18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Pula
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Rijeka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Krk Island
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Rab Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Zagreb
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, examine the collection at Museum of the Town of Kastela, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The St. Lawrence Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Carmel Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Jaman Gallery - Galerija Jaman, pause for some photo ops at Grgur Ninski Statue, then take in the awesome beauty at Marjan, and finally explore the world behind art at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Split route planner

Toronto, Canada to Split is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Split. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Split hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower, Our Lady of Carmel Church, Museum of the Town of Kastela
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Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Museum of the Town of Kastela ©
Museum of the Town of Kastela

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.
Visit Rector's Palace and Fort Lovrijenac for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Franciscan Monastery and Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Museum of Croatian War of Independence, take a stroll through Lapad, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise, and examine the collection at Gornji Ugao Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online travel planner

You can fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Pula.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola ©
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. John's Fortress ©
St. John's Fortress

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Sottomuro, take in panoramic vistas at Saint Euphemia Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Dvigrad, then see the interesting displays at Traktor Story, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, don't miss a visit to Port of Rovinj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, and finally contemplate the long history of Svetvincenat's loggia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pula travel planner

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Pula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Pula are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Rijeka.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rovinj, Porec, Svetvincenat's loggia, Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, Dvigrad
Highlights from your plan
Euphrasius Basilica ©
Euphrasius Basilica
Dvigrad ©
Dvigrad
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum ©
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum

4
nights
Rijeka

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Popular historic sites such as Lungo Mare and Trsat Castle are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Narona Archaeological Museum and The Computer Museum PEEK&POKE. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rijeka: Novi Vinodolski (Kvadrac & Frankopanski kaštel) and Kredenca (in Opatija). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, see the sky in a new way at Astronomski centar Rijeka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourdes, and take a stroll through Volosko.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rijeka trip itinerary planner

You can take a bus from Pula to Rijeka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Rijeka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Krk Island.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Opatija, Novi Vinodolski, Narona Archaeological Museum
Highlights from your plan
Narona Archaeological Museum ©
Narona Archaeological Museum
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle
Peek & Poke Computer Museum ©
Peek & Poke Computer Museum

few
hours
Krk Island

Krk Island ©
A trip to Krk Island ensures you enjoy some Italian atmosphere and loads of Croatian culture.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Kosljun - Monastery Museum, step into the grandiose world of Frankopan Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Trinity - Baska, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Lucy.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Krk Island trip app

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Krk Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Krk Island can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rab Island.

Things to do in Krk Island

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Church of St.Trinity - Baska ©
Church of St.Trinity - Baska
Church of St. Lucy ©
Church of St. Lucy
Kosljun - Monastery Museum ©
Kosljun - Monastery Museum

2
nights
Rab Island

Rab Island ©
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Mary The Great (Sveti Mrija Velika), explore the ancient world of Zidine Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary's Assumption, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Komrcar Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ivan Evangelista. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Harbour and the Town Prospect and then hike along Rab-Maman trail.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rab Island travel planner

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Krk Island to Rab Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Rab Island

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rab-Maman trail ©
Rab-Maman trail
Zidine Fortress ©
Zidine Fortress
St. Ivan Evangelista ©
St. Ivan Evangelista

3
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mirogoj Cemetery and Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park. Get some cultural insight at Croatian Museum of Naive Art and Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, pick up some local products at Dolac Market, and examine the collection at Muzej iluzija.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zagreb holiday builder site

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Rab Island to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata) ©
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb ©
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb

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