14 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

14 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

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14 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg, Russia
Fly:  7​h
1
Pula, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 day
shuttle:  45​min
3
Trieste, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Zagreb, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg, Russia

4
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Explore hidden gems such as Monastery and Church of St. Francis and Pula Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of Our Lady of the Sea (Mornaricka crkva) and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kap Kamenjak, have fun and explore at MEMO Museum Pula, learn about winemaking at Food & Wine station Trapan, and see the interesting displays at Museum Olei Histriae.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pula attractions app .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Pula is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from St. Petersburg in October, things will get a bit warmer in Pula: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Rovinj.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ceja Island, Kap Kamenjak, Stella Beer 2 Go, Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum
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Kap Kamenjak ©
Kap Kamenjak
Museum Olei Histriae ©
Museum Olei Histriae

1
day
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Stancija Collis, then steep yourself in history at Monkodonja Hill Fort, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Street.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovinj trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Pula to Rovinj in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Trieste.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Spas Wineries
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Main Street ©
Main Street
Monkodonja Hill Fort ©
Monkodonja Hill Fort
Stancija Collis ©
Stancija Collis

few
hours
Trieste, Italy

Trieste
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo della Pesca del Litorale Triestino and Osterreichisch-Ungarischer Kriegerfriedhof. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chiesa di Sant’Andrea a Gris and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio. Venture out of the city with trips to Il Battistero di Grado (in Grado), Museo della Cantieristica (in Monfalcone) and Cimitero Al Milite Ignoto (in Aquileia). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo della Comunita Ebraica di Trieste, pause for some photo ops at Le Ragazze di Trieste, admire the masterpieces at AIM Alinari Image Museum, and steep yourself in history at Pontone Ursus.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Trieste online itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Rovinj to Trieste in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Trieste are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Split.

Things to do in Trieste

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get some cultural insight at Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) and Putalj Winery. Let the collections at Galerija Mestrovic and Museum of Senses Split capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Museum uja (in Skrip), Tvrdic Honey (in Solta Island) and Punta Rata Beach (in Brela). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Split Archaeological Museum, make a trip to Split Synagogue, and examine the collection at Live Museum Split.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Split driving holiday planner .

Getting from Trieste to Split by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Split can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Tvrdic Honey, Punta Rata Beach, Starigrad Fortress, Museum uja
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Starigrad Fortress ©
Starigrad Fortress
Museum uja ©
Museum uja
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac, contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Veliki Prstavac ©
Veliki Prstavac
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi
Galovac Lake ©
Galovac Lake

5
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) and Old Castle (Stari Grad). Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park and Museum of Arts and Crafts will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Zagreb side-trips: Marija Bistrica Church (in Marija Bistrica), Grgic Vina (in Trstenik) and Krapina Neanderthal Museum (in Krapina). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic, take an in-depth tour of Drazen Petrovic Museum - Memorial Center, take in the awesome beauty at Medvednica, and make a trip to Tunel Gric.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb travel route planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Grgic Vina, Staro selo museum, Old Castle (Stari Grad), Krapina Neanderthal Museum, Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
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Old Castle (Stari Grad) ©
Old Castle (Stari Grad)
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
Krapina Neanderthal Museum ©
Krapina Neanderthal Museum

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