Croatia Itineraries

We offer you a captivating journey through Croatia with our carefully designed Croatia itineraries, each filled with a different experience of this enchanting Mediterranean gem. Whether you opt for an exciting exploration of ancient sites, a relaxing island holiday or a gastronomic adventure with the country's culinary delights, each itinerary is designed to offer a unique insight into Croatia's beauty and charm.

Itinerary tips from Toni: your Croatia Travel Expert

Designing an itinerary for your Croatian adventure goes beyond mere trip planning; it's a deep dive into a cultural odyssey," shares our Croatian travel expert, Toni. Recognising the significance of a thoughtfully curated itinerary in Croatia, a country adorned with historical richness and natural wonders, is paramount. 

Croatia presents a captivating blend of time-honoured traditions, breathtaking landscapes, and immersive cultural encounters. From the ancient wonders of Dubrovnik to the tranquil shores of its islands, each region boasts unique allure and offerings. A personalised Croatia itinerary guarantees an all-encompassing introduction to the distinctive elements and cultural treasures that make Croatia an exceptional destination.

Armed with extensive experience and intimate local insights, I am here to assist you in navigating the intricacies of creating the perfect Croatian itinerary. Whether your passion lies in unravelling the mysteries of ancient sites, relishing the dynamic local cuisine, or uncovering the lesser-known natural beauty of both the mainland and islands, a well-crafted itinerary ensures a seamless and gratifying journey.

We can help you design a customised adventure to suit your preferences, pace and style to make your trip to Croatia a profound and cherished experience.

Korcula, old medieval town in Dalmatia region, Croatia © Shutterstock

Korcula, old medieval town in Dalmatia region, Croatia © Shutterstock

If you are planning your travel to Croatia yourself, use these itineraries created by our travel writers as a starting point for inspiration.

For more inspiration, check our itineraries by duration: 10 days

7 day Croatia itinerary

On this dynamic and culturally rich week-long journey through Croatia, each destination reveals a unique facet of the country's charm. Begin your adventure in Dubrovnik, immersing yourself in the history of its Old Town and walking the iconic city walls. Move on to the captivating city of Split, home to Diocletian's ancient palace.

Discover Croatia's natural wonders on days dedicated to Krka National Park and the cascading beauty of Plitvice Lakes. In Zadar, experience the unconventional pleasures of the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation. Continue your coastal journey in Rovinj, a picturesque town in Istria, before finishing your adventure in Zagreb, the vibrant capital. Visit Zagreb's museums, admire its historical landmarks and enjoy the culmination of a varied and unforgettable Croatian itinerary.

View of Moored Boat and the Old City in Rovinj, Croatia © Rolf E. Staerk/Shutterstock

Rovinj, Croatia

10 day Croatia itinerary

On this exciting 10-day odyssey through Croatia, you'll delve into the allure of its islands. Start in Dubrovnik and explore its historic Old Town before heading to the enchanting Elafiti Islands. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Hvar, known for its lavender fields and lively nightlife. Head to Brac, where the legendary Zlatni Rat beach awaits.

Continue exploring the islands with a visit to Vis, where secluded coves and historical charm await. Next, head to Korcula, famous for its medieval architecture and local wines. Move on to idyllic Mljet, home to lush national parks and serene lakes. 

Finish your island-hopping adventure in the picturesque Kornati Archipelago, a sailor's paradise. This 10-day itinerary promises a seamless blend of cultural discovery, natural beauty and the unique charm of Croatia's captivating islands.

Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia © xbrchx/Shutterstock

Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia © xbrchx/Shutterstock

14 day Croatia itinerary

To fully experience the beauty of Croatia choose an extensive 14-day Croatia itinerary and travel through an array of cultural wonders and breathtaking scenery. Start in Dubrovnik, where you'll explore the historic Old Town and legendary city walls. Move on to the vibrant city of Split, home to the ancient Diocletian's Palace. Experience the natural splendour of Krka National Park and the cascading beauty of Plitvice Lakes.

Continue your adventure in Zadar, where the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation enchant. Explore the Istrian gem of Rovinj, then immerse yourself in the vibrant capital city of Zagreb with its museums and historical sites. Move on to the charming island of Hvar, known for its lavender fields and dynamic nightlife.

Head to Brac to enjoy Zlatni Rat beach, then explore the historic charm of Vis and Korcula. Enjoy serene moments in the lush national parks of Mljet and then complete your odyssey in the Kornati Archipelago, a sailor's paradise. This 14-day itinerary promises an exciting journey of Croatia's rich history, natural beauty and island treasures.

Istria, Croatia

Istria, Croatia

Highlights of Croatia itinerary

Your Croatia highlights adventure begins in Zagreb, where on arrival you will be taken on a walking tour of the historic city centre, during which you will learn the intriguing history of Kaptol and Gradec, which form the upper town of Zagreb. 

You will then head to Zagorje to explore the well-preserved 14th century town of Varaždin and the legendary Trakošćan Castle. The itinerary moves south with a fascinating stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Split and Trogir reveal historical wonders, while the island of Hvar beckons with a wine tour among the remains of ancient Greece.

Free time on Hvar follows, allowing you to explore the island's treasures. Heading to Dubrovnik, the itinerary includes a gourmet stop in Ston, famous for its oysters. A walking tour introduces you to the rich history of Dubrovnik's Old Town. The itinerary concludes with a wine tour of the Pelješac Peninsula led by renowned winemaker Mario Bartulović. Departure from Dubrovnik leaves lasting memories of this diverse Croatian odyssey.


National Theater in Zagreb, Croatia @ Shutterstock

Gourmet itinerary in Croatia

This culinary journey through Croatia is a real foodie's delight. Your adventure will begin in Bala, near Rovinj, where you'll have free time to enjoy the picturesque surroundings. 

Explore the medieval gems of the Istrian peninsula, such as Grožnjan and Motovun, and go truffle hunting and tasting. Continue on a walking tour of Zadar, where you'll see Roman architecture and modern marvels such as the Sea Organ.

Indulge in a wine tasting at Bibić Vineyard before travelling to Split via Krka Waterfalls and Šibenik. Discover Split's historic old town and dine at Pelegrini Restaurant. Enjoy a wine tour on the island of Brač and visit the Rizman winery on the way to Dubrovnik.

Explore the Dubrovnik Riviera, the Konavle Valley and the stunning Pelješac region with numerous wine tastings. The journey will end with a farewell to Dubrovnik.


Diocletian Palace, Split, Croatia @ Shutterstock

Idyllic Islands Itinerary in Croatia

Discover spectacular islands during an unforgettable 10-day sailing adventure in Croatia. Arrive in Split, where your private driver is already waiting for you, giving you a free evening to explore the city. Start your sailing journey from Split to Milna on the island of Brac, a serene place with a rich maritime history.

Continue to Komiža on the island of Vis, known for its fishing traditions and authentic seafood restaurants. Head to Hvar to visit the Blue Cave, Stiniva Bay and the Hell Islands. Explore the vibrant nightlife of Hvar town. Head to Korcula, often referred to as "little Dubrovnik", and then sail to Mljet, a Dalmatian gem with a national park.

Visit the Elaphite Islands, a car-free destination with lush vegetation, charming villages and pristine beaches. Go ashore in Dubrovnik, explore Lapad Bay and enjoy dinner in Cavtat. Discover Dubrovnik's Old Town, landmarks and cable car views before saying goodbye. Depart Dubrovnik with cherished memories of Croatia's coastal wonders.

Krka river waterfalls in the Krka National Park, Roski Slap, Croatia © Alena Brozova/Shutterstock

Krka National Park, Roski Slap, Croatia © Alena Brozova/Shutterstock

The best time for a Croatia holiday

The best time for a holiday in Croatia depends on your preferences and desired activities. The summer months, from June to August, are characterised by warm weather and lively coastal life. This period is ideal for beach lovers, water sports and historical sightseeing. However, it is also the peak tourist season, leading to crowds of tourists.

For a more relaxing holiday and milder weather, it is better to visit in May or September. At this time of the year, you can enjoy pleasant temperatures, fewer tourists and more affordable accommodation. Spring offers blooming landscapes and cultural events, while autumn offers a rich palette of colours and wine festivals in regions such as Istria.

Ultimately, the best time to holiday in Croatia depends on your interests, whether it's the bustling energy of summer or the serene charm of the shoulder seasons.

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updated 30.01.2024

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