15 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Amsterdam Itinerary

15 days in Croatia, Ljubljana & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Ston, Croatia
— Few hours
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zadar, Croatia
— Few hours
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Opatija, Croatia
— Few hours
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Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rovinj, Croatia
— Few hours
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Groznjan, Croatia
— 1 night
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zagreb road trip website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Zagreb is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. In December, Zagreb is much colder than Cape Town - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
You've now added Plitvice Lakes National Park to your itinerary.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Plitvice Lakes National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature · Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Little Church of St. Nicholas (Crkva sv. Nikole). On the 26th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Little Church of St. Nicholas (Crkva sv. Nikole). On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise, then visit Old Town, and then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik travel app.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Ston.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
The Franciscan Church and Monastery ©
The Franciscan Church and Monastery

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Ston, Croatia

Ston
Ston is a village and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia, located at the south of isthmus of the Pelješac peninsula. On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Ston Old Town and then don't miss a visit to Stonske zidine - Ulaz.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ston online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Ston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in December, Ston is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Ston

Historic Sites
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Ston Old Town
Ston Old Town
Stonske zidine - Ulaz ©
Stonske zidine - Ulaz

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Split, Croatia

Split ©

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Putalj Winery, Cathedral of Saint Domnius and Old Split.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Split trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ston to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Split when traveling from Ston in December, with lows around 5°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Wineries
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

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Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Bell Tower and then don't miss a visit to The Forum.

Planning Zadar trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Split to Zadar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Split in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Zadar. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Opatija.
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The Forum ©
The Forum
Bell Tower ©
Bell Tower

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Opatija, Croatia

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll through The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Opatija travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Opatija takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zadar in December since evenings lows in Opatija dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Opatija

Parks
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The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina ©
The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina

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Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Babos Wine as well as Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pula tour planner.

Getting from Opatija to Pula by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Opatija in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pula, with lows of 2°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovinj.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

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Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ©
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Babos Wine ©
Babos Wine

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take a stroll through Old Town.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovinj trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Pula to Rovinj in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Groznjan.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town

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Groznjan, Croatia

Groznjan ©
Grožnjan is a settlement and municipality in Croatia. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Town Loggia as well as Gallery Togy. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to The Town Loggia and then view the masterpieces at Gallery Togy.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Groznjan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Groznjan takes an hour. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Groznjan

Shopping · Museums
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Gallery Togy ©
Gallery Togy
The Town Loggia ©
The Town Loggia

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
You've now added Ljubljana Old Town to your itinerary.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana road trip app.

Traveling by car from Groznjan to Ljubljana takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods · Parks
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Dragon Bridge ©
Dragon Bridge
Tivoli Park ©
Tivoli Park

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©

Little Vienna

You've added Vinoteka Bornstein, St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), Strossmayer Promenade, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sun), take a stroll through Lower Town, then take a stroll through Strossmayer Promenade, then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Vinoteka Bornstein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Kula Lotrščak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), make a trip to Radiceva, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then pick up some local products at Dolac Market, and finally make a trip to Tkalciceva.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zagreb vacation app.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zagreb

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka)

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum and then walk around Vondelpark.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Amsterdam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Zagreb in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Amsterdam, with lows of 1°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark

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