9 days in Croatia Itinerary

9 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Washington DC
Fly:
23​h 15​min
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:
3​h 30​min
Zagreb
— 1 night
bus:
2​h 30​min
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:
1​h 30​min
Zadar
— 1 night
Drive:
1​h
Sibenik
— 1 night
bus:
1​h
Trogir
— Few hours
Fly:
21​h 45​min
Washington DC

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Dubrovnik


Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 27th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, don't miss a visit to Dubrovnik Cable Car, enjoy breathtaking views from Gornji Ugao Tower, then explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, and finally make a trip to Pile Gate. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Stradun and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for slightly colder days in Dubrovnik, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

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Zagreb


Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stop by Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts, then get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Dubrovnik in May, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park


Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park online itinerary creator.

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Zadar.

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Zadar


Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 31st (Wed), make a trip to The Greeting to the Sun, contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then make a trip to Zadar City Gate, then admire the landmark architecture of City Sentinel, and finally don't miss a visit to Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zadar travel itinerary creator.

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Zadar are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Sibenik.

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Sibenik


Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crkva Gospe van Grada, look for all kinds of wild species at Sokolarski Raptor Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik - UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael's Fortress.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sibenik trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Zadar to Sibenik by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sibenik when traveling from Zadar in June, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Trogir.

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Trogir


A small Dalmatian town dating back to the Hellenistic period, Trogir represents a melting pot of Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.
On the 2nd (Fri), choose your vessel at Argola Charter - Day Tours and then contemplate the long history of Trogir Historic Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Trogir vacation builder.

Take a bus from Sibenik to Trogir in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Trogir sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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