Highlights

  • See the Mediterranean as it used to be
  • Spend the night in the old cities of Dubrovnik and Split
  • Explore the islands of Lopud, Hvar and Brac
  • Visit Blaca Monastery and Emperor Diocletian's Palace
  • Enjoy Croatia's mouthwatering fresh seafood

Dubrovnik, the beautiful walled city on the Adriatic, is the starting point for island hopping in unspoiled Croatia. As we travel north, footpaths will take us through cypress woods, along coastal headlands and rural tracks, into dramatic gorges and 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 cafée culture. Unpretentious and still uncommercialized, there is so much to celebrate in Croatia's old world ways. Even the more remarkable to discover the worldly treasures found in the Roman palace of Diocletian, or the ingenuity shown in building the Great Wall of Ston. This is a Walk that transports us to another place and time, and takes us on an unforgettable journey that is good for the soul.

Saturday Overnight: Hotel Excelsior

Meet at our hotel for Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Excelsior

Stunning sea views accompany our walk to Cavtat, then return to explore Dubrovnik and walk along the city walls. Dinner tonight in a local restaurant.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Ostrea

A morning boat trip takes us to explore the lovely island of Lopud. We head back to the mainland via Ston, to walk along its dramatic medieval walls. We'll pass ancient salt pans still in operation, before continuing to our hotel in Mali Ston, a sleepy village of old stone houses.

Tuesday Overnight: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

This morning, a scenic drive leads to the ferry at Drvenik, and onward to the resort island of Hvar. We walk from the ancient hilltop village of Velo Grablje, with its stone houses, famous for its lavender and olive oil. A dry brook serves as our path to Malo Grablje, a local curiosity, then lunch in a remote family run tavern. Tonight, we'll stay at a spa hotel overlooking Hvar harbor.

Wednesday Overnight: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

Walk from harborside Jelsa to graceful Sari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe, with a recorded history going back to nearly 400 B.C. We'll visit the vineyards, old monastery, and other parts of the Stari Grad Plain World Heritage Site. Those who prefer a day on Croatia's crystal clear waters can board a sea kayak and join a local guide to the peaceful Pakleni Otoci Islands. The paddling is idyllic in the blue-green bays. Savor the scent of pine and rosemary as you float. This evening, the group reunites for a Croatian cooking class and dinner.

Thursday Overnight: Villa Vela Luka

A private speedboat takes us to Bra, where we begin our slow ascent alongside terraced stone walls to Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island. After a visit, head through open fields to a family home for an unforgettable 'farm to table' lunch. This afternoon, walk past vineyards and olive groves to Supetar.

Friday Overnight: Villa Vela Luka

Drive to the famous Vidova Gora mountaintop, then walk down the gorge to the remote Blaca Monastery. A local guide explains its fascinating history. We'll continue to an isolated bay by day's end, where a private boat awaits to take us to a secluded terrace restaurant overlooking the sea.

Saturday Overnight: Hotel Marmont

The morning ferry takes us to Split, a vibrant city with the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian at its heart. We explore the palace and Old Town before our Farewell Dinner.

Sunday

Enjoy the excellent shopping and sightseeing independently in Split before making your way to the airport.
Moderate
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Terrain: Drovers' tracks, wooded paths, some rocky trails. 6-10 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

7 nights from
$4,695.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $795.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,460.00

Dates

05-MAY-19 - 12-MAY-19
16-JUN-19 - 23-JUN-19
29-SEP-19 - 06-OCT-19
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Arrival: Dubrovnik
Departure: Split

Activities

Walk ClassicBoat RideCoastal walkingHistoric Monument Visit
The Dalmatian Coast Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Excelsior

Hotel Excelsior

The spectacular seaside setting overlooking both the Adriatic and the ancient Old Town, combined with flawless service, mark the five-star Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik as an iconic hotel. This beloved Dubrovnik landmark now begins a new chapter in its storied history, unveiling the final stage of interior refurbishment. With its prestigious location, Hotel Excelsior is ready to show its revamped grandeur as one of the most lavish hotels on the Adriatic. Housed in a former 1913 royal villa and built to take full advantage of a west-facing view of the glorious Old Town, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik enjoys the most enviable location of any hotel in the city “ just a five-minute walk from the medieval fortress walls. It has been welcoming famous guests from the start, including Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor. Its only when you go there that you fully appreciate the magnificence of the setting: the tranquil gardens in which to stroll, a private beach and three restaurants, all offering cinematic views of the Adriatic. For added luxury, there is also an indoor swimming pool, plus a glamorous spa and fitness centre.

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.

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

Perched on the promenade and facing the old city center, the Adriana Hvar boasts spectacular panoramic views of the town and the marina. Adriana offers luxury guest rooms, a spa, rooftop saltwater swimming pool, and multi-level garden terraces with a stunning aspect over the sea and marina. All of Adrianas ensuite rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, WiFi, hair-dryer and telephone. Enjoy a drink in the wrap-around rooftop bar, with its stunning views of the ancient city, yacht harbour, bay, and Paklinski Islands.

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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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • 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