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Istria, Kvarner & Zadar

Island-hopping in beautiful northern Croatia
Fabulous seascapes, glorious sunsets and bewitching islands rich in wildlife await you on this self-guided journey, with car hire and most ferry journeys included. From Istria’s hill-top villages to historic Zadar’s marble streets, this holiday will live long in the memory.
Istria, Kvarner & Zadar. 10 nights
Istria, Kvarner & Zadar. 10 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday in Croatia along the Adriatic

Historic towns and villages that transport you back in time, bewitching islands, a crystal-clear, cobalt-blue sea, glorious sunsets… What more could you want from a holiday exploring Croatia’s Adriatic coastline?
This relaxing, island-hopping journey by car and ferry starts on the Istrian Peninsula. It may border Slovenia, but the language, food and architecture of the medieval villages dotted across the lush landscapes have clear Italian influences.
The peninsula’s eastern coastline forms part of the immense, horseshoe-shaped Kvarner Gulf, so it is a natural progression to head from here to some of the gulf’s enticing islands, where there are towns to wander through, wildlife to seek out, trails to explore and beaches to swim from. You may find it hard to tear yourselves away and return to the mainland, but Zadar, with its Roman remains, marble streets and tree-lined waterfront will not disappoint, and makes a fitting end to a holiday combining culture and fabulous seascapes.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Motovun
    Night 1: at Hotel Kastel (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 Motovun
    On your first day, explore the town, a popular base for artists, following a beautiful path around medieval battlements offering splendid views across the terracotta roofs to the vineyard-covered slopes of the Mirna Valley. Then either follow our walking route partly along La Parenzana, a former narrow-gauge railway line, or take a drive past orchards to explore the cobbled streets of Grožnjan – a 14th-century Venetian town and another artists’ hangout.
  • Motovun to Nerezine
    A scenic drive south 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 Cres & Losinj
    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.
  • 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.
  • Rab to Zadar
    Continue east to nearby Mišnjak for the short hop by ferry to Stinica on the mainland. From here, meander south along the panoramic coastal road, the Kvarner Gulf giving way to the Dalmatian Coast. Your last stop on your journey is vibrant Zadar, where you spend two nights at the stylish Hotel Bastion. (Driving time: 4hrs including ferry crossing and waiting time)
  • Explore Zadar
    On your last day, join locals in wandering the Old Town’s maze of marble streets, worn to a sheen over centuries and revealing an inviting network 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.


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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  • 10 nights: 10 April - 31 July 2019 & 25 August - 16 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    10 - 30 April £1125 £145
    1 - 16 May £1195 £155
    17 - 23 May £1245 £160
    24 - 31 May £1345 £185
    1 - 21 June £1445 £195
    22 - 30 June £1570 £375
    1 - 21 July £1670 £425
    25 - 28 August £1570 £375
    29 August - 10 September £1445 £195
    11 - 20 September £1345 £185
    21 - 24 September £1245 £160
    25 September - 6 October £1195 £155
    3rd & 4th person discount -£110 to -£220
    Single traveller supplement £110 to £220

    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: 10 days' category B car hire (e.g. VW Polo or similar with manual transmission), ferry crossings Brestova-Porozina & Merag-Valbiska-Lopar
    Please note: a 'one-way' supplement (approx. 300-500HKr) is payable locally if hire car is returned to a different location from the pick-up point

    Driving time to first hotel: Pula 1hr, Split 4h45, Zadar 4hr, Zagreb 3h
    Driving time from the final hotel: 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 Kastel, Motovun
    Deluxe with balcony: 10 Apr - 31 Jul 2019 £16
    Deluxe with balcony: 25 Aug - 16 Oct 2019 £16
    Hotel Arbiana, Rab Town, Rab
    Deluxe: 10 Apr - 23 May 2019 £6
    Deluxe: 24 May - 14 Jun 2019 £10
    Deluxe: 15 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £16
    Deluxe: 25 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 £16
    Deluxe: 14 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £10
    Deluxe: 01 Oct - 16 Oct 2019 £6
    Suite: 10 Apr - 23 May 2019 £20
    Suite: 24 May - 14 Jun 2019 £27
    Suite: 15 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £35
    Suite: 25 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 £35
    Suite: 14 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £27
    Suite: 01 Oct - 16 Oct 2019 £20
    Hotel Bastion, Zadar
    Suite: 10 Apr - 31 Jul 2019 £45
    Suite: 25 Aug - 16 Oct 2019 £45

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

    Price includes an extra day's car hire.
    Hotel Kastel, Motovun (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £85 £85
    01 May - 31 May 2019 £88 £88
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £92 £92
    01 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 £100 £100
    25 Aug - 15 Sep 2019 £92 £92
    16 Sep - 16 Oct 2019 £88 £88
    Hotel Manora, Nerezine, Losinj (B&B) Double room Single room
    12 Apr - 31 May 2019 £60 £77
    01 Jun - 28 Jun 2019 £80 £102
    29 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £110 £195
    25 Aug - 30 Aug 2019 £110 £195
    31 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 £80 £102
    14 Sep - 16 Oct 2019 £60 £77
    Hotel Arbiana, Rab Town, Rab (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 23 May 2019 £85 £85
    24 May - 28 May 2019 £96 £96
    29 May - 14 Jun 2019 £110 £110
    15 Jun - 28 Jun 2019 £120 £120
    29 Jun - 17 Jul 2019 £145 £145
    18 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 £170 £170
    25 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £145 £145
    01 Sep - 13 Sep 2019 £120 £120
    14 Sep - 21 Sep 2019 £110 £110
    22 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £96 £96
    01 Oct - 16 Oct 2019 £85 £85
    Hotel Bastion, Zadar (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 14 Apr 2019 £90 £133
    15 Apr - 02 Jun 2019 £105 £159
    03 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £130 £209
    01 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 £150 £245
    25 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 £150 £245
    02 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 £130 £209
    30 Sep - 16 Oct 2019 £105 £159
    Pula, Zagreb (return from Zadar, Split, Zagreb)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to 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
    Leeds Bradford - Pula jet2 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Leeds Bradford jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pula easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Pula easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Gatwick easyJet,  Norwegian,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Zadar - Gatwick easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Pula British Airways 
    Heathrow - Zagreb British Airways 
    Return route Airline
    Split - Heathrow British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Pula easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Zadar - London Southend Flybe 
    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,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Zadar - Manchester Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to 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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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
  • 10 nights
  • 4 dinners
    10 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • category B hire car
  • ferry crossings on journeys between hotels (except Rab-Zadar)

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Croatia, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Croatian. The currency is the Kuna. Croatian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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