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11 Days in Croatia

12 Jun 2010  Amazing experience and would love to go back!!
4.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

Just returned from an 11 day vacation to Croatia. May 20-June 1 (not quite peak season). Wish we had more time, but we made the most of our time by renting a car so that we can truly see the country!

  • 1. The Regent Esplanade Zagreb
    Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Zagreb, Croatia
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    Avg price: $160

    1 night: The property is very impressive - upon checking in we were greeted with a glass of sparking wine. While the check-in process was a little slower than normal it helped us relax from our travel to croatia and set the tone for the rest of the trip. Once in the room, we were quite impressed by the size of the room, possibly the largest hotel room in Europe. The bathroom had double sinks, a separate tub and shower...and heated floors...and speakers in the washroom. We ate at Zinfandels restaurant on our first night, fine dining, good food and wine! Room service the next morning hit the spot, however some menu items were not available. With our room we were also able to receive complimentary access to the business center which helped when we needed to print out some directions and confirmations for the rest of our trip. There is a rental car desk in the lobby of the hotel so that also was convenient.

  • 2. Plitvice Hotel
    Plitvice Hotel, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia

    1 night: Hotel has great access to the entrance and the park shuttle. Rooms were spacious, with a separate sitting area, large bathroom. The rooms were a little outdated/institutional feel, but were extremely quiet and peaceful. Breakfast was included with a buffet style - definitely if you come earlier, there is a greater selection. Dinner was good, try the local specialties we thought they were very tasty. As a guest of the hotel your ticket can be stamped to include 2 days for the price of one, a plus to us, as we arrived at the lakes around 3pm on our first day and planned on hiking both on the day of arrival and the following day.

  • 3. Plitvice Lakes
    Plitvice Lakes, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia

    6 hours for two hikes (upper & lower lakes): Well worth the trip! Photos don't do the park justice, you need to go there to see for yourself. I grew up near Niagara Falls, so it takes alot to impress us when it comes to waterfalls and Plitvice did! There are two entrances to the park, since we stayed near the 2nd entrance, we bought our tickets and took the shuttle to the upper lakes. The walk was amazing, a different view with every step. 1/2 the walk is on paths made our of logs, so they can get slippery and you have to watch where you are going and sometimes it can get tight squeezing by other hikers. Certain points of the paths your feet get wet, so wearing shoes that dry quick is a good thing! We did the upper falls in the late afternoon, when all the tours seem to have gone through and we felt we had the place to ourselves! The next day we went to the lower lakes, and we were greeted by dozens of tour buses and tourists, so we definitely were grateful for our opportunity the day before. But still enjoyed the unique views. The lower lakes are the ones that seem to be photographed the most in the literature (if you can only go to one) There are different walks that you can take, we did 5km each day - but with the views, we hardly noticed.

  • 4. Pansion Albin
    Pansion Albin, Zadar, Zadar County

    2 nights: It is located approx. 10 minute drive from the pedestrian bridge in an area where most hotels are located (very residential looking neighborhood). There is free parking at the Pansion, a pizza place and corner store across the street. The room had a great view, request a view that faces out back (where pool is) I believe it is a quieter than front facing rooms. The balcony is sared with other rooms, but we thought it was great! the breakfast was adequate (meat, cheese, breads, cereal, eggs, yogurt). The owners were extremely friendly!

  • 5. Hotel Bastion
    Hotel Bastion, Zadar, Zadar County
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    Avg price: $337

    We visited the Hotel Bastion for dinner. The wait staff was fantastic, friendly, and fun - loved their recommendations! Food as great! We were most impressed with the waiter who deboned a fish using two spoons at the table beside us. The bruschetta was very tasty! Dinner was worth the price paid, loved the upper patio area!

  • 6. Zadar Sea Organ
    Zadar Sea Organ, Zadar County, Dalmatia

    As long as you like: A truly unique and relaxing experience. Many shops in Zadar close early on Saturday and do not open until Monday, so it is a great hangout day/night, for relaxing, enjoying a gelato and just taking in the unique sounds.

  • 7. Palace Suites Split
    Palace Suites Split, Split, Split-Dalmatia County

    1 night: Wish we could have stayed here longer. Location was a little tricky to find, but very convenient and easy to locate once you look at a map! Located in the Palace grounds (so taxis can only drop you off on the outside and you are on your own to locate). Once inside, the staff are extremely helpful providing a brief orientation of the city, what to see and do, and some restaurant recommendations (which were really good). The rooms were very modern and spacious, had the most comfortable bed of our trip! Bathroom was awesome! breakfast was included and was served in the room, staff ask your preferences upon check in! Awesome property a must stay!

  • 8. Luxor
    Lvxor Kavana & Restoran, Split, Split-Dalmatia County

    This was an amazing location for drinks, truly unique and must-do in Split...what makes it a must-do?? Try sitting on cushions in the ruins, and being served drinks in the ruins while listening to live music! It was one of my favorite travel experiences - and I will never forget it.

  • 9. Diocletian's Palace
    Diocletian's Palace, Split, Split-Dalmatia County

    Easy to tour around independently! Hit all the major sites within a few hours of leisurely strolling around. Lots of stores and restaurants/cafes. Since we were there in off peak season, it was awesome to see how empty the squares were at night! The whole area was very clean!

  • 10. Amfora Hotel
    Amfora Hotel, Hvar, Hvar Island

    4 nights: and it was worth every penny! We won an auction on luxury link, which provided round trip transfers, seaview suite, and dinner. The room was very spacious, had a separate sitting area, a nice balcony, and 2 TVs! The only down side was that the room was quite a walk from the pool, but after lounging around the pool all day, we needed the exercise :). The breakfast buffet offered alot of options, it was awesome! The lunches we normally had around the pool and the food was great! Our free dinner we got a choice of fish or meat (without being given any description/menu) - ended up getting every type of meat imaginable on the plate :). The Manager held a free cocktail reception which was a great event, free drinks (sangria was yummy) and an opportunity to speak to the manager convinced us to stay an extra day, as he offered us a deal we cannot refuse. The beach club attached to the resort was 30's style and very unique, but pricey to reserve a spot at night the lunge was very relaxing and had great music. If going during peak season, you need to get up early to get prime seats around the pool or beach. Room key provided a 10% discount on all food and beverage purchases on the resort and the other suncana hvar properties in the town of hvar. Nice walking path to get to the town for dinner and drinks. Transfers were very efficient, and it was awesome for them to offer to pick-up and drop-off at the split airport, as it saves money that you would otherwise pay on taxis.

  • 11. Adriatic Coast
    Adriatic Coast, Croatia, Europe

    The drive from Split to Dubrovnik is a must do, worth renting a car for, each turn of the road provides unique scenery. The autostrada (highway) runs through the interior and has yet to connect to the coast, as a result the original coastal highway is the way to get from Split to Dubrovnik. I was surprised to hear that the drive was between 3-4 hours, but you cannot drive super fast and you don't want to! During this trip we had to cross into Bosnia, however there is a customs booth, we had our passports and car documents ready, they only checked the passports for a few minutes and let us continue on our way. There were two checkpoints (leaving and entering). But all in all it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Other than the scenery I was also impressed by how clear and frequent the roadsigns were in Croatia - we hardly used a map!

  • 12. Apartment & Room Lukre
    Apartment & Room Lukre, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County

    1 night: Stayed at Room Lukre, the best thing about the room, was the owners, they were extremely helpful and pleasant. The view was awesome! Bed was comfortable and extremely convenient to get into the old town...8 minute walk. We requested an airport transfer from the owners and on our way to the airport Livio stopped at a photo spot and took pictures for us, he also gave us a great commentary about the town of Dubrovnik...again wish we could have stayed longer and would definitely recommend this property to anyone - room is on the ground floor !

  • 13. Old Town
    Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County

    Fantastic view! the walk around the wall is approximately 2kms (1 hour), but if you are an avid photographer, allow for extra times. Alot of the guidebooks say not to go on the wall in peak daylight (because there is little shade), if you can handle it do it in the middle of the day, as many of the tours that the cruises hold do not tour at that time, so you have more time to yourself). There are places along the way to buy water and even some souvenirs by local artists - probably the best souvenirs I saw throughout the old town. Quite s steep climb to get on top of the wall, but once up there the views are amazing. The Stradun is busier during the day when the cruises come into town, so if you don't like large crowds wait until after 5pm to try and get a seat at a cafe, restaurant, or shop in the stores. Covered off the major sites within 12 hours - at a slower pace just to take it all in. Very clean, and they cater to tourists because it is their main industry (they don't even allow construction during the summer because it is too bothersome for tourists!)