17 days in Zagreb, Croatian Coast & Plitvice Lakes National Park Itinerary

17 days in Zagreb, Croatian Coast & Plitvice Lakes National Park Itinerary

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Start: Ottawa
Fly:  14 h
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Pula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
4
Zadar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Krka National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Split
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h
7
Bol, Brac Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  4 h 30 min
8
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
9
Dubrovnik
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  14 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 Samobor Castle, Mirogoj Cemetery and Tunel Gric. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, thenmake a trip to Tunel Gric, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally explore the historical opulence of Samobor Castle. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Arena Centar, thenstop by Jasmina i lutkice, thenview the masterpieces at Image of War - Photography Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum in Zagreb.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip planning app.

Ottawa, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Samobor Castle
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
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Samobor Castle ©
Samobor Castle
Ban Josip Jelačić Square ©
Ban Josip Jelačić Square
Arena Centar ©
Arena Centar

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Les galeries souterraines Zerostrasse as well as Kap Kamenjak. On the 17th (Sat), kick back and relax at Kap Kamenjak, thenlearn about winemaking at Benazic Winery, thenmake a trip to Les galeries souterraines Zerostrasse, and finally stop by Miro Tartufi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): pick up some local products at OPG Vosten and then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pula online travel route planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Pula in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zagreb in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Pula, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kap Kamenjak, Miro Tartufi, OPG Vosten
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Kap Kamenjak ©
Kap Kamenjak
Miro Tartufi ©
Miro Tartufi
Benazic Winery ©
Benazic Winery

1
night
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 19th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Galovac Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip maker website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Galovac Lake ©
Galovac Lake
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake

2
nights
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 20th (Tue): make a trip to The Forum, thendelve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, thensee what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally Head underground at Modric Cave (Modric Spilja).

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Zadar trip builder app.

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Modric Cave (Modric Spilja)
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Natura Zara ©
Natura Zara
The Forum ©
The Forum

few
hours
Krka National Park

Krka National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Krka Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Visovac Monastery.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Krka National Park trip app.

You can drive from Zadar to Krka National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Krka National Park, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Krka National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Krka Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Visovac Monastery ©
Visovac Monastery
Krka Monastery ©
Krka Monastery

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You've now added Zipline to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the activities along Omis and Cetina River, explore the stunning scenery at Omis Cetina Canyon, thenkick your exploration up a notch at Zipline, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Split Market. On the next day, stroll through Punta Rata Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano, and then walk around Marjan Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Split road trip planner.

Drive from Krka National Park to Split in 1.5 hours. In August in Split, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Split

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Omis, Punta Rata Beach
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:
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Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Split Market ©
Split Market
Zipline ©
Zipline

1
night
Bol, Brac Island

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden horn from above, steep yourself in history at Dolina Blaca, and then take in the awesome beauty at Vidova Gora.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bol trip planning site.

Getting from Split to Bol by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Bol sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Golden horn from above ©
Golden horn from above

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): kick back and relax at Dubovica Beach, stop by Thesaurus Jewellery, and then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hvar trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Bol to Hvar in an hour. August in Hvar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Thesaurus Jewellery ©
Thesaurus Jewellery
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for gifts at Dubrovnik Treasures, explore the galleries of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, thenview the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, thenwander the streets of Old Town, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, admire the landmark architecture of Minceta Fortress, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach
Art by Stjepko ©
Art by Stjepko
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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