My family (myself, my husband, 3 daughters ages 20, 18, 15) will be travelling to Croatia and Italy this coming July in celebration of my middle daughter graduating from high school (she got to pick the destination...she is a huge GOT fan!). We have 14 nights. We will fly into Zagreb on 7/17 and fly home from Milan on 7/31. We love to travel as a family but I have learned that we don't do well with a nonstop, crazy packed vacation. When I plan one of those, I get some crabby teens and a no one seems to remember where we even went. So, I am trying not to kill us at any given point on this trip and want to plan a few slow days here and there. That said, we want to see everything, so I am struggling!
I would like to split the trip with 7-8 days in Croatia and 6-7 in northern Italy (probably Venice, someplace on a beautiful lake, then Milan, which we fly out of). We will most likely rent a car for our time in Croatia and then again possibly for the time between Venice and Milan.
For the Croatia portion of the trip, I am considering this:
2 nights in Zagreb
1 night near Plitvice Lakes
3 nights in Split
2 nights in Dubrovnik
Fly from Split to Venice and continue from there.
Is this too aggressive? I don't love having to drive from Dubrovnik to Split in order to fly to Venice, but couldn't think of a better way to do it. Thought perhaps some day trips to visit islands (kayaking, snorkeling, etc) from Split, which is why I put 3 nights there...but I am not wedded to it.
Any thoughts? Ideas of a better way to do this? Anything I should skip? I had considered removing Zagreb and just driving to Plitvice Lakes but it seems wasteful since we are right there.
Thanks so much! This board looks like such an incredible resource.