9 days in Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus to Zagreb, Fly to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights


Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Step out of Split with an excursion to Krka National Park in Skradin--about 1h 10 min away. Dedicate the 17th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Split Synagogue, look for gifts at Filigran Split, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

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Beirut, Lebanon to Split is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Beirut to Split, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Beirut in September; daily highs in Split reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 night

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 20th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, explore the activities along Batinovac Lake, then explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Milino, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at The Upper Lakes.

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Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, adventure, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get engrossed in the history at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotor.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors
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Kotor, Montenegro — 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City, make a trip to Our Lady of Health, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor.

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Getting from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kotor when traveling from Dubrovnik in September, with lows around 16°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Croatia travel guide

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.