8 days in Croatia Itinerary

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Stari Grad, Hvar Island
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Krka National Park in Skradin (about 1h 10 min away). Dedicate the 11th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace, take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Split travel route planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Split Airport, Zadar Airport and Dubrovnik Airport. In May, daytime highs in Split are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Stari Grad.
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Stari Grad, Hvar Island — 3 nights

On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Tvrdalj Castle and then make a trip to Stari Grad Plain.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Stari Grad trip maker site.

Drive from Split to Stari Grad in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then take an in-depth tour of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and then stop by Dubrovnik Heritage - Handmade Croatian Products. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Onophrian Fountain, make a trip to Pile Gate, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and finally view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stari Grad to Dubrovnik takes 6 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Croatia travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
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.