Croatia has exploded onto the international tourism scene over the last decade thanks in part to HBO’s Game of Thrones series. For some, Croatia is a place to relax on a mega-yacht, but for Ryder-Walker guests it offers world-class hiking along the Dalmatian Coast showcasing its stunning Adriatic coastline, beautifully preserved wilderness and diverse islands.
Ryder Walker’s The Dalmatian Coast Trek follows the coastal national parks of Croatia while exploring a selection of iconic islands off the Croatian coast including Korčula and Mljet. While the beginning of the trek explores the ancient Beech forests of Biokovo National Park, the adventure takes a distinctly more nautical theme as we board ferries to explore the Adriatic. Korčula and Mljet cast a distinctive contrast with each other, with a collection of fishing villages straight from the odyssey contrasted with beautiful seaside resorts. Finally, our journey finishes in the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, the shooting location for Game of Throne’s King’s Landing. The city itself looks no less fantastical than it does in the show, feeling like a direct portal into the past.
Croatian culture is one of the most welcoming in the world. Tourism remains an exciting new possibility for the Croatian people, who, by and large, are thrilled to share their rich history, culinary traditions, and mythos. In Croatia, the surviving brutalist architecture from the Soviet Era sticks out in a striking way against the backdrop of cobalt blue waters and winding beaches. While Croatia itself was considered a largely war-torn country following the conflicts of the 20th century, today the nation has engaged in large scale reconstructions of their historic locations and preservation of the country’s unique coastal-desert biome. Throughout history, dating back even to the seafaring days of the Greeks and Romans, Croatia has represented a critical port, and it is easy to see why with the Italian shoreline visible across the Adriatic. Today Croatian culture involves a hearty dose of beach relaxation, lively nightlife, and a plethora of fresh fish and seafood. Sitting eating a plate of calamari while you listen to the waves and look out at the distant lights of a fishing village on a neighboring island is an experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world.
Croatia amazed us when we first visited years ago, and the coastal nation continues to impress us year after year. The hiking in the national parks is consistently incredible, with easy to access summits providing stunning views of the entire peninsula. While many may just pass through Croatia on a cruise it is obvious to us at Ryder-Walker that the Croatian people and nature are worth deeper engagement, which we provide with our magnificent Dalmatian Coast Trek.
Guided Tours: Croatia
Surrender to the magic of Croatia. With picture-perfect villages, limestone summits rising from the sea, and 1,000 picturesque islands floating peacefully in the azure waters of the Adriatic, you’ll quickly discover why the locals refer to their homeland as “The Mediterranean the way it used to be.” Our 8-day hiking tour of Croatia begins in the tiny seaside village of Makarska, noted for its ...View Trip Details
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