13 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Bled Itinerary

13 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Bled Itinerary

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13 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Bled Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​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): examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zagreb day trip app .

Chicago, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Zagreb. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Zagreb at 71°F and lows at 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata) ©
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 28th (Thu), take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Caves and then explore the activities along River Ljubljanica Kanal.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. September in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Javorca, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bled vacation builder app .

Drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Bled sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rijeka.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Javorca, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, Royal Bled Golf Course
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Royal Bled Golf Course ©
Royal Bled Golf Course
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

1
night
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). On the 2nd (Mon), take a stroll through Volosko, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungo Mare, and then step into the grandiose world of Trsat Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rijeka online vacation planner .

You can drive from Bled to Rijeka in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bled in October, expect Rijeka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 66°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Opatija
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Volosko ©
Volosko
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Narodni trg u Zadru, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Chrysogonus Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje).

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zadar road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Zadar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Zadar when traveling from Rijeka in October, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
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Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Narodni trg u Zadru ©
Narodni trg u Zadru
Zadar Cathedral ©
Zadar Cathedral

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.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb online trip maker .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites
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Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption

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