Trek Croatia’s stunning coast on a Dalmatia walking tour that features picture-perfect islands, hidden coves, and UNESCO-preserved towns.

Set off to explore one of the most beautiful shorelines of the Adriatic. The Dalmatian Coast is a wonder of craggy mountain cliffsides, hidden coves, crystal clear waters, and islands so incredible that you’ll feel like you’ve entered a seaside paradise. Discover Brac’s luminous white-stone walls and rosemary fields, Hvar’s legendary vineyards, and the wooded hills of Korcula. During exciting days of coastal walks, you’ll visit beautiful medieval towns and stay at authentic waterfront hotels. Watch the sun set over the sea as you savor traditional Croatian delicacies like pašticada (Croatian braised beef) and fresh-grilled calamari. Join Country Walkers on this memorable Dalmatia walking tour steeped in Greek, Roman, and Venetian history where—around each bend in the trail—you’ll find a postcard-worthy view.

Highlights

  • Sample Croatia’s acclaimed plavac, a full-bodied red wine made from grapes grown along the beautiful Dalmatian coast
  • Trek across lush countryside to a secluded cove (perhaps taking a dip in the crystalline waters) as you explore the resort island of Hvar
  • Hike to Brac’s stunning, cliffside monastery—originally a hermitage founded in 1551 by Glagolitic priests during the Ottoman advance
  • Discover the birthplace of the legendary Marco Polo as you walk the charming, medieval streets of Korcula’s Old Town, guided by a local expert
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Itinerary

Sun, May 10 to Tue, May 19 - 2020

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Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Upon arrival at Split International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Atrium Hotel, an approximate 30-minute shuttle. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (No meals or activities included.)

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Accommodation: Atrium Hotel, Split

Walk to Split port for ferry to Brac; Transfer to Postira and easy walking tour of town;1-2 miles, easy

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Atrium Hotel at 1:00 p.m. (after lunch) in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for city walking.

You gather in the lobby of the meeting-point hotel for a brief orientation followed by a 20-25-minute walk to the ferry terminal. Pass through Diocletian’s Palace and the outdoor market before reaching the port and your (50-minute) public ferry to the large island of Brac. You disembark in Supetar, a vibrant little town on the island’s north side dominated by a church.

Brac, the third-largest island of the archipelago, is best known for its luminous white stone, from which both Diocletian’s Palace and the White House in Washington, DC, were constructed. A short minibus transfer along the tranquil northern coast brings you to your hotel, a comfortable property with a pool overlooking the sleepy village of Postira. After getting settled, you gather for a welcome meeting and stroll along the pretty waterfront of the town to a favorite restaurant, where you can savor the first of many delicious dinners featuring the bounty of this distinctive coast.

Accommodation: Hotel Lipa, Brac

5 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain; 3 miles, easy to moderate

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 Škrip, 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 pasticada, a traditional Dalmatian specialty of slowly braised beef served with homemade gnocchi.

The afternoon presents two options. Join your guide(s) along the lungomare, or seaside trail, from Lovrecina cove to Postira, passing ruins of a Roman basilica en route to your hotel. Or you may opt to return to the hotel via minibus. Either option allows for time to relax poolside before dinner on your own at the hotel or one of the many waterfront eateries.

Accommodation: Hotel Lipa, Brac

3-5 miles, moderate, 1,400-ft. elevation loss

After a breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade bread, cheese, and yogurt, you set out to explore some of the island’s finest attractions. A 45-minute transfer by minibus takes you to the trailhead, which 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 you stop for a visit before continuing to a secluded cove. Here, a short transfer by private boat brings you past 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).

This afternoon, you take a drive 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 large catamaran ferry for a short transfer to the chic island of Hvar, famous for its lavender production. After you check 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Adriana (or equivalent), Hvar
Or Hotel Amphora, Hvar (September 15-21 and September 22-28 tours only)

5.5 miles, easy to moderate, with challenging sections, 1,200-ft. elevation loss

After a buffet breakfast of fresh fruits, cereals, prsut (Dalmatian smoked ham), and eggs, you embark on a scenic excursion on the island’s northern coast. Today’s exploration begins with a short transfer to Vidikovac Lavanda and your trailhead. From this vantage point, you take in stunning views to the north, across to the island of Brac and to the south, the Pakleni islands. You descend steadily for approximately two and a half hours along a true hiking trail, the final portion of which includes some challenging, rocky terrain before reaching the tranquil town of Stari Grad (literally Old Town). Considered one of Croatia’s oldest towns, dating to the 4th century BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros, it lies on the edge of a UNESCO-preserved agricultural plain in a deep and protected cove. Upon arrival to town, you visit the fortified castle of poet, and native son, Petar Hektorovic, before an independent lunch at a konoba (tavern) or café of your choice.

The afternoon provides several options for you to enjoy. You may wish to join a short (steep) walk to the Španjola Fortress. The climb to the citadel rewards with a bird’s-eye view over the picturesque harbor and the nearby Pakleni islands. You may take some free time to relax at the hotel, perhaps indulging in a spa treatment. Or, step out in the vibrant town to shop or explore. This evening, reunite with your guides for a festive dinner of traditional Dalmatian specialties.

Accommodation: Hotel Adriana, Hvar
Or Hotel Amphora, Hvar (September 15-21 and September 22-28 tours only)

3-4 miles, easy to moderate

This morning, after a copious breakfast, perhaps on the harborside terrace, depart for a walk through the surrounding villages. A short minibus transfer takes you inland to just outside the former shepherds’ settlement of Brusje and the trailhead. The rocky path winds past terraced hillsides dotted with olive trees, lavender, and drystone walls. You reach the abandoned village of Malo Grablje (a name derived from the fact that it is “lower” or Malo and “grab” or hornbeam bush—a plant that grows on these uplands), recently restored and turned into a wonderfully preserved open-air museum of sorts. Take time to explore the village before reaching the peaceful cove of Milna, where you may opt for a swim in the turquoise sea. A light lunch refuels you before transferring back to Hvar town, where you have time for a stroll or perhaps a gelato before you bid the island farewell. Late afternoon is spent relaxing on a scenic public ferry (catamaran) transfer to Korcula Island, the sixth-largest Adriatic island. Settle in at your hotel, a seaside property and your base for the next two nights, before dinner on your own—either at the hotel or at one of the many konobas in town. (Your guides and hotel staff will provide you with suggestions!)

Accommodation: Hotel Liburna, Korcula

5 miles, easy to moderate, 450-ft. elevation loss

After breakfast in the panoramic dining room, you set out to explore the wooded hills above Korcula, 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 Žrnovo, 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).

As you emerge from the wooded trail, you spy beautiful views of the Peljesac Peninsula just across the channel.

This afternoon affords free time to swim in the sea or outdoor swimming pool. Or perhaps you’ll enjoy the hotel’s wellness center or go out, to peruse town on your own. Later, reconvene as a group for an (optional) guided walking visit of the UNESCO-preserved Old Town—often referred to as a miniature Dubrovnik for its beautiful medieval buildings and stonework. Dinner is a special affair this evening at a friend’s restaurant up in the hills above Korcula. A traditional feast awaits, featuring prawns, calamari, grilled meats, and salad of sheep’s cheese and olives, all topped off by a creative confection for dessert. Returning to town, you may have enough energy for an after-dinner stroll along the narrow streets of Korcula town, providing perfect closure to the day.

Accommodation: Hotel Liburna, Korcula

5 miles, easy to moderate, 700-ft. elevation gain and loss

Your tour concludes with a walkalong the Peljesac Peninsula (likened to California’s wine country). A simple lunch of pizza and beer (or wine) is enjoyed in the maritime center of Orebic before continuing on to Dubrovnik —“The Pearl on the Adriatic,” as Lord Byron so famously described it. This much-celebrated town, a UNESCO 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 the sea. You bid farewell to your guides and travel companions and settle in to the Grand Villa Argentina, where you spend a post tour night. (Dinner is on your own, and may be enjoyed at the hotel’s terrace restaurant, or the hotel concierge can provide recommendations for dining out.)

Accommodation: Grand Villa Argentina, Dubrovnik

Zbogom! (Goodbye!) This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Cilipi International Airport in Dubrovnik based on your departure time. (The departure transfer time will be communicated to you on tour by your guides.)

Tue, May 12 to Mon, May 18 - 2020

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Walk to Split port for ferry to Brac; Transfer to Postira and easy walking tour of town;1-2 miles, easy

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Atrium Hotel at 1:00 p.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for city walking.

You gather in the lobby of the meeting-point hotel for a brief orientation followed by a 20-25-minute walk to the ferry terminal. Pass through Diocletian’s Palace and the outdoor market before reaching the port and your (50-minute) public ferry to the large island of Brac. You disembark in Supetar, a vibrant little town on the island’s north side dominated by a church.

Brac, the third-largest island of the archipelago, is best known for its luminous white stone, from which both Diocletian’s Palace and the White House in Washington, DC, were constructed. A short minibus transfer along the tranquil northern coast brings you to your hotel, a comfortable property with a pool overlooking the sleepy village of Postira. After getting settled, you gather for a welcome meeting and stroll along the pretty waterfront of the town to a favorite restaurant, where you can savor the first of many delicious dinners featuring the bounty of this distinctive coast.

Accommodation: Hotel Lipa, Brac

5 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain; 3 miles, easy to moderate

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 Škrip, 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 pasticada, a traditional Dalmatian specialty of slowly braised beef served with homemade gnocchi.

The afternoon presents two options. Join your guide(s) along the lungomare, or seaside trail, from Lovrecina cove to Postira, passing ruins of a Roman basilica en route to your hotel. Or you may opt to return to the hotel via minibus. Either option allows for time to relax poolside before dinner on your own at the hotel or one of the many waterfront eateries.

Accommodation: Hotel Lipa, Brac

3-5 miles, moderate, 1,400-ft. elevation loss

After a breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade bread, cheese, and yogurt, you set out to explore some of the island’s finest attractions. A 45-minute transfer by minibus takes you to the trailhead, which 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 you stop for a visit before continuing to a secluded cove. Here, a short transfer by private boat brings you past 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).

This afternoon, you take a drive 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 large catamaran ferry for a short transfer to the chic island of Hvar, famous for its lavender production. After you check 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Adriana (or equivalent), Hvar
Or Hotel Amphora, Hvar (September 15-21 and September 22-28 tours only)

5.5 miles, easy to moderate, with challenging sections, 1,200-ft. elevation loss

After a buffet breakfast of fresh fruits, cereals, prsut (Dalmatian smoked ham), and eggs, you embark on a scenic excursion on the island’s northern coast. Today’s exploration begins with a short transfer to Vidikovac Lavanda and your trailhead. From this vantage point, you take in stunning views to the north, across to the island of Brac and to the south, the Pakleni islands. You descend steadily for approximately two and a half hours along a true hiking trail, the final portion of which includes some challenging, rocky terrain before reaching the tranquil town of Stari Grad (literally Old Town). Considered one of Croatia’s oldest towns, dating to the 4th century BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros, it lies on the edge of a UNESCO-preserved agricultural plain in a deep and protected cove. Upon arrival to town, you visit the fortified castle of poet, and native son, Petar Hektorovic, before an independent lunch at a konoba (tavern) or café of your choice.

The afternoon provides several options for you to enjoy. You may wish to join a short (steep) walk to the Španjola Fortress. The climb to the citadel rewards with a bird’s-eye view over the picturesque harbor and the nearby Pakleni islands. You may take some free time to relax at the hotel, perhaps indulging in a spa treatment. Or, step out in the vibrant town to shop or explore. This evening, reunite with your guides for a festive dinner of traditional Dalmatian specialties.

Accommodation: Hotel Adriana, Hvar
Or Hotel Amphora, Hvar (September 15-21 and September 22-28 tours only)

3-4 miles, easy to moderate

This morning, after a copious breakfast, perhaps on the harborside terrace, depart for a walk through the surrounding villages. A short minibus transfer takes you inland to just outside the former shepherds’ settlement of Brusje and the trailhead. The rocky path winds past terraced hillsides dotted with olive trees, lavender, and drystone walls. You reach the abandoned village of Malo Grablje (a name derived from the fact that it is “lower” or Malo and “grab” or hornbeam bush—a plant that grows on these uplands), recently restored and turned into a wonderfully preserved open-air museum of sorts. Take time to explore the village before reaching the peaceful cove of Milna, where you may opt for a swim in the turquoise sea. A light lunch refuels you before transferring back to Hvar town, where you have time for a stroll or perhaps a gelato before you bid the island farewell. Late afternoon is spent relaxing on a scenic public ferry (catamaran) transfer to Korcula Island, the sixth-largest Adriatic island. Settle in at your hotel, a seaside property and your base for the next two nights, before dinner on your own—either at the hotel or at one of the many konobas in town. (Your guides and hotel staff will provide you with suggestions!)

Accommodation: Hotel Liburna, Korcula

5 miles, easy to moderate, 450-ft. elevation loss

After breakfast in the panoramic dining room, you set out to explore the wooded hills above Korcula, 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 Žrnovo, 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).

As you emerge from the wooded trail, you spy beautiful views of the Peljesac Peninsula just across the channel.

This afternoon affords free time to swim in the sea or outdoor swimming pool. Or perhaps you’ll enjoy the hotel’s wellness center or go out, to peruse town on your own. Later, reconvene as a group for an (optional) guided walking visit of the UNESCO-preserved Old Town—often referred to as a miniature Dubrovnik for its beautiful medieval buildings and stonework. Dinner is a special affair this evening at a friend’s restaurant up in the hills above Korcula. A traditional feast awaits, featuring prawns, calamari, grilled meats, and salad of sheep’s cheese and olives, all topped off by a creative confection for dessert. Returning to town, you may have enough energy for an after-dinner stroll along the narrow streets of Korcula town, providing perfect closure to the day.

Accommodation: Hotel Liburna, Korcula

5 miles, easy to moderate, 700-ft. elevation gain and loss

After breakfast, you bid farewell to Korcula 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 Korcula before descending to Orebic, once an important maritime center and now home to a small maritime museum. You sit down for lunch at a pizzeria, toasting your week’s adventures with a glass of local wine or a microbrew! Afterward, you proceed to magnificent Dubrovnik, where your adventures continue, or you make connections for your next destination.

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Post-Tour Extension - Dubrovnik

  • Two nights at the Grand Villa Argentina
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

2 Nights From $398
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This much-celebrated town, a UNESCO 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 the sea. You may wish to explore the town’s main works of art, learn about its history of proud and fierce economic and political independence from Venice (seek guide recommendations from your hotel concierge), 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.

Continue to bask in the natural beauty and history of Dubrovnik – dubbed “The Pearl on the Adriatic.” Today you may want to head up to Mount Srdj, by foot or cable car, to take in the breathtaking views of the old town and beyond. While you’re at the top, stop by the Fort Imperial and the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence. Later, if you’re feeling energetic, kayak out to the nearby islands, or simply enjoy a sumptuous feast of fresh Mediterranean seafood perfectly paired with an excellent Croatian wine.

Zbogom! (Goodbye!) This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Cilipi International Airport in Dubrovnik based on your departure time. Please note that your transfer time will be communicated to you by your guides on tour.

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Single Supplement: From $748

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