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14 Days on Croatian Coast

My boyfriend and I are re-evaluating our trip in September. Originally, we had planned on spending 2 days in Split and 2 days on one of the islands and then moving on to Italy. We're re-evaluating our itinerary and are now thinking of eliminating Italy and instead spending 14 days on the Croatian Coast. If we fly from Budapest to Split, should we bother going all the way down to Dubrovnik or should we start working our way up the coast from Split? We will need to eventually end in Pula on day 14. What are some "must sees" along the way? Is it worth it to rent a car or is the bus reliable?

We're struggling with the idea of eliminating Italy, so your opinions on Italy versus Croatia will also be appreciated! In Italy, we were planning on visiting Rome, Pompei, Sorrento and Florence FYI.

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Dubrovnik is worth the effort. One suggestion would be to go direct from Split to Dubrovnik by bus and then work your way north through the islands (Korcula, Hvar), cut back to the mainland, continue north to Rab, then see Plitvice if you have time. Finally, head west, skipping Rijeka and spend the rest of the time on the Istrian peninsula at Motovun, Rovinj, and Pula. You can find more information and hotels in Rick's guidebook on Croatia: http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/catalog/index.cfm?fuseaction=product&theParentId=157&id=343

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I have been to Croatia once and Italy numerous times.... I enjoyed Croatia but would not ever choose it over Italy...so if you are asking people to choose...my vote would be a few days in Croatia and the rest in Italy. All your choice for Italy are amazing locations. Either way I am sure you will have a great trip.

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In September/October we spent 3 weeks in Croatia and Slovenia and enjoyed it very much. For your first trip there though, I agree with Terry Kathryn's suggestion. I'd spend time in Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split and then fly to Rome to continue the rest of your trip. You could spend the final night in Croatia in Trogir as it's a lovely harbor village and near the Split airport.

If you decide to fly to Rome, check easyJet, Vueling, or Croatian Airlines for flight between Split and Rome.

Also agree that either way it will be a great trip!