Planning for July 2019, my husband and self, second trip to Croatia. First trip we did Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, and Trogir. This trip we want to do the northern half. We are starting with about a week in Italy, and after Croatia we will do about a week in France. First draft of itinerary is:
Day 1 – ferry from Venice to Rovinj, arrives 9 pm
Day 2 – Rovinj
Day 3 – day trip to Pula by bus (1¼ hr each way) / sleep in Rovinj
Day 4 – day trip to Porec by bus or ferry (less than 1 hour each way) / sleep in Rovinj
Day 5 – pick up rental car, drive to Motovun and Groznian / ? sleep in Rovinj or Motovun
Day 6 – drive to Labin (is it worth it?)
Day 7 – drive to Plitvice (3 ½ hr from Labin, ½ further from other towns) / sleep in Plitvice
Day 8 – morning in Plitvice, drive to Zadar (less than 2 hours) drop car / sleep in Zadar
Day 9 – mid day bus to Sibenik (1½ hour ride) / sleep in Sibenik
Day 10 – mid day bus to Split (1½ hour ride) / sleep in Split
Day 11 – ferry to Hvar / base in Stari Grad
Day 12 – day trip to Hvar town / sleep in Stari Grad
Day 13 – ferry back to Split / sleep in Split
Day 14 – day trip to Brac / sleep in Split
Day 15 – fly from Split to France (flight at 11:20 am)
Is it better to spend night in Motovun or Groznian or go back to Rovinj? It would mean one less hotel (and we have a lot of one nighters) but we’d need to find parking in Rovinj.
Is Labin worth it? Anyone been there, can’t find a lot of info on it. Better to put that night elsewhere and if so where?
Most of what I’ve read says to arrive at Plitvice Lakes mid to late afternoon, overnight and go back into the park in the morning till it gets really crowded and then leave. And that about 24 hours is enough? Agree?
Zadar and Sibenik both look interesting but not really ‘worth’ much more than 24 hours. Is an afternoon, evening and morning enough in each?
Originally wanted to go directly from Hvar to Brac and spend the night but looks much easier to just to back to Split and then do Brac as a day trip? On Hvar I want to see Stari Grad and Hvar town itself (but don’t feel the need to spend the night in Hvar town). On Brac I’m most interested in the town of Pucisca but Supetar looks interesting as well, I know that’s where the ferries land.
Thoughts and suggestions? It’s possible for us to add two more nights if we need to.