11 days in Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

11 days in Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

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11 days in Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

Basel, Switzerland
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
Basel, Switzerland

3
days
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Old Castle (Stari Grad). Let the collections at Museum of Broken Relationships and Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, admire the masterpieces at Mimara, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zagreb trip planner.

Basel, Switzerland to Zagreb is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Zagreb are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Banja Luka.

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Old Castle (Stari Grad)
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1
day
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the capital Sarajevo and is the largest city of the Republika Srpska entity. On the 11th (Mon), explore the activities along Vrbas River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mariastern Abbey, then take in the exciting artwork at Republika Srpska Art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the Savior Cathedral Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Banja Luka custom trip planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Banja Luka in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sarajevo.

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Vrbas River
Mariastern Abbey

2
days
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.
On the 12th (Tue), browse the fresh offerings at Pijaca Markale, wander the streets of Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Srca Isusova, then get engrossed in the history at Gallery 11/07/95, and finally steep yourself in history at Bascarsija. On the next day, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sarajevska Pivara, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, then steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sarajevo vacation planner.

Getting from Banja Luka to Sarajevo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Sarajevo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

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Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain)

3
days
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gornji Ugao Tower and Old Town. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dominican Monastery and Vlaho Bukovac House. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, get a taste of the local shopping with STJEPKO ART, examine the collection at War Photo Limited, and explore the galleries of Franciscan Monastery.

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Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in September; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Brsalje Street
Old Town
Gornji Ugao Tower

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