20 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Montenegro Itinerary

20 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Montenegro Itinerary

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20 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Zagreb, Croatia
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
3
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Opatija, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
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Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
bus:  8​h 30​min
End: Zagreb, Croatia

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Zagreb, Croatia

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 13th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Zagreb Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

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nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 16th (Wed), snap pictures at Tromostovje, make a trip to Preseren Square, then explore the historical opulence of Ljubljanski Grad, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Bled.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rovinj.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bled
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad
Tromostovje ©
Tromostovje

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, then steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Decumanus Street.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovinj trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Ljubljana to Rovinj takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ljubljana in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Rovinj: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Opatija.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porec, Pula, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town

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Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
On the 20th (Sun), make a trip to Maiden With The Seagull, walk around The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, then take a stroll through Volosko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then stop by Kredenca Opatija, and then explore the activities along Moscenicka Draga.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Opatija trip website .

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Opatija takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Opatija can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Opatija

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Trsat Castle, Food Tours
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The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina ©
Food Tours
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare

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 22nd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder app .

You can drive from Opatija to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Zadar.

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

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Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, make a trip to The Forum, examine the collection at Archaeological Museum Zadar, then make a trip to Paseo Maritimo, then don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Narodni trg u Zadru, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Zadar sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, then make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the ancient world of Grgur Ninski Statue, and then stroll around Marjan Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Zadar to Split by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Split, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Wine Tours & Tastings

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Kotor, Montenegro

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Stari Grad Kotor, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Trg Sv. Tripuna. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, and finally shop like a local with Namfleg.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kotor trip planner .

Traveling by car from Split to Kotor takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Kotor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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River Rafting & Tubing
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the exhibits of Rector's Palace, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kotor in October since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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