15 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Amsterdam Itinerary

15 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Amsterdam Itinerary

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15 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15​h 30​min
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Zagreb, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Ston, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Zadar, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Opatija, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Rovinj, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
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Groznjan, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
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Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb vacation builder app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zagreb is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Cape Town to Zagreb, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Zagreb is much colder than Cape Town - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. You will leave for Plitvice Lakes National Park on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park visit planner.

Take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

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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.
Little Church of St. Nicholas (Crkva sv. Nikole) has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Little Church of St. Nicholas (Crkva sv. Nikole). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise, wander the streets of Old Town, and then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Dubrovnik by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ston.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
The Franciscan Church and Monastery ©

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Ston, Croatia

Ston ©
Ston is a village and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia, located at the south of isthmus of the Pelješac peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Ston Old Town and then make a trip to Stonske zidine - Ulaz.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ston trip planning site .

Drive from Dubrovnik to Ston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in December, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Ston. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Ston

Historic Sites
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Stonske zidine - Ulaz ©
Stonske zidine - Ulaz

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Old Split and Putalj Winery.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Split visit planner .

You can drive from Ston to Split in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Ston in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Split. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wineries
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

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Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Bell Tower and then don't miss a visit to The Forum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zadar day trip planner.

You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Split in December, Zadar is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Opatija.
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The Forum ©
The Forum
Bell Tower ©
Bell Tower

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Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
On the 31st (Tue), walk around The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Opatija road trip website .

You can drive from Zadar to Opatija in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Opatija, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Opatija

Parks
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The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina ©

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Pula, Croatia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Babos Wine as well as Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, learn about winemaking at Babos Wine, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pula trip maker app .

Getting from Opatija to Pula by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Opatija in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pula, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Rovinj.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Vodnjan
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Babos Wine ©
Babos Wine
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovinj tour itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Pula to Rovinj in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Groznjan.

Things to do in Rovinj

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town

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Groznjan, Croatia

Groznjan ©
Grožnjan is a settlement and municipality in Croatia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Town Loggia as well as Gallery Togy. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to The Town Loggia and then browse the exhibits of Gallery Togy.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Groznjan road trip planner.

Getting from Rovinj to Groznjan by car takes about an hour. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Groznjan

Museums Shopping
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Gallery Togy ©
Gallery Togy
The Town Loggia ©
The Town Loggia

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Ljubljana Old Town has been added to your itinerary.

Find out how to plan Ljubljana trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Groznjan to Ljubljana takes 2 hours. January in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Parks
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Tivoli Park ©
Tivoli Park
Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) ©
Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most)

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
You've added Vinoteka Bornstein, St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), Strossmayer Promenade, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): wander the streets of Lower Town, wander the streets of Strossmayer Promenade, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Vinoteka Bornstein. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Kula Lotrščak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), make a trip to Radiceva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, then pick up some local products at Dolac Market, and finally make a trip to Tkalciceva.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Zagreb trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zagreb in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Amsterdam, with lows of 1°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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