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G'day Folks,

We have had some good feedback on previous post - thanks. Now need some further info.

Can someon give us some info on the establishments below

SPLIT -Villa Johnny

Dubrovnik - HotelPetka Dubrovnik Hotel Lapad Hotel

We are also after some suggestions for Zagreb. We will be spending 2 nights arrivng by train ex Vienna and departing to Split.

Still have not been able to determine whether it is better to go by bus or train to Split. Time is an issue as is money to a lesser extent but we do want to see the country side so travelling in daylight is a must.

Thanks for any assistance Oh yeah we will be arriving in Zagreb about 6 Sept.


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1. Re: Croatia 1st Timers

Trains are not so popular for the Zagreb Split route, there are buses, fast and comfortable, just check to take the one with not many stops between Zg and St.

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2. Re: Croatia 1st Timers

Villa Johnny gets rave reviews....one of the many small places in Podstrana, south of Split. The only hassle is getting back into the city..bus or taxi and in the busy summer months, it can take 45 minutes to an hour. You may want to rent an apartment in Split instead, www.clicksplit.com has lots of offers and they are reliable.

While it is true that trains are less popular, several weeks back I took the train from Zagreb to Split and it was so much more enjoyable than the bus! viewfromtheriva.wordpress.blog to read about it. The bus is about an hour faster 5 versus 6 hours, but wow, the huge windows and wonderful countryside sure beats the highway views! Just check the schedules. You can take an overnight train, but will miss the views, and there are two trains during the day. Pack a lunch though, because there are only beverages on board, no food!

There are lots of smaller hotels in Zagreb in and around the train station. www.sightseeingcroatia.com has links to official tourist boards in most cities and the Zagreb tourist board is particularly good at listing the local hotels and includes web and e mail addresses too.

And finally, lots of Aussie folks here in Split who run outdoor adventure agencies, charter boats and other stuff...so you can connect easily.

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3. Re: Croatia 1st Timers

Zagreb is very nice in September, still warm and yet not too hot. If you can book good price, please try to get hotel Palace - very central location in front of one of the most beautiful parks in Croatia, at the door step of the main square, so you will enjoy walking around easily. It is just 10 minutes walking distance from the train station. Hope you enjoy it!

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