Croatia Island Hopping Holidays (2021) - Balkan Escape

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Discover why island hopping in Croatia is one of Europe’s most talked-about holidays

Take a look at our Croatia island hop holiday packages and mainland highlights such as Split and Dubrovnik. Choose whether you’d like to stay in hotels or explore the Croatian islands on a cruise. We arrange your holiday to the very last detail, making sure you don't have to worry about anything. We make sure you get the best experience of island hopping in Croatia for your budget.

With Croatia island hopping, you can discover why Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Or choose to wander amongst the spectacular historic sights of Split, or relax on the idyllic island of Hvar.

Island hopping in Croatia is a great way to combine active and relaxing types of holidays in one visit. Explore the stunning national parks, incredible cities, unspoiled nature, and crystal-clear seas. Indulge yourself by sampling exquisite cuisine, enjoying the vibrant nightlife, and visiting amazing wonders of nature.

We have a fantastic selection of holidays to Croatia and incredible deals for 2021! You can tailor your dream Croatia island hopping holiday select from a popular itinerary below. Feel free to contact us and one of our travel consultants will be in touch.


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Hvar and Split Island Hopping

4 star: 7 nights from £669 pp

4 star: 10 nights from £829 pp

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Lopud and Dubrovnik Island Hopping

4 star: 7 nights from £689 pp

4 star: 10 nights from £849 pp

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Korcula and Dubrovnik Island Hopping

4 star: 7 nights from £719 pp

4 star: 10 nights from £879 pp

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Brac and Split Island Hopping

4 star: 7 nights from £659 pp

4 star: 10 nights from £809 pp

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Sipan and Dubrovnik Island Hopping

4 star: 7 nights from £739 pp

4 star: 10 nights from £919 pp

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Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik Island Hopping

4 star: 10 nights from £999 pp

4 star: 14 nights from £1289 pp

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Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik Island Hopping

4 star: 10 nights from £899 pp

4 star: 14 nights from £1179 pp

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Brac, Hvar and Split Island Hopping

4 star: 10 nights from £889 pp

4 star: 14 nights from £1199 pp

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Island Hopping Cruise: Deluxe Dubrovnik to Split

From £1,339 per person. Spend 7 nights exploring Croatia’s highlights in style, on this one-way deluxe cruise from Dubrovnik to Split.

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Island Hopping Cruise: Deluxe Split to Dubrovnik

From £1,339 per person. Spend 7 nights exploring Croatia’s highlights in style, on this one-way deluxe cruise from Split to Dubrovnik.

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Island Hopping Cruise: Deluxe Dalmatian Cruise

From £1,339 per person. This luxury 7 night cruise offers a spectacular way of visiting some of Croatia's best destinations in style.

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Island Hopping Cruise: Divine Dubrovnik Cruise

From £1,339 per person. Discover some of the Croatia's best locations on this luxury 7 night cruise that starts and ends in Split.

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Island Hopping Cruise: Premium Dalmatian Cruise

From £589 per person. Spend seven unforgettable days exploring some of Croatia’s most popular destinations on this 7 night cruise.

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Island Hopping Cruise: Premium Island Wonder Cruise

From £589 per person. Spend seven unforgettable days exploring the hidden gems of Croatia that tourists don’t usually get to see on this 7 night cruise.

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Croatia is world renowned for its stunning coastline, with over a thousand islands stretched between Istria in the northwest and Dalmatia in the southeast. Croatian shore is officially recognized as Europe's second-cleanest, with the alluring azure seas that attract many tourists.

There's an island to suit every taste.The most popular Croatian islands are located between Dubrovnik and Split, along the Dalmatian Riviera. These must-visit destinations on the coast are a great starting point for your island-hopping holiday. Both towns are UNESCO protected, so we definitely recommend spending a few days in one or the other, or both!

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Island Hopping

Dubrovnik's famous walled old town is considered as one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Bursting full of historic sites, hidden alleys, and delightful bell towers, Dubrovnik will leave you in awe. Famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw once said: "If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik. Because the beauty there will leave anyone breathless".

The islands nearest to the coast of Dubrovnik include Lopud and Sipan and Korcula. Each of these islands is well connected with the shore and perfect for island hopping trips. Just hop on a ferry ride from Dubrovnik and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.

Lopud, a part of the Elaphiti islands, is famous for its sandy beaches and historical sites. In a walk around the island, you can stumble upon a few early-medieval churches, summer manors, and the 15th century Franciscan monastery.

Sipan is one of Dubrovnik's most popular day-trip destinations, served by a frequent ferries. If you’re an adventurous type, you can rent a bike and have a personalized tour around the island.

If you’re a fan of history, Korcula should be on your bucket list. Korcula is believed to be the homeland of Marco Polo, the worldwide known traveler and explorer. If you enjoy more active holidays, Korcula is perfect for windsurfing and exploring by bicycle.


Split, Croatia

Split Island Hopping

Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, is a harmonious mix of modern and ancient. Its historic old town dates back to the 4th century, with the Diocletian’s Palace as a focal point. The Palace, built for the Roman emperor Diocletian, is now UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, here’s a fun fact: The cellar of the palace was a film site for Meereen’s dungeon, where Daenerys kept her dragons.

Split acts as an excellent central base for island hopping trips to the nearby islands of Brac and Hvar. You can catch a ferry ride from Split to one of the three towns in Hvar – Stari Grad, Jelsa, and Hvar town. If you’re heading to Brac, there are three possible routes, too – Bol, Milna, and Supetar.

The island of Hvar is famous for many reasons. It is considered the sunniest island in Europe, with almost 2800 hours of sunshine a year. It’s a vibrant town and the go-to place for Hollywood stars. Hvar wine-tours and fragrant lavender fields are perfect for nature lovers and gourmands.

Brac is less touristy than Hvar and a perfect destination if you want to avoid huge crowds. The island is famous for its beautiful white building stone, which has been exploited since ancient Rome. The staple site of Brac, depicted on many postcards, is Zlatni Rat, the cone-shaped pebble beach located in Bol.

Supetar, Brac

Tourism on most Croatian islands starts in early May, however with the ever increasing popularity, the season is beginning earlier each year. Most hotels on the islands open around this time and most of the restaurants and popular sights and excursions in turn start for the season in May too.

You'll find that the weather in Croatia is very pleasant in May with anything between 20 and 30 degrees. June is a great time to visit when visitor numbers aren't at their peak. On top of that, you can expect lower hotel rates (especially early June) and pleasant weather.

Hvar, Croatia

The holiday season is in full swing in July and August, with pretty much guaranteed fantastic weather, warm seas, and a great atmosphere. September is comparable to June and has all the benefits mentioned above, although early September's hotel rates are still at their peak. Mid to end of September offers great prices and the warm weather we all crave.

The tourist season on Croatia's coast typically finishes in October, but some hotels and restaurants are staying open for longer. Weather in October is typically in the low to mid 20's, whilst hotels in the area are lowering their prices.

The increased popularity of Croatia's islands over the last few years has meant great improvements for island hopping. More routes, faster connections, and easier purchasing methods have benefitted everyone.

You can access most of the islands between Dubrovnik and Split in around an hour. Some routes such as to Hvar Town and Bol are connected by catamaran and some are accessible by ferry or car ferry. Catamarans are fast and comfortable but have limited availability. Ferries are a bit slower, but their open decks are perfect for soaking up the Adriatic sun and watching the beautiful scenery.

Most of our Island Hopping Holidays include transfers with catamaran or ferry. If you want a stress-free holiday, we can recommend hotels offering a speed boat transfer to and from the airport!

Croatia catamaran


Home to some spectacular beaches. Whether you prefer pebble, rocky or sandy beaches, you’ll find it on the Dalmatian coast. Choose your location and soak up the Adriatic sun.

Brac Island Bol beach

1. Brac

One of Croatia's largest islands, Brac is home to a number of excellent beaches, notably the famous cone-shaped Zlatni Rat, located in Bol.

Lopud beach

2. Lopud

Home to one of Croatia's best sandy beaches, Lopud is a small car-free island and only an hour from Dubrovnik. When on the island, visit Sunj beach, a sandy beach with shallow crystal-clear water perfect for kids.

Korcula Beach

3. Korcula

One of Croatia's most picturesque locations, Korcula island and its namesake town offer a selection of wonderful beaches. If you’re on the lookout for more privacy, secluded, hidden coves of Korcula will hit the spot.

Want to explore the beautiful sites that Croatia has to offer? You're in luck! Most islands offer excellent day trip opportunities. Here's our top 3.

Korcula Day Trips

1. Korcula

Korcula history, wineries and beaches are its main draw, but it's also great for visiting other nearby islands including Hvar and Mljet National Park. Both accessible using local ferries Hvar can be reached in just over an hour, whilst Mljet is only 30 minutes away.

Hvar Day Trips

2. Hvar

Hvar's vibrant atmosphere, chic restaurants, and historical monuments are just a part of the island’s eclectic offer. The island is also conveniently located to visit nearby Pakleni Islands and the mainland, as well as Bol on Brac Island and Korcula.


Sipan Day Trips

3. Sipan

One of the three inhabited Elaphiti Islands, this tranquil island is a great place for realxing. Sip a glass of wine or take a walk around the olive and citrus groves. Day trips to the neighbouring island of Lopud and Kolocep and very easy, as is the historic city of Dubrovnik, famous for its walled old town.


Croatian islands are famous for their pristine nature and beautiful historic sites. Check our top 3 islands.

Hvar History and Nature

1. Hvar

Hvar Town’s medieval walls surround the beautifully ornamented gothic palaces on the winding stone streets. The oldest town on the island, Stari Grad, is famous for its UNESCO- protected cultured landscape, Stari Grad Plain.

Blaca monastery brac history

2. Brac

From Zlatni Rat beach to Vidova Gora mountain peak, and stunning Blue Cave on the nearby island of Bisevo, Brac has so many breath-taking views to offer to any nature lover. History is also in abundance on Brac with its highlight being the Blaca Monastery.


Korcula Old Town

3. Korcula

Often dubbed “little Dubrovnik”, Korcula boasts a ring of impressive fortified walls and defensive towers. Other than the town walls, Marko Polo’s house is one of the historic sites not to be missed.




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