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About Croatia Self Drive 10 - Montenegro, Bosnia & Dubrovnik
A week and a bit exploring three countries, all within easy reach of Dubrovnik. This is designed as a circuit so you can travel out via Mostar and return via the Bay of Kotor (or vice versa).
Activity code: CRFD10
Duration: 10 Days
START / FINISH - Dubrovnik
This fly drive itinerary is a highly recommended holiday route for the chance to visit three countries with the ease of starting and finishing in Dubrovnik. In just over one week you can explore southern Croatia, southern Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro travelling in a circuit that includes Mostar, the interior of Montenegro and the fabulous coast from Budva via the Bay of Kotor back to Dubrovnik.
The exploration begins straight away on this holiday as you can get your hire car directly at the airport and you are free to enjoy the views of the coast and the old harbour of Dubrovnik from the open coast road almost immediately. In Ston, even for just 24hrs you can try the local oysters, walk the walls and you could head up the beautiful Peljesac Peninsula to Orebic and even Korcula Island; it's quite incredible how much of Croatia you can squeeze in before crossing your first border into the second country on this itinerary - Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Mostar may be a day trip destination for many holidaying in Croatia but its stunning bridge, which was lovingly reconstructed after the war in the 1990s, and the old town's atmosphere is well worth the overnight stay. Few visitors travel to the surrounding countryside so you will get to enjoy the open road all the way to Montenegro. We've included a night in the lovely small town of Trebinje to break the journey where an early morning walk along the river is a delightful start to the day.
Once you've climbed up and over the border into Montenegro there is a magnificent view of Lake Slano just outside Niksic, you also get to visit the famous Ostrog Monastery on this day which finishes with an overnight in the capital, Podgorica (or you may prefer to stay on the shore of Lake Skadar which is just an extra 1/2 hour or so). The remainder of your holiday can be tailored to your preference between the beach resort of Budva with its tranquil old town and Kotor with its impressive walls, historic buildings and challenging walk up the "staircase" to the fortress high above.
We feel that the best finale to this holiday is a few nights in Dubrovnik where you can relax, enjoy some activities and sightseeing without your car as the local buses and cable car offer an excellent service.
We are able to tailor-make this holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, overall duration, pre-booked activities, etc.
Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in these fascinating countries (in the list below we have included our main recommendations together with suggestions for "boutique" hotels and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).
Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport (or port) transfer service; we can deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel in Dubrovnik at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide detailed driving routes, sightseeing suggestions and parking information for all accommodation.
Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing and we include the most up-to-date ferry schedules and tariffs; we are also able to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Dubrovnik - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.
- Ston: - Hotel Ostrea
- Korcula: - Hotel Marko Polo, Hotel Korsal, Hotel Korkyra
- Mostar: - Hotel Kriva Cuprije, Hotel Bristol
- Trebinje: - Hotel Platani II
- Podgorica: - Hotel Podgorica
- Budva: - Hotel Astoria, Hotel Avala Resort
- Bay of Kotor: - Hotel Monte Cristo, Hotel Cattaro, Hotel Bokoljski Dvori.
- Dubrovnik: - Hotel Lero, Hotel Zagreb, Hotel More
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Arrive into Dubrovnik; take hire car from airport and drive north to Mali Ston.
An optional visit to Korcula via the beautiful drive along the Peljesac Peninsula and Orebic. Drive inland and north into Bosnia & Herzegovina to the historic town of Mostar.
Relax and explore the historic town of Mostar with its World-famous bridge; option to go walking in hills nearby.
Drive east through the countryside to the delightful town of Trebinje in the Republic of Srpska. Trebinje's Stari Grad (old town) is intact and is full of life in the evenings offering locals and visitors alike a choice of bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours.
Trebinje has its own "old bridge" which is worthy of a stroll alongside the river to view and walk over (why not try this as early as possible for some great photos). Return to your hotel and a visit to the traditional market on the main square before heading out of town on your way to Montenegro. The climb towards the border offers stunning views and the road is likely to be quiet. Once into Montenegro head for Niksic and a visit to the Monastery of Ostrog; drive to the capital, Podgorica.
Morning visit of Podgorica, then head back to the coast via a visit to the incredible Lake Skadar. From here it is a choice of the scenic route or the new tunnel to Petrovac and then onward drive via Sveti Stefan to Budva.
Relax on the beach and explore the "stari grad" at Budva.
Optional visit to Kotor old town to explore and maybe attempt the Kotor "staircase" to the fortress on the hill.
Drive along coast road and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the stunning Bay of Kotor en route to Dubrovnik back over the border into Croatia.
You could extend your stay with a night or two in Kotor or nearby (e.g. Prcanj, Perast).
Local sightseeing on foot, by bus or cable car; optional excursions by boat.
Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport for flight home.
Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.
Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.
Fully inclusive fly-drive holiday; includes all accommodation, airport transfer(s), local taxes and car hire.
Prices from £790
All prices are per person
"As tonight is our last night in Croatia, I take this opportunity of thanking and congratulating you for a superb itinerary, excellent selection of good Hotels in prime locations and very efficient, punctual and courteous transfers. I am particularly grateful to Katarina of Amathus for her attention to detail which was exceptional. All tranfers were punctual with couteous drivers who were generally quite good with English language and local knowledge. Their driving was careful and cars in good condition. All Ferry trips enjoyable though rather crowded. .. Vamoos is a superb means of providing and updating information. This is the best system for this purpose I have experienced. Thanks for your organisation. Weather was excellent (virtually no rain and good temperature) and fewer number of other tourists at this times of year. Good to avoid Cruise Ships at Split and Dubrovnik. I would recommend your services to other potential guests for such trips."
K Lister, Australia, Oct 2018
"A very, very belated thank you for doing such a grand job on our recent holiday to Croatia/Bosnia/Montenegro. We had a fab time, the hotels were all great, the locations were perfect, the food and wine amazing. Everything worked like clockwork and we really couldn't fault anything. We absolutely loved Croatia and Montenegro. Bosnia was interesting and a good contrast to see. We were extremely unlucky with the weather in Durmitor, but nonetheless made the most of it and did actually get to do some walking in and around the black lake and Durmitor National Park. Just to let you know, Hotel Soa in Zabljak was really good. The rooms we stayed in were fairly small, but more than adequate. The restaurant in the hotel is really good and it's an easy walk to the Black Lake from the hotel. You can also easily walk into town from the hotel. On reflection, we were glad we changed from the original suggestion as that hotel was a fair way out of town and quite isolated unless you have access to a vehicle and then of course if you have to drive in, this means one of you can't enjoy a beer or two! Thought you might like some feedback for an alternative hotel. So, overall we had a great holiday and would thoroughly recommend this trip to others. Thanks again for all your help and input in making this year's holiday one to remember. Cheers to all at Rediscover."
S Wagstaff, UK, November 2015
"Rediscover the world provided a superb service and everything worked perfectly. There was some discrepancy in what was a 4 star hotel and the Bristol in Mostar needed lots of TLC No hesitation in recommending Rediscover and Croatia"
J Connolly, Spain, August 2016