13 days in Croatian Coast & Plitvice Lakes National Park Itinerary

13 days in Croatian Coast & Plitvice Lakes National Park Itinerary

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Fly
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Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Split
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Bus
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Rovinj
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Venice, Fly to Madison

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Dubrovnik

— 3 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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and make a trip to Pile Gate.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik road trip tool.

Madison, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Madison to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madison in April: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Korcula Town, Korcula Island

— 1 night
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, contemplate the long history of Kula Morska Vrata, take in the exciting artwork at Vapor gallery, then enjoy breathtaking views from Zakerja Tower, and finally view the masterpieces at Bags by Kristina.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town day trip app.

Ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Hvar, Hvar Island

— 1 night

Croatian St. Tropez

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 13th (Tue): walk around Sumica Park, take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress, and then see the sky in a new way at Fort Napoljun - Napolean.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. In April in Hvar, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks

Split

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace and then stroll around Marjan Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Roko, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally see the interesting displays at Froggyland.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April in Split, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip website.

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature · Parks

Rovinj

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 17th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Zuccato Palace, steep yourself in history at Euphrasius Basilica, and then don't miss a visit to Eufrazijeva Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, then explore the ancient world of Pula Arena, and finally view the masterpieces at Atelier Sottomuro.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovinj trip itinerary website.

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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