18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Zagreb
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Split
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Ferry:  3 h 45 min
6
Dubrovnik
— 4 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

1
night
Zagreb

Zagreb
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): wander the streets of Lower Town and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then admire the masterpieces at Croatian Museum of Naive Art, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Zagreb: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Lower Town
Lower Town
Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

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 7th (Mon): Head underground at Jama - Grotta Baredine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of The town of Hum, see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then learn about winemaking at Winery San Tommaso, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj day trip tool .

Getting from Zagreb to Rovinj by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovinj when traveling from Zagreb in October, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Porec, The town of Hum, Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, Amphitheatre de Pula, Winery San Tommaso
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Old Town ©
Old Town
The town of Hum ©
The town of Hum
Jama - Grotta Baredine ©
Jama - Grotta Baredine

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 9th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rastoke, then admire the sheer force of Veliki Prstavac, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rastoke
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Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Galerija Mestrovic and Etnografski muzej Split will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Punta Rata Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Brela Beach (in Brela) and Trogir (Trogir Square & The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace and pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Split day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Split can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Trogir, Brela, River Rafting & Tubing, Church Of St. Roch
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Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Milna and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Visiting Dubovica and Pakleni Otoci will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mlini Beach, take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci

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.
Appreciate the collections at War Photo Limited and Rector's Palace. Explore hidden gems such as Fort Lovrijenac and Cavtat Cemetery. Change things up with a short trip to Cavtat Seaside Promenade in Cavtat (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, examine the collection at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get engrossed in the history at Franciscan Monastery, and take a stroll through Lapad.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum

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