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Croatia in September

We are planning a 7-8 day trip to Croatia in September. Where to start and fly out of? which islands are worth visiting during this time? Split? Hvar? Korcula? Limit to just 2?
I'm still doing research but appreciate other opinions.

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Look for my post. I found reasonable flights on Lufthansa from the US, then some interesting and low cost connections using Serbia air our of Dubrovnik and Podgorica. For me Dubrovnik paired better with Montenegro than it did the Croatian coast further north. I will try to work the north in with Ljubljana and/or Slovenia also ending in Budapest.

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I've been to Croatia the past two years in the September. The first time I spent about the same amount of time you're planning to do. If you want a quick "feeler" try what I did. Spend half your time in Split. From here I was able to see Hvar (day trip) and Plitvice (organized day trip with tour group). I then took a bus down to Dubrovnik. I spent time on Lokrum Island relaxing. I also did a day trip to Montenegro. I rented a car and did the route myself. It's a long day trip but well worth it.

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Zagreb is going to be a better connected airport if you are flying in from the US.

On our recent trip, we came into Zagreb on the train, spent some time there, flew to Dubrovnik, and then worked our way up the coast to Split, and then back to Zagreb where we flew to Paris and then back to the US.

We just returned from an 8-day trip in mid-July. Landed in Zagreb, one night there then onto Plitvice (amazing!), then Zadar, Split just to ferry to Hvar (we did see Diocletians Palace real quick while we were there), then to Dubrovnik. Flew out of Dubrovnik. Rented a car and drove from Zagreb on down. Parked in a public garage for our time in Hvar. Trip worked very well and overall was an amazing tour of Croatia!

I've also heard great things about Rovinj, Pula, Korcula, Trogir and will add those to the next trip. You can't do it all in 8 days but no matter what you do, it will be amazing!

Have fun!

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When in September are you travelling? Are you hiring a car? Are you arriving from the States with jet lag? Many of the restaurants etc on the islands start to wind down or close by the end of the month and some places will have an end of season feel. You will be OK on the mainland.

I would make two suggestions based on wherever you fly into. If you fly in anywhere north, then stick to Istria, including Rovinj and a day trip to Plitvice Lakes.

If you land in Dubrovnik or Split, stay south. Move between these two places, taking in Mostar etc. You could go one way on the mainland and work your way the opposite way by the islands, although with only 7 days, this will be rushed. You need 2 full days in Dubrovnik and the same in Split, which doesn't give much time for the bit in between!

Unless you are flying open jaw, don't attempt to travel the whole length of the country and back in your timescale.