8 days in Croatia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia Itinerary

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8 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Breclav
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Zagreb
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Makarska
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Stari Grad, Hvar Island
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Split
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Zagreb
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
End: Breclav

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Zagreb

Zagreb
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb tour itinerary planner .

Breclav, Czech Republic to Zagreb is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Breclav, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zagreb, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -1°C. You will leave for Plitvice Lakes National Park on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Makarska.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

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Makarska

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

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Makarska in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Makarska are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Makarska

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
You've added Fort Lovrijenac, Onophrian Fountain, Cave Bar More, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), make a trip to Onophrian Fountain, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, and finally don't miss a visit to Pile Gate. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Banje Beach, take in the waterfront at Dubrovnik West Harbour, take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, go for a stroll along the water at City Harbor, then enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Cave Bar More.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik vacation planner.

Drive from Makarska to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Stari Grad.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Parks Nightlife
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace
Pile Gate ©
Pile Gate

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Stari Grad, Hvar Island

Stari Grad
Start your trip to Stari Grad by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dubrovnik to Stari Grad. In December in Stari Grad, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will leave for Split on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Stari Grad

Outdoors Historic Sites Nightlife
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Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Salona & Klis Tour, Marjan Park, The Golden Gate, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Old Split, admire the landmark architecture of Vestibulum of Diocletian's Palace, then contemplate the long history of The Golden Gate, and finally stroll around Marjan Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Split trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Stari Grad to Split takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Stari Grad in December since evenings lows in Split dip to 5°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Old Split ©
Old Split
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
The Golden Gate ©
The Golden Gate

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Zagreb

Zagreb
For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb trip maker website .

You can fly from Split to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Zagreb is slightly colder than Split - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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