Explore the Via Dinarica through Croatia and Bosnia, an area that is largely 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, the beautiful Adriatic coast, glacier lakes, amazing views, colorful wildflowers, medieval villages, and a gracious culture and people.
Come explore Nature Parks Velebit & Blidinje; visit Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital city and a fascinating mix of European and Eastern culture; and hike Bjelasnica, one of four mountains around the city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.
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.
Hiking Krupa river canyon – a beautiful green cayon 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.
Transfer to Glavaš village and ascent to Dinara (1831m), the highest peak of Croatia. Descent to mountain hut Brezovac, on the western slopes of Dinara. Overnight in mountain hut Brezovac.
Descent from Dinara, with hiking to Badanj peak (1281m) on the way, to enjoy some nice views again. Transfer to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
We start our Bosnian Via Dinarica adventure with a transfer to Blidinje Nature Park, from where we will start hiking over Cvrsnica mountain. Today’s goal is Veliki Vilinac peak (2,118m). The first bit of trail takes us through beech forests and a gentle ascent. As the elevation rises we come above the tree line and the “sleepy giant”: Cvrsnica 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.
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 (2,038m) and Hajducka vrata. Hajducka vrata is a natural arch more than four meters wide. This natural phenomenon is very typical for karst 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 1,500m down, into the valley of Diva Grabovica. At the end of the day, we’ll be transferred to Umoljani village at Bjelasnica Mountain, for a well-deserved homemade dinner.
This will be a full-day walk on the Bjelašnica Massif (home of the 1984 winter Olympics). We will visit Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest village (1,469m). 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 Kasici 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.
Depending on your departure time, you will have some last-minute shopping opportunities. After, you will be transferred to the Sarajevo International Airport.
Number of days walking: 6
Average daily distance: 16 km / 10 miles
Terrain: medium altitude differences (up to 850m); trails passing green forests but also rocky limestone areas
– leader/Support staff: English speaking Tour Leader/Mountain Guide
– transportation: Minivan 7+1 with A/C or Minibus 15+1 with A/C (depending on the size of the group)
– accommodation: 5 nights in Twin/Double room with ensuite bathroom; 2 nights in shared accommodation
– meal plan: 1 x half-board + 6 x full board
– entrance fees: Nature Park Velebit
– VAT and other taxes
– airplane tickets (available on request)
– international travel insurance (available on request)
– optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff
– rent-a-sleeping bag: 10,00 € per night
– rental of walking poles: 10,00 € per week
– souvenirs and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
– other costs not mentioned under “Included in the price”
– 2 x night in Skradin, Hotel Skradinski Buk, ensuite bathroom
– 1 x night in Brezovac, Mountain Hut Brezovac, multi bedrooms & shared toilets / no showers
– 1 x night in Mostar, Hotel Almira, ensuite bathroom
– 1 x night in Cvrsnica Mountain, Vilinac Mountain Hut, multi bedrooms & shared toilets / no showers
– 1 x night in Umoljani village, Bjelasnica, Pansion Umoljani, ensuite bathroom
– 1 x night in Sarajevo, Pension Kandilj , ensuite bathroom
Eating & drinking
Croatian cuisine is a mixture of seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans as the traditional Bosnian food shares similarities with Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, a legacy of 400 years of Ottoman rule, typical dishes include organic meat, usually lamb or beef to meet.
Vaccinations and Visa
Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities. There are no specific health risks.
If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.
Our nature experts Zeljko Zarak, Mario Validzic and Evelin Balta will be your guides through the wonders of the Croatian and Bosnian dinarics. Their love for pristine wilderness takes them often to hikes far away from the cities and crowds, where they can feel one with nature. They will try to convey this special connection with nature to you and will make you feel like a part of the Croatian and Bosnian wilderness while learning at the same time about local traditions, customs and old ways of life. Find out more about your guide here.
Weather & seasonality
This tour takes you from the Mediterranean climate of Skradin, over the mountainous region of Dinarics, through the continental climate of Sarajevo. So, 3 different climates in just one week! Although our tours are run in periods when the weather is usually stable, be sure to be ready for everything! Warmer clothes for the mountains, but also a hat and sunglasses for the strong sun.
29 years of experience in the organization of hiking programs in Croatia and around the world, combined with a team of well-versed tour guides who are passionate about nature and cultural and historical heritage, this is the recipe that results in every tour concocted in the VMD adventure lab being a successful ‘experiment’. Let us introduce you to the secrets of adventurous Croatia in a safe and interesting way! More about our tour leaders and the office crew here: VMD GUIDESContact