12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia vacation planner

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Fly
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Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Ferry
2
Korcula Town
— 1 night
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
3
Hvar
— 1 night
Ferry
4
Split
— 1 night
Drive
5
Krka National Park
— 1 night
Drive
6
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zagreb
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik

— 3 nights

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 the city life by going to Sveti Jakov Beach and Lapad Beach. Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. John's Fortress will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Prijeko street, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Treasury, and contemplate the long history of Fort Bokar.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik road trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Dubrovnik is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Manchester to Dubrovnik, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in August; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Korcula Town

— 1 night
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel, view the masterpieces at Bags by Kristina, take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Treasury Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Vapor gallery, then contemplate the long history of Kula Morska Vrata, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Church Sveti Petar.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Korcula Town travel route planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

Hvar

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Roch, head outdoors with Glavica Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Stephen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar takes 2.5 hours. September in Hvar sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Split

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the striking features of Vestibulum of Diocletian's Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church and Monastery of St. Frances, take in the exciting artwork at Jaman Art, explore the world behind art at Split Gallery of Fine Arts, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Senses Split, and finally contemplate the long history of The Golden Gate.

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

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Krka National Park

— 1 night
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Krka Monastery, then explore the stunning scenery at Cikola River Canyon, and then contemplate the long history of Visovac Monastery.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Krka National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Split to Krka National Park takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Zadar

— 1 night
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Borik Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Chrysogonus Church, steep yourself in history at Duke's palace, then see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zadar day trip site.

Getting from Krka National Park to Zadar by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Krka National Park in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Zadar. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac, contemplate the waterfront views at The Upper Lakes, admire the sheer force of Mali Buk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, and finally explore the ancient world of Stari grad Slunj. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Supljara cave, explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, then explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Milino, and finally admire the sheer force of Great Cascades.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zagreb

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the striking features of Zagreb Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Image of War - War Photography Museum, then see the interesting displays at Croatian State Archives, and finally get engrossed in the history at Drazen Petrovic Museum - Memorial Center.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zagreb driving holiday planner.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Croatia travel guide

4.4
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.

Korcula Island travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Churches

Hvar Island travel guide

4.1
Lookouts · Nightlife · Islands
Island of the Sun
Hvar Island, "the queen of the Dalmatian islands," draws visitors to its beaches lapped by the crystal blue sea. Croatia's sunniest and longest island offers a mild climate, secluded pebble coves, ancient olive trees, vast lavender fields, and pine-forested hills. An important strategic and nautical point since prehistoric times, the island has been building its unique identity ever since. Experience the flavor of Hvar Island in small inns serving homemade wines, as locals sing old island songs. In contrast, the cosmopolitan Hvar offers luxurious five-star hotels, which can attract celebrities (and drive prices up). For a true Hvar experience, try private accommodations like hostels and apartments at private houses, which can service more diverse crowd. The town is crisscrossed by cobbled streets lined with Venetian palaces and offers exciting nightlife.