18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Skradin
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Split
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Ferry:  3​h 45​min
7
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Zagreb

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, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, and browse the fresh offerings at Dolac Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb visit planner .

Phoenix, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Phoenix to Zagreb, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

2
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, then get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Truffle Hunting. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Eufrazijeva Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovinj road trip site .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Rovinj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovinj, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Porec, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Amphitheatre de Pula, Truffle Hunting
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

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 14th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park holiday site .

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) so you can take a bus to Skradin.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

1
night
Skradin

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 striking landscape of Krka National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Skradin road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Skradin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Skradin

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Krka National Park
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Ante Sladic Vino ©
Ante Sladic Vino

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, wildlife, parks, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano, look for gifts at Filigran Split, look for all kinds of wild species at Marjan Park, and steep yourself in history at Old Split.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip tool .

Traveling by car from Skradin to Split takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Gaspina mlinica, Church Of St. Roch
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
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.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, step off the mainland to explore Scedro, and do a tasting at Tomic Winery.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hvar road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dubovica Beach, Vunetovo Craft Beer, Tomic Winery
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, explore the galleries of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik journey planner .

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

Similar Plans

16 days in Croatia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 21 days in Switzerland & Italy BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Croatia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Croatia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Croatia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in Italy, Croatia & Greece BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Croatia BY A USER FROM CANADA September, relaxing, beaches, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Croatia BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Croatia BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Italy & Croatia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 56 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Croatia, Sarajevo & Ljubljana BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans