12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
5
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb trip app .

Phoenix, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Zagreb. Traveling from Phoenix in June, expect Zagreb to be much colder, temps between 78°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, explore the activities along Ciginovac Lake, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, then make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Froggyland, learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Split trip maker app .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Split sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
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 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral and then step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip planner .

Drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): wander the streets of Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary website .

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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