Eleven days is a great introductory trip to Croatia, especially if you focus on multiple cities in a single region like Istria or Dalmatia. You can cover country-wide highlights if you don't mind a fast-paced trip too. Thanks to the international flight options to Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, you can start your trip in the north and work your way south along the coast. Learn more with these inspiring itineraries, below.

Itinerary #1: Classic Croatia: Zagreb, Hvar, Korčula, & Dubrovnik

Croatia is a country of stunning landscapes and rich, ancient culture—you'll experience the best of both worlds on this adventurous 11-day route as you cover the country's highlights from Zagreb to the Dalmatian coast.

Traditional village in the interior of Hvar
Traditional village in the interior of Hvar
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Zagreb! Zagreb
Day 2 Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 3 Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar Zadar
Day 4 Zadar to Split, Afternoon to Explore Split
Day 5 Historical Walking Tour of Split Split
Day 6 Ferry from Split to Hvar, Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour Hvar Town
Day 7 Hvar Wine Tasting Hvar Town
Day 8 Ferry from Hvar to Korčula Korčula Town
Day 9 Korčula to Dubrovnik via Pelješac Peninsula Dubrovnik
Day 10 Historical Walking Tour of Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 11 Depart Dubrovnik  

Begin by exploring Zagreb's sites such as Tkalčićeva street and St. Mark's Square on your own. Drive down to Plitvice Lakes National Park where you will see the lush waterfalls and lakes the next day. Stay near the park then travel south to the coastal city of Zadar on day three where you can see the Sea Organ and the Monument to the Sun. Move further down the coast to Split with time in the afternoon to explore the city's old town and waterfront on your own. 

On day five, you'll take a historical walking tour of Split to learn all about the city's history and culture. The following day, ferry to Hvar and pull on your swimsuit for a sunset sea kayaking tour around the island's secluded bays and coves. Explore more on land on day seven with wine tastings and vineyard tours. Continue on to another stunning island, Korčula, to wander the old town to see St. Mark's Cathedral and the Bishop's Treasury. 

Make your way to Dubrovnik along the Pelješac Peninsula with time to taste the fresh oysters and mussels of Ston along the way. Spend your last full day in Croatia on a historical walking tour of Dubrovnik to see all of the best sights. Depart for the airport with a 45-minute transfer on day 11. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Best of Croatia: Zagreb, Rovinj, Šibenik, Hvar, & Dubrovnik 

From the romantic countryside of Istria to the charming coastal cities along the Dalmatian coast, this complete 11-day journey covering the best of Croatia has it all.

Diocletian's Palace in Split
Diocletian's Palace in Split
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Zagreb! Zagreb
Day 2 Zagreb to Rovinj, Stopping in Pula Rovinj
Day 3 Explore Istria: Poreč & Motovun (Day Trip from Rovinj) Rovinj
Day 4 Rovinj to Šibenik, Stopping at Zadar Šibenik
Day 5 Šibenik to Split, Stopping in Trogir Split
Day 6 Explore Split Split
Day 7 Ferry from Split to Hvar, Cycle through Villages & Vineyards Hvar Town
Day 8 Ferry from Hvar to Korčula Korčula Town
Day 9 Korčula to Ston via Pelješac Peninsula Ston
Day 10 Ston to Dubrovnik, City Walls & Sunset from Srđ Mountain Dubrovnik
Day 11 Depart Dubrovnik  

Begin your tour of Croatia in the capital, Zagreb with time to walk the Green Horseshoe or see Grič cannon which fires daily at noon. Depart for Rovinj, a colorful former Venetian city with a stop in Pula to see the notable Roman amphitheater the next day. Continue your exploration of Istria in coastal Poreč and hilltop Motovun where truffles are hunted with dogs. Drive further south down the coast to Šibenik, known for its fortresses and medieval gardens, with a stop in Zadar on day four.

Drive to Split via Trogir, an island-city with a waterfront that hosts Romanesque, Renaissance, and baroque architecture and medieval fortress walls. In Split, you'll have time to see the city at your own pace with part of day five and all of day six at leisure there. Ferry to Hvar on day seven to cycle the Lumbarda region's villages and wonderful vineyards with stops for tastings. Spend day eigh ferrying to Korčula which will afford beautiful views from the water. 

Drive to Stone via the Pelješac Peninsula which is known for its robust red wines. There are plenty of opportunities to try the fresh oysters and mussels of Ston too. Finally, arrive in Dubrovnik where you'll walk the city walls and watch the sunset over the Adriatic from Srđ Mountain. Depart for the airport on day 11. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Croatia Multisport: Plitvice, Cetina River, Korčula & Pelješac

Enjoy this 11-day active itinerary through Croatia, starting in the capital, Zagreb, and ending in Dubrovnik during which you'll hike, bike, swim and do so much more.

Grk grapes grow in the Lumbarda region
Grk grapes grow in the Lumbarda region
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Zagreb! Zagreb
Day 2 Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 3 Sunrise at Plitvice Lakes, Drive to Split Split
Day 4 Rafting, Zip-lining, & Canyoning on the Cetina River Split
Day 5 Ferry from Split to Hvar Hvar Town
Day 6 Sea Kayaking around Pakleni Islands Hvar Town
Day 7 Ferry from Hvar to Korčula Korčula Town
Day 8 Cycling & Wine Tasting Tour in Lumbarda Korčula Town
Day 9 Hike through Pelješac Peninsula Dubrovnik
Day 10 Walking Tour of Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 11 Depart Dubrovnik  

Begin your Croatian vacation in Zagreb, the capital, where you can see St. Mark's Cathedral or explore the main square after arriving and checking into your hotel. Transfer to the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park the following day where you will tour the park and walk among the 16 emerald lagoons and more than 90 lush waterfalls at sunrise. Head south to Split afterward. On day four, take a day trip to the Cetina River Canyon where you'll raft, zip-line and go canyoning for an adventurous time.

Ferry from Split to Hvar for an island escape with an incredible nightlife. From there, you'll take a full-day sea kayaking tour of the nearby Pakleni Islands, so get ready to swim too. On day seven, continue on to Korčula with time to explore the beautiful old town. Pick up a bike and spend day eight riding through the sprawling Lumbarda region for wine tastings.

Hike craggy limestone mountains and ravines along the Pelješac Peninsula then reward yourself with fresh Ston oysters at lunch on day nine. Arrive in Dubrovnik and enjoy your last day with a historic walking tour to really soak up the rich culture of the walled city. Depart for the airport on day 11, which requires a 45-minute transfer. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Best of Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb

During this 11-day itinerary, you'll see and experience the incredible seafood and wine, drink in breathtaking views over some of the most popular islands, and experience Croatian culture.

Take a cable car up Srđ Mountain
Take a cable car up Srđ Mountain
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Dubrovnik! Dubrovnik
Day 2 Walking Tour of Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 3 Day Trip to the Island of Koločep Dubrovnik
Day 4 Dubrovnik to Korčula via Pelješac Peninsula Korčula Town
Day 5 Cycling & Wine Tasting Tour in Lumbarda Korčula Town
Day 6 Ferry from Korčula to Hvar Hvar Town
Day 7 Explore Hvar Hvar Town
Day 8 Ferry from Hvar to Split, Drive to Zadar Zadar
Day 9 Paddleboarding in Kornati National Park Zadar
Day 10 Zadar to Zagreb, Stopping at Plitvice Lakes National Park Zagreb
Day 11 Depart Zagreb  

Spend your first day at leisure in Dubrovnik, walking the city walls or eating amazing seafood after checking into your hotel. On day two, you'll cover all of the best sites on a historic walking tour. Take a day trip out to one of the Elefanti Island archipelagos, the island of Koločep, on day three. Transfer to Korčula along the Pelješac Peninsula which is known for its robust red wines. 

Enjoy an active day cycling the Lumbarda region of Korčula while stopping to tour and taste at various vineyards. Ferry to Hvar with breathtaking views from the water on day six. Take the day to explore and discover the island on your own, but be sure to see the 16th-century Španjola Fortress. Make your way back to the mainland by ferry to Split where you'll drive to Zadar

See the Sea Organ and the Monument to the Sun, then enjoy a day on the water by paddleboarding the many islands within Kornati National Park on day nine. Drive to the capital, Zagreb, with a stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park where you will walk among 16 green lagoons and more than 90 lush waterfalls. Depart from the Zagreb airport on day 11. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Wonders of the Adriatic Coast: Venice to Dubrovnik

Explore the stunning nature of Croatia from the beautiful Istria peninsula to the popular islands of Dalmatia on this 11-day trip.

The colorful city of Rovinj
The colorful city of Rovinj
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Venice arrival Venice
Day 2 Exploring Venice with a Local Guide Venice
Day 3 From Venice to Rovinj Rovinj
Day 4 Rovinj Bike Tour Opatija
Day 5 Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park Zadar
Day 6 From Zadar to Split Split
Day 7 Boatride from Split to Hvar with Island Cycling Tour Hvar Town
Day 8 From Hvar to Korčula Korčula Town
Day 9 Walking Tour of Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 10 Day Trip to the Konavle Region Dubrovnik
Day 11 Dubrovnik departure  

Begin this journey in Venice, Italy with time to walk among the beautiful canals. The following day, after a night of rest, you'll explore the city more closely with a local guide. Transfer to Rovinj, the colorful former Venetian coastal city in Istria. Enjoy the afternoon and evening to yourself to walk the cobblestone streets. On day four, you'll take to two wheels to tour the city by bike. 

Drive eastward to Plitvice Lakes National Park where you'll walk among many emerald lagoons and see tons of cascading waterfalls. Overnight in Zadar which provides tons of time to see the old town and its main attractions such as the Sea Organ and the Monument to the Sun. Continue down the coast to Split on day six where you'll see Diocletian's Palace and can walk the waterfront. 

On day seven, take a boat ride to Hvar with a cycling tour of the island to see hidden corners and local villages. Board a catamaran to Korčula Island where you'll take to the bike again for a tour of the island's Lumbarda region and its vineyards for tastings. Once you arrive in Dubrovnik, take a walking tour of the city to learn its history and experience its rich culture. Finally, on the last full day, enjoy a day of wine tasting in the Konavle region just outside of Dubrovnik. Depart for the airport on day 11, which requires 45 minutes to transfer. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 11 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas