It's possible to see a lot of Croatia in a week. The city of Split is a good place to start: three of the following itineraries begin there. Most trips include at least a night or two in Dubrovnik, plus excursions to the islands and national parks. Visit the palaces and parks of the capital, take a road trip along the Dalmatian coast, hike through vineyards and lavender fields, or cycle across the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina with these itinerary suggestions.

Itinerary #1: Best of Dalmatia

Explore one of Croatia's most beautiful regions on this week-long tour of Dalmatia. Highlights include the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik and outdoor activities on the islands of Brač, Hvar, and Korčula.

Outside the ancient Golden Gate of Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia
Outside the ancient Golden Gate of Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia
Day Destination Overnight
Day 1 Split Split
Day 2 Brač Island Split
Day 3 Hvar Island Hvar
Day 4 Hvar and Korcula Island Korcula
Day 5 Korčula Korcula
Day 6 Pelješac and Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 7 Farewell  

 

Begin the trip in historic Split with a relaxing walk along the coast toward leafy Marjan Park-Forest and an evening visit to Diocletian’s Palace. The following day, you'll take a boat to Brač Island and hike past olive groves, quiet villages, and ancient Greek and Roman ruins.

Spend days three, four, and five on the beautiful islands of Hvar, known for its lavender fields and Stari Grad (Old Town), and Korčula, with its 16th-century fortress, the Fortica Španjola. From Hvar, you can take a taxi boat to the Pakleni Islands, the small archipelago just offshore, for swimming, walking, and a leisurely lunch. On Korčula, hike through a nature preserve with dolomite rock formations, vineyards, and fields of sage and oregano, stopping in the village of Pupnat for a meal prepared by a local family. Don't miss the chance to try Pošip and Grk, two Croatian white wines produced on the island.  

Finish the adventure with a boat ride to Peljesac Peninsula and the 15th-century town of Orebić, where you'll hike along the southern slopes of Mt. Ilija to an old Franciscan monastery. Later in the day, you'll pass through Ston, home of the second-longest stone wall in the world. In the evening, relax over drinks and dinner in Dubrovnik—the "Pearl of the Adriatic"—where you'll spend your last night in Croatia. Learn more

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Itinerary #2: Hike & Sail from Split to Dubrovnik

This active seven-day itinerary is an excellent choice for travelers who like sailing, hiking, and snorkeling. In addition to visiting the cultural capitals of Split and Dubrovnik, you'll have plenty of outdoor adventure in the hills of Brač and Hvar islands, a boat trip around the Pakleni Islands Archipelago, and a chance to snorkel in crystal-blue waters off the Croatian coast.

A postcard-perfect view of Dubrovnik, Croatia
A postcard-perfect view of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Split Split
Day 2 Brac island discovery hike Split
Day 3 The lost villages of Hvar Hvar
Day 4 Sailing the Pakleni islands archipelago Hvar
Day 5 From Hvar to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 6 Dubrovnik and Srđ mountain Dubrovnik
Day 7 Dubrovnik / Departure  

 

Start the adventure with a low-key day in Split, with its UNESCO-honored historic center and 1,700 years of history. The following day, transfer by boat to Brač for an exhilarating hike to Vidova Gora, the highest peak on the island. You'll take another hike on day three, this time on Hvar, where you'll walk through canyons and pass through historic villages, stopping for lunch at a traditional island tavern. In the afternoon, you'll be out on the water, kayaking along Hvar's southern coast. 

Midway through the trip, you'll set sail around the Pakleni Islands. With the help of a local skipper, you'll explore a series of coves, stopping at one for a swim and another for snorkeling. Early the next day, board the high-speed ferry to Dubrovnik and wander the streets of the picturesque old city, known for its red-roofed and stone houses, churches, and palaces.

On the last full day, hike to the summit of Srd Mountain for stunning views over Dubrovnik and a visit to a 19th-century fortress. Don't worry if you're tired after a week of outdoor adventures: you can take it easy and return to Dubrovnik by cable car. Learn more

Travelers especially interested in sailing should consider this five-day adventure around the Dalmatian Islands.

Itinerary #3: Dalmatian Coast Family Adventure 

Traveling with the whole family or a group of friends? This seven-day trip plan, featuring outdoor activities like swimming, cycling, hiking, paddle-boarding, and snorkeling, is the one for you. Destinations include Split, Hvar, and Korčula.

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Sailboats anchored in the harbor in Korčula, Croatia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Ancient Split Split
Day 2 Hvar: an island full of lavender, vineyards, and rosemary Hvar
Day 3 Walking tour of Hvar Hvar
Day 4 Korčula: a Venetian fortified town Korčula
Day 5 Korčula Korčula
Day 6 The longest walls in Europe Dubrovnik
Day 7 Dubrovnik (and departure)  

 

Explore Split on day one, checking out monuments like Jupiter's Temple and the Egyptian Sphinx, wandering through the old fish market, and stopping for a glass of wine in the palace cellar.

On day two, you'll catch the ferry to Hvar and cycle through lavender fields, olive groves, vineyards, palm trees, and pine forests, pedaling past coastal villages like Jelsa and Vrboska. If you work up a sweat, you can swim or snorkel later afterward. You'll hike to the highest point on the island on day three.

The second part of the trip begins with a boat ride to Korčula, an ancient Greek colony that dates back to the 4th century BCE. Famous for white wine and pine forests, the island is a wonderful place for biking (and taking a break for a refreshing drink) past old villages and rocky coves. On day five, leave the bicycle behind and enjoy a relaxed hike through a natural reserve, ending in the village of Pupnat for a traditional lunch.

Finish up the itinerary on the Peljesac Peninsula, known for some of Croatia's best red wines, Dingac and Postup. Stop to taste them while cycling through vineyards on your way to swim or snorkel in the quiet bay. You'll detour to Mali Ston, home of the longest fortified city walls on the continent, then end up in Dubrovnik, one of the world's most beautifully preserved medieval cities, for a seafood dinner. Learn more

If you'd like to spend more time on Korčula, check out this itinerary focused around wine tasting and cycling. 

Itinerary #4: Self-Guided Ciro Trail Bike Tour

On this self-guided tour, you'll discover Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on a bicycle. Starting in Dubrovnik and ending in Mostar, the itinerary follows the Ciro trail (a former railway line that's been turned into a bike path) past valleys, rivers, lakes, old stone bridges, and abandoned towns.

Cycling is a great way to explore Croatia
Cycling is a great way to explore Croatia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Dubrovnik, Transfer to the Konavle Konavle
Day 2 Explore Konavle, Cycle to Gruda Konavle
Day 3 Transfer to Dubac, Cycle into Bosnia and Herzegovina Ravno
Day 4 Cycle from Ravno to Čapljina Capljina
Day 5 Cycle from Čapljina to Mostar, Explore Blagaj Mostar
Day 6 Transfer to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 7 Depart Dubrovnik  

 

The bike tour begins in the wine region of Konavle, located between the mountains and the ocean southeast of Dubrovnik. On the first day of cycling the Ciro route, you'll pass orchards, vineyards, and farms as you follow the old railroad trail to the remote hills of the Konavle valley. The next day, you'll transfer to the small town of Dubac, near the Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina border. You'll cross the boundary, continuing into the Popovo Polje valley and to Ravno.

Midway through the trip, you'll continue cycling along the Ciro trail, stopping in the medieval town of Hutovo and in Hutovo Blato, home to one of Europe's most diverse bird reservations. Crossing the Neretva River on an antique bridge, you'll arrive in Čapljina for an overnight stay. After resting up, the next day's itinerary takes you to the small town of Blagaj with its impressive Dervish or Sufi monastery, Blagaj Tekke. It's a great place to take a break for views over the Buna river.

Continue on to Mostar for a taste of Bosnian culture and hospitality: sightseeing highlights include the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque and the medieval Stari Most (Old Bridge). Head back to the Croatian side to enjoy a laidback day of walking and drinking wine in Dubrovnik, famous for its 16th-century stone walls and first-class dining scene. Learn more

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