Idyllic islands bejewel the unspoilt coastline, crowned by Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic
Boasting an azure coastline, winding mountain trails, thousands of tiny islands, and picture-perfect towns and villages, Croatia tours are perfect for cycling and walking. Our trips to Croatia showcase everything the country has to offer, from the walled city of Dubrovnik to stunning national parks and the shimmering Dalmatian Coast. Whether you want to explore on foot or on two wheels, the mountainous backdrop invites you to explore Croatia’s wilder side. You’ll also find plenty of beaches that sweep along the coast, perfect for outdoor activities such as snorkelling, kayaking and swimming. And why not reward your adventures at one of the many restaurants or cafes to try the local wines and delicacies. Cycling along the Dalmatian Coast is a fantastic way to explore the beautiful islands of Hvar, Brac and Korcula, which are brimming with nature and cultural sites. As well as taking in the main sights, you’ll also veer off the beaten track to discover hidden gems. Dubrovnik’s UNESCO Old Town is one of the most picturesque in the Mediterranean with its sea of terracotta roofs, emerald waters and Baroque churches. Walk along the historic city walls to soak up views of the Adriatic, dine at a local fish restaurant and end your day with a sundowner in one of the stylish bars. Split is another fabulous port town to visit on Croatia tours and is known for its historical centre which is filled with beautiful architecture and impressive landmarks such as the Diocletian’s Palace and Marjan Hill. Split Old Town is home to the famous Pjaca Square, Venetian buildings and pavement cafes.
Said to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, and undoubtedly packed with historical and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia is one of the true wonders of Europe. Cycle with Exodus Travels through this breathtaking coastline.
1. Dubrovnik: A joyous jumble of narrow cobbled streets, baroque buildings and ancient city walls, Dubrovnik has certainly earned its title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Backed by rugged peaks that loom above the Adriatic, the city is endowed with history, nature and a chic urbanity that gives it a distinctive charm. Wander through the limestone Placa lined with boutiques, bars and restaurants and visit the Gothic Rector’s Place, St Blaise Church and Sponza Palace. 2. Wonderful walking and trekking: Croatia possesses all the components for exceptional walking holidays: a magnificent coastline flanked by mountains, gaping fjords, classical architecture and a fabulous climate. As well as exploring the natural landscapes, explore postcard-pretty islands and historic towns and cities such as Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir and Korcula, to name a few. There’s also a wealth of restaurants, bars and cafes where you can immerse yourself in the local culture. 3. Incredible national parks: Croatia is home to a staggering, eight national parks which showcase the country’s most spectacular scenery. Walk beneath the waterfalls of Plitvice, explore the pristine forests and saltwater lakes on Mljet island and look for dinosaur footprints on Veli Brijuni island. In Northern Dalmatia, Kornati National Park lies among the 150 uninhabited islands that make up the incredible Kornati archipelago and it’s one of nature’s finest creations. 4. Game of Thrones: This multi-award-winning television show is renowned for its spectacular film locations, many of which were set in Croatia. Dubrovnik, Split, Klis and Lokrum were all used as settings. Some of the more famous scenes were shot at Split’s Diocletian’s Palace and Kliss Fortress, and Dubrovnik’s Trsteno Arboretum, Mineeta Tower and Lovrijenac Fortress. 5. The climate: Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe and has very little rainfall in some areas. Because summer temperatures can reach up to 30C, especially in July, we tend to arrange our Croatia tours in the off-season to allow for more comfortable walking and cycling conditions and also to avoid the crowds. 6. It’s easy to get to: With flights taking an average of just 2.5 hours from the UK to Croatia, the country is extremely accessible and relatively inexpensive. All major airports in the UK offer direct flights to two cities (Dubrovnik and Split), apart from London where you have the option of flying to six of Croatia’s cities. 7. Marvellous cycling: With its island-scattered bays and pine-clad hillsides, the Dalmatian Coast offers mile upon mile of quiet coastal routes, perfect for cycling. Croatia’s landscapes are extremely diverse and boast fabulous cycle trails that wind along the coast, past medieval towns and across lush islands. You can also enjoy off-road cycling in the national parks and along wide tracks framed by stunning coastal views 8. Pretty islands and coastal towns: Made up of hundreds of islands and towns, Croatia is blessed with untamed scenery and culturally rich destinations. A little way offshore lie the beautiful islands of Hvar, Korcula and Mljet, where pretty coastal villages and medieval towns are set against a backdrop of pine forests and mountains. Discover each location’s unique heritage and visit fascinating sites where you’ll get a glimpse into Croatia’s rich past. 9. Off-the-beaten-track adventures: In recent years Croatia has become a honeypot for tourists but our Croatia tours aim to steer you among undiscovered gems that are found on quieter and less populated routes. Our expert leaders and carefully planned itineraries introduce you to places that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise and give you an insight into a hidden side of Croatia. 10. It’s a foodie paradise: Our self-guided cycling trips around the Istrian peninsula allow you to take things at your own pace, which means you’ll have plenty of time to stop off at the many restaurants, bars and cafes to sample the local food and drink. The Croatian cuisine is a melting pot of flavours with Italian, Balkan and European influences. Most meals consist of either seafood, lamb and pork and are often accompanied by colourful salads, pasta, rice or chips.
FAQs on Croatia Tours
How long are your trips to Croatia?
Our Croatia tours typically range from 8-11 days to make sure you have time to take all the exciting sights that the country has to offer. We would advise you to book eight days as a minimum as this also gives you plenty of time to thoroughly explore each place you visit and immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region.
Is it safe to travel to Croatia?
Exodus monitors the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice closely for every country we provide tours in, and we adhere to the advice strictly.
The FCDO has reported the majority of trips to Croatia taken in 2022 were enjoyed trouble-free, with almost 750,000 Brits visiting across the year.
Exodus has also joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Know Before You Go campaign. This is so we can provide tourists travelling from the UK with advice about the countries they are visiting before departure and information about local laws and customs. Ensuring customer safety and enjoyment is our priority here at Exodus. You can visit our Travel Safety Advice page for more information on how we’ll ensure your safety on our Croatia tours.
What part of Croatia is best for a holiday?
There are so many beautiful sights and vibrant cities to visit, like Split and Dubrovnik – but which is better? The truth is that it’s impossible to pick just one part of this dynamic country as best for a holiday. Each region and city have something unique and exciting to offer, depending on what you’re looking for.
When visiting the Dalmatian coast on two wheels, no trip is complete without a trip to Dubrovnik. Made even more famous by its recent use as a Game of Thrones destination, this historical city is overflowing with ancient architecture, exciting attractions, and traditional cuisine. If this sounds up your street, our tour of Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast is for you.
Split is perfect if you’re looking to explore an energetic Croatian city on foot. Enjoy the blend of modern culture with ancient traditions and immerse yourself in the history and customs of locals.
Our guided Croatia tours are some of the best ways to travel around the country and make sure you see the sights. Croatia’s rail network covers parts of the north and east but is of little use on the coast so any of our guided cycling tours are the perfect way to travel.
You can also travel by foot a lot of the time so you can take advantage of our guided or self-guided walks from coast to castle. You’ll be set up in charming hotels along your tour of Croatia with luggage transfers between each destination.
If you’re interested in island hopping along the Dalmatian coast, you’ll move between your destinations with our walking transfers by car or boat.
What is the best time to travel to Croatia?
The best time to travel depends on what you’re looking for on your trip to Croatia. If you’re looking to make the most of the hot weather, the best time to visit is between June and August when the climate is perfect for swimming, boating around the islands, and city exploring.
Is 7 days in Croatia enough?
Some of our trips to Croatia take five days to complete so a week may suffice, depending on where you want to go and what you want to see. Our cycling tours range between 8-11 days to ensure you get the most out of your Croatia tour and can fully immerse yourself in Croatian culture.
What language do they speak in Croatia?
Standard Croatian is the official language spoken in Croatia followed closely by Standard Bosnian and Standard Serbian.
English is also widely spoken in Croatia like many other countries in Europe, so you may not need to worry about a language barrier in the unlikely event you encounter any issues on your tour.
What is the weather like in Croatia?
Like most Mediterranean countries, the weather in Croatia is warm and dry in the summer and then cool and rainy towards the end of the year.
Summer temperatures generally range between 26 to 30°C along the coast, 22 to 26°C in the continental region, and 15 to 20°C in the mountains with the hottest months being July and August. Temperatures can drop to as low as -1°C in the mountain area but stay as high as 10°C depending on the region.
Is Croatia cheap for holidays?
While Croatia is generally cheaper than the UK, the answer to this depends on two factors: when you plan on going and where in Croatia you’re travelling to as some regions are more expensive than others.
We aim to deliver the most value-driven holiday packages to our customers so you can make the most out of your tour of Croatia. Depending on the trip you choose, flights, meals, and a variety of excursions are included in the price, so you’ll only have to cover the cost of any additional extras you want along the way.
Are flights included as part of your holidays to Croatia?
Almost all our holidays to Croatia feature flights included as part of the tour. If you want to travel using a different mode of transportation, our experts can help book rail and road travel for you as well. Of course, if you want to get to Croatia on your own, that is completely fine too – simply enquire about “land only” bookings when chatting to our helpful team.
Please bear in mind that our flights online are priced from London, so please ask for a quote if you are wanting to find out the cost of travelling from a different UK airport.
Are your tours to Croatia guided?
Many of our tours to Croatia are guided, with an expert local Exodus employee showing you the sights and filling you in on all the local colour. It’s a great way to experience Croatia if you’re new to this spellbinding country.
That said, we also offer self-guided holidays too – perfect if you want to explore intrepidly on your own or as a group. With the latter, we’ll provide all your directions and plenty of information, and make sure your bags and hotel rooms are ready and waiting after your days of exploring.
How many days are your Croatia holidays?
Our holidays to Croatia are available between five and 11 days, with our longest tours also letting you experience nearby countries like Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. All tours can be tailored to your specific wants and needs too. So, if you want to add an extra day here and there – say, more time exploring Dubrovnik, or an extra day to relax on the beach – you can!
The best destinations: We’re proud to offer trips to over 90 different countries and each tour is meticulously run through a five-stage approval process that ensures all our customers have the best experience.
Simplified flights: When you book your flights with Exodus, you can simplify your booking process even further. We’ll take care of everything and save you time and effort.
Expert local guides: Our experts will be on hand every step of the way to make sure you experience everything your destination has to offer.
Award-winning adventures: We have received a number of awards for our international tours from Which? and National Geographic. You can learn more about our awards and our consistently high standards.
We’re Nature Net Positive: Exodus Travel understands the negative impacts that travel has on the natural ecosystem so each one of our trips to Croatia is Nature Net Positive. This means our tours support nature’s restoration and regeneration.
Supporting local communities: When you choose to travel with us, you’re supporting The Exodus Travels Foundation. This provides support to communities with social, conservation, and disaster relief projects.