Are you ready to experience Croatia in all its glory? On this ten-day trip, you’ll travel through vibrant cities, idyllic coastal towns and magnificent national parks, soaking up the country’s unique blend of history, culture and natural beauty. Pack your bags and get ready for a Croatian adventure you won’t forget!
Day 1-2: Exploring Zagreb
Your journey begins in the vibrant city of Zagreb, the dynamic capital of Croatia. Start with the historic Upper Town, where the medieval Lotrščak Tower and the beautiful St. Mark’s Church await. Don’t miss the Zagreb City Museum, a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the city’s history. And of course, don’t miss the beautiful parks and lively café culture in the Lower Town.
Looking for a place to relax? Hotel Dubrovnik (Ljudevita Gaja 1, 10000, Zagreb) is located right in the heart of the city and offers easy access to all major attractions. Hungry after a day of exploring? You can’t go wrong with dinner at Bistro Vjestica (Tkalciceva 39, 10000, Zagreb), known for its excellent Croatian cuisine.
Day 3: Marvel at Plitvice Lakes National Park
On day three, head to the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here you’ll be fascinated by the cascade of 16 terraced lakes, connected by waterfalls and set amidst deep forests that are home to deer, bears, wolves and rare bird species.
Check into Hotel Jezero (Plitvice Lakes National Park, 53231), conveniently located in the park. For dinner, enjoy local dishes at the Degenija Restaurant (Seliste Dreznicko 59, 47240, Rakovica).
Day 4: Historical sites and unique sounds in Zadar
Next, drive to the coastal town of Zadar. Here you’ll find a mix of Roman ruins, medieval churches and modern creative installations like the Sea Organ, a unique installation that plays music over sea waves and tubes located under a large marble staircase.
Enjoy a relaxing night at the Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel (Cirila Ivekovica 1, 23000, Zadar). For dinner, visit the Bruschetta Restaurant (Mihovila Pavlinovica 12, 23000, Zadar) – the fresh seafood dishes are a must!
Day 5: Architectural marvels in Šibenik
On the fifth day, you’ll head to Šibenik. Here you’ll visit the impressive Cathedral of St. James, a World Heritage Site at UNESCO and known for its unique stone construction.
Check into Heritage Hotel Life Palace (Trg Svetog Jakova 1, 22000, Šibenik) and have dinner at Pelegrini (Jurja Dalmatinca 1, 22000, Šibenik), often considered one of Croatia’s best restaurants.
Day 6-7: Immerse yourself in history in Split
Then head south to Split. Spend two days exploring the ancient Diocletian’s Palace, a World Heritage Site at UNESCO, and enjoy the lively Riva promenade. Take a walk to Marjan Hill for stunning views of the city and the Adriatic Sea.
Stay at Hotel Luxe (Kralja Zvonimira 6, 21000, Split) and enjoy the delicacies of Dalmatian cuisine at Konoba Nikola (Put Brodarice 6, 21000, Split).
Day 8: Sun and history on the island of Hvar
On the eighth day, take a ferry to the island of Hvar, known for its sunny weather, lavender fields and rich history. Visit the fortress of Hvar, from which you’ll have a magnificent view of the town and the surrounding islands. Stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Pakleni Islands, which lie just off the coast.
The Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel (Obala Fabrika 28, 21450, Hvar) offers a fantastic stay with a rooftop bar overlooking the harbor. When your stomach starts to growl, head to Macondo (Groda bb, 21450, Hvar) for traditional Dalmatian dishes-their gregada (a traditional fish stew) is legendary.
Day 9-10: The Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik
Last but not least, travel to Dubrovnik. Spend two days soaking up the charm of this ancient city. Stroll through the walled Old Town, walk along the city walls, and don’t forget to take a boat ride to the tranquil island of Lokrum, where a beautiful botanical garden and a small salt lake called the Dead Sea await.
You’ll stay at Prijeko Palace (Prijeko 22, 20000, Dubrovnik), a beautiful hotel housed in a 16th-century palace. For an unforgettable last dinner, book a table at Nautika Restaurant (Brsalje ul. 3, 20000, Dubrovnik), one of the most romantic places in the city with breathtaking views of the sea and the city fortifications.