20 days in Croatia Itinerary

20 days in Croatia Itinerary

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20 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Fly + Foot + Shuttle + Bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rab Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Rovinj
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mali Losinj, Losinj Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Split
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rastoke and Veliki Prstavac. Get in touch with nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park and Veliki Slap. Step out of Plitvice Lakes National Park with an excursion to Premuzic Trail in Krasno Polje--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Plitvice Lakes National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Plitvice Lakes National Park due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Rab Island.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Rastoke, Premuzic Trail
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

2
nights
Rab Island

Rab Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Zidine Fortress, stroll through Jelenovica Beach, and then stroll through Podsilo Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Suha Punta Beach and then kick back and relax at Kandarola Nude Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rab Island route planner.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rab Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Rab Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Suha Punta Beach ©
Suha Punta Beach
Zidine Fortress ©
Zidine Fortress

1
night
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 19th (Fri), wander the streets of STARI GRAD, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin Church, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Port of Rovinj, then shop like a local with Atelier Sottomuro, and finally look for gifts at Ribica Atelier.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovinj trip site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Rab Island to Rovinj in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mali Losinj.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia

2
nights
Mali Losinj, Losinj Island

Mali Losinj ©
Mali Lošinj is a town and municipality in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, on the island of Lošinj, in western Croatia. On the 20th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Valdarke Beach, kick back and relax at Cikat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Veli Zal Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mali Bok, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridimutak Beach.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mali Losinj tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Rovinj to Mali Losinj in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mali Losinj

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mali Bok, Ridimutak Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ridimutak Beach ©
Ridimutak Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and War Photo Limited. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Walls of Dubrovnik, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, take an in-depth tour of Franciscan Monastery, and head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Mali Losinj to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum

2
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 25th (Thu), do a tasting at Lovric Winery, get outside with Freestyle, then don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, and finally take an in-depth tour of Korcula Town Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Bire winery, do a tasting at Korta Katarina Winery, view the masterpieces at Vapor gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kula Svih Svetih, and finally view the masterpieces at Bags by Kristina.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Korcula Town planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Korta Katarina Winery, Korcula Old City
Highlights from your plan
Freestyle ©
Freestyle
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Lovric Winery ©
Lovric Winery

3
nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dubovica and Milna. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Franciscan Monastery and Napoleon Fortress (Napuljn). On the 27th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Island Galesnik.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hvar, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Speed Boats Tours
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Galerija Mestrovic. Do some cultural sightseeing at Diocletian's Palace and Froggyland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Riva Harbor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, take in the exciting artwork at Jaman Art, and do a tasting at Winery Kovac.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Split trip planner .

Getting from Hvar to Split by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Split are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Winery Kovac
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
River Rafting & Tubing

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