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We went in the fall of 09, so this is rather late (was a few weeks pregnant while there so life has been a blur since!) however the content and itinerary will be valuable for some of you looking for logistical ideas. I knew that this would be our last big trip for a long time, so I spent weeks trying to decide what to see and how to get around. The more I read the more places I wanted to see, it was a tough decision! We traveled in early September for about 10 days and spent time in Trogir, Plitvice, Vis, Hvar and Dubrovnik. Here goes:

Boston to Split-We went Boston to Paris, Paris to Zagreb-Zagreb to Split with Air France/Croatia
We decided to spend the late afternoon and first night in Trogir. We stayed at the Villa Sv. Petar. Lovely B and B nestled in the streets. Seaside and quaint, lovely place to start the trip. The streets were alive, one of the squares reminded me a bit of San Marco.

Plitvice Lakes (late morning/afternoon)
The following morning, Villa Sv Petar hired a car for us to bring us to the lakes. It was a few hour drive. We did a hike. The park is beautiful and very well marked. The green/blue color of the water is gorgeous. Much different from what the US has for snack bars- they actually have pigs at the snack bar on a roast. The car then drove us straight to a ferry in Split to head to Vis.

Vis for three days
We arrived early evening and stayed for three nights at the Hotel San Giorgio. This might have been on the pricier side for Croatia but had a modern boutique feel. I would recommend it. Vis is quiet, not super touristy especially in early Sept. We rented a car one day and traveled along the island to some stops. There are lots of beaches, but these are not the beach we are used to! There is a sign with an arrow pointing down and you hike your way do the water with lots of rocks and a bathroom if you are lucky. That is part of the allure but a bit different than driving up walking 12 steps from the car! Beautiful during the day, the nights were actually already a little cool! I would say the most scenic beach we went to was Stiniva. Google images if you are curious! We enjoyed two dinners at Postoda, it was excellent. We went there our first night and our third and last!

Hvar for three days
There was a special ferry that leaves on one or two days a week that goes from Vis to Hvar. That’s the trick I discovered. This saves time rather than going back to Split. There are only so many interisland ferries-which is different than Greece. We stayed at the Hotel Podstine. This was about a 25 minute walk away from the town. We enjoyed the walk, scenic along the water with the smell of lilac throughout the air, with sounds of the wind rustling the pine trees. The pool was well kept also with a wonderful view of the water. We spent one day kayaking with Hvar Adventure (super fun!) The spa at the hotel was also pretty reasonably priced. We also had a nice dinner and lunch at the restaurant at the hotel which was quite good, the other days we walked into town to explore

Dubrovinik for two days
Getting to Dubrovnik I didn’t quite think through from Hvar. We came back to Split and then took a bus from Spit to Dubrovnik. It was easy enough but for some reason I thought Dubrovnik would have more ferries in and out of it! I could not make it work with our schedule. We stayed at the Hilton, good breakfast and large rooms. This was definitely the most pricey in comparison to the other places we stayed. We had one dinner @ Proto (seafood), spent some time @ Exit Bar and Buza. We also went to the war photography museum (Very cool) and visited some of the sites within the city walls that are worth a visit.

All the hotels include a breakfast which is nice. Hotel San Giorgio and packed our breakfast for us the night before we left for the ferry which was unbelievably wonderful with a little note. Podstine did as well. Restaurants had a lot of fresh fish, and were tasty but not super sophisticated yet. Over all as everyone agrees the prices were reasonable. What was most important -the people along the way were welcoming, warm and very willing to help make our visit most memorable.

PICS ! https://picasaweb.google.com/alison.ullman/CroatiaHighlights?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJLh4azL85HqPQ&feat=directlink

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