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Croatia: Islands & Mountains

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Walk idyllic coastal and mountain paths in Croatia

  • Reviews 32 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Croatia: Islands & Mountains.

Enjoy the very best of Croatia; the coast and islands, the beautiful towns, near-perfect national parks and spectacular mountains. Starting in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik, we begin our journey along the coast where the crystal clear sea forms the backdrop for many of our early walks, followed by the peaceful sound of waterfalls as we head into the national parks of Paklenica and Krka. Here we have a chance to visit Skradinski buk waterfalls and enjoy walks through spectacular gorges, forests and mountain scenery.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* 7 nights in 2 and 3-star hotels
* All transport and listed activities. Luggage transported by private vehicle.
* Tour leader throughout, group normally 4 to 16 plus leader.
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Walk idyllic coastal and mountain routes
  • Discover the beautiful UNESCO town of Dubrovnik
  • Experience the wilderness of Krka and Paklenica National Parks
  1. Day 1 Start Dubrovnik

    The tour starts in the fascinating old city of Dubrovnik. Situated right on the Adriatic Sea, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs make this a truly enchanting place. In the evening we will take a walk around the city and go out for a group meal where we will have a briefing about the tour.

  2. Day 2 Walk from Gornji Obod to Strazisce Peak; transfer to Dubrovnik, explore the old town

    After breakfast we take a short transfer (about 25 minutes) to the village of Gornji Obod. From here we follow a path that zig-zags its way up to the village of Velji Do. After a break, the walk continues up to Strazisce Peak, and at the top we are rewarded with spectacular views back over Dubrovnik and can see the commemorative cross in memory of the US aircraft which crashed delivering aid in 1996. We return to Velji Do and then transfer back to Dubrovnik where we have the afternoon to enjoy the city. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last 10 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city has now returned to its former glory. The cobblestoned streets of the old town, or Stari Grad, features fountains, churches, palaces and museums – all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the city but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun – this is the main street and is covered in smooth shiny marble.

  3. Day 3 Transfer up the coast to the Biokovo Massif; walk above the town of Makarska; transfer to Bol on the Island of Brac

    After breakfast, we will transfer by bus to Tucepi. This transfer takes about 3.5 hours including a coffee break en route. Once in Tucepi we begin our walk to Makarska, through the Biokovo mountains. The Biokovo massif rises up steeply above the Makarska Riviera in three spectacular shelves, providing hiking at all levels and fabulous views. Our destination of Makarska is a small but lively town, tastefully restored in stone after a devastating earthquake in 1962. It has a fantastic 2km stretch of beach, so if we have a bit of time we can take a refreshing dip before we head for the island of Brac. We will catch the ferry from Makarska and transfer to Bol, by far the biggest draw on the island of Brac.

  4. Day 4 Climb Vidova Gora for views over Bol and Zlatni Rat, the Golden Beach; afternoon to relax on the beach

    We start today with a 20 minute transfer to the small village of Gazul, and from here we begin our walk to the peak of Vidova Gora (780m). The first part of our walk will take us through woodland for around 1.5hrs as we gradually ascend 230m to the summit of the highest point on Brac Island. The views from the top of Vidova Gora are spectacular as we can see all the way to the island of Hvar in the distance and the famous 500m long spit of Zlatni Rat jutting out to sea in the foreground – this view is one that features on many postcards in Croatia so make sure to bring your camera! From here, our walk is downhill for around 2hrs towards the town of Bol. In the afternoon you can make the most of the glorious beach of Zlatni Rat. It is south facing, so ideal for an afternoon of rest and relaxation.

  5. Day 5 Catch the ferry to Split and enjoy a couple of hours exploring the old town before transferring to Krka N.P.; visit the Skradinski buk waterfalls.

    We begin with a morning ferry transfer to Split, Croatia’s second biggest city. The old centre is compact and easily explored on foot, with the main draw is Diocletian’s Roman Palace. The town as a whole is a lively and friendly place with a bustling café culture, so it is simply a nice place to stop, have a coffee and soak up the atmosphere. We then have a transfer (approx. 84km) by bus to Krka National Park. Here we begin our walk to the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, made up of a series of waterfalls dropping down in 17 dramatic steps. The area is accessed by wooden walkways and forest paths. The area is also fantastic for wildlife – it is now an important wildlife sanctuary with several species endemic to the region or now extinct elsewhere in Europe. The walk will take around 2.5 hours and is all on easy paths. In the late afternoon, we transfer to Starigrad Paklenica.

  6. Day 6 Velika Paklenica N.P. gorge walk via the Mirila Graves and Ramici Village

    Today we have a walking tour of the National Park Paklenica. Paklenica is home to the two impressive canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, vertically cut into the mountain where climbers from all across Europe come to test their skills and conquer these vertical assents. In a relatively small area of the national park, there are several unusual karst forms and caves, and the area is extremely rich in flora and fauna. Our 7.5 hour walk starts with a short jeep ride up to Veliko Rujno (850m), and from here we climb 300m for fantastic views over the park. Our walk is then mostly downhill as we have 1150m of descent through the quietest areas of the park, passing the unusual Mirila graves, the village of Ramici and finishing in the main canyon itself. In the afternoon we return to Starigrad Paklenica.

  7. Day 7 Another day in Paklenica N.P.; walk to a meadow beneath Bojin Kuk peak before returning to Starigrad Paklenica in the afternoon

    Today we have another opportunity to explore the wonderful wilderness of National Park Paklenica. We walk to the saddle of ’Pod Jaginim Kukom’ which has a great view up to Bojin Kuk. The Bojinac group is made up of a vast area of limestone, with the karst scenery forming towers of rock, furrowed limestone cliffs, caves and soft green meadows creating a contrast against the severe rock. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a walkers paradise. We walk for about 5-6 hours, returning to Starigrad Paklenica in the afternoon in time for a swim and relaxation before leaving Croatia tomorrow.

  8. Day 8 The tour Ends at Zadar Airport.

    Transfer to Zadar airport where the tour ends.

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Where you stay

Hotels

7 nights hotels. Hotels are simple but comfortable with en suite facilities. In recent years Croatia has regained its place as a popular tourist destination with visitor levels nearly as high as before the Balkan conflict. Unfortunately, a large number of hotels were damaged beyond repair either directly or indirectly during those years and demand now heavily outstrips supply. As a result hotel prices are high and Croatia is not the cheap destination some might expect. Hotels tend to be more workmanlike than luxurious with communist era style architecture and facilities.

In Dubrovnik, we usually stay at Hotel Komodor ANNEX, situated in Lapad bay. It is close to restaurants and bars and the bus stop for the Old Town is just in front of the hotel. A pebble beach is nearby for anyone wanting a refreshing dip in the Adriatic Sea or you can enjoy the hotels’ outdoor pool. The hotel was newly refurbished in winter 2018.

In the small town of Bol we stay at the family run hotel Vila Daniela. It is a 10 minute stroll to the famous beach, Golden Horn. Katarina is one of the friendliest receptionists, she is always making sure our guests don’t lack anything. Her father has a lovely traditional restaurant that you can visit and it will be a dinner to remember. Traditional dishes made from local produce and vegetables grown in their only garden will possibly be the cuisine highlight of the trip.

Hotel Vicko in Starigrad Paklenica is only 50 meters away from a public beach, the sea awaits us, we can have a swim after walking through beautiful Paklenica NP. Hotel Vicko  also has a really good restaurant serving local dishes. This hotel truly understands the meaning of a hiker tourist, they will never complain about muddy shoes or a wet overcoat, and will help you dry out. Their breakfast is amazing with various choice and their food in their restaurant is made from secret family recipes spiced with local medical herbs from the great mountain of Velebit.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

For breakfast you can expect a large continental buffet with meats and cheeses, bread, jams and pastries as well as tea and coffee.

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled meat, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans. Some specialties that we highly recommend include squid ink risotto and Octopus salad!

This tour is graded Activity Level 3 (Moderate)

The majority of the walking routes are on clearly defined paths. The paths can get steeper in places and some sections can be rocky. No specific technical experience is required but we recommend that you are comfortable walking in hilly and mountainous areas. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness should be comfortable with the daily distances and height gained.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Croatia mountains and islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top. It was always a challenge, I'm so glad I did it, Croatia is a beautiful country.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Out leader was delightful, nothing was too much trouble,, he was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. You have a gem there. Thank you Zeljko
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The pathways are very rugged and not well defined. Take it slowly and be prepared for steep climbs and descents.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There was a carpet of wild flowers and herbs which smelled wonderful. Take time to pause and take in your surrounding.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Croatia Islands and Mountains

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of all the climbs for fantastic views. And the peka meal in Bol was fantastic.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Great value, knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Dalmatian food is very meaty.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

CROATIA: ISLANDS & MOUNTAINS

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Can't decide between walking the walls of Dubrovnik or exploring Diocletian's Palace at Split - but the waterfalls at Krka were pretty good too.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    A great friend as well as being thoroughly professional in everything he did.  He enabled the group to come together and enjoy ourselves, even with those early starts!  A real champion for Croatia.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walking is correctly graded as Moderate, since the actual distances are not that great.  The climbs are on rougher ground than I was expecting, however, but I'm 70 and I managed them all without holding the party back in any way.The final ascent of Bojin Kuk on the last day is NOT Moderate and should be offered only as an option in the Trip Notes  -  as Zeljko very sensibly did.  5 of us out of 12, including me, elected to let the others go on at this point.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Waling in Croatia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it to the top every day!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader had great local knowledge of all the walks and places we visited.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip is graded moderate for good reason. All the walks are achievable for those of reasonable fitness, but a couple are quite challenging and proper boots and equipment are recommended.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food and drink were of high quality and reasonably priced, you won't need much spending money to enjoy this trip.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Croatia islands and mountains

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The island of Brac and town of Bol.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader,Zeljko, was just wonderful with an amazing awareness. He set a very reasonable pace on the hike to make the experience very enjoyable.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have good shoes and attire for hiking.

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