10 days in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro Itinerary

10 days in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro Itinerary

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Fly to Zagreb, Bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park sightseeing planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Plitvice Lakes National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

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Split, Croatia

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): walk around Marjan Park, then kick back and relax at Bene Beach, and then make a trip to Pjaca.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Split planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Split

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): wander the streets of The historic urban site of Pocitelj, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica, then snap pictures at Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija), and finally take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most).

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mostar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Mostar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. April in Mostar sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Escape the urban bustle at Lokrum Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Clara Stones. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, don't miss a visit to Stradun, and stroll through Lapad Beach.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik holiday planner.

Drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Kotor, Montenegro

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Bečići Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rocks. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Lovćen National Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Montenegro travel guide

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Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.