11 days in Croatia Itinerary

11 days in Croatia Itinerary

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11 days in Croatia Itinerary

Detroit
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Zagreb
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Split
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 45​min
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Zagreb
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Detroit

1
day
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb road trip planning website .

Detroit, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Zagreb is 6 hours. Traveling from Detroit in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Zagreb, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.

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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

1
day
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, then enjoy breathtaking views from Saint Euphemia Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of STARI GRAD.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovinj online tour planner .

Getting from Zagreb to Rovinj by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Historic Sites

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Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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STARI GRAD ©
STARI GRAD
Main Street ©
Main Street

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Veliki Prstavac.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Zadar.

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#Nature, #Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

1
day
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 5th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get to know the fascinating history of Narodni trg u Zadru, contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zadar road trip planning site .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Zadar are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Split.

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Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ) ©
Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ)
Zadar Cathedral ©
Zadar Cathedral
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

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day
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Split driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Split. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Hvar.

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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace

1
day
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.
To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hvar vacation planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hvar are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

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Dubovica ©
Dubovica
HvarBoats ©
HvarBoats

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Stradun, then wander the streets of Old Town, and then take in panoramic vistas at Gornji Ugao Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, then get engrossed in the history at Franciscan Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dominican Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Brsalje Street.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zagreb.

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Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Gornji Ugao Tower ©
Gornji Ugao Tower
Stradun ©
Stradun

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hours
Zagreb

Zagreb
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Zagreb by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Dubrovnik in July, with lows around 60°F. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Tue).

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