A visit to Dubrovnik is a beautiful thing in its own right, but the city is surrounded by so much culture, history, and areas of natural beauty, that not heading out and exploring at least a little, would be a big crime! And, sometimes that means crossing the border! Here are a few day trip ideas you might like to try.
Day Trip to Montenegro from Dubrovnik
Yes, you’re visiting Croatia, and you’re enjoying everything this welcoming country has to offer, but you can quickly head out to the outlying countries for a day too, and Montenegro is certainly one you should think about visiting. Easy to visit, packed with things to see and do, and probably more history than you can handle in one day!
This day trip takes, literally, a full day and costs under $50 per person. When you consider the cost of flights to visit somewhere, that’s a real bargain. Obviously, remember to take your passport as you are crossing a border. This is certainly a tiring day trip, but it is one that is more than worth it for the experience.
Montenegro may be a small country, but they do say that good things come in small packages, and that is certainly true here. This might be an overlooked destination, but that is a huge mistake. Head into the mountains and follow a short hiking trail, or head to the beach and enjoy the clear sea lapping at your feet. Throw in some culture, in one of the ancient towns, such as Kotor or Budva, or perhaps head to a ski resort and extend your stay. Montenegro’s history is rich and fascinating, so it’s definitely worth learning a bit about it before you go and then trying your best to immerse yourself in as much as you can in your short time there. Plan what you want to see and you’ll pack more in.
You can easily head to Montenegro from Dubrovnik at any time during the summer season on an organized day trip tour, so that is April to October, and for the price you really can’t complain – who can say they got to see two countries in the space of one holiday for such a low price?
Mostar Day Trip From Dubrovnik
Heading to Bosnia and Herzegovina during your holiday? Surely not! Well, surely yes, because this day trip is a fantastic addition to your time in Dubrovnik, and really will show you a totally different side to the Balkans.
Again, this is a full day trip, and probably a tiring one, but you get picked up at your hotel and dropped back off again, so you don’t need to worry about finding your way back. At under 50 euros for the day with your transport included, you really can’t complain, and once you lay eyes on this most historic and beautiful of cities, you’ll probably consider this one of the best 50 euros you’ve ever spent!
Mostar is a very historic city, and its story goes back to ancient days gone by. Many consider Mostar to be a true melting pot of cultures, and the cobbled, winding streets are perfect for exploring slowly, taking in all aspects of the architecture and chilled out feel to the city. The Neretva River divides the city into two halves, but it is connected by the beautiful and downright stunning Mostar Bridge. Is this day trip worth it just to see the bridge? Quite frankly, yes.
The bridge was originally destroyed by war, but it has been resorted and literally looks as though it has stood since the day it was originally built. This is certainly one of the most jaw-dropping sights you will come across, and a visit to this part of the world is not complete without setting eyes on it. The Old Town around the bridge really is like stepping back in time, almost a window to the past.
Sarajevo Private Tour
The diverse, historic, and beautiful capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is only around four hours’ drive away from Dubrovnik, and if you get the chance to visit, you should grab it with both hands. Of course, remember your passport as you are leaving the country and crossing a border, but getting up early is certainly worth the effort on this tour.
Sarajevo was in the news for rather negative reasons for many years, but it has recovered from its worn torn history and is now enjoying a boom in tourism. When you check out a few images of Sarajevo these days, it’s no wonder why so many people are heading to the city for a visit, packed with history, architecture, culture, and other modern day sides too.
Sarajevo is one of the most diverse capitals in the world, and it has in the past been called the “Jerusalem of Europe”. This is a city of both old and new; in certain parts you will feel as though you have been transported back in time, right in the heart of what you could consider to be a live museum, with nods to its history and struggles everywhere you look, before hinting at the positives of the future – it’s a difficult city to really do justice with words, and somewhere you simply have to visit.
This trip to Sarajevo from Dubrovnik includes an English speaking driver, who will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about your journey and what you are seeing on the way. Again, the cost of the tour includes your driver and transportation, pick up from your hotel and drop off, but any drinks, food, or admittance fees are yours to shoulder. If you’re looking to experience something truly cultural and authentic, however, this action packed trip should be on your list.
Obviously, you are crossing borders, so you will need your passport. Enjoy!
P. S. If you want to explore all this beautiful places, you can go to travel with Adriatic Explore agency.
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