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Best place to relax in Croatia after a 12 day river cruise (Prague to Budapest) 2019 trip

We are planning to visit Croatia after our sightseeing river cruise. We are interested in a slow-down unwind last week in Europe before returning to our home country Canada. Do the odd day tour, spend some time on the beach (if still warm in September) but most of all enjoy the culture of Croatia...restaurants and small local pubs. Any recommendations? Thanks

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Do you plan to have a car? Are there just two of you, or are there children involved?

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First, there are few places better to relax and unwind than Budapest and if you arent spending four full days in Budapest you might consider it.

Next, Croatia is beautiful but getting there from Budapest is anything but relaxing unless you think buses and trains for hour after hour is a relaxing activity.

But i can understand the concept. Depending on the day of the week you can get to Podgorica, non-stop in about an hour for under $100. From Podgorica you can hire a taxi to Budva. Or consider Thessaloniki or Burgas, or Corfu and do exactly what you describe; also under $100 non stop.

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Although, in September if I wanted peace and nature o would head for either the Grand Kempinski High Tatras or this incredible resort I found in the mountains of Montenegro. Great fly fishing near both. 3 days in the river ... first class service, incrediable food, fresh air .... life doesn't get much better.

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Everybody is different but if it was me I would choose Korcula (read: Korchula).

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Thanks everyone for the replies....we are 2 retired couples in our late 50’s/early 60’s and all our children are grown and out of the house..👍. We don’t plan to rent a car. Plus I made a mistake...our rivercruise ends in Prague. We have a travel agent working on our itinerary but want to ensure it is the correct one for us by asking people with experience and in the know in regards to these areas. We went on a Western Europe 7 country tour in 2016 and got the European travel bug...such great history and beauty. Thanks

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In September, south beaches. Islands brac Korcula mljet or Hvar.

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As James E says, getting to Croatia can be a slog. I would fly to Zagreb.

Zagreb - 2 nights - museums, strolling, night life.
Bus to Plitvice - overnight - park - bus to Zadar
Zadar - 2 nights - bus to Split
Split - 3 nights - archeology museum, wine tour
day trip to Trogir
Fly from Split to takeoff to Canada