13 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

13 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

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13 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Kotor Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  15​h 15​min
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Zadar, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
9
Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
11
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stop by Handmade in Zagreb, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zagreb trip maker .

Vancouver, Canada to Zagreb is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Zagreb. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

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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 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Port of Rovinj, then don't miss a visit to Spiaggia Isola rossa, Rovigno, and then get to know the fascinating history of Main Street.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovinj travel route planner .

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites
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Main Street ©
Main Street
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

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Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sea Organ, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, then don't miss a visit to Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar, and finally explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zadar tour itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Rovinj to Zadar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
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Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates

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Split, Croatia

Split
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 22nd (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Split itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in October, Split is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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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 23rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine, wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town, and then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Stradun and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip planner .

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Grubonja Palace.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in October since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Gurdich Gate ©
Gurdich Gate
Grubonja Palace ©
Grubonja Palace

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 25th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at War Photo Exhibition and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Partisan Cemetery.

Plan a Mostar trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kotor to Mostar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Mostar are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Medjugorje.

Things to do in Mostar

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

River Buna Spring
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River Buna Spring ©
River Buna Spring
Partisan Cemetery ©
Partisan Cemetery

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Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Medjugorje
Međugorje, or Medjugorje, is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 25km southwest of Mostar and close to the border of Croatia. To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Medjugorje route maker tool .

Medjugorje is just a stone's throw from Mostar. In October in Medjugorje, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Medjugorje

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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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 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and then get engrossed in the history at Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sarajevo online visit planner .

Getting from Medjugorje to Sarajevo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Medjugorje in October; daily highs in Sarajevo reach 20°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Museums
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Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) ©
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain)
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites
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Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery

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