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Aug 6th, 2016, 08:30 PM
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Croatia - 13 Night Itinerary

We are planning to have 13 nights in Croatia in April 2017.. We need to finish in Dubrovnik as we plan to take the ferry across to Bari to continue our European tour..

We are flexible as to where we fly in.. We will be coming from Belgium so options include Zadar, Zagreb, Split or even Pula.

Places we definitely want to include (but not necessarily overnight) are Plitvice Lakes, Split, Kotor (Montenegro) and Zadar. We would also like to spend a couple of nights each on the islands of Vis and Mljet. When we travel we enjoy good food, people watching, photography and walking.

Our first cut is as follows (however we don't know how many nights to spend in each location);
Zadar
Split
Vis
Mljet
Dubrovnik
We would do day trips from these locations to some of the sights..

Given that this is not set in stone, how would you recommend we best spend the 13 nights? Your contribution is much appreciated.
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Aug 7th, 2016, 09:50 AM
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It really depends on your interests, so you might want to plot things out on a calendar, including any specific sites you want to visit or activities in which you want to engage, transportation, etc.

FWIW, I loved Split and thought it (combined with Trogir) easily merited 2 or 3 nights. While I loved Split's energy and vibrancy, other people like it less, and give it only a few hours.

Dubrovnik is tiny and can easily be seen in a day or two. If you visit Kotor and/or Mljet from Dubrovnik, add time accordingly.

Zadar can also be seen in a day.

Plan on at least one night in the Plitvice Lakes area. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is, IMO, the single most un-missable of Croatia's many splendors. Not only are the lakes connected by travertine waterfall formations, each lake has unique microbiota, and as a result, the lakes are different colors. The best way to see that is to make a single, long loop through the park -- something on the order of 6 hours or more (including time for the boat that connects the lower and upper lakes), and by all means, start at the lowest part of the park so you are facing the falls as you proceed.

If you are going as far as Vis, I would think you'd want to give it at least a couple of nights.

Hope that helps!
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Aug 8th, 2016, 05:18 AM
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So how does the following sound;

Fly into Rijeka and drive down the coast to Senj and across the countryside to arrive in Plitvice Lakes for one night. From there;

Zadar - 2 nights
Split - 3 nights
Vis - 2 nights
Mljet - 2 nights
Dubrovnik - 3 nights

Thoughts?
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Aug 8th, 2016, 06:24 PM
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Could work well, particularly if what you want is a very relaxing trip. Enjoy!
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