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Mark Makers
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Croatia Trip Planning
I figured I would start my own thread on this since it sounds like we may have numerous people on the TB who have been to Croatia.


How does this preliminary itinerary sound:

Day 1 (Thurs): Land in Zagreb 7:20 PM - Overnight Zagreb

Day 2 (Fri): Spend day in Zagreb. Travel to Plitvice Lakes. Stop off in Slunj for dinner at Petro Rastoke. Overnight near Plitvice.

Day 3 (Sat): Spend day in Plitvice Lakes. Travel to Zadar. Overnight Zadar.

Day 4 (Sun): Full day in Zadar. Overnight Zadar

Day 5 (Mon): Travel to and visit Krka National Park. Travel to Split with possible quick stop in Sibenik evening/dinner if there is time. Overnight in Split

Day 6 (Tues): Full day in Split. Overnight Split.

Day 7 (Wed): Possible day trip to Trogrir or an Island. Overnight in Split.

Day 8 (Thurs): Travel to Mostar and check it out for the day. Travel to Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik.

Day 9 (Fri): Full day in Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik.

Day 10 (Sat): Full day in Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik.

Day 11 (Sun): Fly out in the AM.


Also, can anyone recommend must sees, must dos, restaurants to eat at, or other advice along this route?
This post was edited on 4/7 at 10:30 am


StreakySchmidty
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Looks like a great itinerary honestly. You have the 2 national parks which are absolute musts. Zagreb is pretty meh, the city centre is pretty cool and there's a church that has an embalmed saint on display that's pretty neat to see. There's also a to scale bronze model of our solar system (the nine views) throughout the city with the sun being in the centre. We just wandered around and found the planets moving outwards just for shite to do. We were there while the World Cup was going on so luckily there was more stuff going on.

Make sure you get to Plitvice early if you plan on leaving that day as well. It's a solid 6-7 hour hike from top to bottom of the park.

If you have a spare day in split, look at taking the ferry out to Hvar. There's and old military lookout that you can hike to and see the chain of Islands. The castle and cathedral are really cool to see as well. We rented a boat (80 dollars for all day) for the day and just rode out to one of the many islands. You'll find plenty of places to eat and drink out there. I stayed a few nights in Hvar an absolutely loved it.

The ferry ride is about an hour and a half so you could make just a day trip out of it if you have time constraints.

Can't help you with the food as I did this as part of a euro trip and was broke as shite. We ate at our hostels mostly haha.

Enjoy it. It's easily my favourite stop.
This post was edited on 4/8 at 12:56 am


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Tiger Attorney
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
We will be there in a couple of months too. Check out ny times 36 hours video for split.


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hiltacular
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I personally think it would be a shame to go all the way to Croatia and not visit Hvar.


MLSter
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Agree, a half day in split to see the palace is enough, then get in the ferry and get to hvar, spend two days there, rent a boat and go to some of the island around it


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In split, I would make sure you eat at Vila spiza. Small family restaurant with a menu that's always changing based on what's in season and available that day.

It's located within diocletians palace just north of the center.

I really enjoy Korcula but it would be hard with your itinerary to get there without losing too much time.

I'd also make it a point to find a good peka, which is slow cooked meat or squid filled with potatoes and lots of olive oil that's cooked in a cast iron pot.


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PillPusher
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
As others have said, there's only one thing to see in Split. Maybe spend a few hours there. Then go to Hvar and have a much better time.


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HumongousYeti
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possible quick stop in Sibenik evening/dinner if there is time.


Sibenik was my favorite stop in Croatia. Nowhere near the hustle and bustle of Split. If you like architecture, history, and the water, then this place is for you!

My top recommendations are:

1) Cathedral of St. James

2) Walk through Old Town

3) Sunset viewing from top of Fort Subicevac, which over looks the entire town.

4) If there's time, visit this massive fortress called St. Nicholas (which guards the entrance of the town by sea) and watch sail boats go by.

5) Also the Adriatic Highway D8 from Sibenik to Primosten is just stunning. Primosten, although I did not visit, has some nice beaches from what I heard.





geauxskeet
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looks good - a couple of suggestions...

1. you are going by trogir from sibenik to split, so you could jsut stop then.
2. hvar and stari grad are musts.
3. villa spiva is good as is knoba marjan. we like pizzaria galija and there is a cevapi place right across stret from it that is good. gariful in hvar and a great coffee/desert place is Nonica. Mostar go to urban grill and sit on back patio on river, great view of stari most.
4. unlike everyone else we love Split and use it a s base for day trips.
5. off the beaten path, but if you can arrange it works well with krka, stay and eat at agroturizam duvancic. near drnis, each room is wine barrel, they can cook a peka if you arrange ahead of time. tell them skeet sent you! Marko and Zorica are great.
6 take boat from skradin to krka. the rest area above skradin is great photo stop.


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FunroePete
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I would rethink day 8, you need to take in account immigration/border check time(can be 30 minutes or upto 2 hours) between Bosnia and Croatia . Especially if you aren't driving a car.

All depends on how early you leave split
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Mark Makers
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
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I would rethink day 8, you need to take in account immigration/border check time(can be 30 minutes or upto 2 hours) between Bosnia and Croatia . Especially if you aren't driving a car. All depends on how early you leave split


We are planning to drive a car as of now, I had not realized this could take so much time though. Thanks for the heads up.


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I was also on a bus so that might be another reason it was longer.


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StraightCashHomey21
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
First question is are you single

Its a single mans paradise.


Mark Makers
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
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First question is are you single Its a single mans paradise.


I have heard that. It will be my wife and myself, and another couple. We are all in our late 20s and do not have open marriages


Mark Makers
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
Itinerary update based on the advice here of spending more time in Hvar than Split.

Day 1 (Thurs): Land in Zagreb 7:20 PM - Overnight Zagreb

Day 2 (Fri): Spend day in Zagreb. Travel to Plitvice Lakes. Stop off in Slunj for dinner at Petro Rastoke. Overnight near Plitvice.

Day 3 (Sat): Spend day in Plitvice Lakes. Travel to Zadar. Overnight Zadar.

Day 4 (Sun): Full day in Zadar. Overnight Zadar

Day 5 (Mon): Travel to and visit Krka National Park. Travel to Split with possible quick stop in Sibenik evening/dinner if there is time. Overnight in Split

Day 6 (Tues): Half day in Split. Ferry to Hvar. Overnight Hvar.

Day 7 (Wed): Full day in Hvar. Overnight in Hvar.

Day 8 (Thurs): Travel to Mostar and check it out for the day. Travel to Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik.

Day 9 (Fri): Full day in Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik.

Day 10 (Sat): Full day in Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik.

Day 11 (Sun): Fly out in the AM.


Mark Makers
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
The purpose of this post is no other reason than to not so subtle brag that I am 8 days out from this trip . I'm bringing along the DSLR and GoPro so hopefully I'll have some trip reviews in the near future


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hiltacular
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I have heard the lakes aren't worth going to. Krka was great, however it is increasingly getting overrun by tourists.


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re: Croatia Trip Planning
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I have heard the lakes aren't worth going to


Plitvice? That place is awesome!


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Mark Makers
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re: Croatia Trip Planning
quote:

My top recommendations are:
1) Cathedral of St. James
2) Walk through Old Town
3) Sunset viewing from top of Fort Subicevac, which over looks the entire town.
4) If there's time, visit this massive fortress called St. Nicholas (which guards the entrance of the town by sea) and watch sail boats go by.
5) Also the Adriatic Highway D8 from Sibenik to Primosten is just stunning. Primosten, although I did not visit, has some nice beaches from what I heard.


Finally got around to researching some of these, legit recommendations for sure. Especially that Highway D8 looks right up my alley. Hopefully we can fit some of this in.


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re: Croatia Trip Planning
You lucky bastard


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