31 days in Croatia Itinerary

31 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Zagreb
— 14 nights
Drive
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Novigrad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rijeka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sibenik
— 2 nights
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Drive to Split, Ferry to Stari Grad, Drive to Hvar
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Hvar
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zagreb
— 2 nights

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Zagreb

— 14 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lower Town and Old Town. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Croatian Museum of Naive Art and Staro selo museum. Explore Zagreb's surroundings by going to Konjicki Klub Rakovica (in Rakovica), Plitvice Lakes National Park (Mali Buk, Sastavci, &more) and Varazdin (The World of Insects & Main Square). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, wander the streets of Strossmayer Promenade, and head outdoors with Sky Riders Paragliding Croatia.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb online journey planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Zagreb Airport. September in Zagreb sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Novigrad.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Novigrad

— 5 nights
Novigrad is a village and municipality in Croatia in the Zadar County. Get a sense of the local culture at Kozlović Winery and Cerkev sv. Roka. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia and Zavrsje. Change things up with these side-trips from Novigrad: Motovun (Benvenuti Winery, Fakin Wines, &more), Vizinada (Pino Rossi Vina, Rossi Winery, &more) and Food Tours (in Buzet). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Zupna crkva svetog Servula, examine the collection at Muzej Lapidarium, learn about winemaking at Vina Poletti, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Togy.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Novigrad attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Zagreb to Novigrad in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rijeka.

Things to do in Novigrad

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Rijeka

— 2 nights
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at St. Vitus Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, get engrossed in the history at The Governor's Palace, then see the sky in a new way at Astronomical Centre Rijeka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Volosko, get a new perspective on nature at Ethnographic Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sv. Jakova, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jacob, then take a stroll through Veprinac, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Room Escape Rijeka by Fox In A Box.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Rijeka trip tool.

Drive from Novigrad to Rijeka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sibenik.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sibenik

— 2 nights
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Muzej betinske drvene brodogradnje, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Uspenie Mother of God (Crkva Uspenie Bogomatere), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Madonna of Health, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Carmel Church. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, explore the world behind art at Sibenik City Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Gospe van Grada, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa e Monastero di San Lorenzo, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael's Fortress.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sibenik online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Sibenik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Sibenik

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hvar

— 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Franciscan Monastery and Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Spanish Fortress and Stari Grad Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Stephen, indulge your senses at Hvar Tours, see the interesting displays at Malo Grablje, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St John.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hvar holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Sibenik to Hvar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Dubrovnik

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, don't miss a visit to Love Stories Museum, take an in-depth tour of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then make a trip to Prijeko street, then steep yourself in history at St. John's Fortress, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument of Poet Ivan Gundulic. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Lokrum Visitor Center, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Minceta Fortress, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, then take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Vlaho Bukovac House.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online travel route planner.

You can 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 October, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zagreb

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sky Riders Paragliding Croatia and Art Pavilion (Umjetnicki Paviljon). Ivanina Kuca Bajke and Drazen Petrovic Museum - Memorial Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Zagreb, make a side trip to see Dulin Ponor in Ogulin, approximately Ogulin away. Enjoy Zagreb some more: examine the collection at Mushroom Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Lauba, appreciate the history behind Statue of Petrica Kerempuh, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb online attractions planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, Zagreb is little chillier than Dubrovnik - with highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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.

Sibenik-Knin County travel guide

4.1
National Parks · Churches · Historic Sites
Stretched along the coast of central Dalmatia to the heart of the Dinaric mountains, Sibenik-Knin County boasts many fortified towns, a World Heritage Site, and two national parks. Along the shore, hundreds of islands, islets, cliffs, and reefs spread like pearls over the azure seawater. Here visitors come to see locals ply age-old trades, such as wooden shipbuildling and traditional sponge fishing. The mainland, streaked with river canyons, waterfalls, and vineyards, is home to farmers and cattle-breeders. Gastronomic tourism focuses on the traditional way of life through the Dalmatian cuisine, featuring principal ingredients like aromatic plants, olive oil, sheep cheese, homemade bread, smoked ham, and red wine. Among many places to visit, don't miss Sibenik, former seat of the Croatian kings and a significant Renaissance center during Venetian times. The county also offers diving, horseback riding, and hiking for the more adventurous.

Hvar Island travel guide

4.2
Lookouts · Nightlife · Islands
Island of the Sun
Hvar Island, "the queen of the Dalmatian islands," draws visitors to its beaches lapped by the crystal blue sea. Croatia's sunniest and longest island offers a mild climate, secluded pebble coves, ancient olive trees, vast lavender fields, and pine-forested hills. An important strategic and nautical point since prehistoric times, the island has been building its unique identity ever since. Experience the flavor of Hvar Island in small inns serving homemade wines, as locals sing old island songs. In contrast, the cosmopolitan Hvar offers luxurious five-star hotels, which can attract celebrities (and drive prices up). For a true Hvar experience, try private accommodations like hostels and apartments at private houses, which can service more diverse crowd. The town is crisscrossed by cobbled streets lined with Venetian palaces and offers exciting nightlife.