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
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lokrum Island and Mljet National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Lovrijenac and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Lapad, don't miss a visit to Stradun, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and visit Old Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik 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. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Dubrovnik, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time 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 in touch with nature at Dubovica Beach and Marjan Park. Diocletian's Palace and Riva Harbor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Froggyland and appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Split in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Split are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Visiting Šimuni Beach and Jadro Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zadar Land City Gates and Narodni trg u Zadru. Go for a jaunt from Zadar to Murter to see Cigrada Beach about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), snap pictures at Stone Bridge and the Old Gate, and examine the collection at Solana Nin Salt Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zadar trip builder app.

Getting from Split to Zadar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in September, plan for little chillier nights in Zadar, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Plitvice Lakes National Park and Veliki Slap. Change things up with a short trip to Rastoke in Slunj (about 50 minutes away).

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Getting from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can 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 off the beaten path and head to Lake Bohinj and Savica Waterfall. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Bled and Ljubljanica River. There's more to do: snap pictures at Dragon Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Ljubljana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) 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.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, then take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally look for gifts at Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, wander the streets of Lower Town, then don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Zagreb are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to 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.