22 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Central Slovenia & Mostar Itinerary

22 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Central Slovenia & Mostar Itinerary

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22 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Central Slovenia & Mostar Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Krk Island, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3​h 45​min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h 15​min
8
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ljubljana side-trips: Postojna Cave (in Postojna) and Bled (Vintgar Gorge & Bled Castle). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, snap pictures at Triple Bridge, make a trip to Preseren Square, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip itinerary planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Ljubljana is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rijeka.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Neighborhoods Trails

Side Trips

Postojna Cave, Bled Castle, Vintgar Gorge
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

1
night
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Tunelri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungo Mare, and then stroll around The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rijeka day trip planner.

Drive from Ljubljana to Rijeka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Ljubljana in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rijeka, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Krk Island.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Opatija
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Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina ©

2
nights
Krk Island, Croatia

Krk Island ©
A trip to Krk Island ensures you enjoy some Italian atmosphere and loads of Croatian culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): head off the coast to Košljun, pause for some photo ops at Baska Tablet, and then find something for the whole family at Underwater park Punat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Stara Baska (Old Baska), make a trip to Vrbnik, and then make a trip to Our Lady of the Assumption - Omisalj.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Krk Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Rijeka to Krk Island in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Krk Island are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Krk Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Košljun ©
Košljun
Stara Baska (Old Baska) ©
Stara Baska (Old Baska)
Vrbnik ©
Vrbnik

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, wildlife, parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by car from Krk Island to Split takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Split, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gaspina mlinica, Church Of St. Roch
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Spanjola, and then do a tasting at Tomic Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Jerolim and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar day trip planner.

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Tomic Winery
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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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, adventure, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik sightseeing planner.

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 May in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Adventure
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar and then take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the activities along Jablanicas Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, then shop like a local with Bosnaseum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mostar trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mostar are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bol.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Jablanicas Lake ©
Jablanicas Lake

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach, then kick back and relax at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), and then kick back and relax at Paklina Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Zoo Station Bol.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Bol journey planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mostar to Bol in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mostar in May since evenings lows in Bol dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Murvica Beach
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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach
Zoo Station Bol ©
Zoo Station Bol

2
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): race across the water with a speed boat tour, then make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and then put a fun spin on your tour with City Game Zadar. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, hike along Mountain Traveller Croatia, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Bell Tower.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Zadar route planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Bol to Zadar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Bol in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zadar, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trip

Mountain Traveller Croatia
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Speed Boats Tours
Mountain Traveller Croatia ©
Mountain Traveller Croatia
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

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 24th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Veliko Lake. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Zadar to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Zagreb sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Veliko Lake
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

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