Best 7 Days In Croatia Itinerary: One Week You Won’t Forget

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

After 20+ years of traveling up and down the country, I know the best of Croatia. 

Here are seven ideas for spending 7 days in Croatia. My itinerary ideas cover island hopping, beaches, and coastal city breaks! Thanks to these tips, you won’t need to go on a guided tour when you go to Croatia.

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I have lived in Croatia for 10+ years and can tell you that it is a true Mediterranean gem. Its beaches, dramatic coastlines, national parks, charming coastal towns, and historic sights make it an unmissable European summer vacation destination.

The nation hides an array of magnificent sights that draw in travelers from far and wide. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to figure out just how many days to spend in Croatia.

You may prefer beaches or eating in Old Towns and fishing villages, or maybe you’re more of a history fan. Either way, you must consider your interests when planning your trip.

To help you do so, we’ve shared our favorite 7-day Croatian itinerary options.

These include some of the country’s most famous sights as well as some lesser-known destinations that you should focus on. Let’s look at your options for the best Croatia adventure from coast to capital and island to island.

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We’ve shared a few Croatian one-week itinerary options that will help you plan your Itinerary. You may want to follow these exactly, or you could always mix and match between destinations. Either way, we hope these inspire you to start planning your adventures to this fascinating corner of Europe.

7-Day Croatia Itinerary Ideas

Option 1: Ultimate Croatia: Dubrovnik to Mljet and the Elafiti Islands

Day 1: Explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik

Day 2: Kayak and see charming villages of the Elafiti Islands

Day 3: Hop over to Korcula

Day 4: Go wine tasting at Lumbarda

Day 5: See the Walls of Ston via the Peljesac Peninsula

Day 6: Discover Mljet National Park

Day 7: End your trip in Dubrovnik

Option 2: One Week in Croatia: From Split’s Glory to Dubrovnik’s Majesty

Day 1: See Split in all its glory

Day 2: Take a ferry to Hvar and kayak around the Pakleni Islands

Day 3: Day trip to Vis

Day 4: Korcula

Day 5: Explore the Peljesac Peninsula

Day 6: Dubrovnik

Day 7: Dubrovnik

Option 3: Ultimate 7-Day Croatian Culture & Coastline

Day 1: See the museums and galleries of Zagreb

Day 2: Travel to Zadar via Plitvice Lakes National Park

Day 3: Split

Day 4: Take a trip to Brac Island to relax on Zlatni Rat beach

Day 5: Discover Hvar Town and Korcula

Day 6: Tour around Dubrovnik Old Town

Day 7: Swim at Lokrum Island

Option 4: Adventurous 7-Day Itinerary: Split, Plitvice, and Beyond to Kotor

Day 1: Split

Day 2: Be wowed by Plitvice Lakes

Day 3: Head to Stiniva Beach on the island of Vis

Day 4: Hike in Krka National Park

Day 5: Dubrovnik

Day 6: Dubrovnik

Day 7: Hop across the border to Kotor, Montenegro

Option 5: Croatian Rhapsody: Zagreb to Mljet with a Taste of Istria

Day 1: Zagreb

Day 2: Head to Rovinj, stopping by hilltop Motovun on the way

Day 3: Sample seafood in Volosko

Day 4: Relax in the town of Skradin

Day 5: Ston

Day 6: Peljesac Peninsula

Day 7: Hike the forested Mljet National Park

Option 6: Island Hopping Extravaganza: One Week in Croatia’s Gems

Day 1: Explore Trogir

Day 2: Split

Day 3: Split

Day 4: Brac Island

Day 5: Hvar

Day 6: Korcula

Day 7: Discover the remote island of Lastovo

Option 7: Croatian Hideaways: A Serene Week from Zadar to Mljet

Day 1: Start in Zadar

Day 2: and head to the car-free island of Zilba

Day 3: Visit Murter to explore the Kornati Islands

Day 4: Enjoy the tourist-free Solta

Day 5: Visit easygoing Stari Grad on Hvar

Day 6: Vis

Day 7: Mljet National Park

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Highlights From These Itineraries

Below, you’ll find the highlights from our 7-day Croatia itineraries.

From national parks and beaches to ancient ruins and medieval townscapes, these destinations make up an inspired collection of the perfect places across the country. We’ve provided links to a few of them so you can get more in-depth travel info to help you plan your Croatia adventures.

Split Old Town

The city of Split is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. It’s also the second-largest city in the country and, thanks to its long history, overflows with fascinating sights. Days here can be filled with wandering the old streets, admiring the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace, and marveling at the impressive Cathedral of St Domnius. Split is also a good jumping-off point for travel to nearby islands.

Read more about Split here ↳

Dubrovnik & The City Walls

The Adriatic city of Dubrovnik is famed for its 16th-century walls. Once the city center of the maritime Republic of Ragusa, the city is awash with historic architecture, from the awe-inspiring Rector’s Palace to the beautiful Baroque-style St Blaise Church. Today, Dubrovnik is well known as a Game of Thrones filming location.

Read more about Dubrovnik here ↳

Plitvice Lakes National Park

This Central Croatia national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the oldest nature reserve of its kind in Croatia. Crowned by a series of terraced lakes connected by waterfalls, it’s a gem of Croatia’s natural landscape.

Come here to hike among its karst limestone falls and see the natural beauty of Croatia. It’s easily accessible on a day trip from Zadar or the capital city of Zagreb.

Read more about Plitvice Lakes National Park here ↳


The island of Hvar is a magnet for those who want to enjoy the good life. Just off the mainland and easily reached from Split, it’s known for its hidden coves and secluded beaches that attract a combination of high-end travelers and backpackers to its shores.

Though renowned for its party atmosphere, Hvar also hides several quiet hamlets where you can soak up some down-to-earth Mediterranean vibes.

Read more about Hvar here ↳


Catch a ferry from Dubrovnik, and you’ll be on the island of Lokrum in just 10 minutes. The island feels worlds away from the touristed Old Town of Dubrovnik and is clad with oak forests and pines.

Lokrum has a history, most notably a Benedictine monastery. Game of Thrones fans will find a replica of the Iron Throne here, a photo opportunity for many tourists.

Read more about Lokrum here ↳


Also known by its Italian name, Rovigno, Rovinj is an attractive port town that has been dubbed “The Pearl of the Istrian Peninsula.” The charming Old Town here is made up of handsome Venetian architecture, cut through by narrow lanes and dotted with attractive squares. In the peak of summer, Rovinj gets busy with vacationers who stay in the nearby resort hotels along the coast.

Read more about Rovinj here ↳

Mljet National Park

Mljet National Park covers a large portion of the island of Mljet.

Unlike some of Croatia’s more popular destinations, Mljet remains a hidden gem with unspoiled forests, tranquil beaches, and plenty of hiking trails to explore the area and spot wildlife. Mljet also has legendary connections to Odysseus—apparently, he spent seven years in a cave here.

Grab some snorkel gear and spend the afternoon underwater.

Read more about Mljet National Park here ↳


The energetic capital of Zagreb is layered with centuries of European history. The city’s core is awash with Austro-Hungarian architecture. Think red rooftops, old-world buildings, the grand main square of Ban Jelacic, and plenty of historical sights to show for it.

A day in Zagreb can be spent perusing museums (my favorite is the Museum of Broken Relationships), checking out art galleries, or watching life go by from a terrace cafe. However, to understand Croatia’s history, I recommend a walking tour.

Zagreb is a great starting point for your Croatian adventures, and the main airport in Croatia (Franjo Tuđman Airport) is located here.

Read more about Zagreb here ↳

Kornati Islands

The attraction of the Kornati Islands lies in the beautiful contrast between the gleaming limestone of its cliffs and rock formations and the rich blues of the Adriatic Sea. The archipelago comprises over 140 uninhabited islands and is home to reefs and islets—all waiting to be explored by adventurous travelers.

Kornat is home to most of the buildings of the entire island group, so most people choose to camp, stay in old stone houses, or overnight in yachts.

Read more about the Kornati Islands here ↳


Zadar is well known for its historic town square (it is even on the tentative UNESCO Heritage list), making it an ideal alternative to the more crowded Old Towns of Split or Dubrovnik.

Here, you’ll find a wealth of architecture, including the 11th-century St Mary’s Convent, its impressive 12th-century cathedral, and the Roman forum known as “The Forum.” 

Be sure to stop by the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation in the late afternoon or evening for a musical and theatrical nighttime performance.

Read more about Zadar here ↳


Set on the mainland side of the Peljesac Peninsula, the town of Ston was once an integral military outpost of the Republic of Ragusa. It certainly shows. Ston is home to some truly impressive defensive walls.

The largest in Europe, some 3.4 miles of them still stand since they were started back in 1358. Foodies should take note of Ston as it’s also famed for its oysters and mussels — not to mention the wine produced in the region.

Read more about Ston here ↳

Elafiti Islands

Exploring Croatia doesn’t have to be all about crowded Old Towns and wandering cobbled streets looking for something to eat. Exploring Elafiti Islands with a local guide is the perfect place to take a break from busy travel itineraries.

Here, you can catch boats between the sleepy shores of the archipelago’s 14 beautiful islands, discovering charming villages and beaches along the way. These archipelago islands are permanently inhabited by Sipan, Kolocep, and Lopud (which is car-free).

Read more about the Elafiti Islands here ↳


Lastovo is the most remote of Croatia’s inhabited islands, with a population of fewer than a thousand people. It has to be Croatia’s most tranquil destination, ideal for couples who want to escape it all. Expect quiet beaches, stunning sunsets, and peaceful evenings spent enjoying local food and drinking wine from the local vineyards.

Read more about the Lastovo here ↳


Better known as Qarth to Game of Thrones fans (scenes depicting the fictional city were filmed here), Trogir is another coastal gem in Croatia’s travel crown. Just 17 miles from Split, Trogir is actually a tiny island with bridges to the larger island of Ciovo and the mainland.

The town is set within centuries-old city walls and is home to everything from Romanesque and Venetian architecture to beautiful Renaissance buildings. This is exactly what gives Trogir a UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Read more about Trogir here ↳


Vis has only been open to tourists since 1989. That’s because it was used as a naval base following World War II. The decades of its isolation have left it relatively undeveloped compared to other Croatian islands.

But in addition to nature, the Island of Vis offers historic sights, such as the ancient city walls. The archeological museum (home to a bronze head of the Greek goddess Artemis dating back to the 4th century BC) has also increased its popularity. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, being filmed on the island, has also contributed to its popularity.

You can take a boat trip to the nearby Blue Cave, also known as the Blue Lagoon, to see the bluest cave you have ever seen.

Read more about Vis here ↳

Brac & Zlatni Rat Beach

The island of Brač is famed for Zlatni Rat, a long, pebble-clad beach that juts out into the Adriatic Sea. There are several small, pretty towns and villages around the island, including Bol (home to Zlatni Rat itself) and Supetar — the main town, which is a little more down to earth and a good transit hub for onward travel.

Read more about Brac here ↳


The long, slender island of Korčula lies just off the coast of the Peljesac Peninsula. Here on Croatia’s sixth largest island, you can spend time discovering a taste of traditional Croatian food and wine.

Medieval walls ring the attractive Korcula Town and host a wealth of historic architecture. The island also boasts pine forests, olive trees, hidden coves, and beautiful beaches.

Read more about Korčula here ↳

Kotor, Montenegro

A visit to Croatia doesn’t necessarily mean staying inside the nation’s borders. Kotor is the jewel of neighboring Montenegro, just a stone’s throw from Dubrovnik and easily reached on a day trip (or spend the night).

Fortified by winding walls and once an important city-state, the town hides a host of medieval buildings, Venetian palaces, and charming churches. Pick a cafe on one of its cobbled streets and watch the world go by from a terrace seat.

Read more about Kotor here ↳

Krka National Park

Another of Croatia’s surprisingly impressive national parks, Krka is known for its collection of Croatia’swaterfalls set among forests and craggy gorges. Thanks to its remote location, Krka also has a long heritage of monasteries (the oldest dating to the 15th century) and ancient Roman ruins and catacombs.

Read more about Krka National Park here ↳

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Croatia Transport Options – The Best Ways To Travel While In Croatia

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Croatia is a developed Mediterranean country that’s pretty easy to get around. The country has a well-trusted transport network that both locals and tourists regularly use to travel between destinations.

The transport network includes fast boats and ferries, trains and buses, private transfers, and taxis. For added adventure points, you could rent a set of wheels and embark on a road trip through the country.

The only thing to note about transport when planning your 7 day Croatia tour is the time of year you’ll be traveling.

In high season, the tourist crowds can mean long waits for public transport — particularly for ferries to popular islands. Outside of peak season, timetables will be thinned out with fewer departures.

Planning in advance will help ease any travel woes when on the ground. Here’s an overview of the transport situation to help you plan the best itinerary for Croatia.

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Catch the bus

Croatia’s public buses mean that it’s reasonably straightforward to travel around the country without using your own vehicle to do so. Most bus stations in urban areas are centrally located or conveniently placed near ferry ports. There’s also healthy competition between bus companies that ply the same routes, resulting in affordable prices year-round.

Hop on a boat.

It would be a shame to visit Croatia without getting on a boat. With many of Croatia’s highlights being either coastal or situated on islands, there’s a high chance you’ll be catching a boat or ferry at some point.

Watching the landscape go by from the deck of a boat is all part of the experience. Boats are modern and comfortable, ranging from car ferries to fast-foot passenger-only catamarans.

 Some even have small cafes and WiFi onboard. Tickets can be bought online in advance to make your life easier.

Rent a car

If you want to make your trip to Croatia itinerary into a real adventure, this calls for you to get a rental car. Renting your own set of wheels really opens up the country and gives you access to destinations that may be hard to reach otherwise.

You’ll also have the freedom to travel when and where you want. Most major car rental chains are represented in Croatia; you’ll find them in transit hubs and the centers of big towns and cities.

And don’t worry: driving in Croatia is safe. Just watch out for the cost of tolls along the highways – they add up very fast, and car parks in the big cities get full early!

Trains and planes

Croatia’s train network isn’t that good when it comes to getting around. In fact, it does not even really exist. But if you want to travel from Zagreb (Croatia’s capital) or to more inland areas, then trains can be a good—very slow—option to Split.

Otherwise, for quick travel, flying is the most straightforward route. Note, however, that most islands won’t have airports, so you’ll still have to take a ferry or bus to your destination.

Private transfer & taxis

The most expensive option for traveling around Croatia is a private transfer. But it’s definitely viable for travelers who want a stress-free trip without the hassle of lining up for bus tickets or driving yourself. 

You can arrange private transfers or taxis through organized tour companies or through your accommodation. It may even save you money if you’re traveling in a group

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Are 7 Days Enough To Go To Croatia?

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Yes and no. Depending on what you want to do, of course, 7 days in Croatia is generally enough to see the big-hitter sights of the Mediterranean nation.

It allows you ample time to explore from the coast to the capital, stopping by national parks and historical sights along the way.

Even if you want to spend a few days in one place — let’s say Dubrovnik — you’ll still have spare days left over to see popular places like Split, Hvar Island, and the island of Korcula.

You could even spend 7 days just island hopping — definitely enough time to see just how chilled out the pace of life is along the Dalmatian coast.

Why 7 Days In Croatia Is Not Enough

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Now, we come to the “no” part of the above question. While 7 days in Croatia is a good amount of time (it’s a whole week, after all), unless you’re sticking to just one particular place, it’s not enough time to really get under the skin of the country.

To properly take in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Split, you’d need at least two or three days in each one.

And these are just the main cities. Aside from that, there are several national parks worth visiting, hundreds of islands, and a string of beautiful beaches — not to mention towns you’ve never heard of with illustrious pasts and architecture (plus the tourist sights) to match.

So, when it comes to working out how many days you need in Croatia, it’s a good idea to consider the kind of vacation you want and what you’re interested in. For example, if you’re a history buff, then you should take note of the itineraries we’ve shared below and craft one that takes in the best of the best when it comes to centuries-old architecture and ancient sights.

If it’s islands and beaches that interest you the most, then stick to those and leave the Old Towns of Split, Trogir, and Dubrovnik behind.

Heart shaped island of Galesnjak in Zadar archipelago
Galesnjak, Zadar

Since you’re in this part of the world, there’s even the chance to add on a day trip to neighboring countries. For example, hopping over the border to Montenegro reveals yet more timeworn coastal towns that shed light on the ever-shifting borders and civilizations that the Mediterranean has witnessed over the centuries (if not millennia). If that interests you, then it’s definitely something to consider.

The other reason why 7 days in Croatia is insufficient is practicality. While there’s public transport, rental cars on offer, and private transfers available, it can take surprisingly long to get from one end of the country to the other, especially for first-time visitors who want to stop a lot.

It has a long, complex coastline that can take a while to navigate. Plus, the country itself is over 21,000 square miles in area.

With more days, say 10 or more, you’ll have just that extra bit more time to tour Croatia.

You’ll be able to relax a little bit during your trip, stick around in the best places that you enjoy, and not have to worry about heading off early in the morning every day to travel to a new part of the country.

After all, if this nomadic style of traveling isn’t something you enjoy, then 7 days definitely won’t be enough. Ideally, if you have the freedom to do so, the perfect amount of time to spend in Croatia is one month. If you spend around two weeks getting a good look at everything Croatia has to offer, that’s also great.

Best Time To Visit Croatia

That is a complicated question, so I wrote a whole travel guide to help you determine the best time to visit Croatia. You can read it here.

We hope that all this information has inspired you to plan your own one-week travel itinerary for Croatia. Thanks to this perfect itinerary, a marvel of Mediterranean proportions awaits you!

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