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Croatia Island Hopping with Plenty of time.

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Croatia Island Hopping with Plenty of time.

Have spent hours on the Internet researching. We a young at heart 50 year old couple of backackers will be arriving in Dubrovnik from Bari by Ferry towards the end of May '07.

We'd like to have a really good look around Dubrovnik and surrounding areas before moving onto Lastovo,Ubli.

I believe from research you can get a ferry from Ubli to Korcula, Vela Luka??? We like the sound of Korcula & would probably stay there a few days if not more.

We would like to include Vis in our Island hopping (want to stay at Komiza for 4 or 5 days) and don't want to double back if it can be helped.

So...where does Vis fit in?

We will also stop off for several days at Havar and Brac.

Split for us would be a day trip from one of the close Islands we visit or a stop over on our way further North.

THEN the big question is how to make our way to Venice....?

Fortunately time is on our side and being Kiwi's (New Zealander's) we love the coast and beach lifestyle.

Are we best to take a ferry and skip up to Zadar area where we'd like to include the Plitivic Lakes and another aspect of the Croatia Coast.

I know this is a big ask but it would be great if people could give hands on advise as to whether this is feasible bering in mind we have plenty of time within reason.

thanks so much in advance and also to Tripadvisor for such a wonderful tool. Cheers Karen

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1. Re: Croatia Island Hopping with Plenty of time.

Vis is linked with Hvar/Split as a permanent route by state owned company.Ubli is connected with both Vela Luka (Korcula) and Hvar.Check sailing schedule below.

http://www.jadrolinija.hr/default.aspx?lang=2

Also ask around the local port if there are any local off the schedule movements by private boats.

http://www.enermar.hr/ should be the answer to your big question

Being beach loving Kiwis than you will love Zadar and some of those not too far islands.Nothing wrong with Plitvice but 50 miles away from Zadar there is a Krka National Park and old charming place Skradin.For some reason less advertised but in my view same level (if not better ) than Plitvice.Dropping Plitvice will save you some time that you can blow on area around Sibenik (history with some heavy industry). From near by town Vodice you can hop on one or more tiny islands (Prvic,Kaprije,Zirje,Zlarin)

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2. Re: Croatia Island Hopping with Plenty of time.

I don't think the Enermar service was operational last year and it does not look like it is this year from the Italian website.

As you would be in Croatia before the main season starts it is unlikely that the small highspeed ferries will be operating down to Hvar from Rimini. The ferries from Istria to Venice will be operating though but the online booking system is not active yet, although pdf files of the schedule are available on www.bosmeretravel.co.uk/venezialinesinfo.html

I agree with the above about Krka being well worth a visit and I think that you are correct in doing Split as a day visit . If you get time Istria is worth a visit including the towns of Rovinj and Porec.

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3. Re: Croatia Island Hopping with Plenty of time.

If the direct sail turns out to be iffy than consider ferry to Rijeka.A bit of hassle but it works.Departures from Dubrovnik,Korcula,Hvar and Split.From Rijeka to Trieste (Italy), 70km, with the bus.Than train (130km) to Venice...straight into blue lagoon.

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4. Re: Croatia Island Hopping with Plenty of time.

We are planning exactly the same trip- only backwards ; Bari -Dubrovnik- Korkula and Hvar Islands -Istria- Venice in April! (See my earlier post, including Balkan Addict's helpful reply). We've only done web research,so can't speak from experience, but...

The jadrolina ferry schedule is on the web, the London Croatia Tourist Office (who you can email) are helpful and Bosmere Travel look useful.

The coastal ferry trip seems easy albeit that in April Jadrolina only runs twice a week. There are other ferries but Jadrolina does the whole coast, including the Bari connection

The tricky bit seems to be the Rijeka- Venice bit, but if there are no direct ferries or Cats (and Balkan Addict thinks there may be) look at the Pula tourist office site which shows 20 buses a day Rijeksa- Pula (lots of Venice links).

http://www.pulainfo.hr/en/autobus.asp

Good luck , Alex Mac (a Youngish rising 60)

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5. Re: Croatia Island Hopping with Plenty of time.

Tricky but reliable.

From Rijeka to Trieste (via Opatija) there are few buses running similar schedule for 20 years.Bus station is 300meters,going left, from ferry dock.It may vary on Sundays/Mondays but basically departures are around 6am ,noon,2 pm and 5 pm.90 minutes ride.One way per person 7euros.

More flexible and not so outrageous option is taxi.It does not pass through Opatija and it goes over the Slovenia/EU border faster.60 minutes drive.Should be 50euros tops per trip.(Mid size station wagon w/AC )

In Trieste ask a ticket for Venezia-Santa Lucia (Venezia-Mestre is not on to-see list ).There is a train every 30-45 minutes.2 hrs ride.

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