I'm planning a 1-week trip to Croatia around Labor Day, and need advice on the cheapest, most direct transportation.
My rough plan is to start in the South and make my way up to Northern Croatia. I'm open to reversing the direction if I am able to save on flight costs. I will probably buy an open jaw ticket to save on travel time. Currently, flights are about $1,500. I prefer to have only 1 connection on the flights. I've heard flying into Venice (which is a city I'd love to see even for just a full day) can be a cheaper route than flying directly into Croatia.
Day 1- Fly from San Francisco to Croatia
Day 2- Full day in Dubrovnik
Day 3- Full day in Dubrovnik
Day 4- Bus ride to Split (up to 5 hour bus ride), afternoon & overnight in Split.
Day 5- Korcula- beach & boating
Day 6- Travel back to Split
Day 7- 2/3 of day in Split; evening flight to Zagrab (I think this is the quickest way to get up North. I'm hoping to find a low cost flight).
Day 8- full day in Zagrab
Day 9- flight to Venice- sight see in Venice
Day 10- full day in Venice
Day 11- Flight back to San Francisco
I've read Motovun is worth a visit, but I don't know if there's room in my schedule to visit.