Exploring Croatia's sun-drenched Dalmatian islands on foot to Dubrovnik!
The draw of Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands is undeniable. The crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, sunny skies, magical seaport towns, rocky coastlines, fields of lavender, vineyards, and mouthwatering cuisine...well, it’s just a slice of heaven! Our itinerary is designed for those who want to enjoy hiking with minimal elevation gains, while still taking in all of the sites and breathtaking scenery along the way. Skipping from island to island, you’ll have a chance to visit the exquisite waterfalls at Krka National Park, soak in all of the unspoiled beauty of Brac, and visit old monasteries and ruins. Every day, you’ll be able to relax in the comfort of small, boutique hotels and taste the delicacies of the region. Bookended with guided tours of the Split and Dubrovnik, you’ll see all of the highlights of the Dalmatian Islands and still have room for dessert!
7 Days easy and moderate hiking and walking.
- Travel from island to island while taking in the best of the Dalmatian archipelago from an insider’s perspective
- Enjoy beautiful four-star hotels, and savor fabulous regional food and wine
- Visit ancient Split, with its world famous Diocletian Palace, and magnificent Dubrovnik, with its historic walled city
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Split, Croatia End Location: Dubrovnik, CroatiaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Split, Croatia
Plan to meet your at 3:00pm in the hotel recption for a welcome drink and overview. Guests arriving on the same day will have a private shuttle organized from the airport to Trogir at 1:00pm. We'll explore the UNESCO old city amidst palm-lined fortresses unfolding the stories from early Roman times to the late Venetian republic. In the evening, we'll sample the local cuisine in Trogir.
Day 2 : Krka National Park – Split – Island of Brac
We'll set off in the morning to Krka Waterfalls National Park where travertine waterfalls form a maze of emerald lagoons. The park starts at the medieval town of Skradin where the river touches the sea. In the afternoon we'll return to Split, the most important town in Dalmatia. We'll visit the fascinating old center of the city, including the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. We'll finish the day with a short ferry ride to the island of Brac, where we'll spend a night in a beautifully restored 15th century palace overlooking the Pucisce Bay.
(2 Hours hiking, altitude gain 328-feet)
Day 3 : Mt. Vidova – Hvar
The largest of Dalmatian islands, Brac is famous for wild untouched nature and the white limestone used for building decorative stonework. This centuries long craftsmanship dates back to the Roman times where even the Emperor himself used the very stone from Brac to build his palace. Later on the stone was exported overseas and used also in the construction of the White house.
Our walk today starts on a scenic trail along the rugged coast of Brac Island. In the shade of pine trees we pass vineyards and secret coves where you have a chance to refresh yourself in the emerald waters of the Adriatic. Our last section of hike leads us uphill on an ancient trail bringing us to the 16th century Blaca hermitage built on a craggy cliff. It was established in 1551 by a Christian Glagolicit order. The monks once traded honey, wine and olive oil with the Venetian crown. The trade gave power to the monks who specialized in astronomy and they soon became world-wide known astronomic observatory.
Our well-deserved lunch is enjoyed on the rustic estate of the local family which prepares for us mouth-watering Dalmatian delicacies. They have beautiful garden where they grow organic veggies, the host "Mr. Toni" is an expert on open fire cooking specialties, and his local herb spirits are a must.
In the afternoon, we'll continue to the top of Mt. Vidova, the highest peak of all of Dalmatian islands from where you can catch a view of the famous white-sand Golden Cape beach far beneath us. Afterwards, we'll shuttle down to the town of Bol where our private boat will be waiting to take us to the sunny island of Hvar.
(4 Hours hiking, altitude gain 1,375-feet)
Day 4 : Day on Hvar
The island of Hvar is often referred to as the most beautiful island in the world. And for a good reason! Hvar enjoys countless days of sun. Its picturesque landscape is dotted with small medieval villages built in stone, and the island is rich with lavender fields and vineyards. Together with clear blue seas and culture dating back to the Venetian times, it is a true paradise.
We'll spoil ourselves in the morning with a gourmet breakfast in our boutique hotel overlooking the small port and main square of charming Hvar town. Then we'll start our hike that takes us into the small canyon above the fishing village of Milna. We'll visit the "ghost village" of Malo Grablje then continue to a local konoba (traditional restaurant) where aromatic oils are produced. Hvar once used to be a great producer of rosemary, lavender oils. This tradition is still well preserved on the island.
After a good lunch and rest we'll take a scnice drive to the town of Jelsa where we'll visit the wine cellar of "Mr. Tomic." We'll try the exquisite Plavac, a beautiful red wine that is supposed to be the big daddy of Californian Zinfandel wines.
Dinner tonight is on your own. Your guides are glad to recommend best restaurants in town.
(4 Hours hiking, altitude gain 490-feet)
Day 5 : Korcula – The Peljesac Peninsula
Today we'll set off to the picturesque island of Korcula aboard of a private boat. This part of Dalmatia is a yachters’ heaven, and on our way we pass numerous sailing boats enjoying the Dalmatian allure. Our destination is the fishing town of Vela Luka where we begin our exploration of the island.
Korcula’s history goes back to the times of Homer’s ancient Greece. The island played an important role in the old maritime trade between the Orient and the West. Together with beautiful landscapes and a delightful Posip, the island is an absolute joy to explore. Our hike today follows a coastal trail through old olive groves before we climb a higher ridge giving us amazing panoramic views of the surrounding islands. We'll have a chance to experience the local life in the small village of Pupnat where local herb brandies are accompanied by a home-made rosemary sorbeto.
The culmination of our day is the famous town of Korcula, once the home of Marco Polo. We'll listen to the stories of the past while walking through this magical old town.
We'll finish the day in a lovely boutique hotel with a private beach on the Peljesac Peninsula, just across the narrow sea channel from Korcula.
(3 Hours hiking, altitude gain 820-feet)
Day 6 : Mt. Ilija – Dubrovnik
We'll wake up in Orebic, a small town where some of the finest old villas in Dalmatia can still be found. The villas once belonged to wealthy captains who in past centuries chose the Peljesac Peninsula for their homes due to its sunny climate and fertile land.
Our goal today is Mt Ilija, the highest mountain in Dalmatia and probably one of the best viewpoints in all of Croatia. This rewarding hike starts in the vineyards passing an old Franciscan monastery and continues uphill in the shade of an Allepo-pine forest. Just before we reach the top, the scenery changes to barren rocky terrain, and in before us opens breath-taking views of the countless islands of Dalmatia.
In the afternoon, after a well-deserved rest by the hotel’s pool, we'll set off again for Dubrovnik. On the way we'll stop in the town of Ston, home to the longest stone walls in Europe which once protected the precious salt pans of the wealthy Dubrovnik republic. Ston is also a place where we can try delightful fresh oysters – the best in Croatia!
We'll arrive to our final destination this evening – Dubrvonik.
(5 Hours hiking, altitude gain 1,970-feet)
Day 7 : Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has always competed with the Venetian Republic, with its luxurious historical buildings, ship building industry, and spice trade from the Far East. But no one can beat Dubrovnik´s crystal clear blue waters that surround its massive stone walls, and which shelter the old part of the town. Dubrovnik has been attracting visitors from all around the world for more than 100 years with its monuments, mild climate, transparent sea, beautiful beaches and bays, outstanding Mediterranean cuisine and friendly people. Nowadays it is a popular hideout and summer destination for celebrities and travelers that want to combine natural beauties with history. One can explore gorgeous islands dotting the ocean just offshore in the morning and listen to a distinguished classical music concert in the most beautiful town of Adriatic. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the old town followed by a free afternoon to shop and explore futher this fascinating city.
Day 8 : Dubrovnik – Departure
This morning, we’ll bid farewell to our sunny paradise on the Adriatic and transfer to the hotel for our flights home.
DATES: Best time to go: June - July, September Departures: Jun 10 - 17, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 - Jul 7, 2015 Sep 15 - 22, 2015
A charming heritage hotel in the heart of Trogir and a recent restoration of the old Buble family house. Antique heirloom furniture in the house's thirteen rooms, and a long family and local history make Hotel Pasika a welcome respite in the tradition of Dalmatian hospitality.
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