The best of Via Dinarica’s Mediterranean & Inland Route: 8-day Hiking Adventure through Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina
Explore part of Via Dinarica in Croatia and Bosnia, an area that is yet to be discovered by hikers. If they only knew what was waiting for them! On this adventure, you’ll find a playground for active travelers. Spectacular limestone peaks, beautiful Adriatic coast, glacier lakes, amazing views, colorful wildflowers, medieval villages, and a gracious culture and people.
Come explore Nature Parks Dinara & Blidinje. Visit Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital city, and Bjelašnica, one of four mountains around city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. Sarajevo is a fascinating mix of European and Near Eastern culture.
Itinerary – 8 Days
Day 1: Arrival to Split
Arrival to Split airport and transfer to the small and pleasant town of Skradin at the foot of the Dinara Massif, where we stay for the first two nights. In the evening, while enjoying a drink at one of the town’s terraces, you can often feel the fresh breeze coming down from the mountain. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Dinner / Hotel Skradinski buk, Skradin, Croatia
Day 2: Hike at Canyon of Krupa river
Hiking trip in Krupa river canyon – a beautiful green canyon reflecting the true splendor of the Dinaric karst, in the clear waters of this amazingly clean river. Picnic and a possibility of a refreshing swim in Krupa.
In the afternoon, return to Skradin, dinner and overnight.
Easy to Moderate walk / 3-4hrs walk / 300Δh / 8km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Skradinski buk, Skradin, Croatia
Day 3: Ascent of Sinjal peak (1,831m), Highest peak of Croatia at Dinara mountain
Transfer to Glavaš village and ascent to Dinara (1,831m), the highest peak of Croatia. Descent to mountain hut Brezovac, on the western slopes of Dinara. Overnight in mountain hut Brezovac.
Moderate to Challenging walk / 6-7hrs walk / 1,300Δh / 13km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Mountain Hut Brezovac, Dinara Mountain, Croatia
Day 4: Hike to Badanj peak (1,281m) with descent from Dinara & transfer to Mostar
After breakfast we descent from Dinara, with hiking to Badanj peak (1,281m) on the way, to enjoy some nice views again. We then pick up the luggage and transfer to Mostar, in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Challenging walk / 5-6hrs walk / 1,000Δh / 12km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Almira, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Day 5: Blidinje Nature Park and Hike to Vilinac peak (2,118 m)
We start our Bosnian part of Via Dinarica adventure with a transfer to Blidinje Nature Park, from where we will start hiking over Čvrsnica mountain. Today’s goal is Vilinac peak (2,118 m). The first bit of trail takes us through beech forest and a gentle ascent. As the elevation rises we come above the tree line and the “sleepy giant”: Čvrsnica Mountain. From the top of Vilinac we will see the surrounding peaks, a 360-degree panorama. The hut is located 15 minutes away, where we spend our first night in the mountains.
Moderate walk / 4-5hrs walk / 600Δh / 13km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Mountain Hut Vilinac, Čvrsnica mountain, Bosnia
Day 6: Hajdučka vrata Hike with descent to Diva Grabovica valley
Sunrises are the most beautiful in the mountains, and sunrise from Vilinac Hut is definitely one of the best in Bosnia. After breakfast we will hike east to Drinaca peak (2,038 m) and Hajdučka vrata. Hajdučka vrata is a natural arch more than four meters wide. This natural phenomenon is very typical for carst and limestone. There are many natural arches of this kind in this area, but one is the biggest.
From here we will start our descent, more than 1,500 m down, into the valley of Diva Grabovica. At the end of the day, we’ll be transferred to Umoljani village at Bjelašnica Mountain, for a well-deserved homemade dinner.
Challenging walk / 5-6hrs walk / 1,800Δh / 12km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension Umoljani, Bjelašnica Mountain, Bosnia
Day 7: Umoljani to Lukomir Highland Villages circular hike
Full day walk on the Bjelašnica Massif (home of the 1984 winter Olympics). We will visit Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest village (1,469 m). From the traditional style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani, we’ll walk to the seven water mills and the beautiful source used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We hug the ridge until Rakitnica (this is the far north end while Kasići is the far south end) opens up. After 5-10 minutes, we reach the Cascades of Studeni Potok. Here we’ll have a super view of Obalj and the long flat valley of Studeni Fields. En route, we’ll find quite a few sources where we can drink our fill.
From the Studeni Fields we hike along Obalj’s side, you will be treated by sweet views and cool breezes coming off of Visočica and Treskavica.
Lukomir is Bosnia’s highest village at 1,469 meters, with its ancient stećci (medieval tombstones) and where villagers stick to the “old way” of doing things. Traditional dress, the occasional turban and fez, are still worn and go hand in hand with the more contemporary rhythm of everyday life: electricity and running water. On the edge of the village you will be treated by a rare view of Rakitnica, Obalj and Visočica. You have arrived to the end of the world.
We return via Dugo Polje, a long field flanked by Bjelašnica and Obalj. The trail is well maintained by people from the various villages around. Winding our way through Crveni Klanac we arrive at Gradina, a summer village just above Umoljani. Chances are we will see many villagers around collecting their summer harvest. From the village we walk down to Umoljani from where we’ll be transferred to Sarajevo for our final evening of this journey.
Moderate walk / 6-7hrs walk / 350Δh / 16km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension Kandilj, Sarajevo, Bosnia
Day 8: Sarajevo Departure, transfer to Sarajevo International Airport
Depending on your departure time, you will have some last-minute shopping opportunities. After, you will be transferred to the Sarajevo International Airport.