43 days in Croatia Itinerary

43 days in Croatia Itinerary

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43 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Zagreb
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Novalja
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Zadar
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Split
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hvar
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Makarska
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Zaostrog
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Korcula Town
— 8 nights
ferry:  3​h
10
Dubrovnik
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney


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3
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

For ratings and tourist information, read Zagreb day trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park online driving holiday planner .

Take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Novalja.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

3
nights
Novalja

Novalja ©
Novalja is a town in the north of the island of Pag in the Croatian part of Adriatic Sea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Novalja: Lukovo Beach (in Senj), Bosana Beach Pag (in Pag) and Komrcar Park (in Rab Town). The adventure continues: stroll through Simuni Beach, don't miss a visit to Main Square Trg Kralja Pedra Kresimira IV, look for all kinds of wild species at Vrtovi Lunjskih Maslina, and stop by Sirana Gligora.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Novalja trip builder tool .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Novalja in 3 hours. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Novalja

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kolan, Simuni Beach, Bosana Beach Pag, Komrcar Park, Vrtovi Lunjskih Maslina
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Simuni Beach ©
Simuni Beach
Rucica Beach ©
Rucica Beach
Vrtovi Lunjskih Maslina ©
Vrtovi Lunjskih Maslina

4
nights
Zadar

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Explore Zadar's surroundings by going to Paklenica National Park (in Starigrad-Paklenica) and The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik (in Sibenik). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zadar trip planner .

Drive from Novalja to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, Paklenica National Park
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Paklenica National Park ©
Paklenica National Park
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, adventure, parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), do a tasting at Putalj Winery, and stroll around Marjan Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zadar to Split by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in July, Split is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Hvar

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.
Hvar is known for nightlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and head off the coast to Jerolim Island.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hvar trip maker website .

You can drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. July in Hvar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Makarska.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

4
nights
Makarska

Makarska ©
Makarska is a small city on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60km southeast of Split and 140km northwest of Dubrovnik. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Makarska: Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) (in Omis) and Sumartin Beach (in Sumartin). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Plisivac Beach, stroll through Tucepi Beach, walk around Nature Park Biokovo, and enjoy some diversion at Robin Hood Archery.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Makarska day trip planning app .

Getting from Hvar to Makarska by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Zaostrog.

Things to do in Makarska

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tucepi Beach, Sumartin Beach, Punta Rata Beach, Fortress Starigrad (Fortica), Plisivac Beach
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Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) ©
Fortress Starigrad (Fortica)
Biokovo ©
Biokovo

6
nights
Zaostrog

Zaostrog ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zaostrog: Zivogosce (Abbey of the Holy Cross & Dole Camp Beach), Kapetanovic Fortress (in Vrgorac) and Perna Inlet (in Sucuraj).

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zaostrog day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Makarska to Zaostrog takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Zaostrog can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 20th (Mon), you're off toKorcula Town.

Things to do in Zaostrog

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zivogosce, The Church of St. Michael, Kapetanovic Fortress, Saints Hills VINARIA, Perna Inlet
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Franciscan Monastery of St. Mary ©
Franciscan Monastery of St. Mary
Saints Hills VINARIA ©
Saints Hills VINARIA

8
nights
Korcula Town

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore Korcula Town's surroundings by going to Vela Luka (Vela Luka Marina, Vela Spila, & more), River Rafting & Tubing (in Blato) and Orebic (Trstenica Beach & Waterskiing & Jetskiing). And it doesn't end there: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, kick back and relax at Vela Przina Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Kula Svih Svetih, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pupnatska Luca Beach.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Korcula Town vacation tool .

You can drive from Zaostrog to Korcula Town in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Korcula Island, Vela Luka, Lumbarda, Orebic
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Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Freestyle ©
Freestyle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip website .

You can drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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