8 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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8 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Karlovac, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Novo Mesto, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Sevnica, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Malta


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2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You've now added Swanky Travel to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Mon), make a short side trip with Swanky Travel, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, and finally cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Medvednica and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb trip tool .

Valletta, Malta to Zagreb is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Valletta in September, with highs in Zagreb at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Karlovac.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Swanky Travel
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Medvednica

1
night
Karlovac, Croatia

Karlovac ©
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Foginovo bathing area, then explore the activities along Mrežnica, and then don't miss a visit to Main town square.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Karlovac trip planner .

You can drive from Zagreb to Karlovac in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Novo Mesto.

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Side Trip

Mrežnica
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Mrežnica

3
nights
Novo Mesto, Slovenia

Novo Mesto ©
Novo Mesto is the city on a bend of the Krka River in the City Municipality of Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia, close to the border with Croatia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grajski Park Otocec and Krizna Jama Cave. Visiting Jelenov Greben Homestead and Hell Cave will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Novo Mesto: Celje Castle (in Celje), Zupanova jama cave (in Grosuplje) and Sneznik Castle Museum (in Stari Trg pri Lozu). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olimje Monastery, ponder the world of politics at Mestna hisa - Rotovz, have fun at Koca Pri Carovnici, and step into the grandiose world of Brežice Castle.

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Traveling by car from Karlovac to Novo Mesto takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sevnica.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Podcetrtek, Celje Castle, Hell Cave, Green Gold Beer Fountain, Sneznik Castle Museum
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Krizna Jama Cave
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Jelenov Greben Homestead
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Hell Cave

1
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Sevnica, Slovenia

Sevnica ©
Sevnica is a town on the left bank of the Sava River in central Slovenia. On the 8th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Raka Castle and then make a trip to Sevnica Castle.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sevnica trip planner .

Traveling by car from Novo Mesto to Sevnica takes an hour. In September in Sevnica, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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Historic Sites

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Raka Castle
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Sevnica Castle
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Raka Castle

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