Croatia's rich cultural heritage is matched only by its amazing natural beauty; this stunning coastline of sandy beaches, unspoilt islands, tourist-free villages and barely-visited historic sites is perfect for exploring on foot.
Travelling with our local guide, in an air-conditioned vehicle, we follow easy coastal paths to rocky coves and forest paths leading to tiers of shimmering waterfalls. We'll also visit the many historically significant sites that have influenced modern-day Croatia. There's the UNESCO-listed old town of Dubrovnik, where well-preserved ramparts surround a honeycomb of Renaissance churches, secret courtyards and sumptuous merchants' palaces. Founded by the Romans, Split's famous UNESCO Diocletian's Palace was once the Emperor's retirement home. Today its warren of narrow alleys houses the town's cathedral, while its cavernous cellars are used as art galleries.
Finally it's on to Trogir, where the first Greek settlers landed, listed by UNESCO for its wealth of classical buildings such as St Lovro's church and the Venetian loggia.
We're extremely pleased with our choice of hotels too. In Dubrovnik, we stay in a ***** hotel on the Lapad peninsula with its spectacular cliffside position offering superb views. On Brac, our ** hotel in Bol, a pretty honey-coloured stone mansion, lies on the harbour front, with all rooms affording sea views. Our **** hotel in Trogir is in the old town, run by the Buble family, whose history in the town can be traced over eight centuries. Evening meals and some lunches are taken in local restaurants where we'll savour the excellent regional cuisine. Air-conditioned rooms are guaranteed throughout.
This holiday follows easy coastal trails through pine forests and hidden coves. Inland we walk on even, stony mule tracks. Walking boots are essential. In order that you see as much of this varied region as possible, transfers by minibus or ferry are included on most days. Please refer to the itinerary for timings.
Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner in the old town. (Staying at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Half Board in local restaurant)
On the way to Jasenice we stop first at ancient Epidaurum in Cavtat for a gentle stroll along one of the peninsulas. Then it's on to the hills, to Jasenice, where a cobbled path lined with rosemary winds across an open valley dotted with oak trees with Mount Snijeznica (1,234m) to our right and Mount Straziste ahead. Dubrovnik's mountainous coastline frames the horizon as we descend through meadows bright with crocuses to Velji Do where we'll lunch on lamb and fish cooked in a traditional peka (charcoal oven). There's free time this afternoon to enjoy a quick dip in the hotel pool before a guided tour of Dubrovnik and dinner. (Staying at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Half Board in local restaurant)
Tiny Kolocep Island, networked by mule tracks and without cars, is just 30 minutes from Dubrovnik by boat, but it feels like another century. Walking past agaves and prickly pears we reach Gornje Celo harbour with its painted fishing boats, then continue on through pine forest to discover a ruined Napoleonic fort. We return past houses bright with bougainvillea and pomegranates to admire limestone cliffs buffeted by azure seas. There's free time this afternoon to visit Dubrovnik's mediaeval ramparts, Renaissance churches and Doge's Palace before dinner in Dubrovnik. (Staying at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Half Board in local restaurant)
Today we head to Brac Island via Ston (3hr transfer includes 10km along the Bosnian coastline), famous for its oysters. We continue on to Makarska for lunch, followed by a stroll on the peninsula of St Peter before boarding the ferry (50 mins) to Brac Island. After the ferry it's a 40-minute drive to Bol, our home for the next two days. We arrive just in time for dinner in a lovely traditional restaurant locally known as Konoba. (Staying at Hotel Kastil, Half Board in local restaurant)
Today we visit Blaca Bay where we'll learn how monks once exported 70,000 litres of wine a year to Venice and had a Viennese piano hauled up here, before following a coastal path that winds through pine trees to turquoise blue coves where we'll stop for a picnic. Then it's a last swim on Bol's horseshoe sandy beach before dinner in the old town. (Staying at Hotel Kastil, Half Board in local restaurant)
It's a 40-minute drive to Skrip, the oldest village on the island, where we visit a folk museum, housed in a C17 tower built to fend off the Turks. We then stroll gently past olive groves and figs to Splitska where we board the ferry (50 mins) to Split for lunch. Then we'll join the guided tour of split where we visit the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace, Romanesque cathedral and old city walls before continuing to Trogir where we'll spend the last two nights. (Staying at Hotel Pasike, Half Board in local restaurant)
We drive to Krka National Park (90 mins) to observe a myriad of lakes and waterfalls. A stony path lined with Aleppo pines gently descends to the Cikola river, then a brief ascent rewards us with views over the park. After a picnic, we'll explore the tiers of ponds bright with yellow water lilies that shimmer below the mighty Skradinski waterfall. Then we head back to Trogir to explore the old town before our final dinner. (Stayign at Hotel Pasike, Half Board in local restaurant)
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.
NEARBY:Situated on the beautiful peninsula of Lapad, the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace’s dramatic cliffside location, below aromatic, pine-covered woods, affords it spectacular views in every direction. Of all the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik, this one stands out with its luxurious spa and wellness centre and spectacular sea views from every room.
|Dates||Deluxe sea view with balcony||Single deluxe sea view with balcony|
All prices shown above are valid from 19/05/2017. Prices are per person per night. Deluxe rooms are approximately 6m2 larger than the superior rooms and also have a sofa.
Please contact us for extra night prices.
The Hotel Kastil enjoys an enviable position in the middle of Brac's harbour front, commanding stunning sea views across to the nearby island of Hvar.
Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.
Please contact us for extra night prices.
NEARBY:Situated in the centre of UNESCO listed Trogir, amongst a labyrinth of peaceful, charming streets, is the Hotel Pasike. Opened in 2004 after the extensive reconstruction of an old family house, the hotel is furnished with unique 19th and early 20th century furniture, something that only adds to its already existing charm.
Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.
|01/05/2017 - 30/06/2017||£58||£74|
|01/09/2017 - 16/09/2017||£68||£84|
|17/09/2017 - 15/10/2017||£58||£74|
All prices shown above are valid from 18/05/2017. Prices per person per night on B&B basis.
If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.
NEARBY:The Hotel Opera is situated in the Lehel district of Munich, the area has a village feel to it, but is just a 15 minute walk to the main centre of Munich and a 20 minute walk to the Englischer Garten, Munich's huge leafy park.
Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.
Please contact us for extra night prices.
Transfers included from Dubrovnik airport at 15:50, and back to Split airport at 10:15.
Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange connecting flights.
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We loved our Dalmatian Coast adventure. Sasha was a wonderful host and really made the holiday just perfect. The walks were great and we visited some beautiful places but some of the group found a couple of them a challenge in the heat, not sure they were graded appropriately? Hotel Kastil and Hotel Pasike would not have been our first choice of hotels but, nevertheless, this didn't detract from our enjoyment of the holiday. Would highly recommend this holiday if you want to explore this part of Croatia.
This was an excellent holiday. Croatia is beautiful and the walks were very nice giving a wide range of things to see. I cannot praise our guide, Sasa, or our driver, Thomas, enough. They both worked so hard to make the holiday fun and exciting and they really did go the extra mile to look after us. The group I was with were great too and lots of thanks go to them as well for making the holiday such fun.
Headwater's Delights of Dalmatian Coast Walking Tour was just that - delightful. Croatia is stunning and the tour took us to interesting and varied places from bustling Dubrovnik and Split to beautiful trails around Dubrovnik, the surprisingly interesting Blaca Monastery on Brac Island and the trails and waterfalls of Krka National Park. Trogir was an unexpected small town gem. The walking was not difficult and on several occasions well off the beaten track with beautiful views. Headwater di... read mored a good job on selecting hotels - two were excellent and our outstanding tour leader, Sasha, found excellent restaurants for lunch and dinner. Sometimes we felt we needed a few extra miles of walking to offset our meals. The experience was enhanced by Sasha, our tour leader, who was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, eager to help and always had a smile. And to top it off, we were fortunate to be part of a fun, compatible multi-national group. We will look for other opportunities to travel with Headwater.
The holiday was extremely enjoyable. Our guide was Vanja and she was excellent, We loved Dubrovnik - especially at night after the crowds had gone and the City was all lit up. The walking was good and we particularly enjoyed the walking in Krka National Park.
A little disappointed with Diaclecians Palace in Split - expected it to be more impressive and interesting.
We were impressed by the Dubrovnic Hotel.
Great trip: stunning scenery & interesting/beautiful towns; lots of features packed into 1 week; lovely people and SaÅ¡a guided us around her country with enthusiasm. Wonderful time.
The 3 location concept was very good and was what attracted us to the holiday. It gave us a very good overview of that part of Croatia and it was entirely suitable to the older generation.
Good introduction to the area. Would have been better to have a hotel in/nearer Dubrovnik Old Town and to have had the opportunity to wander around by oneself
The delights of the Dalmation Coast walk is a wonderful mix of walking and culture.The area is truly delightful as the holiday name suggests. The holiday was made extra special by Vanja, our wonderful, cheerful, enthusiastic, helpful and overall perfect guide! What is great about a small group holiday is that when circumstances require it, the itinerary can be changed very quickly and seamlessly and we still have a fantastic day. The only minor problem is that the menu choices were often limited although the places we ate at were generally good (do not expect fine dining!).
We decided to combine the Highlights of Montenegro Walk and Delights of the Dalmatian coast Walk. We took the first date in May. Imagine our surprise on waking on the first morning, to find a thick layer of snow had fallen overnight and was continuing to snow quite heavily. We hadn't anticipated snow at all and ended up wearing as many clothes as we could! However it made the mountains and forests look even more beautiful. It started to melt the next day and conditions were very slippery. Poles ... read morewere needed by most people.
In Croatia the temperatures soared into the 30's and we found the walks on day 5 and day 7 very challenging, steep, stoney paths,very hot. We felt this was more than a one boot holiday. The first hotel in Dubrovnik was five star and very nice but not necessarily needed for a walking holiday, especially as we had virtually no time to use the facilities. We had great guides and drivers and everything was very well organised. We had an enjoyable holiday in amazing scenery.
Stunning scenery, well chosen itinerary and hotels, knowledgeable and helpful guides. A busy programme.
We had a brilliant time in Croatia; it was our first time there and we can't wait to return. Our guide, Krsto, was very informative and helpful, and the itinerary was interesting.
The holiday was made perfect by are wonderful guide Sanja . This was my first visit to the Dalmation coast it is truly the very best coast line I have ever seen so clean and the people so friendly . The group were both interesting and good fun we were 14 and I do think that was perfect .
The food on the whole was some what disappointing it would have been nice to have eaten in the hotels .
My only other comment would be the grading I felt that all though we did not do a great deal... read more of walking some of the walks were very testing and more like a 2 boot .
This was my first time with Headwater I will be traveling with them again very soon hopefully .
Denise Belchambers from the Cotswolds
An excellent holiday with a nice combination of sightseeing and walking in the beautiful Dalmation Coast. A good holiday was made great by the fantastic Sanja Reiter who was an outstanding guide. As a PhD student of Croatian history she brought a special advantage for briefing us and telling the story of the region and the country.
One slight disappointment was the limited choice of dishes as we always seemed to be 'off-menu' and it was especially hard for one of us a non-fis... read moreh and seafood eater. And Headwater can't help Croatian food! But overall not too bad and the breakfast buffet at Dubrovnik Palace Hotel was outstanding.
Don't miss this super holiday.
A very good holiday for sightseers who want to do some walking as well. The Dalmation coast must be one of the most beautiful places in Europe.
Sanja , our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about almost anything we asked . She has a great sense of humour and it always seemed that she was enjoying her time with our group and not just doing a job . Would have liked a whole day to discover Dubrovnik . Holiday spoilt by poor quality of lunches and evening meals .
Very intereesting tour, with good local tour guides. Could have done with more free time in Dubrovnic so a closer hotel might have been useful. However, the facilities and beach at the Hotel Dubrovnic Palace outstanding.
The only problem with our holiday was that we did not receive the good quality maps which were promised and which we would still like to receive! Our walking holiday in Dalmatia was our first experience of a group holiday, so we weren't sure quite what to expect. Fortunately, our guide, Sanja, took us all in hand and her good humour and efficiency made all the difference. We cannot speak highly enough of her. We were also fortunate in that we got on well with all the other members of the group, ... read moreand the atmosphere generally was very good. We didn't do quite as much walking as we had hoped - the first day was virtually rained off - and we spent quite a lot of time on the minibus, but it was worth it to be able to enjoy three such excellent locations in one week. Some of the group thought the standard of food in the first few days was not high enough. We're not complaining but we would have been prepared to pay a bit more for a wider choice. Anyway, it was a most enjoyable week and we would certainly consider going on another Headwater holiday.
Croatia is a beautiful country with miles of unspoilt coastline , lovely islands and friendly people . Dubrovnik is a fascinating city and the waterfalls at Krka were spectacular .The holiday was extremely enjoyable and our guide Sanja was very helpful and a delight .
An excellent holiday: a beautiful country, perfect weather, wonderful walks/culture tours, good company, delicious food, lovely accommodation and a brilliant guide in Sanja.
We have undertaken 9 holidays with Headwater and they have always delivered what they say they would deliver. The guides are the cream of the crop , Sanja was one of T&E best we have had in the 10 years of Headwatering .
Well organised and a good combination of walking and sightseeing
Well organised, excellent guide and transport. Expensive compared to package tour but well worth the extra for the personal service and all the organisation is done for you! Tours, visits and hotels well chosen and walks were lovely.
Very enjoyable holiday with an excellent guide. The walk was certainly not leisurely but everyone managed it. The distances were not great but the gradients were steep and taxing, especially in 30 degrees of heat.
Excellent holiday, with even more value added by leader Sanja, who made sure everything ran like clockwork. She was also most informative and helpful, very patient, and with a great sense of humour.
A beautiful region. The holiday featured an enjoyable balance of destinations and experiences. Our excellent guide led us on some good walks that we would probably not have been able to find as ordinary tourists. However, we did have some reservations about aspects of the holiday and the extent to which it fulfilled the expectations of the advance publicity. (Further details are set out in the final section.)
We have been on 17 Headwater Holidays and we found this to be very well organised , thought out and very enjoyable. We have highly recommended it to all our friends . The guide , hotels . places were an absolute delight . ( Our first hotel was changed days before departure but was stunning )
We have not stopped talking about this holiday sine we returned
Brenda and Simon Ingram
Meal first night rather disappointing. Nice to eat in the town, but walking away from a very nice five start hotel to eat what could really only be described as a typical basic "tourist" meal was a bit of an anti-climax. Fortunately the restaurants we were taken to subsequently improved.
We also felt that this holiday was rather overpriced compared to similar holidays we have done with yourself and other companies.
However, this really was a lovely experience in a beautiful country.
I felt that the travelling on the change over days took too long , the distances involved were not clear in the brochure .
I felt that the middle hotel was poor in view of the cost of the holiday , the mini bus driver was good but the bus was not comfortable and there were no seat belts .
however the holiday was enjoyable and the guide was very good .
Thank you for your feedback on the traveling element of the holiday. We will certainly speak with our local agent about the points that you've raised, ALL vehicles used by Headwater are required to have seatbelts fitted and we will be dealing with as a matter of urgency. Many thanks again for bringing this matter to our attention.
An excellent introduction to the beauty and diversity of the Croatian coast - historic cities, stunning coastline, dramatic waterfalls, attractive walks. We had an excellent leader in Sanja, who took us to places that we would otherwise not have been able to access and was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about her country .
Sanya Reiter was an excellent guide for what was a very well organised and enjoyable holiday. The walks were easy and short. Our 21st holiday with Headwater!
Enjoyable, well-led holiday, and especially strong on selection of restaurants (all outside the hotels). Our guide/leader Sanja was enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgable. She deployed her local knowledge (of people, places, contacts, restaurants etc.) very effectively.
The walking was at the low end of one boot. Most of our group of 9, us included, would have appreciate more time walking and a bit more challenge too.
My first experience of Croatia was brilliant. Our guide, Vanja, was fantastic and an absolute asset to the Headwater Group. Nothing was too much trouble. She was always extremely helpful. The itinerary was accurate and allowed us to see as much as we could in the one week we were there. Walking was also good. I personally enjoyed the ferry trips to the islands we visited! Really interesting country.
The holiday was very enjoyable; friendly small group, good hotels and food. Vanja was a brilliant tour guide, she made sure we all had a good holiday, was enthusiastic, friendly, very helpful and caring.
However, we would have preferred to spend more time in Split and less time in the museum on Brac Island.
Great local guide who was available 24/7. She gave us an amazing flavour of her country and was hugely enthusiastic.
Croatia is an absolutely wonderful place to visit.
The trip was extremely well organised.
It was a pity on the flights that we had to change planes at Zagreb. Also, although I did not book at the last moment, I had to pay a very hefty surcharge for the flight.
Vanya, our guide, was absolutely outstanding. She could not be faulted in any way and I would say that she is the best guide I have ever had on any holiday. I was the eldest of the party and, ... read moreat times,I needed help when the terrain was difficult - she was always there. If all guides could be as good as Vanya, it would just be marvellous.
We felt we gained a good insight into Croatia; we enjoyed the balance between cities, mountains, sea + islands and a national park. Both the tour leader and the driver were excellent. 10 is an ideal number for a group.
This was an excellent holiday and the guide Vanje was a marvellous asset to the group. Her knowledge, cheerfulness and helpfulness really made the experience good. The hotels and restaurants were all very good and the programme was varied with a good combination of walking, cultural activities and lovely boat trips. The walks in the National Park was and to the Monastory were particularly good because there were no crowds and the scenery was stunning.
Three lovely places visited. Dubrovnik after our lovely evening meal in the open under trees was superb in the sunshine and a lovely place to walk round afterwards. Not far from the Hotel either.
Beautiful country, wonderful colours of the sea around some lovely islands.
Croatian people were friendly and with such a checkered history its surprising how they have recovered and not ruined their lovely countryside.
We had the traditional meal o... read moref lamb with vegetables and a side salad, eaten out in the sunshine - absolutely delicious - particularly well earned after an enjoyable walk to the restaurant.
Great holiday with a lovely bunch of people.
Excellent week with a good range of activities, excellent tour leader and a very good group.
Sanja, our guide was really good. So enthusiastic, attentive & well organised but also great fun
Brilliant ! Had a lovely time - thank you very much .
Varied and enjoyable. Really good guide and group.
Food was mediocre. But logistics handled well by local guide and we got to go on hikes which we could never have done had we travelled alone
Very well organised and enjoyable introduction to Dalmatian coast, good accommodation in excellent locations, great restaurants, very friendly travelling companions, all made special by superb and very thoughtful lead guide Vanja, very helpful and friendly Sanja and excellent driver Ive.
Really enjoyed the holiday. Vanja and Sanja (who was taking over on the next trip) were excellent guides and made sure everything went to plan. It was one of the best Headwater holidays we have had - this is our 6th!. The area is one of outstanding beauty, the balance between visits and walking were perfect and the food and accomodation excellent. Our guides were full of energy and nothing was too much trouble, they were a pleasure to be with for the holiday.
very enjoyable Vanja exceptional
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Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 6 people (in total) are required for each departure.
This holiday is unsuitable for children.
Guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
Selected Sundays from 10th Sep 2017 to 8th Oct 2017, for 7 nights.
Transfers included from Dubrovnik airport at 15:50, and back to Split airport at 10:15.
If you choose to book your own flights please check with us first that your chosen departure date is definitely operating as our guided holidays are subject to minimum group sizes.
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