On our Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast walking holiday, you will enjoy an island-hopping walking adventure along Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast. Walk the cobbled streets of Split and the quiet trails of rural Dalmatia, then explore the island idyll of Hvar, Korčula, Šipan and Mljet, and spend two nights in the beautiful Dubrovnik. Exploring the treasures of the Dalmatian coast and its islands on foot offers unique opportunities to experience the stunning landscapes, unspoilt nature, crystal blue sea, medieval towns and cultural heritage that make this region a must-see destination.
Day 1: Arrival Split
A complimentary airport transfer will bring you to your hotel in Split, where the printed materials for your tour will be waiting for you. Walk around the beautiful old town of Split and Marjan park. In the evening taste the local wines and cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants in Split.
Day 2: Hvar Island
After breakfast, you will have a short walk to the Split harbour, from where you will board the public passenger ferry to the town of Hvar (1 hour); luggage from hotel to ferry port in Split will be transported by electric cart. Upon arrival in Hvar, there is a 5-10 min walk (with your luggage) to the hotel. Approximately 68 km long, with a high east-west ridge of limestone and dolomite, the island of Hvar is second to Brac in terms of size. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests, with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields.
After checking in at the hotel, a short car transfer (25 min) will bring you to Velo Grablje, and you will start walking towards Hvar. Passing through old villages, you’ll enjoy the traditional architecture of the area. Small trails that lead you downhill by olive groves will get you to Malo Grablje where locals had built the first lavender distillery in the region; lavender was once the main export product. Continuing further down, the trail passes through Milna village meandering along pine trees and wild Mediterranean garden and then takes you along the coast all the way back to the town of Hvar. Overnight in a hotel in the old town of Hvar.
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Hvar (Croatia, Villa Nora or similar)
- Walking for the day: 12 km, 3-4 hours, ↑130 m ↓460 m
Day 3: Korčula Island
In the morning, take the public passenger ferry to Korčula island (1 hour). After arrival, you will have a short transfer to the village of Pupnat (stopping at the hotel to leave your luggage; 15 min), from where you start walking towards Korčula. Korčula is the home town of Marco Polo, a place full of history. You can enjoy your afternoon and evening strolling the narrow streets of the Old Town.
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Korčula (Liburna, Marco Polo or similar)
- Walking for the day: 12 km, 3-4 hours, ↑100 m ↓410 m
Day 4: Mljet Island
Morning boat transfer from Korčula to Mljet. Walking tour in Mljet National Park – North West Park Trail. Mljet, often called “the green island” because of its lush vegetation, is one of the eight Croatian national parks. As on Šipan, there is a clear blue sea, numerous bays, beaches and cliffs… but also two lovely salt lakes – warm even in early spring. Your walk will begin from Polače village just behind the ancient remains of a Roman palace dating from the 2nd century and continues through the National Park and around the salt lakes. The walk averages around 3-4 hours, and there is the chance to swim and enjoy lunch in a local tavern or extend your hike to the highest peak in the national park area, Montokuc. Afternoon boat transfer back to Korčula.
- Accommodation: Guesthouse in Mljet (Stražičić or similar)
- Walking for the day: 15 km, 3-4 hours, ↑260 m ↓290 m (shorter option over Montokuc Hill: 9 km, 2-3 hours, ↑350 m ↓360 m
Day 5: Dubrovnik City Tour
After breakfast, you will take the public passenger ferry to Dubrovnik (1.5 hours). From Dubrovnik harbour, you will have an organised car transfer to the centre of Dubrovnik (15 min). A local English-speaking guide will then accompany you for a two-hour guided tour of the Old Town. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the charms of Dubrovnik. We recommend that you take the Dubrovnik cable car to the top of Srd Hill for breathtaking views of the Old Town, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and the numerous Dalmatian islands.
- Accommodation: Hotel Perla, Guesthouse Amfora or similar
- Walking for the day: 2-hour private tour of Dubrovnik Old Town
Day 6: Island of Šipan
You will set out from the main port of Dubrovnik by local boat to Šipan, the largest of the famous Elafiti islands. The island has a rich cultural heritage and is perfect for walking with its vineyards, olive groves and pine forests. You will start your walk from Sudjuradj and head inland all the way up to the other settlement on the island, Luka Šipanska. Historically Šipan was a residential place of Dubrovnik patricians. If you follow the road from port Sudjuradj along the vineyards and olive trees to the port of the Luka, you will pass by old churches, summer residential palaces, beautiful pine forests, hidden bays. Upon arrival in Luka, you can have lunch in some local tavern. Late afternoon return to the port of Sudjuradj where the boat departs to Dubrovnik.
- Accommodation: Hotel Perla, Guesthouse Amfora or similar
- Walking for the day: 14 km, 4 hours ↑150m (+ optional extra walks around the island)
Day 7: Departure or Onward Travel
Departure after breakfast. Complimentary transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.
Accommodation is in en-suite double/twin rooms mainly in 3-star hotels and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary above. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfasts are generally buffets that consider your active programme with a variety of low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunches and dinners are on your own, but arrangements with accommodation can be made on the spot.
The most convenient arrival airport is Split, while Dubrovnik is the most convenient departure airport. Complimentary arrival transfer from Split Airport and departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport are included in your package. If you fly into Dubrovnik, Split is easily reachable by public bus (4-5 hours).
Flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
When transfers between accommodations are by public ferries (as indicated in the itinerary) luggage transfers are not included, and you will have to carry your main luggage with you while transferring. However, you will never have to carry your main luggage while walking.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary to the north, Serbia in the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south. The state also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has an unusual shape (similar to a croissant), which comes as a result of five centuries of expansion by the Ottoman empire towards Central Europe (although Croatia was never conquered by the Ottomans).
Croatia has a fantastic 5,800 km of coastline, 4,100 km of which belong to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,200 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. The biggest island is Krk (near Rijeka) which has a land area of 462 square km, while the country’s other well-known islands include Hvar, Brac, Korcula, and Pag.
The local currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HKR). The best way to carry money is a combination of cash and credit/debit cards. You can then draw cash from ATMs. They are available all over Croatia and are the safest and easiest way to access cash. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted and attract high rates of commission. Make sure that you change any money that you will need for the day ahead.
Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas. Cheques can be cashed in banks. Please note that bank hours are very different from bank hours in the EU. Most banks are open only in the morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a couple of hours in the afternoon. If you need to change money during the tour, we recommend that you look for a bank in the morning.
Note, Euros are accepted at some larger shops and hotels and generally taxi shuttles. Credit cards are not widely accepted. Up-to-date travel advice on Croatia is available here.
Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
This trip requires a basic physical condition. It is easy to moderate, and the terrain varies from paved and cobblestone streets (during village exploration) to single-track trails with loose stones or gravel, rocky paths, ancient ruins, and sets of ancient stone steps. The trails are often exposed to the sun (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available from 1 March till the end of November. Traditionally April/May/June and September/October have always been the most favourite time of year because the weather is best. If you choose to visit during July and August, you should be aware that temperatures may be high and make walking slightly more difficult.
Please also note that Dubrovnik may become quite overcrowded in the summer months!
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.
The climate is mild, Mediterranean; there are warm and dry summers and mild and pleasant winters. The average air temperature during the coldest part of the year is 6ºC and during the warmest 30ºC.
What to Bring
Having the correct personal equipment will make your walking holiday more enjoyable and comfortable. We hope that you find the following suggestions useful when considering what to take on your trip. They are based on personal experiences, and we are confident that you may find other solutions working equally well.
- Walking boots/shoes
- Suitable clothing including good walking
- Waterproof jacket
- Water carrier/bottle
- Food and snacks
- Guidebook & Maps (supplied)
- Blister treatment kit
- First aid kit
- Cash and credit cards
- 1 x overnight with breakfast in hotel 3* in Split
- 1 x overnight with breakfast in hotel 3* in Hvar
- 1 x overnight with breakfast in hotel 4* in Korčula
- 1 x overnight with breakfast in guesthouse or B&B in Mljet
- 2 x overnights with breakfast in hotel 3* or guesthouse in Dubrovnik
- Transfer from Split airport to accommodation in Split and from hotel in Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik airport
- Transfer from Hvar to Velo Grablje on day 2
- Transfer from Korčula to Pupnat on day 3
- Transfer from ferry port Gruž in Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik centre
- Catamaran tickets Split to Hvar, Hvar to Korčula, Korčula to Mljet and Mljet to Dubrovnik
- Local guide for the 2-hour city tour in Dubrovnik
- Information package including detailed route description (maps and route notes), a guidebook, luggage tags and vouchers for hotels
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
Supplements and Extras
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
- This holiday is available for solo travellers. As transfer and accommodation costs are not shared, a solo traveller supplement is payable
*To calculate the price of the tour for a specific date, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click CHECK AVAILABILITY above, pick your date and number of people. On the next screen, you can choose the desired options and extras and see the total price of your holiday before you decide whether to submit a booking enquiry.
- Entrance fee to national park Mljet, approx. EUR 15 per person, to be paid on site
- Boat ticket to Orebić from Korčula for the St. Ilija walk and back
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme
We had a lovely holiday, thank you!
We had a lovely holiday, thank you!