Although in recent years Croatia has become a fashionable 'go-to' European holiday destination, the country has resisted the lure of mass development to cater for tourists and largely retains its old-world charm and authenticity. A popular and dependable rail network ensures that escorted rail tours in Croatia with Great Rail Journeys offer an excellent opportunity to discover this compelling country.
Modern, high-speed tilting-trains connect Croatia's capital, Zagreb, with other major cities whilst scenic regional routes provide pleasureable journeys which showcase Croatia's unspoilt landscapes, wonderful Adriatic coast and historic towns and villages.
Serene Lake Bled, the pretty Slovenian capital Ljubljana, leafy historic Zagreb, the seaside city of Split, wonderful Dubrovnik and the unspoiled beauty of Montenegro: our grand tour takes us on a voyage of discovery into this magical region.
Be dazzled by the islands and cities of the sparkling Dalmatian Coast. Sample the delights of Split, the natural majesty of Mljet National Park and the eternal splendor of Dubrovnik before experiencing Dalmatia's most delightful beach and absorbing the quaint charm of Hvar. This cruise takes you through the beauty and brilliance of these coastal delights.
Embark on an exciting thousand-mile journey along the mighty Danube, cruising through eight countries before arriving at the Black Sea. Admire the river's full spectrum of vistas - from Austria's wine regions to the imperial cities of Budapest and Bratislava; from rural Romania to lively Serbia, and the beautiful gorge between them.
From romantic Venice, we sail across the Adriatic to explore the beautiful cities along the Dalmatian Coastline. Our ports of call include some of Europe's most enchanting fortified towns, pretty fishing villages and ancient ports, including Kotor in Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Korcula and Mali Lošinj in Croatia and the Slovenian town of Piran.
Combining culture, exploration and sightseeing, this wonderful Mediterranean cruise on Norwegian Jade begins and ends in the romantic city of Venice. We explore the Dalmatian coast visiting Dubrovnik and Split, head to the ancient city of Athens and enjoy time at sea to make the most of the ship's excellent on board facilities.
Serene Lake Bled, the pretty Slovenian capital Ljubljana, leafy historic Zagreb, the seaside city of Split, wonderful Dubrovnik and the unspoilt beauty of Montenegro: our grand tour takes us on a voyage of discovery into this magical region.
Enjoy a truly grand voyage through some of Italy's most exulted locations as we sail aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey. Marvel at Venice's shimmering lagoon adorned by marble palaces and stately piazzas, experience Dubrovnik's charm and watch Mount Etna's monolithic glory approach as you sail towards Sicily. See the eternal grandeur of Rome and Florence on a cruise that inspires at every turn.
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Visiting Croatia with Great Rail Journeys
We want guests who join Great Rail Journeys on a rail holiday in Croatia to relax and enjoy a wealth of memorable experiences and we make every effort to ensure that our tours combine the best activities and excursions with exceptional value for money.
The cost of your escorted rail tour in Croatia covers all travel arrangements, a programme of excursions that is designed to showcase the best of Croatia's natural, cultural and historic attractions, all accommodation and selected meals.
During your Croatia rail holiday with us you'll also have plenty of leisure time to relax or explore a destination in more depth, perhaps by visiting some of Zagreb's museums and galleries, for example.
We take care to choose overnight accommodation that is conveniently situated and offers the best possible comfort, service and facilities. We often prefer family-run hotels for their more personal service and informal, friendly atmosphere.
To look after our guests and ensure that they enjoy a worry-free and rewarding holiday, every rail tour of Croatia is escorted by one of our friendly and experienced Tour Managers. They are happy to assist, answer questions and provide tips and advice on getting the most from every destination we visit.
A brief guide to Croatia
Located in Central and South-eastern Europe, Croatia is bordered by Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The country's coastline, almost two-thousand kilometres in length, features more than one thousand individual islands.
Croatia's terrain varies from the rugged Dinaric Alps mountain range in the south to the vast open plains in the east. Inland from the coast in the central region of Croatia the land consists of unspoilt and forested mountainous highlands. On the western edge of this region, the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its series of sixteen interconnected and cascading lakes.
Croatia's coastal climate is Mediterranean; summers are sunny, hot and dry whilst winters are mild but may be wet. Inland, a continental climate can result in high summer temperatures with little or no breeze to moderate them; winters can be harsh and heavy snowfall is not uncommon.
Croatia's cuisine is influenced by its European neighbours - and particularly Italy - but the country is steadily gaining a reputation for the quality of its gastronomy and wines. A long coastline means that fresh seafood is a speciality, but roasted or cured meat dishes are equally popular.
Guests touring Croatia by train should be aware when ordering fish it is customary to serve it baked and whole.
As you journey through Croatia by train you'll discover that the cuisine of inland areas differs from that of the coast. Croatia offers many fabulous dishes but if you're unsure of what a particular dish is, or would like a recommendation our Tour Manager will be happy to oblige.