12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Split
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Zagreb
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h 45​min
End: Madison

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, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik online trip builder .

Madison, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Dubrovnik is 7 hours. Traveling from Madison in October, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 70°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

2
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, admire the striking features of Revelin Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Vela Luka Marina, get outside with Freestyle, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kula Svih Svetih.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Korcula Town online trip planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town by car takes about 3 hours. In October in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Korcula Old City, Vela Luka Marina, Freestyle
Highlights from your plan
Freestyle ©
Freestyle
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Vela Luka Marina ©
Vela Luka Marina

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.
On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Dubovica, then contemplate the long history of Spanjola, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hvar trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Korcula Town to Hvar in 5 hours. In October in Hvar, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Dubovica ©
Dubovica

1
night
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, then don't miss a visit 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.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Split visit planner .

Drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In October in Split, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic) ©
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catcht the 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

3
nights
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 14th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally take a stroll through Lower Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, make a trip to Tkalciceva, take an in-depth tour of Tortureum - Museum of Torture, then hunt for treasures at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, then examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Zagreb are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

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

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