8 days in Croatia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia route planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Rijeka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Krka National Park
Drive
6
Karlobag
— 1 night
Drive to Zadar Airport, Fly to London

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Zagreb — 2 nights

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 6th (Sat), look for gifts at Take Me Home, then stop by Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, and finally examine the collection at Croatian State Archives.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zagreb online journey planner.

London, UK to Zagreb is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zagreb, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rijeka.
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Rijeka — 1 night

Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at Kredenca Opatija, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungo Mare, and then see the interesting displays at Peek & Poke Computer Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rijeka vacation planner.

Drive from Zagreb to Rijeka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zagreb in August, Rijeka is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zadar.
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Zadar — 1 night

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zadar trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Rijeka to Zadar by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Rijeka in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Zadar. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park — 2 nights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake and then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Krka National Park.
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Krka National Park

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Krka National Park travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Krka National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Krka National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to Karlobag.
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Karlobag — 1 night

Karlobag is a seaside municipality on the Adriatic coast in Croatia, located underneath Velebit overlooking the island of Pag, west of Gospić and south of Senj. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tatinja Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Karlobag online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Krka National Park to Karlobag by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Karlobag when traveling from Krka National Park in August, with lows around 19°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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