11 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

11 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

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11 days in Croatia & Ljubljana Itinerary

Start: Zagreb, Croatia
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Opatija, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 45​min
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Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Trogir, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
End: Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zagreb trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Zagreb Airport. In July, daytime highs in Zagreb are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Walking tours

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ljubljana road trip app .

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Opatija.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Bled
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) ©
Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most)

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Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stop by Manufaktura Opatija, admire the landmark architecture of The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, don't miss a visit to Maiden With The Seagull, then take a stroll through Volosko, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Opatija trip maker tool .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Opatija in 2 hours. Traveling from Ljubljana in July, Opatija is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pula.

Things to do in Opatija

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Volosko ©
Volosko
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina ©

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Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium Pula, explore the historical opulence of Kastel, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Arco dei Sergi.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pula trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Opatija to Pula in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Opatija in July since evenings lows in Pula dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Temple Of Augustus ©
Temple Of Augustus
Aquarium Pula ©
Aquarium Pula

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Paseo Maritimo, make a trip to The Forum, and then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zadar trip itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Trogir.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
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Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Paseo Maritimo ©
Paseo Maritimo
The Forum ©
The Forum

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Trogir, Croatia

Trogir ©
A small Dalmatian town dating back to the Hellenistic period, Trogir represents a melting pot of Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.
For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Trogir trip planner.

You can drive from Zadar to Trogir in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Zadar in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Trogir, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Trogir

Historic Sites
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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, then make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Split online route maker .

You can drive from Trogir to Split in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. July in Split sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic) ©
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic)

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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 24th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, and admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner .

Take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik

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