Sorry this is going to be a long winded post. I’m just starting to plan our first vacation to Croatia for either this fall or spring of the following year. The reason for long post – this will also be our very first trip to Europe so I think sharing a little of our plans and expectations may help to get more insights from people.
We were undoubtedly overwhelmed in all of the possible choices for our first trip to Europe. I had been considering Croatia and then found a post on Trip Advisor. This poster was an experienced European traveler and Croatia was one of her favourite trips because of the combination of sea, history, culture, etc. This convinced me to try Croatia as these are all of the things we’re interested in - the sea – fishing villages, beaches, etc and we also want to experience history, etc.
We could have chosen a bus tour of Croatia, but I just don’t see us traveling on someone’s schedule. We will be doing this trip on our own, at our own palce.
We can spend between 2 and 3 weeks in Croatia. My initial thought of a high level itinerary is:
- fly to Zagreb, spend a couple of days.
- visit Plitvice National Park – overnight in the park
- travel down the coast with a few main stops where we could spend a few days exploring the area and day trip from – thinking of places such as Split, one of islands and of course Dubrovnik
- fly back from Dubrovnik
First question – we’d prefer not to rent a car. Would we be able to do this type of trip, for the most part through public transportation – bus/ferry? We would rent a car for specific portions if required. I’m wondering about Plitvice National Park – could we rely on public transportation to get us into the park and be able to tour around the park or would it be better if we had a car? Can we travel around major centres, Zagreb/Split/Dubrovnik - using public transportation?
Second question – does anyone have any comments as I begin the planning for this trip? “Do not miss” things, general advice on travel in Croatia, etc.
I’m planning to work through the itinerary and ask more and more specific questions on the appropriate forums. I love Trip Advisor. I'm already on information overload from all of the great questions and comments I'm reading. Trip Advisor members always seem to come through and provide the best info for plannig a great trip. I'm happy to look to you all for help with this one.