Itinerary: Croatia

Itinerary: Croatia

July 2021

Itinerary: Croatia

After searching the list of international places permitting USA vaccinated tourists, one spot stood out – Croatia. I remember watching the Anthony Bourdain episode of his discovery of this country and adding it to our travel list. It reminded us of Italy – wine, truffles, great food – but with a more coastal and Mediterranean vibe. 

Now, Croatia is also known for those party boats around the islands and I was not at all interested in crossing those in the middle of the summer. Taking Bourdain’s lead, I found a more hidden part of Croatia to discover – the Istrian peninsula. I made a rough draft itinerary and while it was a good start, I found myself re-planning this trip a bit to give it purpose. 

We would get the outdoor adventure at a national park and kayaking in the Adriatic Sea, we would educate ourselves with a brand new wine region, and we would have our bellies full eating truffles and fresh caught seafood. Istria has a little bit of everything! Since we were flying in and out of Zagreb, we added a day to explore the city of Zagreb. This trip would combine the country side, the sea side, and the city side. 

Here is the full itinerary of our trip to Croatia!

Day 0MorningFlight
AfternoonArrive in Zagreb
Pick up care rental
Drive to Motovun (3 hr)
EveningCheck into AirbnbKonoba Mondo
Day 1MorningWine Tasting
– Kabola Winery
Afternoon– Kozlovic Winery
– Tomaz Winery
EveningKonoba Dolina
Day 2MorningMotovun
Check out Airbnb
B5 WIne Bar
AfternoonWine Tasting
– Fachin Winery
Drive to Rovinj (1 hr)
Mediterraneo Bar
Gelateria Italia
EveningCheck into Airbnb
Taverna De Amicis
Day 3MorningLim Bay Kayak
AfternoonLim Bay KayakTunaholic Fish Bar
Gelateria Italia
EveningChurch of St EuphemiaSnack Bar Rio
Day 4MorningBeachAugusto Coffee
AfternoonBeachTik Tak Finger Food
Day 5MorningDrive to Pula (30 min)
Pula Arena
Augusto Coffee
AfternoonRt Kamenjak Kayak
EveningKonoba Batelina
Day 6MorningCheck out Airbnb
Drive to Plitvice Lakes (3 hr)
Plitvice Lakes National Park
AfternoonPlitvice Lakes National Park
Drive to Zagreb (2 hr)
– stop in Karlovac
(Muzej Domovinskog
rata Karlovac – Turanj)
EveningCheck into AirbnbLari & Penati
Day 7MorningFunicular
St Mark’s Church
Stone Gate
SUS Tunel Grič
Cogito Coffee
AfternoonCathedral of Zagreb
Tržnica Dolac
Eli’s Coffee


Craft Room
Day 8MorningCheckout

Read the full details of this Croatia trip – here!

Read what to expect in Croatia – here!

Read my Croatia packing list – here!

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