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Dubrovnik — 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Walls of Dubrovnik and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Lovrijenac and The Franciscan Church and Monastery. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, make a trip to Pile Gate, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dubrovnik is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in September; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Hvar.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Hvar — 1 night

Croatian St. Tropez

On the 16th (Sat), admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, then take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mlini Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar road trip planning site.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Hvar by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Split.
Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Split — 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Old Split, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, and then look for gifts at By Lyna Conceptstore. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Split tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. September in Split sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Zagreb.
Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip
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Zagreb — 2 nights

Little Vienna

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tunel Gric, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zagreb vacation planner.

Fly from Split to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Split in September, with highs in Zagreb at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Museums
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Croatia travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Hvar Island travel guide

Lookouts · Nightlife · Islands
Island of the Sun
Hvar Island, "the queen of the Dalmatian islands," draws visitors to its beaches lapped by the crystal blue sea. Croatia's sunniest and longest island offers a mild climate, secluded pebble coves, ancient olive trees, vast lavender fields, and pine-forested hills. An important strategic and nautical point since prehistoric times, the island has been building its unique identity ever since. Experience the flavor of Hvar Island in small inns serving homemade wines, as locals sing old island songs. In contrast, the cosmopolitan Hvar offers luxurious five-star hotels, which can attract celebrities (and drive prices up). For a true Hvar experience, try private accommodations like hostels and apartments at private houses, which can service more diverse crowd. The town is crisscrossed by cobbled streets lined with Venetian palaces and offers exciting nightlife.