12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Rijeka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Split
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
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Zagreb

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Tunel Gric. Spend the 28th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Lower Town, make a trip to King Tomislav Square, stroll around Zrinjevac, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb driving holiday planner.

Minsk, Belarus to Zagreb is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Minsk to Zagreb, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minsk in January; daily highs in Zagreb reach 5°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rijeka.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
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Rijeka

— 1 night
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): stop by Volosko, take a stroll through Kastav, and then explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rijeka online vacation planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Rijeka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zagreb in January, expect Rijeka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rijeka

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, then identify plant and animal life at Rastoke, and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Prstavac. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes, admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, then explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, then take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rijeka to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Split

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll get in some beach time at Tucepi Beach and Dubovica Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Brela Beach and Muzej Riba i Rakova. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Trogir (Kairos Collection & Trogir Square). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and walk around Marjan Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Split itinerary planning site.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Split, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour, learn about all things military at Museum of Croatian War of Independence, then view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, and finally get your bearings at The Franciscan Church and Monastery. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Minceta Fortress, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then kick back and relax at Sveti Jakov Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Split to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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.