Day Trips From Croatia – See More On Your Vacation
Croatia is a big country, meaning there is a lot of land to cover if you want to view everything it has to offer. Yes, it may seem small on the map, but in fact the country actually measures 56,594 km² – that’s almost the same size as West Virginia! So picking where to stay in Croatia can really play a big part in what you can do, where you can go, and what you can see. With 5 countries bordering the country, each with their own unique cultures and sights, it can be difficult to choose which day trips from Croatia to take. Montenegro to the south, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, Italy to the west and Slovenia and Hungary to the north – where you stay in Croatia will impact how easy and the length of time it will take to visit each of these countries.
Therefore, planning an itinerary for a trip to Croatia can be somewhat of an overwhelming task. But that’s where we come in! With years of experience organizing and customizing bespoke tours for clients, we can say we know Croatia like the back of our hands – all the hidden spots, must-see locations, cultural insights, and everything else that showcases the beauty of Croatia. This includes any interesting day trips you can take from Croatia that need to be added to the itinerary plans for your vacation.
If you’re going to be visiting Europe, why wouldn’t you want to add something a little extra to your holiday plans and make it a trip well worth remembering? That’s why we have completed the ultimate guide for day trips from Croatia so you make the most out of your vacation!
Day Trips From Croatia – Where To Stay?
Choosing where you stay in Croatia can be incredibly difficult, with so many beautiful locations to stay and each offering a different experience from the last, making a decision is hard. Especially when choosing one location as a base can limit your options on what you see. For instance, if you’re staying in the South of Croatia, it would be more difficult to explore the countries bordering the northern parts of the country within a day.
Although the opening of the Pelješac Bridge has made traveling around the country more accessible, there are still limitations to traveling that would see large amounts of time eating into your precious holiday which would better be used exploring parts of Croatia.
Traveling around Croatia via guided tours, such as island hopping tours or extensive round trip tours that explore the best of Croatia can make seeing the whole country a lot easier and more time convenient. But deciding on an appropriate base location is important if you want to see some of the surrounding countries without losing hours to traveling.
North or south of Croatia? Dubrovnik, Split or Zagreb? Each has their own unique benefits and we will be listing the possible day trips from Croatia or overnight stays that are a must to add to your tour itinerary.
Day Trips From The South
Split and Dubrovnik are two of the biggest cities in the south of Croatia. Both are located at the country’s southernmost tip. These cities fall under the southern area of Croatia typically referred to as the southern Dalmatia region. It is bordered by Montenegro to the south and Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east.
Some of these countries’ most fascinating locations are possible to travel to from Croatia within a day trip, whilst others are close enough that they can be visited on an overnight stay if you wish to rest up on your travels. Here is our list of the best day trips to add to your travel itineraries if you are staying in or around the South of Croatia:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Just east of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Bosnia and Herzegovina provides unique diversity through its culture and rich history. The country has many unique places to visit that are sure to interest all types of tourists from the nature seekers to the city trippers.
One place that is worth adding to your travel itinerary for a day trip is the beautiful and very unique city of Mostar. It takes roughly 2 hours to get to from both Dubrovnik and Split, but is well worth the round trip from Croatia!
The city is well known by tourists for its Stari Most bridge which many travel to from far and wide to witness its spectacular architecture. Watch as brave locals dive into the Neretva River below in what has become somewhat of a tradition. Other highlights of the historic town include: the panoramic views of the old city from the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, browsing the many stalls and bustling shops at the Old Bazaar and walking the cobblestone streets of the Old Town.
The best way to travel to this town is via a guided tour as public transport is long and renting a car requires good navigation skills. If you’re looking for a tour that includes Mostar in its travel plans, check out our multi-city tour which takes travelers around some of the most exciting cities Croatia has to offer.
A day trip from Croatia to Montenegro is not as difficult as you would think. The small but delightful country of Montenegro is home to some of the best places to travel which are rich with history and culture. Our top recommendations for day trips from Croatia are Cetinje and Kotor.
Cetinje is a former royal capital of Montenegro that holds a lot of history in its architecture. Visitors can enjoy learning about this long, illustrious history at the various museums scattered around and enjoy sight seeing the important government buildings, educational academies, and breathtaking monasteries. It is also where the president of Montenegro resides in Montenegro’s Blue Palace, the nation’s equivalent of the White House.
On route back to Croatia, we recommend heading towards the Lovcen National Park for a unique journey through the luscious greenery of its scenic mountain passes. The drive will provide scenic views of the gorgeous national park as the road zig zags through the mountains.
You will also be able to see the town of Kotor, which offers a panoramic view of the Kotor bay below. We recommend making a stop here as the old town boasts an array of stunning Venetian architecture, bordered by the steep mountains and shimmering waters of the bay. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, why not trek up the 1,355 steps to the top of the 9th century San Giovanni Fortress. Though the number of steps may seem daunting, the fortress provides some of the region’s most breathtaking scenery.
If you would like to include Montenegro in your travel plans, why not book a place on our Croatia, Montenegro and Monaco customized tour. Or if you just wish to visit Montenegro as a day trip and include some of the spectacular cities mentioned above, why not add it to a customized itinerary? We can help you plan all the details for a trip that is stress free and personalized to match the glamor of your most luxurious vacation ideas..
Never worry about fitting a sightseeing spot into your Croatia holiday. If there is a place you want to travel to not mentioned on this list, or if you would like to add multiple locations to your Croatia itinerary – we can help you create your own bespoke tour that include the must-see locations on your list. Our aim is to curate unforgettable trips for our guests that are tailored to their very needs.
Contact us today to start planning your journey! Stay tuned for part two as we detail the best day trips to add to your travel itinerary if you’re staying in the northern part of Croatia.