10 days in Croatia Itinerary

10 days in Croatia Itinerary

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10 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Zagreb
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Split
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hvar
— 1 night
6
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

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Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, and finally wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zagreb road trip app .

Lisbon, Portugal to Zagreb is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In August, Zagreb is a bit cooler than Lisbon - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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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 8th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Prstavac, then explore the activities along The Upper Lakes, and finally identify plant and animal life at Konjicki Klub Rakovica.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

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Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 9th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zadar route planning website .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Omis and Cetina River, then make a trip to Fortress Starigrad (Fortica), then don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Omis Cetina Canyon, contemplate the long history of Fortress Mirabella (Peovica), then learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Split, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Omis, Church Of St. Roch
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Omis and Cetina River ©
Omis and Cetina River
Omis Cetina Canyon ©
Omis Cetina Canyon
Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) ©
Fortress Starigrad (Fortica)

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Hvar

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Dubovica and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hvar road trip planner .

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. August in Hvar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), get great views at Minceta Fortress, contemplate the long history of Walls of Dubrovnik, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Nicholas, then explore the world behind art at Vlaho Bukovac House, then enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Dominican Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Snow, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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