17 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

17 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh, United States
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
3
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
7
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh, United States


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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 23rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Zagreb trip planner .

Pittsburgh, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zagreb, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery (Narodna Galerija), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), and then take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ljubljana travel route app .

Drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rovinj.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Bled
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town

1
night
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, don't miss a visit to Main Street, then don't miss a visit to Town Clock, then get a taste of the local shopping with Atelier Sottomuro, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovinj travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Ljubljana to Rovinj takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, Rovinj is a bit warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 86°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia

1
night
Pula, Croatia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, then examine the collection at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery and Church of St. Francis.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pula travel planner .

Traveling by bus from Rovinj to Pula takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Pula, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Temple Of Augustus ©
Temple Of Augustus
Monastery and Church of St. Francis ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Plitvice Lakes National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 30th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Narodni trg u Zadru, see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, then examine the collection at Archaeological Museum Zadar, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zadar trip tool .

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Narodni trg u Zadru ©
Narodni trg u Zadru
Archaeological Museum Zadar ©
Archaeological Museum Zadar

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bacvice Beach, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace and then steep yourself in history at Old Split.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Split trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Split, with lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

1
night
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel, stop by Coral Shop Irena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, then shop like a local with Vapor gallery, then examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, and finally don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town trip itinerary website .

Drive from Split to Korcula Town in 4.5 hours. In September in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Korcula Old City, Bire winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Bire winery ©
Bire winery

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Lovrijenac and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. War Photo Limited and Vlaho Bukovac House will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Brsalje Street, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Nicholas, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner .

You can drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

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