Croatia self drive vacation
Our only Croatia self-drive vacation encourages exploration away from the busy tourist areas. With a tailor-made itinerary designed to get you out of the car, you’ll experience family-owned hotels, small local restaurants, wild national parks and real village life.
Adriatic Island hopping Zagreb Dubrovnik Trogir Zadar Plitvice National Park Krka National Park Split Historic cities
£1045To£1575 excluding flights
What's included ? * Private airport transfer(s) * 14 nights on B&B * 11 days fully-inclusive car hire * Detailed itinerary (directions & sightseeing info.) * FREE travel app (documents, maps, weather & more) * All taxes, 24hr local services.
Description of Croatia self drive vacation
This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
Go on day trips to smaller islands and take guided walking tours when you are there. They all have stories galore.
Solo travelers welcome although one person per car leaves very heavy carbon footprint.
Small locally owned hotels.
14 nights in small locally owned hotels, breakfasts, guide book, 11 days air-conditioned car hire, airport transfers, ferry timetables, directions, on call service.
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
58 Reviews of Croatia self drive vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by Manuelle PrunierThe most memorable part of the vacation was the lovely and friendly hotel in Plitvice right in the countryside and very close to the Park (Etno Garden). Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019 by Jean RovegnoThere were a few (memorable moments) but at the top it would have to be the lovely staff at Hotel Korsal, Korcula Island and at the Plitvice Lakes. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jun 2019 by Trish HartThe most memorable parts of the trip were the visits to Plitvice lakes and Krka national park, both parks were very scenic but busy. Zadar by contrast was quiet and not totally touristy yet! Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2019 by Peter TownsendPlivitz and Kirka National Parks were absolutely superb Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019 by Jonathan RubesCroatia is a beautiful country and all parts had their moments Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2018 by Tim GoodeCroatia is wonderful... the Port of Sucrulaj on Hvar is a beautiful village. The best Port City I have ever visited. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2018 by Joanne ManzoExcellent. The operator was exceptional. Our accommodations were the best Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2018 by Lisbeth FaulstichIt was fabulous....Plitvice was pretty cool. Zagreb was a pleasant surprise, as was Zadar. The staff at the hotels in Zadar, Hvar, and Plitvice deserve a call out for their help, friendliness and service. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by Rick KeenanThe national parks we visited, Plitvice Lakes and Kirk, were excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 May 2018 by Prakash DamodaranCroatia's natural beauty - its brilliant coastline, azure seas, beautiful lakes... and great roads meant to be driven on. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 May 2018 by Andy BradingThere were many highlights so it's hard to choose just 1. The amphitheatre in Pula was amazing, as was Dubrovnik as a whole and all of the towns, small and large with their narrow streets, beautiful churches, squares and other old buildings were an absolute delight. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2018 by Anna-Lena Neld HansenThe most memorable part of the vacation were the National Parks - simply gorgeous Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2018 by Patrick Ko(The vacation was) Excellent! I have gained knowledge about the scenery, culture and the people of Croatia. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by Linda FranckThe excursions were the most memorable part of the vacation Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2018 by Penelope JacksonTraveling up Cetina Valley while staying in Omis. Learning the process of lavender oil production on Hvar Island. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Aug 2018 by Gavin LittlePlitvice was very nice Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2017 by Amanda DistinThe most memorable part of our vacation was the time spent at Plitvice. We arrived in torrential rain at c9.00 am, but had come prepared with our ponchos! By mid morning the weather had cleared and the sun was out. This area has to be unique in the world, with all the walk ways running along the numerous waterfalls and water flowing underneath your feet. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2017 by Marilyn ColeDifficult to make a choice because the coastline is beautiful and the towns are very interesting but the Plitvice Lakes have the edge and were very memorable even in the rain! We also found Ston surprising - in a good way - particularly walking the walls. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2017 by Carolyn FarrarPlitvice National Park and walking the walls of Dubrovnik both stand out as super experiences. Both needed early starts but so worth it to get ahead of the crowds and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2017 by Gary CharlesWe stayed in 6 cities and travelled through 4 former Yugoslav states. Our favourite city was Split. It is the ideal spot to do island hopping. The most fascinating city was Sarajevo. We were not expecting such a diversity of cultures living side by side. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Aug 2017 by Martin HarrisAll of it was memorable. Great adventure. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jun 2017 by Samantha SyderWe had a driving vacation through Croatia - with a couple of days relaxation at the end. The whole vacation was enjoyable, Croatia is a beautiful country. Each part had its own merits, so hard to pinpoint one particular aspect. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Tom LambieAn excellent vacation much enhanced by the organisation of RT, resulting in a lot achieved in the 2 weeks. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by Alan TaphouseEverything was a new experience and the country has fantastic scenery and many historical towns - nothing stood out overall. It was all exceptional! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by Julia KemperAll bar three days of the vacation were spent in Montenegro, not Croatia. Montenegro is largely about the scenery/outdoor activities - very little in the way of notable buildings/museums/etc. But nonetheless interesting & worthwhile. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by Joy CooperThe amazing, beautiful scenery round every corner, whether we were driving along the coast road, hiking in a national park, cycling round an island or exploring the towns and cities. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2016 by Linda AtouguiaAbsolutely fantastic - want to return ASAP!!!! Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2016 by Jo ToftsEverything had been arranged perfectly and went smoothly and we really felt like we got a feel for the country. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by David KassFab, thank you to Andy for all the assistance given to make this a memorable vacation. Well done all. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Oct 2016 by Markeus WoodworthHad an amazing time exploring the islands and mainland. Easy driving. Good food. Lovely people. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by Charles FoxExcellent. The travel arrangements worked like clockwork. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by John BurgessUnspoiled coastal towns with clean beaches and water, friendly and welcoming people, good food and drink and wall-to-wall sunshine. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2016 by Debbie WilliamsExcellent, especially swimming in the lovely clear sea. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2016 by Julie ConnollyExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by Jocelyn CarpreauExcellent! There were many little touches that made this vacation seem more luxurious than other road trips we have taken. It felt as if the tour operator had personally chosen the best rooms for us. We wouldn't have been able to do that if we'd booked on the hotels ourselves. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2016 by Bernie VanhaeftenReally enjoyed it. Great people, lovely country (especially northern Croatia), fascinating architecture and fabulous food. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jul 2016 by Cathy DawsonBeautiful coastline, clear waters, great snorkelling. The hotels were all quite different, but all good. Hotel mediteran in Zadar is not flashy, but it is clean and I think the friendliest hotel we have ever stayed in. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jul 2016 by Sue Gemmell10/10 we loved it thanks !! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2016 by Alison CuttsIt was all executed with simple, smooth efficiency which enabled us to enjoy everything to the max, and have a relaxing yet adventurous experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2015 by Mairead LennoxAbsolutely perfect. Well organized and with no hitches. Car hire was easy and the hotels were very well chosen. We would certainly recommend this to anyone. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2015 by Tony JonesWe have travelled to a lot of the world over the last 30 years and I would put this vacation at the top of them all! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Aug 2015 by Ewan HunterThere were so many highlights - Croatia is such a beautiful country, I genuinely loved every stop on our itinerary. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jul 2015 by Randall HurdPlitvice Lakes National Park which is simply stunning, but Krka Park is also not to be missed. The drive to Hvar Town on the island of Hvar is similarly stunning. Many beautiful old towns. We liked the smaller towns like Stari Grad as well as magnificent Dubrovnik. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jun 2015 by Colin BeauchampVery good. The vacation provider gave a superb personal service and clearly with detailed knowledge of the country. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jun 2015 by Bob WheelerExcellent - great country, great scenery, everyone we met was friendly and very helpful Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2015 by David SmithA relaxing, interesting and in some ways an educational experience which was great fun and very enjoyable. The good weather also helped! Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2015 by Janet VeilandsThe Plitvice Lakes exceeded our expectations to a considerable degree. Made all the more impressive by reason of it raining lightly for the two days we were there, which resulted in a lot of flowing water and I adding to the effect. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 May 2015 by Andrew FordWalking through the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Breath-taking views from the hilltop hotel in Motovun. The pleasure of car driving through the beautiful inland countryside of Slovenia and Croatia on relatively empty but well maintained roads. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2015 by Graham EmblenThe visit to Plitvisc lakes and falls were absolutely spectacular...Overall it was a very interesting experience and well worth it. Croatia is a beautiful country with plenty of natural sights. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jun 2014 by Kenneth VaithilingamYour company was fantastic. Everything falling into place . Pick up, hotels, car arrangements , the whole works. Will recommend you to all my friends . Well done. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2014 by Roger GoodlIff9 out of 10 ( rain for a few days cost one point!) Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2014 by Alan Paton4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall? very highly and everything was expertly organised Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by Nancy BrowneExcellent. We highly recommend this type of vacation to anyone traveling to Croatia. Driving is easy. Don't hesitate to do it. It is breath taking to drive along the coast. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jun 2013 by Annemarie FlickIt was truly memorable, and we highly recommend this company to book your trip. You were willing to shorten it for us as we could only be away for 10 days not 14 days. You looked at what we wanted and the sights we wanted to visit. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2013 by Sue HowlesThe most memorable part was walking along Dubrovnik walls & spectacular views. Enjoying Plitvice waterfalls - spent hrs walking every path. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Aug 2013 by Charles PalmerExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jul 2012 by Lindsay ParkMeeting the locals seeing amazing landscapes was the most memorable part of the vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2012 by Cathy RosenbergThe whole trip down the coast of Croatia (from Zagreb to Dubrovnik) was absolutely beautiful ... all the old Roman ruins and towns. The people were so friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe have chosen to include places to stay where public transport is more than adequate for sightseeing so that the car is not used with towns or national parks; the use of such a variety of transport enables you to interact more fully with the locals, to practice your language and to minimise your carbon footprint somewhat. By including the opportunity to visit the National Parks on this vacation you choose to contribute to the excellent record of conservation in recent years through the entrance fees.
As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimise the use of electricity and conducting the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We also compost waste in our company garden.
PeopleAccommodation on this vacation is in, primarily, family run, small hotels. The food in the hotels is primarily sourced locally and a large number of dishes on the menus are home made. We encourage you to engage local guides in places where their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and on the environmental impact of your visit. In Dubrovnik in particular you will see the evidence for and read about the impact of the war on this UNESCO protected location; the cost of rebuilding and repairing the historic center has been enormous and every contribution made by visitors will help.
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