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  • Split, Croatia's second-largest city.  Photo Credit Croatia National Tourist Board - Ivan Coric
  • Dubronik Old Town Port
  • Plitvice Lakes is one of the world's most beautiful National Parks. Photo Credit - CNTB Luka Esenko
  • The popular Island of Hvar - Photo Credit Croatian National Tourist Board - Hrvoje Serdar
  • Krka National Park
  • Dubrovnik - the most popular destination to include when booking your Croatia vacation.

Croatia is relatively new as a worldwide tourist destination which is surprising considering the attractions of its spectacular coastal scenery and its long and interesting history, perfect for a Croatia vacation. It is situated on the east side of the Adriatic Sea to the east of Italy and borders Slovenia to the north-west, Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the south-east, Serbia in the east and Montenegro to the south. It was part of the original Yugoslavia.  Tourism accounts for up to 20% of Croatian GDP. The bulk of the tourist industry is concentrated along the Adriatic Sea coast. It is ranked as the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world.

The country is geographically diverse with flat agricultural plains along the Hungarian border and low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline and islands. There are 1,246 islands dotted around the Adriatic coastline. The largest ones are Krk and Cres.  

Northern Croatia has a temperate continental climate whereas the central and upland regions have a mountainous climate. The entire Adriatic coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, perfect fora Croatia vacation. Spring and Fall are mild along the coast.

Croatia is a land with a rich cultural heritage which is certainly discovered in the numerous museums, galleries and churches, but also, where even the shortest stroll becomes a journey through thousands of years of history which has been, at times, turbulent and, exciting. On a Croatia vacation, whether walking through narrow white stone streets and alleys or climbing the green slopes of Central Croatia to the fairy-like fortresses and castles, each step is an ever new experience. Croatia is also a land of urban culture which numbers more cities than any other part of the Mediterranean.

Diocletian Palace Split

Because of its geographic position, Croatia represents a blend of four different cultural spheres. It has been influenced by both western and eastern cultures. There are, in total, seven UNESCO world heritage sites.

Croatian traditional cuisine varies from one region to another. Dalmatia and Istria draw upon Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines which feature various seafood, cooked vegetables and pasta dishes as well as condiments such as olive oil and garlic. The continental cuisine is heavily influenced by Hungarian, Austrian and Turkish cuisine which includes meats, freshwater fish and vegetable dishes.  There are three distinct wine-producing regions in Croatia. The continental region in the north-east of the country, especially Slavonia is capable of producing premium wines, particularly whites. Along the north coast, Istrian and Krk wines are similar to those produced in neighbouring Italy, while further south, in Dalmatia, Mediterranean-style red wines are the norm.

Zagreb Croatia

Zagreb, the capital, is a vibrant city. It has a charming medieval' old city with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals.

Dubrovnik, probably the best-known tourist centre in Croatia, is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of the country and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is a seaport and is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik was one of the centres of the development of the Croatian language and literature, home to many notable poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars.  Today, on a Croatia vacation package, it is one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. George Bernard Shaw once said that "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it". Royalty, presidents and diplomats have all favoured the city. Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries and museums.

Split is a city in Central Dalmatia and was originally built around the Diocletian Palace (a palace/fort built for the retired Roman Emperor Diocletian. It is the economic hub of the eastern Adriatic shoreline. One can still see the Roman walls, squares, and temples which remain. Because of its ideal climate, it has been nicknamed "The most beautiful city in the world" and "Mediterranean flower".

Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner. It is shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. The Italian influence is fairly dominant. On  a Croatia vacation package, the major resort is Porec with good beaches. Inland is Pula with its interesting Roman amphitheatre.

The Kvarner Gulf is a bay in the northern Adriatic Sea located between the Istrian Peninsula and the northern mainland. It includes the seaport city of Rijeka and the resort of Opatija, a popular summer and winter resort surrounded by beautiful woods of bay laurel. The whole seacoast to the north and south of Opatija is rocky and picturesque and contains several smaller winter resorts.

So, on a Croatia vacation, the choice is yours.

 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

5 Reasons to Cruise Croatia!

Discover a New and Exciting European Destination With a Croatia Vacation

Boutique Cruising in Croatia

Make the Most of Your Adriatic Adventure in Sensational Croatia

Unusual Museums of the World (Part 1)


 

Croatia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Croatia. vacation. 

Learn about the history and culture of Croatia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Croatia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Croatia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Croatia tours today!

 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Croatia vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Croatia.

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  • 7 Night Adriatic & Greece Cruise: Venice to Venice

    Enjoy a Europe cruise filled with culture and adventure on board Norwegian Star. When you arrive in Dubrovnik, be sure to spend some time on the famous, limestone-paved main street – the Stradun – in the historic Old Town. Make colossal memories by hiking to the top of the Acropolis in Athens. In Santorini, savour the breathtaking views and a traditional Greek meal complete with authentic food, wine, music and dancing.
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    8 Days
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    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Active in Croatia: Split to Split

    Hike, raft, kayak, and bike your way through one of Europe’s emerging stars on this Croatia tour that showcases this Balkan gem’s natural beauty, starting in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Split.
    Duration:
    8 Days
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    US$ 1,475
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    Active & Adventurous, Small Group Touring
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  • Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast: ex Trogir

    Discover Croatia’s surprising spectacular beautiful coastline where dramatic cliffs rise out of the sea and picturesque islands are scattered everywhere. Visit the interesting and charming resorts of Trogir, Korcula, Split, and the “jewel in the crown”, Dubrovnik each with their own individual attractions.
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    8 Days
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    US$ 2,560
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  • Croatia's Dalmatian Coast: Split to Dubrovnik: Small Group Touring

    From Split to Dubrovnik, this Croatia tour takes you to the sparkling Adriatic’s most beautiful stops, where streets soaked in history bump against the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean.
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    8 Days
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    US$ 2,455
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  • Croatian Rhapsody Zagreb to Dubrovnik Touring

    Commencing from Croatia’s fascinating capital, Zagreb, visit the wonders of Croatia including the Roman sites in Opatija, Plitvice Lakes with their magnificent waterfalls, Split with its Roman walls, historical Trogir and Dubrovnik with its excellent beaches and medieval old town.
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    9 Days
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    US$ 1,651
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  • Croatian Wilderness Sailing

    A one week cruise aboard a luxury air-conditioned motor yacht with only 9 cabins. Enjoy the outstanding beauty of the Dalmatian coast of Croatia calling in at a selection of islands, all breathtakingly beautiful and some totally unspoilt and remote.
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    8 Days
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    US$ 2,597
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  • Cruise Croatia: Kvarner Bay of Islands: Opatija to Opatija

    Cruise the Dalmatian coast to discover one of Europe’s newest, yet most timeless and beautiful ‘it’ destinations. This Croatia cruise takes you to delightful villages, old and new, all while sailing the beautiful waters of the Adriatic.
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    8 Days
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    US$ 699
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  • Discovery Cruise: Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik

    Sail from and return to the beautiful resort of Dubrovnik along the spectacular Dalmatian coastline visiting very interesting and uniquely different ports of call including Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Trstenik and Sipan. Enjoy amazing scenery, attractive beaches, wineries, historical sites and much more.
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    8 Days
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    Croatia See Trip Details
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia Escape: Stopover

    Staying in the fabled walled city, explore the highlights of the Adriatic including neighbouring islands and beautiful Montenegro. Then spend a day exploring Dubrovnik, one of Europe's favourite coastal cities, where the winding, narrow streets are bursting with life.
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    5 Days
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  • Dubrovnik: Day Trip to Montenegro

    Whilst in Dubrovnik why not take the opportunity to visit Montenegro! A small, picturesque country filled with natural beauties. A country in which you can spend the morning hiking in the mountain air and then the afternoon swimming in the clear blue Adriatic Sea, for although Montenegro is a small country it has it all. And it's not just the natural beauty that will leave you speechless, the history, the culture, the cuisine and the people will all fascinate you, and all this within an hours drive of Dubrovnik.
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  • Dubrovnik: Mostar Full Day Tour

    Spend a day exploring the historical centre of Mostar, an Ottoman frontier town across the border in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Start with a stop in Pocitelj, a fortified village town, before touring Mostar, seeing its old Turkish houses, the iconic bridge, Starj Most, and the UNESCO-reconstructed areas of the city’s Old Town.
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  • Dubrovnik: Sea Kayaking & Snorkelling Half Day Tour

    Head out onto the waters of the Adriatic Sea to explore the area by kayak. Head to the hidden cave beach of Betina where you can snorkel in the cave waters before paddling beneath the city walls of Dubrovnik to appreciate the Pearl of the Adriatic from the most stunning perspective imaginable.
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    3 Hours
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  • Dubrovnik: Sunset Sea Kayaking

    Take a few hours to explore the waters of the Adriatic Sea by kayak. Discover the hidden cave beach of Betina, explore the caves of Lokrum Island, and head to the Elpahite Islands to enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the Adriatic.
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  • Flavours of Northern Croatia & Slovenia

    Most Croatia tours focus on the Dalmatian Coast. This unique adventure takes you through the northern part of the country along with neighbouring Slovenia. Both regions are home to medieval villages, a proud wine culture, and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.
    Duration:
    7 Days
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    US$ 3,042
    Trip Type:
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  • Highlights of the Western Balkans Small Group Dubrovnik to Belgrade

    Explore the rich history of the ascendant Balkan nations on the Adriatic. Walk the ramparts of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, haggle for fine antiques in the Ottoman bazaar of Bascarsija in Sarajevo and stand atop the Kalemegdan Fortress in the “White City” of Belgrade.
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    8 Days
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  • Katarina Cruise: Croatia Captured: Split to Split

    Explore the extraordinarily beautiful and scenic rugged coastline of Dalmatia on the Adriatic Sea. Discover secluded beaches, wooded green islands and stunning timeless medieval towns. Visit impressive destinations including Split, Korcula, Hvar and spectacular Dubrovnik.
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    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,514
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Katarina Mini Cruise: 6 Day Dubrovnik to Split

    Head on a picturesque cruise along the Dalmatian Coast from Dubrovnik to Split on this Croatia vacation. A cruise is the perfect way to explore medieval towns like Korcula and Hvar, and lets you enjoy the history, culture, and stunning beaches this strip of Croatia has to offer.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 630
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Croatia See Trip Details
  • Katarina Mini Cruise: Split to Dubrovnik

    The perfect way to experience the extraordinary beauty of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Sail from Split and cruise south to Dubrovnik stopping at the emerging resort of Makarska with its excellent beaches and old world charm and at Mljet with its scenic National Park and beaches..
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 398
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  • Kompas Cruise: Spectacular Croatia by Sea: Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik

    This round trip Dubrovnik cruise provides a chance to explore this beautiful destination by sea. Relax as you travel from sight to sight and discover why this destination continues to grow in popularity. Highlights include Dubrovnik, Mljet National Park, Cetina River Canyon, Korcula, Split, and Hvar.
    Duration:
    8 Days
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    US$ 2,160
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Small Group Touring
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  • Ship to Shore Croatian Cruise: Dubrovnik to Split

    Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split along the picturesque Dalmatian Coast. Enjoy tours of both these charming cities and explore equally interesting ports of call which offer medieval towns, ancient Roman sites, old walled cities, interesting museums and an opportunity to swim and rent a bike.
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    8 Days
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    US$ 1,438
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  • Split: Escape Stopover

    Built around the Diocletian Palace, Split's legacy dates back to the 4th century Romans, and is keenly felt as you wander its charming streets. This UNESCO World Heritage listed city is also a perfect base for exploring the beautiful Dalmatian Coast.
    Duration:
    5 Days
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    US$ 517
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  • Split: River Krka Waterfalls & Sibenik Full Day Tour

    Take a day trip from Split to visit Sibenik and explore the lush waterfalls of the River Krka. Tour the St. James Cathedral in Sibenik, a sacred monument dating back to the 15th century, before touring the preserved watermills along the River Krka and gazing upon the Skradinski buk, the longest waterfall on the entire river.
    Duration:
    11 Hours
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  • The Wonderful Adriatic Cruise: Dubrovnik to Zadar

    Explore the delights of the Adriatic on this memorable Croatia cruise. Set out from the famous walls of Dubrovnik, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of Europe’s most beautiful islands.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,093
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Croatia See Trip Details
  • The Wonderful Adriatic Cruise: Zadar to Dubrovnik

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise through an archipelago of idyllic islands off the coast of Croatia. The cruise is sandwiched between two lovely charming historic cities, Zadar and Dubrovnik. There is also time to explore the old city and port of Split.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,950
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Croatia See Trip Details
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