20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Balkans tour planner

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Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive to Makarska, Ferry to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Krk Island, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Motovun, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 1 night

Pearl of the Adriatic

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 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Dance Beach, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, and finally head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik day trip app.

Washington DC, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Dubrovnik is 6 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

Kotor, Montenegro

— 1 night

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

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 21st (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Trg Sv. Tripuna, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 64°F in Kotor. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:

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 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kajtaz House, take in the awesome beauty at Apparition Hill, then admire the sheer force of Kravica, and finally learn about all things military at War Photo Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, then contemplate the waterfront views at Neretva River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mostar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Mostar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Mostar are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Hvar, Croatia

— 4 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pakleni Otoci. Kids will enjoy Spanish Fortress and Dubovica Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, step off the mainland to explore Jerolim, learn about winemaking at Tomic Winery, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Hvar day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mostar to Hvar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Mostar in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hvar, with lows of 72°F. You will leave for Split on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, enjoy the sand and surf at Kasuni Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bacvice Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Split road trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Split in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. July in Split sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:
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Zadar, Croatia

— 2 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zadar trip website.

Traveling by car from Split to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zadar, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 2 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Step out of Plitvice Lakes National Park with an excursion to Rastoke in Slunj--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gradinsko Lake.

Plan my day in Plitvice Lakes National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Krk Island.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Krk Island, Croatia

— 2 nights

Golden Island

A trip to Krk Island ensures you enjoy some Italian atmosphere and loads of Croatian culture.
On the 2nd (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Adriatic aquarium Baska, then admire all the interesting features of Baska, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stara Baska (Old Baska), and finally make a trip to Vrbnik. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Trsat Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Lungo Mare, and then don't miss a visit to Maiden With The Seagull.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Krk Island attractions planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Krk Island by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Krk Island sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Motovun.

Things to do in Krk Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Motovun, Croatia

— 3 nights
Motovun is a village in central Istria, Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): put a fun spin on your tour with Truffle Hunting, make a trip to Bell Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ancient City Walls, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun. On your second day here, Head underground at Festinsko Kraljevstvo, explore the fascinating underground world of Pazin Cave, and then get outside with Pazin Chasm.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Motovun trip planner.

You can drive from Krk Island to Motovun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motovun

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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