16 days in Croatia Itinerary

16 days in Croatia Itinerary

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16 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Pula
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Zagreb
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  18​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dubovica and Museum of Senses Split. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary site .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Split is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Split is 5 hours. Traveling from San Juan in August, Split is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dubovica Beach, Church Of St. Roch
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach

2
nights
Dubrovnik

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum. On your second day here, stroll through Sveti Jakov Beach, then admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pula.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Pula

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kap Kamenjak and Aquarium Pula. When in Pula, make a side trip to see Kamenjak National Park in Premantura, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, step into the grandiose world of Kastel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, and stop by Dolija 08.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pula trip planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Pula in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pula when traveling from Dubrovnik in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Premantura
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Kap Kamenjak ©
Kap Kamenjak

3
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Family-friendly places like Recreational Sports Center Jarun and Museum of Illusions will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the sky in a new way at Zagreb Observatory, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maksimir, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zagreb holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pula to Zagreb takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Pula in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zagreb, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Room Escape Games
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Maksimir ©
Maksimir

3
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip website .

Take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake

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