12 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

12 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

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12 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Miami, United States
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
2
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Miami, United States


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1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Baraceve Spilje and then identify plant and animal life at Rastoke.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Miami, USA to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Traveling from Miami in September, expect nights in Plitvice Lakes National Park to be much colder, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

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Rastoke
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Baraceve Spilje ©
Baraceve Spilje
Rastoke ©
Rastoke

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 14th (Wed), kick back and relax at Bacvice Beach and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Bene Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Froggyland.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Split itinerary maker.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Split are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

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Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Bacvice Beach ©
Bacvice Beach
Froggyland ©
Froggyland

1
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Hvar, Croatia

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 16th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Spanjola and then take a stroll through Milna.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hvar trip itinerery planner.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Split in September, you will find days in Hvar are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Korcula Town.

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Neighborhoods Beaches Outdoors
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Milna ©
Milna
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

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Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, examine the collection at Korcula Town Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pupnatska Luca Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Korcula Town trip builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hvar in September, you will find days in Korcula Town are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are slightly colder (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Pupnatska Luca Beach ©
Pupnatska Luca Beach
Korcula Town Museum ©
Korcula Town Museum

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nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Minceta Fortress, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Gornji Ugao Tower. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Korcula Town in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dubrovnik, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Budva.

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Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Minceta Fortress ©
Minceta Fortress

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nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 20th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Blazena Ozana, and then take a stroll through The Old Town. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Miki Travel Kotor, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plavi Horizonti Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Budva sightseeing planner.

Drive from Dubrovnik to Budva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, expect nights in Budva to be a bit cooler, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budva

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kotor, The Old Town, Plavi Horizonti Beach
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Plavi Horizonti Beach ©
Plavi Horizonti Beach
Maritime Museum ©
Maritime Museum
The Old Town ©
The Old Town

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