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Two women in late 50s traveling in 2019 to Croatia – arriving and departing Dubrovnik. We arrive on 8/31 and will depart on 9/11. We are active, like hiking, food, wine, history, and some water fun. We have never traveled this area and would appreciate any suggestions. We have a rough itinerary below. Would like to see as much as possible, but do not want to wear ourselves out. Once we confirm the destinations, we would like to then book, as needed, ferries, attractions, etc. We plan to utilize hotel and airbnbs (or similar).
Possible itinerary is –
8/31 Arrive Dubrovnik early a.m., shuttle to Old Town area
9/3 Leave Dubrovnik by car to Kotor with stop in Perast along the way
9/4 Stay in Kotor with day trip to Cetinje or Budva
9/5 Leave Kotor to Dubrovnik - take ferry to Split?
9/7 Split - day trip to Plitvice or Krka
9/8 Leave Split, go to Hvar or Korcula
9/9 Stay at Hvar or Korcula
9/10 Travel back to Dubrovnik - by ferry or bus?
9/11 Early flight out of Dubrovnik home
From return to Dubrovnik on 9/5 through end of trip, we are unsure on how best to plan the itinerary. Would it be best to leave Dubrovnik and visit a couple of islands on way to Split and then take bus from Split back to Dubrovnik or best to go directly to Split from Dubrovnik and then work our way back to Dubrovnik visiting a couple of island along the trip back? We are planning to drop off rental car after trip to Montenegro.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. We are wanting to make the travel time as efficient as possible.
Thanks in advance for any input / suggestions.
Hi, your route is lovely and efficient. Krilo Star - Krilo.hr catamaran connects the south islands. It is designed to connect daily all southern islands in Croatia. It takes about one hour to reach every island.
September is still warm and you can spend days on the beach. Dubrovnik beaches are Banje, Lapad, and Srebreno. There are few more beaches on the way to Split. Dubrovnik old town towers are magnificent. You can spend days walking there — a combination of seaside and stone buildings. Cable train which will take the top of the hill Srd I suggest to the last photos of Dubrovnik.
Korcula is known by vine tours and local cuisine. Korcula vine region has the most quality and original source of the wines. Name of some Grk, Posip, and Dingas which grows just across the island. Korcula beaches are far better than in Dubrovnik. Using Korcula as base you can visit Lumbarda, Trstenica, Viganj, Proizd and Pupnatska Luka.
Then you have Hvar and Split to explore. book a hotel or hostel in advance by Booking or Google hotel hostel search which is new google extension. Or check Frommer's.