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Amalfi Coast + Croatia Itinerary Help Needed

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Hi there,

My husband and I are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast and Croatia. We are planning to go from 10/9/15 - 10/18/15. He and I are in our young 30s and are seeking a fun and romantic trip with a mix of relaxation, beautiful views, wine, fine dining, and some adventurous excursions. We were preferring to spend ~2-3 nights on the Amalfi Coast and the other ~6-7 nights in Croatia. We will likely be starting our trip by flying from LAX or San Diego into Rome.

We are curious what itinerary you may recommend for the Amalfi Coast in 2-3 nights? We were thinking about basing ourselves in Positano and did not know if it would be better to do a day trip to Ravello or to stay one night in Ravello? Or would you recommend basing ourselves out of somewhere different? Additionally, what is the easiest /most cost efficient way to get to Positano from Rome? We were thinking of doing a day trip to Capri to see the blue grotto and were curious what other things you might recommend?

Additionally, we would like to see a couple locations in Croatia and were thinking about visiting Dubrovnik and Hvar and/or Vis or Split for 6-7 days. We would also be okay basing ourselves out of 1-2 locations and doing day trips from there. We are more interested in boating excursions to small remote islands and/or visiting the national parks than we are in seeing any ruins. Any particular excursions that you would recommend and from where would we take these excursions? We were curious what might be a realistic itinerary that offers some of these types of activities, shows us some of Croatia, but isn't so ambitious that we just spend all of our time traveling from one location to another. Additionally, how easy is it to travel between locations within Croatia?

In terms of travel, we are trying to balance time and efficiency with cost. We would prefer not to rent a car and would like to spend more of our time at the locations than traveling between them (such as flying from Rome to Dubrovnik instead of having to determine lengthy transportation from Amalfi Coast to Bali to Dubrovnik by Ferry). However, if the travel between is part of the view and excitement, then we could also change our minds. We were thinking of flying from Rome into Dubrovnik and then flying out of Split or Zagreb back to LAX/San Diego depending on flight costs, but we weren't certain how easy it would be to travel to these different locations within Croatia. What is the best recommended method of traveling within cities in Croatia at this time of year? This may also determine some of the itinerary.

We would be very appreciative for any of your tips on Amalfi and Croatia itinerary: locations to stay, day trips to take, restaurants, as well as the best and most cost/time efficient methods for traveling between locations on the itinerary. Basically anything that you would like to contribute, we would like to hear. We thank you in advance for any of your thoughts!

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