Croatia Singles Vacations Beyond Dubrovnik: Croatia is one of the northern most countries that split from the former Yugoslavia in the late twentieth century. It is on the East Coast of the Adriatic Sea. Across from Italy, their history has been intertwined. As a result, they share much of the elegant architecture and style of southern Europe. The majority of the population lives in the second largest city, Zagreb. While Croatia is increasingly popular, it is still being discovered by global tourists drawn by its:
- long and complex history
- natural beauty and
- varied cuisine and local wines.
Solo Travel Croatia-Three Regions to Explore:
Croatia has three distinct regions to visit.
Northern and Central Croatia is comprised of low mountains and highlands.
Eastern Croatia is made up of flat agricultural plains.
Coastal Croatia has an ideal Mediterranean climate and is surrounded by one thousand plus islands.
Top spots include::
- The glamorous island of Hvar surrounded by sleek yachts has been dubbed “the new St. Tropez”.
- Party enthusiasts will be attracted to the Zrće beach on the island of Pag, the “Croatian Ibiza”.
- Kornati islands are known for their wild natural beauty.
- Dubrovnik’s stone walls are easily recognized by fans of the Game of Thrones.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park’s is filled with waterfalls waiting for selfies.
- Motovun is a charming hilltop village, the setting for its annual Film Festival. Its architecture and winged lions of St. Mark reflect its Venetian eighteenth century past.
- Rovinj is a top destination for Croatia’s seafood dishes. It is in many ways reminiscent of Venice which for five years ruled the town. While that ended in the eighteenth century, the winged lion of St. Mark can be seen throughout the town. It has much Old World charm with its narrow streets, brightly colored houses, popular balconies topped off by the sixty meter tall St. Euphemia’s tower.
- Ston is another tourist favorite. Its winding stone fortress is the longest wall fortress in Europe and second in length only to the wall of China.
Croatia Singles Vacations Beyond Dubrovnik: Haven for Foodies:
Croatia’s climate is ideal to produce an array of top local dishes and wine. (For the latter, try the famous “Plavac Mali”, similar to Zinfandel.)
Specials are seen region by region. For example, try these:
Mainland stew-like meat dishes.
Mediterranean: fish, olives, olive oil and rosemary.
Croatia-Singles Vacations Beyond Dubrovnik:
Sample Itinerary from a Past Tour:
Croatia Express Tour: Croatia Express Tour-Fabled Adriatic Coast HIghlights | Solo Trekker (solotrekker4u.com)
These three day sojourns focus on the fabled coastal area of Croatia. Be sure to ask about combining packages on land and sea combined.
Solo Travel Package Authentic Croatia: Start in the Capital Zagreb:
While this route is based on a past tour, check out options for Croatian custom tailored packages and solo travel deals with no single supplement.
DAY 1: Zagreb
- Tour starts at the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, a mix of old and new.
- The old city is dominated by its ancient fortifications.
- Next stop is the Saint Stephen’s Cathedral and the Church of Saint Mark.
- For a change of pace head out to shop at the local market.
- Dinner: Sample local dishes and wines.
DAY 2 : Zagreb – Hum – Motovun – Rovinj
- From Zagreb, it is on to centuries old Istria, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.
- Next is Hum, the world’s smallest town with just seventeen residents!
- Motovun provides a view of Venetian architecture along with remaining Roman and Italian influence. Go to Motovun for annual their film festival!
- Taste the region’s dishes prosciutto and truffles plus Croatian wines.
- Next stop is Rovinj, well-known for its seafood.
Croatia Singles Vacations Beyond Dubrovnik: Beyond Zagreb:
DAY 3 : Rovinj – Poreč – Opatija
- Rovinj is a perfect setting for a mystery or other intrigue.
- Catch the view from the soaring St. Euphemia’s Tower.
- Learn about the seafaring world and boating at the Batana House Eco Museum.
- Then make your way leisurely down the Artist Street.
- Finish the day in ancient Poreč with its sixth-century Basilica.
Solo Travel Package Authentic Croatia: World-Class National Park:
DAY 4: Opatija – Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Begin the day at the Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Explore lakes and parks with cascading waterfalls.
- Take a lunch cruise.
DAY 5: Plitvice Lakes National Park – Zadar
- Alfred Hitchcock, classic film maker, called Zadar’s sunsets some of the best in the world.
- The town is filled with old city walls and streets of marble.
- Visit the Saint Donatus church and the ancient Roman forum.
- Enjoy the natural scenery, including the mysterious phenomenon, the “Sea Organs”. It features a musical “performance” by the sea!
Solo Travel Package Authentic Croatia: 2 More National Parks:
DAY 6: Zadar – Kornati Islands
- Time to cruise through the Kornati National Park.
- Glide past its one hundred plus islands and reefs.
- Take a quick swim in the Adriatic Sea.
DAY 7: Zadar – Krka National Park – Trogir
- Krka National Park is filled with charming mills and traditional houses.
- Not to be missed: one of Europe’s loveliest water falls, the Skradinski Buk.
- Cruise through the River Krka canyon to Skradin.
- Have a real Croatian family lunch at a nearby estate.
Croatia Solo Travel Packages Beyond Dubrovnik: 2nd UNESCO World Site:
DAY 8: Trogir – Split
- Begin the day at another UNESCO World Heritage site. Ancient Trogir enjoys the unusual reputation as the city that has not changed in over 2,000 years!
- Sample the local markets.
- Look at the old fortifications, and check out the view from the steep bell tower.
- Move on for a change of pace to Split, the second largest city in the country. The Roman Emperor Diocletian spent his last days there. See his Diocletian Palace, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
DAY 9: Split – Metković boat Safari – Dubrovnik
- Relax in a Lada or traditional boat. Float on “safari down the Delta Neretva. The scenery will take you past farms and plantations.
- Check out local vendors along the banks.
- Lunch will introduce you to special Croatian fish dishes and specialties.
DAY 10: Dubrovnik
- Dubrovnik is the most famous of the sights along the Dalmatian Coast. Known fondly as the Pearl of the Adriatic, it is a fabled UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Start at the Stradun or main street and move on to the Franciscan monastery and Sponza Palace.
- See its storied, fabled city fortifications with more than a mile long seven foot high, well-preserved wall.
See TrulyCroatia for these special interest cruises:
Be sure to ask about options for no single supplement or sharing to avoid single supplement when traveling alone in Croatia.
Past Sample Tours:
Sights of Montenegro – From Dubrovnik
Young and Fun Cruise (Under 29) – From Split
Deluxe Professionals Route (Under 39)
Cruise & Yoga – From Split
Deluxe Dubrovnik Wine Cruise – From Dubrovnik
Bike Cruise – Island Hopping Kvarner Bay
Croatia-Five Top Destinations