Planing a trip to Croatia/slovenia

Old Nov 21st, 2011, 12:34 PM
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My husband and I spent out honeymoon in Croatia 2 summers ago. We flew in and out of Zagreb so that renting a car was cheaper because we could return it in the same place we picked it up. We were there for about 2 weeks:
2 days in Zagreb
2 days in Plitvice
1 day in Split (not quite enough time, but ok)
3 days on Korcula
2-3 days in Dubrovnik
drove back to Zagreb and spent the night to fly out the next morning

We rented a car and found driving to be easy although I was scared at the speeds on some of the narrow curvy coastal roads. We enjoyed every place we went. We would have loved to go to Istria too, but time did not allow it. Plitvice is a must see (it's what I planned the whole trip around). Dubrovnik had great history and good food (although it's much more expensive than the rest of Croatia). Korcula is beautiful, affordable (if you stay outside of the old city), and relaxing. I really enjoyed the feel of Zagreb although my husband felt that there was not quite enough to do there. I hope this helps.
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 01:16 PM
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I would probably not go to Dubrovnik on this trip and add an extra night to Slovenia.

Dubrovnik was NOT disappointing to me. Loved it, but just is too much to do in your time frame. It's really crowded during the day, but once the cruise ship people depart it's terrific. If you do go, either walk the walls really early or wait until after 2:30 when the cruisers have to return to the mother ship. Oh yeah, don't miss the Buza Bar if you go.

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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 06:12 PM
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> For those that have visited Slovenia would you recommend it? Should I save it for another trip or should I save Dubrovnik for another trip?

Both are wonderful in different ways. With the time you, I think you would do well to consider EITHER a trip that includes Slovenia and Istria OR a trip that involves the Dalmatian coast (of the places you have mentioned, that would include Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Trogir) along with Plitvice Lakes (on the assumption that you would fly into Zagreb). Which to do really depends on your interests. Enjoy!
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Old Nov 23rd, 2011, 10:21 PM
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I'm pretty sure we are going to do Slovenia and Istria with a day trip to Plitvice. I know it's out of the way but don't think we should miss it. Where in Slovenia and Istria do you recommend.
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Old Nov 24th, 2011, 10:18 PM
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People travel for such different reasons, and enjoy such different things, that I can't imagine making recommendations without knowing something about the kinds of things you like and don't like when traveling.
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Old Dec 14th, 2011, 02:16 PM
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Petit McClure - Can you tell me what the drive was like going from Dubrovnik to Zagreb? Are you glad you drove vs. flying back to Zagreb?
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 01:22 PM
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I think I've got my itinerary set. I'll be leaving May 2nd and coming back the 11th.

May 2nd Fly out to Zagreb
May 3rd Drive or train to Ljubljana and explore
May 4th Morning explore the town, See Predjama castle
May 5th Explore bled stay the night, maybe see vintgar gorge
May 6th Stay in Rovinj
May 7th See Pula- Leave to Rab and Krk
May 10th See Plitvice and leave to Zagreb
May 11th Fly back

Do you think I need another day. Does this look rushed?
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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Your itinerary gets sketchy around Rovinj.

May 6 Get yourself from Bled to Rovinj -- how?
Sleep Rovinj

May 7 Drive to Pula. See Pula. Somehow get yourself to the island of RabDrive to Rab and Krk
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 03:53 PM
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Sorry bout that. How are you getting to Krk and to the island of Rab? On the same day you've toured Pula.

I don't know what's happening May 8 and 9. Is that when you're seeing Rab and Krk?

May 10 Drive to Plitvice? Tour Plitvice. Drive on to Zagreb.

The last part of this has to be done by car, I assume.

Have you timed the drives? www.viamichelin.com is helpful for Croatia. In early May, there won't be as many ferries as in the high season. It's hard to plan a trip to Croatia without accurate ferry schedules.

Yes, I think this is rushed. Too much time in the car.

To drive in Slovenia you will need a vignette (a sort of temporary road license obtainable at the border or at gas stations near the border). And your car rental company must be OK with your driving in Slovenia.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 04:22 PM
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I guess I haven't done as much research as I needed to. Is it possible to do Slovenia, with parts of Istria/islands and plitvice in about a week? How much time do I need for this trip? What changes should be made.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 04:50 PM
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Originally I was going to do Slovenia with Plitvice, Hvar and maybe a day in Dubrovnik. Does this seem like a better plan? Should I not get a car? Flying in Zagreb is cheapest so that's why I changed my original plan.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 04:58 PM
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I think you're trying to do too much. Skip Slovenia on this trip and focus on Croatia, since it seems you keep wanting to add stuff there. With 9 days I'd rent a car and do Zagreb, Plitvice, Istria/Rovinj, Dubrovnik, and maybe and island or two. You might consider adding a stop in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina - I'd do that before adding a day in Slovenia and having to do lots of backtracking, just because Mostar is on the way to Dubrovnik.

You could rent the car in Zagreb and drive it to Dubrovnik and drop it there (this is what I did) and then island hop without it. If you can island hop up to Split, you can get back to Zagreb (if that's cheapest for you to fly out of) by train or even by flying - Croatia Airlines may have very cheap domestic one-way flights.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 05:07 PM
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Thanks Andrew. I'd drop Slovenia but it seems like it may be one of the highlights. My wife is very excited about it. It's also one of the only places she can see a castle (Predjama castle). She wants to see at least one castle.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 05:16 PM
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Well, either you're going to have to add more time, drop something, or have a rushed schedule in my opinion. Some people prefer seeing a lot of things quickly. I do kind of a mix: I can move fast on my trips but then stop and slow down at various places.

If time is more precious than money, fly into Ljubljana instead of into Zagreb since that would save you half a day.

If you are doing Plitvice, you don't need to waste time at the Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia - it's worth seeing if you are passing through the area and have some extra time, but it pales compared to Plitvice. Lake Bled could be done as a day trip in my opinion if you just want to see the lake, the churches, and the castle. You can walk around the lake in a couple of hours including a boat ride out to the island. The town is nothing special, just a resort town. I'd much prefer spending an evening in Ljubljana than in the town of Bled.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 05:17 PM
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Maybe if we just did Croatia we could fit in trakoscan castle. We could make it a day trip from Zagreb. Would you recommend more time in Istria or Dalmatia? Both look amazing. We both love history and architecture. However, want to do some local markets and beaches/islands. Thank you so much for everyone's help so far.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 05:56 PM
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I haven't been to Istria myself. The Dalmatian Coast is really nice but it has a "sunny vacation" feel to it, which is maybe what you want (certainly many people do). Dubrovnik is additionally just a spectacular old city.
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 08:25 PM
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How does this sound:

May 2nd: Get into Zagreb at 10am- Take a trip to plitvice lakes and then go back to Zagreb for the night

May 3rd: Take train to Ljubljana
Stay for 3 days with a day trip to Bled and Castle Predjama

May 6th: Take a train to Pula. Visit Pula and Rovinj

May 11th: Fly back home

Do any of these places need more time?
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 08:36 PM
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Would adding in a couple days in Trieste be too much. Would 2 days there throw off the trip?
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 08:44 PM
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With Trieste my intinery would look something like this:

May 2nd: Get into Zagreb at 10am- Take a trip to plitvice lakes and then go back to Zagreb for the night

May 3rd: Take train to Ljubljana

Stay for 3 days with a day trip ( maybe half day) to Bled

May 6th: Take a train to Trieste

May 8th take ferry to Rovinj

May 10th Visit Pula

Fly out May 11th from Pula
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Old Dec 28th, 2011, 09:25 PM
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How about this:

May 2: Fly into Zagreb. Pick up rental car, drive to Ljubljana.
May 2: Sleep in Ljubljana
May 3: See Ljubljana.
May 3: Sleep in Ljubljana
May 4: Drive to Bled (detour via Skofja Loka, nice drive)
May 4: Sleep in Bled
May 5: Drive to Trieste, stopping at Castle Predjama.
May 5: Sleep in Trieste
May 6: See Trieste.
May 6: Sleep in Trieste
May 7: Drive to Rovinj. Stops at Piran, etc.
May 7: Sleep in Rovinj.
May 8: Day trip to Pula.
May 8: Sleep in Rovinj
May 9: Drive to Plitvice; slow drive with stops in Istria.
May 9: Sleep in Plitvice
May 10: See Plitvice in the morning/depart by mid-afternoon (full of tour groups by then).
May 10: Sleep in Zagreb
May 11: Fly home from Zagreb

You could do this without a car if you take a bus (connect in Karlovac) from Rovinj to Plitvička Jezera (Plitvice), and replace Trieste with Piran, Slovenia. (Bus from Ljubljana to Postojna, bus from Postojna to Piran). But Istria without a car may be too much trouble. Perhaps you could pick up a car in Croatia near Rovinj or Pula and drive it to Plitvice and return it to Zagreb.

I think I would prefer Piran to Trieste anyway - different strokes...

The first day in Ljubljana doesn't have much - there isn't really tons to see in Ljubljana, except that it's a super nice city, you may wish to take a breath after your long flight, and there's a castle! You could cut out the 2nd night there I guess and drive right to Bled and sleep there and add the night elsewhere but that would seem rushed to me. Then again, the itinerary I propose is rushed anyway!
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