30 days in Croatia Itinerary

30 days in Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Croatia holiday planner

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Dubrovnik
— 4 nights
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Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
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Split
— 4 nights
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Zadar
— 4 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
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Pula
— 3 nights
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Rijeka
— 3 nights
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Zagreb
— 6 nights
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Dubrovnik

— 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Cavtat Cemetery. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, don't miss a visit to Bell Tower, head off the coast to Lopud Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dominican Monastery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Dubrovnik is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in September, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Hvar, Hvar Island

— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mlini Beach and Jerolim. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Harbour of Hvar, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the historical opulence of Tvrdalj Castle.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hvar holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Split

— 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trogir Square and Museum uja. Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: Omiš (Cetina River & Omiš Cetina Canyon), Trogir (The City Hall - Duke's Palace & Waterfront Promenade) and Supetar Bay (in Supetar). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Klis Fortress, hunt for treasures at Split Market, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and examine the collection at Froggyland.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Split trip itinerary builder app.

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In September in Split, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Zadar

— 4 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zrmanja and Sokolarski Raptor Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Sibenik (Town Hall Sibenik, Rak Winery, &more). There's lots more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, don't miss a visit to Paseo Maritimo, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum Zadar, and admire the striking features of City Sentinel.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Zadar trip planning app.

You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Zadar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks · Outdoors · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Plitvice Lakes National Park

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rastoke, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at The Lower Lakes. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Barac Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Gradinsko Lake, then explore the activities along The Upper Lakes, and finally admire the sheer force of Mali Buk.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park travel route builder.

Getting from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Pula.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Pula

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Monastery and Church of St. Francis. Explore Pula's surroundings by going to Lavanda Deklevi (in Visnjan), Motovun (Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun & Ancient City Walls) and Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia (in Groznjan). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Valle dIstria/Bale, admire the landmark architecture of Arco dei Sergi, do a tasting at Benazic Winery, and stop by Dolija 08.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pula trip planner.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rijeka.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Rijeka

— 3 nights
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Explore hidden gems such as The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina and Peek & Poke Computer Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Rijeka: Truffle Hunting (in Motovun), Buzet (Food Tours & Aura Distillery) and Moscenicka Draga (in Opatija). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Volosko, contemplate the long history of Kastav, step into the grandiose world of Trsat Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Romuald Tempio Votivo Church.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rijeka day trip planning tool.

Getting from Pula to Rijeka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Rijeka sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Zagreb

— 6 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Explore hidden gems such as Lower Town and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Croatian Museum of Naive Art, push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to King Tomislav Square, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Zagreb sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Rijeka to Zagreb by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Rijeka in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 3:

Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.