I´m planning the second part of my trip...
We have arround 12 days to go from Milan.to Dubrovnik.
One option is through Northern Italy and go to Croatia by land...
The other option is from Milan going east and then a ferry to Croatia.
What do you think?
Time is enough? What locations you suggest to visit in the way?
Thanks :) !!!
Hi Andres, Check my answer with itinerary given to Trent. Yes, Istria is great and you have extra days to visit Istria as well. The other way to arrive to Croatia is by ferry from Ancona (Italy) to Zadar or Split (Croatia). In summertime there are flights from Milan to Dubrovnik or Split.
We did this last year as part of a 2+ week Tuscany/Croatia trip. Our itinerary was:
- Drove up to Venice & dropped the car off there. Wandered around Venice & took ferry to Rovinj, arriving around 9pm in Rovinj
- Stayed 2 nights in Rovinj. Then rented a car, visited the hill-villages & wineries of Istria, before staying 1 night in Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Explored Plitvice Lakes for most of a day, then drove down to Split & stayed 1 night in Split
- Walking tour of Split, then took ferry to Hvar. Stayed 2 nights in Hvar
- Took ferry from Sucaraj (Hvar) to Drvenik. Drive down to ston, took oyster farm tour, climbed the Ston walls (aka the Great Wall of Croatia). Then drove down to Dubrovnik & stayed 3 nights
- Drove to the Dubrovnik airport, dropped off our car, and flew home
Of course you can skip the Tuscany part & take a train or car from Milan to Venice. Our trip through Croatia was a little rushed but we enjoyed seeing the diversity of the different areas. Plitvice was our favorite -- absolutely gorgeous!
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Starting un Milan, you can make a stop on the italian lakes, then move to Venice and after that quick stop (like just for lunch) un Trieste. If you have time visit some Of the slovenian highlights like the lakes as un Bled,the caves or the really nice port villages as Piran por Portoroz. Then go down to croatia and go to Plitvice, Split and Dubrovnik. If you have enough time you can visit some Of the islandés also
Quick and easy to take a ferry from Venice to Rovinj, Croatia. Rovinj is a beautiful town, feels like what Italy was like before so many tourists. I agree with the last answer regarding Plitvice Lakes National Park - a definite highlight! It is like no where I have seen before. Eat truffle dishes while traveling through Istria and the famous Pag Island Cheese (many international awards). Buses a long the Dalmatian Coast can be unpredictable, taking a car gives one a bit more control and flexibility. I have done both. Try kayaking in Dubrovnik- takes you to a nearby island, a chance to swim and cliff jump while getting amazing new views of the walled city.
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