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Old Jul 21st, 2017, 10:25 AM
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Andrew & kja,

Thank you so much for your detailed responses with great info.

We will re-look at our itinerary and decide on where to fly to from Rome. I'm thinking about Split at this point unless we can find some decent flights to Sarajevo.

We typically rent a car for our travels except when visiting cities as it definitely offers much more freedom but I'm thinking we may use public transport or private driver to get us to Sarajevo (unless we can fly there). I'm thinking about adding a day to Split. With the itinerary I've come up with so far, we will be in Zagreb on a Sat & Sun so may need to come up with a different route so we are there when the museums are open. This really gets complicated
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Old Jul 21st, 2017, 11:32 AM
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It's hard to plan the perfect itinerary for sure!

I've already given you best my reasons for driving in Croatia and Bosnia (and Montenegro) - but you obviously can decide what's best for you.

I actually dislike driving in Europe if I can avoid it. But, I also hate long bus rides even more and love trains. Just a personal preference (I get motion sick on buses but not usually on trains). On my last two trips, I rented a car for a single day (Slovenia) and took buses or trains everywhere else. I might have rented a car in the Baltics last year had I been able to find a cheap one-way rental involving two countries. With the great trains in Italy and France this last May, I never considered renting a car there..
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Old Jul 21st, 2017, 04:23 PM
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I just rechecked my notes about museum hours in Zagreb – when I was there, most were closed on MONDAY, generally had limited hours on SAT. (closing early- to mid-afternoon), and may or may not have limited (morning) hours on SUN. Sorry if I misled! I would strongly encourage you to check the hours of any sites you are interested in visiting there to make sure you have current information. Even if I can get my facts straight, things could have changed!

Check the hours for anything you want to see in Ljubljana, too.

You should have some options for re-ordering, as some things on your agenda – such as driving around the Julian Alps – are not contingent on the day of week.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 06:42 AM
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Andrew & kja,

Thanks so much for all your feedback and research.

Andrew: We love trains as well and use them as much as possible when in Italy and France when it makes sense. We typically rent cars when in the countryside (Tuscany and Provence) but for city visits, we have always used trains.

kja: I checked the museums in Zagreb and they are open on Sat & Sun until 1:00pm. If we are unable to get in on Sat before they close, we could make them on Sunday. We may need to change out Bled & Ljubljana visits so we are not in Ljubljana on a Monday.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 06:50 AM
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I'm glad you checked, and again, my apologies for the initial misstatement. (I left Zagreb on a Monday, and so hadn't paid much attention to the hours for that day.) And there are, of course, things to do in Zagreb after museums close, including the Botonical Garden and beautiful Mirogoj Cemetery.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2017, 09:11 AM
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kja,
No apologies necesssary. I needed to check the closing times and days anyway to make sure we have time to do the sites we are interested in with short hours. We will likely visit the museums in the mornings and then have the afternoons free for the Botanical Garden and Mirogoj Cemetery.
It also reminded me that I need to re-arrange our visits to Lake Bled and Ljubljana so we are not inLjubljana on a Monday when all museums are closed.

Thanks again for all your feedback, much appreciated.
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You can get to Trogir by boat from Split waterfront [Riva]. If you go by road, there are a lot of roadworks on the way. Went to Trogir in April this year, it's alright, but gets very full with tour groups who clog the lanes up. Be wary of opportunist thieves too.

Going to Mostar and Sarajevo in September. The train line between the two reopened recently, and am really looking to getting the train from Mostar to Sarajevo.....supposed to be really scenic.
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Old Sep 13th, 2017, 11:46 AM
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Just here to second some previous posters: Zagreb and Sarajevo are extremely underrated towns and so is Split, which some people don't seem to love (though I honestly can't understand why).

I had a very similar solo trip four years ago and I have to say... your post just gave me such a strong nostalgia! I loved Bosnia so much - hopefully I'll be able to return soon.
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