32 days in Croatia Itinerary

32 days in Croatia Itinerary

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32 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  25​h
1
Zagreb
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Porec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Zadar
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Split
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Dubrovnik
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Croatian Museum of Naive Art and Zagreb 80's Museum. Get some cultural insight at Mirogoj Cemetery and Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata). Take a break from Zagreb with a short trip to Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) in Trakoscan, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, stroll through Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Zagreb is minus 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Porec.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)
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Lower Town
Lower Town
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) ©
Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan)

2
nights
Porec

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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, wander the streets of Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Street. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jama - Grotta Baredine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Porec trip maker tool .

You can drive from Zagreb to Porec in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Porec

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rovinj, Pula
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Main Street ©
Main Street
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rastoke, then admire the sheer force of Veliki Prstavac, then admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Porec to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rastoke
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Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes

3
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Get some historical perspective at Zadar Land City Gates and The Church of the Holy Cross. Take a break from the city and head to Paklenica National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Simuni Beach in Simuni (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, take in the views from Stone Bridge and the Old Gate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zadar vacation tool .

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nin, Paklenica National Park, Simuni Beach
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Simuni Beach ©
Simuni Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paklenica National Park ©
Paklenica National Park

4
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Shop till you drop at Riva Harbor and Origin Natural & Original Beauty. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Saint Domnius and The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) (in Omis), Punta Rata Beach (in Brela) and Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten (in Primosten). There's much more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, steep yourself in history at Kliška tvrđava, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, and explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Split road trip planning website .

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Split when traveling from Zadar in August, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Omis, Trogir, Church Of St. Roch, Punta Rata Beach, Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten
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Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Spanjola and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Pakleni Otoci and Jerolim Island. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, take a stroll through Milna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mlini Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Milna ©
Milna

3
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Family-friendly places like Pupnatska Luca Beach and Vela Przina Beach will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Proizd Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from Korcula Town with a short trip to Ethno Museum Barilo in Blato, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Korcula Old City, stop by Bags by Kristina, examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, and do a tasting at Lovric Winery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Korcula Town travel route site .

Traveling by car from Hvar to Korcula Town takes 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Proizd Island, Ethno Museum Barilo, Korcula Old City
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St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Proizd Island ©
Proizd Island
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach

7
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.
Let the collections at War Photo Limited and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walls of Dubrovnik and Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubrovnik: Cavtat Cemetery (in Cavtat) and Sunj Beach (in Lopud). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online route planner .

Traveling by car from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cavtat Cemetery, Sunj Beach
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery

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