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Istria, Kvarner & Zadar with Plitviče Lakes

Green hills, cobalt-blue seas & cascading lakes
Explore the many different ‘faces’ of north-western Croatia on this self-guided journey, with car hire and ferry crossings included. Discover wildlife-rich islands and fabulous seascapes, stay in historic towns and hill-top villages, and visit the magnificent cascading lakes of Plitviče.
Istria, Kvarner & Zadar with Plitviče Lakes. 12 nights
Istria, Kvarner & Zadar with Plitviče Lakes. 12 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday in Croatia along the Adriatic

In north-westernmost Croatia, the broad, mountainous Istrian Peninsula juts out defiantly into the Adriatic, creating on its eastern flank a horseshoe-shaped bay, the Kvarner Gulf, of even grander dimensions than its own. While Istria may feel more than a little Italian – the influences of its close neighbour are evident in the food, language and architecture – the Kvarner Gulf encapsulates the essence of Croatia’s coastline: idyllic pebble coves, cobalt-blue seas, little fishing villages and a generous sprinkling of islands.
These contrasting landscapes provide a picturesque backdrop to the first part of your Croatian adventure, after which you head away from the coast and into the country’s densely forested interior, location of the Plitviče Lakes National Park. This is Croatia’s oldest and largest national park, famed for its cascading turquoise lakes, luxuriant vegetation and abundant birdlife. After a full day soaking in the Park’s natural beauty, you return to the coast to finish in Zadar, whose sweeping seafront promenade, marble streets and fascinating Roman centre make this vibrant city the perfect place to round off what has been a thoroughly relaxing journey of both cultural and scenic discovery.


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  • Arrival in Bale
    Night 1: at Hotel La Grisa (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore from Bale
    Spend your first day discovering the many highlights of the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula: to the south of Bale lies the idyllic Brijuni National Park, a peaceful, pine-covered archipelago just a short boat ride from the mainland; and farther south still is the seafront city of Pula, best known for its remarkable Roman amphitheatre and glorious Adriatic views. We also recommend a visit to waterfront Rovinj – with its charming cobblestone streets, Venetian architecture and excellent seafood restaurants, this pretty town is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch.
    Wander the cobbled streets of Rovinj
    Pula amphitheatre
  • Bale to Nerezine
    A scenic drive east through the rural interior leads to the port of Brestova, where you cross by ferry to the island of Cres. Your route meanders along the island’s mountainous spine to reach the causeway onto the smaller island of Losinj. Your destination here is the pretty village of Nerezine, set within a secluded cove, where you spend three nights at the Hotel Manora. (Driving time: 4hrs, including ferry crossing and waiting time)
  • Explore from Nerezine
    While here, you can visit the griffon vulture sanctuary on Cres and seek out bottle-nosed dolphins off Losinj. If you fancy stretching your legs on these two herb-scented islands, there are several waymarked trails that you can follow, including a leisurely coastal walk, though you may prefer simply to relax and swim in the crystal-clear waters.
    Losinj harbour
    Seafood lunch on Cres
  • Nerezine to Rab
    Today features a spectacular, full day’s journey through the Kvarner archipelago. You start by returning to Cres for the short ferry crossing to the island of Krk. Detour here to the walled medieval town of the same name, before catching another ferry for a longer, very scenic ride to Rab, where you stay at the elegant, seafront Hotel Arbiana for three nights. (Driving time: 5-6hrs including ferry crossings and waiting time)
  • Explore Rab
    Beyond Rab Town, with its wealth of Venetian architecture, green landscapes await discovery by car or on foot – this is one of Croatia’s most verdant islands – but the rare beaches of golden sand may prove too tempting to resist.
    Explore Rab town
    Relax on the beach on Rab
  • Rab to Plitviče Lakes
    Leaving Rab, drive east to nearby Mišnjak for the short hop by ferry to Stinica on the mainland. Your onward route takes you deep into Croatia’s forested interior to the Plitviče Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. You spend two nights close to the park, at the Hotel Degenija. (Driving time: 3hrs, including ferry crossing and waiting time)
  • Explore Plitviče Lakes
    Spend your full day discovering the Plitviče Lakes National Park (entry ticket included), with its series of spectacular lakes and waterfalls set against a densely forested backdrop. Established as a national park in 1949, the area was later also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its geological and ecological value: there is a great richness of flora and flora here, as you will discover as you make your way around the Park, following the well-waymarked network of wooden boardwalks and footbridges.

    The Park is understandably popular but large enough to accommodate the crowds, and your entry ticket also includes a boat journey across the largest of the lakes, enabling you to admire the turquoise waters, tumbling falls and lush, green scenery from a different perspective.
    Enoy a boat journey across the lake
    Spectacular lakes and waterfalls
  • Plitviče Lakes to Zadar
    Today you leave the Plitviče Lakes National Park behind and journey south to the Dalmatian Coast. Your destination is Zadar, a cosmopolitan city by the sea, where you spend your final two nights at the stylish Hotel Bastion. (Driving time: 2hrs)
  • Explore Zadar
    On your last day, join locals in wandering the Old Town’s network of marble streets, worn to a sheen over centuries and revealing an inviting collection of bars, restaurants and boutiques. Then, as another glorious day draws to a close, amble along the tree-lined waterfront leads to the Sea Organ, whose mournful notes are played by the gently lapping waves. Just beyond is a solar-powered art installation which bursts into life as darkness falls. Locals and visitors gather nightly to witness what Alfred Hitchcock described as ‘the most beautiful sunset in the world’. It's a fitting arena to bring the curtain down on a remarkable trip.
    Explore Zadar town
    Sunset on Zadar


You stay in hotels of character, with plenty of space to relax at each. Star ratings are Croatian and may not correspond exactly to British star ratings.

Options to extend or shorten your stay

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  • 12 nights: 15 April 2022 - 31 July 2022 & 25 August 2022 - 15 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    15 - 30 Apr 2022 £1445 £380
    1 - 23 May 2022 £1520 £390
    24 May - 9 Jun 2022 £1765 £530
    10 - 30 Jun 2022 £1945 £720
    1 - 19 Jul 2022 £2495 £830
    25 Aug - 10 Sep 2022 £2380 £720
    11 - 26 Sep 2022 £1725 £420
    27 Sep - 3 Oct 2022 £1295 £350
    3rd & 4th person discount -£235 to -£510
    Single traveller supplement £235 to £510

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: 12 days' category B car hire (e.g. VW Polo or similar with manual transmission), ferry crossings Brestova-Porozina & Merag-Valbiska-Lopar

    Driving time to first hotel: Pula 1h, Split 4h45, Zadar 4h, Zagreb 3h
    Driving time from final hotel to airport: Pula 4h15, Split 1h30, Zadar 0h30, Zagreb 3h

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Manora, Nerezine, Losinj
    Junior suite: 22 May - 31 Jul 2022 £54
    Junior suite: 25 Aug - 17 Sep 2022 £54
    Hotel Arbiana, Rab Town, Rab
    Superior double with balcony: 18 Jun - 31 Jul 2022 £15
    Superior double with balcony: 25 Aug - 18 Sep 2022 £15
    Hotel Degenija, Plitviče Lakes
    'Comfort' with terrace: 01 Jun - 31 Jul 2022 £8
    'Comfort' with terrace: 25 Aug - 30 Sep 2022 £8
    Suite: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2022 £14
    Suite: 01 Jul - 31 Jul 2022 £12
    Suite: 25 Aug - 31 Aug 2022 £12
    Suite: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 £14
    Superior double (no twins): 01 Jun - 31 Jul 2022 £8
    Superior double (no twins): 25 Aug - 30 Sep 2022 £8
    Hotel Bastion, Zadar
    Deluxe: 31 May - 31 Jul 2022 £38
    Deluxe: 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2022 £38
    Suite: 31 May - 31 Jul 2022 £62
    Suite: 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2022 £62

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's car hire.
    La Grisa, Bale (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 12 May 2022 £92 £104
    13 May - 14 Jun 2022 £105 £115
    15 Jun - 30 Jun 2022 £115 £135
    01 Jul - 07 Jul 2022 £150 £165
    08 Jul - 31 Jul 2022 £165 £190
    25 Aug - 04 Sep 2022 £165 £190
    05 Sep - 10 Sep 2022 £150 £165
    11 Sep - 25 Sep 2022 £120 £140
    26 Sep - 15 Oct 2022 £105 £115
    Hotel Manora, Nerezine, Losinj (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 27 May 2022 £70 £95
    28 May - 17 Jun 2022 £90 £135
    18 Jun - 30 Jun 2022 £110 £195
    01 Jul - 15 Jul 2022 £140 £225
    16 Jul - 31 Jul 2022 £150 £245
    25 Aug - 26 Aug 2022 £150 £245
    27 Aug - 10 Sep 2022 £140 £225
    11 Sep - 16 Sep 2022 £110 £195
    17 Sep - 15 Oct 2022 £75 £100
    Hotel Arbiana, Rab Town, Rab (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 24 May 2022 £95 £105
    25 May - 15 Jun 2022 £110 £130
    16 Jun - 30 Jun 2022 £120 £140
    01 Jul - 01 Jul 2022 £150 £170
    02 Jul - 08 Jul 2022 £165 £190
    09 Jul - 31 Jul 2022 £185 £210
    25 Aug - 03 Sep 2022 £165 £190
    04 Sep - 10 Sep 2022 £150 £170
    11 Sep - 17 Sep 2022 £125 £145
    18 Sep - 15 Oct 2022 £95 £105
    Hotel Bastion, Zadar (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 30 May 2022 £120 £180
    31 May - 30 Jun 2022 £145 £230
    01 Jul - 04 Jul 2022 £175 £260
    05 Jul - 31 Jul 2022 £190 £290
    25 Aug - 29 Aug 2022 £190 £290
    30 Aug - 10 Sep 2022 £175 £260
    11 Sep - 26 Sep 2022 £145 £230
    27 Sep - 15 Oct 2022 £120 £180
    Pula or Zagreb for the outward flight; Zadar, Split or Zagreb for the homeward flight
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Pula jet2,  TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Birmingham jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Pula easyJet,  TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Bristol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Pula TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Pula TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Nottingham East Midlands jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Pula jet2 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Edinburgh jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Pula easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Glasgow easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Pula jet2 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Leeds Bradford jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pula easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Zadar - Liverpool Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Pula easyJet,  TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Gatwick easyJet,  TUI 
    Zadar - Gatwick easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Pula British Airways 
    Heathrow - Pula (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Zagreb British Airways 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Heathrow British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Pula easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Luton easyJet 
    Zadar - Luton easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Pula easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Pula jet2,  Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Stansted easyJet,  jet2 
    Zadar - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Pula jet2,  TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Manchester easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Zadar - Manchester jet2,  Ryanair 
    Zadar - Manchester (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 12 nights
  • 4 dinners
    12 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • Plitviče Lakes National Park entry ticket
  • category B hire car
  • ferry crossings on journeys between hotels (except Rab-Plitviče)

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