12 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

12 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  13​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  5​h 30​min
3
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Durban, South Africa


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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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Durban in December, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
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), take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, get your game on at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally have some family-friendly fun at Karting Arena Zagreb.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zagreb trip maker website .

Getting from Istanbul to Zagreb by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Fun & Games Tours
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Room Escape Games
Walking tours

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Korcula Town side-trips: Korta Katarina Winery (in Orebic) and Ethno Museum Barilo (in Blato). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Revelin Tower, get engrossed in the history at Korcula Town Museum, look for gifts at Boya Crayons Shop, and contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town vacation builder .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Zagreb to Korcula Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Zagreb in December, things will get a bit warmer in Korcula Town: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Lovric Winery, Korta Katarina Winery, Boya Crayons Shop, Ethno Museum Barilo
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Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Ethno Museum Barilo ©
Ethno Museum Barilo
Boya Crayons Shop ©
Boya Crayons Shop

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.
On the 4th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, then take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Zarkovica Animal Shelter, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and then get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. January in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Wildlife
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

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