12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Drive:  39 h 30 min
1
Pula
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Starigrad-Paklenica
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
4
Zadar
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Kornati Islands National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h
6
Krka National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: Brussels

2
nights
Pula

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Naval Cemetery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museum Olei Histriae, then identify plant and animal life at Tito's Park, then have fun and explore at MEMO Museum Pula, and finally learn about winemaking at Benazic Winery.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pula tour builder tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Pula is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in augustus: high temperatures in Pula hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Museum Olei Histriae ©
Museum Olei Histriae
Benazic Winery ©
Benazic Winery

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Korana River, explore the activities along Lake Milino, contemplate the waterfront views at Batinovac Lake, explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, then contemplate the waterfront views at Malo Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Veliko Lake. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Baraceve Spilje, take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci, take in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac, contemplate the waterfront views at Proscansko Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Vir, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Great Cascades.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park online holiday planner.

You can drive from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Starigrad-Paklenica.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Korana River
Highlights from your plan
Sastavci ©
Sastavci
Veliki Prstavac ©
Veliki Prstavac
Ciginovac Lake ©
Ciginovac Lake

2
nights
Starigrad-Paklenica

Starigrad-Paklenica ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): head outdoors with Mountain Traveller Croatia, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Sv. Duh, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jurja Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Starigrad-Paklenica online trip maker.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Starigrad-Paklenica in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. augustus in Starigrad-Paklenica sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Starigrad-Paklenica

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trips

St. Frane church - Podprag, St. Jurja Church, Church Sv. Duh
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Traveller Croatia ©
Mountain Traveller Croatia
St. Jurja Church ©
St. Jurja Church
St. Frane church - Podprag ©
St. Frane church - Podprag

2
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Duke's palace, delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, and then don't miss a visit to Bell Tower. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Zadar Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Forum, contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with City Game Zadar.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zadar day trip planner.

Zadar is just a short distance from Starigrad-Paklenica. In augustus, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Kornati Islands National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Modric Cave (Modric Spilja)
Highlights from your plan
Zadar Cathedral ©
Zadar Cathedral
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

1
night
Kornati Islands National Park

Kornati Islands National Park ©
To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kornati Islands National Park trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Zadar to Kornati Islands National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In augustus, daily temperatures in Kornati Islands National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Kornati Islands National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of Our Lady of Tarac ©
Church of Our Lady of Tarac

1
night
Krka National Park

Krka National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Krka National Park trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kornati Islands National Park to Krka National Park. Traveling from Kornati Islands National Park in augustus, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Krka National Park, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Krka National Park
Highlights from your plan
Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park

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