15 days in Istanbul, Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

15 days in Istanbul, Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
3
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
4
Gospic, Croatia
— 1 night
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
6
Krka National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
7
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— Few hours
9
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bosphorus Cruise as well as Topkapi Palace. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, see Bosphorus Cruise, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Manama in February: highs in Istanbul hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Bosphorus Cruise ©
Bosphorus Cruise

1
night
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balonarski Center Barje as well as La Chocolate Chocolate Store. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, look for gifts at La Chocolate Chocolate Store, thenstop by Babushka Boutique, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Enigmarium.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Istanbul to Ljubljana by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Ljubljana is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in February, you will find days in Ljubljana are little chillier (°C), and nights are much colder (°C). You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors Fun & Games Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Balonarski Center Barje ©
Balonarski Center Barje
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Babushka Boutique ©
Babushka Boutique

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Zagreb Observatory, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Museum of Broken Relationships, and other attractions. On the 15th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zagreb Zoo and then see a show at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), thensee the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally look and learn at Zagreb Observatory.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb road trip planner.

Drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Zagreb are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gospic.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zagreb Zoo ©
Zagreb Zoo
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

1
night
Gospic, Croatia

Gospic ©
Gospić is a town and municipality in the mountainous and sparsely populated region of Lika, Croatia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Velebit Nature Park as well as Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch - Private Day Tours. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get a tailor-made plan with Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch - Private Day Tours.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gospic tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Gospic takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Zagreb in February, expect nights in Gospic to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Gospic

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch - Private Day Tours
Highlights from your plan
Velebit Nature Park ©
Velebit Nature Park

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
You've now added The Lower Lakes to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at The Lower Lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park tour planning tool.

You can drive from Gospic to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes

1
night
Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park ©
You've now added Krka National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Krka National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Krka National Park takes 2.5 hours. February in Krka National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You'll set off for Split on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Krka National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Krka National Park
Highlights from your plan
Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You've now added Palazzo di Diocleziano to your itinerary.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Split journey planner.

Traveling by car from Krka National Park to Split takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Split are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano

few
hours
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Town. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. February in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Zadar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zadar Walking Tour as well as Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zadar road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Zadar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in February since evenings lows in Zadar dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zadar Walking Tour ©
Zadar Walking Tour

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip app.

You can fly from Zadar to Istanbul in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Zadar to Istanbul. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zadar in February since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping

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