Hi everyone, so it looks like my boyfriend and I have nailed down our European itinerary! We removed Italy almost completely and instead have decided to spend the majority of our time in Croatia. We've done our research and we think this is the best decision for us. So, here's our itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Vienna at 8:30am. Drop bags at hotel, explore Vienna.
Day 2: Vienna.
Day 3: Take hydrofoil to Bratislava in the morning, spend day exploring the city.
Day 4: Leave Bratislava first thing for Budapest.
Day 5: Budapest.
Day 6: Budapest.
Day 7: Budapest.
Day 8: Budapest.
Day 9: Flight from Budapest to Dubrovnik. Arrive in Dubrovnik at 5pm, pick up rental car.
Day 10: Dubrovnik.
Day 11: Dubrovnik.
Day 12: Leave Dubrovnik, take ferry to an island.
Day 13: Island.
Day 14: Leave island for Split.
Day 15: Split.
Day 16: Split.
Day 17: Leave Split, head to Krka National Park for the day. Drive to Zadar in the evening from Krka.
Day 18: Zadar.
Day 19: Leave Zadar, drive up to Istria. Do day trips from Pula or stay in Pula for a day then move on to Rovinj?
Day 20: Istria
Day 21: Istria
Day 22: Istria
Day 23: Leave Istria, drop off rental car in Porec. Hope on the bus to Trieste, from Triste take train to Venice.
Day 24: Venice.
Day 25: Leave Venice first thing for Munich. Oktoberfest!
Day 26: Oktoberfest!
Day 27: Recover from Okotoberfest. Tour around Munich for the day, train to Salzburg in the afternoon.
Day 28: Salzburg.
Day 29: Leave Salzburg first thing for Vienna.
Day 30: Vienna.
Day 31: Depart Vienna for home :(
We're still trying to decide on a few things, for example which island to visit on our way from Dubrovnik to Split? And, is it better to take day trips from Pula to explore Istria? Or should we stay a night in Pula, head over to Rovinj for a few days then move on to Porec?
Now, as far as budget is concerned, I am budgeting $8,500/person. This includes all flights, car rental, gas, parking, tolls, food, hotels, shopping, nightlife, public transit, entrance fees for sights, etc. Is this enough? We're planning on staying in 2* hotels and of course we'll try to stay in as many sobe as possible in Croatia. We'd like to picnic lunch when possible and will try to eat in as many local, cheaper restaurants for dinner. I'm budgeting $60/night per person for accommodations (so max $120/night) and $50/day per person for food. Now, of course, Munich during Oktoberfest is much more expensive. We've already booked our hotel at $350/night.
Please critique my itinerary and budget! All comments are much appreciated. Thanks in advance!