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Essence of Croatia

Created with Sketch. Zagreb, Plitvice, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Ston, Dubrovnik
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8 days, 7 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people




The Essence of Croatia small group tour is reserved for only up to 12 travelers. The tour starts in Zagreb, visits Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik.

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April 2, 2023April 9, 2023Available$3,795$3,295
April 16, 2023April 23, 2023Available$3,795$3,295
April 30, 2023May 7, 2023Available$3,795$3,295
May 14, 2023May 21, 2023Available$3,795$3,695
May 28, 2023June 4, 2023Limited Availability$3,795$3,695
June 11, 2023June 18, 2023Limited Availability$3,795$3,695
June 25, 2023July 2, 2023Available$3,795$3,695
August 27, 2023September 3, 2023Available$3,795$3,695
September 10, 2023September 17, 2023Available$3,795$3,695
September 24, 2023October 1, 2023Limited Availability$3,795$3,695
October 8, 2023October 15, 2023Available$3,795$3,695
October 22, 2023October 29, 2023Available$3,795$3,295
November 5, 2023November 12, 2023Available$3,795$3,295
Single supplement: $690.
All rates are per person in US dollars.



  • Experience the amazing beauty of Croatia on the Essence of Croatia, an exclusive small group tour reserved for only up to only 12 like-minded fellow travelers. Choose any of the guaranteed departure dates on this ideal, pre-arranged itinerary designed by our Croatia travel experts. Enjoy the local flavor of Croatia through local dining, visits to farmers markets, unique culinary experiences, special events, entertainment and the comprehensive fully escorted sightseeing of Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, and Korčula provided by our seasoned local guides. And of course, all of us at Jauntee, as well as our attentive tour director and the staff from our branch offices in Croatia, will make sure around-the-clock that every part of your tour flows smoothly.


Day 1: Arrive Zagreb

Upon arrival at Zagreb airport, transfer to hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Zagreb is Croatia’s capital, as well as being a business center, university center, city of culture, art and entertainment. Springing up from two medieval settlements – Kaptol and Gradec, which form the core of the old Upper Town, it is a true Central European city and with the surrounding settlements it has about one million inhabitants. Overnight in Zagreb. (D)

Day 2: Zagreb
Day 2: Zagreb

This morning, Zagreb will charm you with its abundance of rich cultural heritage that dates back to the medieval days. We will stroll past baroque-style mansions and baronial residences, and admire the beautifully crafted facades. In the company of your local expert, we will visit the symbol of Zagreb, St. Mark’s church in the Upper Town, which houses the remarkable works of Ivan Meštrović, its most famous sculptor. Come to the Lotrščak Tower and inhale this most beautiful view of the city. The attractions here are plentiful, the culture, quite mesmerizing. There will be enough time for a delicious fresh baked pastry and a cup of excellent coffee in one of the side walk cafes in Gornji Grad. Or dine on some great home-made cheese & wine as you chat with friendly locals at Dolac, the lively open air market. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Zagreb, (B)

Day 3: Zagreb/Plitvice/Zadar
Day 3: Zagreb/Plitvice/Zadar

A very special experience awaits you in Gorski Kotar and Lika. Lovely green landscapes of exceptional ecological value reside in a number of nature parks, which rise a mere dozen feet above the sea. Discover Plitvice Lakes National Park – the unique oasis of rare natural beauty. It is one of Europe’s most dazzling nature reserve parks, and was truly created by nature. The park consists of 16 connecting lakes and sport unique cascades of murmuring waterfalls. Plitvice Lakes National Park was recognized and protected by UNESCO as part of the world’s natural heritage in 1979. Take a lively walk along the lakes and breathe the fresh mountain air while listening to the captivating sounds of nature. Next, a boat ride across the largest of the lakes, you will experience an unique perspective of nature: the lake is rife with crystal clear emerald water and fringed with bubbly white waterfalls! Afterwards we will continue to Zadar. Overnight in Zadar, (B)

Day 4: Zadar/Split
Day 4: Zadar/Split

We will bask in divine inspiration from the beauty of the Adriatic Coast as in the 3000-year-old Zadar. A centuries-long center for the Illyrian tribe of Liburni and capital of Dalmatia for millennium, Zadar is a city of rich spiritual and material culture. And this is well shown from its many reverent walls and numerous sacral monuments. Accompanied by our professional English-speaking guide, we visit the Cathedral of St. Stošia (St. Anastasia) dating from 1285 A.D., where paintings of Carpaccio and Palma Jr. are exhibited. We will also experience the Roman Forum and pre-Romanesque church of St. Donat (dating from IX century A.D.), the massive city gate and Square of Wells, the Church of St Simon, and the permanent exhibition “Gold and Silver of Zadar.” During this leisurely time, we may continue exploring Zadar’s many historic treasures, but also remember to shop for all sorts of fine local souvenirs. Overnight in Split, (B, L)

Day 5: Split/Hvar/Split
Day 5: Split/Hvar/Split

This morning we take a short boat ride to the island of Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands on the Croatian coast This full day island experience starts with a drive through the lavender roads where we will listen to stories about the island’s most precious plant. Enjoy the amazing views and nature. Our visit includes quaint town of Stari Grad, Vrboska and Jelsa and visits to Petar Hektorovic house called Tvrdalj at Stari Grad; the Dominican Museum in Stari Grad and Fisherman museum and church in Vrboska. On this trip you’ll also enjoy visiting Pitve, one of the island’s quaint villages. Have some grappa or a glass of the local wine at one of the family owned cellars. Stroll through the narrow streets and enjoy the charm of this traditional town. Then we will visit and pass through the Ager, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of Hvar Island and finish with an authentic Dalmatian lunch in the countryside. We return back to Split late afternoon for overnight. Overnight in Split, (B, L)

Day 6: Split/Korčula/Ston/Dubrovnik
Day 6: Split/Korčula/Ston/Dubrovnik

We spend a part of this marvelous day visiting the Pelješac peninsula and the small medieval town of Ston. We’ll taste the fresh oysters in the local restaurant. Pelješac is the famous kingdom of Dingač, which is the most highly regarded of all Croatian wines. We continue to Korčula which is southern Dalmatian’s largest and most sophisticated island, and the birthplace of Marco Polo. Visit the the XV century Reveling Tower at the Land Gate. Among many attractions in Korčula some of the most prominent are the Gothic Renaissance Cathedral of St. Mark and Museum of Icons. Overnight in Dubrovnik, (B)

Day 7: Dubrovnik
Day 7: Dubrovnik

It’s often been called a classic medieval heart stopper. For it is rife with glorious fountains, palaces and cathedrals. And rich in history and culture, dating all the way back to the VII century. Over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The limestone bricks of the walled Old City shimmer like marble in the moonlight. Fine detailing and the architecture of its quaint buildings underscore an artistic heritage that both enhances and defines a landscape of sea, sky and hills. It is a playground for those who desire the unspoiled fortune that is the Mediterranean landscape. Dubrovnik is steeped in sunshine and bathed in mild Mediterranean breezes, a lush region of coves, forested islands and idyllic beaches. It is a home to one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, which has been open since 1317. Overnight in Dubrovnik, (B, D)

Day 8: Depart Dubrovnik

Morning transfer to the airport.


Zagreb, 5* Hotel Westin or similar
Zadar, 4* Hotel Bastion or similar
Split, 5* Hotel Atrium or similar
Dubrovnik, 5* Hotel Rixos or similar



  • Airport transfers on the first and the last day of the tour
  • 5 & 4 star hotel accommodations as per the itinerary based on double occupancy
  • 8 escorted days
  • Experienced English speaking driver/escort throughout the trip as per itinerary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned minibus at group’s disposal as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours of Zagreb with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Zadar with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Split with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Hvar island with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Korčula town with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Oyster tasting in Ston
  • Professional English-speaking local tour director
  • Professional English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees for National Park Plitvice Lakes
  • St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Diocletian’s Palace and Cathedral in Split
  • Gold and Silver and St. Donat Church in Zadar
  • The Dominican Museum in Stari Grad on Hvar
  • Lunch with wine in the private estate in the countryside on the island of Hvar
  • 11 meals, (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners in local restaurants)
  • Ferry/catamaran tickets
  • All taxes
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Telephone charges
  • Incidentals
  • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusion


8 days/7 nights




What makes your small group tours different?
Maximum 12 travelers
All departures are guaranteed
Luxury smaller hotels in great locations
Dining at top local restaurants
Traveling on scenic roads
No more than 3 hours of driving per day
No single supplement on select departures
If price goes down we adjust your cost
What is the minimum number of travelers on your small group tours?
The tour is guaranteed with 2 participants.
Are tours escorted?
Yes, the tours are fully escorted. Each tour is accompanied by an experienced English-speaking tour director plus driver.
Is there an English-speaking guide on the tour?
Yes, there is a professional English-speaking local guide on each of the included daily tours. Each guide is licensed in their county.
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