10 days in Croatia Itinerary

10 days in Croatia Itinerary

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10 days in Croatia Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Crikvenica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Split
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Milan

2
days
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 29th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships and then take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad). On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, make a trip to Tkalciceva, then look for gifts at Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Park Maksimir.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb sightseeing app

Milan, Italy to Zagreb is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Milan in December since evenings lows in Zagreb dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Crikvenica.

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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
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Museum of Broken Relationships
Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption

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Crikvenica

Crikvenica ©
Crikvenica is the largest settlement on the coast of the Vinodol coastal area, Croatia, and developed on the site of Roman era settlement and military base called Ad Turres. On the 31st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Gradski Toranj (City Tower) and then meet the residents at AQUARIUM.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Crikvenica online trip maker

You can drive from Zagreb to Crikvenica in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Zagreb in December, things will get a bit warmer in Crikvenica: highs are around 11°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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Gradski Toranj (City Tower)
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AQUARIUM ©
AQUARIUM
Gradski Toranj (City Tower)
Gradski Toranj (City Tower)

1
day
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 1st (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip site

Getting from Crikvenica to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Crikvenica in January, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zadar.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

1
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Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and design of University of Zadar, admire the landmark architecture of City Sentinel, make a trip to The Greeting to the Sun, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ).

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zadar sightseeing planner

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Zadar are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Split.

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Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ) ©
Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ)
City Sentinel ©
City Sentinel
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

2
days
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 3rd (Wed), make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic) and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, stop by Filigran Split, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Marjan, then explore the world behind art at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Split trip planner

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Split. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Mestrovic Gallery ©
Mestrovic Gallery

3
days
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gradske Zidine, admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, don't miss a visit to Dubrovnik Cable Car, and head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip planning app

You can fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Dubrovnik Cable Car ©
Dubrovnik Cable Car

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