8 days in Croatia Itinerary

8 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Dubrovnik — 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Step out of the city life by going to Zarkovica Animal Shelter and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Red History Museum. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Cemetery in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Annunciation, take some stellar pictures from Minceta Fortress, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Helsinki, Finland to Dubrovnik is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Helsinki in September, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.
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Hvar, Hvar Island — 2 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
On the 10th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Mlini Beach and then head off the coast to Jerolim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Dubovica Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Tomic Winery.

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Getting from Dubrovnik to Hvar by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Split.
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Split — 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then shop like a local with Riva Harbor. On the next day, examine the collection at Diocletians Dream, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cetina River, and then take in breathtaking views at Omiš Cetina Canyon.

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You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. In September in Split, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Pula.
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Pula — 1 night

It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Arch of the Sergi, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then view the masterpieces at Polite BastART, and finally experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Traveling by flight from Split to Pula takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Split, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pula, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Croatia travel guide

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Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.