17 days in Croatia Itinerary

17 days in Croatia Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Rijeka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Pula
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
4
Rovinj
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Rijeka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Zadar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Krka National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Trogir
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
10
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  4 h 15 min
12
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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Zagreb

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 24th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Tortureum - Museum of Torture, pick up some local products at Dolac Market, appreciate the history behind Statue of Kumica Barica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Lower Town, see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, look for gifts at Dora, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zagreb travel route planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zagreb is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in September: highs in Zagreb hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rijeka.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

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Rijeka

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Aura Distillery, then get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, and then explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Viale Glagolitico, wander the streets of The town of Hum, take an in-depth tour of Croatian Museum of Tourism, walk around The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, then make a trip to Maiden With The Seagull, and finally wander the streets of Volosko.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Rijeka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Rijeka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rijeka when traveling from Zagreb in September, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Opatija, Hum, Aura Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Aura Distillery ©
Aura Distillery
The town of Hum ©
The town of Hum
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare

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hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Arco dei Sergi, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then hunt for treasures at Pula's Marketplace, and finally stop by Dolija 08.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pula attractions app.

You can take a bus from Rijeka to Pula in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Pula can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Rovinj.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Arco dei Sergi ©
Arco dei Sergi

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hours
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Garzotto, then make a trip to Town Clock, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rovinj travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Pula to Rovinj takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Rijeka.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia

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night
Rijeka

Rijeka ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): look and learn at Astronomical Centre Rijeka and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crkva sv. Jurja mucenika.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rijeka online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Rovinj to Rijeka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Crkva sv. Jurja mucenika ©
Crkva sv. Jurja mucenika

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hours
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 29th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap, then explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

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nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 29th (Tue), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zadar trip planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Speed Boats Tours
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

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Krka National Park

Krka National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Krka National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Zadar to Krka National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Krka National Park, with lows of 15°C. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Trogir.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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hours
Trogir

Trogir ©
A small Dalmatian town dating back to the Hellenistic period, Trogir represents a melting pot of Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Trogir Square.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trogir road trip website.

Traveling by car from Krka National Park to Trogir takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Trogir can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Split.
Highlights from your plan
Trogir Square ©
Trogir Square

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nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): wander the streets of Riva Harbor.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Split road trip planning app.

You can drive from Trogir to Split in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Split can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

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nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
On the 3rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Mlini Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, head off the coast to Jerolim, then head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci, then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar online trip builder.

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

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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.
When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately Cavtat away. On the 5th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik day trip planning site.

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

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