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How to Spend 1 Week in Dalmatia

How to Spend 1 Week in Dalmatia

Home to glass-clear waters, extraordinary islands, towering mountains, and sun-drenched scenery, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is one of Europe’s loveliest beach destinations. Big cities such as Split and Dubrovnik serve up culture, while scattered islets and hidden coves bring beautiful tranquility. Here’s how to plan the perfect 1-week trip.

Day 1: Zadar

Begin your Croatian explorations in northern Dalmatia, and jet into the coastal city of Zadar: Its mix of Roman ruins, buzzing cafés, and seaside splendor makes it the perfect introduction to the region. Embark on a walking tour to discover its UNESCO-listed historical center, and spy highlights including Zadar Cathedral and the Roman forum. Then head to the waterfront to take in the Sea Organ, which uses the Adriatic’s waves to make music, and the Sun Salutation, a solar-powered installation that produces an after-dark light show. Finish off your day with a relaxing sunset sailing trip.

Days 2–3: Split and Trogir

The largest city in the region, and the second-largest in Croatia after the capital of Zagreb, seaside Split is built around Diocletian’s Palace. Today, the palace walls house bell towers, seafood markets, and lively crowds, plus Game of Thrones filming locations. Dedicate your day to a cultural immersion, followed up with a trip to Marjan Park for panoramic city views. On your second day in the region, venture to the petite city of Trogir, located on an island just off the coast; its medieval center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4: Croatian Islands

Croatia’s coastline comprises over 1,000 islands, and Split offers the perfect jumping-off point for a day of island-hopping. Many full-day sailing tours include stops at the region’s most coveted destinations, including the Blue Cave, Vis Island (home to the top-rated Stiniva Beach), Hvar, Budikovac Island, and the unspoiled Pakleni Islands.

Day 5: Makarska

For a passport to some of Dalmatia’s finest scenery—and a chance to bypass the crowds—the Makarska Riviera is unmissable. Located just a quick trip down the coast from Split, the city’s beautiful coastline is complemented by Mt. Biokovo: one of the highest peaks in the region. Hike up the mountain for views overlooking the city, sea, and islands beyond, and wind down the day with time on the beach, a kayaking trip, or a meal on the waterfront promenade.

Days 6–7: Dubrovnik

Known as “the Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik—located on the southern edge of the Dalmatian Coast—is one of Croatia’s most popular vacation destinations (thanks in part to Game of Thrones, which used the city as its location for King’s Landing). On your first day in town, orient yourself on a walking tour, strolling along the city’s well-preserved fortification walls and admiring its famously beautiful Old Town. On the final day of your trip, indulge in more Adriatic scenery on the idyllic island of Lokrum, where you can go sea kayaking or ascend by cable car to the top of Srđ hill for sunset views of the city.

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Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
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Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

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Discover ‘Game of Thrones’ film sites of Dubrovnik on this walking tour that takes in the real-life attractions used for some of the show’s locations. As you explore the city’s World Heritage-listed Old Town with your guide, enjoy views of the red-roofed skyline you know as King’s Landing. Follow in Joffrey’s footsteps at Lovrijenac Fortress, stand where Ayra Stark stood, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about filming in the city. When booking, you can choose to upgrade to include a tour to Trsteno Arboretum, which was used as the palace gardens. This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else.
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Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour

Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour

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Get more for your money with this Dubrovnik Super Saver that combines a cable car trip up to Mt. Srd and a walking tour of the Old Town and the city walls. Ascend up the craggy Mt. Srd in the spacious comfortable cable car affording incredible views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic. Then descend to the Old Town and begin an information-packed walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Finally, climb up to the walls, strolling along the medieval fortifications and admire this historic part of the city.
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Dubrovnik Food and Drink Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Dubrovnik Food and Drink Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Skip the tourist traps and discover a taste of authentic Dubrovnik on a walking tour of the city’s food and drink spots. Be immersed in the atmosphere as you stroll with your local guide and gain cultural insights and personalized tips as you explore. Stop off in 4 family-run restaurants to sample specialties including seafood and wine, and benefit from the small-group size for a more intimate experience.
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Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands with Food and free Drinks

Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands with Food and free Drinks

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Enjoy unforgettable adventures in coastal Croatia on this full-day catamaran excursion to Hvar, the Pakleni Islands and Brač from Split. Hop aboard your luxury catamaran and take to the waves with a guide. Sail across the Split Riviera toward the Pakleni Islands and soak up fine views over Brač and Šolta Islands. Swim and sunbathe at your leisure in peaceful bays around the Pakleni Islands, then savor a delicious lunch with wine. Explore the ancient town of Hvar, then return to Split as the sun sets on the horizon.
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Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

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See the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' from the water on a kayak tour from Dubrovnik. Accompanied by a guide, paddle past the city's medieval walls, leaving time for some snorkeling, swimming, and snacks at an isolated beach cave along Dubrovnik's coastline. For an extra perk, book the evening tour and enjoy the sunset with a chilled glass of wine.
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Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting

Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting

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Explore nearly 1,700 years of history and discover top attractions with ease on this Split walking tour. Choose the start time to suit your schedule, then follow your guide on a sightseeing tour of Split. Admire famous landmarks such as the Diocletian's Palace, the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Domnius, the Golden Gate and the Riva Harbor. During your sightseeing tour, discover hidden secrets many visitors miss and gain insight into this ancient city’s colorful past.
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Zadar Walking Tour

Zadar Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with Zadar on this express walking tour of the city. Perfect if you’re short on time, the tour takes in the UNESCO-listed historical center along with tastings of local maraschino liquor and cheese from the island of Pag. You’ll hear the history behind the Zadar Cathedral (aka the Cathedral of St. Anastasia) and other landmarks as you stroll, and get tips for the best restaurants and shops to visit in town.
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Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

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Discover the ins and outs, secrets, and secluded spots of Diocletian’s Place in Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a knowledgeable local guide as you traverse this 1,700-year-old palace that has become a part of the city. The tour takes you through the palace to Peristyle Square, underground cellars, the Temple of St. Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Duje. And if that’s not enough, upgrade the tour to include an additional tour of nearby Trogir, a stunningly gorgeous small town that is beautifully preserved and off the radar to many tourists. 
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Blue Cave and Six Island Tour from Split

Blue Cave and Six Island Tour from Split

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Set sail for a day of adventure during this 10-hour speedboat tour of the famous Blue Cave and islands near Split. Zoom across the Adriatic Sea to Bisevo Island, home to the ethereal blue light of the Blue Cave. Continue exploring nearby islands and caves, including Stiniva Bay and the Blue Lagoon, snorkeling, swimming, and sunning at each stop. Finish in the historic city of Hvar, enjoying lunch (own expense) and time to visit its charming fortress. A guide, entrance fees (except for Hvar Fortress), light refreshments, and snorkel gear, are covered.
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Zadar Romantic Sunset Sailing Trip

Zadar Romantic Sunset Sailing Trip

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Combine an evening of drinking with a relaxing cruise, and still have time to go out afterward. This Zadar sunset sailing trip cruises the water while you take in the sights. The yacht holds up to eight people, providing an intimate way to see the sunset, which is perfect for couples or small groups. Plus, your cruise comes with a bottle of wine and local snacks.
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Blue Cave and Surrounding Islands Boat Trip from Split

Blue Cave and Surrounding Islands Boat Trip from Split

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Explore numerous islands, swim in the crystalline Adriatic Sea, and visit buzzing towns and charming fishing villages alike during this full-day boat tour. Meet in the morning in central Split, and set off on the water. First, venture to Bisevo Island to see the luminous Blue Cave. Then, continue to Stiniva Cove—frequently ranked among Europe’s top beaches—before seeing the Pakleni Islands, bustling Hvar Town, and more. Snorkeling equipment is provided, and you have the chance to take swimming breaks.
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