5-Day Croatia Road Trip from Zadar to Cerovlje, Pula & Zagreb

People's Square, Mjesni odbor Poluotok, Zadar, Grad Zadar, Zadar County, Croatia
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Starts in
Zadar
Ends in
Zadar
Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Available
All Year

Description

Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 5-day road trip through Croatia.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in Croatia. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Zadar, Cerovlje, Pula, and Zagreb.

We'll help you experience the best 5 days in Croatia you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Croatia at Zadar, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to take in some of the best travel destinations in Croatia, including the stunning Pula Arena and Zoo Zagreb.

You’ll have your choice of the country's best hotels and places to stay throughout your road trip, suitable for all budgets. For example, in the city of Pula, you could choose to stay at a popular hotel like the 3-star Hotel Porto. Alternatively, you could stay at a luxury accommodation like the 4-star Hotel Kolovare. Travelers looking for the best cheap accommodation could choose the 3-star Boutique Hostel Forum. No matter which price range you’re looking for, our local experts will assist you in finding the best stay option for your visit.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights, such as Park Maksimir in the region of Zagreb. Enjoy top travel destinations like the amazing Ban Josip Jelačić Statue and Plitvice Lakes National Park.

From the spectacular Krka National Park in the region of Šibenik-Knin to the unforgettable Sea Organ in the city of Grad Zadar, you'll experience the best the area has to offer on your self-drive road trip through Croatia.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you plenty of time to shop at the best markets in Croatia, where you'll browse souvenirs you can take home to memorialize your road trip.

You’ll return home having experienced the very best of everything Croatia has to offer.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of Croatia. You’ll be booked at the best hotels for 4 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 4 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You’ll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. All taxes are included in your vacation package price. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. You can also add tours and tickets to your itinerary each day.

The best services in Croatia fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your self-drive road trip in Croatia today!

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Included

4 nights hotel
Breakfast
5 days car rental
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support
All taxes

Destinations

Zadar - city in CroatiaZadar
Cerovlje
Grad Pula - city in CroatiaGrad Pula
Zagreb - city in CroatiaZagreb
Lika-Senj County - region in CroatiaLika-Senj County
Šibenik-Knin County

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Attractions

People's Square, Mjesni odbor Poluotok, Zadar, Grad Zadar, Zadar County, CroatiaPeople's Square
Market Zadar, Mjesni odbor Poluotok, Zadar, Grad Zadar, Zadar County, CroatiaMarket Zadar
Sea Organ, Mjesni odbor Poluotok, Zadar, Grad Zadar, Zadar County, CroatiaSea Organ
Crkva sv DonatCrkva sv Donata
Pula Arena, Grad Pula, Istria County, CroatiaPula Arena
Zoo Zagreb, Maksimir, Zagreb, City of Zagreb, CroatiaZoo Zagreb
Maksimir Park, Maksimir, Zagreb, City of Zagreb, CroatiaPark Maksimir
Ban Josip Jelačić Statue
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Općina Plitvička Jezera, Lika-Senj County, CroatiaPlitvice Lakes National Park
Krka National Park, Grad Drniš, Šibenik-Knin County, CroatiaKrka National Park

Travel details

Travel dates
Oct 12 - Oct 16

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Travelers

2

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Car
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Small
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People
Large bags
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Large bags
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Premium
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Day 1

Day 1 in Zadar - Arrival Day

  • Zadar - Arrival Day
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Your amazing road trip adventure in Croatia begins when you reach the incredible city of Zadar. There, you'll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best luxury places you could stay in the city of Zadar is the Hotel Kolovare. This 4-star hotel is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 1,437 guests.

We also recommend the best 3-star hotels, like the Hotel Porto. This hotel has an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars by 595 guests.

Alternatively, the best cheap hotel in the city of Zadar is the Boutique Hostel Forum. This 3-star hotel is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 370 guests.

If these hotels are not available during your trip to the city of Zadar, our system will automatically help you find the best hotel for your stay.

Zadar has many popular destinations you can explore.

When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Zadar, Restoran 4 Kantuna. The restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,300 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Zadar is Konoba Rafaelo. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,104 customers.

Locals recommend Pet Bunara Dine & Wine as one of the best restaurants in the city of Zadar. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,856 customers.

Zadar also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets. One of the best bars in the city of Zadar is Deja Brew Pub Zadar. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 735 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Zadar is BackStage Bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 508 customers.

Locals also enjoy Harbor CookHouse & Club. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,272 customers.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 5-day vacation in Croatia!

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Day 2

Day 2 in Grad Zadar and Cerovlje

  • Cerovlje
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  • People's Square
  • Market Zadar
  • Sea Organ
  • Crkva sv Donata
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Day 2 of your road trip through Croatia gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You’ll be able to choose how much time you want to spend in each area, where you’ll have the chance to visit attractions like the unforgettable People's Square, Market Zadar, Sea Organ, and many more.

One of the best places to visit in the city of Grad Zadar is the amazing People's Square. This attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,215 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible Market Zadar.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the city of Grad Zadar is the outstanding Sea Organ. This tide organ has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 47,400 visitors.

Crkva sv. Donata is another popular attraction you can visit in the city of Grad Zadar. This spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 8,253 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Cerovlje, where will have access to the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Cerovlje is the 3-star Hotel Porto. This hotel has an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars by 595 guests.

You can also stay at one of the best 4-star hotel. The hotel Hotel Kolovare is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Cerovlje. This hotel is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 1,437 guests.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Boutique Hostel Forum. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 370 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try KONOBA 2. PERON, one of the best restaurants in the city of Cerovlje. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,159 customers.

Locals also recommend Restoran Agroturizam Dol (Lukačići) as one of the best restaurants in the city of Cerovlje. Restoran Agroturizam Dol (Lukačići) is rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 375 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Croatia!

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Day 3

Day 3 in Pula and Zagreb

  • Grad Pula
  • Zagreb
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  • Pula Arena
  • Zoo Zagreb
  • Park Maksimir
  • Ban Josip Jelačić Statue
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Day 3 of your road trip through Croatia gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day.

One of the best places to visit in the city of Pula is the amazing Pula Arena. This attraction is a roman amphitheatre and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 48,476 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing Zoo Zagreb in the region of Zagreb for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is a zoo and has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 20,991 visitors.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the region of Zagreb is the outstanding Park Maksimir. This park has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 16,116 visitors.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Zagreb.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Zagreb is the 3-star hotel The Loop Hotel. This hotel has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,202 guests.

You can also stay at one of the best 4-star hotel. The hotel Academia is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Zagreb. This hotel is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 917 guests. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 949 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try mekPer's, one of the best restaurants in the city of Zagreb. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,654 customers.

Locals also recommend Restaurant Zelen Dvor as one of the best restaurants in the city of Zagreb. Restaurant Zelen Dvor is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,571 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Zagreb is HERITAGE - Croatian Street Food & Shop. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,369 customers.

After dinner, visit Vintage Industrial Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Zagreb. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,500 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Hub Cooltura Pub. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 2,249 customers.

Alternatively, Mr. Fogg is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Zagreb. This bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 2,233 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Croatia!

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Day 4

Day 4 in Lika-Senj, Šibenik-Knin, and Zadar

  • Lika-Senj County
  • Šibenik-Knin County
  • Zadar
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  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Krka National Park
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You’ll have time to visit two of the most popular areas in Croatia on day 4 of your road trip.

One of the best places to explore in the region of Lika-Senj is Plitvice Lakes National Park. This excellent attraction is a park that has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 86,301 visitors.

You could then travel to Krka National Park for some unforgettable sightseeing in the region of Šibenik-Knin. This popular attraction is a park and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 49,810 visitors.

You’ll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Zadar.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Zadar is the 3-star hotel Hotel Porto. This hotel has an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars by 595 guests.

Or, you could enjoy a stay at an exclusive 4-star hotel. The Hotel Kolovare is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Zadar. This hotel is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 1,437 guests.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star hotel Boutique Hostel Forum. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 370 guests.

After a long day of traveling and sightseeing, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Zadar, Trattoria Mediterraneo. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 762 customers.

Locals recommend Restoran Bruschetta as one of the best restaurants in the city of Zadar. Restoran Bruschetta is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,370 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Zadar is Harbor CookHouse & Club. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,272 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in the city of Zadar, Beach Bar Bamboo. This popular bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,578 customers.

You could also relax with a drink at a popular bar like La Famiglia. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,083 customers.

The Garden Lounge is a popular bar that locals recommend in the city of Zadar. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,269 customers.

Be sure to celebrate another day of your incredible road trip adventure through Croatia with a toast!

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Day 5

Day 5 in Zadar - Departure Day

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Day 5 of your road trip in Croatia is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Zadar before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Your accommodation will also be strategically located for some last-minute shopping in the city of Zadar before you conclude your short European break.

You’ll then say farewell to Croatia and begin your journey home, now filled with memories of unforgettable experiences in Croatia!

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