12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Split
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Zagreb
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Pula
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

2
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, adventure, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: highs in Dubrovnik hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

1
night
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 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Spanjola, and then stroll through Mekicevica Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hvar day trip website .

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, wildlife, parks, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano, get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Senses Split.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Split trip builder app .

Drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Split can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling 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.
On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Batinovac Waterfall, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

Before you visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

1
night
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Zagreb trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. June in Zagreb sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

2
nights
Pula

Pula ©
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.
On the 24th (Wed), experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, and then stroll through Plovanije Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pula trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Pula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Pula can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pula

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Plovanije Beach
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Plovanije Beach ©
Plovanije Beach

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