Take a private speedboat to isolated snorkelling spots, 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 do speedboat transfers and stand-up paddleboarding tours sound? Or an alfresco BBQ party at the end of the river you’ve just kayaked down waterfalls on? Eight 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 fine dining in idyllic restaurants where a dip in the sea is encouraged between courses. And it’s 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, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- Stay in hand-picked 4-star hotels
- We offset 0.37 tCO2e (carbon) per person on this trip
- 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 OR proof of a negative test within 72 hours of their adventure starting. Flashpackers must also provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. 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.
Day 01 Food immersion in Zagreb
Welcome to Zagreb and the first of many boutique hotels. You’ll have a chance to check in and relax whilst the rest of your group arrives, before heading out for an immersive history and food tour through the backstreets 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 – 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
This morning you’ll be taken into Mrežnica, a world of emerald rivers, cascading waterfalls and secluded forests. Here, your kayaking adventure will take place. Kitted out and aboard your kayaks, you’ll spend hours paddling atop calm crystal-clear waters and riding over gentle waterfalls, whilst also having the chance to wild swim and or leap into deep pools. Eventually, you’ll reach an area where a BBQ has been set up for your own private alfresco 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.
Day 03 UNESCO lakes & waterfalls
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 early 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 where you’ll have a free evening to chill by the pool, go out for dinner or explore as you please – if it’s the best views of the city you’re looking for, you might consider climbing the bell tower of St Domnius Cathedral.
Day 04 Private boat to lagoon beauty
This 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 next spot will be the chic Shkoy Beach Club – where you’ll have time to live the Croatian beach club experience before heading for a leisurely lunch at Labadusa tavern. When you’re ready, you’ll return to Split for an evening at leisure. Please note that the itinerary on this day could be changed depending on weather conditions.
Day 05 World-renowned wine-tasting
Today you’ll be making your way from Split to Dubrovnik, but you’ll be stopping en route for what could be the most picturesque wine tour you’ll ever take. Blessed with craggy mountains, sweeping valleys and idyllic cerulean coves, the slender Pelješac Peninsula has an ideal climate for cultivating grapes. You’ll be cycling 15 kilometres from winery to winery, through the pretty region of Dingac, with incredible views out to sea and across the Adriatic islands. You’ll start at the smallest family winery, before moving to some of the bigger producers. One of the highlights will be a stop at the Grgić vineyard, founded by the famous Californian wine producer Miljenko Grgić, who was born here in Croatia. You’ll continue your journey to Dubrovnik and check-in at your hotel where you’ll be spending the next three nights.
Day 06 Gourmet cooking with a local family
This morning, you’ll be picked up and driven 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 homemade 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 for lunch. 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 Speedboats & SUP
You’ll spend your last day in style as you hop aboard a speedboat for your transfer to the picturesque island of Sipan, just off the coast of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, you won’t be on dry land for long – you’ll spend this morning sharing laughs with your group as you try to master the art of stand-up paddleboarding. You’ll paddleboard your way across the idyllic bay until you reach BOWA (Best of What’s Around) restaurant – a Robinson Crusoe-inspired getaway, right on the water’s edge, hugged by carob, fig and olive trees. Here, you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch – think fresh fish, hand-picked vegetables and homegrown fruit, all washed down with a glass of Pelješac dingac wine. Sated and sunkissed, you’ll transfer back to Dubrovnik for a farewell dinner with your group. What 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
Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.
Canopy by Hilton, Zagreb
The industrial chic aesthetic at this city centre hotel pays homage to its former life as a chocolate factory. Think over-sized vintage posters, a bright funky bar and signature Canopy beds to ensure a good night’s sleep after exploring Zagreb’s vibrant street life.
Hotel Neptun, Dubrovnik
On the tip of a peaceful peninsula with sea views all around, this high-rise modernist hotel is an Adriatic gem. Guests have access to 3 pools, 5 restaurants, a wellness centre and watersports equipment – what more could you want?
Nature meets luxury at this lakeside resort, with a cluster of traditional wooden cottages featuring rustic-chic interiors. Sample regional specialities such as trout, wild boar and truffle ravioli or take a hike through the self-guided woodland trails.
- 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 2pm on Day 1, although we will arrange a group transfer whatever time 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.
- Can I upgrade to a private room?
Please note that single supplements are subject to availability and aren’t possible at all of the accommodation that you’ll stay in on this adventure. For more details, please get in touch with one of our Trip Experts.
- Do I need a visa?
You do not need a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist from the EU, UK, USA, Australia or Canada.
Please check with your local consulate/embassy if the country you are travelling from requires a visa.
We recommend that you have at least six months validity remaining on your passport and can show a return ticket.
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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