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Croatia Islands of Istria & the Dalmatian Coast Hiking Tour

Island Exploration, Ancient Sites & Farm-to-Table Fare


Take an unforgettable journey from Trieste, Italy to the "Pearl of the Adriatic": Dubrovnik. Head south along the Dalmatian Coast, stopping to explore the paradisal islands of Croatia's sparkling coast. Along the way, visit quiet fishing settlements and enjoy meals hosted by local families. Gaze out over orchards and vineyards as you sample fresh, local fare - freshly caught fish, fire-roasted lamb, organic veggies from the garden, virgin olive oil, and lavender honey. Explore ancient palaces and walled cities in no fewer than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Zadar, Trogir, and Split, before arriving in Dubrovnik. Throughout your travels, the dramatic Dinaric Alps provide a breathtaking background. You'll see why we call this an epic journey!

8 Days

From: $5,995

Take an unforgettable journey from Trieste, Italy to the "Pearl of the Adriatic": Dubrovnik. Head south along the Dalmatian Coast, stopping to explore the paradisal islands of Croatia's sparkling coast. Along the way, visit quiet fishing settlements and enjoy meals hosted by local families. Gaze out over orchards and vineyards as you sample fresh, local fare - freshly caught fish, fire-roasted lamb, organic veggies from the garden, virgin olive oil, and lavender honey. Explore ancient palaces and walled cities in no fewer than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Zadar, Trogir, and Split, before arriving in Dubrovnik. Throughout your travels, the dramatic Dinaric Alps provide a breathtaking background. You'll see why we call this an epic journey!

Highlights


  • Enjoy authentic farm to table meals hosted by a local family

  • Have a private boat tour of the Kornati archipelago, a collection of 89 picturesque islands in the Croatian Adriatic

  • See four UNESCO Heritage Sites: Zadar, Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik

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Croatia Islands of Istria and the Dalmatian Coast Hiking

Start: Trieste, Italy  End: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Meet in Trieste, Italy & Head to Losinj Islands, Croatia

    Day 1

    Meet in Trieste, Italy, and transfer to the beautiful Istrian peninsula of Croatia. Set off to Croatia's Northern islands on a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Istrian peninsula to Kvarner Bay. Board a ferry for a short transfer to Cres, Croatia's largest island and home to medieval villages, clear waters and excellent seafood. Hike the bay of Cres with its hidden emerald coves to the centuries-old village of Lubenice. One of Croatia's most scenic spots. Finish the day on the picturesque island of Losinj.

    Accommodation: Veli Losinj: Vila Conte

    Activity: 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 150' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer, 1.5-hour ferry ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Losinj Island

    Day 2

    Hike Mt. Osorscica (1940ft), the second highest mountain on the Adriatic. Enjoy a farm to table lunch hosted by a local family. Finish the day with a tour of the historically rich towns of Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj to learn about local island life and the Venetian-Habsburg architectural influence on the area.

    Accommodation: Veli Losinj: Vila Conte

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles with 1,320' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: Two 30-minute private van transfers

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Islands Krk and Pag

    Day 3

    Embark on a short ferry ride from Losini to Island Krk. Hike the rocky trail with the crystal blue sea on one side and mountainous terrain on the other. Take in the view of barren Goli Island, once home to an infamous political prison. Take a slow road trip on the Adriatic "highway," the scenic road that runs the length of the Croatian coast. Meet the ferry for a 15-minute ride to Island Pag and a stay at one of the most exclusive properties in Croatia.

    Accommodation: Hotel Boskinac

    Activity: 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 480' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer, Two 15-minute ferry rides

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Island Pag and Zadar

    Day 4

    Visit Pag, the most dramatic looking island in Croatia, and home of the famous Pag sheep. Taste the finest sheep cheese in the world, regarded as the most famous of all artisan cheeses made in the country, before making a short evening transfer to the UNESCO Heritage Site town of Zadar, located on the mainland on the Adriatic coast.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bastion

    Activity: Two 30-minute walking tours

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek Kornati Archipelago National Park

    Day 5

    Depart at dawn for a private boat tour of the Kornati archipelago, a collection of 89 islands in the Croatian Adriatic and one of the world's most beautiful marine landscapes. Summit Kornat (745ft), the main island in the archipelago, with its spectacular 360-degree-view. Enjoy a visit with an old MT Sobek friend to learn about the local history and enjoy home-made foods before returning to Zadar in late evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bastion

    Activity: 2.5 hours/2 miles hiking with 745' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: Two 45-minute ferry rides

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience Three UNESCO Heritage Sites

    Day 6

    Begin the day in Zadar, then on to Trogir and finally to Split, three UNESCO coastal cities in Dalmatia, culturally the richest part of the Adriatic. Explore Trogir's 13th century cathedral and Split's Diocletian Palace built by the Romans. Enjoy a feast of traditional Dalmatian delicacies at the close of the day.

    Accommodation: Hotel Marul

    Activity: Two 1-hour walking tours

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Brac Island

    Day 7

    Discover the Island of Brac, largest of Dalmatian islands. Start the day at the hidden bay of Blaca and hike to the 450-year-old hermitage, surrounded by pine trees, aromatic flowers, and the scents and sights of the sea. Enjoy a fire-cooked lunch of local specialties in a Dalmatian stone village. Continue to the top of Mt. Vidova, the highest peak of the Dalmatian islands, then shuttle to the town of Supetar and a return to Split. Tonight enjoy a festive farewell dinner in town.

    Accommodation: Hotel Marul

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 150' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: Two 1-hour ferry rides, 20-minute boat ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Ston and Dubrovnik

    Day 8

    Travel through the fertile plain of Neretva - dubbed the Croatian California - to the medieval town of Ston, home to the longest fortified stone wall built in medieval times, and the world's best oysters! Motor to Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic, with its crystal-clear blue waters surrounding the massive stone walls that shelter the old part of the town. The tour ends at a centrally located hotel, where you have the option to extend your stay in Dubrovnik.

    Activity: 2 hours city walking tour

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Jun 13 - 20, 2023
    $5,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,400 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 11 - 18, 2023
    $5,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,400 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 05 - 12, 2023
    $5,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,400 single supplement
    Available

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Private Trip Pricing:


2023 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $6,695 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $6,395 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $6,195 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts where necessary
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Airport transfer on the afternoon of Day-8
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Roman Krizanic

Roman Krizanic

After finishing his studies in Chinese language and culture, Roman spent three years exploring Asia before returning to his homeland of Slovenia. To keep the adventure alive, he became an outdoor guide over 10 years ago and enjoys discovering the hidden corners of Slovenia and nearby Croatia. Roman loves to combine his extensive outdoor experience with his passion for gourmet extravaganzas of Balkan cuisine. He is well known for his personal touch and good sense of humor.

Miha Klanjscek

Miha Klanjscek

Miha is a seasoned guide with more than 15 years' experience leading groups through the Balkans-one of the most culturally, architecturally and geographically diverse regions in the world! Miha first fell in love with the nature and cuisine of the region after spending youthful summers exploring the Mediterranean. He enjoys several outdoor pursuits, including mountain biking, trail running, and trekking in the Slovenian Alps. An adventurer by heart, you can hardly find a better person to show you Istrian wine routes, Slovenian hiking trails, and lively Italian piazzas. Meet Miha on MT Sobek's adventures in the region.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 2. Daily hikes ranging between 3 to 7 miles on rolling terrain with at most 1,320' elevation gain and loss (shorter options available). Transfers include ferry and boat rides.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

3 hours/5 miles hiking with 150' elevation gain and loss

Day 2

4-5 hours/7 miles with 1,320' elevation gain and loss

Day 3

3 hours/5 miles hiking with 480' elevation gain and loss

Day 4

Two 30-minute walking tours

Day 5

2.5 hours/2 miles hiking with 745' elevation gain and loss

Day 6

Two 1-hour walking tours

Day 7

2 hours/3 miles hiking with 150' elevation gain and loss

Day 8

2 hours city walking tour

Accommodations


Charming and historic hotels, all surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Veli Losinj: Vila Conte
Veli Losinj: Vila Conte

Hotel Vila Conte is located in the center of Veli Losinj on the seafront. Built in 1885, the building originally served as a holiday home for the Austrian Countess. In 2017, the building was renovated in detail and transformed into a hotel. Today, it is a small, family-run hotel offering a warm welcome.

Hotel Boskinac
Hotel Boskinac

Each of the hotel's eight spacious rooms and three suites tells a story. Adorned with carefully selected materials and handmade furnishings, their design provides a rich sense of the island's history and heritage. Yet, the comforts are chosen to fit contemporary tastes.

Hotel Bastion
Hotel Bastion

The 4-star Hotel Bastion is a boutique property located in Zadar's historic center. Its comfortable rooms blend traditional elements with modern style for a classy feel, and come with all the amenities you'll need for a luxury stay. You may also choose to pamper yourself at the Castello Spa, where a wide range of massage and spa treatments are available - including a Turkish steam bath.

Hotel Marul
Hotel Marul

Culture lovers will enjoy a stay at the four-star Hotel Maruk In the historic heart of Split. The hotel's 14 comfortable and well-appointed rooms exude an age-old charm, and is only a 7 minutes' walk from Diocletian's Palace, the former residence of the Roman emperor. Head to the balcony for great views overlooking old part of town and hotel's lovely garden.

Weather


Croatia's west coast boasts a warm, coastal Mediterranean climate, with dry summers. There is often a pleasant sea-breeze in summertime.

 
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Brac Island 
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Brac Island
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Dubrovnik 
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Dubrovnik
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69
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Trieste 
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Trieste
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

We meet with our guides in Trieste, Italy on the morning of Day-1 and set off to Croatia\'s Northern islands on a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Istrian peninsula

What food can I expect in Croatia?

Healthy, locally-sourced, organic meals that include meats (red meat and poultry), fish and seafood, and an abundance of produce, all seasoned with local herbs and olive oil. Nearly all diets can be accommodated.

How challenging are the hikes on this trip?

There are 6 days of hiking that range from 2 to 7 miles. While the hiking is not difficult, you must enjoy hiking and come prepared for some unpaved and undulating terrain.

Will we travel by boat?

There will be several ferry crossings along the way, and one private boat transfer. Other transfers are by private van.

Can I extend my stay in Dubrovnik?

Yes! We recommend that you stay on in Dubrovnik for one or two days to explore the Old Town, or perhaps book a kayak excursion along the Elaphite archipelago through the hotel Concierge.

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