Hi, would love input on possible itinerary for first-time trip to Croatia (we're coming from California). I've traveled a decent amount and generally try to hit a few big cities but always try to spend at least half the time off the beaten track a bit. We're stuck in height of tourist season for this trip, so probably traveling first 3 weeks of July. Thanks!
Day 1: Fly into Pula, stay in Rovinj
Day 2: explore Rovinj
Day 3: Rovinj — day trip to Pula
Day 4: Rovinj — rent car and drive to Rastoke (maybe stop in Moscenice on coast?)
Day 5: explore Plitvice Lakes National Park/stay in Rastoke
Day 6: leave Rastoke in morning and drive to Trogir
Day 7: explore Trogir
Day 8: Trogir — morning drive to Split to turn in rental car and catch ferry to Vis Island (stay in Vis)
Day 9: Vis Island — day trip to Komiza town/Stiniva beach
Day 10: Vis Island — Blue Cave?
Day 11: Vis Island — take ferry in morning to Brac (stay in Pusisca?)
Day 12: Brac — explore Pusisca and maybe Splitska/Supetar?
Day 13: Brac — explore Bol/Zlatni Rat beach
Day 14: Brac — take ferry in morning to Korcula (from Bol via Makarska)
Day 15: explore Korcula
Day 16: Korcula — ferry in morning to Dubrovnik (maybe stay in Cavtat?)
Day 17: Dubrovnik/Cavtat
Day 18: Dubrovnik to SFO
I realize I'm skipping Split but it sounded a bit crowded and touristy. And I'm also not leaving much time for Dubrovnik but hoped that might be enough. One thing I wondered is whether it was better to skip Korcula and spend an extra day in Brac and extra day in Dubrovnik instead. Also, my plan assumes I would turn in my rental car from Rovinj in Split on Day 8 and maybe just rent scooters (or take taxis?) as needed on the islands instead. No idea if that's the best way to do it but being stuck with car ferry schedules and logistics seemed a bit cumbersome.
Any help or other ideas much appreciated!