Advice on Croatian itinerary and ferry/flight to venice. Mostar or islands?

we are going to croatia for 7-8 days in late june. then on to Venice area. we don't want to do too much driving. we want to see towns/history/culture/beautiful scenary. shld we allocate time differently? Is it worth going to Mostar? we have 2 tentative plans: IF CROATIA AIR FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO VENICE REALLY STARTS: friday arrive dubrovnik around 2pm saturday dubrovnik sunday drive to mostar (figuring that things wld be closed on sunday in dubrovnik) monday mostar back to dubrovnik tuesday go to Mljet or eliphet islands? any recommendations wednesday -dubrovnik thursdayany suggestions what we shld do? friday hopefully fly to venice from dubrovnik IF NO FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO VENICE: friday arrive dubrovnik saturday dubrovnik sunday Mljet or Eliphet islands? which one Monday dubrovnik Tues drive to mostar wed drive from mostar to split. SHLD WE SPEND THE NITE IN SPLIT? OR? thursday drive up to where we can take a ferry to venice: Porec or Rovinj friday get ferry to venice I don't think we have time to go to an island like hvar. From what i have read, it is worthwhile to go to mostar.
Is driving to mostar recommded? or take a driver or tour?

Posted by Sarah
Calgary, Ab, Canada
62 posts

I'd say yes-I love Mostar-it was by far one of the highlights of my trip last summer. The people are so kind and welcoming, and history is fascinating, and the old town is so picturesque and full of great atmosphere. You could drive to Mostar, but I found taking the bus from Dubrovnik easy. If you do drive, just make sure you can take your rental car into Bosnia. I haven't been to Mljet or Eliphet Islands, so I can't comment. For your second itinerary, I'd say stay in Split. There is enough to see there to keep you busy for a few hours after the morning drive from Mostar.

Posted by Jane
Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
1 posts

Mostar was one of our highlights last year. We travelled throughout Croatia/Slovenia for 5 weeks, with 3 days in Mostar. We took the bus from Dubrovnik, spent 2 nights, and then took the bus back. Bus was great - very easy - crossing the border no problem. We hired Alma and Ermin Elezovic for a day fabulous people, and very informative. Did a day trip from Dubrovnik sea kayaking to the Elafiti Islands with Adriatic Kayak Tours - great day. Hired Pero Klaic for a day to drive us around - he also took us into Montenegro. He was amazing. Our days with Alma, Ermin and Pero were by far highlights of our trip. We heard stories of their experiences over the past 20 years.... learning about the beauty of their country / people, as well as the horrors of the war. What remains in our minds is their gracious welcome of us. Lots to do in Dubrovnik - cathedrals, museums, exploring, and just "being" it is a great place. Stayed at Villa Ragusa. Enjoyed Split - stayed at BASE rooms fantastic to stay in Diocletian's palace! Rovinj - absolutely beautiful - great vacation from your vacation - biking around, wandering, evenings are magical.
Good luck making choices! So many good things to do.