Another "so much to do ... not enough time" posts, so I will apologize for that in advance! I booked my ticket last night flying into Dubrovnik on May 21st and flying back from Zagreb on June 1st. I've been studying this forum and guidebooks for the past few weeks since the idea of the trip took shape, and here's a rough draft of an itinerary that needs some fine tuning, so I'd appreciate some suggestions, please.
May 21 - land at DBV ~ 3:30 PM - recover and watch my first sunset over the Adriatic.
May 22 - Explore Dubrovnik
May 23 - I've been tossing around the idea of a day trip to Mljet as the idea of a lake on a island, with an island on it sounds so neat. Another idea was a day trip to Montenegro. Thoughts?
May 24 - The day in Dubrovnik, then take the 3 PM bus to Korcula
May 25 - Korcula ... maybe rent a bike and explore parts of the island OR... instead of Korcula, head to Mostar and spend the night, then take the bus the next day to Split / ferry to Hvar for the night?
May 26 - 6 AM ferry to Hvar and spend the day exploring [or if it was Mostar the day before, then this is a travel AM with the night in Hvar]
May 27 - Hvar, go back to Split
May 28 - Split / Trogir
May 29 - Split / travel to Plitvice
May 30 - Plitvice
May 31 - AM travel to Zagreb
Jun 1 - fly out mid-afternoon
I prefer being around nature and the outdoors, but also enjoy getting to know the history of a place / town city. This is my first trip to this region. I'm not much of a beach person, in that I can't just sit for hours sunbathing; I prefer being more active, which also plays into the moving around. In the US, I have been to several national parks, and enjoyed them all, which is why even though Plitvice is a bit out of the way, and I haven't figured out quite how the buses will work, I'd like to get there and spend a full day, and my Mljet is on the list as well. I'm undecided about the islands, and have been going through the posts here on each one to figure out what I would prefer - a thought was to add Mostar as it sounds like a unique location - to the itinerary in place of Korcula, or try to fit in Brac as well as Hvar and Korcula... and may just leave the decision to when I get there.
I still have some researching to do and some looking at accommodations, but I'd appreciate any feedback from the forum!
Thanks in advance :)