8 days in Croatia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia Itinerary

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8 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
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Zagreb
— 1 day
Bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Split
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  3​h 45​min
6
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Pula
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Zagreb

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Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb visit planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Zagreb. May in Zagreb sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Museums Fun & Games
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Walking tours
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Room Escape Games

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Batinovac Waterfall, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

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Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 24th (Sun), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, then make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and finally make a trip to The Forum.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Zadar trip itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Speed Boats Tours
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

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Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Froggyland, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Split online route planner .

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Split can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Froggyland ©
Froggyland

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Spanjola, and then stroll through Mekicevica Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hvar trip planner .

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. May in Hvar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip planning app .

Getting from Hvar to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pula.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Adventure
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), experience rural life at Cadenela Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and finally explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pula holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Pula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, Pula is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vodnjan, National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni)
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

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