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After putting together this first-timer’s 10 day itinerary to Croatia, it had me missing our time here this summer. Croatia has one of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve seen and loved how relaxed the setting was. I can see why so many flock here during the warmer months.

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

The days were spent under the sun, jumping into the water, and enjoying the local food and wine. Croatia has a ton of destinations on offer and this itinerary is really only a sample of what there is to see. We opted for the “hits” as they had been on our bucket list. Next time we go, we will definitely branch out to see more!

The First-Timer’s 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

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Day 1: Land in Dubrovnik
The first day always it a whirlwind. I like to get settled in our place, clean up, and head out for a walk around town. If you get in early, I’d recommend heading to the outer-wall to catch sunset.
Read: The Ultimate Dubrovnik Guide
Stay: Airbnb or Hotel Excelsior

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 2: Exploring Dubrovnik
With an easily walkable city, you can spend a few hours early in the morning soaking in the ambiance pre-crowds. Some of my favorite things we did were taking the cable car up to the overlook, going to the War Photo Limited Museum, and sunbathing at the local beaches.
Read: A Four Night Itinerary to Dubrovnik

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 3: A Day trip to Mostar
With close proximity to neighboring countries, we opted to go on a day trip to Mostar with a guided group. It was great as everything was arranged and just needed to bring our passports. It’s a full day event which is great as you get to see a ton along the way.
Read: Visiting Mostar for the Day

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 4: Relaxing in Dubrovnik
With a few busy days prior, we opted for a full day in Dubrovnik to just chill. We woke up late, went to our favorite beach, Danče Beach for a full day of relaxing.

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 5: Dubrovnik to Hvar
Seasonally you can grab a ferry that goes direct to Hvar island from Dubrovnik. It’s the perfect way to get there and incredibly scenic. After we got to Hvar, we grabbed lunch at Fig Cafe and walked to Hvar Beach.
Read: The Ultimate Guide to Hvar, Croatia
Stay: Hotel Adriana

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 6: Hvar Island
There is so much to see on the island — you could post up on a beach, rent scooters and explore, or find a secluded bay to relax on.

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 7: Hvar Island
We opted for a day of relaxing here as we were both under the weather and we honestly could have spent a full week here. There is so much to see and it’s stunning.

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to CroatiaDay 8: Hvar Island to Split
Grab a quick ferry to Split, one of the most bustling cities in all of Croatia. Once there, we spent most of the day just getting lost in the streets and popping into the local boutiques.
Read: How to Spend 48 Hours in Split
Stay: Airbnb or Hotel Vestibul

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 9: Split
On our last day, we opted to see Diocletian’s Palace at sunrise (pre-crowds) and was completely worth it. We were suppose to take a day trip to Plitvice Falls but the weather had other plans. I would still say the day trip was the right call but will have to save something for next time!

The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

Day 10: Head Home
Make your way home by way of Split or continue on to other neighboring cities or countries!

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The First-Timer's 10 Day Itinerary to Croatia

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