42 days in Croatia Itinerary

42 days in Croatia Itinerary

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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
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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 Vlaho Bukovac House. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Mt.Carmel, contemplate the long history of Synagogue, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik road trip tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Dubrovnik is an approximately 34-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Dubrovnik. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

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 Vapor gallery. 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), Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska) and Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Bags by Kristina, examine the collection at Ethnographic collection Barilo, do a tasting at Lovric Winery, and make a trip to Atelier Abel.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Korcula Town online trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to 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 St. Stephen's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: get great views at Spanish Fortress, indulge your senses at Hvar Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Roch, and take in the spiritual surroundings of 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 · Childrens Museums

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 Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Froggyland and Split Archaeological Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Knin Fortress (in Knin), Omis (Omis and Cetina River & Starigrad Fortress) and Trogir (Historic City of Trogir & Kairos Collection). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, delve into the distant past at Temple of Jupiter, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic).

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Split travel route tool.

Getting from Hvar to Split by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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 Veliki Slap. 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). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Gradinsko Lake, don't miss a visit to Spoljaric Watermill, identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, and explore the fascinating underground world of Barac Caves.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rab Island.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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 ride a ferry to Mali Losinj.

Things to do in Rab Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

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 3.5 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 · Trails · Parks

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 Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) 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: Krapina Neanderthal Museum (in Krapina), Dvor Veliki Tabor (in Desinic) and Varazdinska Katedrala Uznesenja Blazene Djevice Marije Na Nebo (in Varazdin). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Image of War - War Photography Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Zagreb online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Opatija to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Opatija in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Zagreb. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to 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 Cathedral Treasury for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Dominican Monastery and Minceta Fortress. Venture out of the city with trips to Cavtat (Cavtat Cemetery, Cavtat Old Town, &more). See some other sides of Dubrovnik: appreciate the extensive heritage of Prijeko street, 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 fly 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.