9 days in Croatia, Budva & Kotor Itinerary

9 days in Croatia, Budva & Kotor Itinerary

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9 days in Croatia, Budva & Kotor Itinerary

Start: Sofia, Bulgaria
+3
Bus + Tram + Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Kotor, Montenegro
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Trogir, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Sofia, Bulgaria

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night
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mogren Beach and then contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Budva tour itinerary builder tool .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Budva is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Budva. In April, daytime highs in Budva are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Mogren Beach ©
Mogren Beach

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hours
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church and then explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

To find more things to do, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kotor trip itinerary tool .

Kotor is just a short distance from Budva. In April, daytime highs in Kotor are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites
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St. Tryphon Cathedral ©
St. Tryphon Cathedral
St. Nikola Church ©
St. Nikola Church

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night
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 17th (Fri): visit Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 18th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Roko, then walk around Marjan Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Split trip maker website .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Trogir.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

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hours
Trogir, Croatia

Trogir
A small Dalmatian town dating back to the Hellenistic period, Trogir represents a melting pot of Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.
On the 18th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Kairos Collection.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Trogir road trip site .

Drive from Split to Trogir in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Trogir are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Trogir

Museums
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nights
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 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip website .

Traveling by car from Trogir to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

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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: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, don't miss a visit to King Tomislav Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, and pause for some photo ops at Plaque of Nikola Tesla.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Zagreb are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Zagreb

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

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