I would appreciate any insight those who have experienced Croatia can give! First part of itinerary is set. Fly into Budapest September 8th, stay 4 nights. Private transfer to Zagreb, pick up rental car and drive to Ljubljiana, stay 2 nights. Leaving Slovenia, we travel south for a one night R and R (non-refundable) stay in Opatija. Drive the next day to Plitvice, visit the National Park in late afternoon. Hopefully that will be enough time. Stay overnight at Plitvice Miric Inn. Next day drive south to Split to return car. THIS IS WHERE I NEED HELP. We need to make our way to Dubrovnik on September 18th, so we have 2 nights to fill. And I'm trying to avoid a 5 or 6 hour transport at any one time.
It is about a 4 hour drive from Plitvice to Split, I believe. Stay in Split for both nights and do a full day boat trip to see some islands? Or take a ferry from Split to Korcula and stay two nights in Korcula? That will break up the longish ferry ride from Split to Dubrovnik. Ferries seem to leave Split for Korcula at 3:30 pm or 10:00 am. Driving from Plitvice, could we realistically make the 3:30 ferry?
We are two couples in our 60s and we live in South Florida. We are interested in food, culture and just experiencing the people and atmosphere of different places. We won't be lounging on the beach or partying into the wee hours. We do, however, want to do a boat trip, either from Split or Korcula. Any advice would be so appreciated!