The Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip is one of the most popular tours you can take from Dubrovnik. Find out what to expect in my review of the tour.
I’ve written before about how easily photos influence my travel plans. Instagram is a dangerous place – full of bucket list inspiration! So when I came across a photo of Mostar’s stunning green river and beautiful old bridge, the first thing I did was check it wasn’t photoshopped.
Image verified as real, the second thing I did was booked a trip to see it for myself. Nothing prepared me for the impact this trip would have. Once I saw beyond the beauty, I was left with a tragic tale of a former war zone.
I booked the Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip with Viator. We made our way by coach towards the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, then on to the country’s fifth largest city Mostar. I was in the safe hands of tour guide Josef and barely noticed the two and a bit hours on the coach, distracted by views of tree-topped mountains, the picturesque Elefit Islands and of course, the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.
Natural beauty, stunning waterfalls, and you can swim there too – Find out all you need to know about travelling from Split to Krka National Park in Croatia.
Here I was with a BIG dilemma. I only had one day free in Croatia, and couldn’t decide whether to book a tour from Split to Krka National Park or Plitvice Lakes? They both looked like incredible places – but I only had time for one…
In the end, I went for the Split to Krka tour. I’ll admit it was partly because the journey time was shorter! The tour would take me to see the famous waterfalls, the amazing panoramic view of Visovac Monastery, and then stop in the city of Šibenik to see the UNESCO Cathedral. Plus, it included a lunch of some delicious, local Dalmatian food.
Leaving Split at around 8am, it takes a few hours to drive to the entrance to Krka National Park. However, with a chatty tour guide outlining the history of Croatia, and telling anecdotes about everything from wine production to his wife being a beautician, the time flew by!
The views from the window of the coach were mind-blowing. Towns of red-roofed houses perched above the Adriatic Sea. Early morning swimmers taking a refreshing dip, while luxury yachts manoeuvred the coastline.
As we reached the national park we saw huge sweeping canyons, topped with thick green forests. At the bottom was mysteriously calm water. As we followed the River Krka, the water changed from a dark shade of blue to a vivid green. I’d never seen anything like it.
Planning to use your phone in Croatia? Find out more about the sim card I bought while there.
You may have read about some of my adventures in Croatia…. or even seen the video. I had a wonderful trip, and I’m already figuring out a way to return!
BUT… as I was going away for a while, and knew I would be spending a lot of time on a yacht with no wifi, I decided to investigate mobile operators who offered short-term / pay-as-you-go sim card packages. It’s often hard to find out information in advance, particularly when dealing with foreign language websites. After a bit of research, I stumbled across BonBon who seemed to offer exactly what I was after. Rather than a package with lots of texts and minutes, they offer the perfect package for a heavy data user like me.
It would be enough to cover daily WhatsApp chats with friends and family, Instagramming some amazing travel pics, and updating this very blog on the go.
After contacting their team via Twitter, I was told that all I needed to do was buy a sim card for 2.70 Euros, then top it up with 6 Euros of credit, which would give me a whopping 5GB of data. I couldn’t believe how reasonable it was compared to UK rates.
As I was travelling with an iPhone 5C, the standard sims BonBon sell in newsagents and supermarkets would not be the right size for my phone, so they kindly posted a nano sim to my hotel.
The setup is a simple process so long as you have access to a phone taking a regular sim card – it’s just required to activate the account. As you may have read in my receive of The Pucic Palace, this caused a few dramas on check-in as they searched the entire hotel for an unlocked phone! However, within a few hours of landing in Dubrovnik, I was climbing the ancient city walls and posting photos as I went.
Time to check out Divota Apartment Hotel in Split.
As I got off the bus in Split, I was met by a handful of people flashing signs and pictures, trying to entice new tourists to their budget accommodations. There was something charming about seeing this old fashioned marketing technique still working. I, however, had somewhere to be…
On my first night in the city, I checked into Divota Apartment Hotel. I wandered through the characterful Veli Varoš neighbourhood – a labyrinth of tiny cobble stone streets once home to farm labourers. Just 5 minutes from Diocletian’s Palace and the promenade, but out of the tourist hustle and bustle, it seemed like the perfect location.
After checking in, I was shown to my apartment. The area felt very ‘local’ – people were going about their daily business walking dogs, going to and from work, carrying shopping and hanging out their washing. Traditional green wooden shutters hung off the old stone houses. I couldn’t stop taking photos!