17 days in Dubrovnik, Zagreb & Istria Itinerary

17 days in Dubrovnik, Zagreb & Istria Itinerary

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17 days in Dubrovnik, Zagreb & Istria Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Dubrovnik
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Zagreb
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Buzet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rovinj
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

4
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.
When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Pile Gate, and step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in June, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

5
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Change things up with a short trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Plitvice Lakes National Park (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, take a memorable tour with Tours, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zagreb trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Zagreb takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in June since evenings lows in Zagreb dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buzet.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Room Escape Games

1
night
Buzet

Buzet ©
On the 26th (Fri), stop by Aura Distillery, put a fun spin on your tour with Truffle Hunting, then admire the striking features of Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun, and finally don't miss a visit to Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Buzet day trip planning app .

You can drive from Zagreb to Buzet in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Buzet

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Motovun, Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia
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Truffle Hunting ©
Truffle Hunting

5
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rovinj: Aquapark Istralandia (in Novigrad), Porec (Porec Old Town, Euphrasius Basilica, & more) and Pula (Temple Of Augustus & Amphitheatre de Pula). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, look for gifts at Baioco, don't miss a visit to Town Clock, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovinj road trip planning site .

You can drive from Buzet to Rovinj in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rovinj are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porec, Vodnjan, Pula, National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), Aquapark Istralandia
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town
Aquapark Istralandia ©
Aquapark Istralandia

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