UNESCO cities of Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik
Most beautiful islands of Central & South Dalmatia
Mediterranean cuisine spiced with southern wine
If you are keen on really discovering the secrets and beauties of Dalmatian coast and the islands, you might want to take up on this 15-day program, where you will have just enough time to really enjoy the nature, culture and history of Dalmatia in all its splendor.
Grand Tour of Dalmatia takes you through the best that the Croatian south has to offer. On the tour we will walk on the islands of Korcula, Mljet, Hvar, Brac and Vis and on the peninsula of Peljesac. We will also visit the Old Towns of Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik, which are all in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Swimming in one of the clearest seas in the world and tasting the traditional food and wine of Dalmatia are also one of the highlights of this program.
Itinerary / 15 days
Arrival to Split airport and transfer to Trogir. Evening walk through the stone cobbled streets of Old Trogir (UNESCO World Heritage List).
Transfer to Split and a discovery of the Old Town – Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, listed also in the UNESCO list. 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˝.
Boat trip to the “green beauty” of the Adriatic islands – island of Mljet. Visit of the national park of Mljet, together with its amazing green salty lakes and the monastery of St. Mary. In the afternoon, boat trip back to Korcula.
Daily excursion to the Adriatic Gem, town of Dubrovnik. Here, we can visit the stunning City Walls, the Cathedral, monasteries and the Dodge’s Palace, as a center of power of medieval Dubrovnik. In the afternoon, transfer back to Korcula.
Boat transfer to the peninsula of Peljesac and a walk on the slopes of the peninsula, with great views on the island of Korcula. Descent to Orebic, a town of Croatian sailors, then swim and rest, before going back to Korcula.
Morning boat transfer to Hvar island and a town of Hvar. Accommodation and a visit of the beautiful Old Town.
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
Transfer to Jelsa town, on the north coast of the island. Circular tour, where we climb the plateau at the middle of the island, with views on both sides. We arrive at the viewpoint in front of the St. Ante chapel, with a great view on the island of Korcula and the sea around us. From here we start the descent towards Jelsa, passing through old village of Pitve. In the afternoon, visit of the Hvar’s Venice – little village of Vrboska.
Rest day. You may enjoy one of the optional trips suggested by our tour leader – a fish picnic at the Pakleni Otoci – a small archipelago in front of the town of Hvar. Or you may climb the Napoleon fortress in the vicinity of the town, to have a great view from this 228 m high strategic point.
Early morning boat transfer to town of Bol, at the south coast of the island of Brac. Climb to the highest peak of the island VIDOVA GORA (780m). At the peak, we are rewarded by a stunning view of the surrounding islands of Hvar, Vis, Korcula, etc. Afternoon, transfer to Split and then boat trip to the island of Vis, town of Vis.
A walk through the heart of the island, among vineyards and fields, climbing the second highest peak of the island – Sv. Duh (563m). From here, we have stunning view on Komiza village below us, the nearby island of Bisevo and the open sea islands towards Italian coast.
A walk in the wild and quiet area of northwest Vis. A chance to have a swim at the clear sea of the Barjaska bay. End of the walk in the village of Komiza, where we will have a chance to see the traditional life of Komiza fishermen at the local museum.
A leisurely walk to the bay of Stoncica at the south east part of the island. From the nearby lighthouse we have a nice view on the island of Hvar. Possibility for a swim at the sandy beach of the bay and/or lunch at the terrace of a small local restaurant in the bay.
Early morning boat transfer to Split and transfer to the Split airport, Departure.
Number of days walking: 9
Average daily distance: 12 km / 6,25 miles
Terrain: medium altitude differences; quiet 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).