21 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

21 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

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21 days in Croatia & Trieste Itinerary

Start: Lucerne, Switzerland
Drive:  8​h
1
Porec, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Pula, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Vrsar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Omis, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Klek, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Vodice, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
12
Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Lucerne, Switzerland

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Porec, Croatia

Porec ©
With a scenic location along the Adriatic Sea and a basilica listed as a World Heritage Site, the ancient town of Porec represents the most visited tourist destination in Croatia.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Grad Porec, then learn about winemaking at Damjanic Wines, then examine the collection at Traktor Story, and finally stroll through Pinesta Beach.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Porec trip itinerary builder app .

Lucerne, Switzerland to Porec is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Porec

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pinesta Beach
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Pinesta Beach ©
Pinesta Beach
Traktor Story ©
Traktor Story
Grad Porec ©
Grad Porec

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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for gifts at Dolija 08 and then kick back and relax at Njive Beach.

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Traveling by car from Porec to Pula takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Pula, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Vrsar.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Njive Beach
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Dolija 08 ©
Dolija 08

1
night
Vrsar, Croatia

Vrsar ©
Vrsar/Orsera is a small town in Istria, Croatia.HistoryVrsar/Orsera was first part of the Venetian Commonwealth, then of the Kingdom of Italy. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Romuald's Cave.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vrsar travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pula to Vrsar takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Vrsar can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rijeka.

Things to do in Vrsar

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Konjicki klub Jakici Horse Riding, Istra Nautika (Marina Funtana)
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Istra Nautika (Marina Funtana) ©
Istra Nautika (Marina Funtana)

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night
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). On the 14th (Wed), see the sky in a new way at Astronomical Centre Rijeka and then admire the striking features of The Modello Palace.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rijeka visit planner .

You can drive from Vrsar to Rijeka in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rijeka can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums Parks Outdoors
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St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Our Lady of Trsat's Sanctuary ©
Our Lady of Trsat's Sanctuary

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nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Milino, admire the sheer force of Slapovi Milke Trnine, admire the sheer force of Great Cascades, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kozjak, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Konjicki Klub Rakovica. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Le Parc National de Plitvice.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park route builder .

You can drive from Rijeka to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kozjak ©
Kozjak

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Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Jadro Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), and then make a trip to Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Bell Tower, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zadar day trip website .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Zadar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Omis.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jadro Beach, Modric Cave (Modric Spilja)
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Bell Tower ©
Bell Tower

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Omis, Croatia

Omis ©
Omiš is a town and port in the Dalmatia region of Croatia, and is a municipality in the Split-Dalmatia County. On the 20th (Tue), go for a walk through St. Michael's Square, then stop by Origin Croatian Cosmetics, then explore the fascinating underground world of Spilja Vranjaca, and finally head outdoors with Dalmatian Adventures. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Punta Rata Beach and then kick back and relax at Put Vrulje Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Omis journey builder site .

Getting from Zadar to Omis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in August, Omis is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Klek.

Things to do in Omis

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Punta Rata Beach, Spilja Vranjaca, Put Vrulje Beach
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Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Spilja Vranjaca ©
Spilja Vranjaca
Origin Croatian Cosmetics ©
Origin Croatian Cosmetics

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Klek, Croatia

Klek ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Marlais Winery, then don't miss a visit to Stonske zidine - Ulaz, then do a tasting at Winery Rizman, and finally learn about winemaking at Vino Spaleta.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Klek travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Omis to Klek in 2 hours. Traveling from Omis in August, Klek is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Klek

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ston, Vino Spaleta, Tvrđava Koruna
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Marlais Winery ©
Marlais Winery
Tvrđava Koruna ©
Tvrđava Koruna
Stonske zidine - Ulaz ©
Stonske zidine - Ulaz

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Brsalje Street.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip maker site .

Drive from Klek to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Klek in August, you will find days in Dubrovnik are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dominican Monastery ©
Dominican Monastery
Brsalje Street ©
Brsalje Street

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Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 25th (Sun), choose your vessel at Fair Wind Yacht Charter, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then examine the collection at Live Museum Split, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Split online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vodice.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Shark Diving
Fair Wind Yacht Charter ©
Fair Wind Yacht Charter

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nights
Vodice, Croatia

Vodice ©
Vodice is a town in the Šibenik-Knin County, Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Our Lady Of Loretto Statue.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vodice online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Split to Vodice takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Vodice can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trieste.

Things to do in Vodice

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Sailing Murter, Our Lady Of Loretto Statue
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Sailing Murter ©
Sailing Murter
Our Lady Of Loretto Statue ©
Our Lady Of Loretto Statue

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Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through L’ippovia della Valle del Cormor. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Parco Hemingway, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bibione - Lungomare, then identify plant and animal life at Laguna di Bibione, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Vecchia.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Trieste tour site .

Drive from Vodice to Trieste in 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Trieste are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trieste

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bibione, Parco Viatori / Giardino Delle Azalee, Parco Hemingway, Grotte Di Villanova, Valle Vecchia
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Laguna di Bibione ©
Laguna di Bibione
Grotte Di Villanova ©
Grotte Di Villanova
Parco Hemingway ©
Parco Hemingway

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