12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Zadar
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
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, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, browse the exhibits of Rector's Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik travel route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Dubrovnik is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Dubrovnik. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect Dubrovnik to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

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 5th (Sat): stroll through Dubovica, then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hvar road trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

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

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 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Diocletian's Palace, don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Filigran Split, then contemplate the long history of Old Split, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Split sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hvar to Split takes 1.5 hours. In October in Split, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors 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
Old Split ©
Old Split

1
night
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, make a trip to Paseo Maritimo, delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, then make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and finally steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zadar driving holiday planning website .

Drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Split in October since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

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 10th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip website .

Traveling by bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

2
nights
Zagreb

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 11th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, and then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb vacation maker .

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 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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