12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Dubrovnik
1
Dubrovnik
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hvar
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h
4
Zadar
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Rovinj
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Zagreb
— 1 night
End: Zagreb


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1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Lovrijenac, City Harbor and Stradun.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik driving holiday website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Dubrovnik Airport. In July in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Stradun ©
Stradun

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. August in Split sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hvar

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 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubovica and then wander the streets of Milna.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Milna ©
Milna

2
nights
Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Museum of Illusions, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Zadar Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zadar route builder website .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Hvar to Zadar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hvar in August since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 19°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours Transportation Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Cathedral ©
Zadar Cathedral

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 6th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally admire the sheer force of Slapovi Milke Trnine.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park online tour itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

3
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Eufrazijeva Street, steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, and finally wander the streets of STARI GRAD. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Fazana Beach and then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovinj itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Porec, Fazana Beach, Amphitheatre de Pula
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

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night
Zagreb

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 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Zagreb takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rovinj in August: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

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