I'm a single mother taking my 3 children (ages 7, 10 and 12) to Southern Croatia the first week of April. We arrive in Split, and I'm planning a 7-night/8-day itinerary -- likely with two base cities (Split and Dubrovnik)?
We are accustomed to travel but relaxed in our energy level. We like strolling charming towns, taking photos at lookout points, playing (anywhere) and easy nature walks/hikes. (Oh, and beaches -- but alas, it's off season for that.)
1) Which 2 base cities do you recommend for our 7-night stay? Our arrival flight is to Split and departure flight will likely be from Dubrovnik, so I was thinking those two.
2) What are the must-see day trips?
We are Catholic and will likely take a day trip to Medugorje while in Dubrovnik... and perhaps to Trogir and Krka Park from Split.
3) Do you recommend a day tour to Hvar (or similar), even though it's not beach season? Hvar is expected to be the most alive of the islands in early April.
4) I do not plan to rent a car due to the stress of finding/purchasing parking. If needed, I am willing to pay for private transfer in and between cities if buses are not comfortable or convenient. Is this a reasonable plan? Thoughts on transportation?
Appreciate any tips. I've researched a lot already, and there are many differing viewpoints (particularly regarding Split), so I thought I'd lay out my specific situation for feedback.