A few years ago, we did a 14-day road trip in Croatia along the Dalmatian Coast and into the inland national parks, sampling some great highlights Croatia has to offer. We quickly fell in love with the country for its turquoise water, delicious sea bass and octopus salad, majestic architecture and spectacular national parks. We vowed to come back one day to slowly savour all the wonderful things again.
Now after much effort, we are back, enjoying the beautiful Split. However if you are not full time travellers like us and just want to have a holiday in Croatia, here is our itinerary that might offer some help with your itinerary planning.
Day 1 & 2: Dubrovnik & Cavtat, Stay at Cavtat
Day 3: Drive from Dubrovnik to Peljesac Peninsula, then catch Ferry to Mljet
Day 4: Spend most of day on Mljet, then in the late afternoon catch Ferry back to Peljesac Peninsula, then drive to Split
Day 5 & 6: Ferry Split - Vis
Day 7: Ferry Vis - Split, Stay at Trogir
Day 8: Tour in Trogir, then drive to Sibenik, Stay at Sibenik
Day 9: Krka National Park
Day 10 & 11: Drive Sibenik - Zadar, Spend time in Zadar and Nin
Day 12: Drive to Rastoke and explore
Day 13: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 14: Fly out of Zagreb
Driving was not difficult in Croatia, but parking can be very challenging due to lack of space, especially in the tourist peak season. We did the road trip in the first half of September and still found it frustrating to park. Parking fees can be quite expensive too, especially in Dubrovnik. Also the smaller cars are the better for flexible parking and dodging traffic on road.