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About Croatia Self Drive 10 - Montenegro, Bosnia & Dubrovnik
Explore three countries, all within easy reach of Dubrovnik. Visit Mostar, the Bay of Kotor and stunning national parks on quiet roads.
Activity code: CRFD10
Duration: 10 Days
START / FINISH - Dubrovnik
Take 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 much of Montenegro travelling in a circuit that includes Mostar, the national parks of Montenegro and the fabulous coastline from the old town of Budva and around the incredible Bay of Kotor back to Dubrovnik.
The exploration begins straight away on this holiday as you can pick up your hire car directly from the airport and then 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 also 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.
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 then deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel. All our vehicles have a/c and we provide driving directions and parking information for all accommodation. The new highways linking Zagreb, Split, Pula and Dubrovnik will cut down journey times when you wish to get from A to B quickly but this also means that the other roads will be quieter and a pleasant alternative for sightseeing and travelling at a gentler pace. (NB. tolls apply on the highways).
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 in a number of locations - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.
NB: Flights available with a range of airlines, from various UK airports. All holidays which include flights booked through us include ATOL cover.
- Ston: - Hotel Ostrea
- Korcula: - Hotel Marko Polo, Hotel Korsal, Hotel Korkyra
- Mostar: - Hotel Kriva Cuprije, Hotel Bristol
- Trebinje: - Hotel Platani II
- Podgorica: - Hotel Podgorica
- Lake Skadar: - Eco Resort Cermeniza
- Budva: - Hotel Astoria, Hotel Avala Resort
- Bay of Kotor: - Hotel Monte Cristo, Hotel Cattaro, Hotel Bokoljski Dvori.
- Dubrovnik: - Hotel Lero, Hotel Zagreb, Hotel More
Click on the location to view our whole selection.
Arrive into Dubrovnik; take hire car from airport and drive up coast with possible visit to the arboretum at Trstenik en route to Mali Ston; possibly try the local delicacy - Oysters.
In the morning you have time to visit Korcula via the beautiful drive along the Peljesac Peninsula then drive inland and north into Bosnia & Herzegovina to the historic town of Mostar.
A full day in Mostar to relax and explore the historic town 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.
** Mostar to Trebinje is quite a short distance so you may choose to drive on to Montenegro and stay 2 nights at Lake Skadar instead.
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 you have a choice of the scenic route or the new tunnel to Petrovac and then a coastal drive via Sveti Stefan to Budva.
BUDVA - Relax on the beach and explore the "stari grad".
KOTOR - visit 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.
Local sightseeing on foot, by bus or cable car; lots of optional excursions and activities available.
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.
"We had an incredible time, and can't thank you enough for helping us arrange it. We really liked the fact that there were so many different route options, and information on places we might want to see outside of where we were staying. It made us feel like we were curating our own trip. The details also helped us plan out our spending too, which was really useful. We had some particularly nice receptions and celebrations for our honeymoon. It was extremely thoughtful. We are convinced that we would never have discovered any of these wonderful places to stay without your expert knowledge. We even made some friends from Canada along the way, who were following a very similar itinerary to ours. We spent more than we usually would on the holiday itself, but it was good value for money and we would recommend Rediscover to anyone. In fact, we already have. The hotels were all brilliant, even if some were tricky to navigate by car. Pulling cases over the cobbles added to the experience."
A Harris, UK, Sept, 2019
"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
"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
"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