Croatia is blessed with a myriad of striking natural scenery as well as diverse cultural heritage, thanks to its position between the Balkans, Central Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. Explore offer a wide range of holidays to Croatia from Coastal Walks to relaxing Dalmatian Island cruises and from adrenaline packed Family Adventures to leisurely self-guided cycling trips.
Croatia is an excellent choice for anyone wanting an active adventure holiday, with over 400 protected areas including 8 national parks. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking and Explore offers several Cycling Holidays in Croatia. The Dinaric Alps run through the heart of Croatia, climbing skyward with mist-swathed peaks and have an extensive system of gorges, canyons and caves. By contrast, the country’s rambling Adriatic coastline is home to warm turquoise waters and more than 1000 sun drenched islands, which can be experienced on an Explore Coastal Cruise.
Bordering Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia represents a cultural and geographic crossroads, making it ideal inclusion on a two week holiday to the Balkans such as Explore’s Journey through the Balkans.
Croatia’s historical ties with Central Europe have created an array of rambling cobble stoned towns, grand cathedrals and commanding hilltop fortresses. On a Cycling Adventure Holiday from Italy to Croatia along the Adriatic Sea you can see this from the style of its well-groomed parks, elegant townhouses, Renaissance palaces and bustling squares.
In 1918, Croatia joined Slovenia and Serbia to form what would later become Yugoslavia. After World War II, Yugoslavia was incorporated into the USSR and Croatia only regained its independence in 1991 after the fall of communism, but this then sparked a bitter four-year war with neighbouring Serbia. You can learn more about this fascinating history on Explore’s Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure.
Today, Croatia is a peaceful place celebrated for its theatre, art, music, literature and cuisine. If you want to experience Croatia's highlights then you can travel on Explore’s Old Dubrovnik and Dalmatia holiday to experience the beautiful cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir, as well as the tumbling waterfalls of the Plitvice National Park.