I am going to be leaving Istanbul on the 27th April 2008 and want to get to Croatia. I have been looking on the internet but find I am getting very confused and would appreciate some assistance please.
Can anyone assist me in the best way to travel ie train, bus or fly? And the approx costs? Would it be cheaper to book from home (Australia) or on site in Istanbul?
Croatia has been recommended to me by a friend however I know very little about the country. I have heard the coastal area is beautiful and full of history but I am also interested in the country/rural areas. I will have approx one week in Croatia. So what would your suggestions be on the area to concentrate on please?
I would also appreciate any pointers on udget type baccomodation. I am a 52 yo female travelling on my own and therefore am not into the backpacker lifestyle/noise level anymore although do not rule out that sort of accomodation. What could you suggest for me?
Also I will need to travel from Croatia to Athens to fly home. Is there an interesting route you could suggest plus mode of transport to get to Athens? I would have approx one week for this part of the trip as I leave Athens on the 13th May.
Thank you in advance.
i think it would be best to fly from Istanbul to Zagreb (Croatia's capital) as all other means of transport would take you more than 20 hours (train, bus). So it would be good to check CROATIA AIRLINES at www.croatiaairlines.hr or Turkish airlines at http://www.thy.com to see what they can offer.
Then i suggest a day in Zagreb (i have no idea for accommodation in Zgb as everything is super expensive so somebody else might need to help with this part), next day take a bus to Plitvicka jezera (national park on the way to coast) http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/ stay there for a day (best find accommodation in rural homes/which are available all around but i can help once you know for sure what you want). Then proceed in bus towards the Adriatic coast and visit Sibenik, Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik in the remaining 4 days. All by bus, accommodation in private rooms or appartments (available everywhere on the coast). Return to Split and fly from there to Zagreb and then to Athens. If you are more adventureous for the return trip you can proceed from Dubrovnik to Montenegro, visit few places along the Montenegro 's coast and fly from Montenegro capital Podgorica (by http://www.montenegroairlines.com/eng/schedule.php ) to Athens (if there is a flight) or to Belgrade- Serbia (abt 100 Eur -one way) and then from there to Athens. http://www.olympicairlines.com/ - greek airlines (about 110 Euros) or JAT
the other aircarriers which operate in this region and you might need to check their offers are: ALITALIA, olympicairlines, Adria airways, JAT.
This,of course, is just my suggestion, there are other routes as well. If you decide to do any of this I am avialable to assist you with it.
Best of luck with your travels. The trip Turkey-Croatia-Greece seems as a good mix of everything and will give you a good feel of all those different cultures and civilizations.
Thank you so much Bobego for your time in getting this information together. Your itinery sounds very interesting and I will certainly look into all the links you have given me.
I really appreciate it as I was getting more and more confused the more I tried to sort it out myself.