Croatia 2-Week Itinerary

2-week Croatia Itinerary

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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. 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 work and have, therefore, devised an ambitious 2-week Croatia Itinerary.

View of Dubrovnik Walled City on the Sea

Dubrovnik, Croatia


Planning a Trip To 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.) Our Croatia itinerary 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. 

Our Croatia Travel Itinerary can be used as a guideline to plan your own trip to the country. Note: If you are looking for guided tours of Croatia, we have tips at the end of the post! 

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2 Weeks In Croatia Outline

Our itinerary includes the following cities in Croatia: 

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


Croatia Travel Map

This map of Croatia outlines the route from Zagreb to Dubrovnik and highlights the cities that we include in our Best of Croatia Itinerary. We highly recommend purchasing a paper map (like this one on Amazon) in advance of your trip.

Two Week Croatia Itinerary Map JetSetting Fools


2-Week Croatia Itinerary Overview

Our Croatia travel itinerary is filled with amazing Croatia sights and many of the top Croatia things to do. 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, travel 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 Croatia Trip Planner

Follow our detailed day-by-day outline for 2 weeks in Croatia. Find more information about visiting Croatia at the end of the post! 

Day 1

On Day 1 of your Croatia 2-Week Itinerary, arrive in Zagreb and waste no time getting acquainted with the often overlooked Croatian city. Take in the sights of the two old towns that Zagreb grew from: Gradec and Kaptol – take the walk on your own or join a Zagreb Walking Tour with insider tips. 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.

St. Mark's Church colorful roof and steeple in Zagreb, Croatia

St. Mark’s Church | Zagreb, Croatia

For more information on Zagreb, Croatia, visit the Zagreb Tourist Board


Day 2

Start Day 2 of your Croatia trip itinerary with a coffee on 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 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, Croatia (which can be done via public bus or on a private tour). Hike up 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 nighttime view of the city.

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Pastel-painted buildings in Samobor, Croatia

Samobor, Croatia


Day 3

Day 3 is the start of your Croatia road trip. Transfer (by car or bus) 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.

Ship on sea by Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia

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

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Day 4

Day 4 is one of our favorite day trips in Croatia as you will 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. To tour Istria, Croatia by car, book a rental car, book a Hilltop Tour (which will not make the same stops as outlined above) or hire a private guide/driver for an Istria Day Trip}.

Read more about a one-day tour of Istria here.

Outdoor dining in hilltop town, Motovun, Croatia

Motovun, Croatia


Day 5

In the morning of Day 5 of your two weeks in Croatia, 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.

Bicycle on shore near Rovinj, Croatia

Bicycling | Rovinj, Croatia


Day 6

On Day 6 of your Croatia tour itinerary, transfer (by car or bus) 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 Pula Amphitheater and Temple of Augustus and learn the history of the city on a Pula Walking Tour (or read our blog post on what to see in Pula, Croatia). Before hiking up to Fort Kastel, stop at the market to assemble a picnic for later.

Ancient Pula amphitheater in Pula, Croatia

Amphitheater | Pula, Croatia

For more information on Pula, Croatia, click here for the Pula Tourist Board

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Day 7

On Day 7 of your Croatia vacation itinerary, 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 – or let a guide lead the way through the streets and history of Zadar. 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: There are two routes for a Croatia road trip from Pula to Zadar: highway (faster) or scenic coast (takes about 7 hours). If touring Croatia by car, we recommend taking the coastal road for the beautiful scenery. When traveling by bus, inquire whether the route will be on the highway or coastal road – and, if on the coastal road, be sure to get a seat on the right side of the bus for spectacular views.}

Old Town Zadar, Croatia

The Forum | Zadar, Croatia

For more information on Zadar, Croatia, click here for the Zadar Tourist Board 

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Day 8

On Day 8, spend the second of your two days in Zadar on one of the Croatia day trips on the sea. Set sail from the mainland to one of the nearby islands – Ugljan or Dugi Otok by ferry or take a sailboat trip to the Kornati Archipelago

{Note: via ferry, a trip to Ugljan allows for time to explore the island (which can be done via a self-guided bike ride), 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.}

Sailboat on Adriatic Sea near Zadar, Croatia

Dalmatian Islands, Croatia


Day 9

Get an early start on Day 9 of your Croatia two-week itinerary and transfer to Skradin, a Croatia city that was once a powerful town in the region, but now mostly 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.

{An alternative to our Croatia tour itinerary: rather than staying in Skradin, stay in Sibenik (where there is more to see/do) and take a bus to Krka N.P.  Roundtrip tours with a guide from Zadar, Croatia to Krka National Park are also available, as well as Full-Day Trips from Zadar to Krka and Sibenik.}

Krka National Park in Skradin, Croatia

Krka National Park

For more information on Skradin, Croatia, click here for the Skradin Tourist Board


Day 10

Continue with the Dalmatian coast itinerary on Day 10 and transfer to Split (one of our favorite cities in Croatia!), a bustling city with a lively waterfront and ancient past. Walk Split’s Old Town among the remains of Diocletian’s Palace (a must see in Split, Croatia) 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. For something a little more upscale, head to Restaurant Apetit or Articok.

For more suggestions on where to eat read our post on the Best Split Restaurants and more ideas of what to do in Split in two days, read our Split Sightseeing Guide.

Historic Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia

Diocletian’s Palace | Split, Croatia

For more information on Split, Croatia, click here for the Split Tourist Board

10 Sights to See in Split, Croatia

10 Sights To See In Split, Croatia

Day 11

In the morning of Day 11 of your Croatia holiday itinerary, set out on a half-day trip from Split. Go north (via public bus or tour) to Trogir to see the UNESCO Heritage city that encompasses a small historic island, which is reached by a short footbridge, on a walking tour. Alternatively, go south to Omis to make the hike up to the castle, which provides stunning views of the surrounding area, or continue further south along the coast to Makarska (you can read about Makarska, Croatia things to do here).

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  Little Beer Shop near the fisherman’s port, Matejuska, and drink with the locals. Have dinner at one of the family-run restaurants in the Varos neighborhood or eat a traditional meal of Peka at Konoba Kod Joze.

{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 in the Adriatic Sea. For more things to do in Split, read our 3-Day Split Itinerary.}

View of city from Marjan Hill in Split, Croatia

View from Marjan Hill | Split, Croatia


Day 12

It’s time for Croatia island hopping! On Day 12 of your two-week Croatia Itinerary, 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.

Sailing Past Korcula Town | Korcula, Croatia

For more information, click here for the Korcula Tourist Board

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Day 13

The last two days of your Croatia 14-Day Itinerary will be spent in the country’s iconic city. On Day 13, transfer by boat to Dubrovnik, The Pearl of the Adriatic and most popular of all the Croatia cities. Join a Dubrovnik tour to get an overview of the city by walking the elevated fortifications before descending onto the old town Dubrovnik, Croatia 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.

Old Town | Dubrovnik, Croatia

For more information, click here for the Dubrovnik Tourist Board

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Dubrovnik On A Budget

Day 14

On your last day in Croatia, hike Mount Srd (or take the cable car up and hike down…or, for those exhausted from this ambitious Croatia itinerary, 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.

Views From Mt Srd | Dubrovnik, Croatia


Croatia Itinerary 14 Days: Our Top Tips

Our 2-week Croatia Itinerary is simply an outline of what to do in Croatia. Based on your choice of accommodations, method of transportation, tours and activities, it can be used for a Luxury Travel Croatia Itinerary or a Backpacking Croatia Itinerary. 


Croatia Itinerary Tour Options

We think this is the best Croatia itinerary to see all of the beautiful Croatia sights. It includes the best things to do in Croatia, but trips to Croatia can be customized and enhanced with a variety of sights, activities and tours. Of the many multi-day sightseeing tours in Croatia, the most popular are food & wine, sailing and Game of Thrones.

Most of the Croatia day tours and Croatia walking tours mentioned in our Croatia trip itinerary can be booked with Viator

Rather than planning a trip on your own, leave the hard work to the organizers and join fellow travelers on one of the many Croatia Tours by Intrepid Travel (including options for a one week Croatia itinerary and a Croatia island hopping itinerary). 

If you are looking for a travel agency in Croatia, we recommend Adiona Travel, a locally-owned company based in Split, Croatia that organizes accommodations, tours and transfers – all with excellent customer service! 

12 Things to do in Makarska, Croatia

12 Things to do in Makarska, Croatia


Croatia Travel Itinerary Planning Tips

Planning your Croatia trip isn’t just about where to go – there are other factors to consider…like when to go and how much it will cost. 

Best Time To Visit Croatia

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. 

Croatia is also beautiful in the spring, but the water is a little too chilly for a swim. It is less crowded than high-season and the weather is ideal. 

In the summertime, Croatia sees a record number of visitors – as it is the best time of the year for island hopping and soaking in the sunshine. If you will be in Croatia in July or August, expect it to be hot and crowded. We avoid Croatia in the summer.

Spending Christmas in Croatia is also wonderful; we love visiting Croatia in winter. Many cities have Christmas markets – like the award-winning Advent in Zagreb event. 

Visitors should be aware that some places – restaurants, hotels, museums – are only open during summer tourist season. It is not unusual for family-run places to completely shut down during the shoulder season and winter. On the upside, of the places that remain open, entrance fees and lodging fares are lower in the non-peak season. 

2 Weeks in Croatia Cost

Even though visiting Croatia has become more expensive in recent years, it is still a relatively affordable country and a small budget can go far. 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. However, in the summer months, most city-center accommodations alone will cost $100 USD or more (not including hostels). 

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 and feasting on a traditional meal in Old Town Split both now cost upwards of $30 USD per person. To stretch your budget, consider traveling by bus over a rental car, eating picnic lunches on the coast over restaurant dining and drinking beers/wine from the store over café-sipping. 

Be Flexible

Our 2-week Croatia Itinerary is jam-packed. If a bus or boat connection won’t work, don’t panic – simply rearrange your schedule. After your first visit to Croatia we think you’ll be planning a return trip soon!

Hiking Vidova Gora on Brac, Croatia

Hiking Vidova Gora on Brac, Croatia


Croatia Suggested Itinerary Options

Have more than two weeks for your Croatia holiday? With 3 weeks in Croatia, consider adding these places in Croatia to visit to your itinerary:

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia – The lakes and waterfalls are a stunning sight! Be prepared for crowds in the summer. Plitvice National Park is also beautiful in the winter and autumn.
  • Makarska, Croatia – Located between Split and Dubrovnik, Markarska has beautiful beaches, a fun nightlife and many things to do! 
  • Hvar Island – Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular islands. The city of Hvar Town has a party reputation, but Stari Grad is steeped in history and charm. 
  • Osijek, Croatia – The inland, historic city of Osijek boasts culinary delights, local wineries and many other attractions. 
  • Varazdin, Croatia and Krapina, Croatia – These two cities – Varazdin and Krapina – can be visited on day trips from Zagreb.


Places To Stay in Croatia

With this fast-paced Croatia Itinerary in 14 days, staying in or near the city centers 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. When choosing where to stay in Croatia, visitors have a choice of apartments, hotels and hostels. 

Croatia Rental Apartments

We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. As we travel, we mostly use Airbnb for accommodations. Airbnb apartments are plentiful in Croatia 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. Croatia holiday apartments can also be searched on FlipKey (which is part of TripAdvisor) or on VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner

Hotels in Croatia

For those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many Croatia hotels to choose from in the city centers, including several 4 and 5 star hotels. Search for top-rated hotels by city:  ZAGREB  |  ROVINJ  |  PULA  |  ZADAR  |  SKRADIN  |  SPLIT  |  KORCULA  |  DUBROVNIK

Croatia Budget Accommodations

Budget travelers might want to check out hostels in Croatia:  ZAGREB  |  ROVINJ  |  PULA  |  ZADAR  |  SKRADIN  |  SPLIT  |  KORCULA  |  DUBROVNIK

For travelers seeking to save every penny – or for travelers keen on unique, local experiences – look for Couchsurfing hosts in Croatia, where guests can stay for free


Croatian Food

Croatian cuisine is some of our favorite around the world. Food ranges from seafood specialties to fabulous fast food options. There is a strong Italian influence throughout Croatia (more noticeable in Istria) – and both pizzas and pastas are phenomenal.

Fresh fish is a regional specialty and we highly recommend trying fresh-caught fish from the Adriatic sea during your trip. Black risotto with cuttlefish and 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 kebabs (an overflowing sandwich of shaved chicken or lamb).


Croatian Wine and Beer

There is a long history of wine production in Croatia dating back 2,500 years to Ancient Greek settlers. Although much of the country’s wine production was stalled during the Yugoslavia era, 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 wines are sold at cafes, restaurants and grocery stores. 

Craft beer in Croatia is also worth seeking out! Our favorite Croatia craft brewer is Nova Runda – but there are many to choose from, like LAB Split, Garden and Varionica. Local craft beer bars are popping up in the bigger cities (but still harder to find in small towns). In Zagreb, head to Opatovina Street; in Split, look for Leopold’s and Sanctuary; and in Dubrovnik, find Glam Cafe. Zivjeli (that’s Cheers in Croatian)! 

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 in Croatia

The best way to get around Croatia (and to the country, for that matter) depends on how you like to travel, how much time you have and where you are coming from. 

Where to Fly into Croatia

Both Zagreb and Dubrovnik can be reached by plane (Zagreb can also be reached by train, bus or car; and Dubrovnik can also be reached by bus or car.)

Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!) and when we need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner.

Driving in Croatia

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. We have never driven in Croatia, so we don’t have specific recommendations, but you can search for Croatia Car Rentals for the best prices.

Croatia Buses

We traveled through Croatia by bus, which probably isn’t the best way to see Croatia if you are limited on time (instead, we would suggest hiring a car and using this guide as a Croatia driving itinerary). However, 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) and it is an economical way to travel.

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 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 online information 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.


Wifi 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 To Croatia

  • 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.

While JetSetting Fools is not a specific Croatia travel blog, we have spent ample time in the country – it’s one of our favorites in the world! For more Croatia itineraries, tips and advice, go to our Travel Guides Croatia page


Start planning your trip to Croatia! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


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


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36 thoughts on “2-week Croatia Itinerary

  1. Linda Willard

    Thank you for helping those of us not familiar with the region. We would like to take our two grown children and their spouses for a two-week trip next June. Would you still suggest taking the bus or should we try to hire a van? Or rent one and drive ourselves? You mentioned that parking could be a problem. And I’d like accommodations that have character and great breakfasts where we would all be close together. I’d look for B & B’s in Canada. What would be the equivalent? Thanks for any help you can offer.

  2. Kathy

    Thanks for this itinerary. Going to do this next year but take a bit longer, can you suggest somewhere to stay between Pula and Zadar 7 hours driving in one day is a bit much for us.
    Love this itinerary have been going in circles trying to work an itinerary out for our family of 5 who are all adults.

    • Hello Kathy, thank you! If you’re taking the coastal route, Opatija or Senj would be good options. If you’re taking the highway, we would consider a detour to Plitvice Lakes. Enjoy your trip!
      Sarah & Kris

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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: – hopefully you can find an agent from that list 😉
      Have a fantastic time in Croatia – hope you love it as much as we do!

      • 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

  6. 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

  7. 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 😉

  8. 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!

  9. Debbie


    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?


    • 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 😉

  12. 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!

  13. 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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