Highlights

  • 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 1990s 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. 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 six feet, the food portions tend to match the height!

You will return home having explored the homeland of the necktie: the 'Cravat' is the region where the Dalmatian dog got its identity.

Saturday Overnight: Hotel Villa Dubrovnik

Meet at our hotel for Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Villa Dubrovnik

Walk in view of the sea to Cavtat, then return to Dubrovnik to walk along the city walls and explore the squares and tiny streets. 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 Adriatic road takes us to Drvenik where we board the ferry to the resort island of Hvar. Our walk begins in the hilltop village of Velo Grablje, with its stone houses and courtyards, once famous for wine, lavender and olive oil. A dry brook serves as our path to the curiously deserted Malo Grablje, and lunch in a remote but popular family run tavern. Tonight, we'll stay at a peaceful spa hotel overlooking Hvar harbor, with dinner at a local restaurant.

Wednesday Overnight: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

Walk from the quaint harbor town of Jelsa to graceful Sari Grad, or Old Town. It's an apt name for one of the oldest towns in Europe, with a recorded history going back to nearly 400 B.C. The mood here is quieter, more cultured. We'll visit the vineyards, old monastery, and the most ancient parts of the town which are part of the Stari Grad Plain World Heritage Site. Or, those who prefer a day closer to 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 of Marinkovac Island. Savor the scent of pine, lavender and rosemary as you float along the beach. This evening, the group will reunite for a Croatian cooking class and dinner at a local restaurant.

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 hearing about its unique history, we'll head through open fields to a family home for an unforgettable 'farm to table' lunch. Our walk then takes us down past vineyards and olive groves to Supetar.

Friday Overnight: Villa Vela Luka

Drive up to the famous Vidova Gora mountaintop, then begin our 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
"The Wayfarers hire the best people. It's an extraordinary organisation and I feel blessed to have found it".
Terrain: Drovers' tracks, wooded paths, some rocky trails. 6-10 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

7 nights, 8 days from
$5,495.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $795.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $5,220.00

Dates

From May 5 to May 13 (more dates)
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Arrival: Dubrovnik
Departure: Split

Activities

Walk ClassicBoat RideCoastal walkingHistoric Monument Visit
The Dalmatian Coast Map

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.

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