Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my post. This forum has been incredibly informative. I will be doing a month long whirl wind trip in august across Europe for over a month with my girl friend. Part of my trip calls for about 5 nights in Croatia. From reading the forums/travel guides, I gather that the smartest plan given the small amount of time I will be spending in Croatia is 3 nights in Dubrovnik (flying in via Budapest) and 2 nights in Hvar. From Hvar, the next stop on my itinerary is Venice and I am having trouble figuring out the logistics of these routes.
1. First question is, given my limited itinerary, should I stop in Hvar or are there other destinations that are more “important” to visit.
2 . (Assuming I will be going to Hvar): From Dubrovnik to Hvar I understand there are two options available to me: ferry or bus(to Split). At this point I am considering the ferry, although I have heard that the 8 hour ride gets very boring. What is the best ferry line to take given the multiple options? Or should I just take the bus?
3. My biggest problem is finding a fast direct route to Venice. Ideally, it seems that the fastest option would be to take an overnight ferry from Split to Chioggia (near Venice) via Enermar(http://www.enermar.it); However, the website is confusing for me and I think that perhaps this route is closed in 2006. Can anyone verify this? The second best option seems to be to take an overnight ferry to Ancona followed by an afternoon train to Venice. I am not to happy about this option as I would prefer to find a direct route and would also prefer to arrive in Venice via water. The only way to arrive via water seems to be to take a ferry from a town on the Istria coast. Should I opt for this option?
Again, thank you for taking the time to read my post. Any advice will be very much appreciated!