17 days in Croatia & Istanbul Itinerary

17 days in Croatia & Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Yeni Camii.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul tour planning website.

Jacksonville, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time is 8 hours. When traveling from Jacksonville in October, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 76°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 73°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb sightseeing planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Zagreb in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Zagreb to be cooler, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. You will leave for Plitvice Lakes National Park on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the activities along Kozjak and then head outdoors with Zip Line Pazi Medo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac, then identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Zadar, Croatia

— 2 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Chrysogonus Church, look for gifts at Natura Zara, then examine the collection at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, and finally contemplate the long history of Duke's palace. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mountain Traveller Croatia and then Head underground at Modric Cave.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zadar trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Zadar, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, then examine the collection at Froggyland, and finally kick back and relax at Bacvice Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Split trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zadar to Split by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 55°F in Split. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 1 night
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): make a trip to Atelier Abel, view the masterpieces at Bags by Kristina, steep yourself in history at Kula Morska Vrata, view the masterpieces at Vapor gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town online day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Korcula Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Popular historic sites such as Dubrovnik City Walls and Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Samostan Sv.klare and Life According to Kawa. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Saviour Church, steep yourself in history at St. John's Fortress, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dominican Monastery.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Korcula Island travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Churches