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Discover the country its tourist board bills as ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’…

With its rugged coastline, lush interior and more than a thousand islands, Croatia offers pristine beaches, delicious seafood, rustic villages and UNESCO-protected cities. The beaches here are second to none and they come in all shapes and sizes. From upbeat party spots to quiet beach holiday escapes to nudist colonies – there is sure to be a stretch of sand in Croatia to suit all tastes. The lush interior offers hilltop villages, rustic charm and mouth-watering traditional cuisine, while the enchanting winding streets of the cities of Zagreb, Zadar and Dubrovnik call with their cosmopolitan cafes and multitude of historical sights.

Things to do

Take things easy on an all-inclusive holiday to Croatia's lovely Dubrovnik or the stylish Makarska Riviera. Stay put and relax, or step it up on a walking tour of the Biokovo Mountains with their dramatic ocean views. Marvel at the waterfalls in Krka National Park, wander botanical gardens or throw a lucky coin into the fountain of Neptune. History lovers can explore the fascinating cities of Split and Zagreb, while those who have found their sea legs can cruise the Dalmatian Coast and enjoy a spot of island hopping. For all-out explorers how about taking a riverboat down the Danube? And why stop there? Our European cruises sail on into neighbouring Hungary, Romania and beyond…

Dalmatia

Stretched out along the Adriatic, Dalmatia luxuriates in a stunning coastline dotted with hundreds of islands perfect for daytrips – some of the best known are Brac, foodie haven Vis, wild Mljet and fashionable Hvar. Also known as the Dalmatian Coast, this is where you’ll discover Croatia's best beaches, as well as the city of Dubrovnik, with its walled historic centre home to a melting pot of architectural styles. In one afternoon you can visit baroque St Blaise Church, renaissance Sponza Palace and the Romanesque cathedral. Add to this the historical cities of Split and Zadar, and Dalmatia could keep you occupied for weeks.

The Istrian Peninsula

The sun-kissed Istrian Peninsula on the Adriatic Coast is shared with neighbouring Slovenia. As well as a pristine coast dotted with lovely historic towns, such as Pula and Porec, this region has a verdant interior of rolling hills and charming country villages. The cuisine here is some of the best in the country with its fertile lands and ocean offering up the freshest of seafood, delectable olive oils and top-notch wines.

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Look forward to a great-value holiday in Croatia where you can discover the beautiful Dubrovnik Riviera from the beachfront Hotel Albatros.

Discover the beautiful beaches of Brela from the 4-star Bluesun Hotel Berulia on Croatia's Makarska Riviera.

Discover the beauty of Croatia's Makarska Riviera from this historic hotel which is backed by the impressive Biokovo Mountain.

Hotel Astarea QQQ+

Stay and Relax

Set in Mlini on the delightful Dubrovnik Riviera, the all-inclusive 3-star Hotel Astarea enjoys a peaceful location and offers views of the Adriatic Sea.

This 4-star hotel is situated on a beautiful evergreen tree-lined promenade which runs along Tucepi’s white shingle beach-front.

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Stay and Relax

When it comes to location, this hotel in the heart of Budva's city centre has it all!

Discover the Dubrovnik Riviera from the locally rated 4-star Hotel Albatros which has a wonderful beachfront location.

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Stay and Relax

This 4-star Meteor Hotel in the heart of scenic Makarska town has a romantic setting with the peaks of the Biokovo Mountain on one side and the beautiful Adriatic Coast on the other.

Explore coastal villages, pass impressive lakes and discover the dramatic limestone scenery of the Biokovo mountains.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded package at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Albatros which has a wonderful beachfront location.

This voyage aboard MV Emanuel offers a wonderful way to appreciate Croatia's myriad islands and islets.

Highlights of Dalmatia

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Relax on the picturesque Dalmatian Coast before crossing the Adriatic Sea to the beautiful island of Brac for a seven-night stay.

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Stay and Relax Premium

Situated on the lush green Babin Kuk peninsula, this locally rated 4+ star hotel is in harmony with its surroundings yet still offers stylish, contemporary design throughout.

Enjoy five live jazz sessions and two informative jazz talks, featuring one of the UK's most popular bands, John Shillito's Jazz Band – all in the setting of the beautiful south Croatian coast.

This scenic tour includes stays on two of Croatia's most enticing islands - Korcula and Brac - and it allows you to explore other Adriatic islands such as Hvar and Mljet, as well as visiting the medieval city of Dubrovnik.

Celebrate Christmas in the historic town of Split, discover its fascinating history and enjoy festive fare and entertainment from your hotel situated in the old town.

Discover Dubrovnik’s ancient gardens, and the island flora of Lokrum and Sipan.

Cruise along the Croatian coast to view the region's stunning scenery and architecture.

Discover the history and natural beauty of the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia and coast and countryside of Montenegro during this two-centre holiday

Jewels of Croatia

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See some of Croatia's highlights on this all-inclusive three-centre holiday, which combines a relaxing stay on Brac with stays on the Dalmatian Coast.

This exciting two-centre tour introduces you to the fascinating history and breathtaking coastal scenery of Slovenia and Croatia on the lush green Istrian peninsula.

Discover Dubrovnik’s ancient gardens, and the island flora of Lokrum and Sipan.

Discover the lovely year-round climate, breathtaking natural beauty and historic heritage of four fascinating islands – Krk, Rab, Losinj and Cres.

This voyage aboard MV Liberty offers a wonderful way to appreciate the natural beauty and rich history of Croatia's islands and tiny islets.

Discover Croatia’s dramatic mountain ranges, breathtaking national parks, endless coastline and historic cities.

Jewels of the Adriatic

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This all-inclusive, two-centre holiday takes you ‘off the beaten track’ to discover Croatia's hidden gems on the islands of Rab and Losinj.

This voyage aboard MV Providenca offers a wonderful way to appreciate the natural beauty and rich history of Croatia's islands and tiny islets.

See some of Croatia's highlights on this all-inclusive three-centre holiday, which combines stays on the Dalmatian Coast with a relaxing stay on Brac.

Enjoy a three-night hotel stay in Lake Garda before cruising the Adriatic and Mediterranean. See historic Dubrovnik, the Acropolis in Athens and Biblical sites in Ephesus, Turkey.

Enjoy spectacular scenery as you sweep through Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania on this relaxing river cruise.

Cruise to the very heart of the Balkans, where the Sava and Drava rivers meet the mighty Danube, and discover lands of great distinction and beauty.

See the best of the western Mediterranean and Adriatic, with calls in Spain and Sicily, as you round the Italian peninsula towards Venice.

Combine the archaeological treasures of Turkey and traditional whitewashed villages of Greece with the lavender fields of Hvar and splendid beaches of Opatija on this cruise across the Adriatic Sea.

Discover the many highlights of the Danube as it wends its way towards the Black Sea.

Experience the Adriatic's enthralling heritage and enchanting Venice on this epic voyage aboard Boudicca.

Cruise along the stunning shores of Croatia, soaking up the history and culture of some of its most fascinating cities. Enjoy an overnight stay in the timeless city of Venice and explore vibrant ports in Spain, Sardinia, Slovenia and more.

Join this springtime cruise to the Adriatic and discover a host of historic cities and idyllic islands…

This voyage aboard Saga Sapphire takes in the best of the Med – from the eye-catching architecture of Valencia, to the ancient ruins of Carthage.

Language

Croatian -

Croatian is the national language but you’ll find all local guides speak English, as will many hotel staff.

Other languages spoken among ethnic minorities living in Croatia include Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian.

Tipping

Service charges are not usually included in your bill, so a tip of around 10% is appreciated. If you’re travelling anywhere by taxi, the driver will expect a tip of around 10% of the fare.

Population and size

The population is around 4,470,500, which is about half the population of Greater London!

Croatia has over 1,000 islands and islets, and covers an area of around 56,594 square kilometres, which makes it more than four times smaller than the United Kingdom.

Currency

Kuna - The currency unit in Croatia is the Kuna (the plural is kune), and this is divided into 100 lipa.

Culture

Most of the population are Roman Catholic, but there are also communities of Eastern Othodox Serbs and Muslims. When socialising in Croatia, it's customary to shake hands with one another upon meeting and departing. Popular pastimes include lace-making and gingerbread craft, skills which have been passed down for generations. Traditional music, songs and dance are a popular part of Croatian culture too, and folklore festivals are a common occurance.

A tumultuous past encompassing Roman rule, Mongul invasion and conflicts with the Ottoman and Napoleonic empires has nevertheless resulted in a fascinating architectural legacy, including the magnificent Diocletian's Palace in Split and Pula's Roman amphitheatre.

Phrases

A few words of Croatian to help you break the ice…

Good morning – Dobro jutro (dobro yootro)

Good afternoon – Dobar dan (dobar dahn)

Thank you – H vala

Hello – bok

Goodbye – zbogom

Yes – da

No – ne

Timezone

Croatia is one hour ahead of GMT.

Electricity

All sockets take small round two-pin plugs so you’ll need an adaptor for most British appliances.

Climate

Croatia’s climate is varied. On the coast, hot dry summers and mild winters with some rainfall are the norm.

Further inland it’s hot in the summer, but winters can be bitterly cold with snowfall in places.

Health

Apart from a touch of sunburn you’re unlikely to encounter any health problems here.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay, which you’ll need to carry with you at all times because it’s the only officially recognised form of identification.

Smoking

Smoking in public places is now banned and fines are considerable.

Flight time

London to Dubrovnik takes about 2 hours 30 minutes; to Mlini it’s around 2 hours.


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