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Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $2325per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected Sundays from 20 May '18 to 7 Oct '18
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • City guides from Dubrovnik and Split
  • All excursions, tourist taxes and ferries
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, coastal routes, island exploring, lake & river routes
      from 29 reviews

Mrs Guthrie says...
A mixture of beautiful walks and site seeing at 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites. A great introduction to Croatia.
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Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites in Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir
  • Dubrovnik, 'Pearl of the Adriatic': mediaeval ramparts, Renaissance churches, Doge's Palace
  • Stunning coastal paths, valley trails, undiscovered lakes and waterfalls
  • Beautiful off-shore islands; spectacular Krka National Park
  • Superb hotels including a ***** resort with wellness centre and spa

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.



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Typical holiday itinerary



Walking information

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.




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Day 1 Arrive in Dubrovnik

Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner in the old town. (Staying at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Half Board in local restaurant)

Day 2 Jasenice and Velji Do 5km/3mi/2.5hr

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 Ljuta 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)

Day 3 Kolocep Island 8km/5mi/3.5hr

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)

Day 4 Makarska and Brac Island

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)

Day 5 Blaca Monastery 5km/3mi/2.5hr

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)

Day 6 Bol to Trogir via Split

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)

Day 7 Krka National Park 8km/5mi/3hr

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. (Staying at Hotel Pasike, Half Board in local restaurant)

Day 8 Leave Trogir

Where you stay

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.

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Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik

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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.

Designed to resemble an ocean liner from a distance and with touches of wood and natural stone, every effort has been made to ensure that it blends in with its surroundings. Inside, the ornate tapestries in reception are just two of the many works by local and national artists that can be found throughout the hotel.

With four swimming pools (one indoor), a private beach, tennis courts and snorkelling as well as a leafy jogging path and walking routes through the woods behind it, the hotel is able to provide a host of activities all just a short distance from Dubrovnik Old Town.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

DatesDeluxe sea view with balconySingle deluxe sea view with balcony

All prices shown above are valid from 12/10/2017. 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.

Hotel Kastil, Bol, Island of Brac

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.

Most of its thirty rooms enjoy sea views and are all ensuite with satellite TV, air-conditioning ,minibar and telephone, and are furnished in a contemporary style.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Pasike, Trogir

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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.

Although located in a quiet place in the town, the hotel remains close to the museum (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site) and is also just minutes away from Kamerlengo Fortress and the Cipiko Palace. The Cathedral of St. Lovro and Trogir Main Square are also within half a mile.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

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.

Hotel Opera, Munich

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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.

The hotel has a wonderful Romanesque facade, and the building itself dates back to the C19, damaged in the war the building was bought in 1968 by the present owners who took 8 years to painstakingly restore and renovate the building.

Today's hotel is a nice mix of modern and old, with lovely airy rooms and and a relaxing tranquil garden patio. Rooms have all mod cons and some come with balconies, the hotel also owns a couple of superb restaurants close by.

Breakfast is served at your table with a choice of cold meats and cheeses or croissants and fruit and the option to order freshly cooked eggs.

Please call for prices and details

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Dubrovnik airport at 15:55, and back to Split airport at 10:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Guthrie, 08/10/2017

A mixture of beautiful walks and site seeing at 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites. A great introduction to Croatia.


Mrs Lloyd, 19/07/2017

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.


Ms Walker, 19/07/2017

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.


Mr Strause, 14/07/2017

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 did 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.


Mrs Eynon, 27/06/2017

Really enjoyed it, with Sasa and Tomas the driver both major factors in this. Very varied, with Dubrovnik and the hotel there a particular highlight.


Mrs Marlow, 22/06/2017

This holiday is a brilliant introduction to Croatia, with so much packed in a short time. The guide and driver could not have been more helpful, friendly or enthusiastic. All the hotels were wonderful and there was plenty of choice at meal times to suit all tastes. All in all a fantastic experience.


Mr Francis, 21/06/2017

A superb holiday, wonderful accommodation, good mix of walking and sight seeing, all supported by a Brilliant guide who charmed us all, she was so lovely and caring and gave us a good personal view of Croatia.


Mr Cudby, 12/10/2016

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.


Mis Pillar, 01/10/2016

Great trip: stunning scenery & interesting/beautiful towns; lots of features packed into 1 week; lovely people and Saša guided us around her country with enthusiasm. Wonderful time.


Mr Herring, 28/09/2016

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.


Mrs Burns, 21/09/2016

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


Mrs Reynolds, 06/07/2016

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!).


Mr Hughes, 04/06/2016

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 were 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.


Mr Horstead, 29/09/2015

Stunning scenery, well chosen itinerary and hotels, knowledgeable and helpful guides. A busy programme.


Mrs Maddison, 02/07/2015

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.


Mrs Belchambers, 14/06/2015

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 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


Mr Clegg, 08/06/2015

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-fish 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.


Mis Puritz, 03/06/2015

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.


Mr Lewin, 03/06/2015

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 .


Mr Emerson, 03/06/2015

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.


Mrs Strickland, 03/06/2015

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, and 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.


Mrs Spencer, 29/09/2014

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 .


Mrs Woollen, 22/06/2014

An excellent holiday: a beautiful country, perfect weather, wonderful walks/culture tours, good company, delicious food, lovely accommodation and a brilliant guide in Sanja.


Mrs McInnes, 18/06/2014

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 .


Ms Drabble, 18/06/2014

Well organised and a good combination of walking and sightseeing


Mr Saunders, 21/05/2014

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.


Mrs Brown, 13/09/2013

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.


Mr Watson, 24/07/2013

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.


Mr Beck, 28/05/2013

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.)



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Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 6 people (in total) are required for each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Selected Sundays from 20th May 2018 to 7th Oct 2018, for 7 nights.

Meals
All meals

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Dubrovnik airport at 15:55, and back to Split airport at 10:15.

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