8 days in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Rijeka & Zagreb Itinerary

8 days in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Rijeka & Zagreb Itinerary

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8 days in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Rijeka & Zagreb Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Bus:  16 h 45 min
1
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rijeka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Zagreb
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Doha

4
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bear Sanctuary and Baraceve Spilje. Get in touch with nature at Gradinsko Lake and Sastavci. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mali Buk.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder.

Doha, Qatar to Plitvice Lakes National Park is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In April, Plitvice Lakes National Park is cooler than Doha - with highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Rijeka.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bear Sanctuary
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Sastavci ©
Sastavci
Mali Buk ©
Mali Buk

1
night
Rijeka

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Muzej grada rijeke, see the interesting displays at Peek & Poke Computer Museum, then steep yourself in history at Kastav, and finally make a trip to Gradski Toranj (City Tower).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rijeka trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rijeka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plitvice Lakes National Park in April, Rijeka is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Rijeka

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kastav ©
Kastav
Peek & Poke Computer Museum ©
Peek & Poke Computer Museum
Rijeka City Museum ©
Rijeka City Museum

1
night
Zagreb

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, and finally explore the ancient world of Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Medvednica, then stop by Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rijeka to Zagreb in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Rijeka in April, Zagreb is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb ©
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
Medvednica ©
Medvednica

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