"The trip was excellent- fun, challenging at times, and informative. Transfers and hikes were well put together and worked without a hitch. We really appreciated the friendliness of Ken and Willy. They were caring and fun to be with. We also loved the fact that we had wonderful meals and were able to order off a la carte menus! Thanks also for not canceling the trip despite the 5 person group size. This was one of the many reasons that we plan to join your company again for more hikes. A note also that our guide in Split- Peter- was excellent and was able to taxi us to Makarska as well in the afternoon."- Geoff Sadwith
Incredibly diverse topography, from iconic mountains like Sveti Jure to the sun-washed beaches of Hvar.
A gastronomic journey of mountain delights and treasures from the sea.
Unforgettable sightseeing, from remote fishing villages, to must-see hot-spots like Dubrovnik.
Surrender to the magic of Croatia. With postcard-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 palm-fringed promenade, welcoming cafes, and a pretty harbor where pleasure craft bob quietly in the Mediterranean breeze. You’ll spend two nights in Makarska with an entire day devoted to hiking the Biokovo National Park, Croatia’s largest national park and home to the country’s second highest mountain range, Biokovo. The mountains aren’t extremely high in Croatia, but the fact that they spring up from sea level makes them a joy to photograph and satisfyingly rugged.
From Markaska, you’ll jump on a private boat and hop to the islands of Korcula and Mjlet. You’ll visit time-forgotten fishing villages like, Orebic, Polace and Pomena. You’ll swim in the warm waters off the island of Hvar. You’ll climb to the summit of Sveti Ilija (St. Elias), a famous mountaineering destination that rises 3,100 feet straight from the sea and offers panoramic views of the mountains, islands and hidden inlets that make up the profile of the Dalmatian Coast. While on Mjlet, you’ll dine on fresh Croatian delicacies like brodetto, a Croat twist on mixed seafood stew. Wash it all down with home-brewed spirits, lovingly prepared with local ingredients.
Jumping back to the mainland, you’ll relax your trail-hardened body at our preferred hotel in Dubrovnik, one of the best-preserved walled cities in all of Europe. Walking into Dubrovnik is like walking back in time, and you’ll do it on multiple occasions as you hike from your hotel. You’ll climb Dubrovnik’s local peak, offering a bird’s eye view of Dubrovnik’s old city, and you’ll tour the ancient ramparts that earned Dubrovnik a distinguished place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Arrive in Split or Dubrovnik and transfer to Makarska. The ancient port town of Split makes the most convenient gateway for our trek. Split boasts some of the best Roman ruins to be found on the Adriatic Coast and an extra night there is highly recommended. Makarska is among the liveliest coastal villages in Dalmatia. Meet group for welcome drinks and dinner at 7:00 pm.
We will spend the day hiking in the Biokovo National Park. The park contains Croatia’s second highest mountain range. Our day begins with a seaside start and a warm-up through the flower-strewn village before venturing onto the alluring limestone ridges and valleys on the flanks of Sv. Jure, the highest seaside peak in the Mediterranean or Adriatic. Our outing will make a loop hike with truly captivating views as we climb through the nature park. A fantastic trail ascends through beautiful limestone formations and on to a cool pine forest before cresting out on a high plateau. Return to Makarska Hotel.
This fascinating itinerary features a boat transfer to the island of Korcula and to its primary port town of the same name. This medieval-walled port town of Korcula 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. Our 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.
A short ferry to the village of Orebic sets us up for another of the coast’s great hikes. Today’s loop hike takes to the summit of Sveti Ilija (St. Elias) and it’s 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 we transfer to the island of Mljet. A quick water-taxi brings us to the island’s northern port of Polace. From here a short van ride sets us up for a waterside ramble through Mljet’s national park on the west coast. After a fresh and very local lunch in Soline, we hike past gorgeous saltwater lakes en-route to our hotel in Pomena. Incidentially, Mljet is home to the ancient cave where Odysseus spent seven years with the sea nymph Calypso in Homer’s epic tale The Odyssey. We’ll quickly discover how Odysseus let seven years get by on the island as we relax and 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 that we encounter all summer), we’ll hike back to the port of Polace, climbing to a high point where we can see both coasts of the Island. After a picnic here we hike down to the water to meet our final water transfer back to the mainland and the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Overnight on Dubrovnik’s quiet harbor, a historic part of the city commonly referred to as “Lapad.”
Following an ascent of Dubrovnik’s “local” peak, we plan to hike into town by a route approaching from above, offering a birds-eye first view of Croatia’s jewel. After traversing to the south we will enter the city’s walls for lunch and then a private, locally guided tour of the ramparts before returning to the harbor for our farewell dinner.
Awake to the delicious sights and smells of a Croatian morning. Many buses and taxis connect Lapad to the Dubrovnik Airport and international connections. There are also many activities around Dubrovnik itself making any additional time spent there very rewarding.