Planning a trip in mid May, 2019. Going to use United mileage tickets for 3 of us. (I need to set my dates and get the tickets!) I think we want to visit Venice, then go on to Slovenia, the Istria region, and other places in Croatia. I can spend maybe 2 weeks, and need to watch my budget.
I was thinking 3 nights in Venice, transport to Ljubljana for 2 or 3 nights, then to the Istria area for 3 nights, then on to Split and maybe Korcula/Dubrovnik. But this seems like a lot, and we sort of want to relax . . . not just run from here to there. I'm also not sure which airport is the easiest to fly into or out of. I can imagine Venice being super hectic, and Dubrovnik, Split, or Zagreb not so busy.
I've thought about dropping Venice in favor of just enjoying Slovenia an Croatia, but need to check with my wife about that! I'm not adverse to renting a car, but am also happy to use any other options that are reasonable price.
Does anyone have some guidance for me - a good itinerary, transportation, etc. I guess right now, I need to decide on the number of days ( so I can book the flights) . . . I know we can't see "everything" but what should we not miss on our first (and probably only) trip? And is there an answer to what city would be best to fly in to . . . from Italy to Croatia, or from Croatia to Italy . . . or should I drop Venice all together. Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik seem a bit out of the way on the map, but seems like that's where most people say you should go . . .
I've been reading so much, and thinking so much about what to do, I'm about on overload!