18 days in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro Itinerary

18 days in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  16 h
1
Budva, Montenegro
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
5
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
7
Trogir, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
9
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Zagreb, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Singapore, Singapore

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Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, and then explore the historical opulence of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni.

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Singapore, Singapore to Budva is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Budva at 17°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Herceg-Novi.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stari Grad Kotor, Castle Of San Giovanni
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni

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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro

Herceg-Novi
Herceg Novi is a coastal town in Montenegro located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor and at the foot of Mount Orjen. On the 16th (Mon), explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Michael the Archangel, don't miss a visit to Belavista Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Leopold Mandic, then make a trip to Mamula Fortress, and finally don't miss a visit to Drinking fountain Karacha.

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Getting from Budva to Herceg-Novi by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Herceg-Novi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Herceg-Novi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bay of Kotor
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Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Mamula Fortress ©
Mamula Fortress
Church of Michael the Archangel ©
Church of Michael the Archangel

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Pile Gate, then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): head off the coast to Island of Lokrum and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner .

Traveling by car from Herceg-Novi to Dubrovnik takes an hour. Traveling from Herceg-Novi in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dubrovnik, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarajevo.

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

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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 19th (Thu): make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then steep yourself in history at Bascarsija.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sarajevo trip planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Tours
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Walking tours
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Sarajevo War Tunnel ©
Sarajevo War Tunnel

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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 20th (Fri), make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Studio Pandur, and then take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Mostar trip planner .

Traveling by train from Sarajevo to Mostar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Art Studio Pandur ©
Art Studio Pandur

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally don't miss a visit to Gaspina mlinica.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Split visit planner .

You can drive from Mostar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Split, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trogir.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Church Of St. Roch, Gaspina mlinica
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Gaspina mlinica ©
Gaspina mlinica

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Trogir, Croatia

A small Dalmatian town dating back to the Hellenistic period, Trogir represents a melting pot of Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences.
On the 22nd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Kairos Collection, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then steep yourself in history at Historic City of Trogir.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Trogir online holiday planner .

Getting from Split to Trogir by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Trogir can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Trogir

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Speed Boats Tours
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mashtel Distillery, don't miss a visit to Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar, then make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), then explore the fascinating underground world of Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), and finally put a fun spin on your tour with City Game Zadar.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zadar trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trogir to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Trogir in December, plan for little chillier nights in Zadar, with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), Mashtel Distillery
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Mashtel Distillery ©
Mashtel Distillery

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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 24th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Ciginovac Lake, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Milanovacki Slap, and finally admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rijeka.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

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Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). On the 25th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of The Governor's Palace, explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle, make a trip to The Islamic Center of Rijeka, stop by Kredenca Opatija, then get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, and finally make a trip to Gradski Toranj (City Tower).

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Rijeka trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rijeka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Opatija
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Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Kredenca Opatija ©
Kredenca Opatija
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Sensperience, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb tour planner .

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rijeka in December: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

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

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