27 days in Croatia Itinerary

27 days in Croatia Itinerary

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27 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  15​h
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Motovun
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Porec
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Rovinj
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Pula
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Labin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Opatija
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Crikvenica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Krka National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Split
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Hvar
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
14
Korcula Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Dubrovnik
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 1st (Fri), wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marija Bistrica Church, and then see the interesting displays at Krapina Neanderthal Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Jarun Lake, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Medvednica.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb travel route tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zagreb is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Zagreb is minus 1 hour. In May in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Marija Bistrica Church, Krapina Neanderthal Museum
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Krapina Neanderthal Museum ©
Krapina Neanderthal Museum
Zagreb 80's Museum ©
Zagreb 80's Museum

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Barac Caves.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Motovun.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Barac Caves ©
Barac Caves
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

1
night
Motovun

Motovun ©
Motovun is a village in central Istria, Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): do a tasting at Arman Marijan Winery.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Motovun trip planner .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Motovun in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Porec.

Things to do in Motovun

Wineries

Side Trip

Vizinada
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Arman Marijan Winery ©
Arman Marijan Winery
Rossi Winery ©
Rossi Winery

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Grad Porec and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porec trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Motovun to Porec in an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rovinj.

Things to do in Porec

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Muzej Lapidarium
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Eufrazijeva Street ©
Eufrazijeva Street
Muzej Lapidarium ©
Muzej Lapidarium

1
night
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll through Mulini Beach and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovinj attractions planner .

Rovinj is just a short distance from Porec. In May in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Oil mill Grubic
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Mulini Beach ©
Mulini Beach
Main Street ©
Main Street
Galerija Brek ©
Galerija Brek

1
night
Pula

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Food & Wine station Trapan and then examine the collection at Museum Olei Histriae.

To plan Pula vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can take a bus from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Pula are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Labin.

Things to do in Pula

Wineries Historic Sites Museums
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Food & Wine station Trapan ©
Food & Wine station Trapan
Museum Olei Histriae ©
Museum Olei Histriae

1
night
Labin

Labin ©
Labin is a town in Istria, Croatia, with a town population of 6,893 and 11,642 in the greater municipality .HistoryLabin developed from the site of the Roman settlement of Albona. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blessed Virgin Mary's Birth and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plomin Luka.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Labin sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Pula to Labin takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Labin are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Opatija.

Things to do in Labin

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plomin Luka, Lima Bay
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Blessed Virgin Mary's Birth ©
Blessed Virgin Mary's Birth

2
nights
Opatija

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
On the 9th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungo Mare and then wander the streets of Volosko. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Ethnographic Museum, make a trip to Maiden With The Seagull, get engrossed in the history at Croatian Museum of Tourism, walk around The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jacob, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sv. Jakova.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Opatija trip planner .

Getting from Labin to Opatija by car takes about an hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Labin in May since evenings lows in Opatija dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Crikvenica.

Things to do in Opatija

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ethnographic Museum, Kastav
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Kastav ©
Kastav
The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina ©
Maiden With The Seagull ©
Maiden With The Seagull

1
night
Crikvenica

Crikvenica ©
Crikvenica is the largest settlement on the coast of the Vinodol coastal area, Croatia, and developed on the site of Roman era settlement and military base called Ad Turres. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Frankopanski kaštel and then contemplate the long history of Kvadrac.

You can plan Crikvenica trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Opatija to Crikvenica by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Crikvenica

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Novi Vinodolski
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Frankopanski kaštel ©
Frankopanski kaštel

1
night
Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 12th (Tue), cast your line with a fishing tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Elias - St Elias Church.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zadar trip maker .

Getting from Crikvenica to Zadar by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Crikvenica in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zadar, with lows around 12°C. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Modric Cave (Modric Spilja)
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Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Krka National Park

Krka National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Krka National Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Krka National Park driving holiday planner .

Drive from Zadar to Krka National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. May in Krka National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Split.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Krka Monastery, Krka National Park
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Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Krka Monastery ©
Krka Monastery

1
night
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bacvice Beach.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Split travel planning app .

You can drive from Krka National Park to Split in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Bacvice Beach ©
Bacvice Beach
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Etnografski muzej Split ©
Etnografski muzej Split

3
nights
Hvar

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Franciscan Monastery and Church of St John. Your inner history buff will appreciate Spanjola and Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Benedictine Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Stari Grad Museum, and learn about winemaking at Tomic Winery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hvar road trip planner.

Getting from Split to Hvar by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Stari Grad, Jelsa
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Korcula Town

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Mark's Cathedral and Ethno Museum Barilo. Take a break from the city and head to Freestyle and Kocje. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Korcula Town: Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska) and Korta Katarina Winery (in Orebic). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Lovric Winery, make a trip to Atelier Abel, admire the landmark architecture of Tower Kanalevic, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil.

Plan trip to Korcula Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Hvar to Korcula Town in 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Ethno Museum Barilo, Korta Katarina Winery, Vino Spaleta, Kocje
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Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Vino Spaleta ©
Vino Spaleta

4
nights
Dubrovnik

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.
Appreciate the collections at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Love Stories Museum. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Pasjaca Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Ronald Brown Pathway in Cavtat (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Joseph.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik route planning app .

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3 hours. In May in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pasjaca Beach, Ronald Brown Pathway
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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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