31 days in Croatia Itinerary

31 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Zagreb
— 14 nights
Drive
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Novigrad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rijeka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sibenik
— 2 nights
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Drive to Split, Ferry to Stari Grad, Drive to Hvar
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Hvar
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zagreb
— 2 nights

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14
nights
Zagreb

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lower Town and Krapina Neanderthal Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Croatian Museum of Naive Art and Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. Venture out of the city with trips to Varazdin (The World of Insects, Old Town, &more), Konjicki Klub Rakovica (in Rakovica) and Plitvice Lakes National Park (Mali Buk, Sastavci, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Staro selo museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Arts and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Radiceva, and view the masterpieces at Image of War - War Photography Museum.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Zagreb trip website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Zagreb Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Novigrad.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

5
nights
Novigrad

Novigrad is a village and municipality in Croatia in the Zadar County. Get a sense of the local culture at Kozlović Winery and Cerkev sv. Roka. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Novigrad: Motovun (Benvenuti Winery, Fakin Wines, &more), Dvorac Belaj (in Cerovlje) and Vizinada (Pino Rossi Vina, Rossi Winery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Zavrsje, see the interesting displays at Muzej Lapidarium, learn about winemaking at Vina Poletti, and make a trip to Church of St. Pelage and St. Benedetto.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Novigrad holiday planner.

Getting from Zagreb to Novigrad by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rijeka.

Things to do in Novigrad

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
Rijeka

Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at St. Vitus Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, admire the landmark architecture of The Governor's Palace, then see the sky in a new way at Astronomical Centre Rijeka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Volosko, get a new perspective on nature at Ethnographic Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sv. Jakova, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jacob, then take a stroll through Veprinac, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Room Escape Rijeka by Fox In A Box.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Rijeka trip tool.

Drive from Novigrad to Rijeka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sibenik.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

2
nights
Sibenik

Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Muzej betinske drvene brodogradnje, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Uspenie Mother of God (Crkva Uspenie Bogomatere), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Madonna of Health, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Carmel Church. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, explore the world behind art at Sibenik City Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Gospe van Grada, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa e Monastero di San Lorenzo, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael's Fortress.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sibenik online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Sibenik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Sibenik

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

2
nights
Hvar

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Franciscan Monastery and Church of St. Roch. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Spanish Fortress and Church of St. Stephen. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St John, awaken your taste buds at Hvar Tours, look and learn at Fort Napoljun - Napolean, and see the interesting displays at Malo Grablje.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hvar trip app.

Getting from Sibenik to Hvar by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Hvar are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

3
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Dubrovnik

Pearl of the Adriatic

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 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, explore the galleries of Love Stories Museum, take an in-depth tour of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then make a trip to Prijeko street, then steep yourself in history at St. John's Fortress, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument of Poet Ivan Gundulic. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Lokrum Visitor Center, contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Minceta Fortress, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, then take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Vlaho Bukovac House.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

2
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Zagreb

Little Vienna

Explore hidden gems such as Sky Riders Paragliding Croatia and Art Pavilion (Umjetnicki Paviljon). Do some cultural sightseeing at Ivanina Kuca Bajke and Automobiles museum Ferdinand Budicki. Step out of Zagreb with an excursion to Dulin Ponor in Ogulin--about 1h 20 min away. See even more of Zagreb: see the interesting displays at Drazen Petrovic Museum - Memorial Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Petrica Kerempuh.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zagreb trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in October, things will get slightly colder in Zagreb: highs are around 62°F and lows about 45°F.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Sibenik-Knin County travel guide

4.1
National Parks · Historic Sites · Waterfalls
Stretched along the coast of central Dalmatia to the heart of the Dinaric mountains, Sibenik-Knin County boasts many fortified towns, a World Heritage Site, and two national parks. Along the shore, hundreds of islands, islets, cliffs, and reefs spread like pearls over the azure seawater. Here visitors come to see locals ply age-old trades, such as wooden shipbuildling and traditional sponge fishing. The mainland, streaked with river canyons, waterfalls, and vineyards, is home to farmers and cattle-breeders. Gastronomic tourism focuses on the traditional way of life through the Dalmatian cuisine, featuring principal ingredients like aromatic plants, olive oil, sheep cheese, homemade bread, smoked ham, and red wine. Among many places to visit, don't miss Sibenik, former seat of the Croatian kings and a significant Renaissance center during Venetian times. The county also offers diving, horseback riding, and hiking for the more adventurous.

Hvar Island travel guide

4.1
Lookouts · Nightlife · Islands
Island of the Sun
Hvar Island, "the queen of the Dalmatian islands," draws visitors to its beaches lapped by the crystal blue sea. Croatia's sunniest and longest island offers a mild climate, secluded pebble coves, ancient olive trees, vast lavender fields, and pine-forested hills. An important strategic and nautical point since prehistoric times, the island has been building its unique identity ever since. Experience the flavor of Hvar Island in small inns serving homemade wines, as locals sing old island songs. In contrast, the cosmopolitan Hvar offers luxurious five-star hotels, which can attract celebrities (and drive prices up). For a true Hvar experience, try private accommodations like hostels and apartments at private houses, which can service more diverse crowd. The town is crisscrossed by cobbled streets lined with Venetian palaces and offers exciting nightlife.