Post # 1
My fiance and I just booked flights to Dubrovnik from the US, arriving 8/10/14. We plan to make our way up the coast of Croatia and then go to Italy. We plan to spend at least 2 nights in Venice before our flight home to the US on 8/23/14.
Does anyone have suggestions on which islands and cities to see/skip in Croatia? How do you recommend we get around Croatia? We prefer not to rent a car but will consider if it saves time. We would like to stop at Plitvice National Park, but are not sure how much time it’d take, what else is on the way, and if it’s worth it. Here is what we are thinking (there is some wiggle room):
Day 1+2 – Dubrovnik
Day 3 – Korcula town (by bus from Split)
Day 4 – Korcula island – from Vela Luka by catamaran to Hvar
Day 5 – Hvar
Day 6 – Split visit, go to Zadar, overnight
Day 7 – Plitvice Lakes
Day 8 – Plitvice to Istria
Day 9 – Istria
Day 10 – departure for Venice, by ferry
We are in our mid/late 20’s, love food and wine, culture, the outdoors, art – so we are up for anything. Does anyone have nice, romantic hotel suggestions that don’t break the budget?
My fiance has been to Venice so other than the hotel, we don’t plan on booking much in advance. Just going to relax and enjoy!
Post # 3
@Elizabeth_05: Hi! We’re going to France-Italy-Croatia 22-day trip in May! We’ve been researching and found that in Croatia, you can hire a driver to take you around. We’re flying into Dubrovnik as well. Doing a day trip to Montenegro, going to Split via Ferry, a few days in Hvar and then the rest in Dubrovnik. We haven’t finalized our hotel, but we’ve heard great things about Hotel Kazbek. Sorry, I don’t have much to share.
Post # 4
So I’m probably not going to be much help, but we are also going to Croatia. Our wedding is the week before, but we are planning on going to Greece first and then Croatia. All of the places you listed are where we want to go in Croatia as well. We aren’t as sure on which of the islands we want to visit. We were thinking of Vis as well. I’ll let you know if we come up with anything else amazing!
Post # 4
Elizabeth_05: Hi! I have heard nothing but good things about Croatia! We are going in July, and since we are spending a few nights in each place, we are doing the home away apartment rental route. We rented a beach house for $700/week…so we’re very excited! I’d look into it if you can swing it, much more comfortable than a cheapie hotel and you are in the cusp of the tourist season.
Post # 5
I love Croatia..my boyfriend is Croatian and his parents live there so we’re there a few times a year. Dubrovnik is awesome, although honestly its soo much more touritsy than the 1st time I was there..but its still a great city. If you guys want to splurge on a night out, try the 360 restaurant..if the weather is nice (which is should be in August) you sit outside on/in the city wall..totally romantic. It’s not cheap though and probably not the right place for picky eaters. Otherwise, our favorite restaurant in Dubrovnik is Domino..they have great steak, and we love it because the waiter recognizes us everytime we go back 😀 How about renting a jetski or boat for the day while in Dubrovnik? It’s fun to cruise up and down the coast stopping in little secluded beachy areas, etc. Some places we always go when we are there are Cavtat which is a bit south of Dubrovnik, and Lopud which is an island a bit north of DBV…there is a Sandy beach there called Sunj..you can either go over by ferry or take one of the tourist boat trips that visits the near by islands…or you can also go by jetski or boat if you choose that route 😀 Oh..and Plitvice… I liked it, but my boyfriend wasn’t too thrilled… the water falls weren’t as spectacular as they always look on the brochures..but the water color is amazing. Also, we decided to hike back to where we parked instead of taking the boat back and that took FOREVER. And part of the reason my boyfriend probably didn’t like it is that we did it as a day trip…and the drive was like 5 hours each way 😀 But my favorite part was renting a little rowboat and hanging out on the lake 😀 You might want to consider stopping in Sibenik or Zadar… both are supposed to be nice little towns. And I would totally suggest renting a car..there are so many nice beaches/coves along the coast, its nice to be flexible and be able to stop here and there and jump in the water, etc. Let me know if you have any questions..I love Croatia..the food, the people, the amazing coastline 😀
Post # 6
Hi Elizabeth! I know this is pretty late but I’m getting married this summer and we are thinking of roughly the same trip. Would LOVE to hear how your honeymoon went and if you’ve got any tips! Let me know if you’ve got any 🙂