14 days in Croatia Itinerary

14 days in Croatia Itinerary

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14 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Zagreb
— 1 night
2
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
3
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 2 nights
4
Zadar
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Rovinj
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museum of Arts and Crafts, explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb tour planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zagreb is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Zagreb. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in July: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 34°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums
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Atelier Mestrovic ©
Atelier Mestrovic
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Museum of Arts and Crafts ©
Museum of Arts and Crafts

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Srebreno Beach and Sveti Jakov Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Love Stories Museum. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Saviour Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, and take some stellar pictures from Minceta Fortress.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zagreb in July since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Srebreno Beach
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Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola ©
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum

2
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.
On the 21st (Sun), take a stroll through Milna and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubovica. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of St Stephen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of St Peter and the Dominican Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Hvar by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Hvar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stari Grad, Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy
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Milna ©
Milna
Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Chrysogonus Church, then delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, and finally see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church, then stop by Natura Zara, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jurja Church, and finally learn about winemaking at MasVin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zadar route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Hvar to Zadar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Hvar in July, Zadar is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

St. Jurja Church, Parish Church, MasVin, The Church of the Holy Cross
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The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
St. Jurja Church ©
St. Jurja Church
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

1
night
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 25th (Thu), explore the activities along Galovac Lake and then make a trip to Baraceve Spilje.

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You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Galovac Lake ©
Galovac Lake
Baraceve Spilje ©
Baraceve Spilje

2
nights
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, then shop like a local with Atelier Sottomuro, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuvi Beach and then kick back and relax at Mulini Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovinj road trip site .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. July in Rovinj sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Main Street ©
Main Street
Mulini Beach ©
Mulini Beach

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