Hello, we are 2 seniors planning a 47 day trip to Croatia with some short trips into Montenegro and Bosnia starting on 29 Aug. We’re not familiar with the area and I'm wondering how to optimize our plan. We want to see a lot, without it being too frenetic. Zagreb is omitted because we will visit there another time. We are in good general health but day long hikes are out. An easy to moderate 3 or 4 hour hike across an island between towns and ferry or bus back sounds fantastic. I don’t have a good understanding of when a ferry is necessary or recommended so your thoughts on ferries will be a huge help. We will fly into Dubrovnik from London.
Day 1, 29 Aug – Fly from London to Dubrovnik
Day 2-4 Dubrovnik, day trip to Sipan and the Elaphiti islands
Day 5, Pick up rental car and drive to Kotor with stops in Risan and Perast
Day 6-8 Kotor, day trip to Njeguši, a mountain village
Day 9 Drive from Kotor to Stari Bar with stops in Sveti Stefan and Petrovac
Day 10-12, Stari Bar
Day 13 Drive from Stari Bar to Miljet
Day 14 -15 Miljet
Day 16, Drive from Miljet to Mostar
Day 17, Mostar
Day 18 Drive from Mostar to Sarajevo
Day 19-20 Sarajevo
Day 21, Drive Sarajevo to Korcula
Day 22-26 Korcula with day trip by passanger Ferry to Hvar
Day 27 Drive (and Ferry) to either Trogir
Day 28-31 Trogir with day trips to Split, and Vrulja Cove
Day 32 Drive from Trogir to Krka National Park
Day 33 Krka National Park
Day 34 Drive Krka to Sibenik
Day 35 - 36 Sibenik
Day 37 Drive from Sibenik to Pag
Day 38 - 39 Pag
Day 40 Drive to Rab
Day 41-42 Rab
Day 43 Drive Rab to Plitvice
Day 44 Plitvice to Poreč or Rovinj via Hum…which is better Poreč or Rovinj
Day 45 -47 Poreč or Rovinj - Explore the Istrian Peninsula, especially Grožnjan and Buzet
Day 48 drive to Slovenia
Thanks, Steve and Lesley
Hi Steve and Lesley,
I just saw your post - hope you're having a great time.
According to your itinerary, you're now probably somewhere around Trogir (day 27). The plan for days 27 through 43 looks great. Check out this Google Croatia and Slovenia Road Trip map for some additional ideas of places to visit: https://goo.gl/aAvtMZ.
By day 44, you'll get to Istra - a wonderful part of Croatia with so much to do. Similarly to the Croatia road map, check out this Istria road trip map for recommendations on what to see and do in Istria: https://goo.gl/YBkrmR. Also check out Istria Tourist Board website for tips: http://www.istra.hr/en/home.
You also mention Groznjan and Buzet. I recommend you also try to include Kap Kamenjak (beautiful views of Adriatic), Pula (home of Pula Arena), and Motovun (magnificent views). While driving to Slovenia, also stop by Umag and Savudrija.
Have a great time and hope you can post an update on your trip.
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I can't tell if you've already done this trip, it looks great!
We did a similar trip in September 2015. We drove 1,204km in ten days, across nine border crossings with eight people, five tents in one van.
We hired a car and drove from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in north Croatia. We camped there for two nights and then we drove through Mostar and into Montenegro - it took about 12-14 hours with a long lunch stop in Mostar. We stayed overnight in Kotor Old Town (Kotor Stari Grad), which I highly recommend. It's a beautiful bay and has some swimming spots nearby.
(Check out my tips on what to do and where to eat: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/kotors-stari-grad-old-town-and-fortress/)
We didn't stay long in Montenegro, but we did spend three days at a camp site in Lake Skadar in north Albania. It was plenty of fun, relaxing and quite off the beaten track if you are in to that thing.
We drove back through Montenegro, had lunch in Bar, and stayed for three nights in Orašac, just outside of Dubrovnik. Orsasac was great! We camped 2 minutes walk from the beach and from where a boat picked us up the next day and took us to three islands.
You can check out our whole camping road trip (including where we stayed and how we drove between each place) on my travel site: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/our-camping-road-trip-in-the-balkans/
And, here is some information about driving between all of these countries: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/driving-the-balkans/
Feel free to ask me any questions!
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By all means, go to Slovenia, especially Lake Bled. One of the most gorgeous places in the world.
Be sure to go on one of these boats to the island.