12 days in Croatia & Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Split, Ferry to Trogir
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Trogir, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Piran, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Cavtat Seaside Promenade, then stroll through Sveti Jakov Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lapad. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Minceta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, then make a trip to Onophrian Fountain, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik online trip builder.

Philadelphia, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Hvar.
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Hvar, Croatia — 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pakleni Otoci and Jerolim. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mlini Beach, stroll through Dubovica Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and do a tasting at Tomic Winery.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip itinerary app.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Trogir.
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Trogir, Croatia — 1 night

Stone Beauty

A small Dalmatian town dating back to the Hellenistic period, Trogir represents a melting pot of Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Waterfront Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Trogir Square, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower.

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You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Trogir in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zadar.
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Zadar, Croatia — 2 nights

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Zadar City Museum / Muzej Grada Zadra, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zadar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trogir to Zadar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Zadar when traveling from Trogir in August, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Piran.
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Piran, Slovenia — 2 nights

Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
On the 12th (Sat), make a trip to Tartini Square, view the masterpieces at Tartini's House, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Church, then see the interesting displays at Hitchhikers Museum, then don't miss a visit to Walls of Piran, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Portorož Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Carpaccio square, pause for some serene contemplation at Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower, admire the striking features of Praetorian Palace, then get a taste of the local shopping with Loza Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Duka Gallery, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Port Piran.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Piran online route planner.

Drive from Zadar to Piran in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pula.
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Pula, Croatia — 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Mon), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then examine the collection at Museum Olei Histriae, then see the interesting displays at Museo Historico y Naval de Istra, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Arch of the Sergi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pula attractions planning site.

You can drive from Piran to Pula in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Croatia travel guide

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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.
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