12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia trip maker

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Zagreb
— 3 nights
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Rijeka
— 1 night
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
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Zarace
— 1 night
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Makarska
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
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Zagreb

— 3 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Explore hidden gems such as Medvednica and Spas. Escape the urban bustle at Recreational Sports Center Jarun and Jarun Lake. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, appreciate the history behind The Well of Life, and make a trip to Square of Petar Preradovic.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip itinerary tool.

Minsk, Belarus to Zagreb is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Minsk to Zagreb is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Minsk in January; daily highs in Zagreb reach 5°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rijeka.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks · Museums · Nature · Spas

Rijeka

— 1 night
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): examine the collection at St. Vitus Cathedral, get outside with Kantrida Stadion off HNK RIJEKA, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, and finally see the sky in a new way at Astronomical Centre Rijeka.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Rijeka trip tool.

You can drive from Zagreb to Rijeka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zagreb in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Rijeka: highs are around 11°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the activities along Galovac Lake, identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, explore the fascinating underground world of Barac Caves, then explore the striking landscape at Supljara cave, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Kozjak, explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac, explore the activities along Korana River, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Milino, then explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, and finally explore the activities along Milanovac Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip maker.

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Zarace.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zarace

— 1 night
Zaraće is a village on the island of Hvar in Croatia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Zarace trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zarace takes 4.5 hours. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Makarska.

Things to do in Zarace

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Makarska

— 1 night
Makarska is a small city on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60km southeast of Split and 140km northwest of Dubrovnik. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Slatina Beach, head outdoors with Birgmaier Sub, then look for all kinds of wild species at Park Suma Osejava, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arheoloska Muzejska Zbirka.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Makarska online day trip planner.

Drive from Zarace to Makarska in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Makarska

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Dubrovnik

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Zarkovica Animal Shelter, kick back and relax at Sveti Jakov Beach, and then look for gifts at Life According to Kawa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at European Route E65, appreciate the extensive heritage of Prijeko street, then see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Minceta Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip website.

Traveling by car from Makarska to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.