Europe’s Little Darling

Croatia

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast shares the beauty of the Greek coast.  In the capital, Zagreb, some of the grandeur of Belle Époque Vienna remains, while the coast inherited that laid-back, life-loving Italian feel.  Underlying these eclectic influences is a framework of fabulous Roman ruins, more than a thousand lovely islands and some of the best beaches in Europe.  Don’t miss this one.

Why Travel with MIR to Croatia
  • Over two decades of Balkans travel experience
  • Many individuals and groups have chosen MIR to guide them to Croatia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner applause from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of Croatia.  Below is just a sampling of the Croatia experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

  • Walk Dubrovnik’s wide city walls
    Take a leisurely walk within Dubrovnik’s wide city walls that have protected it since the 13th century; punctuated by sturdy square fortresses and round towers, the walls...
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    Walk Dubrovnik’s wide city walls

    Croatia

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Take a leisurely walk within Dubrovnik’s wide city walls that have protected it since the 13th century; punctuated by sturdy square fortresses and round towers, the walls encircle the Old Town, affording wonderful views of land and sea.

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  • Tour the beautiful 17th century Assumption Cathedral
    Admire Dubrovnik’s beautiful 17th century Assumption Cathedral and its wonderful three-panel painting of the Assumption of the Virgin by Titian...
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    Tour the beautiful 17th century Assumption Cathedral

    Croatia

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Admire Dubrovnik’s beautiful 17th century Assumption Cathedral and its wonderful three-panel painting of the Assumption of the Virgin by Titian.

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Ways to Travel to Croatia with MIR

Enjoy Croatia’s sparkling beaches and Roman ruins, but by all means dig a little deeper into the history and the beauty of this coastal gem. We design every one of our Croatia trips to help you discover for yourself why we call it “Europe’s Little Darling.”

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent, custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Balkan Odyssey:  Crossroads of Cultures

Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures

A Seven Nation Journey Through History

Travels to: Albania, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

16 Days / Departures in May, September 2017

Small Group land tour from $7,695

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Rail Journeys by Private Train

At the moment, we don’t offer any rail tours that include this destination. However, we do have a variety of options for rail journeys by private train, including those that travel along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway.

Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries through the ups and downs of the Balkan region for over two decades; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

Take a look at our Private Journeys, Essential Balkans, or read more about how to design your own trip.  Also, consider this: You can customize our Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Culture small group tour or other MIR small group Balkans tours to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Croatia signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style.  Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

 Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Balkans

Essential Balkans

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travels to: Albania, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Our Favorite Places in Croatia
Croatia

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, meaning “village of oak,” seems to grow out of a walled peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia. The original oak dwellings have long since burned, however, and for hundreds of years the town has been a rock fortress. Its rugged stone walls have protected it from attack from the sea since the 6th century. Dubrovnik has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, its simple limestone buildings with their warm yellow and red roof tiles unified by a medieval building code.

Dubrovnik has been under attack by armies and by earthquakes many times, but careful restoration work has been a hallmark of the city ever since it was severely damaged in a 1667 earthquake. More recently, the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik was founded in 1979 after another earthquake. This entity – with the help of donations from around the world – is responsible for restoring the city after the 1991 shelling by the Serbs. It was impossible, however, to match the color of the original tiles, since the original tile factory shut down in the 1950s.

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Split

Split, the largest town on the Dalmatian Coast, grew up around Diocletian’s Palace. In the 3rd century, Roman Emperor Diocletian built a palace in Split, and, after abdicating his throne in 305, retired here for the rest of his days. Today the palace ensemble remains as the center of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Journeys that travel to Split

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Split.

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Croatia

Trogir

Trogir is a beautifully-preserved island town west of Split founded by Greek colonists in the 3rd century BC. Its medieval walled Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Gothic and Romanesque churches, palaces and public buildings.

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Journeys that travel to Trogir

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Trogir.

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Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the country's biggest attraction outside of the Adriatic Coast. The park consists of a series of waterfalls connecting 16 beautiful lakes. The park is furnished with wooden footbridges from which one can view its lakes, waterfalls, caves, blossoming meadows, and even a gorge that resembles the Grand Canyon.

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Journeys that travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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When to Travel to Croatia

Dubrovnik Summer Festival (July and August)

Dubrovnik Summer Games

The Summer Festival in Dubrovnik is held every year between July and August and is one of Europe’s longest-running festivals. More than 70 Renaissance and baroque open-air venues stage a rich and extensive program of classical music, theater, opera and dance.