Destination: Croatia

Croatia tours for seniors

Odyssey provides seamless, stress-free, and leisurely escorted small group excursions throughout Croatia and its neighbouring regions. Our tours unveil the remarkable natural splendour of Croatia, its rich ancient Roman legacy, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and captivating cities, all set against breathtaking vistas. Embark on a journey with Odyssey to delve into Croatia’s wonders, tailored for the mature traveller and guided by knowledgeable and passionate individuals who share a similar adventurous spirit. Continues below

Croatia Tours

Hand crafted tours for Mature World Travellers

History of Croatia

19 days


History of Croatia small group tours for senior travellers

Visiting Croatia

Spend 19 days touring Croatia, starting in Zagreb then travel south following the coast, where trade and the influences of the outside world made its mark. Travelling with like minded people in our small group we will explore the country in depth with great local guides and stay in key historical area such as Porec, Zagreb and Dubrovnik.

From A$14,295 AUD

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Balkans History, 4 countries, escorted small group tour

19 days


Balkans escorted small group tour

Visiting Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

An 19 day small group tour tour takes you deep into the the Balkan Peninsula. Starting in Dubrovnik, travel through Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Albania before returning to Dubrovnik.

From A$12,650 AUD

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Venice, Italy

27 days


European Cities Small Group History and Cultural Winter Tour

Visiting Albania, Croatia

An escorted tour A Journey that commences in Rome and takes in 12 destinations along its journey to Athens. This is an off season small group journey with like minded people. A small group tour across Southern Europe with local guides sharing authentic in-country authentic experiences for mature couples and solo travellers.

From A$17,295 AUD

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Houses in Amsterdam The Netherlands

75 days

May, Aug, Apr

Grand tour of Europe

Visiting Austria, Belgium, Croatia

For the senior couple or mature solo traveler seeking a small group educational tour focussed on exploring and learning with like minded people in Europe.

From A$47,275 AUD

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Croatia’s main allure undoubtedly lies in its breathtaking coastline. From secluded island resorts to crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, the Dalmatian coast appears tailor-made for idyllic vacations. However, Croatia offers more than just beach relaxation. Its rich history as a cultural crossroads between Venice and Istanbul is evident in the Byzantine and Venetian architecture scattered across the landscape. Venturing beyond the coast to explore inland reveals equally impressive scenery in the lakes and mountains of Plitvice National Park. Amidst all this beauty, one cannot overlook the traditional Croatian hospitality, often expressed through generous helpings of locally sourced cuisine. While Croatian dishes are known for their simplicity, the use of high-quality ingredients ensures a consistently delicious dining experience.

Embarking on small group tours in Croatia in 2020 presents an opportunity to delve into the country’s diverse destinations. A journey to the Dalmatian coast along the Adriatic Sea’s eastern shores stands out as an incomparable experience. The dramatic limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, and exceptionally clear waters along the coastline create a mesmerizing setting. Noteworthy highlights in this region include the charming Dalmatian island of Korcula with its medieval squares and hidden beaches, Hvar Island renowned for wine tasting, the remarkable architecture and intricate details of Dubrovnik’s old town, the impressive Roman remnants in Split, and the historic towns of Trogir and Zadar.

While some opt for a Croatia sailing tour, exploring inland Croatia reveals an abundance of remarkable sites waiting to be discovered. An enlightening walking tour of Zagreb, in particular, offers a captivating experience. Meander through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Upper Town, passing by red-roofed neo-baroque and art deco buildings, iconic churches, galleries, and a myriad of museums (boasting more museums per square foot than any other city). Alternatively, unwind at one of the numerous cafes or restaurants to relish delectable Croatian dishes.

Inland Croatia is also home to several stunning national parks. A guided tour with Odyssey Traveller allows visitors to marvel at the terraced lakes linked by magnificent waterfalls in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice National Park, located southwest of Zagreb. This expansive national park spans 300 square kilometers, encompassing dense woodlands inhabited by deer, wolves, boars, and rare bird species, with interconnected lakes spanning over eight kilometres.


Opatija Croatia

A history of medieval Croatia: The Definitive Guide

The ‘unfaithful Croats’: A history of medieval Croatia. When you think of Croatia, what comes to mind? For many travellers it’s a series of vivid colours: the blue of the Adriatic, the yellow beaches of…

13 Aug 19 · 8 mins read
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Stari Most in the city of Mostar

The Balkans: The Influence of the Land on its People

The Human History of the Balkans The aptly-named Balkan region comes from the Turkish word for “mountain“. It was so named because of the vast number and expanse of the mountain ranges that have been…

18 Jun 19 · 8 mins read
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Secret Venice

Venice and its Merchants

An article that takes you on a journey to Venice in the Middle Ages and beyond. The famous merchants of 'La Serenissima' who dominated this medieval powerhouse for hundreds of years. Learn before joining one of the small group tours for mature and senior travellers couples and solo travellers to Venice and many other destinations in Italy.

5 Nov 21 · 17 mins read
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Discovering Croatia's History

Discovering Croatia's History

Discovering Croatia’s History: From the State of Illyria to Croatia as an Independent State Croatia’s long history and natural beauty lure tourists from all over the world. Croatia has a very long history. Human presence in…

3 Oct 18 · 10 mins read
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Touring Croatia

The need to know

Getting around

Odyssey Travel incorporates a blend of coach, local train, and ferry transport into its tours, clearly detailing each mode in the itinerary provided to travellers. Croatia boasts a robust bus network, ensuring convenient travel options across nearly all urban centres and municipalities. When exploring the picturesque islands scattered along Croatia’s coastline, ferries and catamarans emerge as the favoured modes of transportation. However, the country’s train system is somewhat constrained by its mountainous terrain, primarily serving the northern regions of Croatia.


In urban hubs, Odyssey opts for conveniently situated 3-4 star hotels, offering seamless access to public transportation. Meanwhile, in quaint villages or remote regions, our preference leans towards charming family-operated hotels or guesthouses. For extended tours where guests reside in one place for the duration, serviced apartments are the accommodation of choice.

Tour guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Geography, environment and weather

Croatia’s location on the stunning Adriatic coast allows it to showcase its diverse landscape across 56,594 square kilometres. The country boasts flat plains in the east and north, transitioning into captivating mountainous regions in the west and along the southern coastline. With a length of 1,777.3 kilometres, Croatia is home to a staggering 1,246 islands and islets peppering its coastline, culminating at the majestic Dinara mountain standing tall at 1,831 metres.

This picturesque country features a continental climate offering warm summers and cool winters. Be mindful of seasonal precipitation variations in different regions, emphasizing the importance of checking weather reports and making suitable preparations tailored to your travel timeframe.

World Heritage sites

Croatia boasts a remarkable total of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each offering a unique glimpse into the country’s rich history and cultural significance. Among these sites are the striking Stećci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards, showcasing intricate carvings and embellishments on gravestones. The Stari Grad Plain stands out for its blend of agricultural and cultural landscapes on the island, while Hvar meticulously preserves the agricultural techniques of ancient Greek settlers dating back to the 4th century BCE. Additionally, Diocletian’s Palace in Split stands as a testament to Croatia’s historical legacy, recognized as one of the finest remaining examples of Roman architecture globally.

Festivals & Events

In Croatia, the calendar is filled with a plethora of vibrant festivals and events. A notable longstanding tradition is the Festival of St Blaise in Dubrovnik, which has been celebrated continuously since 972 AD in homage to Saint Blaise, the city’s patron saint. This festival is characterized by costumed parades, religious blessings, and heartfelt gratitude towards Saint Blaise among the people of Dubrovnik.

Adding to Croatia’s cultural richness is the captivating Moreška, a traditional sword dance performed on the enchanting island of Korčula. This performance showcases intricate costumes and exhilarating sword fights, depicting the conflicts between two rival kings vying for a mysterious young woman.

Noteworthy events also include the Vinistra exhibition in Poreč, held mid-year, where the region’s finest wines and spirits are proudly displayed, and the esteemed Pula Film Festival, a cinematic tradition dating back to 1954, gracing the historic Roman amphitheatre of Pula (Pula Arena) annually with compelling film screenings.

Reading list

  • A Traveller’s History of Croatia, by Benjamin Curtis
  • Under a Croatian Sun, by Anthony Stancomb
  • Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, by Robert D. Kaplan
  • A Taste of Croatia: Savoring the Food, People, and Traditions of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, by Karen Evenden
  • Running Away to Home, by Jennifer Wilson

Eating & Drinking

Croatian cuisine is a vibrant tapestry woven with regional influences that richly define its culinary landscape. In the inland areas to the north and east, one can taste the Slavic, Hungarian, and Turkish flavors that shape dishes found there. Conversely, the coastal regions of Dalmatia and Istria boast a cuisine infused with Greek and Italian influences, particularly evident in their seafood-centric fare. Along the coastline, a renowned delicacy is black risotto, a unique Croatian iteration of the classic dish, made using rice, cuttlefish, onion, garlic, red wine, and olive oil, enhanced with the distinctive black hue of cuttlefish ink. Grilled fish, sardines, and octopus salad are also beloved dishes originating from the coastal regions. On the other hand, inland areas offer heartier fare like duvec, a savory stew packed with tomatoes, meat, and vegetables. Croatia’s beverage scene is equally diverse, with beer, wine, and rakija (fruit brandy) reigning supreme in a plethora of tempting varieties.

Health and Safety

Croatia is widely considered a safe travel destination, but as with any place, it’s important to practice common sense while exploring the country.

Electrical Supply

When traveling overseas, it is essential to be prepared with the right travel adaptor. In Croatia, the electricity supply operates at 230V and 50Hz. You will need to have a suitable adaptor that is compatible with both Type C and Type F electric plugs during your visit. Being equipped with the correct adaptor ensures you can power your devices without any issues while exploring the stunning attractions of Croatia.

Tour Reviews

Every day was different with so much to see and do. Volcanoes, craters (including the pseudo ones), bubbling mud pools, and the active Strokkur Geyser, the bird life, black sand beaches, and those beautiful Icelandic horses. The time flew by...

Participant 2016

Iceland cultural and wilderness small group tour

Our guide Filiz was wonderful, very well informed, historical insights very helpful, her care for our well being exceptional. Could not have wished for a better tour leader.

Participant 2017

Small group tour of Ancient Turkey

It is hard to believe that such a small country can contain so much dramatic scenery. Icecaps and glaciers, huge waterfalls, volcanos and hot bubbling mud, and those wonderful fjords and high mountain passes

Participant 2016

Iceland cultural and wilderness small group tour

We felt safe in Turkey and found the people friendly and helpful. Prices were excellent and the food almost universally magnificent. There is so much to see in the natural and built environment and the wonderful archaeological sites. It is sad to see the ordinary people and businesses suffering from the lack of tourists. Mary B. Sep '17

Participant 2017

Small group tour of Ancient Turkey

Our guide was a great ambassador for his country, wide knowledge of literature, history, customs, industry, fishing - also a perceptive and sensitive person who inter-acted so willingly with all of us!

Participant 2016

Iceland cultural and wilderness small group tour

The geographical wonders offered by Iceland and Greenland left me in awe. The grandeur and spectacle of the countryside is breathtaking. Our leader (Rob) was excellent: well-researched, friendly, organized and good-humoured.

Participant 2017

Iceland cultural and wilderness small group tour

The country was apparently calm and safe. People were friendly and helpful. Such a pity there has been such a down turn in tourism. Ros & Tony S. Sep '17

Participant 2017

Small group tour of Ancient Turkey

I was impressed by the number of places we visited. It was a very full itinerary which I like. We saw things of interest every day. I see no fault with the tour.

Participant 2017

Anglo French Tour | Normandy, Brittany, Channel Islands tour


What time zone is Croatia in?

Croatia operates on Central European Time (UTC+1) and observes daylight saving time, which starts on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October.

Is tipping customary in Croatia?

When traveling, recognizing the efforts of service staff by tipping appropriately is a gesture that reflects appreciation for good service. While tipping is not obligatory in Croatia, it is customary and welcomed. Guidelines typically suggest tipping around 10-20 kuna for hotel staff and tour guides, and adding a 10% gratuity when settling the bill at restaurants. This practice not only acknowledges diligent service but also contributes positively to the local service industry.

What is internet access like in Croatia?

Wifi should be available in most hotels, cafes and restaurants when travelling in Croatia.

Can I use my mobile phone in Croatia?

Ensure to contact your cell phone provider to inquire about making calls and using data while in Croatia. Some providers offer daily fees for making calls and browsing the internet at your standard rates. Remember to notify your provider about your travel plans to prevent any service interruptions due to unfamiliar usage patterns, similar to how banks may freeze accounts for suspicious activities.

Articles about Croatia published by Odyssey Traveller:

The ‘unfaithful Croats’: A history of medieval Croatia.

Discovering Croatia’s History.

The Balkans: The influence of the land on its people.

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.

External articles to assist you on your visit to Croatia:

The Telegraph: 28 Reasons to go to Croatia.

Five Reasons to Love Istria.

‘Hidden Charms’: Your Guide to Zagreb

Responsible travel tips for Croatia

  • Learn some local greetings to break the ice with the locals, as knowing a bit of the native language can enhance your experience in Croatia. While English is widely spoken, embracing the local language adds value to your cultural immersion.
  • Keep a business card from your hotel in your wallet for assistance in case you get lost, ensuring a smooth return journey.
  • Prioritize having travel insurance for your trip. If you need guidance on this, don’t hesitate to reach out to Odyssey for assistance.
  • When traveling independently, be mindful of the opening hours of shops and museums to make the most of your visit. Note that many museums and galleries are closed on Mondays, and be aware of any public holidays that may impact your travel plans.
  • Inform your bank about your overseas purchases to prevent any issues with flagged transactions. Verify the ATMs and banks that are compatible with your cards to avoid excessive fees when withdrawing money.
  • Before you leave, ensure you have some Croatian Kuna in various denominations. Having local currency on hand will simplify payments in places that may not accept credit cards, help you avoid extra transaction fees, and streamline the tipping process.

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