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Trek the Via Dinarica Trail from Croatia to Bosnia

Explore the mountains and Mediterranean coastline that lie along the under-visited Via Dinarica trail

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Adventures / Epic Treks

Trek the Via Dinarica Trail from Croatia to Bosnia

Explore the mountains and Mediterranean coastline that lie along the under-visited Via Dinarica trail

DURATION

7 nights

LOCATION

Bosnia and Herzegovina

ANNUAL LEAVE

6 days off work

SEASON

June-Sept

GROUP SIZE

Up to 15 people

MEETING POINT

Split Airport, Croatia

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Mountain hut · Guesthouse

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

You'll need a good level of physical fitness, some previous hiking experience and the ability to walk for six to seven hours a day.

Spend an unforgettable week in an area rated as one of National Geographic’s best destinations - for a good reason

Explore the ancient crossroad civilisations of Mostar and Sarajevo and discover the brilliant blues of the Adriatic Sea

Hike into the untouched and under-visited Dinaric Alps and experience the history, culture and hospitality of Bosnia and Croatia.

Included

Guides

Experienced, English speaking guides

Accommodation

6 nights in mountain huts and local guesthouses

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Permits

All National Park entrance fees and access to the Omis fortress

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Split Airport

15:00

Ends

Sarajevo Airport

Anytime on Day 8

Transfers

There will be an airport transfer on Day 1 at 15:00. If you arrive early/are already in Split you can meet the group in the town centre at 17:00 for a transfer to the hotel.

The trip ends on the morning of Day 8. After breakfast your host will drop you at Sarajevo Airport.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Split and from Sarajevo airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 7

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Lunches will consist of picnic-style treats, like bread, cheeses, meats and sausages, pate, salad, chocolate bars, cookies, trail mix and coffee/tea. Dinners meanwhile will mostly be taken in restaurants known for their tasty, local delicacies. Umoljani village especially will give you a chance to sample a variety of the region’s traditional dishes. When you’re in the mountain huts, your guides will prepare your food.

Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but options are limited throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, so please let your hosts know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Skradin

On the first and second night you’ll stay in a three-star hotel called Hotel Skradinski that’s tucked away from the crowds and surrounded by pine trees.

Brezovac and Vilinac Mountain Huts

While on the trail, days 3 and 5 will be spent in remote mountain huts. These are all clean, heaated and have a dining room, shared facilities and dorm style rooms. You will stay in Brezovac Hut on Day 3 and Vilinac Hut on 5. When you wake up and step outside to panoramic mountain views, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise.

Mostar and Sarajevo Guesthouses

On Day 4 you'll stay in Mostar and on Day 7 in Sarajevo. You’ll stay in newly built, but traditional, family-run guesthouses. All rooms are air-conditioned, with TV and private facilities.

The Bosnian Mountains

On Day 6, you'll stay in a local guesthouse in Umoljani Village called the Pension Umoljani.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room this can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price . Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability). This is available on days 1, 2, 4 & 7 of the itinerary only, and subject to availability.

Day 1

The Dinara Massif

Travel to Skradin, a quaint town nestled at the foot of the Dinara Massif. You’ll spend two nights here, so settle in and explore the area before sitting down for dinner with the rest of your team.

Day 2

Hike the canyons of the Krupa River

Hiking

3-4hrs · 8km

Explore the beautiful blue and green waters of the Krupa river as it snakes its way through the Dinaric karst valley. Hike along the canyon, have a picnic by the river and then return to Skradin in time for dinner.

Day 3

Badanj Peak (1,281m)

Hiking

6-7hrs · 13km

Hike to Badanj Peak (1,281m), known for its rocky outcrops and quiet, limestone landscape. Bask in the sweeping views, the descend to the Brezovac, a mountain hut on the western slopes, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 4

Sinjal peak (1,831m)

Hiking

5-6hrs · 12km

Begin your ascent of the Dinara mountain’s highest peak, Sinjal (1,831m). Stop for lunch overlooking the valley and then head to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, home of the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge).

Day 5

Blidinje Nature Park

Hiking

4-5hrs · 13km

Enter the beautiful Blidinje Nature Park and walk through the beech forest to Čvrsnica mountain, delightfully dubbed ‘the sleepy giant.’ Climb to the summit of Vilinac (2,118 m) where you’ll stay in a mountain hut just 15 minutes from the peak.

Day 6

Diva Grabovica Valley

Hiking

4-5hrs

Wake up with the sunrise, then head east to Drinaca Peak (2,038 m) and Hajdučka Vrata - a natural arch over four metres wide that's home to some of the most special views of the entire trek. Descend 1,500m into the valley of Diva Grabovica and then drive to Umoljani village where you’ll rest up and enjoy a local, homemade dinner.

Day 7

Highland villages

Hiking

6-7hrs

Explore the Bjelašnica Massif and Lukomir - Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest village (1,469 m), a place that's seemingly frozen in time. Follow the long flat valley of Studeni Fields to the Cascades of Studeni Potok and then village hop from town to town before being driven back to Sarajevo for your final night.

Day 8

Head for home

Enjoy a final breakfast with your guides and fellow explorers and then head back to the airport in time for your journey home.

__Want to continue the Via Dinarica Trail through Bosnia and into Montenegro? Let us know when booking. __

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What's available to hire?

  • Sleeping bag (20 EUR)

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Daypack (30 – 40 litres)

Clothes

  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproofs (trousers, jacket, warm hat and gloves)
  • Shorts, tee-shirts, general summer wear

Sleeping

  • Sleeping liner for overnight stays in the mountain refuges

Other

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun protection including sunglasses, sun hat (or cap) and sunscreen
  • Flashlight and small pocket knife
  • Toiletries

You'll need a good level of physical fitness with some previous hiking experience and the ability to walk for six to seven hours a day.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Like much of central Europe, Croatia and Bosnia enjoy hot summers, cool springs and autumns, and cold winters with a fair amount of snow. You’ll visit during the summer, so expect temperatures above 30 degrees.

The temperature is lower in the mountains due to the altitude and there may be the occasional thunderstorm. Cvrsnica and Bjelasnica, in particular, can be unpredictable, so pack for all weathers.

You will need to take everything with you as the tour starts and ends in different countries, however, you do not need to carry it all with you during the hiking.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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