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Should Croatia be my end point or beginning

I want to visit relatives in The Netherlands, take my husband to Rome and Venice and also see Split and the Dubrovnik region. I've been advised to go to The Netherlands first, then fly to Venice, train to Rome, fly to Dubrovnik and rent car for trip up the Dalmatian coast to Split. After about three weeks I'd like to get back to the San Francisco region of California. I'd truly appreciate your ideas.

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Flying back to the U.S. from Croatia can be a bit of a challenge. I had a difficult time finding flights that didn't involve multiple layovers.

It looks like easyjet and Croatia Air have non-stop seasonal flights from AMS to DBV. If you can find a nonstop flight, you might consider the following:

Start in Amsterdam

Fly to Dubrovnik

Drive through Croatia ultimately ending on the Istrian peninsula

Drop off the car and Take one of the ferries from The Istrian peninsula to Venice.
http://www.venezialines.com

Train from Venice to Rome

Fly home from Rome

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Thank you very much. I thought I read somewhere that there is only one flight from Ams to Dubrovnik per week, but perhaps that's the situation right now. We will be traveling the first week in September. Do you think they will still have plenty of flights between these two cities?

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since you are going in the offseason, I'd check flight options now to see if the flights are even offered then. If they aren't offered, your original order might work better.

Croatia is tough for flights; there are not a lot of choices so you may need to work your schedule around the transportation options.

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Thank you Laura. I will work my itinerary around traveling to Croatia. Do you have an idea of how long it would take to drive from Split to Pula?