Highlights of Croatia: Mainland to Coast

Zagreb – Opatija – Zadar – Split – Dubrovnik

Highlights of Croatia: Mainland to Coast

Welcome to Croatia


Your Highlights of Croatia: Mainland to Coast is the perfect introductory tour of Croatia. .

Above all, consult with your Destination Specialist. We will ensure that the highlights of your trip are booked in advance so you won’t miss out on the fun!  Lots of time at leisure will be built in so you can explore on your own, and at your own pace. Let the journey guide you.

Read more about why we love the Highlights of Croatia: Mainland to Coast.

Make it Yours

  • Accommodation – Croatia offers a wide range of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, charming B&B’s, and luxurious castle hotels.  Juniper will select where you stay based on your preferences.
  • Transportation – All of the dots will be connected based on your preferences and budget.  Airport transfers, car rentals, train passes, even private chauffeurs!
  • Day tours and entrance tickets – pre-scheduled tours and experiences for a seamless and enriching travel experience!
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Highlights of Croatia: Mainland to Coast Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia! A private driver will collect you from the airport and take you to your accommodation. Check-in, or leave your luggage with reception and begin to explore the beautiful capital of Croatia at your leisure.

Overnight in Zagreb

Day 2: Zagreb

After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Zagreb stopping at all of the city highlights from the Zagreb Cathedral to the busy street of Tkalciceva. You will have the rest of the day to explore the town as you wish. We recommend taking a stroll through Jarun Lake during the day or checking out its nightlife this evening.

Overnight in Zagreb

Day 3: Zagreb to Opatija

After a leisurely morning in the capital, you will be picked up by a private driver and taken to your next accommodations in the beautiful coastal town of Opatija. It is an approx two-hour drive but worth the amazing views. You will have the afternoon to walk down the promenade or take a selfie with the “Girl with the Seagull”. 

Overnight in Opatija

Day 4: Opatija to Zadar

After breakfast this morning you will be off  to your next destination: Zadar! This can be reached by your choice of a 4-hour scenic ferry ride of a 3-hour car ride. While Zadar might not be as popular as Split or Dubrovnik, it’s a bit less crowded and maintains that hidden-gem feel that travelers crave!  Whatever you decide you will check into your accommodation in Zadar and have the afternoon to explore this new city.

Overnight in Zadar

Day 5: Zadar to Split

Today is a full day in the oldest town in Croatia, Zadar. After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided bike and kayak tour of Zadar seeing many important historical and cultural sights from not only land but the water too. You will see sights such as the Church of St. Donatus and the Sea Organ. It would also be possible to take a day trip to the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Once you have finished sightseeing you will be greeted by your private driver to take you to your next destination, Split. You will have the evening to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Split

Day 6: Split

With such a historically rich city there is no time to waste! After breakfast, you will enjoy a privately guided tour of the historical and cultural landmarks including Diocletian’s Palace, Prokurative Square, and so much more. Enjoy the afternoon as you wish but get ready for your nighttime adventure of sunset sailing showing you a different perspective of the Split peninsula. 

Overnight in Split

Day 7: Split to Dubrovnik

Start your day off at a more relaxing pace, and enjoy the last moments in Split before getting ready to head to Dubrovnik. Your private driver will meet you and bring you on the approx three-hour journey to your last destination. Once you’ve arrived, you will have the rest of the day to explore the glorious city as you wish.

Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 8: Dubrovnik

This morning you have leisure time to explore on your own. We recommend getting up early and walking the famous walls of Dubrovnik before it gets too hot. In the afternoon you will enjoy a blue cave guided tour. You will get to experience snorkeling and swimming in some beautiful blue waters. Relax and unwind before your journey home tomorrow by checking out some of the local eateries. 

Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 9: Depart for Home

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and transport you to the airport departure hall where you will begin your journey home.

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Selected activities based on your interests

Why We Love this Tour

Your Self Drive Tour of Ireland is the perfect introductory tour of the Emerald Isle.  It offers the freedom and flexibility of a chauffeured experience with a price point closer to a group guided tour. You and your loved ones can have the best of Ireland!

We love this itinerary because it allows you to see the highlights of Ireland as a first-time visitor. Or you can relive the best of Ireland if you’ve been before.  By staying in Dublin, swinging down to Kilkenny, then continuing to the beloved County Kerry you’ll have many sightseeing and touring opportunities.

Why We Love Dublin

Ireland’s capital city of Dublin blends modern amenities with charming historic neighborhoods. A flourishing food scene for everyone to enjoy. Explore the iconic sites such as the Guinness Storehouse, the Glasnevin Cemetery, and the Kilmainham Gaol.  Enjoy a pint and live music in a pub in the famous Temple Bar neighborhood. Join a walking tour about the Easter Rising or Ireland’s rich literature, or take a day trip up to Belfast for a bit of Northern Ireland.

Why We Love Kilkenny 

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, dating as far back as the 6th century.  On the way there take some time to hike the stunning Wicklow Mountains. Then visit Powerscourt Estate to see the impressive house and manicured gardens.

Why We Love Country Kerry

County Kerry is ideal for those partaking in a self-drive tour of Ireland.  The rambling roadways of County Kerry cut through patchwork fields. Drive alongside the dramatic and rocky coastline. It’s home to some of the most striking castle ruins and charming villages Ireland has to offer.
Make this independent adventure yours!  

Nights can be added or reduced, your route can be changed. Tours and activity options can be selected based on your interests and purpose of travel.  Having a rental car allows you to visit the pockets of Ireland that the train doesn’t reach. All of this without the expense of constraints of a private chauffeur.  Come and go as you please. You never know what you’ll discover when you’re exploring this special country at your own pace!

Your Destination Specialist knows Ireland and will take the time to learn what’s important to you.  Your itinerary will be designed just for you, to make the most of your time and experience in the Emerald Isle!

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