18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Zagreb
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Zadar
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Zagreb
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
7
Dubrovnik
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  18 h
End: Cincinnati

1
night
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 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, pick up some local products at Dolac Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Catherine, then don't miss a visit to Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata), and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Before you visit Zagreb, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Cincinnati, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Zagreb. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cincinnati in May: highs in Zagreb hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata) ©
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Tvrdalj Castle, then don't miss a visit to Stari Grad Plain, and then add some fun to your beach time Ilirio's Hvar Tours. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral and then head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hvar journey maker.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Zagreb to Hvar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Zagreb in May, Hvar is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Stari Grad
Highlights from your plan
Tvrdalj Castle ©
Tvrdalj Castle
Ilirio's Hvar Tours ©
Ilirio's Hvar Tours
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci

2
nights
Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Narodni trg u Zadru. On the next day, take in the views from Stone Bridge and the Old Gate and then stroll through Nin's Lagoon.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zadar trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Hvar to Zadar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Hvar in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zadar, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nin
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Narodni trg u Zadru ©
Narodni trg u Zadru
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 20th (Sun), you're off to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Sastavci ©
Sastavci
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
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 21st (Mon): experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street.

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Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. May in Rovinj sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Main Street ©
Main Street
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

1
night
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): visit Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then explore the activities along Jarun Lake.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zagreb tour planning tool.

Drive from Rovinj to Zagreb in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka)
Jarun Lake
Jarun Lake

5
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 City Walls and St. Saviour Church will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Lokrum Island and Lopud Island. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, look for gifts at Tedi, and take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko.

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You can fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zagreb in May since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trsteno Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
St. Saviour Church ©
St. Saviour Church
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach

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