We are spending two weeks in Italy and then spending a week in Croatia at the end of November/beginning of December. We have a flights booked from Dubrovnik -> Rome for our flight home, so we just have to make it there for that, but are hoping to see some of Croatia's highlights along the way. (I know this is crammed - but we only have so many days!)
My understanding is that due to weather, island adventures aren't really in the cards. I would still really love to go to Plitvice. Worth it?? I've seem some amazing winter photos, but not sure if it will be a magical snowy wonderland, or rainy and grey (or somewhere in between). I am worried that the weather will be terrible and we should focus on museums/cafes instead of wandering around cities/parks.
This is what we were thinking:
- overnight bus from Venice to Zagreb, arriving early morning. Spend the day touring Zagreb and stay overnight
- take an early morning bus (?) to Plitvice or rent a car (it seems like there aren't tours running in late november, but we're happy to wander there ourselves). As the park isn't open that late, we thought the best option would be to continue on to Split.
- Full day in Split
- Split to Dubrovnik
- Full day in Dubrovnik
- Half day in Dubrovnik before flight back to italy.
Would love to hear recommendations regarding renting a car/reputable companies, or what to focus our trip on. I realize it's a lot of travel, but we need to get from the North down to Dubrovnik somehow. If Plitvice isn't worth it we could just fly Zagreb to Split and "split" our time between there and Dubrovnik.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!