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
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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

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; or do a combination of flight and bus. 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

Parks Nature
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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.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rijeka trip planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rijeka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Rijeka can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. You'll set off for Ljubljana on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Opatija
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Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat ©
Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), take in the views from Triple Bridge, and then take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev) and then explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Cave.

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You can drive from Rijeka to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, Ljubljana is little chillier than Rijeka - with highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Postojna Cave
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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

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, Vintgar Gorge
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Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle
Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit ©

1
night
Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor ©
Cycling may be one of the best ways to tour Maribor, a great base for exploring the surrounding area and conquering Pohorje Mountains.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Maribor road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Bled to Maribor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Parks Nature
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Piramida (Pyramid Hill) ©
Piramida (Pyramid Hill)

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 to home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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