18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Pula
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Skradin
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Dubrovnik
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  18 h
End: San Antonio

1
night
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 14th (Thu): stop by Dolija 08. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then explore the engaging exhibits at MEMO Museum Pula, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Alpha Strike Laser Tag.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pula day trip planning tool .

San Antonio, USA to Pula is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Pula is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Antonio in May: high temperatures in Pula hover around 70°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ©
Temple Of Augustus ©
Temple Of Augustus

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then look for gifts at Break Time, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of August Senoe, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Pula to Zagreb in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

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 18th (Mon), explore the activities along Malo Lake, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Vir, then contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Skradin.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

1
night
Skradin

Skradin ©
Skradin is a small town in the Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia, with a population about 3,986 . Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Ante Sladic Vino and then explore the striking landscape of Krka National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Skradin online trip planner .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Skradin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Skradin sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Skradin

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Split

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 20th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then go for a stroll along the water at Riva Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, then walk around Marjan Park, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos and other tourist information, refer to the Split holiday planner.

Take a bus from Skradin to Split in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Split, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mekicevica Beach. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Tomic Winery and then head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hvar trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Split to Hvar by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Hvar, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomic Winery
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Korcula Town side-trips: Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato) and Vela Luka (Vela Luka Marina, Jerolim, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, admire the striking features of Revelin Tower, and contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Korcula Town itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hvar to Korcula Town takes 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vela Luka, Ethno Museum Barilo, Korcula Old City, Lovric Winery
Highlights from your plan
Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Ethno Museum Barilo ©
Ethno Museum Barilo

4
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, race across the water with a speed boat tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip builder.

Drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In May in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

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