12 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

12 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Krka National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Fri), stop by Cavtat Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then stop by Dubrovnik Treasures, and finally steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited, look for gifts at Clara Stones, stop by GIFT & ART SHOP MEDUSA, stop by Kokula Art and Craft Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Stradun.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik attractions planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Dubrovnik is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. In March, Dubrovnik is a bit cooler than Cairo - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Krka National Park, Croatia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at Morlacch, stroll through Velika Raduca Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten, and finally steep yourself in history at Visovac Monastery.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Krka National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Krka National Park takes 4 hours. In March in Krka National Park, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Krka National Park to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 18th (Thu), browse the fresh offerings at Dolac Market, kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, then visit Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally pause for some photo ops at Ban Josip Jelačić Square.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zagreb planning tool.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Ljubljana Central Market, then stop by Galerija Emporium, then stop by Ljubljana Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Contemporary History.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana road trip planning tool.

Getting from Zagreb to Ljubljana by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.