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Trek the Via Dinarica Trail from Croatia to Bosnia

Explore Bosnia’s and Croatia’s Mediterranean coastlines and mountains on the Via Dinarica trail. 8 days.


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Adventures / Wild Hikes

Trek the Via Dinarica Trail from Croatia to Bosnia

Explore Bosnia’s and Croatia’s Mediterranean coastlines and mountains on the Via Dinarica trail. 8 days.

7 nights
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Split Airport

Experience the brilliant blues of the Adriatic Sea, the ancient crossroad civilisations of Mostar and Sarajevo, and hike the remote and untouched Dinaric Alps. See Bosnia and Croatia like few others do on this eight-day trek along the Via Dinarica trail.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 6 days guided trekking
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in mountain huts and local guesthouses
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport during trip
  • Entrance to Omis fortress, Biokovo and Blidinje Nature Parks
  • Meals specified in itinerary

Perfect for: Hikers looking to spend an unforgettable week in these dramatic, under-visited mountains, laced with the history and culture of Bosnia and Croatia. Rated one of National Geographic’s best destinations for a reason.



Airport Transfers


Meals as described

Routes & Maps

Day 1: Arrive in Split

Meet your guides in Split Airport (SPU) at 15:00. Drive to Skradin, a quaint town nestled at the foot of the Dinara Massif mountain, where your accommodation Hotel Skradinski buk awaits. You’ll spend two nights here. Settle in, explore the area if you’d like, before returning for dinner in the evening.

Day 2: Hike the Krupa River’s Canyons

Today you’ll explore the beautiful blue and green waters of the Krupa river. Snaking through the Dinaric karst valley, you’ll hike along canyons and picnic by the riverbeds. Return to Skradin for dinner and rest.

3-4hrs trekking, 8km

Day 3: Guge village - Badanj peak - Brezovac Hut

Transfer to Glavaš village and begin your ascent of the Dinara mountain’s highest peak, Sinjal (1,831m). Bask in the summit’s sweeping views before descending to the Brezovac, a mountain hut on the western slopes of Dinara, where you’ll stay overnight.

6-7hrs trekking, 13km

Day 4: Brezovac hut - Sinjal peak - Glavas village-transfer to Mostar

Tuck into breakfast and hike to Badanj peak (1,281m). Known for its rocky outcrops and quiet, limestone landscapes, you’ll stop for some lunch overlooking the valleys, before picking up the luggage and transferring to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

5-6hrs trekking, 12km

Day 5: Immerse in the Blidinje Nature Park

The first step of your Bosnian journey will take you through the beautiful Blidinje Nature Park. You’ll walk through beech forests as you approach the delightfully dubbed ‘sleepy giant’, the Čvrsnica mountain. The goal of today is to reach its summit, Vilinac (2,118 m). You’ll be staying in a mountain hut 15 minutes from the peak.

4-5hrs trekking, 13km

Day 6: Trek Hajdučka Vrata and Diva Grabovica Valley

Wake up with the sunrise and head east to Drinaca peak (2,038 m) and Hajdučka vrata. Hajdučka vrata is a fascinating natural arch over four metres wide. While appearing strange, this phenomenon is in fact quite common in karst and limestone. This is the largest arc and with the accompanying view, definitely the most special.

Descend 1,500m into the valley of Diva Grabovica. Then hop back in the minibus and transfer to Umoljani village where you’ll rest up and enjoy a local, homemade dinner.

4-5 hours trekking, 13km.

Day 7: Umoljani to Lukomir Highland Villages Circular Hike

For your final day, you’ll explore the Bjelašnica Massif and Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest village (1,469 m). The village seems stopped in time; you’ll see ramshackle brick huts with tin roofs and locals.

Then, follow paths hugged by superb views of Obalj and the long flat valley of Studeni Fields, before heading the Cascades of Studeni Potok. You’ll continue through Dugo Polje, a long field flanked by Bjelašnica and Obalj, past Crveni Klanac before arriving at Gradina, a seasonal village situation just above Umoljani. Walk to Umoljani and transfer to Sarajevo for your final night.

6-7hrs trekking, 16km

Day 8: Departure Day

Enjoy a final breakfast with your guides and fellow explorers. Then it’s time to pack up and drive to Sarajevo International Airport.

Want to continue the Via Dinarica Trail?
Your hosts are happy to arrange part II through Bosnia and 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.

You’ll be staying in a variety of places on this trip. On the first and second night, you’ll stay in a three-star hotel called Hotel Skradinski buk that’s tucked away from the crowds and surrounded by pine trees. Day two, you’ll stay in Brezovac, a mountain hut hidden in the forest and karst valley. Both twin and double rooms available, all with en-suite bathrooms.

In Mostar and Sarajevo, you’ll stay in newly built but traditional family-run guesthouses, Almira and Kandilj. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with TV, direct phone line, broadband internet, bathroom and toilet.

Bosnia’s mountain huts are similar to Croatia’s; you’ll stay in a basic, shared room that while well-kept, clean and heated, provide little privacy. However, when you wake up and step outside to panoramic mountain views, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise.

For solo travellers wanting their own space, you can request a private room update for 80 EUR per person. This is available on days 1, 2, 4 & 7 of the itinerary only, and subject to availability. Please request at the time of booking.

The Via Dinarica trail meanders from Albania to Slovenia and encompasses over 2000km of dramatic limestone peaks, outstanding Adriatic coastlines, the Dinaric Alps and its glacial lakes. Intermeshed into this landscape is a rich, vibrant cultural heritage that many villagers still live by.

You’ll explore Bosnia’s fascinating capital city, Sarajevo. Its identity intermingles eastern and European influences, owing to its Slavic roots and centuries spent within the Ottoman Empire. On the Croatian side of the border, you’ll encounter rustic stone villages scattered across mountainsides. The area is beloved for its searing, serrated peaks and trails, but it’s the natural parks, diverse eco-systems and pristine lakes that make the place so popular.

Start Point

Split Airport - 15:00

Your adventure begins at Split Airport (SPU) with your airport transfer at 15:00. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will transfer you to your hotel.

Alternatively, if you are already in Split or your flight doesn’t fit that transfer time, you are free to book any flight and get a 25 minute taxi into Split itself. Your host can meet you at Split Bus Terminal (close to the ferry harbor and Riva) next to the taxi stand at 17:00 for your transfer to your hotel.

Finish Point

**Sarajevo Airport - **

The trip ends on the morning of Day 8. After breakfast your host will drop you at Sarajevo Airport (SJJ). From here you are free to depart on your onwards journey.

You will need to have everything with you each day due to the transportation (except on nights in huts). We start and end the tour in different cities and countries so it's more convenient to transport luggage together all the time from hotel to hotel. However you do not need to carry all your luggage with you during hiking.

All your meals during the trip will be provided, with the exception of breakfast on the first day and lunch on day two and eight. Lunches will be made up of picnic-style treats, like bread, cheeses, meats and sausages, meat and vegetarian pate, salad, chocolate bars, cookies, trail mix and coffee/tea.

Meanwhile, dinners will mostly be 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 to, but bear in mind that options are limited throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, so please let your hosts know in advance.

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.

Your hosts kindly ask that you bring:

  • Hiking boots
  • Daypack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Waterproofs (trousers, jacket, warm hat and gloves)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun protection including sunglasses, sun hat (or cap) and sunscreen
  • Shorts, tee-shirts, general summer wear
  • Flashlight and small pocket knife
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping liner for overnight stays in mountain refuges (available for rent from hosts)

Of course! All solo travellers will be paired up with the same gender roommate when there is one available. If you’d prefer a single room, you can get one for a supplement of 110 EUR. Note that this is unavailable in Brezovac and Vilinac’s mountain huts.

You'll need good physical fitness and some previous hiking experience be able to hike six to seven hours a day.

The following is not included in the price:

  • Flights to Split, Croatia and from Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent for 20 EUR)

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Transferrable Deposits

Cancel up to 31 days before departure and we'll transfer your deposit into credit for a future booking.

Free Date Changes

Free date changes up to 31 days before departure.

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