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10 days Croatia Itinerary?

Going to Croatia (flying into Dubrovnik, flying out of Split) for 10 days. It is my family (2 adults, 2 teens). Would like to stay in Dubrovnik, Split, but also like to stay a few nights in Korcula Town (visit wineries, relax on beach).

We want to go to Dubrovnik for Games of Throne tour, cable car, walls but that's about it (am I missing anything).

Want to go to Split to be close to Plitvice Waterfalls (Krka will work too), tour the Old Town. Anything else?

Any itinerary suggestions would be great. My kids love boats/snorkel, swimming, so trying to focus on fun things for them (rather than just visiting/ walking around towns).

Thanks!

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2805 posts

Going in the summer? If your kids love to swim, they might prefer Krka to Plitvice, because they can swim (below the big Skradinski Buk waterfall) but can't swim at Plitvice. Plitvice is also further from Split. If you were considering Plitvice as a day trip, in summer, expect big, unpleasant crowds mid-day. Krka surely won't be uncrowded either. I'd get there as early as possible.

Trogir makes an easy day trip from Split.

Posted by valadelphia
524 posts

I like Andrew's suggestion of Krka. Plitvice is amazing, but in summer, I would want the shorter drive time given the return to Split.

I'd say three nights Dubrovnik, three nights Korcula (via bus or catamaran depending on season), three nights Split, and put the extra night where you like--maybe sneak in an overnight at Plitvice if it is a high priority for you.
A kayak trip in Dubrovnik might be fun. You can do rafting at Omis (south of Split), and there is no shortage of boat tours in all places.

Posted by Erin OP
Centreville, VA
129 posts

Thanks! How far is Krka from Split (assuming we go from here....what is best, cheapest, and easiest way?)

Am I right in assuming only one day is needed to really explore the main sights of Dubrovnik and Split?

Posted by Erin OP
Centreville, VA
129 posts

Hi everyone,
I am still trying to figure out my itinerary (now 9 nights in Croatia in August). Flying into Dubrovnik and out of Split. Need help:)

I currently have 4 nights Dubrovnik ( 1-2 days to explore, Games of Thrones Tour, another day at the beach, maybe boat around the Elaphite islands or Korcula island? can't find schedule for fast boat to Korcula...looks like 2 hr ride?)

and

5 nights Split (is this too many? I see a ton of people who do not like Split very much. It seems like a big city to me and not too appealing or much to do except the Palace...am I wrong? Planning to do Blue Cave boat (not sure if motion sickness will be a factor:( and another day trip to Krka).

Would love to spend a few nights on an island that makes sense (island between Dubrovnik & Split where we can go swimming and relax) Was thinking Korcula but tough finding good place in August.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Posted by Agnes
Washington DC Region, USA
4530 posts

I liked Split a lot (there is more to do there than just the Palace, check out Trip Advisor). It makes a great base for exploring the islands, and it's a good Plan B if you can't actually stay on one of the islands for at least 2 of the 5 days.

Korcula is not that close to Dubrovnik. I took an entire day trip there, it was well worth it. Gorgeous drive and wineries on the Pelješac Peninsula.

Posted by Erin OP
Centreville, VA
129 posts

Thanks Agnes. Just seemed like a congested city versus a pretty beach town. I hope I am wrong:)

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2805 posts

I don't think "a ton" of people don't like Split - just a few of us here recently. Clearly others do like it.

Still, I think five nights there is probably too many, personally. I would consider a few nights elsewhere and maybe end with three nights in Split.

Diocletian's Palace is mostly wrecked - there are shops and stores within the ruins, so you can walk through parts of them to get to the shops. It is pretty cool for what it is. Near the port and the riva doesn't seem "big city" at all - it has a relaxed, vacation vibe, but definitely more "real city" than Dubrovnik, which feels like a big tourist trap in some ways (and yet, still amazing and magical, especially at night when not so crowded).

Posted by Erin OP
Centreville, VA
129 posts

Thanks Andrew! I am now thinking 3 nights Dubrovnik (two days to really see it and the beach) then take a ferry to Korcula for 2 nights(can anyone provide a good timetable for the fast catamaran that goes from Dubrovnik to Korcula, then Korcula to Split?). Then 4 nights in Split (day trips to Blue Lagoon, Krka, and see Palace). I think this will work.

In terms of luggage and convenience, staying in Korcula Town would be the best?

Thanks

Posted by valadelphia
524 posts

Split has its charms, but it is a city, not an idyllic island village, so I think you will be happier with more time on Korcula. Here are the schedules, and note you can also take a bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula (the bus takes a short ferry).

https://www.krilo.hr/en/
https://www.jadrolinija.hr/

Also, Korcula is perfect for your stay, but little Lumbarda is not far by bus if you wanted something more sedate.

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2805 posts

Yes, I'd say staying in Korcula Town is easiest - that's where I stayed and probably would have wanted to stay anyway - it's a nice town.

Posted by Erin OP
Centreville, VA
129 posts

Thank you for the boat links (much more expensive to travel than I thought! $20 per person x 4 adds up:( Do these need to be booked in advance (August)?

Is the bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula cheaper? Do you have the link for this?

Thanks

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2805 posts

I took the bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula - because back in October 2009, there was no other choice! Don't recall what it cost but I'm sure you could dig it up online. I'd guess it is cheaper than the catamaran, but when I took the bus it left late in the afternoon so I didn't get into Korcula Town until late. Leaving in the morning would have been better and that alone (if the catamaran leaves early) would justify the extra expense to me.

Posted by Erin OP
Centreville, VA
129 posts

Thanks! One more question...when buying these tickets for the boats, I am assuming there is only one dock for Dubrovnik (right by the old town) and one dock for Korcula (Korcula Town)?

Posted by valadelphia
524 posts

In Dubrovnik, you will take a bus (or taxi) to the port. The old town cannot support that level of boat traffic and size of boats.

In Korcula, I believe catamarans will depart right at old town.

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2805 posts

There are (at least) two docks at Korcula Town, but it's such a small town, it doesn't much matter where you arrive (as long as in Korcula Town and not across the island in Vela Luka). However, when leaving Korcula Town, I had an early catamaran to Split to catch and no one could tell me for sure which dock (opposite sides of the town) the catamaran would use! I finally guessed based on what someone told me but got up early enough to be able to walk to the other one if need be.

Posted by Erin OP
Centreville, VA
129 posts

Wow, thanks for the heads up! You all have helped me so much! Thank you:)

Posted by andrew.reis
Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines, FRANCE
351 posts

First of all, I was not offended by the commercialism inside and outside Diocletian's palace. I was happy the palace was still there. Split just merits 1/2 day, but Zadar is worth a whole day.
If you look for great beaches, super beach Zlatni Rat near Bol on the isle of Brac merits your consideration:

I would love some critiques of my itinerary for this July. I'm especially concerned about driving distances, as I'll have a car. Also, any tips are appreciated, as this area is very new to me.

Day 1-Venice
2-Venice
3-afternoon ferry to Rovinj
4- get car, explore Istria
5-Istria
6- drive from Rovinj to Split
7- Split
8- Split (possibly Hvar day trip?)
9- Split
10- Split to Dubrovnik
11- Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip
12- Dubrovnik to Montenegro day trip
13- Dubrovnik (beaches?)
14- Dubrovnik

Posted by Jerry&Stelly
Dallas, TX, usa
302 posts

If Split looks like it is to busy a town, wait until you see Dubrovnik when the tour buses unload beginning around 10AM. We loved Split and took a boat ride to the island of Brac for lunch. If you take the cable car in Dubrovnik be sure and take a tour of where the citizens of Dubrovnik defended their city during the siege. It is as close to history in your children's life as they will find. At least for now.