10 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro Itinerary

10 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro Itinerary

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
— 1 night
Budva, Montenegro
— 4 nights


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Explore hidden gems such as Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege and Vukov Konak. On the 8th (Fri), spend a day ambling around Vrelo Bosne. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Bascarsija, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Vijećnica.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sarajevo road trip site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Sarajevo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sarajevo, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mostar.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2 nights

Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, then contemplate the long history of Old Bridge (Stari Most), and then see the interesting displays at War Photo Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Old Bridge Museum, then shop like a local with Art Studio Pandur, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koski-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bosnaseum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mostar road trip website.

Drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarajevo in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Mostar: highs are around 39°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Herceg-Novi.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro — 1 night

Herceg-Novi welcomes visitors into the Bay of Kotor and spreads before them an array of attractions kissed by almost permanent sunshine.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of the Naval Battles in the Adriatic.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Herceg-Novi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Herceg-Novi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Budva.
Outdoors · Tours
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Budva, Montenegro — 4 nights

Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Layered Rocks of Rafailovići. Explore Budva's surroundings by going to Kotor (St. Tryphon Cathedral, Bay of Kotor, &more), Morača River (in Podgorica) and Petrovac Quay (in Petrovac). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, contemplate the long history of Budva Old Town, and stroll through Mogren Beach.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Budva online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Herceg-Novi to Budva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Budva sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Montenegro travel guide

Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.