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Croatia Adventure

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  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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 ADULT ONLY

Sea kayak in pristine waters, bike through medieval towns, and spy the iconic burnt-orange hued roofs and vibrant blue waters of the Dalmatian Coast. Embrace the vibrant Mediterranean culture on this six-day Croatia adventure tour.

Trip Start: Split Trip End: Dubrovnik

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Croatia Family Vacation

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Operated by our sister brand Austin Adventures

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  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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 FAMILY VACATION

Create lasting memories on this action-packed Croatia family vacation exploring the Dalmatian Coast. Bike through charming villages, hike mountainous coastlines, paddle enchanting bays, and explore the coastal waters of the Mediterranean.

Trip Start: Split Trip End: Dubrovnik
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Bask in the Mediterranean delights of the Dalmatian Coast on our Croatia adventure vacations and hiking tours.

Croatia is known for its tranquil waters, magnificent Venetian Renaissance architecture and pristine forest trails leading to breathtaking coastlines and secluded bays. Explore the best of these ancient landscapes on a fully guided Croatia adventure vacation and hiking tour. No visit to Croatia is complete without exploring the renowned Dalmatian Coast, and it's here our guides handpick activities and accommodations that showcase the best of the region. Sea kayak deep blue waters of the Pakleni Otoci islands, bike through vineyards and olive groves of Korčula island, and hike through elegant cypress forests. When you're not adventuring, dine on fresh seafood, sip on local red wine, watch the sunset from golden beaches and refresh with a dip in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. If you're ready for an adventure in paradise, look no further than one of our Croatia adventure vacations and hiking tours.

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Reviews from our Croatia Adventures

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Croatia Adventure - May 2024

Second time and just as amazing as the first!

"Croatia multi sport was our second trip with Active, after doing Netherlands cycling last year. This was an awesome full immersion trip into so many aspects of the country! Busy but had just enough down time to relax. Fun activities, great meals and learned so much history. Small group, awesome guides and an absolutely seamless and smooth experience. Active Adventures knocks it out of the park again!!

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"Croatia multi sport was our second trip with Active, after doing Netherlands cycling last year.… read more

"Croatia multi sport was our second trip with Active, after doing Netherlands cycling last year. This was an awesome full immersion trip into so many aspects of the country! Busy but had just enough down time to relax. Fun activities, great meals and learned so much history. Small group, awesome guides and an absolutely seamless and smooth experience. Active Adventures knocks it out of the park again!! read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

A Andrew | May 2024

Croatia Adventure - May 2024

Cycle the Sunny Isles of Croatia

"Ascend mountains that suddenly drop away to reveal a panorama of tile roofed Mediterranean villages, sailboats moored in little bays, and more islets and the Adriatic Sea beyond. Hike through olive groves and vineyards, smell the lavender and rosemary growing wild along the trail. Enjoy fine dining at small local restaurants where the owner knows the guide and brings platters of delicacies grown locally and the seafood catch of the day. Sample wines with the owner of the vineyard whose family has maintained it for several generations, wines sold only in Croatia. This was a very small and intimate travel experience with excellent guides.

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"Ascend mountains that suddenly drop away to reveal a panorama of tile roofed Mediterranean villages,… read more

"Ascend mountains that suddenly drop away to reveal a panorama of tile roofed Mediterranean villages, sailboats moored in little bays, and more islets and the Adriatic Sea beyond. Hike through olive groves and vineyards, smell the lavender and rosemary growing wild along the trail. Enjoy fine dining at small local restaurants where the owner knows the guide and brings platters of delicacies grown locally and the seafood catch of the day. Sample wines with the owner of the vineyard whose family has maintained it for several generations, wines sold only in Croatia. This was a very small and intimate travel experience with excellent guides. read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

E Elizabeth | May 2024

Croatia Adventure - September 2023

Hvar and Korcula are Island Gems

"Spectacular Dalmatian Islands tour.
Really enjoyed our meals and accommodations in a beautiful island setting.
The views from our hotels were outstanding.
Biking, Sea kayaking and walking tours were excellent.
Experienced guides and local foods were amazing.
We really loved the wines and brought several bottles home to share with friends.

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"Spectacular Dalmatian Islands tour.
Really enjoyed our meals and accommodations in a beautiful island setting.
The views… read more

"Spectacular Dalmatian Islands tour.
Really enjoyed our meals and accommodations in a beautiful island setting.
The views from our hotels were outstanding.
Biking, Sea kayaking and walking tours were excellent.
Experienced guides and local foods were amazing.
We really loved the wines and brought several bottles home to share with friends. read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

D David | September 2023

Croatia Adventure - May 2023

Wonderful trip in every way!

"We cannot say enough good things about our guides, Marko and Daniel. They were knowledgable, professional, friendly and relaxed but on top of every detail. The itinerary was great. I would say the biking was more moderate than easy. Most of our group had e-bikes and were glad they did. There were several long uphill stretches. But Marko was great about picking me up with the van so I wouldn't slow the group down. I will get an e-bike in the future.The buggy ride could've been skipped and replaced with a different activity.

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"We cannot say enough good things about our guides, Marko and Daniel. They were… read more

"We cannot say enough good things about our guides, Marko and Daniel. They were knowledgable, professional, friendly and relaxed but on top of every detail. The itinerary was great. I would say the biking was more moderate than easy. Most of our group had e-bikes and were glad they did. There were several long uphill stretches. But Marko was great about picking me up with the van so I wouldn't slow the group down. I will get an e-bike in the future.The buggy ride could've been skipped and replaced with a different activity. read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

C Catherine | May 2023

Croatia Adventure - January 2023

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"Amazing trip . Our guides were excellent and their attention to our itinerary and their knowledge of the local area and history of croatia were fantastic! Could not have asked for a better guided trip

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"Amazing trip . Our guides were excellent and their attention to our itinerary and their… read more

"Amazing trip . Our guides were excellent and their attention to our itinerary and their knowledge of the local area and history of croatia were fantastic! Could not have asked for a better guided trip read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

A Anita, United States | January 2023

Croatia Adventure - September 2022

A Dream Come True!!

"This was a trip of a lifetime!! Very well planned with fantastic guides. They catered to our every need!! All 4 of us are vegetarians and they made sure we had great food at every meal!! Can't wait to go again!!

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"This was a trip of a lifetime!! Very well planned with fantastic guides. They… read more

"This was a trip of a lifetime!! Very well planned with fantastic guides. They catered to our every need!! All 4 of us are vegetarians and they made sure we had great food at every meal!! Can't wait to go again!! read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

S Shalini, United States | September 2022

Croatia Adventure - September 2022

Croatia Adventure

"We enjoyed the trip very much. This was our second trip with Austin, and our overall impression was that Austin had slipped a notch.

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"We enjoyed the trip very much. This was our second trip with Austin, and… read more

"We enjoyed the trip very much. This was our second trip with Austin, and our overall impression was that Austin had slipped a notch. read less

4 Stars (43 reviews)

P Peter | September 2022

Croatia Adventure - August 2022

Awesome local guides show you amazing Croatia!

"Our local guides were so knowledgeable, they made this trip amazing! Biking, hiking, kayaking, dining out - each part of the trip you felt like an insider and a local. The trip was great for our family!

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"Our local guides were so knowledgeable, they made this trip amazing! Biking, hiking, kayaking, dining… read more

"Our local guides were so knowledgeable, they made this trip amazing! Biking, hiking, kayaking, dining out - each part of the trip you felt like an insider and a local. The trip was great for our family! read less

4 Stars (43 reviews)

J Jen, United States | August 2022

Croatia Family Vacation - June 2022

Croatia Family Vacation

"Everything was very well organized. The hotel's were great.

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"Everything was very well organized. The hotel's were great. read more

"Everything was very well organized. The hotel's were great. read less

5 Stars (7 reviews)

C Cynthia | June 2022

Croatia Adventure - June 2022

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"We fell in love with Croatia- the amazing scenery, the warm and friendly people, and the great food. Our guides were well organized, knowledgeable, and worked hard so that we could enjoy amazing local food and culture along with great biking and kayaking

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"We fell in love with Croatia- the amazing scenery, the warm and friendly people, and… read more

"We fell in love with Croatia- the amazing scenery, the warm and friendly people, and the great food. Our guides were well organized, knowledgeable, and worked hard so that we could enjoy amazing local food and culture along with great biking and kayaking read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

S Scott, United States | June 2022

Croatia Adventure - September 2021

Croatia Adventure

"We had absolutely NO idea what to expect since our family has never done this type of 'touring' before. My overall impression is , if the goal of your adventures is , 1) to have fun 2) get exercise with spectacular scenery 3) have someone else be in charge of the arrangements 4) learn so much about the life of your host country 5) have small businesses ( mostly family operated ) prosper from our money vs large restaurants etc AND 6) have the most patient and best tempered guides to deal with a large variety of personalities with a CAN DO attitude was SO WONDERFUL !!!!!!

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"We had absolutely NO idea what to expect since our family has never done this… read more

"We had absolutely NO idea what to expect since our family has never done this type of 'touring' before. My overall impression is , if the goal of your adventures is , 1) to have fun 2) get exercise with spectacular scenery 3) have someone else be in charge of the arrangements 4) learn so much about the life of your host country 5) have small businesses ( mostly family operated ) prosper from our money vs large restaurants etc AND 6) have the most patient and best tempered guides to deal with a large variety of personalities with a CAN DO attitude was SO WONDERFUL !!!!!! read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

M Marie | September 2021

Croatia Adventure - September 2021

Croatia Adventure

"The trip was incredible. The cadence of events was well-balanced and our guides were fantastic.

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"The trip was incredible. The cadence of events was well-balanced and our guides were fantastic. read more

"The trip was incredible. The cadence of events was well-balanced and our guides were fantastic. read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

M Michele | September 2021

Croatia Adventure - September 2021

Croatia Adventure

"Earth, sea, people-three words to describe this trip. The people were great-Marko and Daniel could not be any better-they were knowledgeable, friendly, funny, very hardworking and great communicators. All we had to do was show up in the lobby at the designated time and be ready for fun. We learned so much about Croatia-the land and people. The sea views and swimming were wonderful. The activities were challenging, yet able to do them. The food was fantastic and I loved not ordering lunch-bring us what is fresh and delicious. And, totally lucked out with the other travelers-they were great.

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"Earth, sea, people-three words to describe this trip. The people were great-Marko and Daniel could… read more

"Earth, sea, people-three words to describe this trip. The people were great-Marko and Daniel could not be any better-they were knowledgeable, friendly, funny, very hardworking and great communicators. All we had to do was show up in the lobby at the designated time and be ready for fun. We learned so much about Croatia-the land and people. The sea views and swimming were wonderful. The activities were challenging, yet able to do them. The food was fantastic and I loved not ordering lunch-bring us what is fresh and delicious. And, totally lucked out with the other travelers-they were great. read less

5 Stars (43 reviews)

M Mary | September 2021

Croatia Family Vacation - August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation

"The trip couldn't be better! Marko and Daniel were fantastic and made every part of the trip extraordinary!

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"The trip couldn't be better! Marko and Daniel were fantastic and made every part of… read more

"The trip couldn't be better! Marko and Daniel were fantastic and made every part of the trip extraordinary! read less

5 Stars (7 reviews)

A Andrew | August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation - August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation

"We had an amazing trip to Croatia with Austin Adventures! Our guides, Marko and Daniel, were so helpful and enthusiastic. It was so nice for 3 generations of my family to be able to travel & be active together. There was always some thing for everyone

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"We had an amazing trip to Croatia with Austin Adventures! Our guides, Marko and Daniel,… read more

"We had an amazing trip to Croatia with Austin Adventures! Our guides, Marko and Daniel, were so helpful and enthusiastic. It was so nice for 3 generations of my family to be able to travel & be active together. There was always some thing for everyone read less

5 Stars (7 reviews)

J Jessica | August 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of year to visit Croatia?

The best time to visit Croatia is during the summer months, from June to September, when sunlight is plentiful and temperatures are warm, between 66°F and 86°F. The cooler conditions of May and October lend themselves to a wide range of other outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking.

How many days do you need in Croatia?

10 days is the ideal amount of time for most travelers to explore Croatia. With that said, Croatia is an incredibly diverse place to visit with a lot of things to do, so if you have more time you can visit for three weeks or even a month.

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Croatia?

Croatia operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

How many people are there on each of your Croatia trips?

We generally take up to 14 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What is the time zone in Croatia?

For the majority of the summer season Croatia is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What is the currency in Croatia?

The currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the food like in Croatia?

Croatrian cuisine is one of the best in Europe, with its many miles of coastline, seafood is an obvious highlight, though you’ll also find succulent meats and hearty stews across inland destinations.
A 'traditional' breakfast in continental Croatia would typically consist of polenta and cornbread with lard and a sprinkling of paprika and a strong coffee. Croatinas love to enjoy a very thin-crusted pizza or a shared plate of snacks for dinner, such as čevapi (spicy grilled sausage), pršut (smoked ham) and cheese, or grilled sardines, usually served well after 8pm.
Crni rizot (Black risotto) is a must-try Croatian food! It's basically a squid risotto made using squid ink that colors the risotto black. Besides squids, this risotto often contains other seafood, particularly mussels, clams, and other shellfish.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

How many people are there on each of your Croatia trips?

We generally take up to 14 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What's included on your Croatia trips?

Accommodation
On your Croatia trip you'll stay in afew different places depending on the destination and activities. You'll stay in beautiful beachview hotels with private bathrooms, swimming pools, garden terraces and even a Spa!

Transport
Your transport will be a mixture of private vehicle, bike, kayak and your very own two feet on our trips in Croatia. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals
All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except one dinner. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

Can you help me find international flights to Croatia?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Croatia?

You don't need any vaccinations for Croatia. Easy!

Do I need a visa to visit Croatia?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Are beaches in Croatia warm?

The sea will be warm enough for swimming and the beaches wonderful for soaking up the sun. The average high temperature along the coast drops 3 degrees to 25°C while daytime highs in the capital city reach around 22°C.

What is the best time of year to visit Croatia?

The best time to visit Croatia is during the summer months, from June to September, when sunlight is plentiful and temperatures are warm, between 66°F and 86°F. The cooler conditions of May and October lend themselves to a wide range of other outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking.

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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