18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pula
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
7
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Split
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Bucharest

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and savor the flavors at Dolac Market.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zagreb sightseeing planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Zagreb is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bucharest in August: highs in Zagreb hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Pula.

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

1
night
Pula

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Felsen Strand, experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally look for gifts at Dolija 08.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Pula trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Pula, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Pula

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

1
night
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, and finally make a trip to The Forum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zadar trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Pula to Zadar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In August in Zadar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Speed Boats Tours
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

3
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Korcula Town side-trips: Vela Luka Marina (in Vela Luka) and Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel, and see the interesting displays at House of Marco Polo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Korcula Town day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Zadar to Korcula Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Korcula Town when traveling from Zadar in August, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Vela Luka Marina, Korcula Old City
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach

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, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner .

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) 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

3
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.
Hvar is known for nightlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Spanjola, head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci, admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, and kick back and relax at Dubovica.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hvar trip itinerary builder website .

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. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from Split with a short trip to Historic City of Trogir in Trogir, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and see the interesting displays at Froggyland.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Hvar to Split takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Gaspina mlinica, Historic City of Trogir, Church Of St. Roch
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir

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