12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  26​h
1
Split
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 30th (Wed), make a trip to Gaspina mlinica and then delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, then contemplate the long history of Old Split, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Split day trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Split is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Split: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Church Of St. Roch, Gaspina mlinica
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

1
night
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 1st (Fri): look and learn at Fort Napoljun - Napolean, then get great views at Spanjola, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hvar trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Fort Napoljun - Napolean ©
Fort Napoljun - Napolean

3
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Korcula Town: Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato), Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska) and Korta Katarina Winery (in Orebic). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Korcula Old City, admire the landmark architecture of Revelin Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Sveti Petar, and contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hvar to Korcula Town in 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Korcula Old City, Vino Spaleta, Korta Katarina Winery, Lovric Winery, Ethno Museum Barilo
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Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Ethno Museum Barilo ©
Ethno Museum Barilo
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City

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 5th (Tue): wander the streets of Old Town, then admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and finally examine the collection at War Photo Limited.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then get your game on at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zagreb trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Zagreb by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubrovnik in January; daily highs in Zagreb reach 5°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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