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Sabbatical & Experiential Travel to Croatia

Holidays & Sabbaticals to Croatia – In a Nutshell

Stretched along Europe’s Adriatic coast, Croatia is renowned for its raw natural beauty and rich cultural history. The breath-taking coastline is home to over 1,000 islands. Immerse yourself in its crystal-clear waters, bask in the sun on its myriad beaches, and hope from island to picturesque island.

Inland is home to emerald lakes, lush valleys, plentiful olive groves and medieval towns. Historic cities with orange roofed buildings contrast beautifully against the gothic marble architecture and blue waters of the sea. These cities are filled with historic monuments and enchanting sights, making them a go-to spot for film locations. Hidden from the spotlight, fantastic vineyards abound. While award-winning, Croatian wines are still a secret kept largely within their own borders.

The beautiful mountains inland create a mesmerising juxtaposition of the coast and the Dinaric Alps. The peaks are the perfect place to explore Croatia’s whimsical forests and some of the world’s most striking karst landscapes.

Croatia is a concoction of natural wonders, historical treasures and cultural marvels that will leave any traveller in awe.

Experiences you shouldn’t miss in Croatia

  • Walk along the historic streets and city walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Marble streets, baroque architecture and historic monuments adorn the UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Embark on an Adriatic adventure, sailing aboard a private yacht. Discover whole stretches of hidden beaches and picture-perfect islands.
  • Discover the magical Plitvice Lakes National Park where unique geological processes have given rise to a captivating series of waterfalls, caves and emerald lakes.
  • Relax in the beautiful interior of the Istrian peninsula. Roam through the vineyards while tasting the local wines and olive oils.
  • Eat and drink your way along a Zagreb food walking tour, tasting the most well-known Croatian dishes from various regions.
  • Learn about local and family culinary traditions at a family-style ‘peka’ with local wines and Drnis prsut (smoked ham).
  • Visit an oyster farm in the Pelješac peninsula.
  • Island hop to Hvar the Lavender Island via the Mediterranean island of Korčula aboard a luxurious yacht.
  • Hike along the Zrmanja river and visit Paklenica National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and a haven for ou pursuits tdoor.

Off the Beaten Path in Croatia

  • Sea kayak to the emerald isle of Lokrum, exploring its hidden caves, beaches and crystalline water.
  • Cycle through the Dalmatian hinterland away from the crowds and into the untouched Karst terrain.
  • Learn the traditional art of archery and sword-fighting at Klis fortress, a filming location for Game of Thrones.
  • Fish for fresh seafood in the crystal waters around the volcanic islands of Brusnik and Jabuka, while learning about the marine environment and its biodiversity.
  • Hop in a vintage motorcar for a road trip along the coastline and around Konavle Valley.
  • Explore the largely unpopulated islands of the Elaphiti archipelago aboard a privately skipped luxury yacht.
  • Hike and cycle your way around the Velebit National Park.
  • Take in the views atop the highest peaks in Croatia. Dinara sits at 1831m with views of Peruća lake and Bosnia’s distant peaks.
  • Admire Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica canyons either from the ground or climbing one of its towering faces.
  • Learn the art of Dalmatian cooking with an exclusive class led by a local chef.
  • Go truffle foraging in the Medieval town of Motovun with the help from a local guide and well-trained dogs.

Wildlife

The variety of landscapes has given rise to Croatia’s vast biodiversity. From sea to land there are eight National Parks and 12 Nature Parks. Areas like the Velebit mountains and Kvarner islands are home to flora with more than 3,000 different species. The Adriatic is home to bottle nose dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals, while elusive predators such as wolves and lynxes roam remote forest regions. Brown bears, chamois and wild horses populate the Gorski Kotar region and Risnjak National Park. Birders will have plenty of opportunities for marvelling at the countless birds of prey, including golden eagles, peregrine falcons and kestrels.

How to Get to Croatia

There are nine international airports dotted across the country, the major ones being in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik.

Flights from London to Dubrovnik are around three hours.

Flying from New York will typically require a stop in a major European city before continuing onto Dubrovnik. Flight time is usually 12-14 hours.

When & Weather – Croatia

Croatia consists of two climates:

  • The Adriatic coast features a pleasant Mediterranean climate with an overwhelming number of sunny days.
  • The Croatian interior is home to a more continental and moderate climate which is well-suited to outdoor activities.

The best time to visit Croatia is from late April to mid-October, when the average maximum temperature is 26-30 °C.

Who will Croatia Appeal To?

Its breath-taking landscapes, culture and history will appeal to:

  • Culture lovers
  • Honeymooners
  • Active travellers
  • Adventure seekers
  • Families
  • Foodies
  • Sailing enthusiasts
  • Beach lovers
  • Film buffs

Accommodation

The range of luxury accommodation is just as diverse as Croatia’s natural landscapes. Spend your nights in luxury villas, country estates and boutique luxury hotels. Experience the allure of island getaways like Maslina Resort, with panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea, or indulge in the timeless elegance of Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery, nestled amidst the vineyards and olive groves of Istria.

Start Planning

Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Croatia.

Browse our gallery for inspiration and read the sample itinerary below to whet your appetite.

No matter how long you have to travel, we’ll guide you through the planning process to ensure a trip is carefully pieced together to suit your interests, pace of travel and budget.

Croatia Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY OUTLINE
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Photos courtesy of: coastline with yacht – Sergii Gulenok – Unsplash; Dubrovnik through window – Arber Pacara – Unsplash;
Plitvice waterfall & lake – Ante Hamersmith -Unsplash; Klis – Piotr Musiol – Unsplash; Dubrovnik harbour view – Spencer Davis; Velebit mountains – Thibaut Marquis –
Unsplash; Plitvice Waterfall – Mike Swingunski – Unsplash