My partner and I are looking forward to our first trip to Croatia this coming May/June (it will be his first trip to Europe). I have found this forum extremely helpful while planning the trip, and now I am hoping to get some help with my itinerary. We are in our 50s, fit and active, and enjoy a mix of outdoor activities, beautiful scenery and sight-seeing. I am trying not to overwhelm my partner with toooo many old cities, museums etc. He is a "birder" and a nature enthusiast in general, so I have tried to create an itinerary that is balanced, with some birding days built in for him (without sacrificing any of the great sights!). I would love to get a second opinion on this itinerary; in particular, are we missing anything "must see"? I am thinking in particular that we don't have much time on the Islands, but I can't see how to squeeze more in.
May 28: land in Dubrovnik at 10 AM. Hope for no serious delays. Only thing scheduled is sunset Kayak tour around city walls
May 29: Dubrovnik: City Walls, Old Town, Lokrum Island, Mt Srd. Sleep in Dubrovnik
May 30: day-trip to Kotor (driver booked). This is a cruise-ship day in Dubrovnik, so we want to get out of town! Sleep in Dubrovnik
May 31: pick up rental car and drive to Mostar. Overnight in Mostar
June 1: Drive from Mostar to Split, via Peljesac peninsula, Ston and Mali Ston. Arrive in time to walk in Marjan Park. Overnight in Split
June 2: Split Dioclecian's Palace etc, maybe Mestrovic gallery, evening Riva walk. Sleep in Split
June 3: day-trip to Trogir, Salona and Klis. Sleep in Split
June 4: day-trip to Hvar via Catamaran. Sleep in Split
June 5: drive to Lake Vrana area via Sibenik and Falcon Center. Sleep at Hotel Maskovica near lake Vrana (this is for birding)
June 6: Lake Vrana birding day (sleep at Maskovica)
June 7: morning Krka NP (primarily for birding) and afternoon Zadar (sleep in Zadar)
June 8: Paklenica NP (birding). Overnight Zadar
June 9: Pag Island (birding) and then drive to Plitvice. Overnight Plitvice
June 10: Plitvice and then drive to Rovinj. Overnight Rovinj
June 11: Pula and birding nearby. Overnight Rovinj
June 12: Porec and birding nearby. Overnight Rovinj
June 13: Hill towns. Overnight Rovinj
June 14: drive to Zagreb via Risjnak NP (for birding / nature). Overnight Zagreb
June 15: day-trip to Crna Mlaka bird reserve and Cigoc to see storks. Overnight Zagreb
June 16: fly home from Zagreb.
I would love any and all input. Are there any glaring omissions? Anything we should add or delete?
Thanks very much!!