9 days in Croatia Itinerary

9 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia trip planner

©
Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Drive
1
Zadar
— 2 nights
Bus
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Slunj
— 1 night
Drive
4
Karlovac
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Zagreb
— Few hours

S M T W T F S
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

2
nights
Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), make a trip to Greeting to the Sun - Il Saluto al Sole, make a trip to The Forum, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, then delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ancient Glass. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Bell Tower, examine the collection at Archaeological Museum Zadar, then make a trip to Paseo Maritimo, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Illusions.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zadar trip itinerary website.

Split to Zadar is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Split in November since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums · Historic Sites

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at The Lower Lakes, explore the activities along Ciginovac Lake, admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap, then explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Great Cascades, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Slunj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

1
night
Slunj

Slunj is a town in the mountainous part of Central Croatia, located along the important North-South route to the Adriatic Sea between Karlovac and Plitvice Lakes National Park, on the meeting of the rivers Korana and Slunjčica . Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): experience rural life at Opg Novkovic, delve into the distant past at Stari grad Slunj, and then identify plant and animal life at Rastoke.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Slunj trip builder website.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Slunj in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Karlovac.

Things to do in Slunj

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

3
nights
Karlovac

Step out of Karlovac to go to Ogulin and see Dulin Ponor, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Karlovac online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Slunj to Karlovac takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Karlovac are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Karlovac

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

few
hours
Zagreb

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zagreb trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karlovac to Zagreb takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 7th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors · Museums

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.

Karlovac County travel guide

3.8
Wildlife Areas · Military Museums · Castles
Karlovac County is a county in central Croatia, with the administrative center in Karlovac.The city of Karlovac is another fort from the times of the Military Frontier. It was built as a six-side star fort in the 16th century at the point of confluence of four rivers. The town blossomed in the 18th and the 19th century after being made a free town, with the development of roads between Pannonian plains to the seaside, and waterways along the Kupa river. The city is making use of its crucial geostrategic point in Croatia.The county itself extends towards the north to the water springs of Jamnica, and towards the south all the way down to the mountainous regions of Gorski kotar and Lika, in particular to the Bjelolasica mountain which features the largest winter sport recreation center in the country.

Source