Most people visiting Dubrovnik spend about 7 to 8 days in Croatia, which usually includes some time in Split, Hvar, and Korčula as well. If you're only headed to Dubrovnik, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in about 5 days. Travelers with limited time can see the highlights of the city in as few as 2 days. Read on for the best itineraries including Dubrovnik and beyond.
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Combine Croatia's medieval cities and exceptional natural beauty on this trip, starting with a tour of Split's 4th-century Diocletian Palace and an excursion to the emerald waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Next, head to the island of Hvar where you'll kayak its shores and explore its cobbled streets, vineyards, mountains, and lavender fields. End the trip in Dubrovnik by eating your way through its historic streets and watching the sunset atop Srđ Hill.
This tour of the Dalmatian Coast explores the historic Old Towns of Dubrovnik, Split, and Trogir, with their cobbled streets and medieval sites. You'll enjoy a day trip to the Pelješac Peninsula and Korčula Island for wine and oyster tastings, and to explore the old walls of Ston. Escape the city with a swim in the waterfalls of Krka National Park, and discover the old Roman city of Salona with its large amphitheater and impressive Klis Fortress.
Discover the Dalmatian Coast on this 6-day tour of Croatia, starting in the city of Split with its 4th-century Diocletian's Palace and sprawling Marjan Park. Head inland to explore one of the country's waterfall-infused parks (Krka or Plitvice) before heading south to Dubrovnik to walk its old town and historic walls. Along the way, stop on the Pelješac Peninsula for old fortifications, world-famous oysters, and delicious red wine, plus an optional kayaking excursion.
Enjoy a cycling tour of the Western Balkans, traversing parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. You'll start in the medieval city of Dubrovnik and cycle through the Bay of Kotor, stopping in historic villages dotting the shore. Explore the towns of Kotor, Herceg Novi, and Cavtat, as well as the caves and wineries of Zavala and Ravno in Herzegovina. End the tour walking along walls and eating oysters in Ston on the Pelješac Peninsula, then bike through wineries, olive groves, and along beaches to return to Dubrovnik.
This trip focuses on the cultural and culinary delights of the Istria region in Croatia, starting with a road trip through the hilly medieval villages of Grožnjan and Motovun. Enjoy a boat trip to the islands of Brijuni National Park, explore the coastal cities of Rovinj, Pula, and Opatija, and discover the untouched scenery of Cres and Lošinj Island. Along the way, you'll explore the region's culinary scene with visits to a regional winery and a local distillery, as well as an eco goat farm, an olive grove, and a wool museum.
Explore Croatia's Dalmatian coast on this food tour, starting in the historic walled city of Dubrovnik and with wine tastings, a beer tasting, and traditional meals on the island of Korčula and the Pelješac Peninsula. Explore the beauty of Mljet National Park before transferring to the town of Omiš for a rafting experience along the Cetina River. End the trip in the city of Split, where you'll explore Diocletian's Palace, shop at local markets, and enjoy a cooking class from a celebrated chef.
Explore the history and culture of the Dalmatian Coast, starting in the walled fortress city of Dubrovnik, where you'll enjoy a guided walking tour, an optional kayak excursion, and sunset atop Srđ Hill. Hike across Koločep Island and discover its Blue Cave, then go oyster and wine tasting on Pelješac Peninsula. End your trip in the city of Split, where you'll explore the historic Diocletian's Palace, hike through Marjan Park, and enjoy an afternoon on the beach.
Explore the northwestern Balkans in this trip that combines nature with historic cities, starting in Slovenia with a tour of its capital Ljubljana, as well as visits to Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, and the country's Karst Region. Discover the beauty of Croatia by visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park, as well as the ancient Old Towns of Split's Diocletian Palace and Dubrovnik's walled fortress. Enjoy day trips to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, plus Perast and Kotor in Montenegro.
Explore Croatia's Dalmatian islands on this active tour, starting on the rural island of Šolta with its traditional way of life. Then set sail to the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, and Mljet, cycling through the pastoral wilderness, villages, and Mediterranean shrubbery, all while discovering ruins, ancient old towns, and national parks. End your trip on the small island of Šipan and sail to the city of Dubrovnik, where you can walk its historic walls, peruse its Old Town, and climb to Srđ Hill for famous panoramic views of the region.
Dive into the coastal culture of Croatia's Dalmatia region with this 7-day journey beginning in Split. Experience incredible national parks, sail among beautiful islands, and explore the country's most popular city, Dubrovnik. From the historic streets of Split to the culinary acumen of the Konavle region, you'll see and do many of the best activities the country has to offer in just one week.
In eight days, explore Croatia's captivating Dalmatian coast and nearby Adriatic islands on foot, using Dubrovnik as a springboard into the surrounding area. Local-curated walking routes will take you past stone villages, family-run vineyards, dramatic coastal paths, and through thick forests of pine, oak, and Mediterranean scrub. Along the way, you'll spend three nights in the fortressed city of Dubrovnik, the perfect baroque and Renaissance contrast to all that untouched countryside.
This epic Central Europe itinerary highlights the top cities and attractions of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. From the cobblestone streets of Prague, you'll head south and discover a new level of elegance and pastoral beauty in Austria, from opera houses to Alpine lakes. Then it's off to Slovenia to explore the charms of Lake Bled and the Karst region before a weeklong tour of Croatia from Zagreb to the sunny Dalmatian coast.
Whether you have two days or two weeks, Croatia is a fun and beautiful destination to explore. Dubrovnik, also known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," is easily the most popular city to visit in the country. With a little planning, you'll have an amazing time there and some unexpected experiences too. Whether you have one day or three, you will not run out of things to do in and around Dubrovnik. Keep reading for advice on how many days to spend in Dubrovnik — and what to do while you're there.
This self-guided 8-day cycling tour starts in Croatia's Konavle, the rural countryside beyond Dubrovnik, before leading you through the rugged terrain of the Pelješac peninsula to your first Adriatic island, Korčula. You'll pedal amid olive groves, vineyard-covered hills, and along stunning coastal paths until it's time to venture to Mljet National Park to cover equally, if not more beautiful ground. You'll end your active holiday with two nights in the "Adriatic Pearl," enough time to explore the city as well as visit the nearby island of Šipan for one last day of riding.
Discover the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik on this week-long self-guided cycling adventure. You'll warm the legs with a ride up Marjan Hill to look over the historic city of Split, ride alongside fields of lavender and ancient Greek ruins in Hvar's interior, and cross the length of Korčula to drink native wines and swim in the sea. Then it's back to the mainland with a ride over the ruggedly beautiful Pelješac peninsula to the historic saltpans of Ston before ending the trip with two nights in the "Adriatic Pearl," and a day to venture into the rural countryside beyond the city's gleaming streets.
Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is known for its culture, art, and foodie appeal. Its compact historic center, dotted with small museums and churches, can be seen in just a few days. However, those who stay for longer will have the opportunity to get beneath the surface, relax, and enjoy the flavors of the city. Read on for advice on how long to stay in Zagreb.
This short and decadently sweet itinerary is perfect for travelers who are short on time and love indulging in luxurious travel experiences. You'll tour the Dalmatian coast beginning with a food tour of local delicacies in Split, then it's off to Hvar to explore dazzling beaches and rugged island scenery before joining a private boat tour to nearby islands. Your holiday ends in Dubrovnik, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of the historic city as well as visit the rustic countryside of the Konavle region.
Spend a week in luxury exploring Croatia's Dalmatian cities and Adriatic islands on this complete week-long itinerary, starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik. Follow winding wooden paths to traverse emerald pools and river islands in Krka National park, soak in the Adriatic views on a luxury speedboat to Biševo, Vis, and Pakleni islands, and discover the Konavle region beyond the "Adriatic Pearl," where you'll learn to cook like a local on a family-run estate. Throughout the trip, enjoy private guided tours, indulge in delicious local food, and relax at night in upscale accommodations.
Explore Croatia's Adriatic islands and Dalmatian coastline in comfort and style with private transfers and guided tours to and from luxury hotels. Sample sweet and savory local delicacies on a food tour of the ancient coastal city of Split, take a dip in the emerald-green lagoon of Krka National Park's Skradinski Buk waterfalls and discover Hvar's undulating island terrain, accented with vineyard-covered hills, thick olive groves, and fragrant fields full of rosemary and lavender. You'll spend time in Lumbarda wine country, admire the baroque buildings of Dubrovnik's Old Town, and while away the hours lazing on a private cove near Cavtat.
Indulge the senses on this 9-day luxury itinerary featuring the highlights of some of Croatia's finest architecture, cuisine, and landscapes. With an expert guide, you'll discover the cascading waterfalls and glassy lakes in Plitvice and Krka, dine on to-die-for seafood at a Michelin-guide restaurant in Zadar, and take in the famed Diocletian's Palace on a private gastronomy tour of Split. Then it's off to stroll the Hvar Riviera and sample grape varietals in Lumbarda wine country on Korčula before spending time exploring 16th-century stone walls and fascinating baroque and Renaissance buildings in Dubrovnik.
Discover the ancient cities and natural wonders of Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coastline, starting in the historic city of Split and its 4th-century Diocletian's Palace. Use Split as your hub while enjoying some of the country's most spectacular scenery, including a day trip to Trogir, zip-lining across Cetina River Canyon, hiking along the wooden boardwalks of Plitvice Lakes, and swimming in the emerald lagoons of Krka National Park. End your trip in the "Pearl of the Adriatic", Dubrovnik, where you can walk the old town walls, enjoy a sunrise atop Mount Srđ, and discover the unique history of the region.
If spending a week and a half exploring the best Croatia has to offer sounds like a welcome plan, then this luxury itinerary is perfect for you. Start in lively Zagreb where world-class museums, energetic nightlife, and a stellar food scene leave you wanting more. Continue to the Dalmatian coast for the world's best sunsets in Zadar, a private food tour and exclusive rooftop dining experience in Split, and postcard-perfect beaches on Vis Island before ending your stay discovering the medieval and baroque delights of Dubrovnik's gleaming streets.
From the busy streets of Zagreb to the sunny beaches of the Adriatic coast, this luxurious 11-day itinerary highlights Croatia's top historic sites and cultural attractions. Stroll through leafy green parks and discover grand architectural treats in Zagreb, explore Zadar's walled Old Town—a treasure trove of ancient Roman ruins and structures, and see dramatic waterfalls and glittering lakes in Plitvice and Krka national parks. End your holiday in southern Dalmatia, where remote island settlements and ruggedly beautiful beaches of Hvar and Korčula, and gourmet restaurants and a private tour of Dubrovnik's gleaming marble streets will leave you wanting more.
Uncover Croatia's colorful history and culture on this kid-friendly 5-day itinerary focused on Split, Hvar Island, and Dubrovnik. Begin in Split, along the sunny Dalmatian coast, to explore Roman remains and an ancient palace before venturing out into the countryside on a fun ATV tour with the family. Find your way to Hvar to check out the rugged island terrain and kayak out to the nearby rocky Pakleni Islands, ending your adventure in the fortress city of Dubrovnik, a child's stone kingdom.
With an exciting focus on activities sure to keep both parents and kids entertained, this quick 6-day itinerary begins in the ancient coastal city of Split and ends in the limestone-paved town of Dubrovnik. You'll discover Roman ruins throughout Split, from palaces and sphinxes to historic gates, kayak the Adriatic Sea to the wooded Pakleni Islands from sunny Hvar, and enjoy an afternoon looking on as the kids take up the reins and ride a pony (or horse) at Honey Valley, near Dubrovnik.
This packed weeklong itinerary is perfect for adventurous families who are short on time. Hit the top highlights with visits to Split and Hvar, where you'll tour ancient Roman ruins, explore the Dalmatian hinterland and rugged island terrain, and kayak the Adriatic sea to nearby islets. End in Dubrovnik to go back in time as the kids stroll the monumental city walls, peer inside fortresses, and discover hidden stairways and elusive alleys leftover from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Create unforgettable memories with your little ones on this 8-day family-oriented holiday as you cover Croatia's highlights. You'll begin in the dynamic capital of Zagreb, explore the straight-out-of-a-storybook Istrian peninsula and Rovinj, and discover the Adriatic-fueled melody of the Sea Organ in Zadar, Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, and the rugged island terrain of Hvar. The kids will love peering over Dubrovnik's towering city walls, riding the cable car up Srđ Mountain, and meeting the animals of nearby Honey Valley.
From ancient Roman ruins to kayaking the Pakleni Islands archipelago, this 9-day itinerary is perfectly crafted for your next family adventure and features a mix of cultural, historic, and active pursuits. Explore the capital city of Zagreb before discovering remains of the Roman empire in Pula and the delights of the Istrian peninsula's west coast. You'll then tour Dalmatia with stops in historic Zadar, Split, and Hvar Island, ending your stay in Dubrovnik, a stone kingdom worthy of a child's imagination.
Enjoy this 10-day family adventure highlighting the top attractions that will delight both parents and children. From Zagreb, you'll transfer to the romantic countryside of the Istrian peninsula to check out Pula and its Roman ruins before settling in Hotel Amarin for two nights just outside Rovinj. Next, you'll explore the coastal cities of Zadar and Split and kayak from Hvar Town to the Pakleni Islands, capping off your holiday with time spent in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and a child's playground.
If spending 11 days traveling with the kids in tow through Croatia's top cities and historic sites sounds perfect, then this complete itinerary is for you. You'll explore the charms of the Istrian peninsula from Pula's mini-Colosseum to the Venetian-inspired architecture of Rovinj before spending three nights in the ancient coastal city of Split discovering nearby Krka National Park and the stunning landscape beyond the coast. End in Dubrovnik and let the kids' imagination run wild as they tramp through the centuries-old streets, climb towering walls, and "sail" through the air up to Srđ Mountain.
Bring the family and spend 12 days exploring Croatia's top historical and cultural sites, featuring two nights at the kid and parent-friendly Hotel Amarin outside Rovinj. You'll begin in the capital of Zagreb before working your way around the charming Istrian peninsula from Motovun and Pula to Rovinj and nearby Park šuma Zlatni Rt. Then it's off to discover the Dalmatian coast: listen to Zadar's Sea Organ, visit an emperor's palace in Split, and swim in an emerald-green lagoon at Krka National Park, ending your stay amid secret stairwells, imposing walls, and the gleaming streets of Dubrovnik.
From Zagreb's cobblestone streets to Dubrovnik's monumental encircling walls, this 13-day trip is the perfect family-friendly Croatian adventure. Discover the Roman ruins of Pula and the wonderful amenities of Hotel Amarin just outside Rovinj in Istria, then venture south along the Adriatic coastline to Zadar, Krka National Park, and the coastal city of Split with two nights spent along the Hvar Riviera. Finish in the "Adriatic Pearl," and let the kids roam the limestone-paved streets and climb the centuries-old stone ramparts of the city's many fortresses.
Spend two weeks exploring Croatia with the family on this packed 14-day itinerary. Stroll the pedestrian-friendly streets of Zagreb's historic neighborhoods, hunt for mushrooms alongside truffle-sniffing dogs in Istria, then continue down the Dalmatian coast to spend time in the ancient Roman city of Split and the famous island town of Hvar. Let the kids peer off Dubrovnik's imposing fortress walls and wander tucked-away stairwells and alleys and if they're up for it, enjoy a horse (or pony) ride at charming Honey Valley.
This complete 15-day family vacation covers Croatia's highlights from the dynamic capital of Zagreb to the fortressed city of Dubrovnik with an exciting focus on activities sure to keep the children entertained. From one end of the country to the next, you'll explore the charming hilltop towns and Venetian-influenced cities of the Istrian peninsula, travel down the length of the sunny Dalmatian coast with two nights spent on Hvar Island, and discover the delights of the hinterland beyond the ancient city of Split. You'll spend two relaxing nights at Hotel Amarin—a haven for families, work together as a team to solve puzzles and clues to "escape" a room in Split, and kayak the Adriatic Sea to the Pakleni Islands archipelago.
This 10-day itinerary highlights some of Croatia's more popular attractions, including the medieval hill town of Motovun and the "Adriatic Pearl," Dubrovnik, with a unique twist. For example, you'll venture into the romantic Istrian peninsula to seek out the prized truffle and explore Dubrovnik's limestone-paved streets on a private tour of two of the country's most esteemed artists. You'll also discover trendy cafés in Zagreb, marvel at Plitvice Lakes' enchanting beauty, listen to Zadar's Sea Organ, and visit famed Diocletian's Palace in Split.
Discover Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia as you hike and bike your way through this exciting multisport itinerary. You'll trek in the mountains of the Konavle countryside, bike over the historic Ciro route amid the wild and unspoiled nature of the Popovo polje, and canoe and swim your way down the green Trebižat River. With time left over to explore three historical cities, atmospheric Kotor, enchanting Mostar, and bewitching Dubrovnik, you'll get to know southeastern Europe intimately.
This itinerary, filled with the top experiences in Croatia and Slovenia, will bring you to Dubrovnik's famed Old Town, the imposing defense walls of Ston, and historic Split. Admire the beauty of Krka and Plitvice Lakes national parks, feast on straight-from-the-sea fare in Zadar, and visit the popular Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. Once in Slovenia, you can hike, row, or swim in Lake Bled, take a walking tour of elegant Ljubljana, and go underground to explore Postojna Cave.
From cultural stops in coastal towns and dynamic capital cities to national parks and underground caves, this itinerary perfectly captures Croatia and Slovenia. Starting in Dubrovnik, the "Adriatic Pearl," you'll venture through Dalmatia, stopping in medieval Ston before reaching the ancient Roman cities of Split and Zadar. Then it's on to Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks, Zagreb, and Slovenian highlights Ljubljana and Lake Bled.
Discover the best of Croatia and Slovenia with this beautiful 10-day route, starting with two nights in the medieval fortressed city of Dubrovnik and ending in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital. Navigate the narrow stone streets of Trogir, the eclectic island-city, admire the captivating beauty of Skradin on an e-bike tour, and explore the underground network of caverns in Postojna Cave. You'll visit ancient coastal cities, tour national parks, and take in plenty of exquisite scenery along the way.
Take pleasure in this 11-day itinerary from Dubrovnik to Ljubljana. You'll spend four days aboard a private catamaran sailing around the Adriatic Islands before switching gears and continuing the adventure by car. Bike the rugged terrain of the Pelješac peninsula, walk Split's 1,700-year-old stone streets, immerse yourself in the quiet majesty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and enjoy a day trip to discover Postojna Cave.
This 12-day tour covers Croatia and Slovenia's best, from cultural stops in coastal towns, capital cities, and the Adriatic islands, to the exploration of national parks and underground caves. You'll begin in Dubrovnik, sail for four days around Croatian islands, visit the ancient Roman cities of Split, Zadar, and Trogir, and spend a night in dynamic Zagreb. You'll cap off your trip with two nights in Ljubljana with time to explore Lake Bled and its namesake island.
Perfectly blending culture and history with adventure, this 13-day tour starts in the fortressed city of Dubrovnik and includes four days of sailing to and around some of the Adriatic Islands. You'll work your way up the Dalmatian coast before turning your attention to the exquisite Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks. From Zagreb, you'll transfer into Slovenia, where you'll have the pleasure of exploring Lake Bled and Ljubljana on a walking city tour.
Follow this two-week route along Croatia's captivating Dalmatian coast, beginning in Dubrovnik and ending in Slovenia's inviting capital, Ljubljana. You'll spend four days sailing amid the Adriatic islands, including a visit to favored Korčula and Hvar as you work your way to Split and Zadar. Marvel at the postcard-perfect beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, stroll through Zagreb's 1000-year-old town center, and row a boat to Bled's fairytale chapel in the center of its namesake lake.
Experience the best of Croatia and Slovenia on this in-depth tour. Beginning in Dubrovnik, you'll work your way up the Dalmatian coast by land and sea before turning inland to explore Plitvice Lakes and Krka national parks, and then onward to the dynamic capital of Zagreb. Next, you'll cross the border into Slovenia to discover charming Ljubljana, picturesque Lake Bled, and the dramatic karst region with Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.
Explore the best of Croatia and Slovenia on this 15-day itinerary, from the walled city of Dubrovnik to Ljubljana's leafy and pedestrian-friendly streets. Spend three nights aboard a private catamaran as you tour the Adriatic coast and its islands, including Šipan, Koločep, Mljet, and the ever-popular Korčula and Hvar. You'll ride an electric bike around stunning Krka National Park, listen to the Sea Organ play its unending melody in Zadar, and go underground and meet Brilliant, an imposing stalagmite in Postojna Cave.
Sixteen days gives you plenty of time to see the best that Croatia has to offer. Drive along the Dalmatian Coast and hit all the highlights between Zagreb and Dubrovnik, opt for an adventurous itinerary that includes hiking, biking, and canyoning on Cetina River, or fulfill your foodie dreams of truffle hunting and fine dining in Rovinj. Another option is to combine your trip to Croatia with a visit to Slovenia to see Lake Bled and the Julian Alps. Learn more with the following unique itinerary ideas.
With fifteen days in Croatia, you'll have plenty of time to explore more of the country. Choose a classic itinerary that hits Zagreb, the castle-laden hills of the Zagorje, and the Adriatic Coast, or go for an outdoorsy adventure that combines hiking, kayaking, rafting, and scuba diving your way through the country. Check out the following itineraries for more inspiration.
From the energetic capital city to the peaceful Konavle villages, explore Croatia's cities and Dalmatian coastline on this comprehensive luxury tour. Starting in Zagreb, you'll discover the stunning architecture and historic landmarks on a guided walking tour. Then head to the coast for a decadent spa treatment in Opatija and tour the travertine lakes at Plitvice Lakes National Park. You'll sample the country's best cheese on Pag, visit Lumbarda wine country on Korčula, and cap off your trip in the medieval city of Dubrovnik.
Spend two weeks experiencing Croatia's cities, the Adriatic islands, and the Dalmatian coast in luxury. Begin with a private tour of Croatia's dynamic capital, Zagreb, to see trendy neighborhoods, unique museums, and magnificent architecture. In Zadar, take in an unforgettable sunset while dining on world-class seafood and wine. Dive into Roman history in Split and savor local delicacies on an exclusive food tour, then spend time discovering the wines and beaches of Hvar and Korčula.