Croatia 12-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 12 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Croatia.

If there was ever a country made to be enjoyed on a road trip, it’s Croatia. This is due in large part to its stretch of unspoiled waterfront known as the Dalmatian Coast. Over 12 days you could plan a drive around medieval castles, through national parks, and pass Roman ruins before ending in the historic 16th-century city of Dubrovnik. Or you could forgo the vehicle and take off on a private sailboat tour of Adriatic islands like Korčula, home to a historic fortress town.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 12-day trips in Croatia.

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Bird's eye view over Dubrovnik
Map of Best of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Best of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik - 12 Days

In this 12-day itinerary, you'll wind your way from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Covering many of the country's best highlights, you'll see notable sights such as Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rector's Palace as well as taste the local cuisine and famous wines. A balance of culture and adventure provides you with an incredible experience from soaring high about the Cetina River Canyon to paddling the incredible blue waves of the Adriatic around Croatian islands. For an in-depth look, view the days detailed below.

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.

Observation area overlooking the Adriatic near Viganj on the Pelješac Peninsula
Classic Croatia: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, Split & Zagreb - 12 Days

In 12 days, you'll get a great overall feel for Croatia, from cultural stops in Baroque and Renaissance-infused cities to exploring one of the world's best-preserved Roman buildings. Explore walled medieval towns, lively markets, ancient ruins, and old fortresses. You'll sip Dingac red wine on Peljesac, hike along wooden paths and bridges in Plitvice Lakes National Park, and relax on Vis Island's inviting beaches.

A memorable sunset over Lake Bled
Map of Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 12 Days
Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 12 Days

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.

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.

Aerial View of Lake Bled, Slovenia
Explore the Northwest Balkans - 12 Days

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.

Dubrovnik's Rector's Palace and the Assumption Cathedral in Old Town
Map of Croatia Luxury Tour: Zagreb, Zadar, Split, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Croatia Luxury Tour: Zagreb, Zadar, Split, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

Spend 12 days among Croatia's finest architecture, cuisine, and scenery on this luxury tour starting in dynamic Zagreb. Explore waterfalls and travertine lakes in Plitvice Lakes and Krka, dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Zadar, and take a private food tour of historic Split. Travel to the Adriatic islands to discover the idyllic settlements and hilly terrain of Hvar and sip on wines native to Korčula. End with two nights roaming the limestone-paved streets of Dubrovnik, the "Adriatic Pearl."

One of the 14 wooded Pakleni islands off the coast of Hvar
Croatia Multisport: Zagreb, Plitvice, Paklenica, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is perfect for the active traveler, from the neo-baroque buildings and leafy green parks in Zagreb to the narrow alleys and medieval fortress walls of Dubrovnik. You'll spend a day canyoning the Cetina River and discover the natural beauty of both Korčula and Hvar islands as you bike and hike your way through the rugged terrain of the Pelješac Peninsula. You'll also spend time visiting Plitvice Lakes, trekking in Paklenica National Park, and exploring historic Šibenik.

Town of Omiš, seen through the Cetina River Canyon
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Split, Paklenica, Plitvice & Zagreb - 12 Days

From the narrow alleys and fortress walls of Dubrovnik to the leafy green parks and historic buildings of Zagreb, this 12-day itinerary is perfect for the active traveler.  You'll make your way through the wild terrain of the Pelješac Peninsula to hike and bike the islands of Korčula and Hvar and spend a day canyoneering the Cetina River. Cap off the excitement with a visit to historic Šibenik, Plitvice Lakes, and exquisite Paklenica National Park.

A young boy swims underwater in the crystalline Adriatic Sea
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

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.

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