Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro – 9 Days

Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro – 9 Days

Duration
9 Days
Group size
up to 8 persons
Arrival location
Split
Departure location
Dubrovnik
Duration
9 Days
Group size
8 persons
Arrival location
Split
Departure location
Dubrovnik

Overview

Embark on a unique journey of cultural fusion and historical richness with our Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina private tour. Witness the enchanting blend of Eastern and Western influences in Bosnia, where diverse religions, customs, and traditions converge. Explore the timeless allure of Mostar and Sarajevo, boasting both Ottoman-era old city centers and modern Western influences, as you delve into the complex tapestry of this remarkable country.

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  • Transportation in destination location as explaind in itinerary
  • English speaking driver & guide
  • Split olive oil and wine pairing
  • Photo safari with authentic boat through the Neretva Valley
  • Entrance fees to Dubrovnik city walls
  • Sightseeing tours included: Split, Šibenik, Krka, Mostar, Sarajevo, Neretva Valley, Dubrovnik,Kotor, Budva
  • Fligft tickets
  • Dinner, Drinks at meal, extra services and costs which are not in the program, personal expenses.

Itinerary

Today, as your plane descends over Croatia, you will catch your first glimpse of the quintessentially Croatian the pearl of the Adriatic– Split. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Wine bar_Authentic Palace Wall_Uje Oil bar in SplitIn the afternoon you will have olive oil and wine pairing. Guided tasting of three authentic Dalmatian wines that pair perfectly with three Istrian extra virgin olive oils. The wines and olive oils are paired with fleur de sel, aged red wine vinegar, freshly baked bread from our oven, cow and mixed
milk cheese, anchovies on honey dipped cottage cheese, dry fig jam and homemade tapenade. This is an offer for wine connoisseurs looking to enrich their wine experiences with tastes and fragrances of olive oil. Overnight in the hotel. (B)

Aerial view on Krka waterfall, Croatia

On th 3nd day we continue our Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina private tour with day trip to Krka National Park. The Krka National Park is one of numerous Croatian national parks that is named after the river Krka River which it encloses. It is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River in central Dalmatia. Due to its special position and the mosaic distribution of various types of habitats, it is characterized by exceptionally rich and varied flora and fauna. The Krka National Park features several places of interest. The attractions and facilities that are available include various footpaths, sightseeing tours and presentations, boat trips, souvenir shops, a museum, and restaurants. There are also several archaeological remains of unpreserved fortresses in the park’s vicinity dating back to ancient Roman times.

Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik, Croatia. UNESCO World Heritage Site

After visiting National Park Krka we continue our Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina private tour towards Šibenik, small port-city on the northern Dalmatian coast and is most famous for its Saint James Cathedral, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, as are the city wall, dating to the Venetian era. After Šibenik, We continue to Split with drive on local roads to enjoy scenic views of Dalmatian countryside. Overnight in the hotel.(B)

Mostar old bridge Photo credit Ante Butigan
Mostar old bridge Photo credit Ante Butigan

Today, We continue our Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina private tour. We are going to Sarajevo with stop in Mostar, town situated on Neretva river. What to visit while in Mostar Mostar has architecturally noteworthy buildings in a wide range of styles that are a mixture of indigenous and foreign styles. Such styles are visible in Mostar’s Franciscan church, the Ottoman MuslibegovićaHouse, the Dalmatian Ćorović House and the Old Gymnasium, which features Andalusian and Mamluk elements and is the result of the Austro-Hungarian desire to promote Bosnian national identity. Several Ottoman inns have also survived, along with other buildings from this period of Mostar’s history, such as fountains and schools. There are number of surviving late Ottoman houses in the old city centre that demonstrate the component features of this form of domestic architecture: upper storey for residential use, hall, paved courtyard, and verandah on one or two storeys. The Cejvan Cehaj Mosque, dating back to 1552, is the oldest mosque in Mostar and later it became a madrasa or Islamic school. The Old Bazaar called the Kujundziluk is named after the goldsmiths who traditionally created and sold their wares on this street, and still sells authentic paintings and copper or bronze carvings of the Stari Most, pomegranates, which are the natural symbol of Herzegovina, or the stećaks, medieval tombstones that are found in Bosnia and in Croatia.

The Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque, built in 1617, is open to visitors, who may enter the mosque and take photos free of charge. The minaret is also open to the public and is accessible from inside the mosque. Just around the corner from the mosque is the Tepa Market, a busy marketplace since Ottoman times, where mostly fresh produce grown in Herzegovina is sold and, when in season, the figs and pomegranates are also very popular. Local honey is also a prominent specialty, being produced all over Herzegovina. The Catholic church and Franciscan monastery of St. Peter and Paul is also an iconic city landmark and the monastery bell tower rises high above the city. After Mostar, We are continuing towards Sarajevo where we are sleeping.

After breakfast You are meeting Your driver on reception of Your hotel and continuing with this incredible private tour of Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina. What to see while in Sarajevo Sarajevo is also famous for its city lookouts; including an observation deck on Avaz Twist Tower, Park Prinčeva restaurant, Vidikovac lookout on Mount Trebević, Zmajevac lookout and the Yellow/White fortresses lookouts in Vratnik, as well as numerous other rooftops throughout the city. A symbol of Sarajevo is the Trebević cable car which was reconstructed in 2018 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city taking visitors from the city centre to Mount Trebević. On Trebević we’ll also see bobsled track. Other popular destinations in Sarajevo include the Vrelo Bosne Park, the Sarajevo cathedral, and the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, the Emperor’s Mosque and the Baščaršija, all of which are located in the Old City. Stari Grad is characterized by its many religious structures, and examples of unique Bosnian architecture and it contains numerous hotelsand tourist attractions. Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural centre of the city. Baščaršija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the city. On the Baščaršija there are several important historic buildings, such as the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosqueand sahat-kula, the famous Sarajevo clock-tower. Sarači Street is one of main pedestrian streets in Sarajevo, located in Baščaršija and in that street you can find numerous shops with traditional handicraft products, amid the Old City oriental scenery. The street is ideal when looking for souvenirs. The Emperor’s Mosquethe first mosque to be built in 1457, immediately after the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia. It is the largest single-subdome mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina, built in the classical Ottoman style of the era and is dedicated it to the Sultan, Mehmed the Conqueror, the conqueror of Constantinople. The Sacred Heart Cathedralis a Catholic church in Sarajevo and is commonly referred as the Sarajevo Cathedral. The church is largest cathedral in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One more over night in Sarajevo and tomorrow we continuing our private tour to Pelješac peninsula.Overnight in the hotel.(B)

Photo safari through Neretva Valley
Domagoj Sever: Neretva Valley photo safari

After breakfast, we are making check out from hotel and going towards Neretva Valley. After several hours of a pleasant drive southward, we will stop in the town of metković and visit its famous museum Narona. Narona Archeological Museum is the first in-the-site museum in Croatia and one of the only ones in the world. The museum is built directly on the ancient temple dedicated to Augustus, the first Roman emperor in the modern city of Vid. After museum we board on traditionally boat called Ladja – small wooden boats from which are some even 120 years old. They were used for transport of people and goods, but today they have a touristic purpose. You will have your appetizer served in the boat while strolling down little channels on Norin river and enjoying the nature. After that enjoy in traditionally lunch in local restaurant! Late in the evening we end this incredible day in Dubrovnik. Overnight in the hotel.(B)

 

After breakfast, your driver will take you to Dubrovnik old town where you’ll meet your guide. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is a world-renowned city of exceptional charm. Take some time to explore its 16th-century stone walls, including the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, visit Onofrio’s Fountain and the Church of Saint Blaise (St. Vlaho), and stroll along the limestone-paved Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street to get your bearings.Dubrovnik also offers excellent nightlife and some of Croatia’s best restaurants and wine bars. In the late afternoon, hop aboard a cable car and ride to the top of Srđ Mountain for stunning views of Dubrovnik and the nearby Elafiti Islands. For some exercise, you can walk back down the hill while enjoying views of the city below. Overnight in the hotel.(B)

 

Aerial view of Budva city in Montenegro

On our last day before departure we are going to visit off the beaten path Montenegro, a southeast European country that boasts big things: the UNESCO-World Heritage listed Bay of Kotor, the walled seaside town of Budva, and the eye-pleasing city of Kotor, situated within Europe’s southernmost fjord. Kotor is the lovely ancient city which lies in a submerged river canyon, surrounded by defence walls dating back to the times of the Venetian Republic. The medieval old city of Kotor is on the World Heritage List and has many historical sites to visit and is considered to be the best preserved mediveal town in the Mediterranean. Make sure to visit the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old tow, erected in 1166 and the ancient city walls, stretching for 4.5 km (3 mi) directly above the city. Budva is a coastal resort town, nicknamed the Montenegrin Miami.

Historic city of Perast in the Bay of Kotor in summer at sunset

It is by far the most visited destination in Montenegro with an old town, bars and nightclubs, and beaches mostly consisting of small rocks. There are as many as 35 beaches in Budva, mostly rock and a little sand and 8 beaches are marked with blue flags. During the summer, the day and night-life offers opportunities to enjoy theatre plays and performances, numerous music events and entertainment programs. The old town of Budva lies on a small island , linked to the land by a sandbar that turned into a peninsula. The Old Town consists of narrow streets and alleys and small squares with precious monuments of many Mediterranean cultures that have marked the development of this town.

 

On the last day of your journey, our driver will take you to the Dubrovnik Airport and wish you a safe journey back home, undoubtedly filled with lasting good impressions of the very best of private tour of Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Tour Locations

Kornati National Park

Nacionalni park Kornati is an archipelago of 89 gorgeous islands, islets, and reefs in the northern part of Dalmatia, near Dugi Otok, Murter, Zadar, and Šibenik.

Ston

Visiting Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula, near Dubrovnik, in Croatia – an area famous for its town walls, the saltworks and oysters!

Opatija

Often called the Nice of Croatia, Vienna by the Sea, the Pearl of the Adriatic or the Old Lady, Opatija already bears countless affectionate nicknames.

Rovinj

Rovinj is a stunning little city in Croatia filling every inch of a peninsula bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea.

Omiš

This small Dalmatian town at the mouth of the Cetina river, some 25 km south of Split, offers a unique blend of the river, the sea and mountains.  

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi is recognizable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It’s often called ‘The City of the sun’.

Tour Locations

Kotor

Wedged between brooding mountains and a moody corner of the bay, achingly atmospheric Kotor is perfectly at one with its setting.

Budva

With its medieval Old Town, sun-soaked beaches, and lively nightlife, Budva is the stand-out attraction along the Montenegrin coastline.

Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes, plus the craggy Dinaric Alps.

The Neretva Valley

Neretva Valley spreads over a large area some 90 minutes’ drive north of Dubrovnik or Split. The Neretva Valley is a real paradise for many visitors.

Šibenik 

Šibenik, one of the oldest Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, is home to two UNESCO Heritage Sites — Sv. Nikola Fort and St. Jacob’s Cathedral.

Krka National Park

The star of the show at this national park is the Krka River, rushing through canyons, broadening into lakes and splashing over numerous falls and cascades.

Dubrovnik

“The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia.The city of Dubrovnik is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Split

Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is a vibrant destination with the opportunity to get to know authentic daily life and spend time on beautiful beaches.

Kotor

Wedged between brooding mountains and a moody corner of the bay, achingly atmospheric Kotor is perfectly at one with its setting.

Budva

With its medieval Old Town, sun-soaked beaches, and lively nightlife, Budva is the stand-out attraction along the Montenegrin coastline.

Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes, plus the craggy Dinaric Alps.

The Neretva Valley

Neretva Valley spreads over a large area some 90 minutes’ drive north of Dubrovnik or Split. The Neretva Valley is a real paradise for many visitors.

Šibenik 

Šibenik, one of the oldest Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, is home to two UNESCO Heritage Sites — Sv. Nikola Fort and St. Jacob’s Cathedral.

Krka National Park

The star of the show at this national park is the Krka River, rushing through canyons, broadening into lakes and splashing over numerous falls and cascades.