17 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

17 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India


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2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get outdoors at Marjan and Znjan beach. On the 27th (Tue), spend a day of history-infused exploration at Diocletian's Palace. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, do a tasting at Bedalov Winery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Split trip planner.

In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bedalov Winery
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Fri), take a stroll through Milna, then get great views at Spanjola, and then stop by Delicia Shop Hvar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hvar tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Split, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hvar, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Milna ©
Milna
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Gradske Zidine. Get outdoors at Island of Lokrum and City Harbor. There's much more to do: examine the collection at War Photo Limited, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and look for gifts at Clara Stones Jewellery Store.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni and then choose your vessel at Miki Travel Kotor.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kotor trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Kotor. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zagreb.

Things to do in Kotor

Tours Transportation Outdoors
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Miki Travel ©
Miki Travel
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Get some historical perspective at Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Mirogoj Cemetery. Get outdoors at Park Maksimir and Zrinjevac. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Medvednica, have fun at Jarun Lake, wander the streets of Lower Town, and look for gifts at Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip itinerery planner.

Getting from Kotor to Zagreb by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, Zagreb is slightly colder than Kotor - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Maksimir ©
Maksimir
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery

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 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park custom trip planner.

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Zagreb in January, expect Plitvice Lakes National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

3
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Get some historical perspective at STARI GRAD and Pula Arena. Take a break from the city and head to Port of Rovinj and Punta Corrente. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovinj: Porec (Porec Old Town & Jama - Grotta Baredine) and Uljara Tonin (in Vodnjan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Soardo-Bembo, experience rural life at Chiavalon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Sottomuro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Rovinj sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vodnjan, Porec, Bale, Amphitheatre de Pula
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Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

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