Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Croatia itinerary help needed. Will this work?

Croatia itinerary help needed. Will this work?

Jan 5th, 2004, 07:44 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 722
Croatia itinerary help needed. Will this work?

I was planning to sail from Trogir to Dubrovnik, but because of the falling dollar (we have a big event planned in Italy and everything is getting much more expensive)I am thinking of just renting a car in Split and using the ferries. Here is my revised itinerary. I am not sure how long it takes to ferry from Split to Hvar and Hvar to Dubrovnik, does anyone know?
I would be spending:
1 night in Split
3 nights in Hvar
4 nights in Dubrovnik

-flying from Athens to Rome to Split, overnight at Park Hotel
-Renting car in Split and take afternoon ferry to Hvar (is there one every day?) staying at Palace Hotel.
- ferry to Dubrovnik Are there other options w/faster service? Overnight at Villa Argentina or Villa Dubrovnik. Should I take a day trip to Korcula or stay overnight 1 night instead in Dubrovnik?

I can't find a direct flight on croatia airlines or Alitalia to Rome on a Saturday in June so I am going to lose my 1 day in Rome. Any other airlines I could try?

Thanks! WT
WanderingTexan is offline  
Jan 5th, 2004, 09:00 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,682

I am afraid I m no help on flights. In the Thomas Cook European Timetable I see that you could take an Eurostar train from Rome Termini at 1740, sup in the buffet car, transfer at Ancona 2005 to 2100 or 2200, and reach Split at 0600 or 0700. The boats are those of Jadrolinja (see web site below) and Adriatica (http://www.adriatica.it/frameset.php3?language=e). I cannot make the Adriatica site work, so you may need to e-mail them for days of travel in June.

http://www.jadrolinija.hr/jlenglish....e?OpenFrameSet
shows until 28 May a daily catamaran at from Split at 1400 to Hvar at 1500. It comes back from Hvar at 0630 to Split at 0730. The line has not yet posted their summer timings for this route, but you could e mail them to ask, on [email protected]/.
The site http://www.jadrolinija.hr/jlenglish....s?openframeset shows boats in June from Split at 0700 on Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays and Sundays to Dubrovnik at 1615. I am afraid that if the local times to Hvar stand unchanged in June the line it thus neatly fails to give you a connection at Split. The failure to connect is stil true if you turn the trip round, to read Dubrovnik 0900, Split 1810 to 1400, Hvar 1500 to 0630, Split 0730.

Welcome to Europe.

[email protected]
ben_haines_london is offline  
Jan 6th, 2004, 03:05 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,129
There are three companies running overnight ferries from Ancona to Split: Adriatica, Jadrolinija and SEM (www.bli-ferry.com). There is little point in renting a car to take it on the ferries - it's easy to use buses or taxis on the islands. Most ferries to Hvar island use the port of Stari Grad. Jadrolinija has three or four local ferries a day from Split, taking under two hours, and there are always buses and taxis waiting on the quay at Stari Grad to go to Hvar town or anywhere else on the island. Most days, there is also a ferry from Split to Hvar town but these do not take cars as cars are banned from Hvar town centre. Jadrolinija's coastal service goes up to four times a week from Split via Stari Grad and Korcula to Dubrovnik, normally leaving in the morning, calling at Korcula at lunchtime and reaching Dubrovnik in the afternoon; these ships are much bigger and have restaurants and cabins (the local ferries just have snack bars). It's one of the most scenic ferry trips anywhere.
GeoffHamer is offline  
Jan 6th, 2004, 03:49 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,637
I agree with Geoff, unless you want to drive down the coast, don't bother with a car. Also, if you're spending nights in Split and Hvar I wouldn't leave Dubrovnik early to spend a night on Korcula. If you take the ferry from Split to Dubrovnik (7 am to 4 pm) you will stop in Korcula at noon. It's a very small town and you'll see it from the ship.

Dubrovnik is wonderful. 4 nights will feel very short to you. Villa Argentina was my favorite hotel anywhere. Be sure to get a sea view room. The rooms in the Villa across the street from the hotel were fantastic.

If you have an inclination, consider one or two of the Atlas excursions. The all day tour of Montenegro was incredible. I also enjoyed the wine tour of the Peljesac Peninsula.

Judi recently did an excellent trip report on Croatia. It's well worth searching for.
Grasshopper is offline  
Jan 6th, 2004, 08:25 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 457
Wandering Texan -
I took a slow ferry from Split to Hvar which took about 2 1/2 hours but did not unload cars. I think you have to go to Stari Grad - not sure if Jelsa is option. Coming back from Hvar to Split I took a catamaran - no cars - which took 1 hour. Some acquaintences I met in Hvar were going to Dubrovnik via the ferry and i think it took about 6 hours (I could be completely wrong about that). I would not recommend the Palace Hotel - it's a dump but it is in a great location. The Hotel Adriatic may be a better option and is also on the harbor. Korcula is great for a day trip. I wouldn't sacrifice a night from Dubrovnik.

the Croatian Tourist Board may be able to help - 212.279.8672
marktynernyc is offline  
Jan 6th, 2004, 01:46 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 754
Hi
We spent almost 2 weeks in croatia last fall. We rented a car. If you rent a car as someone suggested, it is a wonderful idea to drive along the coast. We drove from Rovinj on Istria to Trogir and return. The drive takes about 6 1/2-7 hours, but is a beautiful drive along the Adriatic. There are many seafood and grill restaurants along the way. we stopped at one, don't remember but people were having grilled whole fish, really fresh. If you can spare a couple of days consider Istria in croatia. We stayed in Porec and Rovinj a good part of the time because we decided on s,maller towns. Istria is very Italian. It's bi-lingual and many tourists there are Italian. About car rentals, we flew Adria air from frankfurt to Ljubiana and drove about 2 hours to Porec in Istria. The reason was, you could not rent a car in Italy and drive to Croatia. we went through Auto Europe and Italian auto rentals don't allow cars to be taken there. We picked up the car in Ljubiana.
Enjoy your trip
aeiger is offline  
Jan 6th, 2004, 08:28 PM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 722
I can't seem to get this posted, so I will try again. If it posts twice, I apologize.

Thank you all for all the great information. I wanted a car because I wanted to drive around Hvar and it sounds like I won't need one if I use the boats.

If I wanted to drive along the coast, would I be able to get a car ferry at Sucuraj on Hvar, then back to the coastal road to drive to Dubrovnik? I could just fly into Dubrovnik and use it as a base, but I am afraid it is too far from Hvar and I want to go there. If I drove along the coastal road and then over to Hvar could I see it in a day?

Has anyone stayed in or seen the little villas on the pakleni islands? Would this be a place to stay or is it too far from the nightlife? Is the Adriatic Hotel the best choice? I would like something equal to a 4* if at all possible. BTW, thanks for letting me know the Palace is not an option.

Thanks again. WT

WanderingTexan is offline  
Jan 7th, 2004, 12:31 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,129
Jadrolinija runs a ferry from Sucuraj at the eastern end of Hvar island to Drvenik on the mainland. From Drvenik, another ferry goes to Korcula; this is run by Mediteranska Plovida not Jadrolinija. From Hvar to Korcula, apart from Jadrolinija's coastal service from Stari Grad, Jadrolinija also runs services from Hvar to Vela Luka on Korcula island; these don't take cars, but there are connecting buses from Vela Luka to Korcula town. From Korcula to Dubrovnik, there are daily buses which go on the ferry to Orebic on the mainland then along the coast. Most of these bus journeys are very scenic. Croatia is not busy in June as the peak holiday season doesn't start till mid-July, so you should have no problem finding hotel rooms wherever you go. I've been there in early-July and had no problems.
GeoffHamer is offline  
Jan 7th, 2004, 05:02 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 457
4 stars on Hvar - as far as I can tell - don't exist (at least, what I think is 4 star - and I'm not thinking Four Seasons). The Palace Hotel needs a major update - the Hotel Adriatic at least looks modern and clean (though I didn't see any of the rooms). There is a huge monolothic hotel/casino about a 20 minutes outside the town of Hvar but it looks really impersonal. My next trip I'm going to rent a room from a local as I travel around - I feel comfortable enough doing that being that i've visited Croatia twice. As for transport around the island of Hvar - what about just renting a scooter when you need one? I saw a wide age range of people renting motor bikes. There are numerous ways to get around without a car - and not having to deal with the hassel of a car makes my trips so relaxing. As for the Pakleni Islands - there are some cabins on some of the islands but very basic - no electricty, no running water. There are some restaurants which have a couple rooms to rent but you'll be cut off from the nightlife from Hvar. If you have the time it might be nice to do for a couple nights but if you're looking to get away from the crowds I'd recommend something on the south side of the island like Zavala.
marktynernyc is offline  
Jan 7th, 2004, 10:00 AM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 722
Thanks again! I am starting to wonder if Croatia is worth all the trouble? Getting around is such a problem. Is it worth it do ya'll think? I am going to be in Santorini, so I could go to Crete or to Sardinia with some of my family, but I have stubbornly set my sights on Croatia.
WanderingTexan is offline  
Jan 7th, 2004, 10:13 AM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 722
I looked up the Adriatic and it sounds fine. Mark, did you go in the public areas of the hotel?

Would you spend 3 nights in Hvar and 4 in Dubrovnik
or
2 in Hvar, 5 in Dubrovnik
or
2 in Split
2 in Hvar
4 in Dubrovnik

Thanks for your opinions... always very helpful. WT
WanderingTexan is offline  
Jan 7th, 2004, 11:36 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 457
WT - I went into the lobby which looked clean and new. Plus there's an outdoor dining area that over looks the harbor. And to be honest - you won't be spending much time in your room - Hvar is beautiful. Croatia is really easy to get around - I was using ferries, boat taxis and cabs to get around - the only mode I didn't try was the public bus. Some other posters here have done the buses. I'm assuming being that having a car is a luxury there - there has to be good public transportation infrastructure. Croatians are very savy when it comes to getting around. If you have concerns give the Croatian Tourist Board a call. I'm inclined to say 3 days in Hvar and 4 in Dubrovnik. As for the Split - if you catch an early bus from Dubrovnik, you can walk around Split for a few hours then catch the afternoon ferry to Hvar. I thought Split to be dirty, dusty, lots of graffitti, gritty due to the concrete factory north of the city, the ugly high rises - others here liked Split . I was at first a bit intimidated going to Croatia - because I knew nothing about it and had misperceptions about a former communist country. Is Croatia as moderrn as Houston - no, but it's a lot prettier.
marktynernyc is offline  
Jan 8th, 2004, 01:44 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 754
Hi
I just wanted to comment that cars are not a luxury there. Parking in Trogir is difficult and you have to park out of the city center which does not allow cars. There are many cars on the road as well as local car rentals. Most of the cars are newer and in good condition.
alan
aeiger is offline  
Jan 8th, 2004, 03:19 PM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 457
luxury was the wrong word in - no offense was meant - I noticed there were more people than cars in Hvar and that there were other forms of transport used - once again, no offense meant.
marktynernyc is offline  
Jan 8th, 2004, 04:18 PM
  #15  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 722
Thanks so much for all the advice! It is a great help to me.
WanderingTexan is offline  
Jan 8th, 2004, 04:19 PM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 102
Here is a good private home page about Hvar where you can find many info including accommodation:
www.holidayinhvar.co.uk

Pakleni islands accommodation:
www.palmizana.hr



Jonas is offline  
Jan 8th, 2004, 04:35 PM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 609
I suggest www.visit-croatia.co.uk for information about Croatia. There you will also find a message board and a great booklet to download Croatian words and phrases. An attempt to try their language is appreciated.

Thanks, Grasshopper for your kind words. We loved our visit to Croatia and I wrote a report title Ahhh, Croatia on this site.

I know you will have a great time. We will definitely return.
Judi is offline  
Jan 8th, 2004, 04:45 PM
  #18  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 722
Thanks for the web site. Jonas, I did find that site, but I am wondering if it is too out of the way. I contacted them and they only do weekly bookings, so I would have to pay for a week for 3 days. I am thinking it might be too far away from the restaurants, etc.
WanderingTexan is offline  
Jan 9th, 2004, 08:44 PM
  #19  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 754
Hi
Try the Croatia Tourist Office for information. Last year one of the books they sent me listed hotels in Croatia by area. Then by star rating and price.They have an office in NYC 212.279.8672. or www.croatia.hr for their website. I asked for my information on line and received it about 4 wks later. It's a great place to visit.
alan
aeiger is offline  
Jan 10th, 2004, 07:56 AM
  #20  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 45
We accidentally stumbled across the indoor swimming pool/bar area of Hotel Adriatic on a walk back from the Fortress (a path leads you right onto the pool deck). I think it was on their 5th floor. It looked very nice, great view, and clean.

We, like Mark, stayed at Palace Hotel. The location is wonderful, nice terrace with views where they serve breakfast or cocktails. Our room had a small balcony as well. But, rather than add a small TV and telephone to the rooms, some paint with color and some wall/ceiling mouldings would have went a long, long way. The rooms were pretty stark, the inside of the place was Motel 6 type surroundings.

They did have a kitty who sat by us at breakfast each morning and gave the place some redeeming qualities. It may have been the shared breakfast that kept him there! The breakfast buffet did have a lot to offer.

We only had 3 nights in Dubrovnik, I wish we had 1 more so that we could have taken a day trip to Montenegro. We toured Split briefly while waiting for the catamarran to Hvar, then we also had a night there before flying to Zagreb (Hotel Split, would not stay there again mostly due to location). I felt the time in Split was adequate.

We did not have a car, did traveling via bus and plane. We were there in May and transportation was a bit limited. For instance, we wanted to take a day trip to Korcula from Hvar, however they did not have enough people so the trip was cancelled.

I hope you have a wonderful trip, we loved our visits!
NancyB is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:00 AM.