My husband and I are planning a late September 2019 trip to Croatia. We will be in Romania on business for the week before, then we will start with a couple of days of work for him in Zagreb, so that starting point and the dates are non-negotiable. After that, we will have 7-9 days to travel on our own itinerary in Croatia. The problem I’m having is with the transportation piece inside of Croatia. We will neither one be able to travel very lightly - him because of things he needs to take for work, and me because of my “work” - carry quite a bit of camera and computer equipment to make my vlogs for YouTube.
So, my question is this: what is the best way to get from Zagreb to Plitvice with luggage that will need to be stowed someplace while seeing the park? I’m thinking we will spend a night there so we can see it late in the afternoon and possibly early the next morning to miss the day trippers, then head on to Split by train, and probably on to Dubrovnik by catamaran. We will most likely do some day trips to some of the islands along the way or from Split and/or Dubrovnik. If we have time, we are considering Montenegro (or is that time better spent exploring the Croatian islands?).
We will head home from Dubrovnik via Amsterdam, then on to the states.
Am I correct in assuming the following best transportation choices:
Zagreb to Plitvice - which is best/possible - bus, train, car rental?
Plitvice to Split - Train
Split to Dubrovnik - Catamaran.
I’ve considered a car rental for the whole trip, but it looks like the drive from Split to Dubrovnik is very long and windy, though scenic. I’m struggling to make up an itinerary on this trip due to the transportation. Any and all help appreciated!