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Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

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Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

We're driving from Estonia and I've put together an initial itinerary. Do you think it makes sense or should I change something?

Start of our trip, Saturday 18 Aug and we should be back on 1 Sept.

Day 1: Tallinn - Augustow, Poland (staying the night)

Day 2: Augustow - Vienna, Austria (staying the night)

Day 3: Vienna - Postojna, Slovenia (visiting the Vienna Zoo, looking around the city and driving to Postojna for the night)

Day 4: Postojna - Medulin (visiting the cave in the morning and then driving down to Medulin, stopping on the way and visiting smaller places)

Day 5: driving around Istria, visiting the Arena in Pula etc. Our second night in Medulin

Day 6: starting to drive towards Zadar, making stops on the way - staying the night in Zadar

Day 7 - 11 staying in Biograd na moru and taking daytrips

Day 12: start heading back home, night in Maribor, Slovenia

Day 13: Maribor - Katowice, Poland

Day 14: Katowice - Marijampole, Lithuania

Day 15: Marijampole - Tallinn

Thank you for your advice!

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1. Re: Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

That is a lot pf driving for just 2 weeks. However, if you are prepared for so much driving, then go for it. Your itinerary is fine IMO for such a rushed trip.

I would stay in Porec or Rovinj rather than Medulin. Both are more charming and more centrally located than Medulin. 2 nights is a bit short for Istria. Another night would be much better.

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2. Re: Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

I've seen many ambitious plans here on TA but this one might take the cake. :) Which doesn't mean it can't be done I'm thinking more from my personal perspective. It's A LOT of driving and on possibly very busy roads. But hey, at least you're not trying to reach Dubrovnik. :)

However, the main problem is that every plan is good on its own. It's when you put it against a certain timeline and your own personal interests (what you like or hope to get from this) that a plan may start falling apart. As you mentioned absolutely no interests we can't really judge your plan. Other than what croman told you - that it's a lot of driving. I haven't been in Medulin but perhaps it might be a better choice _for you_. No way of telling.

But generally speaking, I do agree that just two nights for entire Istria is not enough as there are so many interesting things to see. Ok, you can visit at least the two best-known medieval hilltop towns (Motovun and Grožnjan) Istria is famous for along the way to Medulin but there's still a lot more. As for Pula, pretty much all of the famous Roman buildings are conveniently situated around a small hill in the city centre and connected by a pedestrian zone. Arena is a tiny bit off but basically just across a street. So, I would say you don't need more then 3-4 hours to see it all in detail. And then, some other interesting spots (forts) are scattered and even difficult to find so maybe not worth the time it would take, at least on such a tight schedule and if that's not the main focus of the trip.

Anyway, do let us know what your interests are and we will be able to give you more useful comments and suggestions. I would surely suggest climbing the top of Mt. Učka (Vojak peak, 1400 m, the highest in Istria) on your way to Zadar, for a brilliant view: https://www.youtube.com/watch… And yes, you can reach the very top by car, although the last section (~7 km) is tight. :) You can see that road here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBezd9OCS7Y As for Motovun and Grožnjan I mentioned earlier, you can find glimpses from both in this short movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2bSBqrcREY And yes, I've ridden throughout Istria so can usually add movies to my suggestions. Except for Medulin. :)

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3. Re: Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

Hi,

Thank you for your comments. You're absolutely right - I should have added more info, so here it is:

We're a family of 4 (kids are 7 and 9). Our interests in Croatia are really to take it easy - swim and relax, drive along the coast and stop when we feel like it. We are used to day trips (150-200km to drive somewhere to visit a town/beach/museum etc and then back home). We're probably not interested to visit all the sightseeing places this time in Croatia but just relax.

I based my schedule on my last years trip to Croatia. Last year I was alone with my brother and we had a fun trip but this time I'd like to take it a bit easier. So staying somewhere for two and five nights seems to me like taking it very easy.

Last years trip looked like this:

Day 1: arrived at Rijeka, rented a car - day on Krk island, night in Rijeka.

Day 2: drive along the coast, night at Petrcane (evening was spent in Zadar)

Day 3: Nin, ferry to Dugi Otok - night was spent on the island

Day 4: drive to Sibenik, evening and night there

Day 5: half day at Krka national park, night at Plitvice

Day 6: day in Plitvice and night in Opatija

Day 7: day in Pula and night on Krk island

Day 8: flight back home

I'd just like to find a good base or two, where to leave our luggage and where there are nice beaches for kids to enjoy the water and nature.

I've also been to the mountains, Dubrovnik, Split etc but that was 10y ago.

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4. Re: Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

Cromansydney - I will look into Rovinj and Porec :)

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5. Re: Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

Well, "take it easy" is not exactly an interest. :) But, if you're with kids then I would actually recommend Poreč before Rovinj. I do love Rovinj but there are no beaches close to the city centre (and it would be best to rent bikes and ride along the coast to the best ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcyp3oIETrM Also, the coast (where the beaches are) is almost not developed at all with hardly anything outside of the camping sites. A tiny bar is often the most you can expect which may not be great with kids. Another problem is that Rovinj is rather isolated. You can't just "go for a walk" to look around. You're either in Rovinj or you drive/ride elsewhere. Rovinj's old town is brilliant and probably the most beautiful and the most impressive and there's usually something going on so it's very interesting. Still, I think it's not the best choice in your case.

Poreč, on the other hand, has a more developed coastline. Not as stunning and still not in the centre but it has more in terms of infrastructure. Like, showers, pavement, lights along the coastal path. And many more kiosks, bars, restaurants and hotels all over so it feels more connected to its surroundings. Also, there's a noddy train (great for kids) which goes quite far and can help you reach many areas along the coast (at least to the south). Then, to the north, just outside of the city, there's a large... picnic-like forested public area. You can see the south in this short movie (from Vrsar to Poreč, all along the coast): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h4gEiQ-KJ4 and then the city itself and the north here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v0co6b0Bs0 (it ends at a brilliant rural beach area at červar). The short movies have links to ones in real time, btw. And you can even see the noddy train in the first movie.

So, I just thnk Poreč offers moreto kids and families. Also, as you'll see in the first movie, there's a Dinopark not too far from Poreč (at Funtana) and there are two waterparks realtively close (actually, Aquacolours is close, Istralandia is a bit farther, at Novigrad). And there are various boat excursions available. I do believe, however, that Poreč is trickier for parking so another reason to actually find accommodation there. :)

The kids may still like visiting Grožnjan as it really is a medieval little town, great to explore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obZhjAH3Nh8 Motovun is also great but there's a lot of climbing involved, even once you reach the entrance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od8WboFtnWU

If your kids are a bit more... daring, there's a brilliant zip line in Pazin, above its deep pit. And Pazin would actually be quicker and easier to reach than Grožnjan or Motovun.

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6. Re: Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

Srdjanlcanic - thank you very much for your time and advice.

I know "take it easy" is not quite an interest but didn't know how to explain any better. Because of kids we don't want to make culturally very busy plans as they might not be so interested. Of course we will still try to visit some of the villages/towns on the way and also cafes/restaurants but the big picture is to cruise along and hopefully enjoy the weather (last year we were lucky and it rained only on the last day).

At the moment our plans are just like that plans - we haven't booked anything (in Croatia or the way back) and we're very flexible to change things as and when needed.

All your advice is highly appreciated as it makes me look through things again :) :) :) We usually fly to destinations and then rent a car but this time we decided to drive through Europe - maybe a mistake but maybe not ;)

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7. Re: Our initial itinerary for a roadtrip - is it sensible?

I do understand what you mean. And you don't have to explain. As you can see I'm the first to enjoy just cruising only on a bike. I just thought it would be a shame to be going close to something that would really interest you and not even know it's there. Happens to me a lot. :)

Sadly, the main road along the west coast doesn't really offer much of a view as it's seemingly never close enough (except at the Lim canal) and because the terrain is rather flat. But driving on it may still give you the sense of being at sea. :)

However, it just occurred to me that when going to Zadar you should really drive along the eastern coast. Because Mt. Učka makes that road reach good hights and then there are often no obstructions of any kind and the road is virtually on the edge. This might give you the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9J2bIO9gUI And then you reach Mošćenička Draga, the most popular (and possibly largest) beach on the east coast (pebble) where you can relax. To reach it, you'd go from Poreč (or anywhere) through Pazin (highway) and then through Gračišće, another of the hilltop towns. Not nearly as impressive as Motovun and Grožnjan but with amazing views. A short break, perhaps. I've just began editing that ride so no movie yet but here's a picture: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JVe0x2JkazIJxUND3

Then straight down towards Vozilići and Plomin which is another great tiny town: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6yTszrNIuqLkNjVp1 Although, if you have the time, I would recommend a little detour from Vozilići to Labin and its old town on top of a small hill. Great views and could also be interesting to kids, especially with a noddy train. https://photos.app.goo.gl/xLjYegUcxRYP2MrE2 And you could even go down to Rabac (just 3 km from Labin) for some relaxing time, a great promenade, a multitude of beaches and cafes: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Z3E4K3KuHh4CZF4z2 and https://photos.app.goo.gl/L7X6pOGUAiBYzLXp1 All with another noddy train (at least I think it's not the same one from Labin).

And, on the way from Rijeka zo Zadar, make sure to get off the highway at least at Bakar and then ride through the bay.

I believe this would all be great for a beautiful scenic drive with great places to relax in on a short visit/break. Btw, you can still catch glimpses of them (Pazin, Gračišće, Labin, Plomin, Rabac, Bakar) in my Season 2017 short promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9ExAQ5y8zU And I actually do have a finished movie for Bakar, if youre interested.

Anyway, take a look and if anything seems to be what you like I can give you more details and tell you exactly where it is and how to get there. Isn't planning fun? :)

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