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

Dalmatia — visit complete for 2018


Main Bases:

Planned Activities:

  • Day trip to Imotski and the Red, Blue, and Green Lakes (self-guided)
  • Walking tour of Trogir (led by Sandra of Emaus Tours)
  • Day trip to Sinj (self-guided)

Activities Wish List:

  • Omiš & Cetina Canyon day trip
  • Visit to Krka National Park
  • Take a military tour of Vis Island — done!
  • Visit to the Blue Cave on Biševo Island — done!
  • Visit Hvar and Brač islands by boat

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
  • Truffle hunt near Buzet (thanks to Proban Tartufi)
  • Day trip to various Central Istrian towns (self-guided)
  • Day trip to Trieste, Italy (self-guided)

Activities Wish List:

  • Day trip to Kamenjak Nature Park and Pula
  • Go scuba-diving, paragliding, or ski-diving

Lika — visit complete for 2018


Main Base:

  • Novalja — visit complete!

Planned Activities:

  • Day trip to Ogulin, Kuterevo Bear Sanctuary, and Smiljan (self-guided) — unfortunately, saved for the future
  • Day trip to Nin and Zadar (self-guided) — visit complete!
  • Day trip to Lun, home to some of Croatia’s oldest olive trees — visit complete!

Slavonia — visit complete for 2018


Main Base:

  • Vinkovci

Planned Activities:

  • Visits with family
  • Day trip to Osijek (self-guided)
  • Day tour to Vukovar and Ilok with wine tasting in Ilok (organized through Educational Travel Worldwide)

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!) — visit complete!
  • Day trip to Međimurje (self-guided) — visit complete!
  • Day tour of Krapina, Trakošćan, and Lepoglava (organized through Aura Rustica)

Zagreb — visit complete for 2018


Main Base:

  • Zagreb

Planned Activities:

  • Visits with family and friends
  • Shopping, errands, and strolling around

For the Future

A list of places we can’t get to on this trip, but that we hope to visit in the future!

Istria

  • Brijuni National Park
  • Dinopark in Funtana

Dalmatia

  • Biokovo Nature Park
  • Kornati National Park
  • Makarska
  • Telašćica Nature Park

Lika

  • Cave Park Grabovača in Perušić
  • Senj
  • Velebit National Park

Slavonia

  • Čigoč
  • Đakovo
  • Jelas Polje Nature Preserve
  • Kaptol
  • Kopački Rit Nature Park
  • Kutjevo
  • Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
  • Papuk GeoPark
  • Požega
  • Sisak
  • Slavonski Brod
  • Velika

Zagreb Area

  • Medvednica Nature Park
  • Samobor