We're going to be in Dubrovnik in August, and we really want to take a day trip to Mostar.
It seems there are three options:
1) a bus that takes over 3 hours
2) a tour group in a bus with 18 additional tourists, only a half day (because so much time is hotel pick ups)
3) rent a car for the day. (drive is about 2 hours).
#1 seems a bad choice for a day trip. #2 is really NOT how I like to travel. So I'm leaning towards #3 right now, but I am apprehensive about it. I can only drive automatic, and also, I'm scared of getting lost (or having car problems) because I do not speak the language or know the culture.
Have any of you rented a car to drive to Mostar before, and if so, how was it? Is the drive simple? Can I rent an automatic?
And is there another day trip option to Mostar that I'm missing? Like a train, or maybe a private or smaller tour?
Thank you for any advice!