20 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

20 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

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20 days in Croatia & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Ostend, Belgium
+4
train + Fly + foot + shuttle + bus:  15​h
1
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sibenik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Pluzine, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
9
Perast, Montenegro
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
10
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Lumbarda, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Mljet National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
Pula, Croatia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  14​h
End: Ostend, Belgium

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along The Lower Lakes, have some family-friendly fun at Active vacation BTZ, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rastoke.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park attractions site .

Ostend, Belgium to Plitvice Lakes National Park is an approximately 15-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rastoke
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

1
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Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 12th (Thu), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then don't miss a visit to Zadar Land City Gates, and then make a trip to Paseo Maritimo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zadar travel route planning tool .

Take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Sibenik.

Things to do in Zadar

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

1
night
Sibenik, Croatia

Sibenik ©
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Strand Banj, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, and then identify plant and animal life at Sokolarski Raptor Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sibenik trip planner.

Take a bus from Zadar to Sibenik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Zadar in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sibenik, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Sibenik

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik ©

1
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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Split online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sibenik to Split takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Split can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Zabljak.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic) ©
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic)
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

1
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Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. On the 15th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Stecci, then snap pictures at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, then head outdoors with Adventure Park Durmitor, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zabljak visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Split to Zabljak takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pluzine.

Things to do in Zabljak

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Black Lake ©
Black Lake
Đurđevića Tara Bridge ©
Đurđevića Tara Bridge
Adventure Park Durmitor ©
Adventure Park Durmitor

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Pluzine, Montenegro

Pluzine ©
Plužine is a town in northwestern Montenegro. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Piva Canyon and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pivskoe Reservoir.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pluzine road trip website .

Getting from Zabljak to Pluzine by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Pluzine can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Podgorica.

Things to do in Pluzine

Nature Parks
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Pivskoe Reservoir ©
Pivskoe Reservoir

1
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Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Moraca River, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Podgorica trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pluzine to Podgorica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Podgorica

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Moraca River ©
Moraca River
Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja ©
Saborni Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja

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Kotor, Montenegro

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health, explore the historical opulence of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Trg Sv. Tripuna, then cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Trg od brasna.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotor day trip planning app .

Getting from Podgorica to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Kotor, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Perast.

Things to do in Kotor

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni
Trg Sv. Tripuna ©
Trg Sv. Tripuna

1
night
Perast, Montenegro

Perast ©
Perast is an old town on the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Banja Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church, get to know the fascinating history of Martinovic Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and finally kick back and relax at Bajova Kula Beach.

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

Perast is just a stone's throw from Kotor. September in Perast sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Herceg-Novi.

Things to do in Perast

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Banja Monastery
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R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
St. Nikola Church ©
St. Nikola Church
Banja Monastery ©
Banja Monastery

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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro

Herceg-Novi ©
Herceg Novi is a coastal town in Montenegro located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor and at the foot of Mount Orjen. On the 20th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Russian Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Leopold Mandic, then Head underground at Blue Grotto, then make a trip to Herceg Novi City Archive, and finally take a stroll through Herceg Novi Old Town.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Herceg-Novi online trip itinerary builder .

Herceg-Novi is very close to Perast. In September, daytime highs in Herceg-Novi are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Herceg-Novi

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Herceg Novi Old Town ©
Herceg Novi Old Town
Blue Grotto ©
Blue Grotto

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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 21st (Sat): take a stroll through Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Cavtat Seaside Promenade, stroll the grounds of Cavtat Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Herceg-Novi to Dubrovnik with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Herceg-Novi in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Lumbarda.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

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Lumbarda, Croatia

Lumbarda ©
On the 23rd (Mon), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kula Svih Svetih, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, then make a trip to Korcula Old City, and finally examine the collection at House of Marco Polo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lumbarda online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Lumbarda takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lumbarda are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Mljet National Park.

Things to do in Lumbarda

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Korcula Town, Korcula Old City
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House of Marco Polo ©
House of Marco Polo
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral

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Mljet National Park, Croatia

Mljet National Park
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head off the coast to St. Mary Island.

Plan a trip to Mljet National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Lumbarda to Mljet National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mljet National Park can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Pula.

Things to do in Mljet National Park

Nature Parks

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Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia. Explore Pula's surroundings by going to Opatija (The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina & Lungo Mare), Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun (in Motovun) and Dvigrad (in Kanfanar). There's much more to do: make a trip to Valle dIstria/Bale, indulge your taste buds at Aura Distillery, admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula.

Planning Pula trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mljet National Park to Pula. Traveling from Mljet National Park in September, Pula is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Opatija, Lavanda Deklevi, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Valle dIstria/Bale, Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia
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Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Arco dei Sergi ©
Arco dei Sergi

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