16 days in Central Croatia Itinerary

16 days in Central Croatia Itinerary

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16 days in Central Croatia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Zagreb
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Duga Resa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Trakoscan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Toronto

6
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Broken Relationships and Mimara Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka). Take a break from Zagreb with a short trip to Samobor Castle in Samobor, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Jarun Lake, admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic, kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and explore the galleries of Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.

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Toronto, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Zagreb. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Samobor Castle
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St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka)
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb ©
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb

4
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Escape the urban bustle at Lukovo Beach and Mali Buk. Step off the beaten path and head to Nehaj Castle and Northern Velebit National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Rastoke in Slunj (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes and contemplate the waterfront views at The Upper Lakes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip tool .

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Duga Resa.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Senj, Rastoke, Northern Velebit National Park
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Mali Buk ©
Mali Buk
Nehaj Castle ©
Nehaj Castle

1
night
Duga Resa

Duga Resa
Duga Resa is a town in Karlovac County, Croatia. On the 25th (Sun), explore the activities along Foginovo bathing area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery and Church of the Holy Trinity, then step into the grandiose world of Dubovac Castle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at The Museum of Army Collections from the Croatian Homeland War.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Duga Resa tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Duga Resa in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Duga Resa can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Trakoscan.

Things to do in Duga Resa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Karlovac

2
nights
Trakoscan

Trakoscan ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Cakovec Castle, then do a tasting at Vinska kuca Hazic, then steep yourself in history at Staro selo museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Dvor Veliki Tabor. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Old Castle (Stari Grad), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ursuline Church of the Birth of Christ, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, then examine the collection at Krapina Neanderthal Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan).

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You can drive from Duga Resa to Trakoscan in 2 hours. In August in Trakoscan, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trakoscan

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Varazdin, Cakovec Castle, Staro selo museum, Krapina Neanderthal Museum, Dvor Veliki Tabor
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Staro selo museum ©
Staro selo museum
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
Krapina Neanderthal Museum ©
Krapina Neanderthal Museum