17 days in Croatia Itinerary

17 days in Croatia Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Split
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Zadar
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, adventure, parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Split is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Split, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Hvar is known for nightlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hvar driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip maker .

Getting from Hvar to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

3
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore Korcula Town's surroundings by going to Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato) and Vela Luka Marina (in Vela Luka). The adventure continues: get outside with Freestyle, make a trip to Korcula Old City, examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Korcula Town itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Korcula Island, Freestyle, Ethno Museum Barilo, Vela Luka Marina
Highlights from your plan
Kula Svih Svetih ©
Kula Svih Svetih
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Freestyle ©
Freestyle

1
night
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 23rd (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour, make a trip to The Forum, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje).

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zadar trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Korcula Town to Zadar in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Korcula Town in October since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Ciginovac Lake, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 25th (Fri), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, then indulge your taste buds at Dolac Market, and finally take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zagreb day trip app .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Zagreb are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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