16 days in Central Croatia Itinerary

16 days in Central Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Croatia tour planner

Make it your trip
— 6 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 4 nights
Duga Resa
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Zagreb Airport, Fly to Toronto



— 6 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mark's Church and Museum of Arts and Crafts. Museum-lovers will appreciate Atelier Mestrovic and Zagreb City Museum. Take a break from Zagreb with a short trip to Samobor Castle in Samobor, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: have fun at Jarun Lake, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Medvednica, and examine the collection at Tehnicki Muzej.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb online trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, Zagreb is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 4 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Get outdoors at Plitvice Lakes National Park and The Upper Lakes. Step off the beaten path and head to Nehaj Castle and Lukovo Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Plitvice Lakes National Park side-trips: Northern Velebit National Park (in Krasno Polje) and Rastoke (in Slunj). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Mali Buk and contemplate the waterfront views at The Lower Lakes.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip planning app.

Drive from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Duga Resa

— 1 night
Duga Resa is a town in Karlovac County, Croatia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Foginovo beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Trinity and Franciscan Monastery, then explore the historical opulence of Dubovac Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of The Museum of Army Collections from the Croatian Homeland War.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Duga Resa travel planner.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Duga Resa in 2 hours. August in Duga Resa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Trakoscan.

Things to do in Duga Resa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip


— 2 nights
On the 26th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Cakovec Castle, do a tasting at Vinska kuca Hazic, then contemplate the long history of Staro selo museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Dvor Veliki Tabor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ursuline Church of the Birth of Christ, then examine the collection at Krapina Neanderthal Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan).

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Trakoscan day trip tool.

Drive from Duga Resa to Trakoscan in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Trakoscan can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. 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

Central Croatia travel guide

National Parks · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The forested hills of Central Croatia support vineyards along its slopes, which fall gently into river valleys. The region features hiking, cycling, hunting, and sightseeing in the mainland dotted with romantic castles, Baroque churches, and monasteries. This area offers more than 350 registered cultural sites, as well as ethnographic villages and several places of religious pilgrimage. Join some of the well thought-out tours focused on folklore, naïve art, and old trades and traditions, such as gold panning. For a weekend trip, many visitors combine tasting local cuisine and premium wines with a visit to one of the countryside manor houses showcasing the region's wooden architecture. The lakes and rivers provide the chance to try rowing, rafting, and fishing. This region teems with stories and myths, such as the legend of dancing witches, but it also boasts modern amenities like ski resorts, health spas, and natural thermal springs.