Hi Fellow Traveler
I confirm that there are no Uber type companies in Croatia. Without a car, you will rely of the transportation of the area where you are headed. Rick Steve’s book is incredibably valuable from details, history, transportation, accommodations. I have used it on every trip; you did a good 8 day itinerary.
Note: First, the country has a transition from low season to high season right about May/June so check all schedules carefully since we are in “low season” currently.
Currency/Security for a single traveler: Credit cards are not often accepted (P. Nat’l Pk Hotel does)some places take euros, some still handle Croatian currency. ATM’s are not everywhere, banks charge to exchange Traveler’s checks. At all times in Europe: for safety, I carry my passport in a bra hooked money belt; wear waist belt with the pouch tucked into pant front, with a camisole or shirt tucked in over it, light sweater or jacket over that to be less obvious. I wear this any time in transit, on trains, buses where I’m carrying my money plus lugging bags and backpack.
The Itinerary: (Venice to Dubrovnik)
Night 1 : Arrival Dubrovnik (evening)
Next morning, Walk complete wall early in morning before cruise ships or warm temp. Enjoy town, check out a tour, history, monestaries, cloisters, your interests. (Lady PP breakfast, lunch, dinner, popular)
Night 2: Dubrovnik
Next morning, weather permitting take funicular up Mt Srd for amazing view, prepare to leave, have lunch, taxi to port. I believe there is a Krillo fast catamaran leaving maybe 4pm? 2 hours, or so, to Korcula. If you are lucky there is an evening traditional performance of the sword dancing (need ticket) in the main square by Cathedral on Thursday nights.
Night 3: Korcula
Enjoy town upon arrival. Next morning see things of interest to you. Walk all over the town, try stairs to the beach and put your feet in the water😄. Afternoon bus to a typical beach nearby - note: it takes a full day to travel to other end of island and back by bus.
Night 4: Korcula
Next morning prepare to take a mid/early morning ferry to Split. I’m guessing you will not be on Krillo whose fast Cat is probably in afternoon. (double check, triple check that the ferry/cat is departing where they said... sometimes they switch to the other side of the island - talk to people)
Night 5: Split
The ferries, cats all arrive at the port fairly close to the train station and bus station. I suggest staying at a family owned place VERY close... go through the passage between the bus/rail ticket areas... cross the tracks at a crossing spot, turn left and within a short distance is a hotel (Villa Initial S). That same day: Split has a lovely Riva, seafront promenade that the city poured money into improving, truely delightful ambience, flowers and benches, boats and strolling families, restaurants and performers. Head to the interior, Split’s amazing historic walled city - explore. Self tour old city. Perhaps head to a neighborhood restaurant - there is a delightful outdoor rest. Ricks book - be aware that the mentioned Black Cat (Mexican, margaritas, breakfast lunch dinner) now called Toc and a Konoba on same street are very close to unmentioned hotel Villa S...
Night 6: Split
Breakfast in neighborhood, prepare to take bus (which you now know the station location). Bus to P. National Park and stay in hotel on Park property. If time take a shorter walk around the lower lakes.
Night 7: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Wake up early and prepare to leave (late checkout maybe 12:00 noon? At least leave luggage and take one of the major walks!). Not sure of bus schedule but you say there is a late bus to Zagreb. Arrive, check into hotel...
Night 8: Zagreb
accommodation for the night, prepare to leave next day for home.
My best, next time see Istria to north, Slovenia - safe traveling....Susan