12 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

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1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
2
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
3
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights


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3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Durban, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durban to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Durban in December, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 30th (Wed), wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, then get your game on at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally have some family-friendly fun at Karting Arena Zagreb.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Zagreb takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Zagreb is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Room Escape Games
Karting Arena Zagreb ©
Karting Arena Zagreb

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korcula Town: Villa Korta Katarina & Winery, Relais & Chateaux Member (in Orebic) and Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Korcula Town Museum, don't miss a visit to Velika Knezeva Kula, contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, and stop by Boya Crayons Shop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Korcula Town itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Zagreb to Korcula Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in December; daily highs in Korcula Town reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Villa Korta Katarina & Winery, Relais & Chateaux Member, Lovric Winery, Ethno Museum Barilo, Boya Crayons Shop
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls
Ethno Museum Barilo ©
Ethno Museum Barilo
Korcula Town Museum ©
Korcula Town Museum

3
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 4th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, browse the exhibits of Art by Stjepko, and then take a stroll through Old Town. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Zarkovica Animal Shelter, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and then take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace.

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Ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. January in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

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