My boyfriend and I are going to be backpacking in Europe for 2 months, and will be in Croatia at the beginning of May. We get in May 1 and our ferry to Venice leaves May 11. Here is the plan so far, any tips or suggestions would be MUCH appreciated!
May 1, take train from Budapest to Zagreb (capital), stay the night and next day in Zagreb.
May 3, morning: take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park, spend the day/several hours at Plitvice. Take a bus from Plitvice to Zadar.
May 4, Spend a few nights in Zadar, and explore Zadar and surrounding areas (islands) during the days. Do a day trip to Split.
Then we need to get north to Rovinj for May 11 because that is the only time the ferry to Venice runs in May.
We were wanting to do island hopping and were thinking of going from Zadar and taking the ferries to various islands and work our way up to Rijeka. Then from Rijeka we will take a bus to Rovinj in time for our boat. The only problem is I'm unsure if this is even plausible. Would the better option be to forgo the ferries and catch buses up the coast?
Are the ferries between the cities fairly easy to use? What kind of options would we have in May, as it is a bit off season still? Is there anywhere reasonable to stay on the islands?
Comments please! And especially from anyone who has traveled there before!
Thanks in advance.