• Experience the Mediterranean as it used to be
  • Explore the islands of Lopud, Hvar and Brac
  • Stay in the old city of Dubrovnik, a location in 'A Game of Thrones'
  • Visit Emperor Diocletian's Palace, an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Fabulous fresh seafood, cooked in simple, local style

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 caf� 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.

Saturday Overnight: Hotel Villa Dubrovnik

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.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Villa Dubrovnik

Our walk gives us headland views of the sea and then the terracotta-roofed town of Cavtat where we stop to enjoy lunch. This afternoon we return to the old city where we walk along part of the city walls which completely surround Dubrovnik. We then explore the squares and tiny streets before returning to our hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Ostrea

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.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Amfora

Traveling by bus from our hotel, the scenic Adriatic road takes us to the seaside village of Drvenik where we take the local ferry (30 min) to the town of Sucuraj on the south point of the island of Hvar. From there we drive the island roads alongside villages, taking in the spectacular views of the mainland massifs. Our drop off point is the hill top village of Velo Grablje which we explore and make our way down by the abandoned village of Malo Grablje for lunch in a family run tavern set in an olive grove. After lunch we continue on the local trails to our hotel where you can relax and take in the sights of the internationally acclaimed Hvar town. Dinner is at one of the finest local restaurants in the center.

Wednesday Overnight: Villa Vela Luka

A morning speedboat departure takes us from Hvar to the neighboring island of 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 columns of White House, Washington, can be seen in many of the island's buildings. Our walk begins from the seafront to the inland village of Skrip, the oldest settlement, where we visit a traditional olive press, have a presentation and taste the various varieties. Our farm-to-table lunch at a family home is one to be remembered as all the seasonal vegetables are organically grown and the cheese, olive oil, wines, brandies and other specialities are all home made. After lunch we continue through small fields, olive groves and vineyards to our hotel which will be home for the next two nights.

Thursday Overnight: Villa Vela Luka

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.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Marmont

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.


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Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Villa Dubrovnik

Hotel Villa Dubrovnik

The Hotel Villa Dubrovnik is the most awarded boutique hotel in Croatia. Styled by local designers, the hotel was made from stone, surrounded by gardens of bougainvillea and oleander, and is located at the bottom of a cliff overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Facilities include two restaurants with stunning sea views, a beautiful lounge with patio and a library. The hotel also features a luxurious spa center with indoor pool, saunas, Jacuzzis, steam baths and a wide range of spa treatments. Bedrooms boast an amazing sea view with large beds covered with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets, hairdryer, wall-mounted flat screen TVs and broadband Wi-Fi internet connection.

Hotel Ostrea

Hotel Ostrea

Located in the picturesque fishing port of Mali Ston ('Little Ston'), this attractive hotel is built of the traditional stone of the area and has an enviable location overlooking the crystal clear blue water of the harbour.Completely rennovated in 1998 and run by one of the oldest families in the town, the hotel has won the Antun Stifanic state award for tourism and catering. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, individual furnishings and is beautifully decorated with all the usual amenities of a high quality hotel including hair dryer and WiFi internet access. Weather permitting, breakfast is taken on the open air terrace or can be taken inside in the traditional Maslina salon in cooler weather. Dinner is served in the widely-renowned Kaptanova Luca ('Captain's House') which has an attractive location on the waterfront and specialises in superb dishes made from local catches from the bay - mussels, oysters, octopus and fish.

Hotel Amfora

Hotel Amfora

Situated on a tranquil bay surrounded by a lush pine grove and just a few minutes from the historic town of Hvar, the Amfora is a light, bright, contemporary beach resort hotel. Elegant, light-filled rooms offer breath taking views of the Palinksi Islands. A spectacular cascading pool and a beach club and spa make the most of the spectacular coastal location. The bedrooms are decorated with clean lines and hues that reflect the natural light. All rooms are ensuite with free WiFi, a mini-bar, hairdryer, in-room safe, air conditioning and flat-screen TV. The Windows on Hvar Restaurant offers a 360 degree panoramic view and offers fresh, inventive menus with a Mediterranean twist.

Villa Vela Luka

Villa Vela Luka

Part of the tourist resort Velaris, in the peaceful bay of Vela Luka, the villa is an elegant building built in the early 20th century. Completely renovated, the large windows let in the light and color from the beach, just a few steps away. Each of the airy, comfortable bedrooms has a minibar, safe, telephone, LCD satellite TV, hairdryer, air-conditioning and internet access.

Hotel Marmont

Hotel Marmont

The Marmont Hotel (named after Napoleon's commander, marshal Auguste Frederic de Marmont) has an enviable location right in the heart of the old vibrant city, next to Diocletian's Palace which has been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.The spacious bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary and minimalism style with dark walnut furniture and blanched oak flooring. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and offer WiFi internet access, LCD TV, minibar, shower and WC. During breakfast guests can enjoy in the atmosphere of the 15th-century fortress and, in the evening, there is an open air terrace and lounge bar for a relaxing drink.

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  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants