21 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

21 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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21 days in Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Celje, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Motovun, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Maribor, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Malta


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1
night
Celje, Slovenia

Celje ©
Celje is the third-largest town in Slovenia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Lake Šmartno, then examine the collection at The Photographic Studio of Josip Pelikan, and then explore the historical opulence of Celje Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Celje Regional Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of Recent History Celje, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Virgin Mary's Assumption Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Celje day trip planning app .

Valletta, Malta to Celje is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Valletta in December, you will find days in Celje are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are cooler (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Celje

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Spas
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Celje Regional Museum ©
Celje Regional Museum
Spas
Celje Castle ©
Celje Castle

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Bled (in Bled) and Postojna Cave (in Postojna). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, don't miss a visit to Tollhouse (Mitnicarska hisa), snap pictures at Tromostovje, and admire the landmark architecture of Hauptmannova Hisa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip builder tool .

Getting from Celje to Ljubljana by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tollhouse (Mitnicarska hisa), Postojna Cave, Lake Bled
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Room Escape Games
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town

2
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, then admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi, and finally do a tasting at Stancija Collis.

Make your Rovinj itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Ljubljana to Rovinj by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, Rovinj is a bit warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Pula, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): Head underground at Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), don't miss a visit to Paseo Maritimo, then delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, then don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and finally put a fun spin on your tour with City Game Zadar. On your second day here, go for a walk through Bozava, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and then make a trip to The Forum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zadar trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rovinj to Zadar by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Zadar are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), Bozava
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Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Bozava ©
Bozava

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Palazzo di Diocleziano, stop by Filigran Split, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Gaspina mlinica, contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir, and then steep yourself in history at Old Split.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Split trip builder site .

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zadar in January since evenings lows in Split dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Gaspina mlinica, Church Of St. Roch, Historic City of Trogir
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

1
night
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, do a tasting at Lovric Winery, examine the collection at House of Marco Polo, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, then make a trip to Korcula Old City, and finally don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour, then look for gifts at Coral Shop Irena, and then admire the landmark architecture of Revelin Tower.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Korcula Town route planner .

Drive from Split to Korcula Town in 4.5 hours. In January in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lovric Winery, Korcula Old City
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St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Revelin Tower ©
Revelin Tower
Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a stroll through Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Art by Stjepko, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pile Gate, then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and then contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

3
nights
Motovun, Croatia

Motovun ©
Motovun is a village in central Istria, Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then put a fun spin on your tour with Truffle Hunting, then do a tasting at Fakin Wines, and finally admire the striking features of Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Bell Tower, do a tasting at Benvenuti Winery, and then don't miss a visit to Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia.

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Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Motovun takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Motovun

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Food Tours, Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia
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Benvenuti Winery ©
Benvenuti Winery
Truffle Hunting ©
Truffle Hunting
Fakin Wines ©
Fakin Wines

3
nights
Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor ©
Maribor is the second-largest city in Slovenia with about 95,500 inhabitants in 2016. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): wander the streets of Glavni Trg, steep yourself in history at Plague Column, then stroll through Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort, then take in the dramatic natural features at Piramida (Pyramid Hill), and finally have some family-friendly fun at Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Terme Ptuj, see the interesting displays at Ptuj Castle (Ptujski Grad), then examine the collection at Old Vine House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maribor Cathedral (Church of St John the Baptist), and finally don't miss a visit to Slomskov Trg.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Maribor travel route planner.

You can drive from Motovun to Maribor in 3.5 hours. January in Maribor sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maribor

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ptuj
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Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor
Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort ©
Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort
Ptuj Castle (Ptujski Grad) ©
Ptuj Castle (Ptujski Grad)

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