STUCCO HOUSES LINE TURQUOISE BAYS, GENTLE SUMMER BREEZE AND INCREDIBLY RICH HISTORY
Island hop your way down the Dalmatian coast, swimming in isolated bays and exploring ancient Adriatic island villages.
If you’re looking for beautiful crystal bays, beautiful islands and historical centres, then this backpacking adventure tour of Croatia is exactly what you need.
We’ve designed the ultimate relaxing tour that connects you with locals on the mainland, on the coast and out on the islands. You can expect to eat scrumptious food, visit traditional markets and explore picturesque national parks, and experience first-hand the historical impact of being a gateway nation on the Adriatic Sea.
ZagrebZagreb is a beautiful city with wonderful architecture dating back to Roman times. The city was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 19th century, which can be seen in buildings such as the Mariæ Himmelfart Cathedral and the nearby historic noble palaces, which are well preserved. As the capital of Croatia, Zagreb is a vibrant cultural center with a lively nightlife, restaurants, bars and shopping. Everywhere in the city, the surrounding mountains are always visible, and the Medvkdnica mountain, Koratia's largest mountain, casts an impressive shadow over the city at sunset. The best starting point for exploring the city is the main square, Trg Bana Jelacica, where you'll find everything from shopping malls and fine dining to shops selling arts and crafts from local artists. Check out the oddly named Museum of Broken Relationships, and when it comes to dining, explore areas like Podgorači Street or Maslina Street to find traditional Croatian delights at affordable prices.
Plitvice National ParkPlitvice Lakes National Park is an absolute oasis for nature lovers. Established in 1949 as Croatia’s first and largest national park, its incredible lakes surrounded by rich forest have earned the national park UNESCO World Heritage status. Located in an area known as the Pannonian basin the national park sits hard up against the Dinaric Alps, which stretch from Italy to Albania separating the Balkan Peninsula from the Adriatic Sea. The park was originally a system of 16 individual lakes that have merged into a single interconnected body of water over time over time due to flooding caused by dense rainfall in the region and earthquakes.
ZadarZadar is a cultural and historical city that has had a tumultuous past. This city has seen and been subjected to many different dominions throughout its centuries of existence including Roman, Austro-Hungarian, and French rule. Although it's relatively new in terms of cities, Zadar has been around for about 3,500 years! Most recently it was unfortunately a focal point in the Croatian/Yugoslavian War of Independence in the 1990’s. Since then, the city has undergone much transformation to regain its former glory. Today the city is a beautiful place to visit and has become famous for its gastronomic experiences including different delicacies from fish and sea food. Try a chocolate tour through the historic centre. The main boulevard promenade, known as "Kolocep," is like an open-air gallery of modern art. It includes one of Croatia's most recognizable landmarks in the form of an oversized fig tree and adjoining wooden humpback horse statue created by local sculptor Ivan Mrkic. Take an excursion trip to Pag Island, Dalmatia’s second-largest island for some great swimming and sunbathing on the rocky shoreline.
SplitSplit is the gateway city to exploring many of the southern islands. The evening stroll along the harbour promenade is a must do and there is lots of explore amongst the old fortresses, cathedrals, Renaissance and Baroque-style architecture and neighbourhood markets. It is not just old-stuff - the nightlife in Split with many bars and nightclubs was once described as being Los Angeles-esque from 1980s. We are not certain what that means but we think it means disco and hip.
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Split day trips – island hopping, boat trips and more If you have time before or after your U.Trip to Croatia and should you find yourself in Split, then we