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Croatia in August - 2 weeks, 2 kids

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Hello all,
I will be travelling to Croatia this august with my husband & 2 boys (ages 7 & 9). We like beaches & relaxing but also sightseeing, history, trying new foods and seeing how the locals live. We arrive in Split on Tues Aug 12 at 7 pm & depart from Dubrovnik on Tues Aug 26 at 6:30 am.

I am trying to plan our 2 weeks there, where to stay & for how long. Which islands are better, which daytrips to take (by tour or on our own?) and the like. I have been looking at the ferry timetables but cannot seem to get clear schedules for August. So any info on that would also be helpful.
Tentatively, this is what I am thinking:
8/12 - arrive Split evening, ck in to hotel (or apt??)
8/13 - 1/2 day Trogir (take ferry or bus?) - Diocletian Palace in the evening
8/14 - day trip to Brac? or makarska beach?
8/15 - take ferry to Hvar (have to ck timetable to confirm times)
Stay in an apt in Hvar (any recommendations are appreciated)
8/16 - relax in Hvar
8/17- Hvar
8/18 - Hvar
8/19 - Hvar
Can any day trips be done from Hvar? i.e. Vis, Brac, or any other island?
8/20 - leave for Dubrovnik - can Dub be reached by ferry from Hvar? Is this feasible/easy?
Would this be easier than going back to Split?
8/20 - 8/25 (as we leave Dub very early 8/26)
From Dub we would liek to do the following
Old Town/ walk the walls - easy enough to do any day
Day trip to Montenegro/Medugorje
Day trip Korcula
Other than that I am open to suggestions on apartments, beaches, day trips, tour agencies, etc etc.
All info is welcome & appreciated.

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    I can't comment intelligently on your plans as I don't have, and have never travelled with, children. Just a few observations:

    You definitely need to check the ferry schedules carefully. The major line is Jadrolinija, for which you need (IME) to check each ferry separately to get its schedule. Do be sure you are looking at the schedules for your dates of travel and pay attention to whether they are car or foot passenger -only ferries. There are other ferry lines, too; you'll probably want to find and check them, too. I think you can probably do a day trip from Hvar to Vis, but I am NOT sure.

    I'm not optimistic that a day trip to Korcula is possible from Dubrovnik, but I could be wrong.

    You might want to consider finding a way to include the Plitvice Lakes National Park in your plan. The easiest way would be to rent a car in Split, travel to Plitvice Lakes and spend the night, then spend a large chunk -- as much as you can! -- of the next day exploring the park, then return to Split and return the car, unless you plan to take it on to Hvar with you. (And in that case, plan carefully -- a car will be a decided disadvantage in Split itself.) The Plitvice Lakes are truly exquisite. If you don't think that will work for you and your children, then you might look into the Krka National Park. It is different, but is also a beautiful park with travertine waterfalls. And unlike the Plitvice Lakes, there is an area at the Krka National Park where swimming is permitted. You might be able to visit the Krka National Park as a day trip from Split -- you'll have to check; otherwise, consider Sibenik as a base.

    I don't think you will need a tour agency for any of the things you mention -- just be sure you have a good guidebook or two. FWIW, I found the Rough Guide particularly useful.

    Hope that helps!

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    Croatia is a fantastic place. I would go again in a minute. That said, here are some things to think about.

    Iit will be hot in Croatia in August. It will be crowded. Your trip is pretty ambitious for a hot, busy time of year, but that may be the way you like to travel!

    The beaches in Dubrovnik are mostly shingle ( small stones) or you jump into the water from rocks and climb a ladder to get out. Hvar has better beaches, and it is good that you are staying there for a fair amount of time. Many beaches in Croatia are nude, usually marked "FKK", most or even all beaches are top optional. You may or may not want to discuss different customs with your boys in advance.

    This is a very adult-oriented trip. I agree with kja on Plitvice. It is magical, and your children will love it. There is a snack bar half way down into the gorge with char-grilled food, clean toilets, and beer. Croatia has the best pizza I have ever eaten, on the average. It is usually cheap. There are also lots of places on the mainland where whole pigs turn on spits over wood fires. Yum! I think the boys will find these. both cool and delicious! Your boys will not find it difficult to eat. In Split, help them to appreciate that children today still live and play in an emperor's palace that's what, 1600 years old?

    Prepare to sit outside on the ferries and elsewhere because a lot of Croatians have not gotten the message about smoking.

    It is a great country.

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