18 days in Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia Itinerary

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

2
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Visiting Marjan and Spa at Radisson Blu Resort will get you outdoors. Diocletian's Palace and Bedalov Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery and steep yourself in history at Old Split.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Split trip generator.

Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bedalov Winery
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Old Split ©
Old Split
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

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 30th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery and then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hvar holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Split in December: highs in Hvar hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Island of Lokrum and City Harbor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Cavtat cemetery. Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, make a trip to Dubrovnik Cable Car, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, and steep yourself in history at Stradun.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik vacation builder.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

4
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Visiting Park Maksimir and Skydiving will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Mirogoj Cemetery. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Medvednica, stroll through Zrinjevac, look for gifts at Arena Centar, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zagreb travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Traveling from Dubrovnik in January, expect Zagreb to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Maksimir ©
Maksimir
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

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 10th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Plitvice Lakes National Park is somewhat warmer than Zagreb - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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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.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the waterfront activity at Port of Rovinj, get to know the fascinating history of STARI GRAD, and then relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Extra Virgin Olive Oil. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, and then Head underground at Festinsko Kraljevstvo.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovinj itinerary builder.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, Festinsko Kraljevstvo, Porec Old Town, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

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