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We’ve made no secret of our love for Croatia. From north to south, from Slavonia to the Dalmatian Coast, there hasn’t been a place we visited in Croatia that we didn’t fall in love with. With so many incredible Croatia destinations, creating an easy-flowing, all-encompassing route through the country can be a challenge…but we’re here to help make your Croatia Itinerary trip planning easy!
We carefully considered all of the top places to see in Croatia and devised an absolutely perfect 2 Week Croatia Itinerary.
Croatia Itinerary Planning
Croatia might be a small country with a population of 4 million people, but there is so much to see and do. One of the first steps in planning the best Croatia Itinerary is determining length of stay and number of destinations.
Ideally, visitors will have at least two weeks in Croatia – but there is no right or wrong way to plan a Croatia trip.
It was with thoughtful consideration that we created this 2 weeks in Croatia travel itinerary, which features (in our opinion) the best of Croatia – from must-see destinations to lesser-visited gems.
Planning a Trip to Croatia for 2 Weeks
Before we jump into our day-by-day Croatia Two Week Itinerary, we want to cover a few details about Croatia trip planning. We’ll cover an overview of our Croatia route, provide a helpful Croatia map, info about where to start and end and how to best travel around Croatia.
About Our Croatia Itinerary
This 2 Week Croatia Itinerary is not for the slow traveler, but for the ambitious tourist who wants to see as much of Croatia as possible in a short amount of time. We think this is the best Croatia itinerary, but it moves at a fast pace. Our Two Weeks in Croatia Itinerary covers the length of the country from north to south, starting in Zagreb and ending in Dubrovnik (although, it can be done in either direction).
The route of our Two Week Croatia Itinerary travels mostly along the coast, with eight stops in total. Additionally, throughout our Croatia trip plan, we offer alternate Croatia routes to help travelers plan their best trip.
Planning Your 2 Week Croatia Itinerary
Our Croatia Travel Itinerary can be used exactly as it is written or as a guideline of what to do in Croatia. To help plan your trip to Croatia, we have also included suggestions on where to stay, tips about how much a trip to Croatia costs and general advice about traveling through Croatia.
We understand that every person has a different travel style and that some visitors may have more or less time in Croatia than two weeks. To assist others with planning a trip to Croatia, we include sample Croatia itinerary variations at the end of the article.
Below, in addition to the Croatia 2 Week Itinerary Overview, you will find a detailed Day-by-Day Croatia Trip Planner that includes some of our top travel tips for Croatia.
Visitors planning a first time trip to Croatia should also read our tips on preparing for your vacation to Croatia – which covers a wide range of need-to-know Croatia travel topics. Additionally, travelers visiting other destinations can use our general tips for planning European vacations.
Organizing Your 2 Week Itinerary Croatia
When planning a 14 Day Croatia Itinerary, it is essential to stay on top of the details! While researching and making reservations, we recommend using a travel planner to keep track of your Croatia trip plans. Our Travel Planning Printables are fantastic for ensuring nothing slips through the cracks!
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Best Places to Visit in Croatia in 2 Weeks
Croatia is a contrasting country – and so much more than one iconic city. We feature an array of destinations, sights and a few of Croatia’s hidden gems in our Croatia 2 Week Itinerary.
We’ve been captivated by the dramatic Croatian coastline dotted with islands. Enthralled by the thundering waterfalls in Croatia’s national parks. Charmed by the historic Croatian towns and buzzing cities. Delighted by the traditional cuisine and local Croatian wine. The country is simply amazing. Our recommended travel route features the best places to go in Croatia for a truly complete experience.
With all the things to do in Croatia, 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 and have devised an ambitious 2-Week Croatia Itinerary.
2 Weeks in Croatia Itinerary Outline
Our 2 Weeks in Croatia Itinerary includes overnight stays in eight of the best cities in Croatia. (Although, travelers who would rather stay in one location longer have options for Croatia day trips; we provide alternate trip tips throughout our Day-by-Day Croatia Itinerary.)
Croatia Itinerary 2 Weeks: Zagreb (2 nights) – Rovinj (3 nights) – Zadar (2 nights) – Sibenik (1 night) – Split (2 nights) – Hvar (1 night) – Korcula (1 night) – Dubrovnik (2 nights)
Croatia Travel Map
This map of Croatia outlines the route from Zagreb to Dubrovnik and highlights the destinations that we include in our Best of Croatia Itinerary. Use this link to Google Maps for an online version of our Croatia Map.
We also recommend purchasing a paper Croatia Road Trip Map (like this one) before your trip, especially if you are taking a self-drive Croatia road trip.
Accommodations and Getting Around Croatia
For each destination in our 2 Week Croatia Itinerary, we provide recommendations of where to stay. We generally prefer apartments, rather than hotels, and there are thousands of Croatia Airbnb Apartments to choose from. That said, for quick 1 or 2 night stays, it may be better to stay in hotels (both for the cost and convenience).
Croatia Road Trip 14 Days: Public Transport or Car
We created our 2-Week Croatia Itinerary contingent on using public transportation. All of our featured Croatia destinations are connected via bus or ferry – and many of our recommendations are based on travelers not renting a car. That said, our itinerary for Croatia can easily be used for visitors who rent a car for a Croatia Road Trip.
We include detailed tips for Croatia accommodations and transport options at the end of the article.
2-Week Croatia Itinerary Overview
Our Croatia travel itinerary is filled with amazing Croatia sights and many of the top Croatia things to do. Before we dive into the Croatia 2 Weeks itinerary day-by-day details, let’s summarize how to spend 14 days in Croatia.
Croatia in Two Weeks Summary
Start your 2-week Croatia Itinerary in Zagreb, the capital that moves in rhythm with the pulse of the city’s trams. Get a sense of how modern Zagreb evolved from two medievil towns. Explore more of Croatia’s inland landscapes, such as Plitvice National Park, on a day trip.
From Zagreb, continue your Croatia Itinerary trip plan and travel to the Istrian Peninsula. Discover romantic Rovinj, prettily perched on the Adriatic Sea and painted in hues of pink and gold. Spend a day exploring the hill towns of the Istrian interior. See the historic sights in the coastal towns of Porec and Pula, home to incredible Roman ruins.
Next up on our 2-Week Croatia itinerary is the Dalmatian Coast. Travel the scenic shoreline south from Istria easing into the laid-back Dalmatian Coast lifestyle and make a stop in Zadar. It is another once-walled city situated on the sea with islands just a stone’s throw away. After spending a day exploring the Zadar Old City and the seaside, continue south to Sibenik.
From Sibenik, our 2-Week Trip Plan for Croatia allows visitors to get an additional taste of the country’s beautiful nature. Travel to Skradin and take a trip into Krka National Park where thundering waterfalls cascade into jade pools.
Next on our Best Itinerary for Croatia is one of the most popular cities to visit: Split. The city combines history and nature, along with an urban vibe – plus, it is a hub of transportation activity. Wander the lanes of Diocletian’s Palace, hike to an amazing Croatian viewpoint and soak in the sun on an Adriatic beach.
You will then depart Split for a few days of Croatian Island Hopping, a highlight of any Croatia vacation. Jump aboard a ferry to discover two of Croatia’s best islands: Hvar and Korcula. Spend one night of your Croatia vacation in Hvar Town, where there are fantastic restaurants, buzzing bars, and stunning coastline to explore. Catch the ferry the following day and sail to Korcula, a beautiful island with heaps of charm, excellent wine and more astounding vistas.
After a night in Korcula, cruise to Dubrovnik – one of the best places to see in Croatia – soaking in the sun and scenery along the way. The final two days of our Croatia Itinerary are spent discovering Dubrovnik. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with amazing architecture, stunning sights and some of the best Dalmatian Coast beaches.
Day-by-Day Croatia Trip Planner
Now that you have an idea of what to expect on your Croatia 14 Day Itinerary, we are filling in all the details of how to plan your time in each destination. Use our detailed day-by-day outline for 2 weeks in Croatia to plan your perfect trip.
For each day, we recommend activities, where to stay, and offer alternative options. Additionally, we provide pertinent information about visiting Croatia at the end of the article.
Note: We share helpful Croatia travel guides throughout this 2 Weeks Itinerary Croatia Trip Plan. Find all of our Croatia trip planning articles on a dedicated Croatia travel page.
DAY 1: Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia
On Day 1 of your Croatia 2-Week Itinerary, arrive in Zagreb and waste no time getting acquainted with the often-overlooked Croatian capital city. Take in the sights of the Zagreb Old Town in the historic districts of Gradec and Kaptol. Use our Self-Guided Zagreb Walking Tour or join a local guide on an organized walk (read reviews!).
If time permits, consider a stroll around one of Zagreb’s best parks, like the Green Horseshoe (8 city blocks of green space lined with grand architecture) or the suburban oasis of Maksimir Park. For drinks and dinner, be back in the center of Zagreb and dine along the café-lined Tkalciceva street. After dinner, belly up at Opatovina or ‘Beer Street’ for a pint of Croatian craft beer (look for our favorite, Nova Runda!).
Where To Stay in Zagreb
The city of Zagreb is well-connected by a network of trams. Assuming that travelers using this itinerary are utilizing public transportation, we recommend staying near the Zagreb Bus Station (so that you don’t have to lug your bags very far!). There are a handful of hotels, boutique accommodations and numerous holiday apartments within walking distance from the station. If there are rooms available, we recommend staying at the hip Hotel 9 (check availability!).
Top Tip: From ZAG airport, there is an inexpensive and direct bus to the Zagreb Bus Station. From the station, it’s about a 30-minute walk into the city center…but you can also hop on Tram #6 (purchase ‘short ride’ tickets from a Tisak kiosk for the best price).
Get more tips in our guide of Things To Do in Zagreb!
DAY 2: Zagreb and a Day Trip
Start Day 2 of your Croatia trip itinerary with a coffee on Ban Jelacic Square. Watch the trams come and go and the consequent rush of people. Visit the historic Dolac market bustling with morning shoppers and then make your way to Zagreb 360 for a bird’s eye view over the city (keep your ticket; it’s valid for multiple entries on the same day).
In the afternoon, go on a half-day Zagreb Day Trip. Travel to nearby Samobor, Croatia (which can be done via public bus or on a private tour). Hike up to Samobor’s 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 romantic nighttime view, then pick a place for dinner along the popular pedestrian areas of Trg Petra Preradovića and Bogoviceva (we love Submarine Burger and Batak Grill!).
Day 2 Alternative: Plitvice Waterfalls Day Trip
Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park is a staple for most Croatia itineraries – but it requires a full day visit from Zagreb. If the famous Plitvice Lakes is a must for your Two Weeks Croatia Trip, embark on a full day of adventure from Zagreb to swoon over the 16 turquoise lakes connected together by stunning waterfalls. Get the trip details!
Find out more about the top Day Trips from Zagreb.
DAY 3: Arrive in Romantic Rovinj
Day 3 is the start of your Croatia road trip and Croatian coast itinerary. Transfer (by car or bus) to Rovinj on the Istrian Peninsula. Upon arrival, immediately immerse yourself in the enchanting Rovinj Old Town. Wander the cobblestone lanes that lead to the St. Euphemia Church and climb the bell tower for grand views over the Adriatic Sea.
If the weather is warm, cool off with a swim in the refreshing turquoise sea. Next, find a spot to watch a legendary Rovinj 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, complemented with a glass of Istrian Wine.
Where To Stay in Rovinj, Croatia
We think the Old Town is the best place to stay in Rovinj, and there is an array of boutique hotels, holiday apartment rentals and hostels to choose from. Just outside the Old Town, across the marina, there are luxury resorts for Rovinj beach vacations. However, we recommend booking a room at the Hotel Casa Garzotto for it’s historic charm and old town location. (Check rates!)
Find all the best Things To Do in Rovinj Croatia!
DAY 4: Tour the Istrian Peninsula
Day 4 is one of our favorite day trips in Croatia! Participants get to spend the day touring the incredibly picturesque Istrian Peninsula.
Start with a visit to Karlic Tartufi for a savory breakfast and an expedition in truffle hunting. Next, sip locally produced brandy at Aura Distillery in Buzet, then stop in the quaint hilltop town of Motovun for lunch-with-a-view. Travel back to the coast to the historic town of Porec, where you will gander at the opulent interior of the Euphrasian Basilica.
Be back in Rovinj for dinner and sample the catch of the day or the famous Istrian Truffle pasta at one of the top-rated restaurants along the water.
Top Tip: This fantastic day discovering Istria is not possible by public transportation. In order to Tour Istria, Croatia by car, book a rental for the day, join an Istria Tour similar to ours (Find out More!) or hire a private guide/driver for your custom Istria Day Trip.
Get all the specific details in our One-Day Tour of Istria article!
DAY 5: Rovinj Relaxation
On Day 5 of your two weeks in Croatia, soak up the charm and idyllic location of Rovinj. There are numerous options for a relaxing day in – and around – Rovinj. Visitors can head to Golden Cape Forest Park to find a secluded cove for swimming…or rent a bicycle and discover the vineyard-covered countryside. In the afternoon, sample locally produced wine at two Rovinj wineries. Be back at the harbor in time to set sail for dolphin spotting on an evening sunset cruise.
Day 5 Alternative: Pula Day Trip or Boat Trip
Visitors who prefer to always be on the move can opt for another day trip from Rovinj – either on land or by sea.
Boat Trips from Rovinj
Cruises depart from Rovinj and navigate the seas around the Rovinj Archipelago for a day of sun, fun, swimming and snorkeling. Some of the most popular boat tours are the Lim Fjord Boat Trip and a full-day trip to Venice.
Day Trip to Pula
Alternatively, visitors can hop on a public bus and ride 40 minutes south to Pula, a historic harbor town. Pula is the largest city on the Istrian Peninsula with impressive Roman ruins that rival those in Italy. Spend the day gazing in awe over the preserved 1st century Pula Amphitheater and Temple of Augustus. Learn more about the history on a guided tour or use our list of Things To Do in Pula and discover on your own.
Top Tip: It may be possible to add Pula to your Istria Tour the previous day…especially in the summertime. By including Pula as part of your Day 4 Istria Day Trip, it opens a full day in Rovinj to relax or take a different Rovinj Day Trip!
DAY 6: Arrive in Zadar, Croatia
On Day 6 of your Croatia vacation itinerary, transfer to Zadar by taking the scenic route along the coast. Zadar, which also boasts remains of the ancient past, retains a youthful feel with a large student population. Get an immediate introduction with our Self-Guided Zadar Walking Tour that circles past the best sights – or let a guide lead the way (read reviews!) through the streets and history of Zadar.
For dinner, join the kids and grab an enormous slice of cheap and delicious pizza – or choose from one of the restaurants that line the atmospheric lanes of Zadar (Malo Misto or Restoran Bruschetta come highly recommended!). End the evening with a taste of Maraschino, the liqueur produced by the local Maraska Company.
Top Tip: There are two routes for a Croatia road trip from Pula to Zadar: highway (fast and boring) or scenic coast (slow but stunning). If touring Croatia by car and you have time, we recommend taking the coastal road for the beautiful scenery. When traveling by bus, inquire whether the route will be the highway or the coast – if on the coastal road, be sure to get a seat on the right side of the bus for the best views.
Where To Stay in Zadar
We stayed in an Airbnb apartment in the Zadar Old Town – and we loved having the top sights on our doorstep. However, for just 2 nights, the Art Hotel Kalelarga may be a better option, as it is also located in the heart of the Old Town and gets rave reviews!
Pro Tip: The Zadar Old Town City Center Forum is about a 25-minute walk from the station, so keep that in mind if traveling Croatia by bus.
Use our self-guided Zadar Walking Tour to discover the all best sights!
DAY 7: Take a Zadar Day Trip
Zadar’s location is ideal for exploration in all directions – including out to sea! On Day 7, take one of the highly-rated boat trips from Zadar. Set sail from the mainland to one of the nearby islands by ferry or take a sailboat trip to the Kornati Archipelago. Be back in Zadar in time to watch sunset from the steps of the famous Sea Organ.
During our stay, we took two ferries from Zadar; one to the island of Ugljan, just across from Zadar and another boat trip to Dugi Otok. In Ugljan, we had plenty of time to explore the small villages and coastline. However, when we took the ferry to Dugi Otok, it was simply an affordable way to spend the day on the water (there isn’t even time to get off the boat!). Read our guide for more about Ferry Trips from Zadar.
Day 7 Alternative: Plitvice from Zadar
Find the best tours in our guide to Day Trips from Zadar.
DAY 8: Visit Krka National Park then Travel to Sibenik
Get an early start on Day 8 of your Croatia two-week itinerary and transfer to Sibenik via Skradin to see the waterfalls at Krka National Park. Travelers using public transportation can stow their luggage in Skradin while touring the Krka waterfalls.
The Croatia city of Skradin was once the seat of power in the region, but now the small town serves as the most popular entrance to Krka National Park (and you can decide which is the most stunning waterfall park in Croatia). Buy Krka tickets from the official park office in Skradin and take the first available ferry.
Spend the day walking around and over the beautiful waterfalls at Krka, allowing enough time to simply gaze at the largest waterfall, Skradinski Buk. Back in Skradin, stroll around the town and make the short climb up the hill for 360-degree views before traveling on to Sibenik.
Top Tip: Use our guide of Things To Do in Skradin for more ideas if you’re staying longer!
Arrive in Sibenik by late afternoon, while there is still plenty of light to discover the sights. After getting settled in your accommodations, set out on foot to see the top Sibenik attractions, like the St. James Cathedral and the St. Michael Fortress. In the evening, enjoy a peaceful waterfront meal at one of the many sea-facing restaurants.
Where To Stay in Sibenik, Croatia
We think the best place to stay in Sibenik is right on the water on the edge of the Old Town (which also happens to be very close to the bus station). The Bellevue Superior City Hotel offers modern rooms with sea views. (Check rates and availability!)
Day 8 Alternative: Krka Day Trip from Zadar
Don’t want to move to new accommodations in Sibenik for just one night? Choose instead to stay in Zadar an additional night and take a day trip to Krka that includes Sibenik. Get the details of this trip!
Top Tip: If you’re waterfalled out, you have two options: Go directly to Sibenik from Zadar and spend more time there or skip Sibenik altogether and go to Split a day early, allowing you to spend 3 nights there. (You will find plenty to do in our 3-Day Split Itinerary.)
For more tips use our list of best Things To Do in Sibenik!
DAY 9: Arrive in Split, Croatia
On Day 9 transfer to Split (one of our favorite destinations in Croatia!). Split is a bustling city with a lively waterfront and ancient past. Walk Split’s Old Town on your own or with a guide. Discover the remains of Diocletian’s Palace (a must see in Split, Croatia) and explore the streets of the Old Town that grew around the ruler’s residence.
After your dose of ancient history, return to modern times and walk the Split Riva. Linger at one of the many cafes and soak in the buzzing atmosphere of Croatian coffee culture. For dinner, enjoy a delectable meal at Villa Spiza, a quaint and traditional restaurant (no reservations/cash only). Other excellent Restaurants in Split are Mazzgoon, Apetit or Articok.
Where To Stay in Split, Croatia
Oh my, we have stayed in so many different accommodations in Split – from the Old Town to the Manus and Varos Neighborhoods. Our preferred area, however, is Bacvice. Located east of the ferry port and bus station, near Split’s most famous beach, Bacvice has many great places to stay. There are high-end hotels near the beach (Hotel Park and Briig Boutique) and loads of Airbnb apartments to choose from.
Use our guide of the Top Things To Do in Split, Croatia to plan your time!
DAY 10: Discover Split and Dalmatia
In the morning of Day 10 of your Croatia holiday itinerary, walk through the Varos neighborhood to Marjan Hill and take in the scenic viewpoint. If you are feeling motivated, continue along the paths on Marjan Hill to the hilltop viewing platform for 360-degree views over the city and out to sea.
By early afternoon, set out on a half-day trip from Split. Travel north (via public bus #37 or tour) to Trogir. The UNESCO Heritage town encompasses an idyllic island, which is reached by a short footbridge. Alternatively, take bus #60 to Omis and make the rewarding hike up to Starigrad Castle, which provides stunning views across Dalmatia. (In the scorching summer months, we recommend only hiking in the morning.)
Return to Split by the early evening, perhaps having a cocktail at one of the marina cafes – or for a unique experience – stop by ‘Little Beer Shop‘ at Matejuska. Grab a few Croatian Craft Beers and drink with locals and other visitors on the pier. If you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, have dinner at Fetivi in the Varos neighborhood or eat a traditional meal of Peka at Konoba Kod Joze (but be sure to order it a day in advance).
Day 10 Alternative: Split Beaches or Boat Trip
Two additional options for a day in Split are a full day of beach relaxation or an adrenaline-filled speed boat trip to numerous Croatian Islands.
A Day at the Beach
After hiking Marjan Hill in the morning, rather than making a day trip, find one of the Best Beaches in Split where you can spend the afternoon swimming in the Adriatic Sea and lounging on your towel.
Split Boat Trip
Visitors can also opt to whisked away on a full day boat trip from Split to some of the best Dalmatian Islands. A speedboat trip to the Blue Cave (along with several islands) is the most popular (book it here!). However, there are many more choices of things to do from Split, which we share in our Best Day Trips from Split article!
Check out top suggestions for where – and what – to eat in our round up of the Best Split Restaurants!
DAY 11: Island Hop to Hvar Town
It’s time for some Croatia Island Hopping – an essential activity to every Croatia Itinerary! On Day 11, catch an early morning catamaran (operated by Jadrolinija or Krilo) to posh Hvar Town on Hvar Island. Get settled into your accommodations (or leave your luggage if it’s too early to check in) and take advantage of a full day on Hvar.
First explore the sights of Hvar Old Town and climb to the hilltop Spanjola Fortress. Then, take a coastline walk to hidden bays for a swim in the Adriatic or rent a small boat and explore the nearby Pakleni Islands.
In the early evening, try the locally produced craft beer from Vunetovo, then watch sunset from laid-back Falko Bar. For dinner, indulge in a traditional meal at Konoba Menego or feast on fresh seafood at Junior.
Where To Stay in Hvar Town
In Hvar, we like to stay right in the heart of town – and there are numerous hotels and apartments to choose from. That said, on our first trip to Hvar, we treated ourselves to a fabulous Croatia beach vacation at the Amfora Grand Beach Resort.
Day 11 Alternative: Hvar Day Trip from Split or Stari Grad on Hvar Island
We have a few alternative tips for your time in Hvar. First, if you would rather not move accommodations again, stay in Split 1 more night. Hvar Town is easily accessible via catamaran for a full day trip from Split. Just make sure to purchase your return ticket in advance so that you don’t get stuck on the island!
A second option is to visit Stari Grad on Hvar Island rather than Hvar Town. The gorgeous Stari Grad Old Town is just steps from the UNESCO listed Stari Grad Plain and offers a completely different experience from Hvar Town. (Again, this would be best done on a Split day trip).
Top Tip: Yet another option is to plan to spend two nights in Hvar – allowing enough time to visit both Hvar Town and Stari Grad!
Find all of our tips for Things To Do in Hvar Town!
DAY 12: Cruise to Korcula, Croatia
On Day 12 of your 2 weeks in Croatia, set sail for the old-world town of Korcula. Claiming to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, the walled city is a fascinating place to visit. Wander the neatly planned cobblestone lanes to the top Korcula sights: Town Gate, St. Mark’s Church and the House of Marco Polo. For more lovely views, walk west along the shoreline or south for a short hike. For sunset cocktails, go to Massimo, a unique bar in a turret (just be careful when climbing the ladder!).
Have dinner al fresco at one of the top-rated Korcula restaurants along the eastern seawall. Or, venture inland to the village of Zrnovo, known for its unique pasta dish: Zrnovski Makaruni. We recommend eating at the Pinjac Pub, where a friendly family makes traditional meals and brew their own beer on-site!
Where To Stay in Korcula
Although it is small, there are plenty of places to stay in Korcula Old Town. During our trips, we stay at the Korcula Heritage Hotel, which is steps from the ferry port, and most rooms have amazing views of the sea!
Read our top tips for Things To Do in Korcula!
DAY 13: Set Sail for Dubrovnik, Croatia
The last two days of your Croatia 14-Day Itinerary will be spent in the country’s iconic city, Dubrovnik. On Day 13, take the first catamaran from Korcula to “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and discover the most popular of all Croatia destinations.
Get an overview (literally) with an elevated walk around the Dubrovnik City Walls (a must-do activity in Dubrovnik – so buy your ticket in advance!). Back on ground level, see more sights on a Self-Guided Dubrovnik Walking Tour. Take in the scene along the Stradun pedestrian street with an ice cream cone in hand. In the early evening, track down a ‘Buza’, pop-up bars clinging to the exterior of the Dubrovnik walls directly above the sea – and secure your seat for a spectacular sunset!
Where To Stay in Dubrovnik
The Dubrovnik Old Town is a magical place to stay…just be aware that you will have a lot of company in the height of the summer. A top choice for Old Town Dubrovnik accommodations is The Pucic Palace, which is both elegant and historic. Read the reviews!
That said, there are alternatives to staying in the old city center, which could be better (and definitely less expensive) options. To the east of the walled city, luxury hotels are located on the coastline along with numerous holiday apartments just across the street. We like staying in this area because it is just a short walk to the Old Town and has easy access to the best Dubrovnik beaches.
Northwest of the Old Town are two other neighborhoods where we have stayed: Gruz and Lapad. The districts are about a 40-minute walk from the Old Town, but well-connected with a network of buses. We liked staying in Gruz for its proximity to the bus station and ferry port, while our stay in Lapad was an excellent retreat to nature and away from the crowds.
Read our complete guide of What To Do in Dubrovnik!
DAY 14: Your Final Day in Croatia
On your last day in Croatia, experience more Dubrovnik highlights. Go to the top of Mount Srd (either by cable car, bus, tour or hike) for an outstanding vantage point. (Find other fabulous vantage points with our guide to the best Dubrovnik Viewpoints!)
In the afternoon, take a boat tour to Mljet National Park (like this one) and other nearby islands. However, if you are a Game of Thrones fan – join a tour of recognizable film locations – Read these reviews. If you still have time before your flight leaves, take a swim in the Adriatic Sea!
Our Top Tips For Your Croatia Itinerary
Our 2-week Croatia Itinerary is simply an outline of what to do in Croatia – and what we think is the perfect Zagreb to Dubrovnik trip. Based on your choice of accommodations, method of transportation, tours and activities, it can be used for a Luxury Travel Croatia Itinerary, a Croatia Honeymoon Itinerary or a Backpacking Croatia Itinerary. Visitors can use our following tips to plan their perfect Croatia trip!
Suggested Croatia Itinerary Destination Options
In our 2-Week Itinerary for Croatia, we highlight all the must-see destinations that can be squeezed in. That said, there are numerous ways to extend a Croatia vacation for travelers interested in more of the country and surrounding region.
In addition to adding other Croatian destinations to your itinerary, visitors can also cross borders into other Balkan countries. We are highlighting a few of the top nearby sights that are not included in our Zagreb to Dubrovnik drive, but that other travelers may want to include in their trip plans.
More Croatia Destinations for your Trip Plan
- Makarska, Croatia: Located between Split and Dubrovnik, Markarska has beautiful beaches, a fun nightlife and a very challenging hike! Travelers can opt to go to Makarska instead of island hopping.
- Brac Island: Home to the world-famous Zlatni Rat Beach and the tallest mountain on the Adrictic Islands, Bol on Brac Island is a wonderful vacation destination. Visitors can reach Brac on a day trip from Split – or, instead of visiting the islands of Hvar and Korcula, visit Brac and then Makarska before heading south to Dubrovnik.
- Vis Island: One of the most intriguing Dalmatian Islands to visit, Vis Island sees fewer tourists than other Croatian Islands and features an incredible coastline. However, travelers who want to visit Vis will need to double back to Split – as Vis is not connected by ferry to other Dalmatian islands.
- Osijek, Croatia: The historic city of Osijek in the Slavonia Region, boasts culinary delights, wonderful Croatian wineries and it’s own uniquely amazing nature.
Croatia Itineraries: How Many Days in Croatia?
We think 2 weeks in Croatia is an ideal amount of time – but how long to spend in Croatia will depend on your interests, budget and overall time available. We understand that not everyone has two full weeks to see Croatia – and some travelers have more time and flexibility.
Tourists with less time can use our sample Croatia itineraries for trip planning ideas…and we have a few tips for longer trips, as well.
A Weekend to 4 Days in Croatia
Travelers very limited on time should pick just one Croatia destination to explore with added day trips. With 2 days in Croatia, go to Dubrovnik; with 3 days in Croatia go to Split. With more time, add Croatia day trips to either destination.
Croatia Itinerary 5 Days
With 5 days in Croatia, visitors will still be limited with what they can see. That said, it is still possible to visit 3 Croatia top destinations: Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik.
To plan what to see in Croatia in 5 days, we recommend visitors fly into Split (1 night), ferry to Hvar Town (2 nights) and fly out of Dubrovnik (2 nights).
Alternatively, you could create a Croatia Travel Itinerary 5 Days in northern Croatia – that includes Zagreb (2 nights) and Istria (3 nights).
Croatia Itinerary 6 Days
On our first trip to Croatia in 2011, we sprinted through on a 6-day Croatia vacation. For our Croatia 6 Day Itinerary, we flew into Split, breezed through the sights in a couple of hours, caught the ferry to Hvar Town for two nights, then spent the next two nights in Korcula Town and our final two days in Dubrovnik.
Now, when planning a trip to Croatia for 6 days, we would actually recommend staying in Split (1 night), ferry to Hvar (2 nights), ferry to Korcula (1 night) and sail to Dubrovnik (2 nights).
Or, create a Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik Itinerary by spending 2 nights in each destination – and skipping Korcula.
Croatia Itinerary 7 Days (Best 1 Week Croatia Itinerary)
With 7 days in Croatia, we would change things around a little. In our One Week in Croatia Itinerary, we fly into Zagreb (1 night), take a transportation tour of Plitvice Lakes in route to Split (2 nights), ferry to Hvar (2 nights) and then straight to Dubrovnik (2 nights).
Croatia Itinerary 10 Days
With 10 days in Croatia, we would recommend using our Croatia 2-Week Itinerary, but slimming it down a little (or eliminating some places altogether). For example, we would fly to Zagreb (1 night), go to Rovinj (2 nights), then Zadar (1 night), Split (2 nights), Hvar (1 night), Korcula (1 night) and Dubrovnik (2 nights).
Alternate Croatia Road Trip 10 Days
Alternatively, a Croatia 10-Day Itinerary could skip Istria and instead go like this: Zagreb (2 nights), Zadar (2 nights), Split (2 nights), Hvar (1 night), Korcula (1 night) and Dubrovnik (2 nights).
Croatia Itinerary 12 Days
With a 12 Day Croatia Travel Plan, it is possible to squeeze in all the destinations of our 2-Week Croatia Road Trip Itinerary. We think the best way to visit Croatia in 12 days would be to eliminate one night in Zagreb and one night in Rovinj – so that your trip plan would look like this: Zagreb (1 nights) – Rovinj (1 nights) – Zadar (2 nights) – Sibenik (1 night) – Split (2 nights) – Hvar (1 night) – Korcula (1 night) – Dubrovnik (2 nights).
Croatia Itinerary 14 Days: Alternative 2-Week Itinerary
For some visitors, traveling the entire length of the country is too much time on the road and not enough time in the destinations. We understand, we prefer slow travel ourselves.
Travelers who would rather have a less demanding itinerary should choose to visit either northern or southern Croatia – with perhaps the opportunity to cross borders into surrounding countries. These itineraries allow for optional day trips to nearby destinations (see detailed recommendations below).
Top Balkan Destinations to Add to a Croatia Itinerary
- Ljubljana, Slovenia: Pretty as a picture, Ljubljana is a fairy tale destination, complete with a hill-topping castle, a backdrop of gorgeous mountains and stunning lakes nearby (the most popular of which are Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj).
- Kotor, Montenegro: Tucked into the end of a breathtaking bay, the fjord-like landscape in Kotor is certainly surreal. From Kotor, the towns of historic Herceg Novi, pretty Perast and buzzing Budva are just a short drive (or bus ride) away.
- Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina: Distinctly different from the Croatia coastline, the city of Mostar features a quaint Ottoman Old Town, a simply stunning bridge, incredible Bosnian food and beautiful mosques.
2-Week Northern Croatia Trip
This Two Week Croatia Trip Plan only goes as far south as Split, but does not include overnight stays on islands (day trips are possible from Split, however) and eliminates visiting Dubrovnik.
Zagreb (3 nights), Rovinj (3 nights), Plitvice (1 night), Zadar (3 nights), Split (4 nights).
2-Week Dalmatia Trip
A 14 Day Croatia Itinerary can also be spent completely on the Dalmatian Coast – island hopping from Split to Dubrovnik.
Split (4 nights), Vis Island (2 nights), Hvar (2 nights), Korcula (2 nights), Dubrovnik (4 nights).
Croatia and Montenegro Itinerary 14 Days
In order to spend 2 weeks in Croatia and Montenegro, visitors can either decide to stay overnight in Montenegro or just visit on a day trip from Dubrovnik.
For example, eliminating 3 nights in Rovinj would allow for a 3 night stay in Kotor, Montenegro – which is plenty of time to see the beautiful churches, climb the hill to the fortress and spend a day in Herceg Novi, Perast or Budva – or a take a full day Montenegro tour.
Zagreb (2 nights) – Zadar (2 nights) – Sibenik (1 night) – Split (2 nights) – Hvar (1 night) – Korcula (1 night) – Dubrovnik (2 nights) – Kotor (3 nights).
2 Weeks in Croatia – Slovenia Trip
There are many ways to plan a Croatia – Slovenia Itinerary. We recommend starting in Northern Croatia and then traveling into the beauty of Slovenia.
2 Weeks in Croatia and Bosnia
Just like creating a Montenegro – Croatia Itinerary, a Croatia trip that includes Bosnia can be created by adding a day trip (from Dubrovnik) or staying overnight in the town of Mostar.
Visitors who want to stay in Mostar should eliminate the overnight stays on the islands (Hvar and Korcula; possibly take a day trip to Hvar from Split on your second day there) and stay in Mostar on route to Dubrovnik.
Zagreb (2 nights) – Rovinj (3 nights) – Zadar (2 nights) – Sibenik (1 night) – Split (2 nights) – Mostar (2 nights) – Dubrovnik (2 nights).
Croatia Itinerary 3 Weeks
Have more than two weeks for your Croatia holiday? Lucky you! With 3 weeks in Croatia, visitors can add more places in Croatia to visit. To plan an ideal Croatia 3 Week Itinerary, we recommend following our things to see in Croatia in 2 weeks plus adding in our other suggested destinations.
Planning a Trip to Croatia, Slovenia, BiH and Montenegro
Planning a trip to Croatia and surrounding Balkan countries is a great idea…especially if you have time for Day Trips! In addition to the Croatian destinations we recommend, we suggest adding Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina to your trip in this sample itinerary.
Ljubljana, Slovenia (3 nights), Zagreb (2 nights), Rovinj (3 nights), Zadar (2 nights), Sibenik (1 night), Split (3 nights) – Hvar (1 night) – Korcula (1 night) – Kotor, Montenegro (2 nights), Dubrovnik, plus day trip to Mostar (3 nights).
Croatia Tour Options
We’ve highlighted some of the best things to do in Croatia, but there is plenty of room for travelers to customize! Trips to Croatia can be enhanced with a variety of sights, activities and tours.
Organized Day Tours
Croatia sightseeing tours are a fantastic way to get to see more of the country without the stress of planning every single detail of the trip. Some of the best tours in Croatia focus on a theme – like Food and Wine, Game of Thrones and active adventures.
When looking for Croatia day tours, we start our search on Viator– but Get Your Guide is a great resource, too! What we love about these sites is that we can read fellow traveler reviews so that we know what to expect before booking.
However, if you want honest insight from a travel agency in Croatia, we recommend Adiona Travel. The locally-owned company is based in Split, Croatia and organizes accommodations, tours and transfers – all with excellent customer service!
Croatia Island Cruises
Are you mostly interested in seeing Croatian islands? Week-long cruises navigate the waters of the Adriatic Sea to top Croatian island destinations. There are a range of Croatia cruise options – from luxury yachts to sailing with a skipper to party boats. We searched high and low for a trip that fit our style of travel – and found the perfect fit on a week-long cruise with Sail Croatia.
Read the full details of our Croatia Island Hopping Adventure from Dubrovnik to Split.
Organized Croatia Trip
Planning the details of a succinct itinerary can be a daunting task. Rather than planning a trip on your own, leave the hard work to the professionals and join fellow travelers on one of the many multi-day Croatia Tours by Viator.
More Croatia Travel Itinerary Planning Tips
We have detailed the best way to travel Croatia, but we are not quite done yet! Planning a Croatia trip isn’t just about where to go – there are other factors to consider – like when to go and what to expect for your Croatia trip cost.
Best Time To Visit Croatia
The time of year you visit Croatia can have a big impact on your trip – sights you visit, total cost and overall experience.
Summer in Croatia
Croatia typically sets a new record for number of tourists each summer – and it is the best time for island hopping and soaking in the sunshine. If you will be in Croatia in July or August, expect it to be very hot and very crowded. There will be lines for everything along with premium prices for accommodations, meals and tours. We completely avoid Croatia in the summer.
Croatia in Autumn
Our favorite time to visit Croatia is autumn, when crowds and temperatures have backed off, yet it is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors and even a swim in the Adriatic Sea. Prices start to come down for top Croatia attractions and accommodations – but nearly everything is still open.
We have spent a few winters in Croatia, which are a stark contrast to summertime. Most coastal towns – even Dubrovnik – are practically ghost towns, with few open attractions and many shops shuttered. Bigger cities, like Split and Zagreb, are still enjoyable and full of locals, rather than tourists.
Springtime in Croatia
Croatia is also beautiful in the spring, but the weather can be unpredictable. Crowds are generally light and there tends to be a great deal of activity getting ready for the tourist season (so expect construction noise and restaurant closures for remodeling). The affordable shoulder-season prices in Croatia, in our opinion, more than make up for all that.
2 Weeks in Croatia Cost
Even though visiting Croatia continues to get more expensive, it is still a relatively affordable destination and a small budget can go a long way.
Creating a budget for 2 weeks in Croatia will depend on your style of travel and the time of your visit. If traveling outside of peak season, couples could easily spend less than $100 USD per day – including accommodations, food and sightseeing. However, in the summer months, any accommodation alone will cost $100 USD or more.
Additionally, prices rise every year, making some must-do activities too expensive for budget travelers. For example, the iconic Croatia experience of walking the walls in Dubrovnik currently costs nearly $40 USD per person. Similarly, enjoying a meal in Old Town Split can cost the same as eating in other famous European cities.
When planning your Croatia itinerary, we recommend listing all of your must-do activities and finding current entrance fees to ensure they will fit into your Croatia budget.
Budget Travel in Croatia
There are simple ways to stretch your budget in Croatia. First and foremost, take your trip to Croatia outside of the summer season. Furthermore, book accommodations in advance – as the best-value lodging fills up quickly.
Also, consider creating your own Croatia day trips rather than paying for tours – or skip the top ticketed attractions in favor of free things to do. For meals, pick up local Croatian products at the market or grocery store for picnic lunches rather than dining in restaurants.
Places To Stay in Croatia
With this fast-paced Croatia Itinerary in 14 days, staying in city centers or near public transport is essential. When choosing where to stay in Croatia, visitors have a choice of apartments, hotels and hostels.
Many accommodations (both apartments and hotel rooms) are available in historic buildings, which provides character. However, it can also mean multi-level houses with no elevator and windows with shutters, but no screens.
Where To Stay in Croatia
We think hotels are the best places to stay in Croatia on a two week trip when you are switching accommodations every few days.
Hotels in Croatia
Croatia Budget Accommodations
To save money on your Croatia travel budget, check out Hostels in Croatia. Be aware, however, that when traveling in a group of 2 or more people, it may be cheaper to stay in a holiday apartment or cheap hotel.
Croatia Rental Apartments
Holiday apartments can offer the most value for places to stay in Croatia. We have found that staying in apartments in Croatia is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space.
However, rental apartments often have extra charges (or hidden fees) that actually make them more expensive for short stays. Plus, it can be time-consuming to meet your host for check in/check out.
All that said, Airbnb apartments are plentiful in Croatia and hotels are sometimes not, just be sure to read our Top Tips for Airbnb Guests before booking any apartments!
Croatian cuisine is some of our favorite around the world! Food ranges from massive meat platters to seafood specialties to fabulous fast food options. There is a strong Italian influence throughout Croatia (most noticeable in Istria) – and both pizzas and pastas are phenomenal.
Fresh fish is a regional specialty (especially in Dalmatia) and we highly recommend trying fresh-caught fish from the Adriatic Sea during your trip. Black risotto with cuttlefish (squid) is another Croatian must-try dish.
Popular and inexpensive take-away items are cevapi (minced meat sausages served with bread, onions and cream), burek (a hearty meat- or cheese-filled pastry) and pljeskavica (an overflowing sandwich similar to a burger, but made of pork, beef or lamb).
Croatian Wine and Craft Beer
There is a long history of wine production in Croatia dating back 2,500 years to Ancient Greek settlers – and sipping locally produced wine should definitely be included in your Croatia Itinerary!
Although much of the country’s wine production was stalled during the Yugoslav era, Croatian wineries are in full swing today. The country has two wine regions: Continental (mostly white wines, like Grasevina) and Coastal (mostly red wines, like Plavac Mali). Local Croatian wines are sold at cafes, restaurants, corner stores and supermarkets; but the best experience is right from the source at a winery tasting room!
Croatian Craft Beer is certainly worth seeking out during your 2 weeks in Croatia! Our favorite Croatia craft brewery is Nova Runda – but there are many others to choose from, like Tap B Split, Garden and Varionica. Local craft beer bars are popping up in cities and towns across Croatia. In Zagreb, head to Opatovina Street (Beer Street); in Split, look for Little Beer Shop, the Daltonist and Sanctuary; and in Dubrovnik, find Dubrovnik Beer Co. near the Gruz Port and the Glam Cafe in the Old Town.
Zivjeli (that’s Cheers in Croatian)!
Transportation in Croatia
The best way to get around Croatia depends on how you prefer to travel, how much time you have and where you are coming from.
For this Croatia 2-Week Itinerary, we recommend flying into Zagreb and out of Dubrovnik (or vice-versa). You may also want to consider a quick and affordable flight back to Zagreb (or Dubrovnik) to keep your international flight itinerary cheaper. To travel from Zagreb to Split during your first 10 days in Croatia, travelers can choose to either rent a car and self drive or take the bus. The final 4 days of Island Hopping Croatia will be on the ferry lines.
Where To Fly into Croatia
Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik can all be reached by plane year-round. Pula, Zadar and Brac Island have seasonal flights over the peak summer period.
Driving in Croatia
Using our guide as a Croatia driving itinerary is an excellent way to experience the country. Driving through Croatia with your own wheels allows for optimal adventures…but there are also some downsides to renting a car.
Driving in Croatia Tips
- 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.
- In our Croatia Itinerary, ground transport is not necessary at all after arriving to Split.
We have never driven in Croatia, so we don’t have specific recommendations on car rental companies, but we do have general tips for finding the Cheapest Car Rental Rates. When you are ready, you can start your search for the best prices for Croatia Car Rentals.
Croatia Buses and Ferries
All of the highlighted mainland destinations on our 2-week Croatia Itinerary can be reached via public bus. The Dalmatian Island destinations on our Croatia Itinerary are well connected via Car Ferries and Catamarans operated by either Jadrolinija or Krilo.
On our many trips to Croatia, we have always traveled by public transportation. What we like about traveling through Croatia by bus, is that we are free to enjoy the scenery and are relieved of driving duties. Bus travel is widely used, so there are ample routes to the most popular Croatia destinations – although fewer in the off-season. Generally speaking, bus and ferry tickets are affordable in Croatia.
Tips For Traveling via Bus in Croatia
- Buses often take longer, make multiple stops and most don’t have facilities on board.
- On a longer route, buses will make short 10 minute stops at gas stations for bathroom breaks – occasionally the station charges a small fee to use the bathroom, so bring small coins.
- You can eat on board buses in Croatia, so bring food and drinks with you.
- We use Bus Croatia to find Croatia bus schedules, but always confirm at the station. The online information isn’t always accurate as to price and schedule for buses in Croatia. We have found that it is best to immediately buy tickets for your onward destination upon arrival (and a must in summer).
- On the upside, travel-by-bus can be an economical and less-stressful way to travel.
- Be Flexible. Our 2-week Croatia Itinerary is jam-packed. If a bus or boat connection won’t work, don’t panic – rearrange your schedule or hire a car/driver to get to your next destination and back on schedule.
Wifi Connectivity in Croatia
When you are on the move and want to stay connected, a Wi-Fi hotspot is the way to go. Frequent international travelers may want to consider purchasing a mobile hotspot device rather than renting one. We use GlocalMe, which has options for both SIM cards and cloud data packages. We would quite literally be lost without it!
What To Pack For Your Croatia 2-Week Itinerary
Comfortable Walking Shoes
We cover some ground in our Croatia itinerary, so you will want to be sure to pack comfortable shoes for your trip. Some of the Old Town streets are uneven or slick, so make sure to bring shoes with good soles (and I would recommend leaving the heels at home!). I like to wear my lightweight and versatile everyday sneakers and Kris is most comfortable in trail shoes.
Pro Tip: Read our detailed breakdown for the Best Travel Shoes for any trip!
Croatia is stunningly beautiful – and it is best to capture the sights and landscapes with a real camera. We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens. The DSLR camera takes excellent photos – and is a fantastic budget camera for beginners (as it comes with heaps of accessories!).
Appropriate Weather Gear
The sun in Croatia is intense – especially in the summer. Be sure to pack sunscreen, lightweight clothes, sunglasses and a wide brimmed travel hat. On the flip side, if traveling in the shoulder season, there is always a chance of precipitation – so pack a travel umbrella and a rain jacket.
Also, the tap water in Croatia is safe to drink – so bring a reusable water bottle, like this one, for your trip.
Croatia Travel Insurance
Travel insurance may provide protection for flight delays and lost luggage, and could also come in handy for injuries and illnesses abroad. If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip to Croatia, check rates and coverage with reputable company.
For more Croatia Itineraries, tips and advice, go to our Travel Guides Croatia Page. Need help planning a trip to Europe? We got you covered there as well with our Complete Guide to Vacationing in Europe!
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