CROATIA, SLOVENIA 16 days itinerary help

Mar 18th, 2017, 09:43 PM
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dugi-otok,
Sorry if I am not clear in my communication.
I would visit only Korcula, if time permits. Won't surely visit Hvar for lack of time.

Out of Split, Sibenik and Zadar; I would surely visit Sibenik as it is close to Krka and also because it is picturesque and small in size.

Out of Split and Zadar, if I have to chose one, it would be Zadar.

I would certainly not visit Mostar as I don't want to add too many things in too little time. It is also similar to many villages that we visited in France in 2015.

Please give your opinion.
I am also finding many places similar in character.
Am thinking of dropping Korcula too for the same reason.
It is a bit difficult to reach as it involves a ferry crossing with the car. My car rental company may not allow this.
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Mar 18th, 2017, 09:45 PM
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Andrew,
I am thinking of dropping Korcula and adding Kotor as a day trip fro Dubrovnik.
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Mar 18th, 2017, 10:15 PM
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Korcula sure is some extra effort to get to on your trip - you're right. The unique part about it might be that Korcula Town is on an island. But it is another "walled town."

Kotor is another walled town. I didn't fall in love with the town - what I appreciated much more were the views on the Bay of Kotor, from around the bay and from the walls above Kotor.

I'm not sure I get what you mean about Mostar being similar to towns in France? I admit, I haven't been to the South of France, but Mostar, a half Muslim half Catholic town, didn't remind me of any French towns I've ever seen. In fact, if you want something different from all of the other towns you'll see in Croatia, it's surely Mostar.

I'm also a fan of bridges, and Mostar has a beautiful, iconic stone bridge in the center of town (sadly destroyed during the war but rebuilt as closely as possible to the original from centuries ago).

Still...you've got to see the things that most interest you! You can't see everything.
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Mar 22nd, 2017, 04:13 AM
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Andrew, thanks for the suggestions.
I am also fond of Bridges. They fascinate me.
I do agree that Mostar is an Islamic Villege, but i guess the conversion happened much later.
It has an unmistakable stamp of Southern European Architecture.
Shall keep it optional.
Am yet in the stage of booking Apartments. trying to get the right balance.
Have applied for Schengen Visa. Should get it by next week.
Thanks.
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Mar 22nd, 2017, 05:07 PM
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"I do agree that Mostar is an Islamic Villege, but i guess the conversion happened much later. ... It has an unmistakable stamp of Southern European Architecture."

I find that curious. Much of southern European architecture bears the stamp of the Ottoman empire. It is my impression that Mostar is much more typical of the Ottoman style, and any similarity to other southern European architecture is because of the Ottoman influence elsewhere, not the influence of southern European styles on Mostar. But I'm no expert...

And to be clear, while Mostar is currently primarily Muslim, it was traditionally a place where multiple religions co-existed quite well. I would not call it an "Islamic Village."
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Apr 6th, 2017, 06:40 PM
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Kja, I agree with you. Mostar has a typical Turkish influence, like many other places in southern Europe.
We may visit it as a stopover enroute Zadar, from Dubrovnik.
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Apr 6th, 2017, 06:48 PM
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Your call -- you can't see everything and you are going to have to skip any number of very special places.

BTW, Westerners distinguish between "Turkish" and "Ottoman" influences.
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Apr 6th, 2017, 07:21 PM
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Hi friends. It's just 1 week to leave for a dream holiday. We are excited. This is the best part of the holiday.. a week before it.

Need good wishes from you all.
Shall post a report.

Have got an amazing deal for the car rentals at Zagreb Airport.
200 Euros for 20 days.
Skoda Octavia Stationwagon.
Includes CDW with an Excess of 1200 Euros.
Super CDW is 300 Euros. We are taking a chance.

Am busy winding up work, packing, doing last minute research.
Shall come back for advice.
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Apr 6th, 2017, 08:24 PM
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What is the car company you are using?

Have a great trip!
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Apr 7th, 2017, 08:43 AM
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I have booked in advance through Economy car rentals.
But they are only aggregator. The actual company is Green Motion, Zagreb.
The same car a few weeks later is more than double the price.
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Apr 7th, 2017, 09:09 AM
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I used EconomyCarRentals as well but got my Croatia car through Oryx. Yes, the prices fluctuated quite a lot over time.

Enjoy your time in Croatia!
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Apr 7th, 2017, 09:43 AM
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You always put a lot of thought into your itineraries. I recall this from your trip to France. So I know you and your family will have a great time. I am looking forward to your trip report.
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Apr 7th, 2017, 09:10 PM
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Thanks a lot Andrew, dugi_otok for your wishes.
Yes, our France trip was a dream road trip for 37 days.
By God's grace and help from Fodorites it went off well as planned.
Thanks again.
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Apr 8th, 2017, 11:59 AM
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Hi PARAGKASH1, your itinerary looks interesting. We are planning a two week trip to Croatia in about 2 months. We have similar interests and the criteria as you mentioned. We are planning to land in Dubrovnik and fly out via Zagreb. It seems you have done lot of planning and work to arrive at your itinerary. When you finalize your Croatia itinerary, would you mind sharing so that it will help us greatly in our planning. Wish you a great time on your trip. Thanks
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Apr 8th, 2017, 12:01 PM
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Enjoy your trip!
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Apr 8th, 2017, 08:32 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I am planning a 15-day family road trip ( with 2 teens ) in mid-July from Budapest - Slovenia - Croatia - Montenegro - Bosnia and back to Budapest. Except a few tentative "must" i.e. Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Budva/Sveti Stefan, and Sarajevo, I don't have a set itinerary yet. We are flying from New York and will spend the first 2 weeks in July in Hungary for a music camp. I am hoping to rent a car somewhere in Budapest and drop it off at the same place as I assume it'll be more economical. I am wondering if anyone can give me some idea re the summer traffic along the Dalmatian coast. How long will it take for border crossing, say from Slovenia to Croatia and from Split to Dubrovnik, and from Dubrovnik into Montenegro. Does it make a huge difference whether it's a weekend or a weekday? Early or late in the day? I read from tour book the Monastery Ostrog in between Podgorica and Niksic is stunning. I am wondering if anyone knows how is the road condition there and if it's worth the hype. We would like to drive to Sarajevo from there and am on the fence of stopping either in Niksic for the night or to Pluzine before crossing into BiH. We don't have a lot of time and would really appreciate your insights to cut down any "waste" if there is such a thing. I would very much like to go to Mostar and would like to know what makes more sense in your opinion - take a day trip from either Split/Dubrovnik or take a detour from Montenegro on our way to Sarajevo.
Thanks to all and wish @PARAGKASH1 a great trip. Can't wait to hear your trip report! By the way, in terms of lodging, any suggestions or preference - airb&b, hotel, hostel etc.?
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Apr 8th, 2017, 08:42 PM
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@ miamz: It would be best for you to start a new thread. I'll wait to respond until you do.
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Apr 10th, 2017, 01:40 AM
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Bimal, you may email me on [email protected]
Thanks for the wishes
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Apr 10th, 2017, 01:43 AM
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Kja, Dugi_otok, Andrew, You guys have really taken pains and spent a lot of time and energy to answer all my questions and shape my itinerary.
Shall always remember you all.
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