The Dalmatian Coast
Croatia's beautiful walled city, Dubrovnik, is the starting point for this journey through one of Europe's most diverse and beautiful countries. As we travel northwards, our path takes us through cypress woods, along coastal headlands and rural tracks, into dramatic gorges and along rambling streets. The sparkling sea views and sleepy harbor villages, with their milk-white limestone buildings, are the perfect environment for the steady pace of life and relaxed café culture. It becomes apparent that Croatia is still the authentic and uncommercialized Mediterranean associated with a bygone era. We also gain an insight into the break up of Yugoslavia and spend time in places which were directly affected by the early 1990's war as well as driving through the neighboring coast of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Highlights of this Walk include a private boat-trip from the foot of Vidova Gora Mountain, which takes us to a secluded terrace restaurant overlooking the sea where we dine on fresh fish caught that morning, and a fascinating walking tour of Diocletian's Palace which houses the most well-preserved Roman buildings in Split and which forms the heart of today's city. The Croatian cuisine focuses on locally caught fish, traditionally produced olive oil and organic vegetables, washed down with homemade brandies and wines. And, as the average height of men from Dalmatia is 6 feet, the food portions tend to match the height!
You will return home having explored the homeland of the neck tie, The 'Cravat', the region where the Dalmatian dog got its identity, the island of the man who made the first working parachute and the country which treasures Europe's second oldest synagogue in Dubrovnik and the third oldest in Split.
Walk Rating: Moderate. Drovers' tracks, wooded paths, some rocky trails. 6-10 miles walking per day.
US$4395.00 per person double occupancy
US$4395.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Dubrovnik, with arrival at Dubrovnik Airport and ends in Split.
You will arrive at Dubrovnik Airport and need to transfer by taxi to your first hotel which overlooks the sea and Dubrovnik Old City. Here we meet for our Welcome Reception and Dinner in the evening.
Our walk gives us headland views of the sea and then the terracotta-roofed town of Cavtat. This afternoon we walk along the city walls completely surrounding Dubrovnik, then explore the squares and tiny streets before returning to our hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant.
A morning boat trip takes us to explore Lopud, one of the many islands known as the Elaphites, which crowd the sea between Dubrovnik and the Peljesac Peninsula. Our launch returns us to the mainland to Ston where we walk the impressive medieval fortification walls built in a dramatic fashion on the hillside above the town's narrow streets, and overlooking the ancient salt-pans still in operation. We continue to our hotel in Mali Ston, a sleepy village of old stone houses pressed within its walls, where the oyster beds are marked by wooden poles. Time to enjoy our hotel, facing the little harbor, before dinner.
Traveling by bus from our hotel, the scenic Adriatic road takes us to Makarska, a seaside town, where we board a private boat to Brac, the third largest of Croatia's islands, with its enchanting harbor villages reminiscent of a bygone Mediterranean. The famous milk-white limestone, used for the construction of the White House, Washington, can be seen in many of the island's buildings. Our afternoon's walk begins from Skrip, the oldest settlement on Brac, through small fields, olive groves and vineyards, enjoying views to the Biokove mountains on the mainland, to our hotel in Postira overlooking the harbor.
A minibus ride takes us above the quiet Bobisce inlet to start our walk down a slow ascent along side terraced stone walls to the enchanting village of Lozisce, seeing the impressive church bell-tower and original untouched houses. Enjoying extensive views across the terraced ridges of the Mosor Massif and distant Split on the mainland, we follow our path down to Sutivan. This sleepy village has a calm, peaceful little harbor - ideal for a leisurely lunch before continuing along the sea shore to complete our walk and then return to our hotel.
We drive to the Vidova Gora mountain top to start our descent on foot down a gorge to the remote Blaca Monastery where a local guide explains its fascinating history. We continue to an isolated bay where we are met by a private boat which takes us to a secluded, sheltered terrace restaurant overlooking the sea. After a delicious lunch of fresh fish caught the same morning, we have the option to walk the final leg to the coastal village of Bol or the boat takes us there to browse around the tiny harbour shops. Everyone meets at the end of the afternoon and we are driven back to our hotel.
The morning ferry takes us to Split, a hectic vibrant city with at its heart a former palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. We begin our visit of the Old Town from the waterfront and marvel at the warren of houses, tenements, churches and chapels that the Palace has become. From its subterranean halls to the splendid cathedral we discover small squares and passages interlocking with other mysterious parts of the Palace. Later we join the passeggiata on the Riva, where the locals congregate to meander and gossip, before our Farewell Dinner.
You can enjoy the excellent shopping and sightseeing independently in Split before making your way to the airport.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Before & After Your Walk:
- The island of Lokrum lies in the bay just 10 minutes by ferry (every hour) from Dubvovnik's Old Town Harbor and reputedly the island where Richard the Lionheart was shipwrecked.
- Stay on in Split and visit Trogir, a compact coastal town with many historical sights including palaces, a fine central square, narrow rambling streets and water-edge promenade. The cathedral is one of the finest in Croatia.
The coastal region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. In May, June, September and October temperatures range from 55 (13°C) at night to 77°F (25°C) in the day, although it may get warmer than this in the heat of the day in June and September. Humidity is moderate and gentle breezes ensure cool, pleasant evenings. Although showers are not frequent in this part of the country, they are slightly more likely in October than May, June or September. This occasional rainfall can be quite heavy so you need to bring good quality, lightweight rain protection.
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