Zagreb as the starting point of your journey!
Zagreb to Split, Dubrovnik or Plitvice Lakes
A large number of visitors coming from the overseas countries arrive first to Zagreb (the capital of Croatia). Why there?
Because direct flights from Canada (Toronto), Korea (Seoul), Qatar (Doha), UAE (Dubai) land in Zagreb so the passengers on board the flights from Asia are frequently Australians and those on board the flights from Toronto are Americans.
Most of the aforementioned flights land around midday.
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Most tourists don’t see Zagreb as the primary goal of visiting Croatia but they want to explore the most attractive tourist destinations such as Dubrovnik, Split or Plitvice Lakes.
However, Zagreb is definitely worth a day trip.
Zagreb to Split
The ride from Zagreb to Split lasts around 3 hours and 20 minutes (without any longer stops).
The distance is around 400 km.
The cost is around € 440 (the price is not per person but per ride, one vehicle can take up to 3 persons including the luggage).
The train ride lasts up to 6 hours.
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The cost of a private transfer from Split to Zagreb starting at € 440. You can book here.
Here we present you a six day itinerary: Zagreb – Plitvice – Split – Dubrovnik
1st day – arrival to Zagreb airport
After you claim your luggage at the airport the best way to reach your accommodation is to take Uber. The ride will cost you around 100 HRK. After you settle in your accommodation you should definitely take a walk around Zagreb. If you need any ideas on sights in Zagreb find some here.
2nd day – trip from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes
Departure from Zagreb at 10 a.m. and arrival to Plitvice Lakes at 12 p.m. You need approximately 4 hours to see the park (you can grab a bite in the park, if you want a proper meal we recommend you to have it after visiting the park). If you leave the park at 4 p.m. you are in Split around 6.45 p.m. – right on time for an evening stroll around the old town.
3rd day – visiting Split, Trogir and Klis fortress
Morning is the best part of the day to do a walking tour around Split old town and to visit Klis. Klis fortress used to be a very important defensive spot during the Ottoman occupation and recently it has become one of the very important locations where hit TV series Game of Thrones was filmed. After sightseeing the fortress you continue your ride to Trogir – a beautiful small town under the protection of UNESCO. After sightseeing you can stop for a short lunch break and then continue trip to Split (the ride lasts approximately 35 min).
4th day – departure from Split, trip to Dubrovnik
You should depart around 09:00 a.m. from Split and make a stop in Makarska and Ston. When you arrive to Makarska, after a 1 hour ride, you should walk along the main promenade and around the old town. At 11:00 you should continue your ride to Ston. If there is no traffic jam on Neum border crossing you will probably arrive to Ston around 1 p.m. – just on time for lunch.
Besides for the Walls of Ston this small town is also famous for its sea specalities. After lunch in Ston you should head towards Dubrovnik (a 50 min ride).
5th day – Dubrovnik
One whole day should definitely be spent in Dubrovnik and must-visit attractions are:
– City walls
– Cable car
– Old town
6th day – departure from Dubrovnik and heading towards Dubrovnik airport
Our recommendation again is to take Uber and the price is around € 38