10 Days in Croatia and Slovenia

Day by day itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Zagreb
Day 2 – Zagreb (city tour)
Day 3 – Zagreb – Lake Bled – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Day 4 – Ljubljana – Karlovac
Day 5 – Karlovac – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Split
Day 6 – Split (city tour)
Day 7 – Split – Hvar* (catamaran)
Day 8 – Hvar – Dubrovnik (catamaran)
Day 9 – Dubrovnik (city tour)
Day 10 – Departure from Dubrovnik

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

Aerial view of the main square in Zagreb

Arrival in Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia!

Your first stop is Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Zagreb is the largest city in the country and the one with the best position. The city is located in the heart of the country, which makes it an excellent starting point for exploring Croatia.

An old yellow building

Zagreb (city tour)

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 lake with an island in the center, surrounded by wood and mountains

Zagreb – Lake Bled – Ljubljana 

Continue your journey in Slovenia. The charming Lake Bled is world-renowned for having a natural island right in the center of the lake. To visit the island you will have to embark on the one of the charming little boats called “pletna”. The ride is calm and takes about 25 minutes. After visiting the natural island, and the church on the lake, get to know the Bled Castle, which rises above the lake, on top of a rock. From there you will have the most beautiful view of the lake and of the mountains that surround it. For more info click here!

After exploring the Lake Bled, head towards Ljubljana, the charming capital of the country.

A river flowing through the city, with a lovely stone bridge in the background

Ljubljana – Karlovac

The capital of Slovenia is a lovely town by the river, famous for its numerous bridges, each of which stands out for its unique architecture. Ljubljana is a flat, delightful city, that can easily be explored on foot. Visit the main attractions in the center of Ljubljana, pass the main bridges over the Ljubljanica River, discover the sad love story of the writer Prešeren, the leading Slovenian poet, as well as the story of a Dragon, the symbol of Ljubljana. Ljubljana is also known as the “green capital”, so leave enough time to visit one of the parksFor more tips on Ljubljana, click here.

After visiting the capital, return to the Croatian territory, towards the city of Karlovac, which is known as the city of 4 rivers and the city of parks. 

Aerial view of the lake, waterfall and the wooden passage in the national park

Karlovac – Plitvice Lakes – Split

Leave Karlovac 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. Get more info on the link.

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

Panoramical 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, open the link.

Panoramic view of Hvar

Split – Hvar (catamaran)

To get to the island of Hvar you need to take a catamaran boat. 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! 

Read more here!

Aerial view of the old town of Dubrovnik

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.

Main street in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (city tour)

Dubrovnik is the most impressive walled city you will ever visit! Enjoy the day off to stroll the streets of Dubrovnik and explore the city. We recommend visiting the city walls (it is possible to make the entire extension of the walls, or only one half). Another option of getting to know the city is by the cable car. This way you will get the aerial view of Dubrovnik.

It is also possible to take a boat trip to the Island of Lokrum, where the famous throne from the “Game of Thrones” series is located!

 

Airplane

Departure from Dubrovnik

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

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

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