10 days in Central Croatia Itinerary

10 days in Central Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Croatia trip planner

Make it your trip
— 4 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Zadar, Fly to Johannesburg



— 4 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Family-friendly places like Room Escape Games and Walking tours will thrill your kids. Take a break from Zagreb with a short trip to Bio Park Divlje Vode in Bregana, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb day trip planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zagreb is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zagreb, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 22°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 4 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Change things up with a short trip to Rastoke in Slunj (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at The Lower Lakes, and explore the striking landscape at Veliki Prstavac.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park driving holiday app.

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Central Croatia travel guide

National Parks · Specialty Museums · Room Escape Games
The forested hills of Central Croatia support vineyards along its slopes, which fall gently into river valleys. The region features hiking, cycling, hunting, and sightseeing in the mainland dotted with romantic castles, Baroque churches, and monasteries. This area offers more than 350 registered cultural sites, as well as ethnographic villages and several places of religious pilgrimage. Join some of the well thought-out tours focused on folklore, naïve art, and old trades and traditions, such as gold panning. For a weekend trip, many visitors combine tasting local cuisine and premium wines with a visit to one of the countryside manor houses showcasing the region's wooden architecture. The lakes and rivers provide the chance to try rowing, rafting, and fishing. This region teems with stories and myths, such as the legend of dancing witches, but it also boasts modern amenities like ski resorts, health spas, and natural thermal springs.