Our planned 19 day trip in June to Slovenia and Italy looks like it will clearly have to change. Our only non-refundable hotel booking is in Ljubljana, so I'm considering pivoting to a Slovenia and Croatia trip in July. Obviously that may not be possible, who knows, but I had some questions while I consider.
Facts about us:
Myself, my wife, 4 kids (12, 9, 6, 3). We will have a car. We would likely have 17 days or so. We typically rent houses via airbnb/booking.
One legitimate concern - we aren't seafood eaters. My wife in particular. I can eat anything, but to this point my kids don't eat much seafood. They aren't picky and I'm sure they would try it, we just don't eat it often. Everything I read about Croatia and the great food is typically seafood related. Will this be a problem, or will we have plenty of other options across Croatia as long as we do a little homework on which restaurants we visit?
To do Dubrovnik and Ljubljana and an island, that's a LOT of travel time. I can't decide if I should cut some of it out? Initial thought was:
Dubrovnik - 3 nights
Jelsa (on Hvar) or Bol (on Brac) - 4 nights (this portion would be meant for beach and pool time)
Plitvice - 1 night (just to go to the park in the morning)
Istria - 4 nights (near Rovinj likely)
Ljubljana - 3-4 nights
Is this too much travel time over this period of 16-18 days?
To cut some travel time, should we skip an island, and maybe find a house near a beach in Northern Dalmatia? I was looking at the area in between Split and Sibenik, along the coast. Maybe we could reduce some transit time by skipping the island? Or is an island a must do? Also, if we stayed inland instead of on an island, we could probably cut out the overnight at Plitvice, and stop there on our way from Trogir/Sibenik toward Istria.
Any other thoughts or recommendations would be very much appreciated! Thanks