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Luxury Croatia Holidays: An Overview

Croatia is one of those stunning holiday destinations that a part of us would like to keep its best bits a secret for as long as possible, and the other part wants to sing its praises from the roof top!

Croatia has been a hugely popular luxury holiday destination here at Original Travel since we launched back in 2003, the same year the country was rather grandly declared 'The 21st Century Destination' by Conde Nast Traveller. The country is a rather cool combination of glitz, glamour and tradition with undulating plains of greenery and deep blue waters.

Whilst a hipster or two may flock to Croatia's mainland and islands for popular music festivals, the country is also a great luxury holiday choice for families, couples and sun seekers alike. Aside from magnificent beaches, sailing opportunities, delicious fresh food and fabulous hotels and resorts, there are historic sites to explore the Country's turbulent past.

We pioneered sea kayaking around the Elapahiti Islands off Dubrovnik and have revisited several times as new regions, such as trendy island hangout Hvar and gourmet haven Istria, are announced as the next big thing on the Croatia luxury holiday scene.

Dubrovnik remains undeniably one of Europe's great treasures, and the Dalmatian coastline as a whole - especially when explored from a yacht - is very special indeed. We can recommend all the finest hotels along the coast and on the many islands, and arrange expertly guided kayak safaris and stylish and reliable yacht rental from either Split or Dubrovnik.

Further afield, Istria is set to become a firm favourite thanks to its Italianate influences (of the edible variety, particularly) and yet more beautiful coastline, as well as quaint scenes of local fishermen freeing their nets for a morning catch. A sunset should also not be missed in the Croatian gem.

The Original Travel team have explored Croatia first hand and can recommend all the finest luxury hotels along the coast, and arrange anything from expertly guided kayak safaris to luxurious and reliable yacht rental from either Split or Dubrovnik. Rest assured, your Croatia luxury holiday will be one to remember.

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Kayaking around Lokrum Island
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Kayak Around Lokrum Island

Set off from Dubrovnik Old Town and paddle around nearby Lokrum Island in kayaks with a guide, exploring the caves around the edge of the island before stepping on land and wandering around this so-called 'Island of Love'. Then head back to the mainland to discover the hidden cave beach, Betina, and enjoy a spot of snorkelling, before paddling back through the impressive city walls of Dubrovnik to the port.

Plitvice lakes
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Visit Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia for good reason. There are sixteen stunning lakes interconnected by waterfalls which are set in beautiful woodland, and can be explored by guided hikes, cycle rides or even by quad bike. Despite the name, the lakes actually only cover a small portion of the national park, with the rest made up of pretty forest and grassland.

Motovun town, Istria
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Explore Istria

Istria, the peninsula in the north-east of the country, is where to head to experience the real charm and character of Croatia. Explore beautiful Tuscan-esque countryside and hilltop towns, and picturesque beaches and fishing ports, including the harbour town of Rovinj. The region also boasts the best food in Croatia thanks to its connection to neighbouring Italy.

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A Note on Price

A two week trip exploring the coast of Croatia will start from £2,600 per person including accommodation in boutique hotels, ferry tickets, some transfers, car hire and international flights. A week on the coast near Dubrovnik can cost from £2850 per person for a family of four.

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