12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  14​h
1
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Pula
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Split

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, wildlife, parks, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll around Marjan Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

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Newark, USA to Split is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Split is 6 hours. In August, daytime highs in Split are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

2
nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Tomic Winery and then head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hvar journey builder tool .

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomic Winery
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): wander the streets of Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik itinerary builder website .

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pula.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Adventure Tours
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), then experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aquarium Pula.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pula road trip website .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Pula by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, Pula is slightly colder at night with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni)
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

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