Hello Fellow Travelers,
We will be visiting our daughter and her family in southern France for 2 weeks in April. Then we plan to fly to Croatia for 2 weeks. We will be in France from April 5 to April 23. These dates are not flexible. We have not made any airline reservations yet.
First a little bit about ourselves. By the time we take this trip, I will be 69 and my husband will be 72. We love just about everything: beautiful scenic drives, especially coastal scenery and mountain scenery; big cities, little cities, and small villages; art museums and history museums; churches and cathedrals; ethnic food and wine; and we try to find time for just wandering around neighborhoods, taking photos, relaxing at cafes. We aren’t in shape to do any strenuous hikes.
So please let me know about the following itinerary. Should I add days or decrease days from certain destinations? Does it make sense logistically? Plitvice Lakes NP and Dubrovnik are must-sees. And Ljubljana and the drive over the Julian Alps to Lake Bled are close to being must-sees. My husband doesn’t mind driving in foreign countries, so we plan to rent a car instead of rely on public transportation.
Brief itinerary: Zadar (2 nights), Plitvice NP (1 night), Split (4 nights), Dubrovnik (3 nights), and Ljubljana (3 nights).
April 24 – fly from Marseille to Zadar via Ryan Air. This is the only non-stop flight I could find from Marseille to Croatia. Otherwise, we have to change planes if we want to go to Dubrovnik first, and that would take up a whole day. Depart Marseille at 3:50pm and arrive in Zadar at 5:25pm. Overnight in Zadar. Question: Does anyone know when Ryan Air will post their schedules for April 2019? Right now their schedule to Zadar ends in October. I assume they will have the same flight schedule in April???
April 25 – sightseeing in Zadar. Overnight in Zadar
April 26 – Pick up rental car. Drive 2 hours to Plitvice Lakes NP. Depending on when we arrive, we might visit park in late afternoon. I assume the park won’t be too crowded in late April? Overnight in Plitvice Lakes NP.
April 27 – Visit Plitvice early in the morning. Spend about 4 hours in the park, depending on if we had time on the 26th to visit the park. Drive from Plitvice to Split. About a 3 or 4 hour drive. Overnight in Split.
April 28 – Sightsee in Split. Overnight in Split.
April 29 – Day trip to an island. I can’t decide between Brac or Hvar. Overnight in Split.
April 30 – Day trip to Trogir and Sibenik. Do we have time to see both places in one day? Overnight in Split.
May 1 – Drive from Split to Dubrovnik – about a 3 hour drive. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
May 2 – Sightsee in Dubrovnik – Definitely want to “walk the walls” and visit the Buza Bar. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
May 3 – Drive to Bay of Kotor in Montenegro for the day. We would do the Rick Steves Bay of Kotor Driving Tour. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
May 4 – Return rental car in Dubrovnik. Fly from Dubrovnik to Ljubljana, Slovenia, via Adria Airways. Depart Dubrovnik at 3:05PM and arrive in Ljubljana at 4:20PM. Overnight in Ljubljana.
May 5 – Sightsee in Ljubljana. Overnight in Ljubljana. Perhaps pick up rental car tonight so that we can leave early the next morning.
May 6 – Drive to Lake Bled via the Julian Alps for a day trip. Stop in Skofja Loka. Overnight in Ljubljana.
May 7 – Fly home from Ljubljana to Boston.
Right now we have 13 nights. Not sure if I should add an extra day. If so, where? A day trip along the Peljesac Peninsula sounds like it would be beautiful. The Rough Guide describes it as an exceptionally beautiful place! And we love red wines and oysters! Or an extra night in Split so we can take a daytrip to Krka National Park?
I apologize for such a long post! I appreciate any comments/advice/feedback. Thank you very much!