"How beautiful Croatia is, how cool the Roman ruins are, the excitement finding our own way, the clear water, the climate, the ferries, the guides. Everything went as planned!"- Betsy Hannaford
Medieval walled cities, thousands of islands and well-maintained hiking trails out your front door.
A nice mix of cultural sightseeing and hiking including an exploration of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Island hiking and hopping with the azure waters of the Adriatic as your backdrop.
A visit to Ulysse's cave.
Welcome to Croatia! Azure, cobalt, indigo— our 8 day self guided Croatia hiking tour is a celebration of blue skies and pristine waters. The villages are immaculate and the bustle of the beaches and exceptional restaurants enchanting. The red tiled roofs coupled with the crystal clear sea is pure magic.
Most travelers will want to begin their Croatian adventure by arriving in Split. Split enjoys a small and convenient airport with frequent service from hubs around Europe. Spend a day with a local guide exploring Split and the UNESCO protected city of Trogrir, then hop on a ferry or hydrofoil to the island of Korcula. Korcula, the island, is considered the most fascinating of the more than 1,000 islands found off the Croatian coast. Korcula, the town, is a walled village perched over the sea – a kind of “mini” Dubrovnik. The island offers superb hiking, from long ridge or coastal walks, to the mysterious rock mazes of Kocje.
From Korcula it is on to Mljet. The island of Mljet has one of Croatia’s most fascinating and luxuriant national parks on the western tip of the island. Famed for its seafood and seaside lakes, as well as Ulysses’ Cave (for real!), the island has an enormous amount to offer. Stay in the fishing hamlet of Pomena, which coincidentally boasts Mljet’s only hotel (a good one at that!).
Now on to Dubrovnik, where you will arrive by Turboferry in the port suburb of Lepad. Here enjoy a superb hotel on the edge of the walls of the old town. Embark on a walking tour of the old city with a local guide. Of Greek-Roman origin, the modern Dubrovnik is considered the finest walled medieval city in the world. You’ll finish the tour with a hike on the heavenly island of Lokrum.
The hiking itself has a surprisingly familiar character for those who have hiked in the alps. Hikers enjoy well-signed and maintained trail systems, great limestone walls, plentiful wildflowers and the call of the Mountain Dole in flight. At the end of the day, however, it is the perfect water of the Adriatic that makes the trip so special. Stunning to look at, refreshing to dip in and incredible to boat on! Plan on plenty of hiking this week while allowing time to enjoy the water, the culture and the all the fun that seaside Croatia is all about.
The ancient port town of Split makes the most convenient gateway for your trek. Split boasts some of the best Roman ruins to be found on the Adriatic Coast, and an extra night there is highly recommended. Enjoy the first of two nights in a beautiful and well-located hotel in downtown Split.
This is the day to explore Split. The tidy and compact city could not be more of a delight to explore. You will enjoy the services of a local guide who will show you the history and magic of Split and the UNESCO protected city of Trogrir (four hour tour). We will provide a menu of must-see options (including some exercise – don’t worry!). We recommend Diocletian’s Palace for your dose of culture, followed by an ascent to the hill summits of Marjan for unforgettable views of Split below, perhaps finishing with some time spent on the Brela Beach, which many consider the most attractive beach in Europe. Return to your Split hotel.
Enjoy a guided outing to Mosor, one of Croatia’s most popular non-technical summits. A late afternoon ferry transfers you to Korcula. This medieval walled port town could not be more charismatic or filled with history. Many places claim Marco Polo as one of their own, but when you arrive in Korcula, there is no doubt that this is his birthplace. Your boat transfer past Brac, the Dalmatian Coast’s most famous island, and around the southern tip of Hvar will include sightseeing, swimming and lunch. Arrive in Korcula in the afternoon with ample time to explore this time-forgotten place. Settle into Korcula’s best hotel for the next two nights.
A short ferry to the village of Orebic sets you up for another of the coast’s great hikes. Today’s loop hike takes in the summit of St. Ilija and its grand panorama before descending back to Orebic on ancient paths past sensational churches, vineyards and unbelievable villas. Wonderful views of the island of Korcula are certain to delight. Return to Korcula Hotel.
More Island hopping today as you transfer to the island of Mljet. A quick water-taxi brings you to the island’s northern port of Polace. From here a short van ride sets you up for a waterside ramble on Mljet’s west coast. After a fresh and very local lunch in Soline, you’ll hike past gorgeous saltwater lakes en-route to your hotel in Pomena. It is easy to understand how Ulysses let seven years get by on the island as we watch the sun go down on the coast.
After a not so early start, (Pomena is one of the most charming and difficult places to leave), you’ll hike back to the port of Polace climbing to a high point where you’ll see both coasts of the island. After a picnic here, hike down to the water to meet your final water transfer back to the mainland and one of Dubrovniks finest hotels.
Start the morning with a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Catch a ferry at midday and transfer from the old harbor to the island of Lokrum. Circumnavigate this small and unique island. Several lunch spots are available not far from the trail. Return to the excellent Dubrovnik hotel.
Awaken to the beautiful sight and delicious smells of Croatia, enjoy breakfast and depart as needed. Many buses and, of course, taxis connect to the Dubrovnik Airport and international connections. There are also many activities around Dubrovnik itself making any additional time spent there very rewarding.