I'm headed to Croatia in early September for about a week, and I'd love any comments/advice/warnings on the itinerary we've put together!
Friday: We arrive in Dubrovnik late and have arranged to pick up our rental car at the airport (since the hotel has free parking). We've booked two nights at the Hotel Bellevue, outside of the old town.
Saturday: Private sailing excursion to the Elifiti islands (10am-5pm). They've promised us a visit all three Elafiti islands with a chance to swim, sail (as wind provides) and have a lunch on one of the islands. We'll head into town for dinner. Any recommendations? I've heard good things about Proto and D'vino wine bar and Konoba Bonaca. And I feel like we have to stop for a cocktail at Cafe Buza! :)
Sunday: I've been told we should avoid the old town during the day. After some morning time at the beach, I've come up with a couple of options: head to lunch at a seaside konoba and do the cable car in the afternoon OR drive up to Peljasic peninsula for beaches and oysters/wine. I'd love any suggestions, though! We'll aim to get to the city walls by 5:30pm, and then do dinner at the Victoria restaurant at the Villa Orsula. Any thing we should be mindful of, in terms of opening/closing hours or anything else, on a Sunday?
Monday: Drive to Drvenik to catch the ferry to Hvar. We can do lunch in Sucuraj, I think? Then we'll drive to Stari Grad to check in to our hotel. Any tips for Stari Grad?
Tuesday: I'd love to explore the island and Hvar town. Has anyone done a wine tour they'd recommend? Any restaurant recommendations in Hvar town?
Wednesday: We'll be up early to take the ferry over to Split, and then I'd like to drive the coastal road through Primosten and Trogir as we head toward the Plitvice Lakes. Maybe stop for lunch in Sibenik or Zadar? We just need to end up at our hotel near Plitvice Lakes before too late in the evening, so any tips along that route would be much appreciated.
Thursday: Tour Plitvice Lakes early in the day, grab a quick lunch and then drive to Rovinj. I'm hoping we can check in to our hotel (the Monte Mulini) before 6pm and then eat dinner in town. Any favorite spots in Rovinj we should check out?
Friday: I'd like to explore Rovinj a bit and also drive around some of the hill towns in Istria. I've heard good things about Grožnjan, and everyone seems to stop at Motovun.
Saturday: We'll have some time in the morning, but we'll be headed to Slovenia by early afternoon.