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If you want to discover why Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful cities, wander among the spectacular historic sights of Split, or relax on the idyllic island of Hvar, then you should start planning your Croatia island hopping holiday now!

We have a fantastic selection of holidays to Croatia and incredible deals for 2023! 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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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 nature.

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Dubrovnik Region

Dubrovnik Croatia

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 Region

Split Croatia

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.

Northern Croatia Island Hopping

Krk, Croatia Island hopping

If you're looking for destinations that are lesser known, there are a number of wonderful islands located between Rijeka in the far north to the historic Zadar.
- Krk is Croatia's largest island and although popular for Europeans vacationing in Croatia, it is less visited by Brits. It boasts a number of picturesque coastal towns and villages, including Krk Town and Baska. The island is connected by bridge to the mainland in the north and ferry to the south, making it easily accessible. The varied landscapes, charming centuries-old towns, fascinating local culture and beautiful beaches make it a popular tourist destination.

- If you're looking for a beach paradise, head to Rab for some golden sand and pebbles. The most famous beach there is Rajska and it's where the majority of visitors will go during the summer months. On the other hand, the mountainous interior of the island is perfect for people who love to walk and explore.The lively town of Rab is known for its unmistakable clusters of terracotta roofs, cream walls and soaring church towers.

- Losinj has a long history in health tourism which can be mainly attributed to its mild Mediterranean climate. The island offers many pampering opportunities, including a lot of hiking and cycling trails. You can also enjoy beachside relaxation.

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Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol, Brac Island, Croatia

The Croatian tourism season on most of the islands starts in early May, but it is starting earlier every year. Most of the hotels are open for business around this time and so are most restaurants and popular sights and excursions.

Excellent weather and fewer tourists compared to July and August make Croatia an excellent destination to visit around this time of year. Plus, early June means cheaper hotels rates!

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The weather in July and August is absolutely beautiful, so you can rest assured that you'll have an enjoyable experience. It's the perfect time to enjoy a holiday with your loved ones. 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.

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how to travel between Croatia's islands

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 benefited 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 (fast ferry) and some are accessible by 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! If you're travelling to islands in the northern region of Croatia, such as Rab and Losing, we recommend hiring a car in order make the most out of your holiday. We do not advise hiring a car when hopping between islands when visiting the Dalmatian islands, such as Hvar, as it is cheaper and quicker to take the high speed ferries.

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Best Croatia Island for History

Korcula: Croatia has been blessed with a wealth of beautiful cities and towns that boast lots of history and culture, so why not incorporate some of this within your Croatian holiday.

Best Croatia Island for Beaches

Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol, Brac Island, Croatia

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.

Best Croatia Island for Day Trips

Split Croatia

Hvar: Want to explore the many sights Croatia has to offer? You're in luck! Most destinations offer excellent day trip opportunities. Here's our top three. 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.

Best Croatia Island for some R&R

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Sipan: One of the three inhabited Elaphiti Islands, this tranquil island is a great place for relaxing. 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.