The Best Family-Friendly Tours of Croatia

Croatia combines beautiful warm coastlines with ancient history, stunning landscapes, amazing seafood, and friendly people. It's no surprise that visitors yearn to see this coastal nation. From historic towns such as Hvar and Dubrovnik to the rugged mountains and lakes of the interior, this nation offers something for everyone. Kids will love the beaches and watersports, while parents fall in love with the history and beauty.

by Intrepid Travel
9 days

Croatia is a great family destination, with its fascinating history, delicious food, and great outdoor activities. This tour starts in the famous city of Dubrovnik (made even more famous by the show "Game of Thrones"). You'll have plenty of time to explore independently with your family and wonder the city's ancient walls. From Dubrovnik, you'll move on to Korcula, stopping at Trsteno Arboretum (the filming spot for Kings Landing gardens), and a donkey farm before arriving at the island. On the island you'll enjoy a cycling tour, visit a small village, and sail to the island of Mljet. After several days in Korcula, you'll head to Hvar by ferry. You'll have time to hang out at the beach, visit a 16th century fortress, and take a day trip to Stari Grad. Then head on to Split where you'll have a walking tour, visit a palace, and finally conclude your trip.

Who it's for: This tour is for families with kids at least five years old. It offers more free time than the other tours and is good for families who want an adventure but don't want to spend huge amounts.

Where it goes: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, and Split

Highlights: A walking tour of Dubrovnik, visit the Trsteno Arboretum, a walking tour of Korcula Old Town, visiting the village of Pupnat, sailing to the island of Mljet, seeing Tvdalj Castle, and a walking tour of Split

Kids will like: Visiting a donkey farm, biking through the Lumbarda region, and hanging out on Mustaco beach

Transportation: Private minivan, local bus, and ferry

by Intrepid Travel
8 days

Overview: This tour is designed for families with slightly older kids. It begins in the city of Zadar, where you'll have some time to explore before heading to the small town of Starigrad Paklenica, where you'll base yourself for much of the trip. Your family will enjoy day trips to Paklenica National Park for hiking and cycling, as well as the famed Plitvice Lakes National Park. You'll also enjoy rafting along the Zrmanja River and sea kayaking through Paklenica Bay.

Who it's for: This trip is for families with kids at least ten years old. If your families enjoys outdoor adventure and natural beauty, then this is a great option.

Where it goes: Zadar, Starigrad Paklenica, Paklenica National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park

Highlights: Exploring Zadar's Old Town, hiking in Paklenica National Park, and exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park

Kids will like: Rafting or canoeing on the Zrmanja River, cycling through Paklenica National Park, and sea kayaking through Paklenica Bay

Transportation: Minivan

by Classic Journeys
7 days

Overview: Croatia offers an excellent family vacation destination. There's the ocean, old cities, and outdoor adventure. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is delicious. This tour combines all of those experiences including sea kayaking, river rafting, and wine tasting.

You trip will begin in the historic city of Dubrovnik. You can explore the city walls, enjoy gelato, and visit an island with an abandoned fortress. Then you'll head to Podstrana, visiting a monastery en route. You'll stay at a seaside resort and enjoy some rafting before heading to Hvar by ferry. This island is truly breathtaking. You can go snorkeling, take a bike ride, or enjoy some shopping.

Who it's for: There is no minimum age requirement for the tour but specific activities have age requirements. For example, for rafting and snorkeling, participants must be at least six years old. For kayaking, participants must be at least four years old.

Where it goes: Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar

Highlights: Visiting a monastery, wine tasting at a local winery, learning about how olive oil is made, shopping in Hvar and visiting Diocletian's Palace.

Kids will like: Exploring Dubrovnik's city walls, sea kayaking, rafting on the Cetina River, and snorkeling around Hvar.

Transportation: Motor Coach? and Ferry

by Thomson Family Adventures
9 days

Overview: Croatia is filled with history, beauty, and outdoor adventures. This family tour will take you to hidden cave beaches, ancient towns, and brilliant mountain lakes. You'll begin your trip in the historic city of Split where you'll enjoy a biking tour and a visit to Diocletian's Palace. You'll also spend a day hiking through Krka National Park and island hopping (by speedboat) to the islands around Solta.

Then make your way to the famed city of Dubrovnik. You'll take a boat trip where you sample local oysters, go zip-lining over a canyon, explore the city's walls, and go sea kayaking. You'll kids will also enjoy making friends through the Pen Pal Program.

Who it's for: This tour is for families with kids at least eight years old. It's great for families who love the ocean, outdoor adventures, and a bit of history.

Where it goes: Split and Dubrovnik

Highlights: A walking and biking tour of Split, visiting Diocletian's Palace, hiking in Krka National Park, and sampling oysters and wine on a boat ride

Kids will like: Taking a speedboat to several islands where they can swim and snorkel, ziplining, kayaking, exploring the walls around Dubrovnik, and meeting friends from around the world


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