22 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

22 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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Start: Ottawa, Canada
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  15 h 30 min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Opatija, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Piran, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
8
Lipica, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Postojna, Slovenia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
10
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
11
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Maribor, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
13
Ptuj, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Ottawa, Canada

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Lovrijenac, Pile Gate, Malvasija Wine Bar, and other attractions you added. Dubrovnik City Walls and Dominican Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Minceta Fortress and The Franciscan Church and Monastery. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of St. John's Fortress and take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik travel route planning tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Dubrovnik is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Dubrovnik. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in September, with highs in Dubrovnik at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Split, Historic City of Trogir and Palazzo di Diocleziano. On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir, contemplate the long history of Old Split, appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano, get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Split trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Split are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Church Of St. Roch, Historic City of Trogir
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) as well as Museum of Ancient Glass. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at Archaeological Museum Zadar, examine the collection at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then don't miss a visit to The Forum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ancient Glass.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zadar holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Split to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zadar when traveling from Split in September, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums Historic Sites
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Archaeological Museum Zadar ©
Archaeological Museum Zadar
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Veliki Prstavac has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac, explore the activities along Lake Milino, admire the sheer force of Great Cascades, then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi, and finally explore the activities along Veliko Lake. On the next day, explore the activities along Galovac Lake, admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, explore the activities along Batinovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, then admire the sheer force of Slapovi Milke Trnine, and finally explore the activities along Malo Lake.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip website.

Traveling by bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Opatija.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Barac Caves ©
Barac Caves
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Galovac Lake ©
Galovac Lake

1
night
Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
On the 21st (Mon), stroll around The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jacob, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sv. Jakova, and finally don't miss a visit to Crkva Navjestenja.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Opatija online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Opatija takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Opatija

Historic Sites Parks
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The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina ©
The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina
Saint Jacob
Saint Jacob
Crkva Navjestenja ©
Crkva Navjestenja

1
night
Pula, Croatia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pula Cathedral, Old Town and Temple Of Augustus. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Pula Cathedral, examine the collection at Museum Olei Histriae, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally do a tasting at Benazic Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pula online road trip planner.

Getting from Opatija to Pula by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Pula sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Piran.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum Olei Histriae ©
Museum Olei Histriae
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

1
night
Piran, Slovenia

Piran
Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Sečovlje Salina Nature Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, then get outside with Predor Salet, and then make a trip to Tartini Square. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Sodna palaca, examine the collection at Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, engage your brain at Magical World of Shells Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cerkev Marije Snezne, and finally engage your brain at Mediadom Pyrhani.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Piran holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Pula to Piran takes 2 hours. September in Piran sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Lipica.

Things to do in Piran

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Predor Salet, Sečovlje Salina Nature Park
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St. George's Church
St. George's Church
Magical World of Shells Museum ©
Magical World of Shells Museum
Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum ©
Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum

1
night
Lipica, Slovenia

Lipica ©
Known for its Lipizzaner horses, Lipica is nevertheless more than just a horse lover's heaven.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lipizzan Museum Lipikum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lipica trip planning website.

Drive from Piran to Lipica in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lipica can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Postojna.

Things to do in Lipica

Museums
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Lipizzan Museum Lipikum ©
Lipizzan Museum Lipikum

1
night
Postojna, Slovenia

Postojna ©
With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Postojna online travel planner.

Postojna is just a stone's throw from Lipica. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lipica in September: high temperatures in Postojna hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Postojna

Nature Parks Museums
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Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
Toplar Double Hayrack ©
Toplar Double Hayrack
Planina Cave ©
Planina Cave

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Vilenica Cave.

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You can take a bus from Postojna to Ljubljana in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Museums Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Vilenica Cave
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National Museum of Contemporary History ©
National Museum of Contemporary History
Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Cathedral of St. Nicholas
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

1
night
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
You've now added Kult Bled to your itinerary. On the 28th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, browse for gifts or souvenirs at Galerija Mikame, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then hit the slopes at Straza Bled, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Kult Bled. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Parish Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bled Island, then get great views at Ojstrica, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mala Osojnica.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bled attractions planning site.

Getting from Ljubljana to Bled by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bled are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Maribor.

Things to do in Bled

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle
Mala Osojnica ©
Mala Osojnica
Bled Island ©
Bled Island

2
nights
Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor ©
Cycling may be one of the best ways to tour Maribor, a great base for exploring the surrounding area and conquering Pohorje Mountains.
On the next day, see the interesting displays at The National Liberation Museum Maribor (Muzej narodne osvoboditve Maribor ), then learn about winemaking at Ramsak Winery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maribor Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Old Vine House.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Maribor day trip app.

Getting from Bled to Maribor by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ptuj.

Things to do in Maribor

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Žiče Charterhouse, Church of Sv. Roka
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Žiče Charterhouse ©
Žiče Charterhouse
Old Vine House ©
Old Vine House
Church of Sv. Roka ©
Church of Sv. Roka

1
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Ptuj, Slovenia

Ptuj ©
A tour of Ptuj reveals an old town filled with new experiences.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Borl Castle as well as Orpheus Monument. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Orpheus Monument, step into the grandiose world of Borl Castle, and then do a tasting at Ptuj Wine Cellar.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ptuj day trip planner.

Getting from Maribor to Ptuj by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Ptuj can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ptuj

Museums Historic Sites Wineries
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Ptuj Castle ©
Ptuj Castle
Dominican Monastery ©
Dominican Monastery
Borl Castle ©
Borl Castle

2
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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You've now added Lower Town to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sat), wander the streets of Lower Town, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad). Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Image of War - Photography Museum, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb visit website.

Traveling by car from Ptuj to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Lower Town
Lower Town
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb ©
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
Zagreb 80's Museum ©
Zagreb 80's Museum

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