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Suggestion for Itinerary please Split - Hvar -near Dubrovnik

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Brit in France
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Suggestion for Itinerary please Split - Hvar -near Dubrovnik

We are independent travellers in our early 60s. I’m organizing our holiday from 3rd to 17th September. We like: to visit picturesque towns and villages; some down-time on a good beach (not too crowded if possible); looking around shops; eating in good restaurants; visit nature reserves, walk in national parks etc. We like to stay in small quiet boutique hotels or b+bs Don't like lots of crowds.

I thought of flying into Split and out of Dubrovnik... We should really appreciate advice on:

How many days to spend in Split? What should we visit from Split? Should we hire a care for the duration of our holiday? How many days in Hvar or another island? Do we need a car to get around? Where should we stay outside of Dubrovnik so we can visit the city but also other places of interest or beauty?

Thank you so much for any advice/suggestions.

Liz

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Virginia
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1. Re: Suggestion for Itinerary please Split - Hvar -near Dubrovnik

Some great resources for research:

http://croatia.hr/en-GB/Homepage (comprehensive tourist board website, with links to local tourist boards--another good resource)

http://islands.zesoi.fer.hr/ (a lovely description of the islands)

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2. Re: Suggestion for Itinerary please Split - Hvar -near Dubrovnik

Your plan seems pretty interesting given what you like... In your place I would definitely stay several days in Split - besides visiting the town itself, you have excursions to UNESCO town Trogir, then certainly Sibenik with its fabulous Renaissance cathedral made entirely in drywall and surrounded with mediaeval white stone town, perhaps Krka waterfalls NP near Sibenik, then Solin near Split - once ancient Roman Salona, the origin of Split; then several days on Hvar and the rest in Dubrovnik. In Dubrovnik - I'd say stay in Dubrovnik town, there's nice places, and you might better access all possible excursions, e.g. Mljet islands, Elafiti islands (Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan), land excursions (Trsteno botanical garden,...) and you might even visit Ston and its great wall, traditional saltworks and oyster orchards...

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3. Re: Suggestion for Itinerary please Split - Hvar -near Dubrovnik

With two weeks in the dreamy month of Sept you have lots of time to really enjoy. I would fly into Pula however, so you can get a taste of Istria, an entirely different feeling from Dalmatia and the rest of the country. Considered by many to be the "new Tuscany" the medieval hilltop villages, gorgeous seaside towns like Rovinj and wonderful UNESCO sights like Porec make Istria very compelling. Three days here, then take the ferry from Rijeka to Split or rent a car and enjoy the wonderful drive....great highways, locals dont like paying tolls, so the roads are blissfully empty, fast, perfectly maintained. Stop in Zadar for an afternoon, pick a B n B or the Bastion Hotel. Then down the coast, less than 2 hours away is Sibenik, another UNESCO site and an afternoon walk and discovery. Krka Waterfalls is near by for a swim and great nature experience. Early evening, again less than 2 hours, you are here in Split.

BnB or boutique hotels like the Luxe or Palaca Judita. 4-5 days here enjoying the city, day trips to the islands, swim. Last 3-4 days drive down to Dubrovnik, stopping along the way to swim and enjoy towns like Omis and Brela. And major stop less than 2 hours before Dubrovnik is Ston. Salt pans still in use since Roman times, amazing oysters and fish, and the second longest wall in Europe all in this tiny seaside town! Dubrovnik day trips to the island of Korcula, Miljet island national park, etc. And then relaxed and filled with memories, fly out of Dubrovnik. One way car rentals here are not a problem. Best rates are online. Nova Rent A Car and Unirent have good prices, cars and excellent service.

Brit in France
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4. Re: Suggestion for Itinerary please Split - Hvar -near Dubrovnik

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Lots of interesting ideas to look at.

Liz

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