13 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

13 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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13 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Rijeka, Croatia
— 2 nights
4
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Maribor, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States


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2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
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 26th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Zagreb is 7 hours. In September, Zagreb is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata) ©
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

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 28th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip website .

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rijeka.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). On the 29th (Fri), look and learn at Astronomical Centre Rijeka.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rijeka trip planner .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rijeka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Rijeka sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toLjubljana.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Opatija
Highlights from your plan
Volosko ©
Volosko
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Our Lady of Trsat's Sanctuary ©
Our Lady of Trsat's Sanctuary

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), snap pictures at Tromostovje, and then take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev), step into the grandiose world of Ljubljanski Grad, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Caves.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ljubljana vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Rijeka in October, things will get a bit cooler in Ljubljana: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Postojna Caves
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad

1
night
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 3rd (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle and then trek along Vintgar Gorge.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bled trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Maribor.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Javorca, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit
Highlights from your plan
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

1
night
Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor ©
Maribor is the second-largest city in Slovenia with about 95,500 inhabitants in 2016. On the 4th (Wed), wander the streets of Rotovski trg.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Maribor trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Bled to Maribor by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Maribor sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zagreb.

Things to do in Maribor

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Piramida (Pyramid Hill) ©
Piramida (Pyramid Hill)
Rotovski trg ©
Rotovski trg

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb route planner .

Traveling by car from Maribor to Zagreb takes 2 hours. On the 6th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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