17 days in Croatia & Venice Itinerary

17 days in Croatia & Venice Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia & Venice Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Buzet, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
7
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  17​h 15​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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2
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, wander the streets of Old Town, and admire the landmark architecture of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik day trip site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in June, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 19th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace, then don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Gaspina mlinica, learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 21st (Sun), explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, admire the sheer force of 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.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 22nd (Mon), take the plunge with a skydiving experience, test your team's savvy at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On your second day here, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and then examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb day trip planner.

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Buzet.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Walking tours

1
night
Buzet, Croatia

Buzet ©
On the 24th (Wed), admire the striking features of Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun, put a fun spin on your tour with Truffle Hunting, then don't miss a visit to Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Aura Distillery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Buzet holiday planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Buzet in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Buzet

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Fun & Games

Side Trips

Motovun, Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia
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Aura Distillery ©
Aura Distillery
Truffle Hunting ©
Truffle Hunting

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plovanije Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Debeljak Beach, then stroll through Felsen Strand, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pula trip planner .

You can drive from Buzet to Pula in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Pula are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Pula

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Premantura, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Plovanije Beach ©
Plovanije Beach

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nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Verona (Arena di Verona & Piazza delle Erbe) and Padua (Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo, Basilica di Sant’Antonio, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

You can drive from Pula to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Padua, Verona
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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