Spend the day on a private island, kayak down waterfalls and dive into Croatian cuisine
ABOUT THIS TRIP
Golden-hued towns lapped by sparkling azure waters, picturesque off-shore islands and some of the best food on the continent; Croatia is the Mediterranean dream come to life.
It’s a summer playground for those that want a little bit of everything: good food, perfect beaches, vineyards, waterfalls and island exploration. On this Flash Pack adventure, you’ll get to experience all of this, and more.
But what do we mean by ‘and more’? Well, how does fresh oyster tasting followed by exclusive access to a private island sound? Or a secluded meadow BBQ party at the end of the river you’ve just kayaked down waterfalls on? Seven days in Croatia with Flash Pack isn’t just well-worn paths to well-known highlights. It’s private rib boats to isolated snorkelling spots. It’s kayaking at night on paddleboards, the nocturnal marine life lit beneath you by underwater LED lights. It’s talking to locals that were born within the old city walls of Dubrovnik, and tasting local wine so good, it’s even been served in the White House.
You see, when we say this is Croatia, ‘and more’ – we really do mean it.
- Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Stay in hand-picked 4 star hotels
- We offset 0.37 tCO2e (carbon) per person on this trip
- Tips for the guide & driver
- Private minibus & speedboat
- Arrival Airport transfer
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Max 12 travellers per group
- Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team
The Inside Pack Melissa Roy@mappedbymelissa Listen to my take on Flash Pack's Croatia adventure
Day 01 Food immersion in Zagreb
Welcome to Zagreb and the first of many 4* hotels. You’ll have a chance to check-in and relax whilst the rest of your group arrives, before heading out at around 5pm for your immersive history and food tour through the back-streets of the town. One of the oldest cities in Central Europe, the architecture, cobbled streets and soaring church spires of Zagreb provide a visual feast, so the stories you’ll hear and delicacies you’ll try will only bring to life the charm of this place even more. On your culinary journey, you’ll stop at La Struk for a traditional Zagreb dish called Strukli, and finally at Bornstein for wine and cheese tasting. Just remember to leave enough room for your welcome dinner at the award-winning and atmospheric Didov San (meaning Grandpa’s dream) where you’ll feast on authentic dishes in a timeless setting.
Day 02 Waterfall kayaking & treetop sleeping
This morning you’ll be taken into Mrežnica, a world of emerald rivers, cascading waterfalls and secluded forests. Here, your thrilling kayaking adventure will take place. Kitted out and aboard your group’s raft, you’ll spend hours paddling atop crystal clear waters and flying down waterfalls, whilst also having the chance to wild swim and leap from white cliffs into deep pools. Eventually, you’ll pull into a gorgeous secluded meadow, where you’ll find a tent and BBQ has been set up for your own private al-fresco event. With locals cooking up a veritable feast using fresh local ingredients, spend some time as a group bonding and reflecting on the beauty you’ve already seen in just two days. Sated and ready to move on, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation for the evening: a series of treehouses in the woods connected by winding wooden bridges.
Day 03 UNESCO lakes & night paddle-boarding
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a region of forested beauty, famous for its shimmering lagoons and waterfalls. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a hugely popular spot (for good reason), but we’ll be getting you up at the crack of dawn so you get to enjoy the area alone (or as near to alone as possible). As the soft morning light begins to intensify and light up the colours of the lakes that are connected by 92 waterfalls, you’ll be taken on a private guided tour by foot and electric boat. Then it’ll be on to Split and the sparkling coast for a totally unique nighttime adventure. As the sun sets and the rest of the tourists head away from the water, you’ll be paddling out to sea on a paddleboard that’s adorned with underwater LED lights. A gentle, ethereally beautiful adventure, the stars will be slowly making their way out above you, whilst nocturnal marine life flits in and out of view beneath.
Day 04 Private boat to lagoon beauty
Today is the kind of day most people dream of when they think of a summer in Croatia: a boat trip to stunning islands and crystalline lagoons – and you’ll get to do it all on your very own private speedboat. Snorkel above a sunken ship near Nečujam on the island of Šolta, explore the archipelago of the Krknjasi islands and swim in the famed Blue Lagoon. Feeling sunkissed and no-doubt a little tired from all the swimming, your last spot will be the chic Schkoy Beach Club – where you’ll have a few hours to live the Croatian beach club experience. When you’re ready, you’ll return to Split for an evening to do as you please.
Day 05 Your private island in the Med
Today you’ll be making your way from Split to Dubrovnik, but you’ll be stopping en-route for an experience that’s not available to the general public, first. Mali Ston is one of the few last untouched parts of Croatia’s coastline, and here you’ll meet a family of restaurateurs who will take you over to a sea platform to learn about (and taste) the oysters they produce here. You’ll learn about the Adriatic oyster and why it’s one of the best and most sought after in the world and then be transferred to the family’s private island, which they’ve granted us exclusive access to. The restaurant here isn’t open to the public, but it will be to you, and you’ll spend an afternoon alone in paradise, feasting on Dalmatian specialties, fresh seafood, beers and cocktails.
Day 06 World-renowned wine tasting
This might just be the most picturesque wine-tour you’ll ever take. In a region set on a hill that slopes upwards from the cerulean sea, you’ll be cycling 20km from winery to winery, overlooking nearby islands and a lush valley. You’ll start at the smallest family winery, before moving to some of the bigger producers. One of the highlights has to be your stop at the Grgić vineyard. One of Croatia’s most famous wine producers, Grgić now lives in California and has seen his wine served in the White House – a huge moment for Croatian wine. Tonight, you’ll have some free time in iconic Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Get your bearings in its labyrinthine walled old town, kick back with an ožujsko, or head down to the harbour for a twilight stroll.
Day 07 Gourmet cooking with a local family
This morning you’ll be taken on a tour of Dubrovnik by a local who was born within the old city walls. You’ll see the old Franciscan Monastery with its ancient pharmacy, the Dominican Monastery with its enviable collection of medieval paintings and an endless array of beautiful red-roofed townhouses. At around 3, you’ll be picked up and taken 30 minutes into the countryside to meet a local family at their old stone house. They’ll be taking you on a culinary journey as you cook simple, fresh and authentic food with them. After your home-made welcome drink, you’ll go out into the lush garden to pick the required ingredients, and be led through an age-old Croatian recipe, finally getting to dine on the masterpiece you’ve no doubt created. Local people, local customs and delicious food – what could be a better way to end your exclusive, immersive Croatian adventure?
Day 08 Farewell, Croatia
It’s that time. Bid farewell to your new friends and make your way to the airport, happy in the knowledge you’ve seen a side to Croatia that few others have had the chance to see. A hard feat in today’s much-explored, much-photographed world.
OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
PLITVICE TREE HOUSES
Reconnect with nature in this magical woodland, staying in tree-top houses connected by winding wooden bridges. With a restaurant on site and beautiful views for miles, you’ll feel a million miles from the real world.
Hotel Lero, Dubrovnik
An enviable position close to Dubrovnik’s Old Town highlights and the Adriatic, modern comfortable rooms with neutral colours and a pool to cool down in at the end of each day – what more could you need?
Hotel Briig, Split
Steps away from the beach and with its own rooftop pool and bar; Hotel Briig is a design hotel that’s chic, modern and highly photogenic. The kind of place people that aren’t guests, come to for a drink.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Fly into Zagreb Airport (ZAG) and out of Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).
- What time should my flight arrive? (to arrive in time for the welcome meeting)
Please try to arrive in Zagreb before 3pm on day 1, although we will arrange a group transfer for you when you arrive.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
Feel free to depart at your own leisure on day 8, but we recommend taking an afternoon flight so you can relax in Dubrovnik before you fly home.
- Will this itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
What Flashpackers say
"I enjoyed every minute of my trip to Croatia with Flash Pack. My fellow travellers were great, Luka (our tour guide) was fantastic and I loved all of the activities. Plitvice lakes, kayaking and our trip to Hvar were my highlights. I only wish it could have been a few days longer!"
"My second trip with Flash Pack, this time to Croatia. Excellent activities, hotels and guide, good mix of people. Highly recommended."
"Our group was fantastic, and our trip pretty much went off without a hitch. Great hotels and activities, and our guide Luka was super friendly and knowledgeable. Croatia is beautiful and I think we're all planning a return trip!"
"Well organized trip. Wonderful hotels and a nice variety of activities. My first solo group travel experience and had an amazing time. I will definitely be booking another Flash Pack trip!"
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