Croatia 12-Day Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

Explore 4 self-drive trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Croatia.

Although it’s blowing up like a hit single in summer, Croatia is still relatively undiscovered by most travelers from English-speaking countries. And what better way for first-timers to get to know it than by road-tripping down its legendary Dalmatian Coast, driving over 12 days from the Roman/Venetian ruins in Zadar down to the 16th century city of Dubrovnik. Or you could begin in the romantic port cities and medieval fortress towns of Croatia’s northern Istrian Peninsula before working your way down this magnificent coast, the gem of the Adriatic Sea.

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Zlatni Rat Beach, Island of Brač
Map of Classic Croatia: Zagreb, Split, Brač, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Classic Croatia: Zagreb, Split, Brač, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

The sun always shines on the Dalmatian Coast—one of the most scenic coastal drives in Europe. In 12 days, you'll have the freedom to explore on your own, starting from historic Zagreb and ending at the walls of mighty Dubrovnik with a wide selection of national parks and beautiful coastal towns to stop at along the way.

The stunning old town of Rovinj along the coast of Istria
Map of Istria to Dubrovnik: Land & Sea - 12 Days
Istria to Dubrovnik: Land & Sea - 12 Days

Explore Croatia's Istrian Peninsula and be mesmerized by medieval fortress towns, discover the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and look upon stunning coastal views as you make your way from Rovinj to Hvar. Board a private sailboat and be dazzled by Croatia's islands as you make your way across the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik. Feel the spirit of the Mediterranean on this 12-day adventure.

View of Korčula from atop Mt. Ilija on the nearby Pelješac peninsula
Map of Best of Croatia: Zagreb, Rovinj, Šibenik, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Best of Croatia: Zagreb, Rovinj, Šibenik, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

This thorough 12-day self-guided tour covers Croatia's best, from cultural stops in Venetian-infused cities to the exploration of ancient Roman ruins. Explore medieval hilltop towns, lively markets, historic fortressed cities, and glittering salt pans. You'll sip local wine native to Korčula, ride through vineyards and olive groves across Hvar Island, and relax on Split's inviting Bačvice beach.

Dubrovnik, "Pearl of the Adriatic"
Self-Drive Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik - 12 Days

With a perfect blend of nature, history, and culture, this 12-day self-drive itinerary lets you discover Croatia’s highlights at your own pace. Starting in the capital of Zagreb, you'll drive south along the glittering Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik—hiking to waterfalls and hidden lakes, exploring Roman ruins and medieval fortresses, and hopping between idyllic Adriatic islands along the way.

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