18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Shuttle:  18 h 30 min
1
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Ferry:  3 h 45 min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Split
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Skradin
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Pula
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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: visit Old Town, explore the galleries of Rector's Palace, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik driving holiday planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubrovnik is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Dubrovnik, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

3
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.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hvar road trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Tomic Winery
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by Filigran Split.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Split online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hvar to Split takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Split are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Skradin.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Skradin

Skradin ©
Skradin is a small town in the Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population about 3,986 . On the 22nd (Mon), do a tasting at Ante Sladic Vino and then explore the striking landscape of Krka National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Skradin trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Split to Skradin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Skradin are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Skradin

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Krka National Park
Highlights from your plan
Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Ante Sladic Vino ©
Ante Sladic Vino

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 23rd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Batinovac Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, and finally explore the activities along Milanovac Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder site.

Drive from Skradin to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

2
nights
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 (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and finally take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Zagreb are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stop by Dolija 08, don't miss a visit to Les galeries souterraines Zerostrasse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, then do a tasting at Benazic Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Debeljak Beach. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, admire the landmark architecture of Arco dei Sergi, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then see the vivid underwater world at Tito's Park, and finally get your game on at Alpha Strike Laser Tag.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pula trip planner.

Getting from Zagreb to Pula by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June in Pula, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Debeljak Beach, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ©
Debeljak Beach
Debeljak Beach

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