2 weeks in Croatia: Late May early June

Feb 3rd, 2014, 11:05 AM
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I've always stuck to the coast, so I have no specific recommendations, but many like Varazdin, and Ljubljana is only short train ride away. I visited with my husband but always felt safe in Croatia (rarely lock doors, etc.) and most young people speak English. I think Istria would be a good option. I am also assuming solo travelers are more comfortable with a quicker pace of travel.
Other day trips from Dubrovnik may be similar transportation situation, but you could check Mostar. Island day trips or a kayak trip are another option.
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Feb 3rd, 2014, 05:12 PM
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Depending on the time of year, I believe you can take a day trip to some islands from Dubrovnik, perhaps Mljet. You'll have to get a guidebook to see which options appeal and are available during your visit.

I travelled through parts of the "less touristed northern interior" as a solo female who spoke only a few words of English -- no problem. It is an area with a number of universities and lots of young English-speaking people, and so they really aren't off the beaten tourist trail -- they just aren't on the itineraries of many Fodorites. So, for example, I wouldn't consider Varazdin -- a vibrant university town -- to be off the beaten trail and it posed no problem for me. There are parts of Croatia that are a bit further afield, and for those, you'd probably want to do a bit more research and be sure that you feel comfortable with what you are likely to encounter. If you are interested in specific areas, come back with your questions.

I did not feel unsafe in anywhere in Croatia. I can't speak to what you would feel.
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Feb 4th, 2014, 08:08 PM
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Thanks Kia! I think I'm definitely I'm definitely putting Mljet on my itinerary and also like the idea of Ljubljana for solo travel

I've just gotten my guide book so am able to look up ferry schedules I may start a new thread to get more specific info on stuff like hotel reccos in Mljet, good restaurants in Hvar and Split, etc
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Feb 6th, 2014, 12:26 PM
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Yorkshire do you have any wise feedback when it comes to where to drive and where not to? Out of a 13 day trip I was thinking that if we rent a car at all it should be for a week according to advice I've seen on rates but I'm torn between not wanting to deal with taking it on ferries ( hassle and expense?) And then wanting to visit Mostar earlier in TRIP before I'd have the car

I planned to get a car in Split for us and then use it for day trips around there, then to Plitvice for , 2 days and onto Zagreb since it seems a car would be really useful for these places

If we do Mostar from Dubrovnik ( 2nd day or 3rd day In) it appears the bus rides are really long ( , 4 hrs??) Am I getting misinformation? We already have an apt booked in old town Dub so would want to do a day trip if possible...
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Feb 6th, 2014, 12:44 PM
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My personal bias is to not rent one at all, as I like not having to park, etc. In three visits to the country, I never felt the need to.
I have watched cars loaded onto ferries, and while plenty of people do it with no issue, the prospect unnerves me. You have to wait in line, you have to pay more, and you have to cram a car you are paying a considerable amount for within centimeters of other cars. Juxtapose this with waltzing onto the ship with a bag--I like the freedom.

I believe the bus ride to Mostar is just over 3 hours, but you also have to figure in the time getting to the bus station from old town (about 15-20 minutes, but you'll need time for buying tickets, etc.). Here are the bus schedules:
http://www.libertasdubrovnik.com/voznired.pdf
If you take the earliest bus out at 8 am, you will get there around 11 and return in the evening. The Dbv bus website has the quirk that it shows return arrival times to Dbv, so you have to subtract 3 hours to get the departure time from Mostar. Only you will know if that is too much for a day trip for you.

Since you are waffling between Korcula and Hvar, one option would be to choose Korcula only. Rent the car when you leave Dbv, visit Mostar, and then drive to Orebic, which is the departure point for the ferry to Korcula. That ferry is very short and you may feel better about taking the car on it. Or, there may be parking in Orebic. Then you could drive up the coast to Split, to Plitvice, and drop the car in Zagreb. You have to make sure your rental contract allows you to take the car on the ferry and into other countries (as I am sure is pretty standard but I would make sure). (If you still want to see Hvar, it's an easy day trip from Split).
Hope that helps.
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Feb 6th, 2014, 08:30 PM
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Yorkshire yes this is all very helpful thanks!! It's good to hear a few different people explain the way they prefer to do things as inevitably I'll agree with one over the other as far as my personal travel style
I don't think I want the hassle or expense of renting a car in the South in between islands/ on off ferries. I drive a lot at home for work and love to ditch the car on vacation. It does sound nice for driving around areas near Split , to Plitvice and to Zagreb area though looks like there are some cool little towns that it'd be nice not to have to depend on buses to do day trips with
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Feb 8th, 2014, 11:56 AM
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Revised itinerary (tickets are booked!). 12 nights in June for 2-3 gals. 2 more nights for me solo.

Day 1 (May 25th): Arrive in Dubrovnik around 5:30pm. Check into our apartment (booked great spot a few minutes walk from a good beach and from old town with tons of great reviews from past travelers). Do dinner out somewhere

Day 2: Explore Dubrovnik

Day 3: Day Trip to Mostar (Looks like bus trips are long but we already have our apt booked in Dubrov so just gonna stick wit this)

Day 4: Head to Hvar by Ferry. Check into apartment. Explore Hvar town

Day 5: Hvar/Stari Grad

Day 6: Hvar (explore islands and hikes/smaller beaches recommended in Rick Steves Croatia)

Day 7: Leave Hvar for Split. Check into apt in Split. Explore Split and all it's sights (Diocletian's palace, etc etc)

Day 8: Rent Car, drive to Trogir for day trip. Stay in Split apt.

Day 9: Explore more Split, or surrounding towns. Stay in Split.

Days 10: Drive to Plitvice, stopping on the way in a couple areas for lunch/views. Check into Hotel or apt. Find Dinner, get maps for park, plan out our hike/day tomorrow.

Day 11: Hike Plitvice Natl Parks (longest ways possible as we are definite hikers).

Day 12: Leave Plitvice and head to Zagreb. Check into Zagreb hotel-apt. Take Trip to Samobor. Return Car this evening or next morning.

Day 13: Explore Zagreb. My friend leaves this day early. AM. Stay in Zagreb.
Day 14: take train to Ljubljana for the day/night.
Day 15: Explore more Ljubljana or try to get to Trieste for day/ night
Day 16: Return To Zagreb
Day 17: Fly out of Zagreb.

does anything look off-impossible here? Also, I list that we will have a car for part of the trip but I'm going to give that up if it only ends up being 2 of us, due to expense. We will likely have a 3rd girl (won't know til closer to trip) which would make it reasonable to split the cost of having a car for almost a week of the trip and allow us (in my opinion) to have some schedule freedom and see some countryside we wouldn't otherwise see

I feel confident that with or without the car I've scheduled us enough time everywhere so that we don't have to rush-panic about getting checked out, on trains, ferries, etc very often and have plenty of time to check out each of these worthy areas.
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Feb 8th, 2014, 11:59 AM
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Whoops I mean 14 nights for 2 girls and 16 nights for me

Also the three places we will be on Sundays are: Dubrovnik, Split, and Zagreb with no day trips planned on those days so we should be ok here I think....
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Feb 8th, 2014, 05:02 PM
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You can not visit ALL of Split's sites in a day. You can visit a nice selection of them in that time. Plan ahead.

Why rent a car to go to Trogir? It's a half-hour away by bus. It will do you no good once you are in Trogir.

I would not want to have a car in either Split or Zagreb.

You can spend days in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but you can see the lakes in one day. The park rangers have developed "standard" plans for 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours, but you can do what you want and/or work with the rangers to develop a plan that bests suits your particular interests.

Mondays are more likely to be a problem than Sundays.

Good luck!
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Feb 8th, 2014, 05:36 PM
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I don't think there is a Dubrovnik to Hvar ferry anymore, so I just wanted to make sure you realized you will go through Split on day 4.
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Feb 9th, 2014, 12:08 AM
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Well we have 2 days and 3 nights in Split so I think we are covered there. I've got a list of to do stuff that will keep us busy
Thanks for the car tip I just thought keeping up w all the schedules buses etc to places like Plitvice particularly might be stressful and easy to screw up . I think once we get there and the first few days go smoothly we will know whether we wanna go that route or not
Yorkshire hmm no I had not even considered that. The literature I've read makes it seems like ferries run from all these coastal places and Dub and Hvar look like the natural direction on the map but that presents an issue... I had almost booked the apt in Hvar!
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Feb 9th, 2014, 08:28 AM
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Not so!--not all island are well connected. It is not a big deal, you would just take the bus to Split (4 hours) and then catch a ferry to Stari Grad or a catamaran to Hvar. All of these connections should be pretty regular, and this is actually much faster than a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar. (There used to be one, but as far as I know it has been discontinued for this season.) I gave you the main ferry operator website in my previous reply, and I think the only other boat running from Split to Hvar is operated by krilo: http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html
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Feb 9th, 2014, 09:59 AM
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Thank You Yorkshire! I will look at these schedules more closely to make sure we aren't deluding ourselves time-wise....
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Mar 21st, 2014, 09:56 AM
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Great info. Bookmarking.
Looking for the similar trip for the late September-early October. Is this good time to visit the region?
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Mar 21st, 2014, 10:19 AM
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Absolutely, travfirst. Early-mid September better if you want any beach time.
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Mar 24th, 2014, 10:54 AM
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Thank you Yorkshire.
Now it's official...I booked the tickets last night; arriving to Dubrovnik on Sep 19th, leaving from Zagreb two weeks later.
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