The following question was submitted by Bella in March 2017.
I am a 65 yr old British woman (currently living in Cape Town) who wants to visit your country this May. I have been looking at Katarina Line’s coach tours but thought that I might be better off to base myself in either Split or Dubrovnik & do day tours from there?
What would you recommend for a 2 week holiday? Any suggestions would be very welcome!
thanks for getting in touch. Though it’s definitely due for an update, you can see some suggestions in our Seven Days in Split article here: https://split.gg/seven-days-in-split/
If you’re interested in sailing with Katarina Line then it should be a great experience. Cruises are a great way to explore, you can spend a week going to multiple destinations without worrying about transportation or organizing everything by yourself.
If you have the time and some good will after your cruise, and assuming it doesn’t take you to any of these places, I’d recommend taking some one-day trips to Dubrovnik, Trogir, Hvar, or Šibenik or Zadar a bit up north. Krka and Plitvice National Parks are pretty fun as well, perhaps you might enjoy a quiet and relaxing day especially if you enjoy nature.
I’m clearly biased about Split, but you can consider starting and ending your 7-day cruise in Split, and afterwards you can book a few days trips to any of the aforementioned destinations. Dubrovnik is a bit too expensive for my taste so if you plan on traveling to other places a lot I wouldn’t recommend accommodation there, but it’s up to you.
May is actually one of the best months to visit, there aren’t not too many tourists so you can get discounted deals on many trips and cruises, and accommodation is very easy to find. Temperature should be above 20°C most of the time which is very pleasant.
I hope this helps a little bit, and I also hope you’ll have a great time.
Many thanks for your prompt reply to my query. I am not doing a cruise with Katarina Lines but a coach trip from Venice to Split which does include Rovinj & Opatija, Lake Bajer & Plitvice Lakes.
On your advice, I think I will stay in either Split or Trogir (what would you recommend?) & do day trips from there.
Split is in many ways more convenient. It has better local transport, and if you’re booking organized day trips you will find almost all of them available from Split, but not always from Trogir.
And honestly while Trogir does have a great atmosphere, you can explore it in a day. Split is larger and you can take your time exploring it over a few days, and it has more choices in terms of accommodation, restaurants, bars, ferry routes, etc. Definitely more convenient in my opinion.