8 days in Croatia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia Itinerary

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8 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Split
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): wander the streets of Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Dubrovnik is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Dubrovnik is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in August, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik

1
night
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
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.
On the 27th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubovica, then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hvar online road trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Dubovica ©
Dubovica

1
night
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and then steep yourself in history at Diocletian's Palace.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Split trip planner .

Drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic) ©
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic)

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On your second day here, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb route planner.

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

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