7 Day Croatia Road Trip Itinerary

Planning a 7 day Croatia road trip? It can be hard to decide where to go in Croatia for a week — there are so many beautiful destinations! While we were there for 7 days, we really only had 5 full days to explore, but we made the most of it! Here is an overview of our week-long Croatia road trip itinerary: 

  • Day 1: 
    • Fly into Zadar, Croatia
  • Day 2:
  • Day 3:
    • Drive to Split, Croatia
    • Lunch in Sibenik
    • Dinner and Drinks in Split
  • Day 4:
    • Boating day tour 
    • Dinner and Drinks in Split
  • Day 5:
    • Split to Dubrovnik, Croatia
    • Lunch in Bosnia and Herezgovina
    • Dinner and Drinks in Dubrovnik
  • Day 6:
    • Exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia
    • Dubrovnik Cable Car + Dinner
    • Drinks in Old Town Dubrovnik
  • Day 7: Fly out of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Read on to see more details of what we did, where we ate, and where we stayed on our Croatian road trip!
Map of 7 day Croatia Road Trip itinerary

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Croatia Road Trip Day 1: Zadar, Croatia

We decided to fly into Zadar and start our 7 day Croatia road trip there! Honestly, we didn’t spend that much time exploring Zadar. Our flight got in pretty late at night and really only stayed here with the plans of taking a road trip out to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Zadar Croatia - Road trip

We did walk along the port and checked out a couple of bars and restaurants in Old Town Zadar. One particularly cool one was The Garden Lounge. It has a great vibe and outdoor patio.

Zadar Old Town Bar: The Garden Lounge

We stayed in an Airbnb while in Zadar. It was relatively inexpensive, clean, and the hosts were nice. The location was a bit of a walk from Old Town Zadar, but not too bad.

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Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park

What to Know When Visiting Plitvice Lakes

On day 2 of our Croatian road trip, we took a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park and it was incredible! Only an hour and a half away from Zadar, this place is definitely worth the drive.

What to Know Before Visiting Plitvice Lakes

Check out this post to read everything you need to know about visiting Plitvice Lakes!

Day 3: Zadar to Split, Croatia

On the third day of our 7 day Croatia road trip, we left bright and early and started the drive from Zadar to Split! Normally it’s under 2 hours to get there, but we took a couple of detours along the route.

Zadar to Split on 7 day croatia road trip

There are a lot of small villages and towns along the way, so we decided to stop in and explore one for lunch. We decided on Sibenik, Croatia, a small village located right on the water. 

If you’re curious on where to eat in Sibenik, we had lunch at Pizzeria Argola right along the seawall and got the seafood platter to share. It was delicious and plenty of food for two people!

Sibenik croatia where to eat seafood Restaurant - Pizzeria Argola

After Sibenik, we continued on to Split and arrived about an hour later. We checked into our Airbnb, and then headed to Split’s Old Town.

Split Croatia Old Town
Split Croatia Old Town Church

Day 3 - Evening: Split, Croatia

For dinner, Fife came highly recommended to us. Unfortunately, it was very busy and we weren’t keen on waiting. We ended up in a nearby restaurant, Dujkin Dvor, and it was pretty good as well! 

These are some of the other top rated restaurants in Split, Croatia:

After dinner, we strolled around and stumbled upon a really cool cocktail bar in the middle of Old Town Split: NOOR Fine Spirits & Cocktails. They make a great old fashioned is you’re in the mood for that!

We opted not to go out clubbing, but if you’re looking to do so, these are the most recommended places in Split to go out:

  • Academia 
  • Club Ghetto
  • Bačvice beach club

See my Instagram story highlight from Split here.

Croatia Road Trip Day 4: Split, Croatia

Even though we only had one full day in Split, we decide to take a sailing tour that included visiting Shipwreck Kontesa, Maslinica, Solta Island, and the blue lagoon! The exact tour we did isn’t on Viator anymore, but this one is very similar and by same company, plus it has great reviews!

Split Boat Tour

We had a great time snorkeling over a sunken ship at Shipwreck Kontesa. There wasn’t many fish but the water was super blue and crystal clear. 

After snorkeling, we had lunch on board before setting sail to our next destination. Lunch was not my favorite, I would recommend bringing something to snack on… The beer was good though!

Beer on board Split sailing tour

The next stop on our full day sailing tour from Split was Maslinica on the Island of Solta. We had about an hour here to explore the little port city.

Maslinica, Solta Island

Following our stop at Maslinica, we continued on and sailed to our final destination of the tour: The Blue Lagoon. It was cool, but the water was a lot deeper so you didn’t see all that much while snorkeling. 

There are a lot of tours offering trips specifically to the Blue Lagoon, and I would say it’s not really worth it to only do that. Definitely pick a tour that takes you to other places as well.

Super important note on the Blue Lagoon: BEWARE OF SEA URCHINS! Shockingly, our tour did not warn us about the urchins close to the shore of the Blue Lagoon. Luckily I didn’t step on any, but unfortunately, Alex did. We spent hours that night trying to get the spines out of his toe. Just be careful and watch where you put your feet

After the Blue Lagoon, we sailed back to Split. That evening, due to the sea urchin incident, we had a pretty late dinner (it was just okay, the place isn’t worth mentioning) in Old Town and went out to another bar for drinks after.

Croatia Road Trip Day 5: Split to Dubrovnik, Croatia

On day 5 of our Croatian road trip, we packed up the car and started the drive from Split to Dubrovnik! Depending on the route and stops you want to make, it normally takes about 3 hours.

Driving from Split to Dubrovnik Croatia

It’s an incredibly beautiful drive through the Croatian countryside. Something we didn’t realize at first is that you actually have to go through Bosnia and Herzegovina to get to Dubrovnik from Split!

The border crossing was fairly easy: we showed out passports, got a stamp, and drove on through! We ended up stopping in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina for lunch on our way to Dubrovnik.

Day 5 - Lunch in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lunch in Neum - Croatia Road Trip

After lunch, we drove on through the Neum II border crossing. Once you cross through Bosnia and Herzegovina back into Croatia, it’s about an hour drive to Dubrovnik.

Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina Border Crossing
Drive to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Upon arriving in Dubrovnik, we checked into our Airbnb… it had the most amazing panoramic sea view, and the best view of Old Town Dubrovnik! It was a splurge, but SO worth it.

Day 5 - Dinner and Drinks in Dubrovnik

We headed into old town for drinks and dinner. 

Something to be aware of when visiting Dubrovnik: there are SO MANY STAIRS. It was a serious workout in some spots. Both Alex and I are in fairly good shape and were completely winded after some of the sets of stairs.

Dubrovnik Croatia Stairs
Stairs in Dubrovnik

You may recognize Old Town Dubrovnik from Game of Thrones, a lot of the filming was done here! They even offer Game of Thrones tours for die-hard fans.

Dubrovnik Old Town walls
Church of St. Blaise Dubrovnik Croatia
Dubrovnik Old Town - Week Long Croatia Itinerary

I highly recommend checking out the “secret” cliff terrace bars on the edge of Old Town Dubrovnik. There are two of them: Bard Bar and Buza Bar II.  

We went to Buza Bar, and even on a weekday night it was PACKED. Luckily we ended up not having to wait too long though.

Buza Cliff Terrace Bar Dubrovnik Old Town
Buza Cliff Terrace Bar Dubrovnik

We had dinner at a pizza restaurant, it was late and everywhere was packed so we kinda just picked a random place that had a spot open. It was just OK and I can’t even remember the name so not going to bother sharing/recommending it.

These are some of the most recommended restaurants though and are worth saving when planning your trip to Dubrovnik:

  • Nautika
  • Lokanda Peskerija
  • Kamenice
  • Stara Loza Rooftop Restaurant
  • Restaurant Komarda

For other recommendations on the best restaurants in Dubrovnik, check out this article from Time Out.

See my Instagram story highlight from Dubrovnik here.

Croatia Road Trip Day 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia

On our last full day of our Croatian road trip, we decided to take it easy (I had been on my Euro Trip for 16 days at this point). We slept in a little and then walked in to Old Town Dubrovnik for breakfast at Gradska Kavana Arsenal. The patio had a great view of the ocean and port, and we even got to watch a pirate ship come in 😉

Arsenal Restaurant Dubrovnik

After we decided to take it easy and relax all day on the beach. We were tipped off by a local that we could sneak into the Grand Villa Argentina Hotel and hang at their beach! It was a great little beach, not too crowded — perfect for relaxing in the sun with a few drinks in hand.

Beach Hotel Grand Villa Argentina Dubrovnik
Hotel Grand Villa Argentina Dubrovnik

Looking for the best beaches in Dubrovnik? These are the most recommended:

  • Banje Beach (most famous, pictured below)
  • Sveti Jakov Beach
  • Uvala Lapad Beach
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Bellevue Beach
  • Suluci Beach

After the beach we headed to our Airbnb, showered off, and then headed up the Dubrovnik Cable Car for dinner at sunset. It’s about $25 USD round trip for an adult, and while you can buy tickets online, the most convenient way to buy them is just at the cable car stations. 

dubrovnik cable car

The view at the top is stunning!

If you want to have dinner at the restaurant at the top of the hill, Panorama Restaurant and Bar, it is HIGHLY recommended you make a reservation. We did not know this/think to look it up at the time, and were put on a wait list. Lucky for us, someone no showed and we were able to get a table.

Panorama Restaurant & Bar Dubrovnik

The food was pretty good, a little pricey, but the views/experience made up for it!

Opposite the restaurant, there is a little viewing area. You can also walk down a path to get another view of the city. We were able to catch the sun just as it was setting. 

dubrovnik cable car

After we had drinks at another hole in the wall bar! These are some of Dubrovnik’s best bars:

  • Buzz Bar
  • Sunset Lounge at Hotel Dubrovnik
  • D’Vino Wine Bar
  • The Gaffe
  • La Bodega Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik's Best Bars

If clubbing is more your scene, these are the highest rated, best clubs in Dubrovnik:

Croatia Road Trip Day 7: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Unfortunately, on day 7, we had to leave pretty early to catch a flight. But had we been able to stay and enjoy the full day, these are some of the other great things to do in Dubrovnik: 

Hope this post is helpful in planning your 7 Day Croatia Road Trip! See all of my Croatia blog posts here. Have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment or DM on Instagram

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