8 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Taxi to Zadar, Fly to Pula
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Wed), head off the coast to Lokrum Island, then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, then delve into the distant past at Minceta Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally take a stroll through Lapad.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik online trip itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Dubrovnik is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, wander the streets of Riva Harbor, then pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Split tour planning website.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Split can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Zadar, Croatia

— 1 night
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 31st (Sat), make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), pause for some serene contemplation at Zadar Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, then get to know the fascinating history of Narodni trg u Zadru, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zadar road trip site.

You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in July, Zadar is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rovinj, Croatia

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Arco dei Sergi, delve into the distant past at Pula Arena, explore the fascinating underground world of Jama - Grotta Baredine, contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Eufrazijeva Street. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Port of Rovinj, stroll around Punta Corrente, then get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovinj day trip planning app.

Getting from Zadar to Rovinj by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bled, Slovenia

— 2 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 3rd (Tue), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church, hike along Vintgar Gorge, then explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Vogel, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bohinj, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bled Island, and finally stroll through Straža Bled.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bled route planner.

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Bled takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rovinj in August; daily highs in Bled reach 31°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

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.

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.