13 days in Croatia Itinerary

13 days in Croatia Itinerary

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13 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5 h
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Krk Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Rovinj
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
6
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: London

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zagreb journey planner

London, UK to Zagreb is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zagreb. When traveling from London in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zagreb: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Krk Island.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

1
night
Krk Island

Krk Island ©
A trip to Krk Island ensures you enjoy some Italian atmosphere and loads of Croatian culture.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Baska and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stara Baska (Old Baska).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Krk Island road trip planning tool

You can drive from Zagreb to Krk Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Zagreb in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Krk Island, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Krk Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Stara Baska (Old Baska) ©
Stara Baska (Old Baska)
Baska ©
Baska

1
night
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 21st (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Saint Euphemia Cathedral, then tour the water at your own pace with Istra Nautika (Marina Funtana), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica, and finally Head underground at Jama - Grotta Baredine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovinj vacation maker site

You can drive from Krk Island to Rovinj in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Krk Island in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rovinj, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porec, Istra Nautika (Marina Funtana)
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Jama - Grotta Baredine ©
Jama - Grotta Baredine
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 23rd (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Marjan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The St. Lawrence Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Kliška tvrđava. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then wander the streets of Riva Harbor.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Split trip planner

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Rovinj to Split in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Rovinj in May, Split is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower
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Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Kliška tvrđava ©
Kliška tvrđava

3
nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
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.
Relax by the water at Dubovica and Milna. Popular historic sites such as Tvrdalj Castle and St. Stephen's Cathedral are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Ilirio's Hvar Tours, do a tasting at Tomic Winery, and step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar online driving holiday planner

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2 hours. May in Hvar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tomic Winery, Dubovica Beach, Tvrdalj Castle
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Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Tvrdalj Castle ©
Tvrdalj Castle
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Dubrovnik

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Franciscan Monastery and War Photo Limited. Lapad and Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola will appeal to history buffs. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Cemetery in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, don't miss a visit to Stradun, and stroll through Sveti Jakov Beach.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip planner

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cavtat Cemetery
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Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola ©
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach

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