12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Bol, Brac Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Skradin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, adventure, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, and get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik vacation planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Bol.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Adventure Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

1
night
Bol, Brac Island

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vidova Gora, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Murvica Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bol road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Dubrovnik to Bol in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Bol can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Murvica Beach
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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach

2
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Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 24th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then examine the collection at Froggyland, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Marjan Park, and then examine the collection at Museum of Senses Split.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Split day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Bol to Split takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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.
On the 26th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, steep yourself in history at Spanjola, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mekicevica Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. In September in Hvar, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Skradin.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

1
night
Skradin

Skradin ©
Skradin is a small town in the Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population about 3,986 . Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Ante Sladic Vino and then explore the striking landscape of Krka National Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Skradin attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Hvar to Skradin takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Skradin are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Skradin

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Krka National Park
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Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Ante Sladic Vino ©
Ante Sladic Vino

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night
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park vacation planning website .

Getting from Skradin to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

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nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 29th (Tue), wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, get your game on at Alpha Strike Laser Tag, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovinj trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pula, Porec, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

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