9 days in Croatia Itinerary

9 days in Croatia Itinerary

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9 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
1
Rovinj
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Zagreb
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Rome

3
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Get some historical perspective at Amphitheatre de Pula and Porec Old Town. Discover out-of-the-way places like Main Street and Mulini Beach. Step out of Rovinj to go to Porec and see Euphrasius Basilica, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Monkodonja Hill Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovinj trip itinerary planner .

Rome, Italy to Rovinj is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Rovinj. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Porec, Amphitheatre de Pula
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Main Street ©
Main Street
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Batinovac Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica.

To find out how to plan a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Prstavac ©
Veliki Prstavac
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

3
nights
Zagreb

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 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Old Castle (Stari Grad) and then step into the grandiose world of Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan).

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zagreb online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Old Castle (Stari Grad), Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan), Marija Bistrica Church
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Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

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