19 days in Croatia, Central Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

19 days in Croatia, Central Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

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19 days in Croatia, Central Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  16​h
1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
2
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
5
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore, Singapore

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Predjama Castle, Ljubljana Free Tour and Postojna Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Bled (Lake Bled, Bled Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle, snap pictures at Tromostovje, make a trip to Mestni Trg, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tivoli Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana trip itinerary planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Ljubljana is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Ljubljana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in May, things will get cooler in Ljubljana: highs are around 23°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljana Free Tour ©
Ljubljana Free Tour
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad

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 20th (Mon): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb online journey planner .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Walking tours
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zadar journey planner .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In May in Zadar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
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Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace, and then go for a stroll along the water at Riva Harbor.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Split online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

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.
On the 27th (Mon), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, contemplate the long history of Spanjola, and then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery.

Find out how to plan Hvar trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. In May in Hvar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Speed Boats Tours
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
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.
You've now added Walking tours to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Walls of Dubrovnik, make a trip to Stradun, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik day trip site .

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. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), you're off toIstanbul.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Dubrovnik to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Istanbul sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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