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Honolulu, Hawaii

Steve from Honolulu, Hawaii asked

Need help fine tuning a 48 trip in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia

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

Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Croatia   Montenegro   Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Toni from Croatia

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 asked about Porec vs Rovinj - I recommend both (they're near each other) but go with Rovinj if choosing only one.

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.

In Slovenia, don't miss out on PortorozPiran, and Izola on the coast. If you're driving to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, you can also visit Postojnska jama Cave Grotte Höhle and Skocjan Caves.

Have a great time and hope you can post an update on your trip.


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Steve
Toni, our trip is August of next year! THanks for the suggestions and web sites....very helpful
 

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Toni
:) In that case, also add @Budva to your Montenegro itinerary. Also, you might want to shorten your days in Montenegro so you have more time in Istria and Croatia. Cheers, Toni
 
 
 

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Jacqui from London

Hi Steve, 

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! 

Cheers, 

Jacqui 


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answered by
Lyn from Manhattan Beach

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.

Bled Island


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