20 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

20 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Zadar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like City Harbor and War Photo Limited. Get some cultural insight at Lapad and Dubrovnik City Walls. Change things up with a short trip to Mljet National Park in Mljet Island (about 2h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, stop by GIFT & ART SHOP MEDUSA, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Dubrovnik. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in March: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get some cultural insight at Diocletian's Palace and Riva Harbor. Get outdoors at Marjan Park and Dubovica Beach. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Froggyland and appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Split road trip app.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Split in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Split can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zadar, Croatia

— 3 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
We've included these beaches for you: Cigrada Beach and Jadro Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Narodni trg u Zadru and Zadar Land City Gates. Take a break from Zadar with a short trip to Šimuni Beach in Simuni, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), take in the views from Stone Bridge and the Old Gate, and examine the collection at Solana Nin Salt Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zadar driving holiday planner.

Getting from Split to Zadar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Zadar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 3 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Step out of the city life by going to Plitvice Lakes National Park and Veliki Slap. Go for a jaunt from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Slunj to see Rastoke about 50 minutes away.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Bled and Savica Waterfall. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Bohinj and Ljubljanica River. There's more to do: take in the views from Dragon Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip builder site.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Ljubljana by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally look for gifts at Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, wander the streets of Lower Town, then make a trip to Tkalciceva, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · 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.

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.