16 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

16 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Train
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly to Pula Airport, Drive to Cres Island
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Cres Island, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Bus
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus
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Brela, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Vis, Croatia
— 1 night
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Drive to Zadar Airport, Fly to Split Airport, Drive to Bisevo
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Bisevo, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Split Airport, Fly to Dubrovnik Airport, Drive to Mljet Island
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Mljet Island, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, snap pictures at Triple Bridge, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, then ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Vintgar Gorge, step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally stroll around Tivoli Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana online tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiport is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. September in Zagreb sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Cres Island.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Shopping
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Cres Island, Croatia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Cres Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Mali Bok, then stroll through Orlec Beach, and finally stroll through Lubenice Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cres Island trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zagreb to Cres Island. Traveling from Zagreb in September, Cres Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Cres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
To plan Plitvice Lakes National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Cres Island to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Dedicate the 17th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace, look for gifts at By Lyna Conceptstore, and appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Split trip maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Split sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brela.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
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Brela, Croatia

— 1 night
Brela is a municipality in the Split-Dalmatia County of Croatia, population 1,771 (2001). On the 18th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Rata Beach, stroll through Brela Beach, then explore the activities along Omis and Cetina River, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arheoloska Muzejska Zbirka.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brela trip planner.

Take a bus from Split to Brela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Vis.

Things to do in Brela

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Vis, Croatia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): gain interesting insight with Visit, explore the galleries of Bavul art, then explore the fascinating underground world of Green Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Stiniva Cove.

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You can drive from Brela to Vis in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bisevo.

Things to do in Vis

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Wineries

Bisevo, Croatia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Bisevo.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bisevo trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vis to Bisevo. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for Mljet Island.

Things to do in Bisevo

Parks · Nature

Mljet Island, Croatia

— 1 night
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mljet Island trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Bisevo to Mljet Island with the Route module. In September in Mljet Island, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for Dubrovnik on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Mljet Island

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mljet Island to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. September in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.