19 days in Croatia Itinerary

19 days in Croatia Itinerary

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19 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Zadar
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
5
Slunj
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Zagreb
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rovinj
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Lovrijenac and Minceta Fortress. Popular historic sites such as Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Cavtat Cemetery are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Brsalje Street, get to know the fascinating history of Lapad, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, and see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Dubrovnik. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: highs in Dubrovnik hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 5th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, then explore the historical opulence of The City Hall - Duke's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Palace Cipiko, and finally make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, examine the collection at Live Museum Split, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Narodni trg, then stop by Break Time - Nautical Bracelets, and finally make a trip to Split Synagogue.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Split trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Trogir
Highlights from your plan
Palace Cipiko ©
Palace Cipiko
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Etnografski muzej Split ©
Etnografski muzej Split

2
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 7th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, make a trip to Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Chrysogonus Church, get to know the fascinating history of Narodni trg u Zadru, then admire the striking features of City Sentinel, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Zadar. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then step into the grandiose world of Fortica Castle, and then partake in some friendly competition at City Game Zadar.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zadar trip app .

You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Split in April, Zadar is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Church of the Holy Cross, Fortica Castle
Highlights from your plan
St. Chrysogonus Church ©
St. Chrysogonus Church
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Narodni trg u Zadru ©
Narodni trg u Zadru

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, then take in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac, then explore the activities along Ciginovac Lake, and finally explore the activities along Veliko Lake. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Le Parc National de Plitvice, take in the dramatic scenery at Milanovacki Slap, then admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Batinovac Waterfall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip website .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Slunj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Galovac Lake ©
Galovac Lake
Ciginovac Lake ©
Ciginovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

2
nights
Slunj

Slunj ©
Slunj is a town in the mountainous part of Central Croatia, located along the important North-South route to the Adriatic Sea between Karlovac and Plitvice Lakes National Park, on the meeting of the rivers Korana and Slunjčica . Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Dulin Ponor, see the interesting displays at Ivanina Kuca Bajke, then steep yourself in history at The Frankopan Castle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sabljaci Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Karlovac City Museum, step into the grandiose world of Dubovac Castle, then snap pictures at Drveni Most (Wooden Bridge), then explore the historical opulence of Dvorac Bosilje/ Stari grad Bosiljevo, and finally delve into the distant past at Stari grad Slunj.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Slunj trip builder app .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Slunj takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Slunj

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ogulin, Karlovac, Dvorac Bosilje/ Stari grad Bosiljevo
Highlights from your plan
Dvorac Bosilje/ Stari grad Bosiljevo ©
Karlovac City Museum ©
Karlovac City Museum
Stari grad Slunj ©
Stari grad Slunj

3
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) and Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park. Explore hidden gems such as Old Castle (Stari Grad) and King Tomislav Square (Tomislav trg). Venture out of the city with trips to Dvor Veliki Tabor (in Desinic), Marija Bistrica Church (in Marija Bistrica) and Staro selo museum (in Kumrovec). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Krapina Neanderthal Museum, shop like a local with Image of War - Photography Museum, explore the activities along Jarun Lake, and explore the historical opulence of Samobor Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb online holiday planner .

Getting from Slunj to Zagreb by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Dvor Veliki Tabor, Samobor Castle, Marija Bistrica Church, Staro selo museum, Old Castle (Stari Grad)
Highlights from your plan
Staro selo museum ©
Staro selo museum
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
Krapina Neanderthal Museum ©
Krapina Neanderthal Museum

4
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Main Street and Dvigrad. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monastery and Church of St. Francis and Kastav. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovinj: Pula (Scuba & Snorkeling & Agrippina's House), Crkva Navjestenja (in Opatija) and Rijeka (Our Lady of Trsat's Sanctuary & Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Monkodonja Hill Fort, don't miss a visit to Riva, and indulge your taste buds at Stancija Collis.

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You can drive from Zagreb to Rovinj in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Rijeka, Pula, Crkva Navjestenja, Dvigrad
Highlights from your plan
Kastav ©
Kastav
Main Street ©
Main Street
Dvigrad ©
Dvigrad

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