9 days in Croatia Itinerary

9 days in Croatia Itinerary

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9 days in Croatia Itinerary

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

2
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 13th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Walls of Dubrovnik and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Dubrovnik is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Edinburgh to Dubrovnik, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

1
night
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 16th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Hvar, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Dubovica ©
Dubovica

1
night
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Split day trip app .

You can drive from Hvar to Split in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Split are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

1
night
Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 18th (Wed), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, don't miss a visit to Paseo Maritimo, make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally don't miss a visit to The Greeting to the Sun.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zadar route maker app .

Drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Split in September since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

1
night
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 19th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

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

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