Some of the most beautiful and historic destinations are found along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Whether you’re dreaming of gorgeous beaches, island getaways, Mediterranean cuisine, historic attractions or ancient architecture, you can find it all in Croatia. With this seven-day independent itinerary, you can enjoy the best of the region.
One Week in Croatia Sample Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnik, sleep in Dubrovnik
- Day 2: Explore Dubrovnik, sleep in Dubrovnik
- Day 3: Ferry to Korcula, sleep in Korcula
- Day 4: Ferry to Hvar, sleep in Hvar
- Day 5: Explore Hvar, sleep in Hvar
- Day 6: Ferry to Split, sleep in Split
- Day 7: Explore Split, sleep in Split
Dubrovnik (2 Nights)
The first two nights are spent in Dubrovnik, a destination nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic. Check in to your hotel and then relax at leisure on your first day in the city.
On the second day in the city, enjoy your breakfast and get ready for a journey through the Old Town. You can admire landmarks like Pile Gate at the Placa Thoroughfare, which offers a spectacular view of the city wall. Admire the many taps at the Onofrio Fountain, a popular meeting place for residents, and then tour the Sponza Palace, which boasts truly amazing Gothic Renaissance architectural design.
Your should also include stops at Rector’s Palace and the Church of St. Blaise. Use the rest of your day to dine on delicious cuisine and explore the streets of Dubrovnik.
Korcula (1 Night
Day three brings the journey from Dubrovnik to the island of Korcula. The ferry ride there offers stunning scenery and views over the Adriatic Sea. In Korcula, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the town, allowing for exploration, relaxation or recreation.
Definitely spend some time on the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, or try snorkeling right from the popular pebbled beaches of the island. History buffs may want to tour Marco Polo’s house, since the island is the alleged birthplace of the explorer, but keep in mind that the home was actually constructed after the birth of Marco Polo himself.
Hvar Town (2 Nights)
After a scenic breakfast in Korcula, it is time for a brief minibus ride to the port, followed by a two-hour ferry to Hvar. Drop off your bags at your hotel in Hvar, and then explore the town.
Within the city walls, which date back to the seventh century, admire the beautiful bell tower in the Franciscan monastery and the central plaza called Hvar Pjaca. The town center is a perfect place to end your trip, putting you in the perfect spot for further exploration, dining and nightlife.
On the fifth day of the itinerary, it might d be a great time for you to explore the island of Hvar, particularly those spots off the beaten track and out of Hvar Town.
Kick back on the beaches, explore the Blue Cave, rent a bike to cycle through the paved trails or purchase some souvenirs such as a lavender oil, a major export from the island. Or, you could take a taxi boat to the nearby Palenki Islands, where you can unwind with a picnic on a secluded beach.
Split (2 nights)
On day six of your epic Croatian adventure, you’ll have a 90-minute ferry ride from Hvar Island to Split. After a quick stop at the hotel, it’s time for a discovery of Split’s jewel attraction, the Diocletian Palace.
Built by a Roman Emperor, this palace is what the entire city is built around. You’ll get the chance to tour the underground labyrinth below the palace, admire what remains of the iconic Golden Gate and see the ceremonial entrance of Peristil Square.
Your options for the afternoon and evening are plenty, but some of the most popular choices include shopping at the vibrant open-air Green Market, spotting the two original Egyptian sphinxes and swimming at Bačvice Beach.