The Beauty of Croatia: 7-Day Itinerary
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The Beauty of Croatia: 7-day Itinerary

  • The Beauty of Croatia
  • The Beauty of Croatia
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Thinking of Travelling to Croatia anytime soon? We’ve put together a detailed 7-day itinerary here for you! All of these days offer plans for each time of the day, including linked activities in each city and day.


Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb


Start your day with a leisurely breakfast at a cosy cafe in Zagreb. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea along with traditional Croatian pastries like burek or strukli. After breakfast, take a stroll through Ban Jelačić Square, the vibrant heart of Zagreb. Located adjacent to Ban Jelačić Square, Dolac Market is Zagreb’s largest open-air market. Spend some time browsing the stalls filled with fresh produce, local cheeses, meats, and flowers. 

Head to Zagreb’s historic Upper Town, either by walking or taking the funicular. Explore the charming cobblestone streets lined with colourful buildings, boutique shops, and art galleries. Don’t miss landmarks such as St. Mark’s Church and Lotrščak Tower for panoramic views of the city.

In the early afternoon, join a guided food tour of Zagreb’s culinary scene. The tour typically lasts around 3 hours and will take you to various eateries, markets, and food stalls to sample a diverse range of Croatian dishes and specialties.

After the food tour, you can choose to relax and digest your culinary delights or continue exploring Zagreb on your own. Consider visiting parks like Zrinjevac or Maksimir, exploring more of the city’s attractions, or simply unwinding at a local cafe.


Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park (Accommodation in Zagreb)


Take a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning waterfalls and turquoise lakes.

Start your day early to make the most of your time at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Depart from Zagreb in the early morning to allow plenty of time for exploration. The journey from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours by car. You can also opt for a guided tour or public transportation, such as a bus. 

Start your exploration of Plitvice Lakes National Park by following one of the designated walking trails. Spend the afternoon hiking along the park’s wooden boardwalks and trails, which wind through lush forests, past cascading waterfalls, and alongside crystal-clear lakes. Be sure to visit some of the park’s main attractions, such as the Lower Lakes (Donja jezera) and the Upper Lakes (Gornja jezera). Take advantage of the park’s boat ride or electric train to explore different sections of the park. These services are included with your entrance ticket and offer a convenient way to navigate between the various lakes and waterfalls. 

Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Pack a meal or purchase food and beverages at one of the park’s designated picnic areas or cafes. Use the late afternoon to continue exploring any areas of the park you haven’t yet visited. As the day draws to a close, begin making your way back to Zagreb. Depending on your mode of transportation, plan to depart from the park in the early evening to allow for travel time. 


Day 3: Split 


Start your day with a delicious breakfast at a local cafe or bakery in Split. Enjoy some freshly brewed coffee or tea along with pastries or a traditional Croatian breakfast.

Head to the designated meeting point in Split to meet your private electric rickshaw guide. These eco-friendly vehicles offer a comfortable and convenient way to explore the city’s attractions while minimising your environmental impact.

Embark on a private guided tour of Split in your electric rickshaw. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to all the must-see landmarks and hidden gems of the city, providing commentary and insights along the way. Some highlights of the tour may include Diocletian’s Palace, Riva Promenade and Marjan Hill.

Spend the afternoon exploring Split at your own pace. You may want to visit additional attractions such as Split’s Beaches, Galerija Mestrovic, and Shopping and Souvenirs.

As evening approaches, enjoy dinner at a seaside restaurant or tavern in Split. Savour delicious Croatian dishes accompanied by local wine or beer as you watch the sunset over the Adriatic Sea.


Day 4: Hvar Island Visit (Accommodation in split)


Take a ferry to the island of Hvar, known for its beautiful beaches, lavender fields, and historic towns. When you arrive, enjoy a delicious breakfast at a cafe in Hvar Town. 

After breakfast, head to a local bike rental shop and rent e-bikes for your self-guided tour. Make sure the bikes are fully charged and equipped with a map or GPS device to help navigate the island’s trails.

Cycle from Hvar Town to Stari Grad along the coastal road, passing through picturesque villages, olive groves, and vineyards. Enjoy stunning views of the Adriatic Sea along the way. Also, ride inland from Hvar Town to the abandoned village of Malo Grablje. Explore the stone houses, narrow streets, and spooky surroundings of this ghost town, which offers a glimpse into Hvar’s past.

Pack a picnic lunch or stop at a local market to pick up some supplies for a midday meal. Find a scenic spot along your bike route to stop and enjoy a leisurely picnic, surrounded by nature and beautiful views.

Spend the afternoon exploring more of Hvar Island on your e-bikes. Consider visiting attractions such as Pakleni Islands and the Lavender Fields.

Make your way back to Hvar Town in the late afternoon, returning your e-bikes to the rental shop. 

For dinner, choose one of Hvar Town’s many restaurants or taverns, offering a variety of local and international cuisines. When you’re full of food, take the ferry back to Split.


Day 5: Vis Island Boat Tour (Accommodation in Split)


This is a boat tour offered on Viator that starts and finishes in Split. Here’s an overview of what the tour typically entails:

  1. Boat Transfer to Biševo Island: The first stop on the tour is Biševo Island, where the famous Blue Cave (Modra špilja) is located. Participants board a boat and enjoy a scenic cruise across the Adriatic Sea to reach the island. 
  2. Visit to the Blue Cave: Upon arrival at Biševo Island, participants transfer to smaller boats to enter the Blue Cave. This natural sea cave is renowned for its mesmerising blue light, created by the reflection of sunlight through an underwater opening. 
  3. Swimming at Stiniva Cove: After visiting the Blue Cave, the tour proceeds to Stiniva Cove on Vis Island. This picturesque cove is surrounded by cliffs and offers crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. 
  4. Lunch on Vis Island: Following the swim stop, the tour typically includes a lunch break on Vis Island. Participants can enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, where they can sample fresh seafood, Mediterranean dishes, and Croatian specialties.
  5. Visit to the Blue Lagoon: After lunch, the tour continues to the Blue Lagoon, located near the island of Drvenik. This tranquil bay is known for its shallow turquoise waters, making it perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and relaxing on the beach. 
  6. Return to Split or Trogir: After a full day of exploration, participants return to Split or Trogir by boat, arriving back at the departure point in the late afternoon or early evening.


Day 6: Dubrovnik


Start your day with breakfast and a scenic cable car ride to the top of Mount Srd. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea from the observation deck at the summit. Spend some time taking photos and soaking in the stunning scenery.

Descend from Mount Srd and explore Dubrovnik’s historic Old Town on a guided walking tour. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Onofrio’s Fountain, Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando’s Column. Learn about the city’s rich history, architecture, and culture from your knowledgeable guide.

After the walking tour, enjoy lunch at one of the charming restaurants or cafes in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Sample traditional Croatian cuisine, fresh seafood, or international dishes while taking in the ambiance of this historic setting.

For dinner, choose a restaurant with a rooftop terrace or outdoor seating, offering views of the illuminated city and the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a memorable dining experience while watching the sunset over Dubrovnik.


Day 7: Dubrovnik


Spend your second day in Dubrovnik on a Game of Thrones-themed walking tour. Visit filming locations from the popular TV series, such as the Red Keep (Fort Lovrijenac), King’s Landing (Old Town), and the Walk of Shame (Jesuit Staircase). Learn behind-the-scenes stories and trivia from the show as you explore Dubrovnik’s historic streets and landmarks.

Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant or cafe, where you can recharge and refuel before continuing your tour.

After the Game of Thrones tour, you have the option to explore more of Dubrovnik at your own pace. You could visit attractions such as Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik Cathedral, or the Maritime Museum. Alternatively, you may choose to relax at a beach, go shopping for souvenirs, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade.

In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a restaurant of your choice, where you can reflect on your time in Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia, savouring your last evening.

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