17 days in Lisbon, Madrid & Croatia Itinerary

17 days in Lisbon, Madrid & Croatia Itinerary

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17 days in Lisbon, Madrid & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​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
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Portland, United States

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take a stroll through Alfama, categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Lisbon Oceanarium, and explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary website .

Portland, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Portland to Lisbon, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Madrid journey builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid. September in Madrid sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): visit Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at War Photo Limited and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Dubrovnik takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in September, plan for slightly colder days in Dubrovnik, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at Filigran Split, then contemplate the long history of Old Split, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Roko, then see the interesting displays at Froggyland, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Split travel route planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Split can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 8th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder app .

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 9th (Wed) early enough 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
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

4
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, partake in some friendly competition at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zagreb trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Zagreb sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Walking tours

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