38 days in Croatia Itinerary

38 days in Croatia Itinerary

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38 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Opatija
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Rovinj
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
4
Zadar
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Split
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Bol, Brac Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Dubrovnik
— 10 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Mirogoj Cemetery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and Cathedral of the Assumption. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, stop by Jasmina i lutkice, enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and pick up some local products at Dolac Market.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Zagreb. In September in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Opatija.

Things to do in Zagreb

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Ban Josip Jelačić Square ©
Ban Josip Jelačić Square
Dolac Market ©
Dolac Market
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery

2
nights
Opatija

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Manufaktura Opatija, look for gifts at Kredenca Opatija, look for gifts at Peperoncino Lovran, stop by Samovar Tea Shop, then look for gifts at Manufaktura Rijeka, and finally pick up some local products at Rijeka Central Market. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Opatija attractions planner .

Getting from Zagreb to Opatija by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zagreb in September, Opatija is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Opatija

Shopping Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Rijeka, Peperoncino Lovran
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Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Rovinj

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 Port of Rovinj and Euphrasius Basilica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of St. Euphemia and Temple Of Augustus. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamenjak National Park (in Premantura), Cadenela Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (in Vodnjan) and Porec (Break Time Porec & Porec Old Town). There's more to do: browse the fresh offerings at OPG Vosten and look for gifts at Ribica Atelier.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovinj tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Opatija to Rovinj in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Rovinj

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porec, Medulin, Temple Of Augustus, OPG Vosten, Cadenela Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Wine and Souvenir Shop Terraneo ©
Wine and Souvenir Shop Terraneo
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

3
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Get outdoors at Paklenica National Park and Jadro Beach. Do your shopping at Natura Zara and Trznica Zadar. Go for a jaunt from Zadar to Rovanjska to see St. Jurja Church about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Zadar Land City Gates, appreciate the extensive heritage of Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ), steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zadar trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Rovinj to Zadar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In September in Zadar, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nin, Jadro Beach, St. Jurja Church, Paklenica National Park
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Paklenica National Park ©
Paklenica National Park
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
St. Jurja Church ©
St. Jurja Church

4
nights
Split

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Split and River Rafting & Tubing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trogir Historic Site and Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Origin Croatian Cosmetics (in Omis), The St. Lawrence Cathedral (in Trogir) and Primosten (Art Shop Unique & Gift shop Olive). On the 16th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Riva Harbor, look for gifts at Filigran Split, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, and steep yourself in history at Kliška tvrđava.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Split trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Split, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trogir, Primosten, Omis, Church Of St. Roch
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Origin Croatian Cosmetics ©
Origin Croatian Cosmetics
Church Of St. Roch ©
Church Of St. Roch

3
nights
Bol, Brac Island

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zlatni Rat Beach and Vidova Gora. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden horn from above and Museum of Brac. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Paklina Beach and stroll through Murvica Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bol itinerary builder site .

Ride a ferry from Split to Bol in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Bol, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Museum of Brac, Murvica Beach
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Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Scuba & Snorkeling
Golden horn from above ©
Golden horn from above

4
nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ilirio's Hvar Tours and Spanjola. Step out of the city life by going to Pakleni Otoci and Dubovica. On the 23rd (Sun), spend a cool day on the water with Antonio Rent. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mlini Beach and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hvar vacation planner .

Hvar is just a stone's throw from Bol. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Antonio Rent ©
Antonio Rent
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bags by Kristina and Korcula Town Walls. Discover out-of-the-way places like OPG Komparak and Korcula Old City. And it doesn't end there: stop by Coral Shop Irena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, take in the exciting artwork at Vapor gallery, and get outside with Freestyle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In September in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Korcula Island, Lumbarda
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St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Sveti Mihovil ©
Sveti Mihovil

10
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Srebreno Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stradun and Lapad. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubrovnik: Cavtat (Cavtat Old Town, Cavtat Cemetery, & more) and AR Atelier (in Gruda). On the 29th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at War Photo Limited, look for gifts at Kokula Art and Craft Shop, contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik vacation planner.

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. September in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cavtat, AR Atelier, Srebreno Beach
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 6:
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Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery
Fishing Charters & Tours
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola ©
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola

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