12 days in Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

12 days in Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
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Perusic, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

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.
Head to Dubrovnik Treasures and Vina Milicicfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like War Photo Limited and Cavtat Old Town. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, visit Old Town, and stop by GIFT & ART SHOP MEDUSA.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik holiday maker app.

Kansas City, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kansas City to Dubrovnik, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in December, expect Dubrovnik to be somewhat warmer, temps between 55°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
On the 24th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, stop by Kalem i Misk, then stop by Bazerdzan, then look for gifts at Gradska Trznica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Sevdah Art House, look for gifts at Badem Boutique, look for gifts at Isfahan Gallery, then stop by W Market Epicerie Fine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, and finally look for gifts at Magaza.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sarajevo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Studio Pandur, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mostar travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mostar are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Medjugorje.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Međugorje, or Medjugorje, is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 25km southwest of Mostar and close to the border of Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): appreciate the history behind il Monte Della Croce, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Apparition Hill, and then do a tasting at Andrija Wine Cellars.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Medjugorje trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mostar to Medjugorje in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Medjugorje can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Medjugorje

Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Riva Harbor, then add some fun to your beach time Ilirio's Hvar Tours, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and finally look for gifts at Filigran Split.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Split planner.

Traveling by car from Medjugorje to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Medjugorje in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 41°F in Split. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Perusic.

Things to do in Split

Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Perusic, Croatia

— 1 night
Perušić is a town and a municipality in Lika-Senj County, Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Grabovača.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Perusic vacation planner.

Getting from Split to Perusic by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Perusic

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 30th (Sun), stop by Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts, look for gifts at Kredenca Zagreb, look for gifts at Handmade in Zagreb, take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then stop by La Chocolate, and finally look for gifts at Heritage Croatian Food. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): hunt for treasures at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, then stop by Spicy Days , and then look for gifts at Vinoteka Vintesa.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb online road trip planner.

Getting from Perusic to Zagreb by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Croatia travel guide

4.4
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

4.4
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.