split walking tour

Experience Trogir Tour from Split

Color your day with a trip to the unique and highly interesting old city of Trogir, only a few kms away from Split. Embark on a journey to visit Trogir, the ancient pearl of central Dalmatia by bus, minibus or boat, depending on the number of people who will be attending the tour.

The old city of Trogir is actually older than the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the whole historic core was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. Not many towns in the whole world have been completely preserved by the UNESCO; Trogir is one of them.

A walking tour of Trogir with an experienced guide wouldn’t be complete, however, without tasting some of the finest traditional food. After a delicious lunch in the heart of Trogir, you’ll have free time to stroll around the city center and do some shopping before we take you back to Split.

Experience Trogir Tour from Split

Dubrovnik

Exploring Dubrovnik is like uncovering a treasure trove of historical masterpieces. And on this tour from Split, you’ll discover the Renaissance architecture, ancient palaces and historic churches that have earned Dubrovnik the nickname of ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’.

Before we even make it to Dubrovnik, the drive along Makarska Riviera, Baćina Lakes and the valleys around River Neretva will have you captivated from the very start. But as soon as your foot hits the cobbled ground in Dubrovnik, you’ll be swept into this UNESCO-listed walled city packed with historic sites. A walking tour of the Old Town will lead you to Baroque churches, Venetian palaces and other delights.

After the tour, spend some time meandering through the streets and strolling through the narrow alleys, stairs and squares. Modern eateries and bars are nestled among the ornate buildings. You’ll have the choice of peaceful squares or bustling marinas for your backdrop.

Dubrovnik

Mostar

East meets west in Mostar – a city where minarets and church spires rise above ancient stone houses. You’ll cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina, and discover sights such as the world-famous Stari Most bridge and the bazaar.

Mostar is a melting pot of cultures and religions. The UNESCO-listed old town is packed with grand buildings from the Ottoman and Habsburg eras. Historic mosques and imposing cathedrals dot the skyline in the shadow of the 2,000m-high Mt Velez.

Your guide will lead you around the cobbled old bazaar, a well-preserved traditional Turkish home and one of the many mosques. After the tour, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore for yourself. Spend some time in the old craft shops or enjoy lunch overlooking the Stari Most bridge over the River Neretva.

Mostar

Krka Waterfalls and Trogir from Brač

Two of Dalmatia’s must-sees feature on this full day tour from Brac. You’ll kick things off with free time in Krka National Park to explore its cascading waterfalls, then head off for some sightseeing in the UNESCO-protected historic town of Trogir.

This jam-packed day gets off to a picturesque start with a boat transfer from Supetar over to Split. From here, you’ll board the bus and trundle off into the countryside where the famed Krka National Park will be your destination. You’ll see one of Croatia’s most pictured sights, the Skradinski Buk waterfall, and explore the rest of the park under your own steam, or even grab some lunch.

Back on board and Trogir will be our next stop. This UNESCO-listed town on a tiny island is protected by ancient walls. You’ll take note of its Renaissance, baroque and Romanesque architecture and enjoy some free time for sightseeing. There’s a long list of things to see, including the cathedral and Cipiko Palace. Afterwards, it’s back to Split where the boat awaits to take you back to Brac.

Krka Waterfalls and Trogir from Brač

Zadar City Tour

Zadar flaunts a roll-call of Roman ruins and intriguing sights all packed within its historic streets. You’ll join a guide to see all the monuments, including the famed Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, then have some free time to soak it all up on this half-day excursion.

After being picked up from your hotel, you’ll venture into the historic centre of Zadar – a fascinating city on the shores of the Adriatic. Its churches – from Romanesque to Venetian – and elegant buildings as well as its mini-marina are a joy to discover. Wander around, visiting St Donatus Church, St Anastasia’s Cathedral, the Roman Forum and People’s Square, which lies at the heart of the action.

No visit to Zadar would be complete without witnessing the sounds of the Sea Organ and the light show of the Sun Salutation, both created by visionary architect Nikola Basic. After a walk along the seafront, you’ll have time to yourself to visit museums or sip on a maraschino and drink it all in.

Zadar City Tour

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Having carved their way through travertine rocks for millions of years, the pure jade waters of the lakes and waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park are a sight to behold. You’ll enjoy a boat trip to admire it all and have plenty of time to snap up the shimmering fluorescent lakes as well as the surrounding scenery on this full day tour.

From Zadar, you’ll have an early start to reach Plitvice Lakes National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in time for the mid-morning. You’ll journey through the Dalmatian hinterland to get there, so it promises to be a day full of incredible landscapes.

When you arrive at the park, you’ll board a boat to explore it up close. You’ll also enjoy a nature walk along boardwalks and over bridges to all the best lookout points over the lakes, whose colours fill the spectrum of blues and greens.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Trogir and Split

Sitting at opposite ends of the Gulf of Kastela, Split and Trogir offer two contrasting visions of the past. Split is a bustling city built around a Roman emperor’s palace while Trogir is a medieval town set upon an islet – and both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.

First, you’ll visit Split, the hub of the Dalmatian coast. The star of the show is the vast third century palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Today it doubles as Split’s old town and has been used to film Game of Thrones. You’ll visit two markets and have free time grab a bite to eat, before heading to Trogir.

Stacked with medieval palaces and churches, and a Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, it packs a lot of heritage into its narrow, cobbled streets. You’ll also visit two markets here before rounding off with a refreshment stop at Stella Croatica – famed for its handmade delicacies.

Trogir and Split

Hvar and Brac Island Cruise

A relaxing boat trip to sun-drenched islands on the Dalmatian coast, homemade lunch served on deck, and free time to explore two picture-perfect harbour towns – this trip has it all. You’ll glide over to explore Hvar and Brac, with time to sunbathe in between. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.

After a delightful crossing by boat, you’ll reach the island of Brac, home to the world-famous Zlatni Rat beach. We’ll drop anchor in Bol, the island’s main town, to enjoy some time on dry land before your freshly prepared lunch is served back on board the boat.

Then, we’ll cross over to Hvar and anchor up in Jelsa, which is surrounded by high peaks, caves and parks. You’ll have more free time here, then we’ll trundle back to the mainland in the early evening.

Hvar and Brac Island Cruise

Brac Island Tour

This half-day tour of Brac starts on a high and never looks back. You’ll visit Vidova Gora – the highest point in the Adriatic islands – the port town of Supetar, museums in Skrip and a quarry in Pucisca. A really great introduction to this rugged island’s history and culture.

Leaving Bol early in the morning, we’ll wind our way up to the summit of Vidova Gora. At 780m, it offers panoramic views over not just Brac but other islands and parts of the mainland. From here, we’ll cut across the stony and wooded interior for a pit stop Supetar – the island’s attractive main port.

Next up is the hamlet of Skrip, which is the island’s oldest settlement. Visit the small but fascinating Museum of Brac – it features a well-preserved Roman mausoleum plus other curios – and its Olive Oil Museum. The last stop of the tour is at Pucisca, a pretty coastal town famed for its white limestone quarry. You’ll visit it and also drop into Croatia’s only stonemason school.

Brac Island Tour

Krka National Park and waterfalls

The great outdoors don’t come any greater than Krka National Park, one of Croatia’s wildest natural treasures. You’ll get a chance to breathe in the freshest of airs and explore the waterfall-splashed landscape of Skradinski Buk. There’s also a visit to Šibenik town, an ethnic village and a water mill too.

Krka National Park is a place of thundering waterfalls, lakes and riverside walks. But before arriving, you’ll explore Šibenik town – one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. Once at the park, you’ll have the day to stroll along the wooden waterside walkways, drop into an ethnic village to learn about old traditions and visit an historic water mill.

But the park’s crowning glory is Skradinski Buk – a huge natural pool with 17 cascading waterfalls bursting through the trees. You’ll be able to go for a dip in the fall’s lower lakes or spot nightingales, herons, falcons, owls and more. Here, you’ll have time for some lunch.

Krka National Park and waterfalls

Šibenik and Krka National Park Tour

A land of lakes, waterfalls and gorgeous gorges, Krka National Park is well worth a day trip from Zadar. On this full day tour, you’ll experience one of Croatia’s most famous sights – Krka waterfalls with their tempting natural pools – and explore the medieval town of Sibenik.

Driving along the Adriatic coast, you’ll arrive at Sibenik. Your guide will navigate the town’s medieval heart, leading you to the jewel in the crown – the recently restored St James’s Cathedral – whose exterior corresponds with the interior. Built during the Renaissance with stone from neighbouring islands, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After some free time, we’ll continue to Lozovac to enter Krka National Park. Our first stop will be the park’s largest waterfalls – and probably most photographed – Skradinski Buk. It’s a popular swimming spot, too, so remember to pack your bathing gear. You’ll have some free time to explore, relax and walk along the river before we head back.

Šibenik and Krka National Park Tour

Krka National Park Transfer Only

Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s wildest natural treasures. Take out the hassle of getting there with this transfer service. You’ll get a chance to breathe in the freshest of airs and explore vegetation-rich and waterfall-splashed landscapes.

Krka National Park is a place of thundering waterfalls, lakes and riverside walks. Choose to take the entry and you’ll have the day to stroll along the wooden waterside walkways and bridges that crisscross the park.

The park’s crowning glory is Skradinski Buk – a huge natural pool with 17 cascading waterfalls bursting through the trees. You’ll be able to go for a dip in the fall’s lower lake. You do a spot of wildlife spotting – nightingales, herons, falcons and owls are all regulars here.

Krka National Park Transfer Only

Jeep Safari from Šibenik

Take to the back roads on this 4×4 adventure. You’ll be wowed as we pass by the royal town of Knin and Croatia’s premier Krka National Park, all with a few stops of beauty spotting along the way.

Climb aboard your off road vehicle and the tour begins with a visit to the historical town of Knin. Once the capital of the Croatian Kingdom, its fortress was used to crown royalty, so it’s packed with historical appeal. Continue the adventure driving along dusty roads beside the mountain of Dinara before visiting ancient tombs at the 9th century Church of St. Salvation.

Head towards the Krka National Park and take a pit stop at the Cetina River for a photo. Then, with the wind in your hair, you’ll round off the day with panoramic views over Visovac – a picturesque isle that sits in the middle of the Krka River.

Jeep Safari from Šibenik

Zip Line Šibenik – Čikola Canyon

The Čikola River Canyon isn’t just a pretty face – it’s home to a world of energy with its 1.4 km zip line. Find your inner daredevil to experience the sights of this canyon while you zoom across on three different lines of adventure.

The zip line here tells a story from the past – it was once used to transport cargo from one place to the next. Nowadays though, it’s been decked out for adrenaline junkies, with thousands of visitors each year flocking to this canyon in search of some thrill-seeking fun.

The three zip lines soar above 200 metres of pine-clad rocks, ravines and the clear cool waters of the river. Harness on, you’ll dash through the skies on zip lines ranging from lengths of 200, 500 and 650 metres, taking in the spectacular views and sights of the Čikola River Canyon

Zip Line Šibenik – Čikola Canyon

Rafting Cetina River from Šibenik

Amazing landscapes and adrenaline-pumping adventure are the name of the game on this white-water rafting trip on the River Cetina. You’ll journey along the Dalmatian coast and head into the mountains, ready to spin, splash and paddle your way down the foaming rapids with an expert guide. Its thrills and spills from the moment you push off.

After pick-up, we’ll drive high into the mountains. On arrival at the launching pad for the descent by raft, you’ll be given a quick safety briefing and be kitted out with wetsuits, helmets and life vests.

Next, you’ll take a seat in your raft, ready for a ride through the rocky canyon. Expect fast-moving rapids and calm currents as the raft skims, spins and glides over the foamy water. Your rafting experience lasts around three hours before ending in Omis. Here, you can leave your vessel behind and head off to explore the pretty town that sits at the mouth of a rocky gorge on the river.

Rafting Cetina River from Šibenik

Krka National Park

The palette of greens and blues Mother Nature used on Krka National Park was infinite. It’s hard not to overstate the raw beauty of its waterfalls and forests. On this excursion, you’ll visit the most famous falls and even get the chance to wade in the cool waters.

You’ll reach Krka National Park after a drive inland along the Cikola canyon as your guide gives you the lowdown on the area’s geology and history. In the park, you’ll see the beautiful Lake Visovac, famed for its islet with a monastery, and the Roski Slap falls. Locals call it ‘the necklaces’ because of its numerous cascades.

Follow a trail with your guide to the Skradinski Buk falls – it’s truly amazing to stand before it. The water bursts through the lush vegetation of its 17 travertine barriers. There’s a wooden platform from which to view this natural masterpiece or you can dip into the base pool. You’ll also learn about Europe’s first hydropower plant during the tour.

Krka National Park

“Pineli & Vino” wine and paint experience

“Pineli & Vino” is a painting party that requires no prior painting experience. As soon as you arrive, you will be offered a glass of wine. You are free to sip as much wine as you want. The guidance of your hosts will lead you to create step by step a masterpiece of your own! The best part is that you’ll take it with you as a great souvenir of your unique experience and fun times in Split. You will be provided with all supplies, materials and, of course, fine local wine. Come and enjoy a night of painting and sipping while having a great time!

The experience is held by a group of great individuals and professionals in fields of art, hospitality, entertainment and event management. Their goal is to allow non-professionals painters to experience art and fun together. The team consists of 3 professional artists Dona, Ivana and Vana, who will help the hidden Picasso within you to emerge. Meanwhile, Stipe, the operations manager, will make sure that you don’t run out of paint or, even more important, of wine.

This experience will be all about fun, meeting new people and creating some great experiences together. Every night will have a specific theme, but you are free to paint anything you want while listening to good music and enjoying a relaxed atmosphere.

“Pineli & Vino” wine and paint experience

Museum of Senses admission ticket REGULAR

The Museum of Senses in Split is a museum dedicated to exploring our main senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch and balance.
It’s a place where your senses will experience a sensational new adventure!!

Solve puzzles using your sense of smell! Use your fingertips to solve a mystery. Touch the light to create music! Learn more about Split, the ancient Mediterranean city. And, of course, take a bunch of awesome photos!

When you enter, forget everything you know about reality. Let yourself go and let us guide you through the zones dedicated to senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch and balance.
Explore unique attractions in creative spaces of our museum, created by young Croatian artists, designers and architects.

Museum of Senses admission ticket REGULAR

Game of Thrones guided walking tour in Split

Old, new, and fictional worlds collide in this walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. Not only is this impressive complex rich with history and a favorite local hangout, but it is the filming location for the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Calling all Games of Thrones fans! Let us transport you out of modern-day Split and into Westeros on this walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. This impressively preserved Roman camp will bring Game of Thrones to life as you walk in the footsteps of the characters, plot your revenge in its narrow streets like Khaleesi, and dine on a feast fit for Tyrion.

Game of Thrones guided walking tour in Split

PLITVICE LAKES WITH RASTOKE

Two of Croatia’s most magical landscapes are the stars of this trip. You’ll soak up the natural beauty of UNESCO-listed Plitvice National Park and visit the village of Rastoke – a clutch of fairytale-like cottages crowned by the magnificent waterfalls of the the Slunjčica river. It’s a day of spectacular scenery in the Dalmatian Hinterland.

First we’ll drop by the Croatian War of Independence Museum to uncover the country’s turbulent past. Continue on to the peaceful surrounds of Rastoke and you’ll get a taste for things to come as you wander by the waterfalls, wooden houses and watermills of this picturesque riverside village.

Finally, we reach the main event – the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice National Park. With cascading waterfalls plunging into pools of pure jade, it’s a sight to behold. Explore the 18km of wooden paths that snake around the park and see almost every shade of green and blue in the spectrum. No filters needed, this place is made for Instagram.

PLITVICE LAKES WITH RASTOKE