18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovinj
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Skradin
— 1 night
Drive
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Split
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
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Zagreb

Little Vienna

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: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

Before you visit Zagreb, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Phoenix, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in October: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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Rovinj

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Truffle Hunting. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Eufrazijeva Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Pula Arena, and finally experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovinj trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Rovinj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Zagreb in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovinj, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Skradin.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

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Skradin

Skradin is a small town in the Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population about 3,986 . On the 15th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Ante Sladic Vino and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Skradin trip itinerary site.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Skradin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Skradin can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Skradin

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

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Split

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Go for a jaunt from Split to Kastel Novi to see Church Of St. Roch about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, examine the collection at Froggyland, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and stop by Filigran Split.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Split journey planner.

You can drive from Skradin to Split in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Split sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

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Hvar, Hvar Island

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Spanish Fortress, kick back and relax at Dubovica Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Vunetovo Craft Beer.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar trip maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

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Dubrovnik

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.
Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Old Town, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise, and examine the collection at War Photo Limited.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Croatia travel guide

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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.