19 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

19 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

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19 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  19​h
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 30​min
4
Island of Vis, Croatia
— 5 nights
ferry:  5​h 30​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kotor, Montenegro
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
7
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
train:  2​h
8
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 26th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then admire the masterpieces at Croatian Museum of Naive Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb itinerary maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Zagreb. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in May: highs in Zagreb hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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 27th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Cascades.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Plitvice Lakes National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Tours
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3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dubovica and Milna. Get a sense of the local culture at Spanjola and Stari Grad Plain. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Malo Grablje.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hvar vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Hvar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Plitvice Lakes National Park in May: highs in Hvar hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You will leave for Island of Vis on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Stari Grad Plain, Malo Grablje
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Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Milna ©
Milna
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

5
nights
Island of Vis, Croatia

Island of Vis ©
Just off Croatia's coast, Island of Vis remains best known for the eponymous town, where you'll be able to see ancient city walls and a public bath from the Roman times.
Escape the urban bustle at Stiniva Cove and Hum. Explore hidden gems such as Srebrna Bay and Zaglav Beach. It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Stoncica Bay.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Island of Vis travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Island of Vis takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hvar in May: highs in Island of Vis hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You will leave for Dubrovnik on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Island of Vis

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Stiniva Cove ©
Stiniva Cove
Hum ©
Hum

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 5th (Mon): head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, then delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine, and then steep yourself in history at Stradun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Island of Vis to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

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hours
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.
To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kotor trip generator.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kotor when traveling from Dubrovnik in June, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Museums Historic Sites
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Maritime Museum ©
Maritime Museum
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni ©

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 7th (Wed), wander the streets of The historic urban site of Pocitelj.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Mostar trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Mostar in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The historic urban site of Pocitelj
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
The historic urban site of Pocitelj ©

3
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Sarajevska Pivara, take a stroll through Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, get engrossed in the history at Gallery 11/07/95, then steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, and finally steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): trek along Vrelo Bosne.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sarajevo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Sarajevo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mostar in June: high temperatures in Sarajevo hover around 29°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Vrelo Bosne ©
Vrelo Bosne
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija

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