20 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

20 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

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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 Rovinj's surroundings by going to Vina Radovan (in Radovani), Aquapark Istralandia (in Novigrad) and Porec (Euphrasius Basilica & Porec Old Town). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, view the masterpieces at Atelier Sottomuro, and get a dose of the wild on Stupica Excursions.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj online tour planner.

Austin, USA to Rovinj is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Rovinj is 7 hours. In November, Rovinj is slightly colder than Austin - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Trieste.

Things to do in Rovinj

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

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 1st (Wed), pause for some photo ops at 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 get engrossed in the history at Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, and finally surround yourself with nature on Grotta Torri di Slivia - Tour.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Trieste trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a shuttle from Rovinj to Trieste in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Trieste, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Trieste

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Museum Olei Histriae, explore the ancient world of Pula Arena, then relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Debeljak Beach.

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Traveling by car from Trieste to Pula takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Trieste in December, Pula is little chillier at night with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Novalja.

Things to do in Pula

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Šimuni Beach and then stroll through Kolanjsko Blato.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Novalja day trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pula to Novalja in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Novalja

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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 4th (Sat), make a trip to Zadar Land City Gates, don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), then 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.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zadar trip planner.

You can drive from Novalja to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Zadar, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Milino, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, then explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Great Cascades.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip website.

You can drive from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) 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 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Visovac Monastery and then take in breathtaking views at Cikola River Canyon.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Krka National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Krka National Park takes 3 hours. December in Krka National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sibenik.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sibenik, Croatia

— 2 nights
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Krka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Archipelago Tours, then stroll through Sokolarski Raptor Centre, and then look for gifts at Pirate's Candy Ship.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sibenik trip planner.

Traveling by car from Krka National Park to Sibenik takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sibenik can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Sibenik

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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 9th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, relax and rejuvenate at MD Fizio massage, osteopathy, manual treatmant & beauty treatmants, and then don't miss a visit to Gaspina mlinica. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Split trip app.

Traveling by car from Sibenik to Split takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · 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 11th (Sat): head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Jerolim, then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, and then get great views at Spanish Fortress.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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 13th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and visit Old Town.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours · Outdoors · 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 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dubrovnik in December; daily highs in Zagreb reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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