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
— 3 nights
3
Dubrovnik
— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Diocletian's Palace and Old Split. Take a break from the city and head to Marjan and Spa at Radisson Blu Resort. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, make a trip to Split Synagogue, stop by Filigran Split, and admire the striking features of Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip planner.

In December in Split, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the 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
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Pakleni Otoci and Milna. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hvar holiday planner.

Getting from Split to Hvar by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Split in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hvar: temperatures range from 6°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Beaches
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Island of Lokrum and City Harbor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Gradske Zidine. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Dubrovnik Cable Car, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, stop by Clara Stones Jewellery Store, and admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik itinerary 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 in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. 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 Old Town
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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 Medvednica will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Mirogoj Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Tkalciceva.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip 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, things will get a bit cooler in Zagreb: highs are around 5°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Maksimir ©
Maksimir
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder.

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in January; daily highs in Plitvice Lakes National Park reach 13°C and lows reach 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo, take in the waterfront activity at Port of Rovinj, wander the streets of STARI GRAD, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Euphemia Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Sottomuro, and finally stop by Artrovinj. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Festinsko Kraljevstvo, then steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, and then experience rural life at Chiavalon Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovinj custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

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

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