Planning a trip for the last two weeks in September for our family of 5 (all adults 50's and 20's) and would love some advice with the route. Flying into Split the afternoon of day 1 and out of Budapest the evening of day 15, overnight in London before returning to the States.
Day 1: arrive in Split - sleep Split
Day 2: morning catamaran to Dubrovnik - explore Dubrovnik
Day 3 & 4: time in Dubrovnik, day trips to an island, Mostar or Montenegro
Day 5, 6, 7: rent car (if we haven't already) and make our way to Zagreb
Day 8: train to Slovenia - explore Ljubljana
Day 9: day trip to Lake Bled
Day 10: Ljubljana
Day 11: travel to Budapest (train 8 hours - flights?)
Day 12, 13, 14, 15: Stay in Budapest, explore the city and surrounding area
Is this reasonable? Too much traveling? The right amount of time in each area? Should we leave out Slovenia, spend more time in Croatia and go directly to Budapest - is it reasonable to fly there from Croatia? Places along the way that are a must? I'm sure we could spend the entire trip in any one of these places but would love to see them all.
We are hoping to enjoy the sea, visit historical places, explore quaint towns & markets and have some good food & wine. The 4 of us have made several trips to other areas in Europe but this will be my daughter-in-law's first time out of the country. There are just so many great places to see, thank you for your help!