12 days in Croatia & Bled Itinerary

12 days in Croatia & Bled Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Bled, Slovenia
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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 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Stradun, then view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, and then visit Old Town.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder.

Seoul, South Korea to Dubrovnik is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Seoul in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Dubrovnik, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Hvar, Croatia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery and then take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubovica Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sveta Nedilja.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip maker website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, steep yourself in history at Diocletian's Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Split holiday maker app.

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nin's Lagoon, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, delve into the distant past at Five Wells Square (Trg 5 Bunara), then don't miss a visit to The Forum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Zadar Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, kick back and relax at Jadro Beach, take in the views from Stone Bridge and the Old Gate, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Narodni trg u Zadru, and finally don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje).

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zadar itinerary builder.

Drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zadar, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park online travel route planner.

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 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb road trip site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Bled, Slovenia

— 1 night
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bled trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Zagreb to Bled in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bled

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.

Hvar Island travel guide

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Lookouts · Nightlife · Islands
Island of the Sun
Hvar Island, "the queen of the Dalmatian islands," draws visitors to its beaches lapped by the crystal blue sea. Croatia's sunniest and longest island offers a mild climate, secluded pebble coves, ancient olive trees, vast lavender fields, and pine-forested hills. An important strategic and nautical point since prehistoric times, the island has been building its unique identity ever since. Experience the flavor of Hvar Island in small inns serving homemade wines, as locals sing old island songs. In contrast, the cosmopolitan Hvar offers luxurious five-star hotels, which can attract celebrities (and drive prices up). For a true Hvar experience, try private accommodations like hostels and apartments at private houses, which can service more diverse crowd. The town is crisscrossed by cobbled streets lined with Venetian palaces and offers exciting nightlife.