Explore the reborn Dalmatian Coast
Gaining insight into Croatia's history and culture. See the best of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast on this unforgettable 7-day walking tour of Croatia. Traveling around, you’ll visit the islands of Korčula and Mljet, discovering gorgeous little towns of Kotor and Ston, encased in medieval city walls, pebble beaches and the clearest waters in the Mediterranean region.
History and culture off the Dalmatian Coast
Packed with historical interest, your tour includes walking tours every day of your trip, plus hotel accommodation, meals and airport transfers. With around 3000 hours of sunshine, numerous islands, history and culture, the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia is the ideal location for pleasant walking. Enjoy historic Dubrovnik, visit where Marco Polo was born (allegedly), do some island hopping, relax in moderate walking and enjoy plenty of time to take a swim in the Adriatic.
Greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea
Explore some of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea and breathe peace in the tranquil, unspoiled natural environment on this 7-night walking holiday to Croatia. On this fantastic walking holiday, wander through the woods and enjoy views of Croatia’s stunning coastline. On the island of Mljet, visit a Benedictine monastery, hike through the magnificent National Park, and see the ruins of an ancient castle, all in the land that is believed to have inspired some of Homer’s Odyssey.
The Pearl of the Adriatic
In Dubrovnik, stroll through magnificent Old Town, recognizable for being seen in popular TV show Game of Thrones, and stroll along the city’s old walls to take in spectacular views. Combining nature, culture and scenic islands, Croatia is a walker’s paradise. Lord Byron called it "the Pearl of the Adriatic" and George Bernard Shaw described it as "Paradise on Earth." Dubrovnik, one of Europe's most perfectly preserved medieval cities, has been long listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Towers and fortresses cradle and protect not only a unique historical and architectural gem but also a living city very much a part of the 21st century. Today Dubrovnik is Croatia's most popular tourist destination. Although the main streets have been turned over to shops, bars and restaurants ordinary people still live out their lives in the upper alleys where wild street cats roam and the sounds and smells of family life spill out into the steep seemingly endless staircases and along the winding narrow passages. To wander along its glistening limestone cobblestone streets is to be transported back in time.
Romantic island of Korcula
The beautiful, romantic island of Korcula lays its claim to being the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Hotly disputed by the Venetians, this jewel of an island in the Adriatic with lovely coves, beaches, cliffs, forested hills, traditional villages, olive groves and vineyards is certainly worthy of exploration in its own right.
Cultured and relaxed
The waterfront community of Mlini where the Villa Avantgarde accommodates us for three nights then provides the perfect base to explore the delights of the Konavle countryside with the option of time on the beach too. Enjoy pleasant, sunshine walking by the beautiful Adriatic.
This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers, we use either a family owned hotel or beach-front villa), and most of all by minimizing the negative environmental impacts. Other than that we use local transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycling. We do not take commission from restaurants or owners of rooms or apartments that our guests stay in.
The beautiful Peljesac peninsula is where you will visit local wineries and sample their intriguing reds before a traditional lunch and transfer back to our beach-front villa. An ideal spot for hiking, you will follow the trails through the olive groves and scented pine forests, past small traditional villages and discover ‘authentic’ Croatia.
The last day we will visit Lokrum - a densely wooded nature reserve with an interesting botanical garden, the remains of a Habsburg fortress, and even a nudist beach. The Fort was built in a shape of a five-pointed star by the French army in 1806, and from the top there is a magnificent view of Dubrovnik and the island itself. It is a ten minute ferry ride from the Dubrovnik.
Small group travel
Is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at boat stations and attractions.
Getting to & from Dubrovnik
By Air: Dubrovnik airport is served by many direct flights from across the UK with Jet2, EasyJet, Monarch, FlyBe, British Airways. Long-haul destinations connect via Zagreb. You will be met at Dubrovnik airport and transferred to your accommodation.
How fit do I need to be?
This walking holiday is graded easy to moderate so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday. If you are unable to walk on any day you can spend it on your own using local public trasportation or taxis.
When is the best time of year?
Spring in Croatia is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. July and August can be hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are busier with many seasonal festivals on which is great. You can view weather details for the region 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).
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At least one set of casual / non-walking clothes will be useful for wearing in hotels on this holiday. Whilst walking you must not worry about how you look: comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Because weather is so very variable, we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones. The following list is our suggested guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment.
- Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)
- Airline tickets
- Travel insurance details
- Emergency contact numbers
- Trip dossier
- Credit cards/Traveller’s Cheques
- Local Currency
- Walking boots and spare laces
- Trainers/approach shoes
- Socks – 3+ pairs (Walking and Casual)
- Underwear 3+
- T-shirts 3+
- Short trousers 1+
- Light fleece 1+
- Thick fleece (for cooler evenings) 1+
- Waterproof jacket with hood
- Waterproof trousers
- Sun Hat
- Daypack/rucksack (size approx. 30 litre capacity)
- 2 Large water bottles (1 litre each)
- Camera & accessories
- Binoculars (optional)
- Trekking poles (optional)
- Reading material (optional)
- Washing/Shaving kit
- Sun Cream & lip salve