12 days in Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Fly
1
Pula
— 1 day
Fly
2
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Ferry
3
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Split
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Zadar
— 1 night
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Pula — 1 day

It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
On the 26th (Fri), admire the striking features of Arch of the Sergi and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pula trip maker website.

Brussels, Belgium to Pula is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in August, with highs in Pula at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik — 3 nights

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 Lopud Island and Kolocep Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Church of Saint Blaise. There's more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik attractions app.

You can fly from Pula to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pula in August since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Hvar.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums
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Hvar, Hvar Island — 2 nights

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 30th (Tue): make a trip to The Harbour of Hvar, then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, and then step off the mainland to explore Jerolim. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hvar vacation builder tool.

Ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Split.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure
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Split — 3 nights

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from the city and head to Cetina River and Brela Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Klis Fortress and Galerija Mestrovic. And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take a stroll through Riva Harbor.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Split trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In August in Split, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Plitvice Lakes National Park — 2 nights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rastoke, then explore the striking landscape at Barac Caves, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci and then explore the activities along The Lower Lakes.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zadar.
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Zadar — 1 night

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 6th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zadar trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.