11 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

11 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

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11 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Podgorica, Montenegro
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Metkovic, Croatia
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
6
Vodice, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Novalja, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
10
Makarska, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Gornji Ugao Tower and then steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, then don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, and finally contemplate the long history of Gradske Zidine.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik travel route builder app .

Plitvice Lakes National Park to Dubrovnik is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
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 11th (Sat), make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Paul.

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You can drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Kotor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

1
night
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Ploce Beach, then contemplate the long history of Citadela Fortress, then make a trip to Budva City Walls, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Budva.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Budva online route builder .

Budva is just a stone's throw from Kotor. In August in Budva, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Budva

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ploce Beach ©
Ploce Beach
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Citadel ©
Citadel

few
hours
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Podgorica online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Budva to Podgorica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Metkovic on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Podgorica

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
day
Metkovic, Croatia

Metkovic ©
Metković is a city in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia, located in the southeast of the country, on the banks of the river Neretva and on the border with Herzegovina.DemographicsThe total population of the city is 16,788 inhabitants, in the following settlements: Dubravica, population 90 Glušci, population 76 Metković, population 15,329 Prud, population 497 Vid, population 796 In the census of 2011, 96.8% of the population self-identified as Croats.HistoryThe city was first mentioned in a 1422 court document as a small farming town. On the 13th (Mon), Head underground at Jama U Predolcu and then see the interesting displays at Natural history museum - The Ornithological Collection.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Metkovic travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Podgorica to Metkovic in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Metkovic are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vodice.

Things to do in Metkovic

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
 Natural History Museum in Metković ©
Jama U Predolcu ©
Jama U Predolcu

1
night
Vodice, Croatia

Vodice ©
Vodice is a town in the Šibenik-Knin County, Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Dalmatian Ethno Village, contemplate the long history of The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, admire the landmark architecture of Town Hall Sibenik, meet the residents at Aquarium Terrarium Sibenik, then contemplate the long history of St. Michael's Fortress, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Medieval Mediteranean Garden.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vodice trip planner .

Traveling by car from Metkovic to Vodice takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Vodice can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Vodice

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sibenik
Highlights from your plan
Aquarium Terrarium Sibenik ©
Aquarium Terrarium Sibenik
The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik ©
Dalmatian Ethno Village ©
Dalmatian Ethno Village

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Greeting to the Sun, see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, make a trip to Paseo Maritimo, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, then make a trip to Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ), and finally make a trip to The Forum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zadar travel planning tool .

Drive from Vodice to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Vodice in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Zadar. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Novalja.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Illusions ©
Museum of Illusions
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

1
night
Novalja, Croatia

Novalja ©
Novalja is a town in the north of the island of Pag in the Croatian part of Adriatic Sea. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Simuni Beach and then don't miss a visit to Rucica Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Novalja road trip website .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Novalja takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Novalja

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Simuni Beach
Highlights from your plan
Simuni Beach ©
Simuni Beach
Rucica Beach ©
Rucica Beach

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Split driving holiday planner .

Drive from Novalja to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Makarska.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

1
night
Makarska, Croatia

Makarska ©
Makarska is a small city on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60km southeast of Split and 140km northwest of Dubrovnik. On the 18th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Kacic Square, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brela Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Rata Beach.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Makarska trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Split to Makarska in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Makarska can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Makarska

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Brela
Highlights from your plan
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Brela Beach ©
Brela Beach

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