Hiking to highest peaks of Dalmatian islands with stunning views
Old Town of Dubrovnik – UNESCO’s Adriatic gem
Korcula – the birthplace of Marco Polo
Dalmatia, a region of Croatia which even the old Greeks couldn’t resist! We take you on a hiking tour where you will walk through beautiful landscapes and climb highest peaks of our islands. You will taste some famous Croatian wines and visit the historical city of Dubrovnik, “the pearl of Adriatic”!
A relaxed week, taking in the best of this striking coastal region. On the island of Brac we climb the highest peak and visit the Valley of Blace, with its’ amazing monastery. On Hvar, again we climb the highest point and enjoy a view of the Adriatic islands. We continue to the island of Korcula, with its beautiful Old Town of Korcula, the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo. We complete our holiday in Croatia with a great day spent in Dubrovnik, arguably the most perfectly preserved Renaissance town in the world, with many narrow streets and red-tiled roofs tucked tightly within the city walls.
Itinerary / 8 days
Arrival to Split airport and transfer to the island of Brac
Transfer to the plateau at the middle of the island. Descent towards the hidden valley of Blace, dominated by medieval monastery built in solid rock. Later on, descent to the south coast of the island of Brac, where we enjoy a picnic at the beach and a swim at the clear blue Adriatic. Walk back to the town of Bol.
In the morning, we start our walk directly from the hotel and climb the highest peak of Brač and all Adriatic islands – VIDOVA GORA (780m). At the peak, we are rewarded by a stunning view of the surrounding islands of Hvar, Vis, Korcula, etc. In the afternoon, boat transfer to the island of Hvar, town of Jelsa. Accommodation in hotel.
Climb to the highest peak of the island, St. Nicolas (628m). Afternoon free to rest on the beach in Jelsa or visit the nearby village of Vrboska.
Morning transfer to the town of Hvar. Discovery of the Old Town as one of the most valuable cultural sights of Croatia. Afternoon boat transfer to Korcula island.
Morning transfer to the middle plateau of the island. A walk by the old Napoleon trail, passing through the fields of olive trees and vineyards. Picnic at the interesting reservoir of nature Kocije. Descent to the Old Town of Korcula and a stroll through the stone cobbled streets of this town often called ˝Little Dubrovnik˝.
Transfer towards the town of Dubrovnik. On the way we pass the medieval town of Ston, surrounded by the Croatian ˝China wall˝ – one of the best preserved and longest fortifying walls in the world. Afternoon guided tour of the Pearl of Adriatic – Old Town of Dubrovnik (listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List). Dinner at the local restaurant, tasting the traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport. Departure.
Number of days walking: 4
Average daily distance: 12 km / 6,25 miles
Terrain: medium altitude differences; quiet mountaineering paths, mainly rugged rocky terrain
Accommodation is organized in small, family guesthouses and pensions („Chez habitant“).
In certain cases, the group will be accommodated in 2-3 different houses, very close to one another, but all of the same quality and offering meals at the same place.
All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Eating & drinking
All breakfasts are included throughout. Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans.
Vaccinations and Visa
Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities. There are no specific health risks.
This program offers a great mix of leisrely to moderate walking combined with cultural insight of the region.
The walks are fairly easy, with an altitude diffence of a maximum 780m, but mainly up to 400m. The paths are well maintaned, with some rocky parts, which is why we suggest taking good, sturdy walking shoes, togehter with your pair of flip-flops for the beach !
No real hiking experience is required and anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can do the program.
If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.
Most of our guide crew started their tourleading in Dubrovnik & South Dalmatia region. After years of leading groups on hiking, cycling and discovery tours, we are proud to say that we have a whole team of experts for Dubrovnik and south Dalmatia. Find out more about your guide here.
Weather & seasonality
Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe, and some regions are notoriously free from rain. We generally travel off-season, so you should expect some variation in temperature and possibly some rainfall. Temperatures can be high, particularly on the July departures and can reach the mid to high 30s (degC).