Islands, sleepy villages and shining seas

  • Experience the Mediterranean as it used to be
  • Explore the islands of Lopud 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 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.

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. 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.

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 Lipa

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.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Lipa

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.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Lipa

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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Terrain: Drovers' tracks, wooded paths, some rocky trails.6-10 miles walking per day.


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Arrival: Dubrovnik
Departure: Split


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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 Lipa

Hotel Lipa

Situated in the center of the town, Hotel Lipa lies only few steps away from the sea and has a beautiful view of the village Postira. Guests can refresh yourself with a drink at the aperitif bar Lipa or by swimming in the outdoor freshwater pool. You can also enjoy additional rest and relaxation in the sauna, jacuzzi or massage salon in the wellness center.

All bedrooms are spacious with en-suite bathroom, sea view terrace or loggia, satellite TV, hairdryer and mini-bar.

The restaurant and grill terrace of the hotel, in the lively ambiance of the waterfront, offer you meals of high quality international cuisine and homemade organic specialties.

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, cutlure, 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 culural 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