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2-week Croatia Itinerary

We’ve made no secret of our love for Croatia. From top to bottom, from the interior to the coast, there hasn’t been a place we have visited that we didn’t fall in love with. We’ve been captivated by the dramatic coastline dotted with islands, by the thundering waterfalls in the national parks, by the charming historic towns and buzzing cities, by the traditional cuisine and local wine and, of course, by the kind and generous people. We could easily recommend that anyone visiting Croatia plan to spend at least a month – or more – exploring the landscapes and soaking it all in. However, we understand the realities of limited time off work and have, therefore, devised an ambitious 2-week Croatia Itinerary.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Our 2-week Croatia Itinerary is not for the slow traveler, but for the tourist who wants to see as much of Croatia as possible in a short amount of time. (And, will perhaps pick a region to return to in the future for a more leisurely trip.) It moves at a fast pace, covering the country from north to south, starting in Zagreb and ending in Dubrovnik (although, it could be done in the opposite direction),  mostly sticking to the coast, with eight stops in total.

2-week Croatia Itinerary Outline:

Zagreb (2 nights) – Rovinj (3 nights) – Pula (1 night) – Zadar (2 nights) – Skradin (1 night) – Split (2 nights) – Korcula (1 night) – Dubrovnik (2 nights)

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2-week Croatia Itinerary Overview:

Start your 2-week Croatia Itinerary in Zagreb, the country’s capital that moves in rhythm with the pulse of the trams. Get a sense of how the historic city evolved into a metropolis, growing from two separate towns. From Zagreb, head to the Istrian Peninsula to discover romantic Rovinj, prettily perched on the Adriatic Sea and painted in hues of pink and gold. Spend a day exploring the tastes and towns of the Istrian interior. Before leaving the peninsula, step back in time in Pula, a city on the southern tip of the peninsula and chock-a-block with Roman ruins. Take the scenic route along the coastline easing into the Dalmatian Coast and making a stop in Zadar, another once-walled city situated on the sea with islands just a stone’s throw away. For a taste of Croatia’s beautiful nature off the coast, head slightly inland to Skradin and take a trip into Krka National Park where thundering waterfalls cascade into jade pools. Continue south to Split, a city that has history, nature and an urban vibe – and is a hub of transportation activity. Hop aboard a ferry to Korcula, a small island with heaps of charm and astounding vistas. The following day, continue by boat to Dubrovnik – The Pearl of the Adriatic – soaking in the sun and scenery along the way.

Day-by-Day 2-week Croatia Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Zagreb and waste no time getting acquainted with the city. Take in the sights of the two old towns that Zagreb grew from: Gradec and Kaptol. If time permits, consider a stroll around one of Zagreb’s many parks, like the Green Horseshoe – 8 city blocks of green space lined with grand architecture. For drinks and dinner, head back to the old town and dine on the café-lined street, Tkalciceva. For craft brew lovers, search for a pint of Nova Runda, available at several locations around town.

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St. Mark’s Church | Zagreb, Croatia

For more information, visit the Zagreb Tourist Board

Day 2

Start the day with a coffee on Jelacic Square. Watch the trams come and go and the consequent rush of people. Visit the historic market bustling with morning shoppers and then double back through Jelacic Square to Zagreb 360 for a bird’s eye view of the city (keep your ticket; it’s valid for multiple entries on the same day). For the afternoon, head out of the city to Samobor. Hike up to the hilltop ruins and complete the afternoon with a piece of the famous Kremsnite cake. Once back in Zagreb, ascend to the top of Zagreb 360 after dark for a nighttime view of the city.

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Samobor, Croatia

Day 3

Transfer to Rovinj on the Istrian Peninsula. Upon arrival, immediately immerse yourself in the enchanting old town. Wander the cobblestone lanes that lead to the hilltop church and climb the stairs of St. Euphemia Church bell tower for grand views over the Adriatic Sea. If the weather is warm, take the stairs down to the rocks and cool off with a swim in the refreshing turquoise sea. Find a spot to watch the sunset, whether at a seaside café, along the rocks or on one of the piers. For dinner, enjoy Rovinj’s strong Italian influence and indulge in a pizza at Pizzeria Da Sergio, complimented with a glass of local wine.

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Rovinj, Croatia

For more information, visit the Rovinj Tourist Board or the Istria Tourist Board

Day 4

Spend the day touring the Istrian Peninsula. Start with a visit to Karlic Tartufi for a savory breakfast and an expedition in truffle hunting. Next, start drinking early and sip locally produced brandy at Aura Distillery. Stop in the picturesque hilltop town, Motovun, for lunch-with-a-view, before heading back to the coast to the historic town of Porec (don’t miss the interior of the Euphrasian Basilica). Be back in Rovinj for dinner and sample the catch of the day at one of the restaurants along the water.

{Note: This day trip is not possible by public transportation. We suggest hiring a driver for the day or renting a car. Alternatively, ask at tourist offices for any tour buses going to Motovun or take a boat or the public bus to Porec.}

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Motovun, Croatia

Day 5

In the morning, rent bikes and pedal along the bike trail through the countryside, passing church remains and vineyards. Once back in Rovinj, continue your exploration of wine by heading out on foot to two nearby wineries for a taste of locally produced wine. Get back to the harbor before sunset and set sail on El Mare or Delfin for an evening sunset cruise.

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Bicycling | Rovinj, Croatia

Day 6

Transfer to Pula, the largest city on the Istrian Peninsula with Roman ruins that rival those in Italy. Spend the day gazing in awe over the preserved 1st century amphitheater and Temple of Augustus. Before hiking up to Fort Kastel, stop at the market to assemble a picnic for later.

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Amphitheater | Pula, Croatia

For more information, click here for the Pula Tourist Board

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Day 7

Transfer to Zadar by taking the scenic route along the coast from Pula. Zadar, which also boasts remains of the ancient past, retains a youthful feel with a large portion of the population comprised of young university students. Get an immediate introduction to the city with our Zadar self-guided walking tour that circles in a loop past the best sights. For dinner, grab an enormous slice of pizza for cheap – or choose one of the many restaurants that line the narrow streets. End the evening with a taste of Maraschino, the liqueur produced by the local Maraska Company.

{Note: The scenic route from Pula to Zadar takes about 7 hours. If traveling by bus, inquire whether the route will be on the highway or coastal road. If on the coastal road, be sure to get a seat on the right side of the bus for spectacular views.}

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The Forum | Zadar, Croatia

For more information, click here for the Zadar Tourist Board

Day 8

Set sail from the mainland to one of the nearby islands – Ogljan or Dugi Otok. Tours are plentiful, but hopping on the commuter ferry costs a fraction of the price.

{Note, a trip to Ogljan allows for time to explore the island, while a boat trip to Dugi Otok only provides the opportunity to be out on the water for the day, but no time to depart the ship.}

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Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

Day 9

Transfer to Skradin, once a powerful town in the region, it now serves as the entrance to Krka National Park. Buy tickets from the official park office and take the first available ferry to the park.  Spend the day walking around and over the waterfalls, then jump in for a swim at the base of Skradinski Buk, the largest waterfall in the park. Back in Skradin, walk around town and be sure to make the climb up the hill for 360 degree views.

{Alternatively, rather than staying in Skradin, stay in Sibenik (where there is more to see/do) and take a bus to Krka N.P.}

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Krka National Park

For more information, click here for the Skradin Tourist Board

Day 10

Transfer to Split, a bustling city with a lively waterfront and ancient past. Walk through the remains of Diocletian’s Palace and through the streets of the town that grew around the ruler’s residence. After an afternoon of history, return to modern times and walk the Riva before selecting one of the many cafes to have a drink and a front-row seat for sunset. For dinner, find Trattoria Bajamont, a quaint and traditional restaurant, along a narrow lane in the palace or, for something a little more upscale, head to Restaurant Apetit.

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Diocletian’s Palace | Split, Croatia

For more information, click here for the Split Tourist Board

Day 11

In the morning, set out on a half-day trip. Go north to Trogir to see the UNESCO Heritage city that encompasses a small island, which is reached by a short footbridge, or go south to Omis to make the hike up to the castle, which provides stunning views of the surrounding area. Be back in Split by early afternoon to walk the paths on Marjan Hill. At sunset, have drinks by the marina or – for a more unique experience – stop by the bottleshop near the fisherman’s port, Matejuska, and drink with the locals. Have dinner at one of the family-run restaurants in the Varos neighborhood.

{Alternatively, rather than making a trip out of the city, hike Marjan Hill in the morning and find a rocky beach where you can spend the day swimming.}

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View from Marjan Hill | Split, Croatia

Day 12

Transfer by boat to the old-world town of Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Wander the neatly planned cobblestone lanes within the confines of the old city walls. For views of the city from a distance, walk west, outside the walls, along the shoreline. For sunset cocktails, go to Massimo, a unique bar in a turret (just be careful when climbing the ladder!). Have dinner al fresco along the seawall.

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Korcula, Croatia

For more information, click here for the Korcula Tourist Board

Day 13

Transfer by boat to Dubrovnik, The Pearl of the Adriatic. Get an overview of the city by walking the elevated fortifications before descending onto the old town streets. Take in the sights along the Stradun and throughout the old town with an ice cream cone in hand. At sunset, pop through the wall to one of the Buzas – bars clinging to the outside of the walls above the sea.

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The Stradun | Dubrovnik, Croatia

For more information, click here for the Dubrovnik Tourist Board

Day 14

In the morning, hike Mount Srd (or take the cable car up and hike down…or, for those exhausted from 2-weeks of sightseeing, take the Dubrovnik Cable Car both ways). To see the city from other vantage points, walk along the coastline away from the city to the east or to the west. If you have time before your plane leaves, take a late afternoon swim in the Adriatic Sea just outside the city walls around the corner from the marina – or further south at the beach.

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View from Mount Srd | Dubrovnik, Croatia

Tips for our 2-week Croatia Itinerary

Accommodations:

  • With this fast-paced 2-week Croatia Itinerary, staying in or near the city center is essential.
  • Many accommodations are available in historic buildings, which provides character. It can also mean multi-level staircases and glass-less/screen-less windows.
  • As we travel, we mostly use Airbnb for accommodations, but occasionally stay in hotels. The list below only includes places we have actually stayed and can recommend. All of the accommodations are in or near the center of town and reasonably affordable (although, prices can sky-rocket in high-season.) If you have not used Airbnb before, use this link to set up your account and save money on your first stay.
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Food and Drinks:

  • Fresh fish is a regional specialty, but it’s not the only one. Cevapi (minced meat sausages served with bread, onions and cream), burek (a hearty meat- or cheese-filled pastry) and kebabs (an overflowing sandwich of shaved chicken or lamb) are popular – and inexpensive – take-away items.
  • There is a strong Italian influence throughout Croatia, but even more so in Istria. Pizzas and pastas are phenomenal.
  • There is a long history of wine production in Croatia, although much of it was stalled during the Yugoslavia era. It’s highly recommended to try the local wine!
  • Craft beer is a relatively new concept in Croatia, but it has gained momentum. One brewery, Nova Runda, is helping to lead the charge and their product is becoming more widely available throughout the country. Local craft beer bars are popping up in the bigger cities. In Zagreb, head to Opatovina Street; in Split, look for To Je To; in Dubrovnik, find Glam Cafe. Zivjeli! 
  • Croatia has liberal laws regarding drinking in public. It is perfectly fine to get a bottle of wine and plastic cups or a few beers from the local grocery store and find a place outdoors with a view to enjoy it. (If you don’t have a bottle opener, the store often has one to use at the registers.) Apply the same concept to lunch and purchase local products from the market then seek out a place for a picnic.

Transportation:

We traveled through Croatia by bus and all of the overnight destinations on our 2-week Croatia Itinerary can be reached via public bus (except for Korcula, which can be reached by ferry). However, there are a few things to consider:

  • Buses often take longer, make multiple stops and don’t have facilities on board.
  • On a longer route, buses will make short 5-10 minute stops at stations for bathroom breaks – and sometimes the station charges a small fee to use the bathroom, so bring small coins.
  • You can eat on board, so bring food and drinks with you.
  • Bus schedules change with the seasons, offering only limited service in the off-season and potentially filling all the seats in advance in the high season.
  • Unfortunately, the internet isn’t always accurate as to price and schedule for buses. We have found that it is best to immediately buy tickets for the next destination upon arrival.
  • On the upside, travel-by-bus can be an economical and less-stressful way to travel.
  • If traveling by car, keep in mind that most of the old towns are car-free zones.
  • Not all accommodations provide parking – and in some cases there is an extra charge for parking.

Connectivity:

When you are on the move and want to stay connected, a wifi hotspot is the way to go. When traveling through Croatia, you can stay connected with reliable wifi from Roam Free Ninja. The personal mobile wifi hotspot can be rented for days or months at a time and allows you to easily share your travel experiences with friends and family on social media. 

Before You Go:

  • Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
  • It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good map and/or guidebook prior to arriving.  
  • We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.

Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for our complete packing list and other travel resources!

General:

  • Our favorite time to visit Croatia is in the autumn, when crowds are thin and temperatures are cool – yet, warm enough to enjoy the outdoors and even a swim in the Adriatic Sea. However, some places – restaurants, hotels, museums – are only open during summer.
  • On the upside, entrance fees and lodging fares are lower in the non-peak season.
  • Croatia is a relatively affordable country and a small budget can go far. If on a tight budget, consider bus over rental car, picnic lunches on the coast over restaurant dining and beers/wine from the store over café-sipping.
  • Have more than two weeks for your Croatia holiday? Consider adding a trip to Plitvice Lakes and/or Osijek to your itinerary! 
  • Be flexible. Our 2-week Croatia Itinerary is jam-packed. If a bus or boat connection won’t work, don’t panic and simply rearrange your schedule. After your first visit to Croatia, we think you’ll be planning a return trip soon, anyway!

For additional information for planning your trip to Croatia, visit the Croatia Tourist Board

 

We want to know: What would you add our 2-week Croatia Itinerary? If you’ve been to Croatia, what was the highlight of your trip? Tell us in the comments!

 

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30 thoughts on “2-week Croatia Itinerary

  1. JL

    Hello! This post is most helpful as I prepare my summer trip to Croatia. Thanks for posting all your research and experiences. May I ask: 1) if I have the same amount of time, but want less frequent stops, what are the three of four regions I could experience ( staying in each of those major places a bit longer than jet-setting each day or every other, as to not always be on the move)? 2) How did you fly home from Dubrovnik? If I use that as an end point, how would I leave the country? Is there an airport outside of the capitol? Thank you!!

    • Hi JL – Thanks for the comment! If we had to limit the trip to just 4 regions to stay in, we would suggest Rovinj, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. From each of those cities, it is possible to explore the regions by bus (quite a bit easier if you have a car, but that adds the difficulty of parking). There are also day trips to islands via boat that are possible from each location. For example, from Rovinj (4 nights), take a trip to the interior and to Pula. From Zadar (2 nights), take a trip to Skradin/Krka National Park. From Split (4 nights), take day trips north or south (to Trogir or Omis) and via boat to Hvar. From Dubrovnik (4 nights), explore the area and swim in the sea!
      There is an airport in Dubrovnik just south of the city. In the summer, there are flights to most major European cities (London, Munich, Frankfurt) where you connect to your final destination. Hope this helps. Have a fantastic trip to Croatia!

  2. Dan

    I have been to Croatia numerous times now from Australia as I fell in love with the place on my first visit. I love Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Korcula, Zadar but my hidden treasures are Rovinj , Porec, Groznjan and Noticing in the Ostrich hinterland, Island of Murter and the Kornati archipelago,charming City of Sibenik, island of Losinj, Pucisca and Golden Horn beach on the island of Brac, Varazdin and Trakoscan castle, the waterfall village of Rastoke and last but not least the Island of Via and ghe stunning Stiniva cove. Be sure to google these beautiful places and visit on ur next trip

  3. Apu

    Am planning 10 days in Croatia. We are vegetarian and wanted to check if veg food is an issue? Also, can you recommend a travel agent who can help you book this itinerary?

    • Hi Apu – 10 days in Croatia sounds wonderful! There should be non-meat dishes – at least as far as pasta, salads and pizzas – but I don’t recall there being many options for meat substitutes (like tofu) or vegetarian-specific restaurants – but perhaps we just don’t remember seeing them. We usually book our trips on our own, but there is a list of travel agencies on the Croatia National Tourist Board website – here is the link: http://croatia.hr/en-GB/Journey-through-Croatia/Travel-agencies – hopefully you can find an agent from that list 😉
      Have a fantastic time in Croatia – hope you love it as much as we do!
      Cheers!

      • Dan

        There are many vegan and gluten free places opening up so just google them and in most touristy places you should be okay. There is plenty of fish dishes also as this is a National delicassy

      • Dan

        I prefer the high season , even the smallest towns come alive with festivities and the water is beautiful . You miss these things which add 30 percent to the experience of you go outside the tourist season

  4. Dan

    I think the town of Sibenik is the most underrated place in Croatia. Such a beautiful harbor and great old windy streets. Trust me will be the new Dubrovnik soon. Close to the Krka falls, Island of Murter and the Kornati archipelago. Also day trip options to Vodice and Primosten

  5. A nice itinerary but too much time between Zagreb and Istria. Visiting Croatia, Plitvice Lakes are ‘must visit’. Driving down the coast, Trogir town has to be included. Once in Split (my home town), don’t miss either Brac island (Bol town) or Hvar island (Hvar town). This only my suggestions but we all have our own plans when visiting any country.

    • Hi Pero –
      Thanks for the comment! We absolutely love Zagreb and Istria and think they are too often overlooked when visiting Croatia, thus why we encourage people to spend more time there. It was a tough decision to leave Plitvice off this itinerary (we are completely enamored by the park!), but wanted to stick to the coast. Trogir is included in our itinerary as a day trip option from Split. We chose Korcula over Hvar because of the more historic setting, but Hvar is a lovely place for relaxation and a swim in the sea. In our opinion, if you make it to Croatia, you won’t be disappointed 😉
      Cheers!

  6. Jo allem

    I really want to go to Croatia. . Is October months or November still good to go..? Is plitvice lakes open that time of year? Thanks… lady jo

    • Hi Lady Jo –
      Croatia is beautiful in the autumn – it’s our favorite time to visit Croatia, actually! By the middle of October it will probably be too cold to go swimming, but the crowds are light! Prices for accommodations and entrance fees might also be lower in the off-season; however, some restaurants, museums, boats, tours and other sights close at the end of summer. Plitvice Lakes is open year round, but in November, some parts are closed. (We were there in March when the Upper Lakes were closed and still thought it was worth it to go see the Lower Lakes). Hope you enjoy your trip!

  7. Debbie

    Hi

    I’ve just stumbled upon this
    Fantastic to have some help as we are just trying to organise our trip in June as I type this. Not sure we can manage 2 weeks but think we can possibly make 10 days. If we had to miss certain things out what would u recommend?

    Thanks
    Debbie

    • Hi Debbie –
      Any amount of time spent in Croatia is well worth it! So, if we had to cut out a few days of our itinerary, we would do the following:
      1 night in Zagreb instead of 2 (walk the sights, skip Samobor), 2 nights in Rovinj instead of 3 (spend time in the old town and tour the Istrian Peninsula, skip biking/wine walk). If you are self-driving, don’t stay the night in Pula, instead see it during the drive from Rovinj to Zadar. Make a stop in Pula to walk the sights and have lunch and then continue driving to Zadar. (If you are taking buses, check the schedules when you arrive in Rovinj – there may be more frequent buses in the summer that would allow you to make a short 2-3 hour stopover in Pula and then continue by bus. If not, Pula would have to be missed.) Then, depending on your interests, choose to only stay one night in Zadar or skip staying on Korcula. For us, it would be a tough call. You would be getting to Zadar late in the day and would have to leave early the next day to get to Krka NP, but we think it is too great of a city to bypass outright. If you stay 2 nights in Zadar and skip Korcula, still – if you like being out on the water – take the boat from Split to Dubrovnik, that way you would be able to see the island on approach – and it’s absolutely beautiful. I hope this helps!

  8. Oregon Follower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your suggested travel itinerary is a masterpiece !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONWARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thanks for the tips Safari Junkie! We haven’t been to Brioni, but have heard great things about it. We did some sailing a little further south of the Kornati Archipelago and it rates high on our list of leisurely activities in Croatia!

  9. Olimpia

    A good itinerary. My family are from Korcula and I often visit. I’m surprised you left out the Plitvice Lakes, another UNESCO heritage site. I always recommend a visit to Plitvice as a must do to anyone visiting Croatia.

    • Hi Olimpia – Thank you so much and how lovely that you have family to visit in Korcula (we are a bit jealous!). We loved our time in Plitvice Lakes and debated about including it instead of Krka NP. But, for this short-on-time, fast-paced itinerary, Krka worked better. 😉

  10. Olimpia

    A good itinerary. In my opinion the omission of the Plitvice Lakes is a mistake. I tell anyone going there that visiting Plitvice is an absolute must!

  11. Sharon Applewhite

    How nice to have a whole itinerary. I sent it off to my travelling children – who haven’t been to this part of the world and who like to walk and don’t spend much time in museums – and who like beer and wine.
    I have enjoyed receiving your posts and their terrific pictures – almost like being there. I am getting older and creakier but my children are getting closer to retirement and richer so hopefully they can see the sights you have. Take care, and Cheers!
    Sharon Applewhite

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