18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  4​h
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pula
— 2 nights
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Krka National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Split
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Makarska
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Dubrovnik
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and then admire the striking features of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb itinerary planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Zagreb is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, and then admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kamenjak National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Tito's Park, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium Pula.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pula trip planner .

You can drive from Zagreb to Pula in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zagreb in September since evenings lows in Pula dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamenjak National Park
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Temple Of Augustus ©
Temple Of Augustus

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder app .

Drive from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

1
night
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
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You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites Museums
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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

2
nights
Krka National Park

Krka National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Krka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Manojlovac waterfall, explore the activities along Krcic River, then explore the ancient world of Knin Fortress, and finally don't miss a visit to Burnum Ruins.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Krka National Park holiday builder app .

You can drive from Zadar to Krka National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Krka National Park when traveling from Zadar in September, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Split.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knin, Krka National Park
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Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Knin Fortress ©
Knin Fortress
Visovac Monastery ©
Visovac Monastery

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing as well as Pelican Tours Split. Keep things going the next day: gain interesting insight with Pelican Tours Split, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Split tour builder website .

You can drive from Krka National Park to Split in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Makarska.

Things to do in Split

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Makarska

Makarska
Makarska is a small city on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60km southeast of Split and 140km northwest of Dubrovnik. On the next day, go for a walk through Makarska Harbour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sveti Marko, then stroll through Punta Rata Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Muzej Riba i Rakova.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Makarska trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Split to Makarska takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Makarska, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Makarska

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seagull Wings Monument, Punta Rata Beach
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Nature Park Biokovo
Nature Park Biokovo
Biokovo ©
Biokovo
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach

4
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.
Walking tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik tour site .

You can drive from Makarska to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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

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