Croatia: The Dalmatian Coast

Guided Walking Tour, Croatia: The Dalmatian CoastGuided Walking Tour, Croatia: The Dalmatian Coast

Croatia

The Dalmatian Coast

overview

Dig deeply into the natural and cultural wealth of the celebrated Dalmatian Coast, a scenic archipelago with more than 3,000 years of history on display. Towns with ornate Renaissance architecture stand by magnificent Roman ruins such as the Emperor Diocletian’s palace. Visits to the 16th-century Pustinja Blaca monastery and the ancient Spanjola Fortress are coupled with seaside walks and hilltop treks that reveal the coast’s wilder side. Try an authentic pasticada meal at a family-owned konoba, and tour the walled cities of Split and Dubrovnik—both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the famous “Golden Cape”; island-hop via catamaran from Brač’s olive groves to Hvar’s lavender fields; admire Korčula’s medieval stonework. Local wines, friendly Croats, and bursts of vivid Mediterranean color add to your pleasure in this land of verdant hillsides, whitewashed buildings, and the blue depths of the Adriatic Sea.

 

Activity Level
Easy to
moderate;
4-6 miles daily
Meet
Split, Croatia
Depart
Dubrovnik, Croatia
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8 days, 7 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7
  • All meals except for one lunch and one dinner; local wine or beer included with dinners
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
per person double occupancy
Single supplement + $650
 

Solo surcharge + $0
 

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Brac
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2
Brac
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3
Hvar
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4
Hvar
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5
Korcula
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6
Korcula
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7
Dubrovnik
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8
Dubrovnik
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Day 1

Brac

Walking tour of Trogir and Split; 2-3 hours, easy

You gather in the lobby of the meeting point hotel for a brief orientation followed by a visit to Trogir—a beautifully preserved walled town that boasts a profusion of Romanesque and Renaissance architectural styles, along with a magnificent cathedral. Afterward, you transfer to Split for a guided walking tour of Split’s UNESCO-preserved old town. You are transported back to Roman times, strolling inside what used to be the retirement residence of the emperor Diocletian, past the Temple of Jupiter and into the mausoleum, now the town’s cathedral. You then venture outside the city walls to Split’s vibrant market and bustling bayside promenade, the Riva. After this tour, you enjoy a delicious lunch that may include grilled vegetables, octopus salad, and black risotto.

In the late afternoon, you board a public ferry for an hour transfer to Brač, the third-largest island of the archipelago, best known for its luminous white stone, from which both Diocletian’s palace and the White House in Washington, D.C., were constructed. A short minibus transfer along the tranquil northern coast brings you to your hotel, a comfortable property with private beach overlooking the sleepy village of Postira. After getting settled, you gather for a welcome meeting and the first of many delicious dinners featuring the bounty of this distinctive coast.

Hotel Pastura

A comfortable hotel with swimming pool and private beach overlooking the sleepy village of Postira on Brač’s tranquil northern coast.

Day 2

Brac

Postira to Splitska and Skrip; 5 miles, easy to moderate, elevation gain of 800 ft

Today’s walk takes you along a pine-clad northern coastal path from Postira to the fishing village of Splitska. A steady ascent winds through olive groves and cultivated terraces, culminating at the village of Skrip, the island’s first settlement, founded by the Illyrians in 1000 BC. Remains of the original wall can still be seen around the citadel. You stop for a brief visit to the tower and Roman mausoleum, today a museum dedicated to the history of the island, before indulging in a memorable lunch of pastičada, a traditional Dalmatian specialty of slowly braised beef served with homemade gnocchi.

You return to the hotel in the afternoon with time to relax or swim before reuniting for a meal of local specialties at a traditional family-run konoba (restaurant).

Hotel Pastura

A comfortable hotel with swimming pool and private beach overlooking the sleepy village of Postira on Brač’s tranquil northern coast.

Day 3

Hvar

Blaca Monastery and boat transfer to Zlatni Rat; Gazul and Vidova Gora; 3-5 miles, easy to moderate, elevation loss of 1400 ft

After a breakfast of local figs, homemade bread, cheese, and prsut (Dalmatian smoked ham), you set out to explore some of the island’s finest attractions. After a 45-minute transfer by minibus, you reach the trailhead that leads to the 16th-century Pustinja Blaca, originally a hermitage founded in 1551 by Glagolitic priests during the Ottoman advance. A rocky dirt path descends gradually to the monastery, where we stop for a visit before continuing to a secluded cove. Here a short transfer by private boat brings you to the famous Zlatni Rat, or “Golden Cape.” Afterward you proceed to a former shepherd’s hamlet for a traditional peka lunch (meat and vegetable stew simmered slowly over hot coals under a dome-shaped lid).

The afternoon presents the option to continue either on foot or by minibus to Vidova Gora, the highest point on the island, for a panoramic view over the islands you will explore during the course of the journey.

Later today, you board a catamaran for a short transfer to the chic island of Hvar, famous for its lavender production. After checking into your comfortable seaside hotel, the evening is yours to stroll the promenade and admire Hvar town’s main historical buildings, including the old theater—the first in Europe to be open to the public. For dinner you are free to choose from among the many restaurants and cafés, with recommendations from your guides and hotel staff.

Hotel Adriana

Hvar, Croatia

Croatia's first and only member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. A boutique hotel overlooking the marina in the center of Hvar town. The property features a saltwater swimming pool and spa.

Day 4

Hvar

Velo Grablje to Milna; 3-4 miles, easy to moderate. Milna to Hvar; 5-6 miles, easy to moderate, elevation loss of 600 ft

Relax over a leisurely breakfast before departing for a short walk to Spanjol Fortress, or citadel, for a bird’s-eye view over the picturesque harbor and the nearby Pakleni islets. A short minibus transfer takes you inland to the village of Velo Grablje and the trailhead. The rocky path winds past an abandoned village and small olive grove before reaching the peaceful cove of Milna, where you may opt for a swim in the turquoise sea. You enjoy lunch at a seaside café before returning to Hvar either on foot or by minibus. Some guests may wish to indulge in a spa treatment, or simply unwind at the hotel, while others may prefer to shop or explore prior to dinner at one our favorite family-run restaurants.

Hotel Adriana

Hvar, Croatia

Croatia's first and only member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. A boutique hotel overlooking the marina in the center of Hvar town. The property features a saltwater swimming pool and spa.

Day 5

Korcula

Hvar's southern coast: Sveta Nedjelja and Sveti Nikola, 4.3 miles, easy to moderate

After a buffet breakfast of fresh fruits, cereals, pastries, and eggs, you embark on a scenic island excursion. Today’s exploration takes you east along Hvar’s southern coast through the wilderness of vineyards and lavender fields for which the island is famous. Your destination is the tiny coastal settlement of Sveta Nedjelja, situated below the island’s highest peak, Sveti Nikola, which towers over the sea at 1,800 feet. A cluster of stone houses comprises the original village, situated on a rocky outcropping below a cave with remains of an Augustinian monastery, founded in the 15th century and used until 1787.

The village and beach are separated by a winding path which runs through a small pine wood. Sveta Nedjelja is a famous center for the production of the best types of Hvar red wine (known as plavac), which you may have an opportunity to sample before transferring back to Hvar town and indulging in a gelato. Late afternoon is spent relaxing on a scenic catamaran transfer to Korčula Island, the sixth-largest Adriatic island. There is time to refresh at your hotel, a seaside property and your base for the next two nights, before another memorable dinner.

Hotel Marko Polo

Korcula, Croatia

A recently renovated seaside hotel with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa services, and panoramic restaurant.

Day 6

Korcula

Zrnovo Circuit; 3-5 miles, easy to moderate

After a copious buffet breakfast in the panoramic dining room, you set out to explore the wooded hills above Korčula, an island rich in vineyards and olive groves, and sprinkled with picturesque villages. Traditional culture has been preserved on this island, from religious festivals to folk music and dance to shipbuilding. A short transfer brings you to Zrnovo, where you explore the village and St. Martin’s Church before continuing along a wide, rocky path dotted with cypress and aromatic Mediterranean maquis (low-lying vegetation).

Emerging from the wooded trail, beautiful views of the Peljesac Peninsula lie just across the channel. The trail descends to a natural harbor, where a special seafood lunch awaits, followed by time for swimming or relaxation.

This afternoon presents the opportunity to visit a local vineyard, for a tasting of the famous Posip Cara (white wine) before a guided visit to the UNESCO-preserved old town of Korčula—often referred to as a miniature Dubrovnik for its beautiful medieval buildings and stonework. Dinner is at a restaurant in the heart of town where a typical feast awaits, featuring prawns, calamari, and salad of sheep’s cheese and olives, all topped off by an apple strudel dessert. An after-dinner stroll along the narrow streets of Korčula town provides perfect closure to the day.

Hotel Marko Polo

Korcula, Croatia

A recently renovated seaside hotel with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa services, and panoramic restaurant.

Day 7

Dubrovnik

Peljesac Peninsula: Viganj to Orebic; 5 miles, easy to moderate, elevation gain and loss of 700 ft. Mali Ston walls; 2 miles, easy

After breakfast, you bid farewell to Korčula to walk the hills along the Peljesac Peninsula, home to some of the best beaches in Southern Dalmatia, with wide, sandy coves bordered by groves of tamarisk and pine. After a short boat transfer to the tiny town of Viganj, you ascend a rocky trail for approximately 20 minutes. You are quickly graced with gorgeous views across the channel to Korčula before descending to Orebic, once an important maritime center and now home to a small maritime museum. You are free to pick up a light lunch at one of the local bakeries or pizzerias before transferring to Ston, whose former importance was linked to salt production. Today it is revered as a gastronomic capital, famous for its fresh seafood and, in particular, oysters, which you have an opportunity to taste. There may be time to walk the famous walls, the longest in 14th century Europe, before proceeding to a luxury hotel in magnificent Dubrovnik. A final celebration takes place at an excellent local restaurant where you toast your week’s adventures.

Grand Villa Argentina

Dubrovnik, Croatia

A seaside luxury hotel located within walking distance of Dubrovnik’s historic center is set in lush terraced gardens leading down to its private beach; also with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and spa with sauna, whirlpool, and treatments. Comfortable guest rooms with sea views and three restaurants, including one on its private beach.

Day 8

Dubrovnik

Tour of Dubrovnik; 2 miles, easy city walking

Your tour concludes with a walking tour of “The Pearl on the Adriatic,” as Lord Byron so famously described Dubrovnik. This much-celebrated town, a World Heritage site, is completely encircled by over a mile of beautifully preserved walls built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Historically, they provided protection against all intruders, from the Saracens to the Turks, coming by way of sea. You explore the town’s main works of art, learn about its history of proud and fierce economic and political independence from Venice, marvel at the loving way the town was restored after the shelling in 1991, and take pleasure in discovering its architectural details and narrow alleys. Late morning you say goodbye, continuing on your exploration of this enchanting coast or making connections to Dubrovnik Airport for your departure.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Ivana Bubicic

A native of Split, Ivana Bubicic now makes her home on the island of Brac, where she has been a pioneer in the field of adventure travel. A trilingual (fluent in English and German in addition to her native tongue) walking/trekking guide for several years, Ivana’s areas of expertise include history, art history and Mediterranean flora. In her free time, she sings in a traditional music group called klapa (a form of a cappella singing) and designs jewelry from natural materials.

Daniel Piccini

Daniel Piccini, a native of Croatia’s second largest city, Split, is an avid sportsman. He previously worked as a civil engineer, and a technician for a Croatian race car team. However, his main passion is guiding, and for more than thirteen years Dani has devoted his time to professional guiding—from trekking and climbing to canyoning. When not guiding, Dani can be found enjoying outdoor activities with his wife and two children in one of Croatia’s many beautiful national parks.

Guest Comments

B. Delphey, California, May 2013

Walking, being in the fresh air, and sharing the time with tour members makes for a rich experience. The get-away feel of the trip is restorative, and the chance to see a country on a local level adds another dimension. In particular, the Croatian people were eager to share and make you feel welcome.

R. Weymann, California, June 2013

The Dalmatian coast was very beautiful, the food "exotic" by our tastes but absolutely delicious, the culture and history of this area was captivating, and logistics were flawless and our two guides could not have been more helpful or considerate.

S. Bull, Massachusetts, June 2013

Unbelievable experience —exploring this area by boat and on foot, walled towns, Roman ruins; walking the rocky paths, olive groves, the turquoise sea, stone houses comprising the original villages—and the food!! Just being in step with the local life. Our group and guides became family and we all got along so well—and Ivana and Dani were just the best!!

D & R Hilbert, Illinois, May 2012

Our trip in Croatia with Daniel and Ivana was one of our best traveling experiences ever. The walks were moderate and about the right length for this type of tour. The countryside was gorgeous with the Adriatic usually in view. Having local guides meant we learned a lot about the culture and frequently ate at family style restaurants we could never have found on our own. We highly recommend this tour.

S & D Leibel. California, June 2012

We have traveled with CW six times. Our trip to Croatia was one of the best. Our guides were wonderful. They were well prepared, knowledgeable, caring , patient and great fun to be with. The enthusiasm of our guides and their love for their country was positively infectious. The hiking was fantastic. Walking the coastlines of the Croatian Islands was breathtaking. And the food was excellent. this trip far exceeded our expectations!

N. Mansfield, Georgia, May 2011

The walking trip to Croatia was the perfect vacation—the most beautiful scenery in the world, great companions on the trails and terrific guides!

M. Usher, Washington, DC, May 2011

Fun, full of adventure, great hiking, fabulous food and a superb time was had by all.

L. Rosenfeld, Illinois, September 2011

The walks were gorgeous, but unique. Every day was a different adventure. The guides pride and knowledge about Croatia was vast and infectious. And the food!!! The guides took us to local restaurants where we were treated as valued family.

R. & D. Hilbert, Illinois, May 2012

Wonderful guides, beautiful scenery, cultural immersion.

F. Simone, Pennsylvania, May 2011

Spectacular scenery with satisfying hikes. Ivana, our guide, exuded her love of her country. The food, although very good, didn't have much variety.

C. Yeh, California, May 2012

Marvelous, both Dani and Ivana were very professional. We experienced great walks and authentic food, both guides are with great personality to guide and entertain us. Croatia is definitely the most beautiful country along Mediterranean that I have visited.

W. Yeh, California, May 2012

Just awesome!!

L. Crooke, Australia, May 2012

The group, as always with CW groups, was friendly, caring and fun to be with.

S. Richardson Kanne, Maryland, May 2012

Fabulous....having a local guide makes all the difference. In addition, our guides were exceptional in every way!

L. Klein, Massachusetts, June 2012

The evening at the Konoba Belin was unforgettable. The dinnner was fantastic and the musical performance by Ivana and the Lumbarda group was magical and joyous.

T. Rabinowit, California, June 2012

Excellent tour. Great guides, scenery and cuisine.

B. Kukral, Kansas, June 2012

The roads had good footing and the views were great. Really all the walks were interesting and fun and challenging for me. Each one had parts that I enjoyed so it's not exactly possible to pick a favorite one.

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