It’s 15th July 2018 and England didn’t make it to the World Cup Final. It’s going to be France vs. Croatia on the pitch of dreams and it’s happening later today, in Moscow.

I know very little about football so I am in no position to make any predictions other than, regardless of who wins, I think the exposure Croatia has had simply by making it to the final stage of the World Cup is already enough to place it firmly on the map of ‘must visit’ destinations for many in 2019. Hardly a groundbreaking prevision I know, but I think Croatia is going to see a much bigger increase in tourism than Russia will in 2019 and that’s not forgetting that Russia hosted the month long tournament against a fairy-tale backdrop of multi-coloured cathedrals.

For me, Croatia has always been one of those places that i’d like to go to ‘one day’ but it’s never been top of my list until now. Right now Croatia is so high on my list of travel goals for 2019 and I am certain that i’m going to make it happen.

Until now, I just haven’t known enough about Croatia to inspire a visit so if there’s one thing I can thank the World Cup for it’s my new found desire to visit Croatia on a mega multi-stop road tripping, sightseeing, drone flying adventure.

In the last few days I’ve researched it to death and I’ve planned almost every detail of my fantasy trip except for when to go and where to sleep but those minor details can wait until I am in a position to make this trip a reality. In the meantime, I hope this itinerary can inspire trips for those of you who are lucky enough to beat me to it and if that’s YOU – make sure you keep me posted and tweet me some snaps @Marie_Rowe_TC!

Here it is…

See the full map plus images here


Where: Croatia
When to go: May/June or Sept/Oct
Duration: 12 nights
Total Driving Distance: 1095 km
Total Driving Hours: 13.5 hours
Arrival Airport: Dubrovnik
Return Airport: Zagreb


Day 1: Fly London – Dubrovnik

Hire a car and go find some traditional south Croatian cuisine (food first – always!)

  • Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 2: Explore Dubrovnik including the City Walls & Rector’s Palace

  • Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 3: Drive to Split via a visit to Salona on the way to check out the Roman City ruins

  • Overnight in Split

Day 4: Explore Split including Diocletian’s Palace then drive to Šibenik and visit the Cathedral of St James

  • Overnight in Šibenik

Day 5:  Drive to Krka National Park to explore the cascades , wildlife, the waterfall of Roški slap, the island monastery of Visovac and the lagoon of Skradinski buk

  • Overnight in Zadar

Day 6: Explore Kornati – a string of 140 islands in northern Dalmatia on a boat tour from Zadar

  • Overnight in Zadar

Day 7: Explore Zadar including the Sea Organ on the Waterfront then drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park

  • Overnight in Plitvice

Day 8: Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park – a complex of 16 cascading lakes, waters of ever-changing colours, and lush woods. Drone flying is essential!

  • Overnight in Plitvice

Day 9: Drive to Pula

  • Overnight in Pula

Day 10: Explore Pula including Pula Amphitheatre & Brijuni National Park

  • Overnight in Pula

Day 11: Drive to Zagreb

-Source some traditional north Croatian cuisine

  • Overnight in Zagreb

Day 12: Explore Zagreb including Zagreb Cathedral and St Mark’s Square

  • Overnight in Zagreb

Day 13: Fly Zagreb – London

Take a look at my plotted map with images here and if you’re feeling inspired, drop me a line, i’d love to chat! (and because I’m a Travel Agent and i’d gladly help you book it).

Watch this space… it’s going to happen!

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