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Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik HELP


May 28th, 2016, 03:08 PM
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Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik HELP

Hi All,

Hubby & I ‘ve booked flight into Zagreb (end of September) and out of Dubrovnik (mid-October). Seek tips to optimize our budget holiday: thinking a full day in Plitvice Lakes Park, before heading to the coast to exploring Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split before finishing in Dubrovnik. Tempted to visit Kotor and/or Budva.

FWIW, love the arts, architecture, museums, nature, local markets/picnics, blending in; would love to try kayaking in calm waters; dislike crowds, shopping, pools, sunbathing, clubbing, and commuting.

Tentative Itinerary, with overnights in Zagreb (2-3), Plitivice (2), Zadar (2), Trogir (1?), Split (3 or 4) Dubrovnik (5)

Tues day1: Zagreb afternoon arrival. Museum of Naïf Art. (Overnight in Zagreb hostel 2 or 3 nights)

Wed day2: Zagreb Historic Centre, opera/ballet in evening

Thur day3: Another day in Zagreb? is cemetery worth the visit?

Fri day4: Depart for Plitvice Lakes, possibly 2 hrs with rental car. (Plitvice, check-in)

Saturday5: Plitvice Lakes & National Park: am hike; pm swim 

Sun day6: Depart for Zadar early (1.5 hr drive?) museum visits, check-in & sunset.

Monday7: Visit medieval Sibenik & Cathedral, raptor center (how long in car?)

Tuesday 8: Leave Zadar for Primoshen via ferry? beach then on to Split? or Trogir?.

halfway point -- 8 days left

Wed day 9: Trogir. (drop car, Split check-in 3 nights)

Thursday10: Explore Split: Diocletan Place, Rector’s Palace Split. beach/island. 

Fri day11: Split Ferry to Brac (Zlatni Rat) 

Saturday12: (Nat’l Holiday) ferry to Dubrovnik? (Dubrovnik check-in, 5 nights in same place)

Sun day13: Explore Dubrovnik: walk ramparts, museums. 

Mon day14: Day out of Dubrovnik:Mostor / Budva, visit Bond’s casino?

Tues day15: Dubrovnik visiting Presqu’il de peljesac or Ston salt museum?

Wed day16: Last day. (Dubrovnik, fly home tomorrow morning)

1- What to modify, add / delete?
2- Transportation is concern, when to take ferry or bus. For which portion(s) of our trip, if any, is auto rental recommended? If, then where/when to pickup/dropoff the vehicule?
3- Where when best to visit Trogir? and using which mode of transport?
4- Where to stay overnight inexpensively so we aren’t always moving around/checking-in. ie Dubrovnik, Lupad, Sipan, Slano or Cavat. Think will lenjoy the novelty of ferry rides.

Thanks in advance!
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May 30th, 2016, 02:53 AM
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If you are not intrested in all details, you can easily visit towns like Zadar, Sibenik Trogir or Split in half a day. the most interesting things there are close together in the old city centers.
May be you will visit the Krka Falls park close to Sibenik.
Korcula town, Kotor, Budva, Cetinje, Stari Bar are historically interesting places.
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May 30th, 2016, 04:55 AM
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Here's my trip report from the same time of year in 2015.

I can't help at all with the buses or ferries as we rented a car and took trains. We rent from Sixt most trips to Europe. We just prefer the independence of having a car.

You aren't going to avoid crowds in Dubrovnik as it's a major cruise ship destination and at any given time a wave of 1,000's of people flow into the walled old city like a tsunami. That being said it's worth seeing. You can somewhat work around the cruise crowds as there are websites that show what ships arrive on what days and how many passengers they have. It's the same for Kotor. The drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor is very worthwhile.
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Jun 10th, 2016, 06:52 PM
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“Dubrovnik (5)”

If I’m reading your plan correctly, you have two full days in Dubrovnik, not counting your day trips. Although it depends on your interests and preferred travel pace, that could be a day too many! Honestly, there isn't that much to see or do there....

Thursday3: Another day in Zagreb? is cemetery worth the visit?”

Mirogoj? I loved that cemetery! And I found much to enjoy in Zagreb, but not everyone likes it.

Re: Plitvice: 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. I’m not sure where you plan to swim, though – which may simply show the limits of my knowledge.

“Sun day6: Depart for Zadar early (1.5 hr drive?) museum visits, check-in & sunset.”

There are a surprising number of museums in Zadar. Whether you can visit all that interest you in the time you are allotting is not entirely clear.

“Fri day11: Split Ferry to Brac (Zlatni Rat)“

Have you confirmed that you can get a ferry to and from Brac on the same day? It may well be an option – I honestly don’t know.

“when to take ferry or bus” Your call! Use rome2rio.com to get some ideas about your options.

“For which portion(s) of our trip, if any, is auto rental recommended? If, then where/when to pickup/dropoff the vehicule?”

IMO, there are advantages to keeping your time with a car rental to a minimum. It would be a decided advantage for the Plitvice Lakes, so consider picking a car up when you leave Zagreb. I don’t know the raptor center; if seeing it is a priority, then keeping the car until after you see it might make sense. Otherwise, return the car ASAP in Zadar and take a bus to Sibenik. You might also want a car for Montenegro and Ston/Peljesac – for that, rent a car for 2 days from Dubrovnik.

“Where when best to visit Trogir? and using which mode of transport?”

Trogir is about ½ hour by frequent bus from Split.

Hope that helps! Croatia is gorgeous.
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