17 days in Croatia Itinerary

17 days in Croatia Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  12 h
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
3
Pula
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
4
Crikvenica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— Few hours
Bus:  2 h
6
Zadar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Split
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Train:  15 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Art Park Zagreb as well as Kula Lotrščak. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, don't miss a visit to King Tomislav Square, and see the sky in a new way at Zagreb Observatory.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zagreb tour itinerary maker tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Zagreb is 6 hours. In September in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for Crikvenica on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka)
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption

2
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Port of Rovinj, Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun, Jama - Grotta Baredine, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Viale Glagolitico, then don't miss a visit to Town Clock, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally visit Old Town. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jama - Grotta Baredine, then admire the landmark architecture of Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovinj online trip builder.

You can drive from Zagreb to Rovinj in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Zagreb in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovinj, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Porec, Viale Glagolitico, Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

1
day
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 17th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then get to know the fascinating history of Korzo, and then hunt for treasures at Rijeka Central Market.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pula trip builder tool.

Take a bus from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Pula, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Crikvenica.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Rijeka
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Korzo ©
Korzo
Rijeka Central Market ©
Rijeka Central Market

3
nights
Crikvenica

Crikvenica ©
Crikvenica is the largest settlement on the coast of the Vinodol coastal area, Croatia, and developed on the site of Roman era settlement and military base called Ad Turres. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stara Baska (Old Baska). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Stara Baska (Old Baska).

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Crikvenica online holiday planner.

Getting from Pula to Crikvenica by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Crikvenica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Stara Baska (Old Baska)
Highlights from your plan
Stara Baska (Old Baska) ©
Stara Baska (Old Baska)

few
hours
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Crikvenica to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

2
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
You've added Zadar Land City Gates, Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), Narodni trg u Zadru, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zadar sightseeing planning app.

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You've added Franciscan Monastery of St. Mary, The Harbour of Hvar, Split Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of Split to go to Sibenik and see The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, make a trip to Split Synagogue, and contemplate the long history of Old Split.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Split trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Split, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Krka National Park, The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, Historic City of Trogir, The Harbour of Hvar, Franciscan Monastery of St. Mary
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Split to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

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