My wife & I will be staying in Dubrovnik starting Saturday, April 23, leaving Saturday, April 30. While there, we will use the city as a base to see nearby sights. We may rent a car on one or two days, especially to drive up to places like Mostar.
When we leave Dubrovnik on Saturday, April 30, we will rent a car, with the goal of spending two nights in Zagreb on May 3-4 before flying home to the U.S. on Thursday, May 5. Based on this overall plan, we will have 3 nights available for stopping off along the way from Dubrovnik to Zagreb. My questions are as follows:
1) We're definitely going to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park. One option is to get there early in the day but not stay overnight, and just see as much of the park as possible before driving to Zagreb. Or ... is it better to stay overnight? My wife is not a big hiker, so I'm figuring that the former will suffice.
2) I've heard mixed things about Split. However, it might be a decent "base" for the three nights, for seeing other nearby sights. Thoughts? Or should we avoid Split, given our week in Dubrovnik, given any similarities?
3) Are there any other towns/cities worth seeing and/or staying in along the route? Our route, BTW, will be primarily the E65/71 expressway, except where we branch off to Plitvice.
Thanks for any feedback.