12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Split
— 2 nights
Drive
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Skradin
— 1 night
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Zagreb
— 1 night
Drive
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Pula
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik

— 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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Lokrum Island, take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubrovnik is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Dubrovnik, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Hvar, Hvar Island

— 1 night

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, then get great views at Spanish Fortress, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mekicevica Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hvar trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Hvar by ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June in Hvar, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Split

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for gifts at Filigran Split, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Senses Split.

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Ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Skradin.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Skradin

— 1 night
Skradin is a small town in the Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population about 3,986 . Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Ante Sladic Vino and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Skradin trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Split to Skradin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Skradin

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, and then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Skradin to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

Zagreb

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic, then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zagreb travel planner.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Pula

— 2 nights
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 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Dolija 08, delve into the distant past at Pula Arena, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Felsen Strand.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pula trip planner.

Drive from Zagreb to Pula in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. July in Pula sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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.