18 days in Croatia, Montenegro & Mostar Itinerary

18 days in Croatia, Montenegro & Mostar Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
Taxi to Stari Grad, Ferry to Korcula Town
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Perast, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and then take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zagreb online holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Zagreb Airport. In August in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovinj.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Rovinj, Croatia — 1 night

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St. Thomas the Apostle and then head outdoors with Dolphin Watching Rovinj.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Rovinj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Zagreb in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovinj, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 night

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park travel planner.

Take a bus from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Split on the 3rd (Sat).
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 3rd (Sat), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Old Split, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bacvice Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Split trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Hvar, Croatia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Health Church, do a tasting at Tomic Winery, and then don't miss a visit to Pjaca (Square).

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hvar holiday builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Korcula Town.
Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trip
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Korcula Town, Croatia — 1 night

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, then do a tasting at Lovric Winery, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Korcula Town online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 6 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Beach Kupari and Srebreno Beach. Popular historic sites such as Walls of Dubrovnik and St. John's Fortress are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Dominican Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Minceta Fortress, enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue beach, and sample the tasty concoctions at Dubrovnik Beer Company.

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Traveling by ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Perast.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip
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Perast, Montenegro — 1 night

Tourists on holiday in Perast often compare the city to Venice.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): head off the coast to Island of Saint George, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John the Baptist.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Perast trip maker site.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Perast by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Perast, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Kotor, Montenegro — 1 night

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 14th (Wed): make a trip to Kotor City Walls & Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery and Church of St. Clare, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pjaca od Drva, then don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health, and finally explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kotor online road trip planner.

Kotor is just a stone's throw from Perast. In September, daytime highs in Kotor are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Mostar.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, then do a tasting at Andrija Wine Cellars, and then stroll the grounds of Radimlja. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), then contemplate the long history of Biscevica Kuca (Biscevic House), and then contemplate the long history of Sniper Tower.

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Drive from Kotor to Mostar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Mostar, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.

Montenegro travel guide

4.5
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.