12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Fly to Zadar, Bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Split
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at The Upper Lakes, then take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Milino.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary website.

New York City, USA to Plitvice Lakes National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from New York City to Plitvice Lakes National Park, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature · Parks

Split

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
When in Split, make a side trip to see Historic City of Trogir in Trogir, approximately Trogir away. Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Diocletian's Palace, walk around Marjan Park, relax and rejuvenate at MD Fizio massage, osteopathy, manual treatmant & beauty treatmants, and explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Split trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Split are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hvar, Hvar Island

— 3 nights

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.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Spanish Fortress, head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydiving Tandem Hvar.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Dubrovnik

— 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.
Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Lokrum Island, wander the streets of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, and contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Nature · Tours · Parks

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.