42 days in Croatia Itinerary

42 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia tour planner

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Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Hvar Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Split
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zadar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 3 nights
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Drive to Stinica, Ferry to Misnjak Rab, Drive to Rab Island
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Rab Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mali Losinj, Losinj Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Porozina, Ferry to Brestova, Drive to Rovinj
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Rovinj
— 2 nights
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Buzet
— 2 nights
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Opatija
— 2 nights
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Zagreb
— 4 nights
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Osijek
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik

— 2 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.
Get some historical perspective at Church of Saint Blaise and Church of Our Lady of the Snow. Museum-lovers will get to explore Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD). Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Vlaho Bukovac House, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, admire the striking features of Sponza Palace, and contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Dubrovnik is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Dubrovnik. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Korcula Town, Korcula Island

— 3 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bishop's Treasury Museum and Bags by Kristina. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Forteca and Kula Morska Vrata. Venture out of the city with trips to Orebic (Natura Antunovic, Monastery of Our Lady of Andela, &more), Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato) and Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, make a trip to Korcula Old City, get outside with Freestyle, and walk around Kocje.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town trip itinerary maker app.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Hvar, Hvar Island

— 4 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.
Fort Napoljun - Napolean and Stari Grad Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Church of St John and Church of St. Roch. There's lots more to do: get great views at Spanish Fortress, indulge your senses at Hvar Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of St Peter and the Dominican Monastery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hvar trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Split

— 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Diocletian's Palace and Etnografski muzej Split. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Froggyland and Split Archaeological Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Trogir (Historic City of Trogir & Kairos Collection), Knin Fortress (in Knin) and Omis (Omis and Cetina River & Starigrad Fortress). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, don't miss a visit to Pjaca, contemplate the long history of Old Split, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Split road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Zadar

— 2 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jurja Church, Head underground at Modric Cave, then make a trip to Fortica Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Elias - St Elias Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Duke's palace, examine the collection at Archaeological Museum Zadar, examine the collection at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally don't miss a visit to The Forum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zadar road trip site.

Traveling by car from Split to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Zadar, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 3 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Lower Lakes and Gradinsko Lake. Sokolac Castle and Stari grad Slunj will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plitvice Lakes National Park: Premuzic Trail (in Krasno Polje) and Slunj (Opg Novkovic & Rastoke). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap, don't miss a visit to Spoljaric Watermill, explore the activities along Galovac Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rab Island.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rab Island

— 2 nights
On the 21st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Mary The Great (Sveta Marija Velika), get engrossed in the history at Kuca Rabske Torte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ivan Evangelista, then explore the ancient world of Zidine Fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary's Assumption. On the next day, stroll through Rab-Maman trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Crkva Sv.Petra, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Justina, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Hungry Fish, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Anthony.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rab Island route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rab Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Mali Losinj.

Things to do in Rab Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Mali Losinj, Losinj Island

— 2 nights
Mali Lošinj is a town and municipality in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, on the island of Lošinj, in western Croatia. On the 23rd (Sat), trek along Osorscica – mountaineering trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, see the interesting displays at Tower of Veli Losinj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sv. Ivan the Baptist, then admire the masterpieces at Muzej Apoksiomena, and finally examine the collection at Losinjski Muzej.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mali Losinj day trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from Rab Island to Mali Losinj takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Mali Losinj

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rovinj

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, and finally steep yourself in history at Monkodonja Hill Fort. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, delve into the distant past at Pula Arena, have fun and explore at MEMO Museum Pula, then examine the collection at Museum Olei Histriae, then delve into the distant past at Agrippina's House, and finally contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj online tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Mali Losinj to Rovinj in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. April in Rovinj sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Buzet.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Buzet

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Tue), do a tasting at Vina Deklic, do a tasting at Gerzinic, do a tasting at Arman Marijan Winery, do a tasting at Franc Arman Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Togy, and finally do a tasting at Pino Rossi Vina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cerkev sv. Roka, explore the historical opulence of Zavrsje, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin Mary, learn about winemaking at Rossi Winery, then do a tasting at Fakin Wines, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buzet trip website.

Getting from Rovinj to Buzet by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Opatija.

Things to do in Buzet

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Opatija

— 2 nights
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
On the 28th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Ethnographic Museum, wander the streets of Volosko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, then don't miss a visit to Crkva Navjestenja, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sv. Jakova. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kvadrac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church on San Marino Island, see the sky in a new way at Astronomical Centre Rijeka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, then contemplate the long history of Stube Petra Kruzica, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Opatija route planner.

Traveling by car from Buzet to Opatija takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Opatija

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Zagreb

— 4 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Old Town and Staro selo museum will appeal to history buffs. Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Zagreb: Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) (in Trakoscan), Varazdinska Katedrala Uznesenja Blazene Djevice Marije Na Nebo (in Varazdin) and Krapina Neanderthal Museum (in Krapina). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Image of War - War Photography Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, explore the world behind art at Museum of Arts and Crafts, and wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb tour app.

You can drive from Opatija to Zagreb in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Opatija in April, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Osijek.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Osijek

— 2 nights
Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia with a population of 108,048 in 2011. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Kuzni Pillar, admire the striking features of SS Peter and Paul, contemplate the long history of Waterfall Fortress, admire the architecture and history at Church of the Raising of the Holy Cross, then see the interesting displays at Muzej Slavonije, and finally steep yourself in history at Trg Svetog Trojstva. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Obiteljski Podrum Szabo, learn about winemaking at Josic Wine Cellar, take in the waterfront at Danube River Walkway, then take an in-depth tour of Place of Remembrance - Vukovar Hospital 1991, then get engrossed in the history at Vukovar Municipal Museum, and finally make a trip to Red Fico.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osijek trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Osijek takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Osijek

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Dubrovnik

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Visit St. John's Fortress and Dominican Monastery for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Prijeko street and Cathedral Treasury. Venture out of the city with trips to Cavtat (Cavtat Cemetery, Cavtat Old Town, &more). See some other sides of Dubrovnik: take some stellar pictures from Minceta Fortress, take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Saviour Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Mary of the Castle.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Osijek to Dubrovnik. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Croatia travel guide

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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.