19 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

19 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stop by Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then explore the world behind art at Croatian Museum of Naive Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zagreb travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
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.
For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 28th (Sun), you're off 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spanjola and Stari Grad Plain. Explore hidden gems such as Dubovica Beach and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci and examine the collection at Malo Grablje.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Hvar in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Hvar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 31st (Wed), you'll travel to Island of Vis.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Malo Grablje, Dubovica Beach, Stari Grad Plain
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Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Srebrna Bay and Zaglav Beach. Get outdoors at Stiniva Cove and Stoncica Bay. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Hum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Island of Vis tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Island of Vis takes 1.5 hours. In May in Island of Vis, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Dubrovnik.

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.
On the 5th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then contemplate the long history of Stradun. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik planner.

Getting from Island of Vis to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
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.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castle Of San Giovanni and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kotor trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier 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 enough time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Castle Of San Giovanni
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Castle Of San Giovanni
Castle Of San Giovanni
Maritime Museum ©
Maritime Museum

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.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mostar online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Mostar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

The historic urban site of Pocitelj
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The historic urban site of Pocitelj ©
The historic urban site of Pocitelj
Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar ©
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

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): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sarajevska Pivara, take a stroll through Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95, then contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, and finally steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain). On your second day here, walk around Vrelo Bosne.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sarajevo trip planner.

You can take a train from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vrelo Bosne
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History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina ©
History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija

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