15 days in Croatia Itinerary

15 days in Croatia Itinerary

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15 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Groningen
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Zadar
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Groningen

3
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, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Walls of Dubrovnik, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dubrovnik vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Groningen, Holland to Dubrovnik is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Groningen in September, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

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 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Dubovica, get great views at Spanjola, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Hvar sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 19th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at Filigran Split, steep yourself in history at Old Split, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Split trip website .

You can drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Split are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Dubrovnik Beach, don't miss a visit to The Forum, then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, and finally don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Bosana Beach Pag, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zadar sightseeing planner.

Getting from Split to Zadar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Split in September, Zadar is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bosana Beach Pag, Dubrovnik Beach
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Milanovacki Slap, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park route planning app .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catcht the 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
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 24th (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, push the limits with an extreme tour, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip maker website .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

2
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovinj vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Rovinj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovinj, with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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