A guide to a perfect honeymoon in Croatia
With its picturesque coastline, charming historic towns and stunning sites, Croatia is a perfect honeymoon destination! Combine everything with fantastic food and great hotels, and your honeymoon memories will be cherished forever. Our small guide to honeymoon in Croatia will give you a better insight into possibilities for your romantic stay. We will give you an outline and some ideas while you can always play safe and go with our initial honeymoon suggestion at In Love in Croatia. Of course, these holidays are always best when fully customized so feel free to fill out our private tour request form.
Here is a small guide on our favorite hotels spots, ideas… for your reference. Croatia is a fantastic honeymoon destination. Very laid back and relaxing where you can be as active as you want. Or simply spend time on the beach and enjoy a cold cocktail to the sounds of the Adriatic sea. We have done a lot of honeymoons in Croatia since 2005. when we started creating unique and bespoke travel experiences in Croatia.
Ideal Croatia honeymoon itinerary is at least 10 days long. We strongly recommend two weeks but even if you have 5-7 days, you will have a great time. Usually, we start from Istria or Zagreb and continue down the Adriatic coast with a grand finale in Dubrovnik or even Montenegro if guests have enough time on their honeymoon.
If you are looking to charter a yacht, then the minimum is 8 days and you can have pre and post charter stay as well. Yacht honeymoons are usually some of the most sought after honeymoon activities in Croatia thanks to over 1100 islands of our coastline.
For only 5 to 7 days we recommend sticking to the Dalmatian coast only and starting from Split and ending in Dubrovnik. One island can also be part of your honeymoon. Usually Hvar is the first choice as a great honeymoon spot but Vis is the most magical of all. Lacking serious accommodation, Vis can be visited on a day boat trip from nearby islands or even Split.
Arrival to Zagreb
Upon arrival to the Zagreb International Airport, enjoy a private transfer to the capital’s most iconic hotel, Esplanade. After settling in, meet your guide for private tour of Zagreb’s center. The classical charm makes Zagreb’s historic center one of the most unique and most romantic places in all of Croatia.
Wonders of Plitvice Lakes
Next morning, continue to Split stopping en route to visit the magical Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is one of the must-see places in all of Europe because of the mesmerizing beauty of the sixteen turquoise lakes and over a hundred waterfalls! Late afternoon arrival to Split and an easy evening on your own.
Romance of Split and Trogir
The captivating, timeless beauty of these two UNESCO World Heritage sites is best explored in the company of a local guide. All the charm of true Mediterranean living comes to life on our special walking tour, combined with an exclusive lunch behind closed doors of a 13th-century palace in Trogir.
Blue cave on Biševo island and coves of Vis
Meet your skipper after breakfast to embark a motorboat tour along the beautiful coastline of Vis and Biševo islands. The small island of Biševo hides a special gem and a natural phenomenon – the Blue Cave. Return via Pakleni islands and enjoy a seafood lunch in a local tavern.
Oyster tasting and Dubrovnik Old Town
Leave Hvar in the morning to cross to mainland at Sućuraj at the very southern tip of Hvar Island. Then continue to the lovely Bay of Ston for oyster tasting and seafood lunch. Reach Dubrovnik in the afternoon hours and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town in the evening.
Wine tour of Pelješac
Meet your host-for-the-day, Mario Bartulovic, in the morning and head to the beautiful Pelješac peninsula. This very special wine tour takes you to the heart of Croatia’s wine country. Taste several of the nation’s favorites and enjoy a traditional lunch at the Bartulović family’s 500-year-old tavern.
HONEYMOON ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Charming 4* and 5* hotels with romantic amenities
Exclusive wine and food experiences
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Hvar Island for couples
Unique Dubrovnik experience
Private day on a yacht
Private transfers throughout
English-speaking local guides
Entrance tickets to all attractions
Tastings and meals per itinerary
24/7 phone support
OUR HONEYMOON ITINERARY
All our honeymoon in Croatia packages are custom tailored to your dates, preferences and budget. We usually recommend coming from April to October with summer months being the most popular. July and August are the peak of the season and the most crowded months.
Budget is another important factor and, for a great honeymoon in Croatia, one should budget about 1000 EUR per day and that includes everything apart from personal expenses: accommodation in 4* and 5* boutique hotels, all private transfers in between destinations, activities and even some unique meals. For a budget lower than that, the itinerary will be less active. If you can have more than 1500 Eur per day for your honeymoon in Croatia, then we can go with the best of the best and splurge all the way! Yachts, helicopters and top hotels will all be part of this honeymoon in Croatia.
Honeymoon packages can only focus on Croatia but can definitely include very charming and romantic Slovenia and Montenegro.
IDEAS FOR A PERFECT HONEYMOON
Croatia has hundreds of stunning sites worth visiting and exploring while on your honeymoon.
Probably the best ideas for your honeymoon is to soak in most of Croatia and what it offers. From land based itineraries to sailing yacht charters, a honeymoon in Croatia can be as active or relaxing as you wish!
Extending your trip to neighboring countries is usually a well rewarding treat as Slovenia, Montenegro and even Bosnia & Herzegovina offer unique cultural sites and experiences. And great food!
Customized options are ideal for those who are looking for more but the main sights are usually on the lists. Picturesque hilltop towns of Istria, stunning Plitvice lakes, romantic castles of Zagorje or the fantastic historic towns of Šibenik, Split and Trogir all the way to majestic Dubrovnik, is what honeymooners in Croatia are looking for the most.
Getting off the beaten path is also possible in a great way so one can simply opt to spend a week on a secluded and sleepy island or stay in a major center to explore less known spots like Cetina river spring, Velebit mountain or the hidden beaches of Pag. Plenty of fantastic sites! And Instagram opportunities as well!
HONEYMOON IN CROATIA FOR FOODIES
If food and wine are your passion, Croatia has so much to offer! While our treasures are not that known abroad – mostly due to small production – the tastes are original and authentic. Honeymooners will love our wines, sweet muscat in Istria, strong reds on Hvar, unique Grk of Korčula. We have a number of day trips that can be combined with your stay along the way. Anything from truffle hunting in Istria and from Split to wine tasting of Peljesac, Hvar Island or simply a fantastic day of wine pairing at Bibich wine cellar as featured on late Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.
The list is available on our Culinary Croatia website but it is best if we make a suggestion depending on your preferences and the general route so we make the best of your honeymoon stay. There are also world class olive oils, seafood to die for, lamb on a spit or local peka cooking…all will be highlights of your honeymoon in Croatia! And cooking with our own Tatjana in Trogir is a highlight for everyone: no matter if you are royalty or just finished your collage!
In any case, you will not be disappointed and we are sure you will have few favorite wines and meals by the time you have to depart. While Croatian produce is still kind of hard to get abroad, make sure you leave some room in your luggage to carry at least that favorite olive oil with you.
CROATIA LUXURY HONEYMOON
If you don’t spare any expenses while on your honeymoon, yacht or a luxury land arrangement is perfect for you! Luxury, crewed yachts start from 30K Euros per week and can be as exclusive as something Hollywood folks charter. Land arrangements would include only the finest with private helicopter connections between all destinations, exclusive, behind the closed doors events, restaurants, private meals served on cliffs, stunning luxury car rental… the only limit is imagination!
Some of the finest spots of luxury Honeymoon would be Istria with a selection of fantastic hotels and villas, Losinj Island with hotels in Cikat Bay and then Hvar and Dubrovnik. Even charming Korcula is a popular destination but with limited availability at finest hotels.
For accommodation, we usually go with finest hotels or fully catered villas. Our luxury travelers are also extending their stay into Montenegro for the selection of top world luxury brands like Aman and One & Only. Montenegro has become a playground for the rich and famous in the past years and should definitely be on your list! Especially including the helicopter transfer over the Boka Bay!
Croatia is perfect for romantic getaways! A short flight from all major European destinations, it can fit pretty much any itinerary. If you only have a weekend or just a few days, we usually recommend exploring Dubrovnik or splurge in Istria. Another great spot would be any of the Dalmatian Islands and the news great hotels like the Lemongarden in Sutivan.
Dubrovnik is usually a destination for most and it offers everything a romantic getaway needs to have: fantastic backdrop of a historic town, stunning hotel stay in Villa Dubrovnik or Villa Orsula, beautiful archipelago for a day on a yacht and great restaurant selection.
Istria is on another end of Croatia’s Adriatic coast and it seems like a world away. With iits lush green heartland, italian influenced hilltop towns and an authentic gastronomy, it should definitely be on every romantic getaway list.
With its historical towns, fantastic food, and seductive Adriatic Sea, Croatia is perfect for honeymoons and romantic getaways! Let us know more about your dream journey and we will make it even more special!
BEFORE YOU GO
This itinerary was designed for those couples who love spending quality time together in nature, on water, and strolling through charming old towns. The activities are paired with splendid food and wine tastings for an ultimate experience. Enjoy the most memorable journey, from Zagreb and along the Dalmatian coast, visiting cities and places that will invigorate your romance. Contact us and together we will create the most romantic getaway based on your own preferences.
When to Travel
Visit from May to mid-October to get the most out of your trip. This itinerary features various outdoor and on-water activities so spring and summer would be the perfect months to come and enjoy it at its best. Although this trip is doable year-round, some activities may not be available during winter, and some hotels and restaurants closed. However, this may all be adjusted to your preferences, and you may combine or add other available activities to your program.
50% deposit payment is due upon booking of this program. After we have received the payment, you will be sent an official confirmation to your mail. Balance payment is due one month prior to arrival. We accept wire transfer and major credit cards through our secure payment gateway (Visa, Amex, Mastercard). In case of significant changes after finalizing the trip, there will be a 250€ surcharge. For more information on Payments, visit our Terms and Conditions page.
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