8 days in Croatia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia Itinerary

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8 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Split
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Gospic
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
2
Gracac
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Senj
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Split

1
day
Gospic

Gospic ©
Gospić is a town and municipality in the mountainous and sparsely populated region of Lika, Croatia. On the 5th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Velebit Nature Park and then contemplate the long history of Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Gospic trip itinerary app .

Split to Gospic is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Split in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Gospic, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gracac.

Things to do in Gospic

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla
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Velebit Nature Park ©
Velebit Nature Park
Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla ©
Memorial Center of Nikola Tesla

1
night
Gracac

Gracac ©
You've now added Knin Fortress to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Vrelo Une, Head underground at Cerovac Caves, and then delve into the distant past at Knin Fortress.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gracac road trip website .

Getting from Gospic to Gracac by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Gracac

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Knin Fortress
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Cerovac Caves ©
Cerovac Caves
Knin Fortress ©
Knin Fortress

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 7th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac, explore the activities along Malo Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of Batinovac Waterfall. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, explore the activities along Lake Vir, contemplate the waterfront views at Veliko Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Milino, then explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kozjacki Slapovi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Gracac to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Senj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

4
nights
Senj

Senj ©
Senj is an old town on the upper Adriatic coast in Croatia, in the foothills of the Mala Kapela and Velebit mountains.The symbol of the town is the Nehaj Fortress which was completed in 1558. Step out of the city life by going to Premuzic Trail and Lukovo Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Velebit Association Kuterevo and Sokolac Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Karlovac (Drveni Most (Wooden Bridge), Karlovac City Museum, & more) and Centar Za Odrzivi Razvoj Gerbin (in Cres Island). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Prva Draga Beach and pause for some serene contemplation at Church on San Marino Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Senj online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Senj in 1.5 hours. In January in Senj, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Senj

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Karlovac, Sokolac Castle, Church on San Marino Island, Centar Za Odrzivi Razvoj Gerbin, Premuzic Trail
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Church on San Marino Island ©
Church on San Marino Island
Sokolac Castle ©
Sokolac Castle
Karlovac City Museum ©
Karlovac City Museum

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