24 days in Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

24 days in Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

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24 days in Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  6​h
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Piran, Slovenia
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
Porec, Croatia
— 1 night
shuttle:  30​min
6
Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
7
Pula, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
8
Slunj, Croatia
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
9
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
Trogir, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Makarska, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Ston, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
14
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oktogon, Church of St. Catherine, St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Zagreb, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), pause for some serene contemplation at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Catherine, and finally stop by Oktogon.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb vacation maker .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zagreb is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Zagreb at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Trakoscan.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Varazdin, Dvor Veliki Tabor, Staro selo museum, Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan), Zgrada Doma sindikata - Trgovacki Casino
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Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Old Castle (Stari Grad) ©
Old Castle (Stari Grad)
Dvor Veliki Tabor ©
Dvor Veliki Tabor

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 4th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Zale Cemetery, step into the grandiose world of Bogensperk Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Franja Partisan Hospital. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Puppetry, explore the galleries of City Museum of Ljubljana, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Contemporary History (Muzej Novejse Zgodovine Slovenije), and finally see the interesting displays at Railway Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana attractions planner.

Drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bogensperk Castle, Franja Partisan Hospital
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Zale Cemetery ©
Zale Cemetery
Bogensperk Castle ©
Bogensperk Castle

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Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bled Castle as well as Vintgar Gorge. Outdoor Museum Kolovrat (muzej na prostem) and Church of St John the Baptist are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mala Osojnica and Colnar - Boatman. Step out of Bled to go to Tolmin and see Javorca, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Ojstrica.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bled travel website .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bled, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Piran.

Things to do in Bled

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Javorca, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, Church of St John the Baptist, Outdoor Museum Kolovrat (muzej na prostem)
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Piran, Slovenia

Piran ©
On the 8th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Rocco/ Cerkev sv. Roka and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Piran online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bled to Piran takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Bled in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Piran, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Porec.

Things to do in Piran

Historic Sites
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Chiesa di San Rocco/ Cerkev sv. Roka ©

1
night
Porec, Croatia

Porec
With a scenic location along the Adriatic Sea and a basilica listed as a World Heritage Site, the ancient town of Porec represents the most visited tourist destination in Croatia.
For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Porec trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Piran to Porec takes an hour. You'll set off for Rovinj on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Porec

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Main Street and Our Lady of Trsat's Sanctuary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dvigrad and Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovinj: Kastav (in Rijeka) and Crkva Navjestenja (in Opatija). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Monkodonja Hill Fort, relax in the rural setting at Stancija Collis, and make a trip to Riva.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovinj online trip itinerary planner .

Rovinj is just a stone's throw from Porec. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Rijeka, Crkva Navjestenja, Dvigrad
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Dvigrad ©
Dvigrad
Main Street ©
Main Street
Monkodonja Hill Fort ©
Monkodonja Hill Fort

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Sea (Mornaricka crkva).

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pula online travel route planner .

You can take a bus from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Pula are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Slunj.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites
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Slunj, Croatia

Slunj
Slunj is a town in the mountainous part of Central Croatia, located along the important North-South route to the Adriatic Sea between Karlovac and Plitvice Lakes National Park, on the meeting of the rivers Korana and Slunjčica . To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Slunj route planning site .

Drive from Pula to Slunj in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You will leave for Plitvice Lakes National Park on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Slunj

Parks Nature Tours
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Parc National de Plitvice and Milanovac Lake. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi, and explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip maker .

Getting from Slunj to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. You'll set off for Split on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Galovac Lake ©
Galovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi
Veliki Prstavac ©
Veliki Prstavac

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Live Museum Split, learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, and then examine the collection at Museum uja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Jupiter, see the interesting displays at Museum of Senses Split, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally don't miss a visit to Fortress Starigrad (Fortica).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Split trip site .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Trogir.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Starigrad Fortress, Museum uja
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Starigrad Fortress ©
Starigrad Fortress
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

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Trogir, Croatia

Trogir ©
A small Dalmatian town dating back to the Hellenistic period, Trogir represents a melting pot of Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Chapel of Ivan Orsini, take an in-depth tour of Kairos Collection, then contemplate the long history of Palace Cipiko, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia - Doorway. On your second day here, go for a walk through Waterfront Promenade, then contemplate the long history of The Church of St. Peter, then examine the collection at Town Museum, and finally walk around Park Fortin.

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Getting from Split to Trogir by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Trogir are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Makarska.

Things to do in Trogir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Chapel of Ivan Orsini ©
The Chapel of Ivan Orsini
Palace Cipiko ©
Palace Cipiko

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night
Makarska, Croatia

Makarska
Makarska is a small city on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60km southeast of Split and 140km northwest of Dubrovnik. To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Makarska day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Trogir to Makarska takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Makarska are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will leave for Ston on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Makarska

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Ston, Croatia

Ston ©
Ston is a village and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia, located at the south of isthmus of the Pelješac peninsula. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church, St. Nicholas, contemplate the long history of Fort KaStio, then examine the collection at Natural History Museum in Metković, then make a trip to Toljevac Tower, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saline di Ston. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ston Salt Works and then explore the ancient world of Steinmauer.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ston trip planner .

You can drive from Makarska to Ston in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Makarska in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Ston. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Ston

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Toljevac Tower, Natural History Museum in Metković
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Church, St. Nicholas ©
Church, St. Nicholas
 Natural History Museum in Metković ©
Fort KaStio ©
Fort KaStio

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fort Bokar, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Prijeko street, then steep yourself in history at St. John's Fortress, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maritime Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dominican Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Annunciation, then pause for some serene contemplation at Little Church of St. Nicholas (Crkva sv. Nikole), and finally admire the striking features of Minceta Fortress.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ston to Dubrovnik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Museums
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
St. John's Fortress ©
St. John's Fortress
Fort Bokar ©
Fort Bokar

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