Essential Croatia Journey

Immerse yourself in the essence of Croatia  – in style – from the classic European city of Zagreb, to bucolic Istria, to stunning Pltivica National Park, on to the Adriatic islands & iconic Dubrovnik.  Our 14 day Essential Croatia Boutique Journeys are steeped  in local experiences – local host, swimming in secluded bays, Croatian wines, classic Istrian & Dalmatian cuisine, culture & history.

All holidays are private & tailor-made for groups of 2 to 30.  The itinerary is flexible to accommodated your interests.

Our Essential Croatia Boutique Journey includes private drive through continental Croatia, Istria & along the central coast to Split.  Then your choice of sailing on your private yacht or luxury Catamaran to Dubrovnik, or follow the coastal route by private car.

Essential Croatia Private Journey

Zagreb – old world European capital

  • Stay in classic Zagreb style at Landmark hotel
  • Welcome dinner to meet your hosts and guide
  • Leisurely guided or self-guided tour of classic Zagreb

 Flavors of Istria – hill towns, truffles, wine & cuisine

  • Drive through continental wine region, on to Istria
  • Stay at Wine Country Estate in the heart of the Istria,  5 star Seaside Resort or classic boutique hotel in iconic Rovinj old town or harbor
  • Tour Istria hill towns, Rovinj, Pula Roman Forum (UNESCO World Heritage Site) & Motovun
  • Try tasting indigenous wine varietals at Grand Cro wineries such as Meneghetti, Roxanich, Matosevic & Kozlovic wineries
  • Enjoy the famous Istrian cuisine, truffles, wine and warm hospitality of its people

Stunning nature of Plitvica National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

  • Stay at Yugoslav era hotel inside the park
  • Spend a relaxing day walking through the spectacular waterfalls & nature of Plitvica

Trendy Split – gateway to  the islands & cultural center of Dalmatian

  • Stay at the grande dame of historical hotels in Split (overlooking the sea) or at one of the lovely boutique hotels in the old palace
  • Spend the day wandering the old town, splendid promenade, the heart of Split, where locals stroll and meet up with friends
  • Walking tour will take you through Diocletian’s palace, the old town, beautiful produce & fish markets and Marjan park

Island hop the unspoiled Adriatic islands from Split to Dubrovnik (by private sail or coastal highway)

  • Board your private sailing yacht or catamaran in Split
  • Alternative route is by private car along the spectacular coast from Split to Dubrovnik
  • Stop along the way at island wineries, small villages, historical sites, ancient ruins
  • Experience the renaissance in Croatian cuisine & wine at private chef’s table dinners & tastings
  • Witness eastern & western influences preserved over centuries in the monasteries, stone masonry, bell towers, town squares, cemeteries & narrow cobbled streets of the villages
  • Experience the unique culture, unspoiled island lifestyle, dazzling sun, sea & sailing of the Adriatic Coast
  • Swim in deserted bays, enjoy gourmet meals & clear water snorkeling
  • Along the way visit Hvar, Korcula, Sipan and Mljet islands
  • Depart yacht in Dubrovnik

Iconic Dubrovnik – a step back in time

  • Stay at luxury seaside hotel or classic boutique hotel in the old town
  • Immerse yourself in a time gone by in this ancient commercial city with cobbled streets, fortress walls & medieval architecture
  • Enjoy warm summer evenings listening to the music and nightlife of the Dubrovnik summer festival

AEContact us today to start planning your Boutique Croatian Holiday.
All holidays are private – designed exclusively for you.   Villa stay and sailing extensions available on request.

Ask for suggestions and customization for 50+ travelers.

Meneghetti Wine Estate

Rovinj – Artistic & thriving Port Town

Experience the Croatian Wine Renaissance

15th century ruins on Brac island

Historic Korcula once home to Marko Polo

Sailing the Dalmatian islands

Summer evening in Romantic & chic Hvar

Iconic Dubrovnik on traditional sailing Gulet

Exhilarating sailing on private flotilla

Elegant sailing on private Catamaran

Istrian Hill Town

Charming Milna Harbor on Brac island

16th century Blaca Monastery

Sunset over the Adriatic Sea

Picturesque Rovinj

Istria, home to artists from around the world


Fisherman’s harbor

Roman Arena in Pula

Teaming port market

Roman Arena in Pula

Wine country estate

Palace Boutique Hotel Zagreb

Traditional island villa

Island kayaking

Split Harbor & Old Town

Palace Hotel Cafe – old world charm

Palace Boutique Hotel Zagreb

Esplanade Hotel zagreb croatia

Elegant Esplanade Hotel

Esplanade Hotel Zagreb

Elegant Esplanade Hotel Zagreb

Stunning Plitvica National Park

Stunning Plitvica National Park