11 days in Zagreb & Istria Itinerary

11 days in Zagreb & Istria Itinerary

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11 days in Zagreb & Istria Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Zagreb
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lovran
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Pula
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: London

4
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) and Atelier Mestrovic. Get some cultural insight at Krapina Neanderthal Museum and Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park. Take a break from Zagreb with a short trip to Old Castle (Stari Grad) in Varazdin, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, look for gifts at Dora, examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tunel Gric.

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London, UK to Zagreb is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lovran.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Krapina Neanderthal Museum, Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan), Old Castle (Stari Grad)
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Krapina Neanderthal Museum ©
Krapina Neanderthal Museum
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb ©
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb

3
nights
Lovran

Lovran ©
Let the collections at Peek & Poke Computer Museum and St. Vitus Cathedral capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The town of Hum and Kastav. Get out of town with these interesting Lovran side-trips: Pino Rossi Vina (in Vizinada), Groznjan (Gallery Togy & Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia) and Viale Glagolitico (in Hum).

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You can drive from Zagreb to Lovran in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Zagreb in October, Lovran is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Pula.

Things to do in Lovran

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rijeka, Opatija, Hum, Groznjan, Ethnographic Museum
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The town of Hum ©
The town of Hum
Kastav ©
Kastav
Peek & Poke Computer Museum ©
Peek & Poke Computer Museum

3
nights
Pula

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kap Kamenjak and Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum Olei Histriae and MEMO Museum Pula. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, do a tasting at Food & Wine station Trapan, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by car from Lovran to Pula takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pula

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vodnjan, Kap Kamenjak, Fazana Beach
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Museum Olei Histriae ©
Museum Olei Histriae
Kap Kamenjak ©
Kap Kamenjak

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