14 days in Croatia, Kotor & Ljubljana Itinerary

14 days in Croatia, Kotor & Ljubljana Itinerary

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14 days in Croatia, Kotor & Ljubljana Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
4
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Split, Croatia
— Few hours
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip site .

Melbourne, Australia to Dubrovnik is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Dubrovnik. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Melbourne in October, with lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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day
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 8th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Namfleg, explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, and then contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotor travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in October, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Kotor. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
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Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip planner .

Getting from Kotor to Dubrovnik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Kotor in October, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Speed Boats Tours
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

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Hvar, Croatia

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.
To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hvar journey planner .

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Split.

Things to do in Hvar

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

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Jupiter.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Split holiday maker site .

Drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Split are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Temple of Jupiter ©
Temple of Jupiter
Church Of St. Roch ©
Church Of St. Roch

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 11th (Fri), admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes

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nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 13th (Sun), walk around Tivoli Park and then explore the activities along Lake Bled. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Tromostovje, make a trip to Preseren Square, then step into the grandiose world of Ljubljanski Grad, and finally hike along Vintgar Gorge.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Ljubljana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bled
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad
Tromostovje ©
Tromostovje

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night
Zagreb, Croatia

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 (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zagreb travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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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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