24 days in Croatia, Mostar & Montenegro Itinerary

24 days in Croatia, Mostar & Montenegro Itinerary

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24 days in Croatia, Mostar & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Zadar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kotor, Montenegro
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 21st (Sat), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, then stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, and finally don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zagreb trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Zagreb is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Zagreb is minus 9 hours. September in Zagreb sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kamenjak National Park and then relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then explore the historical opulence of Kastel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, and finally meet the residents at Aquarium Pula.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pula online holiday planner .

Drive from Zagreb to Pula in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Pula, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamenjak National Park, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

3
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum Zadar, don't miss a visit to Bell Tower, make a trip to The Forum, then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Paseo Maritimo, explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and then tour the water at your own pace with Boat Rentals.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zadar trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Split.

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Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Speed Boats Tours
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the long history of Old Split, and then stop by Filigran Split.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip maker app .

Drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Split. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, then get great views at Spanjola, and then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hvar online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mostar.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mostar: Kravica (in Studenci) and il Monte Della Croce (in Medjugorje). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), explore the activities along Neretva River, make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, and brush up on your military savvy at War Photo Exhibition.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mostar online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hvar to Mostar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hvar in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mostar, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kravica, il Monte Della Croce
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Kravica ©
Kravica
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)

3
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik visit planner .

You can drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Mostar in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

4
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mamula Fortress in Herceg-Novi (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, steep yourself in history at Stari Grad Kotor, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kotor day trip website .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kotor when traveling from Dubrovnik in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Tivat Municipality, Risan, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Mamula Fortress
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor

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