15 Days in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro

Day by day itinerary

Aerial view of the main square in Zagreb

Arrival in Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia!

Your first stop is Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Zagreb is the largest city in the country and the one with the best position. The city is located in the heart of the country, which makes it an excellent starting point for exploring Croatia.

An old yellow building

Zagreb (city tour)

Enjoy your stay and explore the main spots of Zagreb such as Ban Jelačić Square, Dolac open-air market, Kaptol Cathedral, and the famous Tkalčićeva Street that is full of bars and restaurants. Make sure to pay a visit to the Upper Town with the beautiful Church of St. Mark. Take a ride at the funicular and also visit the Flowers Square.
If you have more time to spare, take the bus and go further. Explore the Maksimir Zoo, the Dinamo Stadium, and the Mirogoj Cemetery.

More information about the capital is available here.

A lake with an island in the center, surrounded by wood and mountains

Zagreb – Lake Bled – Ljubljana 

Continue your journey to Slovenia. The charming Lake Bled is world-renowned for having a natural island right in the center of the lake. To visit the island you will have to embark on the one of the charming little boats called “pletna”. The ride is calm and takes about 25 minutes. After visiting the natural island, and the church on the lake, get to know the Bled Castle, which rises above the lake, on top of a rock. From there you will have the most beautiful view of the lake and of the mountains that surround it. For more info click here!

After exploring the Lake Bled, head towards Ljubljana, the charming capital of the country.

A river flowing through the city, with a lovely stone bridge in the background

Ljubljana (city tour)

The capital of Slovenia is a lovely town by the river, famous for its numerous bridges, each of which stands out for its unique architecture. Ljubljana is a flat, delightful city, that can easily be explored on foot. Visit the main attractions in the center of Ljubljana, pass the main bridges over the Ljubljanica River, discover the sad love story of the writer Prešeren, the leading Slovenian poet, as well as the story of a Dragon, the symbol of Ljubljana. Ljubljana is also known as the “green capital”, so leave enough time to visit one of the parks!

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The interior of the cave

Ljubljana – Postojna Cave – Karlovac

Continue your trip towards one of the most famous caves in Europe, the Postojna Cave. The Postojna Cave itself is more than 24 km long, but the part open for visitors is only 5 km long. The tour of the cave consists of 1,5 km on foot and 3,5 km by an electric train. The cave was discovered as early as the 17th century and it is full of different cave formations that are result of the action of the Pivka River. Learn more here!

After visiting the cave, return to the Croatian territory, towards the city of Karlovac, which is known as the city of the 4 rivers and the city of parks.

Aerial view of the lake, waterfall and the wooden passage in the national park

Karlovac – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar

Leave Karlovac and start your journey to the south of Croatia. Make a stop at the most beautiful place in the country and visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The Park is a place of unique natural beauty and it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 16 larger lakes and several smaller lakes. The lakes are all interconnected as if they were a ladder – they are cascading one into the other over a number of beautiful waterfalls. The Plitvice Lakes National Park covers the area of around 300 km2 and it is home to more than 250 animal species and more than 1,400 plant species. Get more info on the link.

After making a stop at the national park, continue your trip towards Zadar, in Dalmatia.

A stone church built oin the Baroque style

Zadar (city tour)

Zadar is one of the main cities on the coast that became world famous thanks to the world’s first and only Sea Organ. The waves interact with the structure creating random but harmonic sounds. You can sit and relax on the marble steps of the organ and enjoy the sea breeze and the most beautiful sunset in the world! Right next to the Sea Organ, there is another interesting instalation called “Sun Salutation”, that lights up in an explosion of colors after every sunset and offers the visitors of Zadar a unique light-show experience.

More info about Zadar is available here.

A beautiful cathedral located on the top of the stairs

Zadar – Šibenik – Split

Continue your journey towards the city of Split, but first make a stop in Šibenik. Unlike the other coastal towns that were founded by Greeks, Romans and other nations, Šibenik was founded by Croats. And it is considered to be the oldest city on the eastern shore of the Adriatic.
The main church in the city, the Cathedral of St. James, was inscribed on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cathedral was built in stone in the Gothic and Renaissance architectural style.

After exploring the city of Šibenik, head towards Split.

Panoramical view of Split

Split (city tour)

The main attraction of the city of Split is the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built in the 5th century BC. This palace is one of the best preserved in Europe and it is located on Riva, the seaside promenade of the city. You can also visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, with the 57-meters-high bell tower. Next to St. Domnius Cathedral you will find the impressive Vestibule and the Peristyle, which was once the central square of the palace. Split is the second largest city in Croatia, which not only offers a beautiful architecture, but also has the best beaches and rich nightlife.

For more info about Split, follow the link.

An old stone tower

Split – Ston – Dubrovnik

After leaving Split, start traveling towards Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. But, before getting there, make a strategic stop in Ston and Mali Ston. The region is famous for its oysters and fresh seafood. It’s a great place to have lunch, stretch your legs and enjoy the view of the region. The town of Mali Ston is also known for the second longest defensive wall in the world and the longest one in Europe.

Later, continue your trip to Dubrovnik.

Aerial view of the old town of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (city tour)

The city of Dubrovnik is located at the very south of Dalmatia. This medieval city lies right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. The old town walls date back to the 16th century and are among the best preserved in the world. The entrance to the walled city is free and the best way to visit it is to get lost in its streets.
There are two main gates to the city: Pile and Ploče. Entering the Pile gate, you will find yourself at the beginning of Stradun, the city’s main street. There, you can also see the Franciscan Church with the bell tower and the Monastery.

If you wanna know more about Dubrovnik, click here.

An old stone bridge that connects two parts of the city

Dubrovnik – Medjugorje – Mostar  – Dubrovnik

Visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. Your first stop is Medjugorje, the religious center of the region. It is believed that the Virgin Mary had appeared to six local children in 1981. From then on, the town became a popular place among the believers.

Later, continue to Mostar, one of the most visited cities in the country. What attracts so many visitors is the famous bridge, Stari Most (Old Bridge), which is located in the historic center of the city. The bridge is 21 meters high and, during the summer, it is possible to watch a select group of divers who jump from the top of the old bridge into the river!

The walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (boat ride to the Island of Lokrum)

Dubrovnik is the most impressive walled city you will ever visit! Enjoy the day off to stroll the streets of Dubrovnik and explore the city. We recommend visiting the city walls (it is possible to make the entire extension of the walls, or only one half). Another option of getting to know the city is by the cable car. This way you will get the aerial view of Dubrovnik.

It is also possible to take a boat trip to the Island of Lokrum, where the famous throne from the “Game of Thrones” series is located!

 

Aerial view of the Kotor bay

Dubrovnik – The Bay of Kotor – Dubrovnik

In the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro), there are several small towns worth visiting. The old town of Kotor with its old stone houses is one of the tourist treasures in Montenegro. The atmosphere of the town is quite medieval and you will feel as if you had traveled in time. One of the great attractions of the city is the endless number of steps at the end of the medieval city that will take you all the way up the hill. At the top, you will have the view of the entire bay! A few kilometers from Kotor there is a small town of Perast, an obligatory stop for religious travelers. Perast houses two nearby islets, Our Lady of the Rocks and St. George.

Airplane

Departure from Dubrovnik

Thank you for visiting Croatia! We hope you enjoyed your stay and wish you a lovely trip back home.

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Croatia Slovenia Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro 15 days itinerary was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by Marilia Oliveira

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