10 Days in Croatia

Day by day itinerary

Circular tour:

Day 1 – Arrival in Zagreb
Day 2 – Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Split
Day 3 – Split (city tour)
Day 4 – Split – Hvar* (catamaran)
Day 5 – Hvar (boat ride or city tour)
Day 6 – Hvar – Dubrovnik (catamaran)
Day 7 – Dubrovnik (city tour)
Day 8 – Dubrovnik – Šibenik – Zadar
Day 9 – Zadar (city tour) – Zagreb
Day 10 – Departure from Zagreb

*A day trip to Hvar, or any other island, is only advisable during the summer.

Ban Jelačić Square

Arrival in Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia!

Enjoy your stay and explore the main spots of Zagreb such as Ban Jelačić Square, Dolac open-air market, Kaptol Cathedral, and the famous Tkalčićeva Street that is full of bars and restaurants. Make sure to pay a visit to the Upper Town with the beautiful Church of St. Mark. Take a ride at the funicular and also visit the Flowers Square.
If you have more time to spare, take the bus and go further. Explore the Maksimir Zoo, the Dinamo Stadium, and the Mirogoj Cemetery.

More information about the capital is available here.

A lovely lake with a wooden bridge

Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Split

Leave Zagreb and start your journey to the south of Croatia. Make a stop at the most beautiful place in the country and visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The Park is a place of unique natural beauty and it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 16 larger lakes and several smaller lakes. The lakes are all interconnected as if they were a ladder – they are cascading one into the other over a number of beautiful waterfalls. The Plitvice Lakes National Park covers the area of around 300 km2 and it is home to more than 250 animal species and more than 1,400 plant species. 

After making a stop at the National Park, continue your trip towards Split, in Dalmatia.

Panoramic view of Split

Split (city tour)

The main attraction of the city of Split is the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built in the 5th century BC. This palace is one of the best preserved in Europe and it is located on Riva, the seaside promenade of the city. You can also visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, with the 57-meters-high bell tower. Next to St. Domnius Cathedral you will find the impressive Vestibule and the Peristyle, which was once the central square of the palace. Split is the second largest city in Croatia, which not only offers a beautiful architecture, but also has the best beaches and rich nightlife.

For more info about Split, follow the link.

The boardwalk in Split

Split – Hvar (catamaran)

To get to the island of Hvar you need to take a catamaran boat. The port of Split is located close to the Riva, next to the Diocletian’s Palace. The easiest way is to go on foot, because cars are not allowed in this area.

It is important to be at the port at least 15 minutes earlier.

Panoramic view of Hvar

Hvar (boat ride or city tour)

Despite being well-known for its nightlife, for which it even earned the title of “Croatian Ibiza”, the city of Hvar welcomes the most varied public. For those who are not looking for a place to party, the island has other things to offer. Hvar is a city of long and diverse history, with beautiful architecture and rich culture. You can also visit one of the nearby beaches and take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, which is even cleaner in this part of Croatia! Explore the little streets of the city and climb up to the fort on a hill which offers one of the most beautiful views of the island.

Read more here!

The historic center of Dubrovnik seen from the air

Hvar – Dubrovnik (catamaran)

Your next stop is Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. Dubrovnik is one of the most visited cities in Croatia, which became internationally known as the King’s Landing due to the famous “Game of Thrones” series.

To get to Dubrovnik you need to take the catamaran. It is important to be at the port of Hvar at least 15 minutes before the take off.

Dubrovnik city walls

Dubrovnik (city tour)

The city of Dubrovnik is located at the very south of Dalmatia. This medieval city lies right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. The old town walls date back to the 16th century and are among the best preserved in the world. The entrance to the walled city is free and the best way to visit it is to get lost in its streets.
There are two main gates to the city: Pile and Ploče. Entering the Pile gate, you will find yourself at the beginning of Stradun, the city’s “boardwalk”. There, you can also see the Franciscan Church with the bell tower and the Monastery.

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The cathedral in Šibenik

Dubrovnik – Šibenik – Zadar

Continue your journey towards the city of Split, but first make a stop in Šibenik. Unlike the other coastal towns that were founded by Greeks, Romans and other nations, Šibenik was founded by Croats. And it is considered to be the oldest city on the eastern shore of the Adriatic. The main church in the city, the Cathedral of St. James, was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cathedral was built in stone in the Gothic and Renaissance architectural style.

After exploring the city of Šibenik, head towards Zadar.

A stone church in Zadar

Zadar (city tour) – Zagreb

Zadar is one of the main cities on the coast that became world famous thanks to the world’s first and only Sea Organ. The waves interact with the structure creating random but harmonic sounds. You can sit and relax on the marble steps of the organ and enjoy the sea breeze and the most beautiful sunset in the world! Right next to the Sea Organ, there is another interesting instalation called “Sun Salutation”, that lights up in a explosion of colors after every sunset and offers the visitors of Zadar a unique light-show experienceMore info about Zadar is available here.

At the end of the tour, continue to Zagreb.

Airplane

Departure from Zagreb

Thank you for visiting Croatia! We hope you enjoyed your stay and wish you a lovely trip back home.

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Croatia 10 days itinerary was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by Marilia Oliveira

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