20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rovinj, Croatia
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Pula, Croatia
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Slunj, Croatia
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
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Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Krka National Park, Croatia
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zavala, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 day
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Studenci, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
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Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for gifts at Take Me Home, enjoy breathtaking views from Zagreb 360, and then make a trip to Tkalciceva. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Croatian State Archives, then wander the streets of Lower Town, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb online tour itinerary maker.

Manama, Bahrain to Zagreb is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Manama in July, you will find days in Zagreb are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are colder (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Rovinj, Croatia

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovinj attractions planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Rovinj in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll set off for Pula on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Rovinj

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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Pula, Croatia

It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pula online route planner.

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Pula takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Pula, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Slunj.

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Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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Slunj, Croatia

Slunj is a town in the mountainous part of Central Croatia, located along the important North-South route to the Adriatic Sea between Karlovac and Plitvice Lakes National Park, on the meeting of the rivers Korana and Slunjčica . To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Slunj travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Pula to Slunj takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Slunj

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Slunj to Plitvice Lakes National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for Zadar on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), and then don't miss a visit to Greeting to the Sun - Il Saluto al Sole. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zadar trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Krka National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Transportation · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Krka National Park, Croatia

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Getting from Zadar to Krka National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in July, Krka National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. You'll set off for Split on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Krka National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for gifts at Break Time.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Split day trip planning app.

Drive from Krka National Park to Split in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

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Hvar, Croatia

— 2 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.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Spanish Fortress, head off the coast to Jerolim, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mlini Beach, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hvar trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure
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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.
For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll set off for Zavala on the 10th (Sun).

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Zavala, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Vjetrenica.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zavala trip planner.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Zavala in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Zavala can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Studenci.

Things to do in Zavala

Parks · Nature
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Studenci, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Studenci is a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Studenci trip planner.

Getting from Zavala to Studenci by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zavala in July, you will find days in Studenci are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). You will leave for Blagaj on the 10th (Sun).

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Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Blagaj is a village-town in the south-eastern region of the Mostar basin, in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of Bosnia and Herzegovina. To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Blagaj trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Studenci to Blagaj takes an hour. July in Blagaj sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will leave for Mostar on the 10th (Sun).

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Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Kajtaz House, then take in the views from Old Bridge (Stari Most), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koski-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally hunt for treasures at Old Bazar Kujundziluk.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mostar trip planner.

Mostar is just a short distance from Blagaj. In July, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

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), take an in-depth tour of Galerija 11/07/95, take an in-depth tour of War Childhood Museum, steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Vijećnica, and finally take in the views from Latin Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, then go all around town with City Tours, and then steep yourself in history at Bascarsija.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo trip builder website.

You can drive from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in July, things will get little chillier in Sarajevo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Visegrad.

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Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Višegrad is a town in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina resting at the confluence of the Drina and the Rzav river, in the synonymous municipality in Republika Srpska entity. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take a stroll through Andricgrad and then snap pictures at Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Visegrad trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Sarajevo to Visegrad in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to Jajce.

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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Jajce is a town and municipality located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Bosanska Krajina region. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jajce trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Visegrad to Jajce takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. July in Jajce sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to Banja Luka.

Things to do in Jajce

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Banja Luka, ) or Banjaluka is the largest city and the de facto capital of the Republika Srpska entity and second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the capital Sarajevo. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Vrbas River, take in the dramatic scenery at Krupa Water Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Republika Sprska. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Banja Luka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ferhadija Mosque, and then step into the grandiose world of Tvrdava Kastel.

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Drive from Jajce to Banja Luka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Jajce in July since evenings lows in Banja Luka dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Banja Luka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Tkalciceva, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Banja Luka to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.