Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Croatia Epic Week Road Trip: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Your Own Epic Week in Croatia

Croatia Epic Week: September 2 - 9, 2017

NOTE: I'm publishing this blog post as draft and will update it at the end of each day. Check-in each day via social media or via this blog post for an update on daily adventures.

From September 2 through 9, I'll be taking part in the Croatia Epic Week campaign sponsored by the Croatian National Tourist Board. During the course of 8 days, we'll visit Zagreb, part of Istria, the Dalmatian coast, and few islands on Dalmatian coast.

This will be an awesome adventure! I look forward to sharing it with you via this blog, on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Twitter.

Also, if you're a foodie, check out the Foodie Guide to an Epic Week in Croatia.

Overview of Epic Week Travel Guide

This guide is intended to help you plan your own Epic Week to Croatia based on my Epic Week experience.

This guide includes:
  • Croatia Epic Week Google Map with all recommendations
  • Destinations
  • Accomodations
  • Attractions and activities
  • Driving tips and other useful information

I hope you'll find this guide useful in planning your own unique Epic Week trip!

Croatia Epic Week Google Map

Here's a Google Map of my Epic Week. In the map, you'll find the accommodations where we'll be staying, attractions and activities, and restaurants and wineries we'll try to visit. We probably won't get to cover all things in this Epic Week Google Map but I'll still leave them in the map as a reference for your Epic Week planning.

Planning Your Croatia Epic Week Road Trip

The best way to plan your Epic Week in Croatia is to create a Google Map.

Go to Google My Maps to easily create a custom map with all the places you want to visit. You can use my Croatia Epic Week Google Map as the template and then edit destinations and places to suit your interests.

Day 1 | Zagreb

Day 2 | Umag

Day 3 | Zadar

Day 4 | Sibenik

Day 5 | Split

Day 6 | Hvar Island

Day 7 | Brac Island

Day 8 | Dubrovnik

Additional Destinations to Visit During Your Epic Week in Croatia

If you have more than a week for your Epic Week, or want to substitute some of the places from this Epic Week itinerary, take a look at the Adriatic Road Trip Google Map below which highlights best of Croatia.

Some additional destinations that I would recommend that you visit during your Epic Week to Croatia include:
  • Istria: Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Brijuni Islands, and Motovun.
  • Kvarner: Opatija, Rijeka, Cres Island, and Krk Island.
  • National Parks: Plitvice Lakes and Krka.
  • Dalmatia: Peljesac Peninsula, Biograd na Moru, Primosten, Trogir, Makarska, Cavtat, Korcula Island, Mljet Island, Vis Island, and Kornati Islands.

Undoubtedly, the most difficult part of your trip planning will be to select your Epic Week itinerary.

Driving In Croatia

A road trip through Croatia is amazing. Beautiful destinations, scenic drives, and unique experiences throughout the regions are just three reasons why you should take a road trip through Croatia.

The busiest months in Croatia are July and August. My favorite months to travel to Croatia are June and September when it's less congested, prices drop, and the beach water is still warm for swimming.

For an in-depth guide to road tripping in Croatia, read my previous Croatia road trip travel guide blog post.

Cost of a Croatia Epic Week Road Trip

How much does an epic week cost? As with any other trip, cost depends on trip duration, itinerary, and activities.

Here's a summary of the itinerary:
  • Number of overnight destinations: 8
  • Days of travel: 9
  • Total distance covered: 1,100 km
  • Total islands: 2

Here's a rough breakdown of costs for this trip (all prices are estimates):
  • Flight from USA: $1,500 round trip
  • Accommodations: 
  • Car rental:
  • Gasoline cost:
  • Ferry transport:
  • Restaurants:
  • Snacks:
  • Total cost: 

Tips on keeping on a budget:
  • Book in advance for air, hotels, car rental, and activities.
  • Depart and arrive from same locations.
  • Pick up and return car at the same place.
  • Stay in private rooms, not hotels.
  • Cook your own meals.
  • Connect with locals about cheap eats.

Croatia Epic Week II


Croatia Epic Week II competition is going on right now. Choose your experiences before September 15, 2017, and enter for a chance to win.

Additional Resources

Here are additional helpful resources about Croatia:

I hope you find this guide helpful in planning you own Croatia Epic Week! Share your experience and ask questions in comments below.


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