43 days in Croatia Itinerary

43 days in Croatia Itinerary

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43 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Dubrovnik
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Bol, Brac Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Split
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Sibenik
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Zadar
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
9
Zagreb
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Rovinj
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

5
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.
On the 17th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Dedicate the 18th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, and squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik travel itinerary planner .

Cardiff, UK to Dubrovnik is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cardiff to Dubrovnik. Traveling from Cardiff in August, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik

5
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore Korcula Town's surroundings by going to Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic), Vela Luka (Vela Luka Marina & Proizd Island) and Blato (River Rafting & Tubing & Ethno Museum Barilo). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Velika Knezeva Kula, contemplate the long history of Revelin Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town visit planner .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. August in Korcula Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bol.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Blato, Vela Luka, Vela Przina Beach, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Korcula Old City
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Pupnatska Luca Beach ©
Pupnatska Luca Beach
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Proizd Island ©
Proizd Island

4
nights
Bol, Brac Island

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sumartin Beach (in Sumartin), Supetar (Supetar cemetery & Supetar Bay) and Mirje (in Postira). There's still lots to do: stroll through Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get engrossed in the history at Dominican Monastery, and steep yourself in history at Dolina Blaca.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bol trip planner .

Getting from Korcula Town to Bol by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Supetar, Murvica Beach, Sumartin Beach, Museum uja, Mirje
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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach

5
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore Split's surroundings by going to Trogir (Historic City of Trogir, Trogir Square, & more). Dedicate the 31st (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), stroll around Marjan Park, and do a tasting at Putalj Winery.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Bol to Split by car takes about 2 hours. August in Split sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Trogir, Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
On the 5th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Spanjola, admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Mekicevica.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvar itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sibenik.

Things to do in Hvar

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

3
nights
Sibenik

Sibenik ©
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sibenik: Primosten (Velika Raduca Beach & Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten) and Cigrada Beach (in Murter). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Krka National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Sokolarski Raptor Centre, steep yourself in history at St. Michael's Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, and look for gifts at Pirate's Candy Ship.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sibenik driving holiday website .

You can drive from Hvar to Sibenik in 2.5 hours. In September in Sibenik, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Sibenik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Primosten, Cigrada Beach, Krka National Park, Pirate's Candy Ship
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Krka National Park ©
Krka National Park
Dalmatian Ethno Village ©
Dalmatian Ethno Village

4
nights
Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Go for a jaunt from Zadar to Starigrad-Paklenica to see Paklenica National Park about 1h 05 min away. On the 13th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 14th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zadar online trip maker .

Getting from Sibenik to Zadar by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zadar when traveling from Sibenik in September, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Paklenica National Park
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Speed Boats Tours
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Paklenica National Park ©
Paklenica National Park

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi, contemplate the waterfront views at Ciginovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Upper Lakes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at The Lower Lakes.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

5
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, get in touch with nature with Hiking & Camping Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb route planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

4
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovinj side-trips: National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni) (in Brijuni National Park), Porec (Porec Old Town, Euphrasius Basilica, & more) and Aquapark Istralandia (in Novigrad). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, explore and take pictures at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, stroll through Felsen Strand, and wander the streets of STARI GRAD.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovinj sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Rovinj in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Rovinj. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Porec, Pula, National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), Aura Distillery, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town

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