Hello all -
I normally don't do fast travel with my family but this trip is different. Taking my 13yo daughter for a trip with just me (Dad) to Croatia. Her first trip out of the US. With 3 other kids at home, I can't be gone forever, so it's a 7 day, 6 night trip (including flights).
Trip will be in mid October I would rent a car for the whole trip. I would love some Itinerary thoughts/suggestions! Current plan:
Day 1 - Planning a 10 hour layover in Paris to see a quick 5-6 hour tour of Paris. Then, flight into Zagreb arrives at 8pm, pick up car - sleep in Zagreb
Day 2 - Morning, see a very small part of Zagreb or do something just outside of the city?, then leave for Plitvice in the afternoon, see Plitvice in the evening - sleep in Plitvice
Day 3 - Plitvice in the early morning, then drive to Split. Afternoon ferry to an Island (thinking Hvar, but up for recommendedations) - sleep on Island
Day 4 - Relax/Beach/Explore island - sleep on Island
Day 5 - Relax/Beach/Explore island, then late afternoon ferry to Split - sleep in Split
Day 6 - Explore Split, possibly drive to Mostar instead - sleep in Split
Day 7 - Fly home
I didn't really want to fly into Zagreb, but it is a decent amount cheaper, and it creates the opportunity for the layover to see Paris. My daughter has been thinking about this "13 year old trip" for many years, and until recently she was always planning to go to Paris. This way, we could at least see a little of Paris, then move on.
Maybe I should drive straight from the airport in Zagreb south toward Plitvice and stay somewhere closer to Plitvice, and cut out the small morning in Zagreb. See Plitvice as early as possible on day 2 instead of spending the night there, and move on to the coast. That would get us to Split/Hvar/etc one day sooner and we might be able to do a day-trip to Dubrovnik from Split. Just a thought...?
All thoughts and recommendations are welcome! Thanks,