Island hopping and culture in Croatia

  Group of 2 visited Croatia in August 2016

“Hi! We'd love to spend the week doing some island hopping. We love seeing some culture, eating great seafood and having a bit of beach time on secluded beaches. We'd rather avoid the touristy areas and discover some beautiful places”


Michelle Maurer, a local specialist from Croatia, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Best of the Dalmatian Coast - 8 Days.

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Traveler

Hi, Welcome to kimkim!

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We fly in and out of Dubrovnik but not sure whether we need to rent a car to travel around

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Hi!

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Sounds great!

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Happy to help

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Thanks!

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Renting a car is probably the way to go

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Do you want help finding and booking hotels or vacation rentals?

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Yes please. I took a look at Airbnb but the hotels don't seem to be much more expensive

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It would be great if we could do a couple of nights in Dubrovnik, then go to some of the islands

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Cool. Sounds like a plan

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Can you give me a sense of your budget please?

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That way we know what kind of hotels etc are a good fit. Thanks!

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€60 to €100 per night

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Of possible we would prefer little Boutique hotels and b&b's

Traveler

Okay let me take a look. Do you have any specific islands in mind already?

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Am open to suggestions but heard that korkula, sipan, mijet, brac and hvar are nice

Traveler

Is it expensive to island hop with a car on the ferries - and can you take the car on all the ferries?

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I can see if one of our Croatia experts is available to answer your questions. To give me a good idea of what's possible for you, can you tell me your budget for the 2 of you for the entire trip? (Excl flights)

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€1500-€2000

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Okay thanks. Let me check and get back to you!

Traveler

Perfect! Thank you!

Traveler

Hi,
It's taking us a bit longer to find you an expert. We've been sending lots of travelers to Croatia the last few weeks, so we're working through a bit of a backlog here. Stay tuned.
Best,
Joost

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No worries, thanks a lot!

Traveler

Hi, Quick update... we're getting close to starting on your project. Stay tuned Thanks for your patience.

Michelle

Hi,

It is nice to meet you over chat. My name is Michelle and I can help plan your itinerary, as well as help book any accommodations and suggest activities. A few questions first to help me figure out how I can help you the best.
-Where are you flying in and out of?
-Dubrovnik and Split are great spots for culture and you can island hop between the two cities. Stopping in Korcula, Mijet, Brac, & Hvar for beach time. It is easy to island hop without a car, if you are fine with exploring these towns on foot/public transportation. *To explore Mijet you can rent scooters or a small car once there.
-If this sounds good to you, I will begin looking up accommodation options for you.

Thank you and I look forward to helping you plan your trip!

Traveler

Hi Michelle, thanks a lot for your message.
We're flying in and out of Dubrovnik. Arriving on Sunday 5th in the morning and leaving Sunday 12th in the morning. (June)
Being based in Dubrovnik and Split sounds great. We'd rather stay in B&B's and avoid resorts and large hotels.
Island hopping sounds great and preferably without a car.
Thanks so much for your help!

Michelle

Great, thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I will begin looking at accommodation options for you and get back to you soon. Thank you!

Michelle

Hi,

I came up with a rough itinerary and found lodging options for you, please see below.

The cheaper lodging options would be approximately 680 euros total and the more expensive options would be 920 euros total.

If you would rather stay in one place longer than moving around, please also let me know.

Please let me know what you think, and I can begin to book some of these places for you.

Day 1: June 5th Sunday
AM: Arrive Dubrovnik
Transfer from airport to Old Town, two options:
Airport bus, 6 euros - takes 30 minutes and drops off at Plie Gate (western entrance of Old Town)
Taxi, approximately 26 euros to the Old Town.

Lodging: Check into apt one 220 euros total - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2644563?checkin=06%2F05%2F2016&checkout=06%2F07%2F2016&guests=2&s=9CgQ1Esj
or
Apt two 300 euros total https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5921004?checkin=06%2F05%2F2016&checkout=06%2F07%2F2016&guests=2&s=uHMUr3-P
To do: Explore Dubrovnik on foot, Old Town

Day 2: June 6th Monday
Explore Dubrovnik

Day 3: June 7th Tuesday
Depart Dubrovnik - Take ferry to Hvar
One night at B&B for 80 euros - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303808-d2308221-Reviews-Teo_Petric-Hvar_Hvar_Island_Split_Dalmatia_County_Dalmatia.html
or
One night at Hotel Adriana for 220 euros - http://www.suncanihvar.com/adriana-hvar-spa-hotel.html

Day 4: June 8th Wednesday
Depart Hvar - Take ferry to Korcula
Spend two nights in Korcula
Lodging: Pension Lovric for 130 euros for two nights - http://pension-lovric.croatiahotel24.net/en/

Day 5: June 9th Thursday
Explore Korcula

Day 6: June 10th Friday
Depart Korcula - Take ferry to Mljet
Lodging: Stay at Hotel Odisej for 70 euros total - http://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/hotel-odisej-dubrovnik-mljet

Day 7: June 11th Saturday
Depart Mljet - Take ferry to Dubrovnik
Last night in a pretty apt in Dubrovnik for 100 euros - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3034609?checkin=06%2F11%2F2016&checkout=06%2F12%2F2016&guests=2&s=_P0iGAcc
or
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik for 200 euros - http://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/hotel-kompas-dubrovnik

Day 8: June 12th Sunday
AM: Depart Dubrovnik

Traveler

Hi Michelle,
Thank you so much for this! We love all the options. We'd like to go for all the cheaper options ......so please go ahead and book those! What do you need from us to make the bookings?

Michelle

Great news! We can go ahead and make the hotel bookings for you, and for the Airbnb options they will have to be booked by you personally. Eventually we will be able to book with them directly but for now if you can book the Airbnbs yourself that would be the most efficient way. I will begin reaching out to the other accommodations and will let you know the final price. If you have any questions please let me know.

Traveler

Perfect, thank you! I have booked (requested) the airbnb's!
It would be amazing if you had some restaurant tips for us on the islands and in Dubrovnik. We love fish and would love to find some special restaurants and avoid tourist traps! :-)
I'm loving kimkim! You and the team offer a fantastic service!!

Michelle

Great! Glad to hear you're liking kimkim - please spread the word! I can definitely give you restaurant tips and activities to do there.

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