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Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast

Dalmatia Island Hopping

Overview

On our Dalmatia island-hopping walking holiday, you will enjoy a 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 Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Mljet, finishing in the beautiful Dubrovnik. Exploring the Dalmatian islands’ treasures 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Split | 7 km

Walk around the beautiful old town of Split and Marjan park. Then meet our representative who will brief you on the following days and give you the tour materials. In the evening, taste the local wines and cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants in Split.

Day 2: Brač Island | 12 km

Morning boat transfer to the island (Bol town). With an area of 396 square kilometres, it is the largest island in Dalmatia and the third-largest in the Adriatic. Check-in at the hotel and leave your luggage. Then walk to the top of Vidova Gora and back down to your hotel. The island’s tallest peak, Vidova Gora, or Mount St. Vid, stands at 780 m, making it the highest island point in the Adriatic.

  • Accommodation: 3* hotel (optional upgrade: Hotel Elaphusa or similar)
  • Transfer: boat transfer to Brač Island
  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 5 hrs, ↑780m

Day 3: Hvar Island | 17 km

Morning boat transfer to the island (Hvar town). 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, vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields. Check-in at the hotel and leave your luggage. Then make a circular coastal walking tour from Hvar town to Milna and back to Hvar, and enjoy strolling the streets of the Old Town in the evening.

Day 4: Hvar Island | 16 km

Today you will go to Brusje and then to Malo Grablje and Dubovica. Take a swim in the sea and enjoy the beach of Dubovica – one of the most beautiful beaches on Hvar Island. Short private transfer back to Hvar town.

  • Accommodation: Villa Nora or similar (optional upgrade: Riva Yacht Harbour Hotel or similar)
  • Transfer: short car transfer back to Hvar after the walk
  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 5 hrs

Day 5: Korčula Island and Pelješac | 10 km

Morning boat transfer from Hvar to Korčula Island (Korčula town). Check-in at the hotel and leave your luggage. Short boat transfer from Korčula to Pelješac. Walk to Sveti Ilija peak (961 m) and back to the port. Afternoon boat transfer back to Korčula from Pelješac.

  • Accommodation: Liburna or similar (optional upgrade: Hotel Korsal or similar)
  • Transfer: ferry transfer to Korčula; return ferry transfer from Korčula to Pelješac
  • Walking for the day: 10 km, 5 hrs, ↑980m

Day 6: Mljet Island | 10 km

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 it is a pearl in the Adriatic and 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. Afternoon boat transfer back to Korčula.

  • Accommodation: Liburna or similar (optional upgrade: Hotel Korsal or similar)
  • Transfer: return ferry transfer from Korčula to Mljet
  • Walking for the day: 10 km, 5 hrs, ↑980m

Day 7: Dubrovnik

After breakfast, you will be transferred by boat to Dubrovnik Old Town, a beautiful fortified medieval city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. End of the tour. 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 City of Dubrovnik, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and the numerous Dalmatian islands. We highly recommend that you book some extra nights to fully experience Dubrovnik.

  • Accommodation: no overnights included
  • Transfer: boat transfer from Mljet to Dubrovnik

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in en-suite double/twin rooms mainly in 3-star hotels or 3/4-star serviced apartments 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. Hotel upgrade is also possible upon request.

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Slavija, Bellevue, Villa Nora, Liburna, Marco Polo, Stražičić, Hotel Perla, Guesthouse Amfora

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.

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Vida Boutique Hotel, Hotel Elaphusa, Riva Yacht Harbour Hotel, Hotel Korsal

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.

Meals

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. On some days you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way.

Difficulty & terrain

This trip requires good physical condition. 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 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 the beginning of April till the end of October. 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.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

The most convenient arrival airport is Split, while Dubrovnik is the most convenient departure airport. If you fly into Dubrovnik, Split is easily reachable by public bus (4-5 hours).

By train or bus

Inclusions

Included

  • Introductory briefing in Split on Day 1
  • A booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, ferry and catamaran timetables and details with all vouchers for accommodations
  • Maps with marked routes
  • 7-day rental of walking equipment if needed (hiking poles, backpack, basic rain jacket)
  • 6 nights in 3* hotels or 3/4* serviced apartments with breakfast
  • All sea transfers according to the itinerary
  • All land transfers according to the itinerary
  • Mljet National Park entrance fee
  • Local tourist tax
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request

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