29 days in Zagreb & Croatian Coast Itinerary

29 days in Zagreb & Croatian Coast Itinerary

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29 days in Zagreb & Croatian Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Zagreb
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Novigrad
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  15​min
3
Porec
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Rijeka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Zadar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Split
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
7
Makarska
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Popular historic sites such as St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and Cathedral of the Assumption are in your itinerary. Head to Ban Josip Jelačić Square and Mihaela Markovicfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Zagreb. When traveling from Melbourne in June, plan for much hotter days in Zagreb, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Novigrad.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

3
nights
Novigrad

Novigrad ©
Novigrad is a village and municipality in Croatia in the Zadar County. You've now added Aquapark Istralandia to your itinerary. Visit Savudrija Lighthouse and City Walls for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kozlovic Winery and Church of St. Mary and St. Peregrin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novigrad: Ancient City Walls (in Motovun) and Aura Distillery (in Buzet). There's more to do: stroll through Pinesta Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Novigrad itinerary app .

You can drive from Zagreb to Novigrad in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Porec.

Things to do in Novigrad

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Savudrija Lighthouse, Church of St. Mary and St. Peregrin, Ancient City Walls, Aura Distillery, Kozlovic Winery
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Aquapark Istralandia ©
Aquapark Istralandia
Pinesta Beach ©
Pinesta Beach
Aura Distillery ©
Aura Distillery

4
nights
Porec

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.
Aquapark Aquacolors Porec has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Amphitheatre de Pula and Euphrasius Basilica. Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Church of St. Euphemia. Explore Porec's surroundings by going to OPG Vosten (in Sveti Lovrec) and Port of Rovinj (in Rovinj). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Angels, admire the landmark architecture of Decumanus Street, and explore the fascinating underground world of Jama - Grotta Baredine.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Porec trip app .

Porec is just a short distance from Novigrad. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Rijeka.

Things to do in Porec

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Rovinj, OPG Vosten, Amphitheatre de Pula
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

3
nights
Rijeka

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). On the 20th (Sat), stroll through Plomin Luka, then get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, and then explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Volosko, look for gifts at Peperoncino Lovran, then don't miss a visit to Viale Glagolitico, then wander the streets of The town of Hum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Astronomical Centre Rijeka.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rijeka road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Porec to Rijeka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Rijeka are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Rijeka

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Hum, Opatija, Plomin Luka, Peperoncino Lovran
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The town of Hum ©
The town of Hum
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Peperoncino Lovran ©
Peperoncino Lovran

2
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 22nd (Mon), stop by Natura Zara wine & more, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and finally don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to The Forum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Bell Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zadar day trip planning website .

Getting from Rijeka to Zadar by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rijeka in June, plan for little chillier nights in Zadar, with lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Split

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Riva Harbor, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, then steep yourself in history at Old Split, then stop by Filigran Split, and finally admire the masterpieces at Jaman Art.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Split trip app .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Split when traveling from Zadar in June, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Makarska.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

5
nights
Makarska

Makarska ©
Makarska is a small city on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60km southeast of Split and 140km northwest of Dubrovnik. Step out of the city life by going to Sumartin Beach and Plaza Divna. Do some cultural sightseeing at Starigrad Fortress and The Basilica of Zmijavci. Get out of town with these interesting Makarska side-trips: Put Vrulje Beach (in Pisak), Bol (Dominican Monastery & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Drasnice (in Drasnice). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Punta Rata Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Biokovo, stroll through Slatina Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Arheoloska Muzejska Zbirka.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Makarska journey planning tool .

Take a bus from Split to Makarska in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Makarska sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Makarska

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Brela, Tucepi, Bol, Plisivac Beach, Plaza Divna
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Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Drasnice ©
Drasnice

3
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.
Dubrovnik City Walls and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art by Stjepko and Art Gallery TALIR. Change things up with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, race across the water with a speed boat tour, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner .

Drive from Makarska to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Kayaking & Canoeing

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