Our 2018 Itinerary

Check out our 2018 Croatia road trip itinerary below!


This itinerary was a labor of love and went through many different iterations over the past few months. We had to make some tough decisions on where to go and what to do, but we also know that no decision is a bad decision when figuring out where to go in Croatia!

What you see below is our final draft. While there will be some variations during our trip, this itinerary is a good representation of our road trip stops and activities.

P.S. Please feel free to leave a comment or contact us with any recommendations on restaurants, bars, activities, tours, etc! We’d love to hear from you!


Itinerary Guide

  • The “Main Bases” listed are areas in which we will set up camp in a local apartment or with friends and family.
  • Regions where there are no “Main Bases” listed means we are stopping there along our road trip journey for only a day or for an afternoon.
  • Activities listed under “Planned Activities” are those we already plan to do either on our own (self-guided) or via a local tour operator (we have listed these when appropriate and recommend them all!)
  • Activities listed under the “Activities Wish List” are ones which we are very interested in doing see but have no firm plans to pursue. These activities will likely be planned the day before we decide to do them (if we choose to do them at all!) since it will depend on how we are feeling.

7 Regions:

  1. Dalmatia
  2. Gorski Kotar & Kvarner
  3. Istria
  4. Lika
  5. Slavonia
  6. Zagorje
  7. Zagreb & Surrounding Area

Dalmatia


Main Bases:

Planned Activities:

  • Day tour to Imotski, Red, Blue and Green Lakes, Lokvičići, and Ričice with wine tasting at Glavota Winery (organized through Riva Travel)
  • Walking tour of Split, Salona, and Trogir (led by Sandra of Emaus Tours)
  • Day trip to Nin and Zadar (self-guided)
  • Day trip to Sinj (self-guided)

Activities Wish List:

  • Play picgin in Split
  • Kornati & Telašćica boat tour from Zadar
  • Omiš & Cetina Canyon day trip — a zip-line or rafting adventure would be fun!
  • Day trip to Hvar and Brač islands
  • Day trip to Makarska
  • Day trip to Biokovo Nature Park
  • Military tour of Vis island
  • Visit to the Blue Cave on Biševo Island

Gorski Kotar & Kvarner


Planned Activities:

  • Day trip to Fužine, Croatia (self-guided)
  • Day trip to Rijeka, Opatija, Učka Nature Park and coastal towns along the Lungomare (self-guided)

Activities Wish List:


Istria


Main Base:

  • Rovinj

Planned Activities:

  • Visits with friends
  • Goat farm tour at Kumparička with mini stops at small towns along the way (organized through Putopis)
  • Truffle hunt in Buzet (thanks to Proban Tartufi)
  • Day trip to various Central Istrian towns (self-guided)
  • Day trip to Trieste, Italy with a stop in Piran, Slovenia (self-guided)

Activities Wish List:

  • Day trip to Kamenjak Nature Park and Pula
  • Visit to Brijuni National Park
  • Visit to Dinopark in Funtana
  • Go scuba-diving, paragliding, or ski-diving

Lika


Planned Activities:

  • Day trip to Ogulin, Brinje, Kuterevo Bear Sanctuary, and Smiljan (self-guided)

Activities Wish List:

  • Visit to Velebit National Park
  • Stop by Cave Park Grabovača in Perušić

Slavonia


Main Base:

  • Vinkovci

Planned Activities:

  • Visits with family
  • Day trip to Sisak, Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, and Čigoč (self-guided)
  • Day tour to Vukovar and Ilok with wine tasting in Ilok (organized through Educational Travel Worldwide)

Activities Wish List:

  • Go on a Danube river day cruise in Vukovar
  • Day trips to:
    • Đakovo
    • Jelas Polje Nature Preserve
    • Kaptol
    • Kopački Rit Nature Park
    • Kutjevo
    • Osijek
    • Papuk GeoPark
    • Požega
    • Slavonski Brod
    • Velika

Zagorje


Main Bases:

Planned Activities:

  • Visits with family and friends
  • Day trip to Oroslavje, Donja Stubica and Gornja Stubica (self-guided)
  • Day trip to Marija Bistrica (self-guided)
  • Spa day at Terme Tuhelj (thanks to friends!)
  • Day trip to Međimurje and Čakovec
  • Day tour of Krapina, Trakošćan, and Lepoglava (organized through Aura Rustica)
  • Day tour of Ljubljana and Lake Bled, Slovenia (organized through Aura Rustica)

Zagreb & Surrounding Area


Main Base:

  • Zagreb

Planned Activities:

Activities Wish List:

  • Visit the Zagreb Zoo and Zagreb Botanical Garden
  • Attend a show at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
  • Visit Medvednica Nature Park
  • Take a tour of PAN Brewery in Koprivnica