21 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

21 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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21 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  13 h
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  5 h
3
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  15 h
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then test your team's savvy at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb day trip tool .

Washington DC, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Zagreb. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Zagreb at 71°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Batinovac Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, explore the activities along Veliko Lake, then explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, and finally explore the activities along Milanovac Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip app .

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 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Bol.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), then enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Zoo Station Bol, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vidova Gora, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish church complex.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Bol day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Bol in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Bol can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parish church complex, Murvica Beach
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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Roko, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then stop by Nadalina cokolada, and finally contemplate the long history of Palazzo di Diocleziano. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Old Split, explore the world behind art at Mestroviceve Crikvine Kastilac, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then stroll around Marjan Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip builder site .

You can drive from Bol to Split in 2 hours. September in Split sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

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 9th (Wed), admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Spanjola, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mekicevica Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): do a tasting at Tomic Winery and then step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hvar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. September in Hvar sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomic Winery
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get outside with Freestyle, see the interesting displays at House of Marco Polo, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Vapor gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Kula Morska Vrata. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, make a trip to Korcula Old City, look for gifts at Seba Dizajn, don't miss a visit to Velika Knezeva Kula, then don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kula Svih Svetih.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Korcula Town trip planner.

You can drive from Hvar to Korcula Town in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Korcula Island, Freestyle
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Freestyle ©
Freestyle
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): visit Old Town and then get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace. On the next day, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and finally admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Pula.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

1
night
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
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 15th (Tue), have some family-friendly fun at Alpha Strike Laser Tag, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, have fun and explore at MEMO Museum Pula, then experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Debeljak Beach.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pula trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Pula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Pula when traveling from Dubrovnik in September, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Debeljak Beach
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Debeljak Beach
Debeljak Beach

6
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Vintgar Gorge (in Zgornje Gorje), Bled (Mala Osojnica, Bled Island, &more) and Postojna (Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle). And it doesn't end there: stop by Ljubljana Old Town, make a trip to Preseren Square, snap pictures at Triple Bridge, and explore the activities along Ljubljanica River.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana trip website .

Traveling by car from Pula to Ljubljana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Pula in September, with highs in Ljubljana at 68°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna, Vintgar Gorge, Marian and Holy Trinity Columns, Slovenian Alpine Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave

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