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Trip Report: Two weeks in Croatia and Bosnia plus Ljubljana and Kotor

Here is a detailed trip report for a trip I took to Croatia and Bosnia, Herzegovina (plus brief stops in Montenegro, Ljubljana, and Amsterdam) in April-May 2015:

A quick summary: this was my second visit to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and my third (brief) stop in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This was a solo trip, and my focus, as always, was scenic photography. I revisited a few favorite places and saw many new ones, in just over two weeks mostly in a rental car. I started with a rough agenda: fly into Venice, shuttle to Ljubljana, train to Rijeka, Croatia, rent a car in Rijeka, drive down to Montenegro, drive back through Bosnia, and fly out of Zagreb at the end. I didn’t have fixed dates; I booked most of my lodgings as I went along, sometimes booking them the same day via the internet, sometimes driving up to a place without a reservation (relatively easy to do in May).

I did cover a lot of ground in a short time, with many one night stays, but it worked out well for me. I had mostly decent weather - only a few rainy days.

I saw a lot of waterfalls on this trip, in both Croatia and Bosnia.

Final itinerary:

Ljubljana, Slovenia (1 night)
Rovinj, Croatia (2 nights)
Day trips to Pula, Istrian Hill Towns
Lovran, Croatia (1 night)
Stop in Opatija
Zadar, Croatia (1 night)
Stop at Krka National Park, Sibenik
Trogir, Croatia (1 night)
Stop at Kravice Falls, Bosnia
Dubrovnik, Croatia (1 night)
Kotor, Montenegro (1 night)
Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1 night)
Stop at Blagaj, Konjic
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (3 nights)
Stop at Travnik
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1 night)
Stop at Una National Park, Bihac
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia (1 night)
Samobor, Croatia (1 night)
(fly from Zagreb to Amsterdam)
Amsterdam (1 night)

Again - full trip report with pictures (and videos) here:

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Thanks for the trip report and the shared photos -- that shot of Rovinj just after sunset is amazing.
Rijeka is on my short list so I appreciated the transport info you mention.
My own travel style has museums and dining at the top and driving at the bottom
yet I still got a sense of the flavor of the towns you visited, and for me a confirmation of the wisdom of lodging in the historic centers if you don't have to worry about parking.
thanks again!

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Thanks! I am a little disappointed not to have had an extra hour or two to do at least a long walk exploring Rijeka before picking up my car there. But, I also didn't feel the need to spend a night there.

I wasn't crazy about the long drives, but the driving was a lot easier than I'd imagined ahead of time, and it made getting from place to place much easier, obviously. And I'm not a big fan of long bus rides. The only town centers where having a car might have been a challenge were Rovinj and Dubrovnik (maybe Zadar - I probably got lucky there).