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Croatia Itinerary

To have the complete Croatian experience, get a flavor of all of its fascinating regions. Our Croatia itinerary gives you just that, by taking you to all four corners of the country. With a Eurail Croatia Pass, you can explore the beautiful Adriatic coastline of southern Dalmatia, the rolling plains of Slavonia in the east, and the rich cultural heritage of Croatia ‘proper’.

Itinerary highlights

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Split, Croatia

The ancient port city of Split is guaranteed to get your imagination flowing. The main bulk of the city comprises of Diocletian’s Palace, an imposing Roman fortress dating from the 3rd century. Climb the cathedral bell tower as well as descending into the underground passages.

Twenty minutes north of Split you can climb the dramatic fortress of Klis. If you feel like the sights of Split seem eerily familiar, it could be because Game of Thrones was filmed there! For big fans of the show, there’s even a dedicated tour.

tip-image For a mini-adventure, take a ferry to one of Split's neighboring islands. The island of Brac is a very good choice.
Split promenade, backed by St. Domnius Cathedral

From Split to Karlovac

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5h23m

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  • Split, Croatia

    Split

  • 5h 23m

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  • Karlovac, Croatia

    Karlovac

Karlovac, Croatia

Karlovac is known as the town on 4 rivers. Stop here to appreciate Croatia's natural beauty and outdoor activities. Go rafting or kayaking on the Mrežnica River, mountain biking in the Kozjača forest, or leap from the jumping platform at Foginovo, an official bathing area on the Korana River.

Some say that a 5th river runs with beer from the major Croatian brewery Karlovačka. Sample the beer fresh from its source at a café within the star shaped town walls, and visit the quaint 13th century Dubovac Castle in the hillside Old Town.

tip-image Karlovac is an ideal base for visiting the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Buses from the town run frequently and take 90 minutes.
The Mrežnica River in winter

From Karlovac to Rijeka

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2h53m

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  • Karlovac, Croatia

    Karlovac

  • 2h 53m

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  • Rijeka, Croatia

    Rijeka

Rijeka, Croatia

In Rijeka you’ll find industrial heritage woven around elaborate Austro-Hungarian architecture. Climb the 561 steps to Trsat Castle for a rewarding view of the city, then delve into Rijeka’s distant and recent past at the Maritime and Historical Museum. For avid gamers, a visit to see retro consoles at the quirky Peek & Poke Computer Museum is not to be missed.

Shopaholics can get their fill in Korzo, at the heart of Rijeka’s Old Town. Grab a drink in Korzo or wait until the evening to head down to the waterfront, where the bright lights of the city reflect vibrantly off the water.

The Castle of Trsat in Rijeka

From Rijeka to Zagreb

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3h42m

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  • Rijeka, Croatia

    Rijeka

  • 3h 42m

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  • Zagreb, Croatia

    Zagreb Glavni Kolod

Zagreb, Croatia

Once you visit Zagreb, you won’t want to leave! Start by taking a novelty funicular ride to the Upper Town and the Lotrščak Tower, where a cannon is fired daily. Marvel at the colorful tilework on the roof of St. Mark’s Church. Despite being made over 100 years ago, it’s still incredibly vibrant.

Zagreb has a wealth of museums, with 4 of them just a short walk through the park outside the central station. The Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters houses a fine-art collection as well as the iconic Baška tablet. Back in the Upper Town, the Museum of Broken Relationships puts on more heart-wrenching exhibitions.

tip-image Eurail pass holders get discounts on stays at selected hostels and hotels in Zagreb. Check your pass pack for details of the Eurail benefits in Croatia.
The colorful Church of St. Mark in Zagreb

From Zagreb to Osijek

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4h26m

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  • Zagreb, Croatia

    Zagreb Glavni Kolod

  • 4h 26m

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  • Osijek, Croatia

    Osijek

Osijek, Croatia

There’s plenty for you to see and do in Osijek, the up-and-coming, cosmopolitan capital of Slavonia, in eastern Croatia. The imposing Church of St Peter and St Paul rises above the city, while the 18th century Tvrđa fortification breathes history.

For a sobering insight into the devastation of the Croatian War of Independence in the early 90’s, take the train to nearby Vukovar. Just 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) northeast of Osijek, you can also visit the beautiful Kopački rit Nature Park. The park's forested wetlands are perfect for bird, deer, and wild boar watching.

tip-image Trains between Osijek and Vukovar take 1½ to 2 hours and are covered by your Eurail pass.
St. Trinity square in Tvrđa, Osijek

From Osijek to Varaždin

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3h59m

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  • Osijek, Croatia

    Osijek

  • 3h 6m

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  • Koprivnica, Croatia

    Koprivnica

  • 0h 53m
  • Varaždin, Croatia

    Varaždin

Varaždin, Croatia

If you want central European sophistication and charm, look no further than Varaždin in northern Croatia. Known as “Little Vienna”, it boasts immaculately maintained Baroque architecture, gardens, and music. In Varaždin, high culture is a way of life.

Visit the picturesque medieval fortress of the Old Town (Stari Grad), which also houses the town museum. Skip through the romantic streets to King Tomislav Square and look out for the smartly dressed civil guards (Varaždinski Purgari). If you’re lucky, you might catch the changing of the guard.

tip-image The best time to visit Varaždin is in August or September, during 'Špancirfest', the city's entertaining 10 day street festival.
The Old Town (Stari Grad) Fortress in Varaždin

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