8 days in Croatia & Lyon Itinerary

8 days in Croatia & Lyon Itinerary

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Shuttle
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 day
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus
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Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Krka National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 day

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dolac Market, Ban Josip Jelačić Square and Tkalciceva. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): shop like a local with Dolac Market, then shop like a local with Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and then don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip website.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Zagreb is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Shopping

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park visit planner.

Drive from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature
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Zadar, Croatia

— 1 night
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zrmanja.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zadar travel planning tool.

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks · Nature
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Krka National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Krka National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Zadar to Krka National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Krka National Park are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Split holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Krka National Park to Split takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Split can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Lyon.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Lyon, France

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maison des Canuts. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon travel route planner.

You can fly from Split to Lyon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Split in April, Lyon is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.

Dalmatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Known for its warm sea, wooded islands, preserved medieval cities, and beaches of white sand and soft pebble, Dalmatia remains separated from the inland area by a barren mountain range, the Dinaric Alps. Secluded coves, caves, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and Robinson Crusoe-style islets beckon visitors, who often come to explore by diving or yachting. Known for cuisine including seafood, Croatian wines, and olive oils, the region maintains a cozy atmosphere thanks to small, family-run restaurants. Fortified coastal towns here bear traces of the land's many conquerors, including Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Austro-Hungarians. Medieval piazzas and streets lined with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque palaces welcome visitors with art festivals, food, and music.