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How Many Days to Spend in Croatia

Whether you have two days or two weeks, you'll have a great time in Croatia with a little planning. Get to know Dubrovnik during a quick weekend trip, explore islands along the Dalmatian coast on a five-day itinerary, venture up the coast to Istria if you have a week, or, with ten days to spare, tour the national parks. Read on for advice on how many days to spend in Croatia—and what to do once you're there.

Exploring the coast of Hvar Island
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5 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Five days makes a quick trip to Croatia, but it's enough time to focus on a single region like coastal Dalmatia or Istria in the north. You can cover country-wide highlights if you don't mind a fast pace and flying open-jaw—thanks to the frequency of international flights to both Zagreb and Dubrovnik, you can start your trip in the north and work your way to the southern coast. Learn more with these fun itineraries.

Istria makes for one of the best self-drive regions of Croatia
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6 Days in Croatia - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Six days in Croatia might be a quick trip but it is plenty of time to explore the best of the country. Consider focusing on a single region like the Dalmatian coast or the northern peninsula of Istria. Or, if you don't mind a fast pace and flying open-jaw—thanks to the frequency of international flights to both Zagreb and Dubrovnik, you can start your trip in the north and work your way to the southern coast. Get a sense of what's possible with the following itineraries.

Town and Coastline of Dubrovnik
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7 Days in Croatia - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

One week is a great duration for a trip to Croatia, especially if you focus on a single region like the Dalmatian coast or the Istrian peninsula. You can cover country-wide highlights if you don't mind a fast pace and flying open-jaw—thanks to the international flight options to both Zagreb and Dubrovnik, you can start your trip in the north and work your way to the southern coast. Learn more with these diverse itineraries.

Travel to Croatia with the whole family
1 Week in Croatia - 3 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

In a week, you can cover three to five destinations, opting for an adventurous itinerary for the whole family that encompasses an ATV excursion in Split, a visit to Krka National Park, and a day at a local farm from Dubrovnik. Swap out city exploration for active tours such as sailing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and swimming to and around Hvar Island. Families looking for a culture and history-focused trip will relish visiting one of Zagreb's many museums and exploring the Istrian Peninsula.

Brac Island
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8 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Eight days is a great amount of time for an introductory trip to Croatia. You can focus on a single region like the Dalmatian coast or the Istrian peninsula or you can cover country-wide highlights if you don't mind a fast-paced trip. Thanks to the country's relatively small size and international flight options to Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, you can start your trip in the north and work your way to the south. Learn more with these exciting itineraries below.

Local fishing boats off the coast of Old Town Sibenik
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9 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Nine days is a great amount of time for an introductory trip to Croatia. Focus on a single region like Dalmatia or Istria for an in-depth stay or cover country-wide highlights for a faster-paced trip. Thanks to the international flight options to Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, you can start your trip in the north and work your way south down the coast. Learn more with these incredible itineraries below.

The mountains of Paklenica National Park rise up along the coast near the town of Zadar
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10 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days is a solid duration for an introductory trip to Croatia. You can cover country-wide highlights or dive deeper into one region. Thanks to the international flight options to Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, you can start your trip in the north and work your way to the southern coast. Read on to explore a selection of well-balanced 10-day itineraries.

Mother and son looking at Dubrovnik, Croatia
10 Days in Croatia - 3 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Croatia, you can explore the family-friendly beaches and enchanting Old Towns of the Dalmatian Coast on a highlights tour or opt for an island-hopping trip of Hvar, Korčula, and Vis that's perfect for older children and teens. If you're looking to spend your evenings in charming small towns while ticking off bucket list day trips to Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes National Park, a family adventure to Trogir, Stari Grad, and Cavtat will delight parents and children alike.

Saint Nicholas fortress in the bay of Sibenik
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11 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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.

Island of Krapanj, near Šibenik
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12 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Twelve days is enough time to cover multiple regions in Croatia—such as the Dalmatian coast and the Istrian peninsula—at a reasonable pace. You can take in the main highlights and include some adventure activities by flying open-jaw, thanks to the international airports in Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Learn more with these great itineraries, below!

Small villages dot the idyllic countryside of Istria in north-western Croatia
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13 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Thirteen days in Croatia allows you to cover multiple regions—you can visit the Dalmatian coast, the Istrian peninsula, and even Montenegro in one trip. You can see more highlights at a reasonable pace by flying open-jaw, thanks to the international flight options to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Learn more with these well-planned itineraries, below.

Take to the water with the family on a fun stand up paddleboard excursion in Croatia
2 Weeks in Croatia - 3 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks in Croatia allows you to spend time in three to five destinations, opting for a family-friendly itinerary that includes a visit to Zagreb's museums, a day in Plitvice Lakes, and a truffle hunting expedition from Split. Swap Split for Hvar Island and the coastal city of Trogir, and add another country to your itinerary on a day trip to Montenegro. Tour the caves on Vis Island, kayak around the Pakleni Islands, and relax on Brac Island. See the Old Town of Dubrovnik and incorporate a trip to Krka National Park or the small island of Krapanj for an off-the-beaten-path destination.

The famous hilltop town of Motovun in Croatia's Istria region
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14 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks allows you to cover multiple regions in Croatia—you can visit the Dalmatian coast, the Istrian peninsula, and even Slovenia in one trip. You can see more highlights at a reasonable pace by flying open-jaw, thanks to the international flight options to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Learn more with these incredible itineraries, below.

City walls and cliffs of "Old Town" Dubrovnik
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15 Days in Croatia - 4 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.

Krka National Park
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16 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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.

Spend at least two days discovering Dubrovnik, Croatia's star attraction
How Many Days to Spend in Dubrovnik

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.

Aerial view of Zagreb
How Many Days to Spend in Zagreb

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.