15 days in Croatia, Postojna & Ljubljana Itinerary

15 days in Croatia, Postojna & Ljubljana Itinerary

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15 days in Croatia, Postojna & Ljubljana Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
bus + Fly:  15​h
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Opatija, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
7
Rovinj, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Groznjan, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Postojna, Slovenia
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
10
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h 45​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb day trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Zagreb is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Cape Town to Zagreb, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Zagreb at 7°C and lows at -1°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toDubrovnik.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Tours

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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 list of things to see and do now includes Beach Bar Little Star, Sipan, Malvasija Wine Bar, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. John's Fortress and Ston Old Town. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Bokar and Church of St Sebastian. There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Dubrovnik Beer Company, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, contemplate the long history of Dominican Monastery, and explore the ancient world of Minceta Fortress.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip app .

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Nightlife Nature

Side Trip

Ston Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Minceta Fortress ©
Minceta Fortress
Malvasija Wine Bar ©
Malvasija Wine Bar
Skar Winery Dubrovnik ©
Skar Winery Dubrovnik

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nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dubovica, To Je To, Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get a taste of local nightlife at To Je To.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Split tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Opatija to Split in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Split can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Nightlife Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
Highlights from your plan
To Je To ©
To Je To
Leopold's Delicatessen Bar ©
Leopold's Delicatessen Bar
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach

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Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Crkva Navjestenja, get engrossed in the history at Croatian Museum of Tourism, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jacob, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sv. Jakova, then pause for some photo ops at Madonna del Mare Statue, and finally look for gifts at Kredenca Opatija.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Opatija online trip builder .

Drive from Split to Opatija in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Split in December, plan for little chillier days in Opatija, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Opatija

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Crkva Navjestenja ©
Crkva Navjestenja
Saint Jacob ©
Saint Jacob
Croatian Museum of Tourism ©
Croatian Museum of Tourism

2
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Benazic Winery, Cadenela Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Opg Toffetti, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Sea (Mornaricka crkva) and then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pula visit planning website .

You can take a bus from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Pula, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Opatija.

Things to do in Pula

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vodnjan
Highlights from your plan
Babos Wine ©
Babos Wine
Benazic Winery ©
Benazic Winery
Museum Olei Histriae ©
Museum Olei Histriae

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Main Street as well as Stancija Collis. On the 27th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, then make a trip to Town Clock, and finally experience rural life at Stancija Collis.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rovinj trip planner.

You can drive from Groznjan to Rovinj in an hour. In December in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Main Street ©
Main Street
Stancija Collis ©
Stancija Collis
St. Martin Church ©
St. Martin Church

1
night
Groznjan, Croatia

Groznjan ©
Grožnjan is a settlement and municipality in Croatia. Dvigrad has been added to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Groznjan trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Postojna to Groznjan takes 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Rovinj.

Things to do in Groznjan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dvigrad
Highlights from your plan
Dvigrad ©
Dvigrad

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hours
Postojna, Slovenia

Postojna
With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gustarna. On the 26th (Thu), look for gifts at Gustarna.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Postojna trip maker website .

Getting from Ljubljana to Postojna by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. December in Postojna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Groznjan.

Things to do in Postojna

Tours Parks Outdoors

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrezje.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana attractions site .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Postojna.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cankarjevo Nabrezje ©
Cankarjevo Nabrezje

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nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
You've added Nikola Tesla Statue, Holy Mary Monument, Radiceva, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Holy Mary Monument and then appreciate the history behind Nikola Tesla Statue. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Radiceva, then get a taste of local nightlife at Vinoteka Bornstein, and then browse the exhibits of Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zagreb holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Samobor Castle
Highlights from your plan
Jarun Lake
Jarun Lake
Samobor Castle ©
Samobor Castle
Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral ©
Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral

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