20 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

20 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Trieste, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Taxi to Pula, Fly to Novalja
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Novalja, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Krka National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Sibenik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Rovinj, Croatia

— 3 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovinj: Porec (Euphrasius Basilica & Porec Old Town), Aquapark Istralandia (in Novigrad) and Vina Radovan (in Radovani). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Stupica Excursions, take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Sottomuro, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj trip maker app.

Austin, USA to Rovinj is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Rovinj is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in July, with highs in Rovinj at 86°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Trieste.

Things to do in Rovinj

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Trieste, Italy

— 1 night

Pearl of the Adriatic

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
On the 11th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Le Ragazze di Trieste, make a trip to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo del Municipio, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grotta Torri di Slivia - Tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trieste day trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Rovinj to Trieste takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Trieste

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pula, Croatia

— 1 night
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum Olei Histriae, then explore the ancient world of Pula Arena, then experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Debeljak Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pula trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Trieste to Pula in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Trieste in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Pula. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Novalja.

Things to do in Pula

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Novalja, Croatia

— 1 night
Novalja is a town in the north of the island of Pag in the Croatian part of Adriatic Sea. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Šimuni Beach and then stroll through Kolanjsko Blato.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Novalja travel route planning website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pula to Novalja in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Novalja

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zadar, Croatia

— 1 night
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 14th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), don't miss a visit to Greeting to the Sun - Il Saluto al Sole, then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zadar attractions planning website.

You can drive from Novalja to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, explore the activities along Lake Milino, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, then explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Great Cascades.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

Krka National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Visovac Monastery and then take in breathtaking views at Cikola River Canyon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Krka National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Krka National Park takes 3 hours. In July in Krka National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sibenik.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Sibenik, Croatia

— 2 nights
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Krka National Park. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sokolarski Raptor Centre, and then stop by Pirate's Candy Ship.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sibenik road trip app.

Drive from Krka National Park to Sibenik in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Sibenik

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, then relax and rejuvenate at MD Fizio massage, osteopathy, manual treatmant & beauty treatmants, and then don't miss a visit to Gaspina mlinica. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Split tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sibenik to Split takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Split can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Hvar, Croatia

— 2 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Jerolim, then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, and then steep yourself in history at Spanish Fortress.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar itinerary maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hvar are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: visit Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and look for gifts at Dubrovnik Heritage - Handmade Croatian Products.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik day trip planning app.

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

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 26th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Start your trip to Zagreb by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in July, Zagreb is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Museums

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.

Island of Pag travel guide

3.6
Beaches · Nightlife · Dance Clubs & Discos