18 days in Venice & Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Venice & Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Venice & Croatia Itinerary

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

3
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 Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Arena di Verona (in Verona). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Venice online travel route planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Venice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. 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, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Opatija.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arena di Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
On the 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Land Art Trail on Mt. Ucka, stop by Suvenir Lovran, take an in-depth tour of Croatian Museum of Tourism, then stroll through The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungo Mare.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Opatija trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Opatija by car takes about 3 hours. In June in Opatija, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Opatija

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Land Art Trail on Mt. Ucka, Suvenir Lovran
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Land Art Trail on Mt. Ucka ©
Land Art Trail on Mt. Ucka
Suvenir Lovran ©
Suvenir Lovran
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): 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 see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Zagreb sightseeing website .

You can drive from Opatija to Zagreb in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Opatija in June, Zagreb is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

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

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 23rd (Tue), explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park online attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Split.

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

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nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Sibenik (Sokolarski Raptor Centre & St. Michael's Fortress). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Marjan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip app .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Split, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sibenik, 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

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll through Dubovica, take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

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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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik tour itinerary maker tool .

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

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