Croatia Family Holidays
GUIDE TO FAMILY TRAVEL IN CROATIA
Families are one of our favorite guests and it is a pure joy planning Croatia family holidays! Each is different and unique and each comes with curious young explorers. While most families prefer to stay in one location and reduce the traveling while in Destination, there are fantastic benefits if you want to spend your holiday exploring all the riches Croatia has to offer for families with children. Family Travel in Croatia is simply a fantastic way to learn and explore. Everything from fantastic caves that are easy for all ages to yacht charter on the Adriatic, offers unique and memorable times to cherish in the years to come.
Here is our small guide to family travel in Croatia with emphasis on unique adventures and customized itineraries. There is plenty to see and enjoy so all our guests opt for custom itineraries as that way we can make their holiday perfect. You can use our itinerary sample as a starting point or fill out our private trip request form to get more information.
TABLE OF CONTENT
Guide to family travel in Croatia
Best Places to Stay in Croatia With Family
Multi Generation Family Travel in Croatia
All-Inclusive Family Holidays
Best Croatia Family Hotels
Adventures for Families
Luxury Family Holiday
Interesting Ideas from Our Blog
All Secret Dalmatia itineraries for family travel in Croatia are custom tailored. We understand that all families are unique and there is no secret formula to create one size-fits all solution. That is why we encourage our guests to fill out the trip request form as the best starting point. That way we can have a better understanding of what they expect out of their holiday and we can create something quite unique.
Basic itinerary – as you can see on our family travel in Croatia web site, is a great starting point to understand the logistics and see how we work. All that can be further improved and adjusted to fit your needs and budget. Most importantly, the time is crucial so, while we do have requests that try to jam everything into a short stay, we usually prefer to give some time off so your family can explore on their own. We usually recommend the minum of 10 days for Croatia and 12 – 14 if doing Istria or combining Croatia with Slovenia and/or Montenegro.
Tour Dubrovnik Old Town
Your morning starts with a private guided walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town, continuing with a walk along Dubrovnik’s most iconic feature: The City Walls leave no one indifferent! Finish this day with a cable car visit to the Srđ hill panorama point. Afternoon at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of this eternal jewel.
Sea kayak adventure
Another day in Dubrovnik starts with a private sea kayak adventure under the City Walls. Your guide will pick you up at the hotel for a private transfer to your kayaking starting point. Enjoy this scenic and easy ride to the Old Town and magical Lokrum Island, before paddling back along dramatic shoreline. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy more of this magical place.
Dubrovnik to Split
Enjoy one more morning in Dubrovnik before heading north. Your chauffeur will meet you at the hotel for a private transfer along the scenic Dalmatian coast, combined with a highway ride to avoid the most demanding part. Reach Split in the afternoon hours just in time for a quick swim at the hotel pool or a visit to the nearby beach.
Split & Klis; Archery class
Meet your guide in the hotel after breakfast. Explore Split and learn more about its fascinating 1700-year-old history. The tour continues with a visit to the dramatic “eagle’s nest” fortress of Klis – the perfect setting for a fun archery class with local knights! Both locations were featured in the Game of Thrones!
Magic of the Blue cave
The best way to explore the Dalmatian coast is by boat! This day is reserved for a very special, private motorboat trip to the islands of Vis and Biševo. A visit to the Blue Cave will linger as a wonderful family memory for a long time, as well as stunning, rugged coasts of Vis, perfect for swimming and snorkeling off the motorboat!
Krka Waterfalls and visit to the Falconry center
Dalmatian coast is a very special place where mountains are carved by rivers and streams of stunning beauty. What is a visit to the region without enjoying the beauty of the Krka River National Park? Combined with a visit to the great falconry center nearby, kids of all ages will have another memorable day. End the day arriving to the town of Zadar in the afternoon.
Zadar & Modrić Cave Adventure
Zadar is one of the most impressive historical cities of the Adriatic Coast and its region among the most diverse parts of Croatia! Morning excursion to the Modrić cave, just a short drive away, will make your family feel like true explorers. Helmets, overalls and lamps provided – perfectly safe, perfectly fun!
Kornati National Park
Head out to the most beautiful part of the Dalmatian coast – Kornati National Park, a true maze of islets, rocks, crystal clear seas, dramatic cliffs rising from the sea. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling, and maybe you even find that long-lost galley legends are talking about.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Leaving Zadar, the landscape changes dramatically! The picturesque mountains of Lika eventually open to another magical place: Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of those must-see-in-a-lifetime places! A walk by the numerous lakes and waterfalls provides some of the most fascinating views of this rare phenomena. Arrive to Zagreb late in the afternoon.
Zagorje & Krapina Neanderthal Cave
Meet your guide in the morning hours to travel to Krapina to see one of the most fascinating in-situ museums of the region! Featuring the remains of the Neanderthal people, Krapina now boasts a stunning recreation of what their life once looked like. After visiting the museum, enjoy a scenic drive through the Zagorje region and a local lunch at a traditional estate.
PROGRAM IN BRIEF
Old Town and City Walls walking tour
Private sea kayak under the walls
Split for kids & Archery class on Klis fortress
Krka NP with Falconry center
Magic of Plitvice
Neanderthal Museum in Krapina
Private transfers throughout
Entrance tickets to all attractions
Tastings and meals per itinerary
24/7 phone support
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Multi Generation Family Travel in Croatia
Probably the most demanding holiday type is multigenerational travel as it needs to combine the youngest and the oldest members of your family in one seamless journey where everyone spends time together. We have years of experience working with such groups and have done the most demanding travel itineraries with family members ranging from 80+ years old to 5 years old. In the same family! Combing may be problematic in case everyone wants to go on the same trip but we can always find alternatives. Yacht charter seems to be the best option for multi generational families as then they can have the entire vessel for themselves.
Of course, we can always split the group into two or more smaller groups so each small group – or even each member – can enjoy specific activities no matter if it is an art class with an artist in Split or a buggy ride over Brac Island!
Best Croatia Family Hotels
Hotels in Croatia for family travel depend on your preferences and budget. We usually suggest seaside properties on the coast and villas if the families want the ultimate privacy and don’t want to move much from the property. Luxury villas are available all over the coast and in Istria and start from around 1000 Euros per night for villas for over 10 guests. Villas are usually the best way to have the ultimate privacy and the most relaxing stay while on your family holiday.
For hotels, here some of our favorite family properties
Lone and Amarin in Rovinj
Falkensteiner Adriana in Zadar
Amadria in Šibenik
Amfora in Hvar
Sun Gardens in Orasac near Dubrovnik
Valamar Club and Hotel President in Dubrovnik
For unique family villa stay, there are several old castles upgraded to fantastic villas or small, boutique hotels. Not a great number of properties but a fantastic stay if you want something unique for your family.
Some of the finest villas are found all over Istria, Hvar, Korcula and Brac Island and in Dubrovnik region.
We have done in the past pretty much everything one can think of: private art classes, quad rides, hiking and cycling, private workshops, beach cleanup, papier mache class, archery contest, honeymaking, olive oil tasting for kids, adjusted walking tours… You name it, we have done it! While we cannot promise everything, we can definitely discuss dozens of different options. All depending on young explorers’ interests and the location you are visiting.
Activities are always adjusted to the age of children and safety is our most important concern if your family is interested in something more on the extreme side. If your kids are into animals, helping in a sea turtle hospital in Pula or watching dolphins in the wild are some of the most memorable highlights of every family tour of Croatia.
Probably the most unique holiday a family can have is chartering a yacht! From sailing boats with just a skipper to luxury options like gulets and mega yachts, your family will definitely have the most fantastic holiday memories ever!
From the sunrises to sunsets, secret coves, charming towns, island adventures… your days are just a fantastic mix of sunshine and fun. Northern Adriatic route with dolphins, sunken ship near Molat or cave Golubinka on Dugi Otok, Kornati islands, abandoned military tunnels of Vis Island, bays and inlets of Lastovo and Mljet National Park… Numerous fantastic spots that make a fantastic backdrop for your unique family holiday in Croatia!
Boats range from 3 cabin sailing yachts to 6-7 cabin large gulets that can accommodate up to 14 guests. Ideal for big families where grandparents can have a fantastic stay and kids can be as active as you want.
Special memories are reserved to those unique starry nights in secluded coves!
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If you are looking for a short getaway in Croatia, there are numerous options. All depending how many days you have and what are your preferences. Usually, families choose to visit Dubrovnik or Split area + one more island like Hvar. That works quite well and can be enhanced with a variety of activities. Also, combining two or more countries is possible if you are, for example, visiting Italy or Slovenia. Both destinations are easily combined with Istria in the north of Croatia. As a fantastic family destination on its own, the series of activities and even simple visits are a great way to make your short getaway very special!
Some of our Family Travel Testimonials
We’re now settled back in after our trip, but wishing we are still in Croatia. We had an incredible time discovering your amazing country and were very happy with Secret Dalmatia- everything was well organized, follow-through was great and the itinerary, especially the side excursions, really made the trip special… read more
We love to travel and try new things and with your help our itinerary was varied, fun and interesting. We could never have done this on our own!! Mirna you made organising the trip seem easy although I know it wasn’t and we really appreciated your flexibility and advice on where to go and what trips to take. Also really tailoring things for us and making it so personal. You were easy to contact before the trip and I know that you were in touch with each of our guides every day. read more
Thank you for all your help to make it an unforgettable trip to Croatia. We enjoyed meeting you as well and are so appreciative of the efforts to make it a carefree trip for everyone. We hope that we will be able to return to see more of your beautiful country… read more
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We can’t thank you enough for planning our adventure in Croatia.We wouldn’t change a thing! All of the drivers and tour guides were excellent and what can we say about Simona! She is now a part of our family.I will recommend Secret Dalmatia to anyone that I can and have already given your name to our local travel agency! Read more
Thank you very much for organising our family’s tour of Croatia. Everything went very smoothly and we all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I would especially like to thank our drivers (Sebastian and Christan) for their very capable and safe driving – we all felt very safe in their hands. We were also very impressed with the Hotel Luxe in Split which was very central and had lovely décor and helpful staff… read more
In conclusion, Croatia family holidays offer a great variety and numerous possibilities unlike many other destinations. From yachts to villas, from beaches to caves, great adventures await little explorers and are not only fun but also a great educational process. From grandparents to toddlers, everyone can enjoy their stay in Croatia and participate in family adventures or simply relax by the beach. Your family holiday in Croatia will be a memorable one!
Perfect for a multi-generational travel, no matter if you are chartering a yacht or staying firmly on land, Croatia has a lot to offer to family members of all ages! Contact us to design a trip all members of your family will love and remember.