TAKE THE ROADS LESS TRAVELED
The landscapes and experiences in Croatia are so diverse and abundant that many incredible sceneries, historic sites, traditions, and
individuals never make it into popular travel brochures. Secret Dalmatia’s off-the-beaten-path tour of Croatia pays a tribute to those places, which have managed to retain much of their authentic beauty intact in spite of the whole world turning into a global village. Meet the locals and learn the stories of their villages, traditions, and families, encountering the Croatia hidden from the tourists’ sight.
PROGRAM IN BRIEF
Castles of Zagorje region
Sea kayak to Goli Otok
Hiking the moonscapes of Pag
Motor boat to Kornati
Caving at Modrić cave
Croatia’s most beautiful river
Wines of Pelješac & Magical Korčula
All private transfers throughout or car rental
Entrance tickets to all attractions
Tastings and meals per itinerary
24/7 phone support
In vicinity of popular and frequented Croatian destinations, you will discover places still unconquered by visiting masses. Their stories are very unique and portray a vivid image of another Croatia.
Discover unique stays and genuine hospitality as you travel off the beaten path in Croatia. Savour the unique character of Hotel Almayer in Zadar, a seafront location and inspirational vistas of Hotel Arbiana on Rab, and a memorable home atmosphere of Trpanj B&B.
Hotel Esplanade 5*, Zagreb
Housed in an elegant and distinguished building, built originally in 1925 and designed to accommodate passengers from the Orient Express, the Hotel Esplanade is known for its impeccable service, high-quality restaurant offer, and luxurious accommodation. Esplanade is one of the finest hotels in the region and has received numerous awards for consistent quality.
Hotel Arbiana 4*, Rab
Arbiana Hotel is located on the greenest island of Croatia just behind the city walls, in its own park on the edge of the crystal-clear sea. Hotel Arbiana distinguishes itself with exclusive care and quality service that creates an unforgettable experience for its guests. Hotel staff ensures that each guest has a memorable stay along with complete relaxation for body and soul.
Hotel Boškinac 4*, Novalja
One of the most iconic foodie places in Croatia, the original gourmet Hotel Boškinac is known as a true discovery for lovers of traditional or gourmet food and wine connoisseurs. The interior of its eight spacious rooms and three suites is decorated with carefully chosen materials and hand-made furniture, however its serene atmosphere and extremely peaceful surroundings remain the main trademark.
Hotel Almayer 4*, Zadar
Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel is a small family-owned four-star boutique hotel which features nine exclusive rooms and suites, an attractive secret garden with a unique and leafy glasshouse, and a bar. Perfectly centrally located within a green oasis of the nearby park and next to main heritage landmarks of the city, the sea promenade and the famous Sea Organ, Almayer is an ideal spot for exploring the city center by foot.
Pelješac, Trpanj B&B
Originally built in the 1830s, this charming five-room B&B in the fishing village of Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula enjoyed an artistic makeover as Ms. Morana and her Raguž family took it over. Returning from Florida, USA, they decided to infuse the traditional architecture with a touch of world-class food and service, plus their welcoming presence, as they live on the premises too.
All the rave about Croatia’s popular destinations is justified, but our country keeps as many intriguing experiences as a secret. If there is a destination in Croatia that you would really like to visit along or instead of some of the ones included below, just let us know and consider it done. This is a suggestion based on our expertise and is awaiting the final touch – your own!
Welcome to Zagreb
Arrive to Croatia’s bustling capital and get swept away by its central European charm, lively squares and vibrant open-air markets, and urban spirit. Get settled in the renowned Hotel Esplanade that was built to host the Orient Express travelers. Spend the evening exploring the lively center of Zagreb, from the historic Upper town to the square of Ban Jelačić.
Magic of Varaždin and Trakošćan
Meet your guide in the morning to visit the Zagorje region. This hilly land hosts many scenic castles, which developed from medieval burgs (forts) into distinctive, elegant buildings. In Varaždin, enjoy baroque and rococo architecture, before visiting the Opeka Manor set amidst an arboretum. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
The Island of Rab
Your chauffeur will meet you in the morning for a private transfer to the island Rab. As you drive from Zagreb to the coast, the mountains open up ahead of you into a remarkably blue scene dotted with green islands. After you check in and get settled in the Hotel Arbiana, spend a relaxing evening on one of the greenest Croatian islands.
Hiking on Rab
After enjoying your breakfast over the Mediterranean scents of Rab, meet your guide for a private hiking tour of the island. Explore the rugged terrain of one of Croatia’s most fascinating islands that known for historic forests, karst landscapes and the longest sandy beaches in the country. After the tour, enjoy a lovely seaside evening on your own.
Sea kayaking off Rab
Meet your guide in the morning to embark on a unique adventure. You will kayak to Goli Otok (the Naked Island), which was nudists’ favorite spot a few decades ago. The island is best known for its dark ages as a political prison in the second half of the 20th century. Enjoy, as it will probably be just you and possibly some Rab local shepherds.
Landscapes of Pag island
Say farewell to Rab as you board a ferry to your next island – Pag. Known for many gastronomic delights, such as salt, lamb, cow and goat cheeses, all with a touch of wind and sea, Pag is definitely a place to arrive to with an empty stomach. You will stay at Croatia’s original gourmet Hotel Boškinac. Enjoy your meal(s)!
Unique olive grove of Lun
Today, enjoy a private guided tour of Pag. Visit the Roman aqueduct called “Italian hole” and the town of Pag’s famous salt warehouse from the 16th century. Learn about Pag’s lace, a UNESCO-listed heritage, before heading out to the acclaimed cheese factory “Gligora”. Conclude your tour with the olive groves of Lun, before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Historic charm of Zadar
As you head back to the coast with your private chauffeur, enjoy the view of more islands along the way. An easy day in Zadar has much to deliver! Croatia’s upcoming tourism hit is still off the mainstream grid, hence it delivers a local atmosphere among heritage spanning from the Roman Forum to public contemporary art installations.
Explore Kornati NP
After you embark your sailing boat and meet your skipper, head out to the island of Dugi otok and pass the tallest lighthouse in the Adriatic. Enjoy a journey through an archipelago of 140 islands and islets, mainly uninhabited, and with their barren terrain somewhat resembling the moon.
Nature and fresh air lovers will adore this day. Enjoy adventures in nature, comprised of hiking along Zrmanja and its tributary Krupa rivers and a visit to the NP Paklenica, the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and adventurists’ favorite. The experience comes complete with spelunking in Modrić cave. Enjoy an easy night out and about in Zadar.
Meet your private chauffeur and head south to Pelješac, Croatia’s second largest peninsula. You will meet with Mario Bartulović, an energetic winemaker and adrenaline lover. He will give you a private tour of the peninsula, complete with wine tasting in his cellar. Stay in Morana B&B in Trpanj, possibly the most charming private bed and breakfast0 on the coast.
Walking Tour of Korcula Old Town
Your guide and chauffeur will take you to the site of Nakovana, 8.000-year-old remains of a village that seems almost abandoned, except for occasional hikers. Your next stop is Orebić, a small town on Pelješac, situated right across from the stunning old town of Korčula. Enjoy a boat ride and a private tour of Korčula’s main sight.
Combine the highlights and most popular sites with places off the tourist radar, or completely take the roads less traveled to soak up the unique atmosphere, and authentic sites and sounds of Croatia. Discover the secrets of Croatia!
BEFORE YOU GO
Far from the crowds, in the hillside of Zagorje region, on the blue waters of the Adriatic, and off in the Zadar’s Hinterland, lies a secret Croatia, perfect for those who are willing to explore the less visited locations. Not only is this itinerary full of exciting activities both on water and in the countryside, but also sets a perfect balance with a historical and cultural introduction on tours of Rab, Pag and Korčula islands. Contact us to embark on this amazing journey off the beaten path of Croatia.
When to Travel
To discover Secret Croatia you may visit at any time of the year. However, bear in mind that the ideal period for the majority of activities included in this itinerary is from late May through mid-October. If, however, your arrival coincides with off-season months, you should note that some hotels and restaurants may be closed and the weather is quite cold for on-water activities. This itinerary is completely adjustable so you may see as much or as little of what is featured.
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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