We'll be by car, arriving and departing from Zagreb (August). I've mapped this out by proximity, but is it reasonable? Anything worth skipping or re-ordering? I'll be the driver so am especially interested in ways to make this more efficient. But most distances seemed to be no more than 3-hour drives, which I can tolerate w/o getting too twitchy. For those that have done Croatia/Slovenia by car, I'd love confirmation that those are also accurate and separately, that we've allowed enough time in each spot. Have it it, and thanks for any suggestions!
- Sunday 10 a.m., arrive Zagreb, pick up car, lunch in Zagreb, drive to Lake Bled (3 hours). Afternoon and all of Monday doing Lake Bled/Julian Alps area. (Has anyone taken the car train back to Lake Bled that Rick writes about in his book? Was thinking of doing that driving tour.)
- Tuesday: Drive to Motovun (2 or 3 hrs?), do a little sightseeing, proceed to Rovinj and make home base for 2 nights - day trips to Pula, etc. (Q: Is this long enough in Istria?)
- Thursday: Drive from Rovinj to Plitvice (Google Maps says 3-4 hours from Rovinj but I don't believe it. True?) Hike, one overnight.
- Friday: Drive to Split (3-4 hours from Plitvice?). Thoughts welcomed here: Make Split home base and day trip to Hvar and Korcula, or do Split, car ferry to Korcula and make that home base instead. 3 nights - less / more?
- Monday: Drive to Dubrovnik (3 hours?). Dubrovnik and day trip to Montenegro through Wednesday, drop car, fly to Zagreb Thursday afternoon, home Friday.