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. We start in 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. 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. And finally 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.
We're extremely pleased with our choice of hotels too. Our 3 star hotel in Trogir is in the old town and on Brac, our 2 star hotel in Bol is a pretty honey-coloured stone mansion, which lies on the harbour front, with all rooms affording sea views. In Dubrovnik, we stay in a 4 star hotel on the Lapad peninsula. Some evening meals and some lunches are taken in local restaurants where we'll savour the excellent regional cuisine.
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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 Trogir Old Town, dinner is included.
Evening meal included
Drive to Krka National Park (1hr 15) to observe a myriad of lakes and waterfalls. After a picnic, we explore the ponds bright with yellow water lilies below the mighty Skradinski waterfall. We then head back to Trogir to explore the old town.
Transfer to Split with free time to explore the Diocletian's Palace and Romanesque cathedral before taking the ferry to Brac Island. At Skrip, the oldest village on the island, we visit a folk museum and enjoy olive tasting. Then transfer towards Podgazul to start the walk towards the highest peak of the Adriatic coast, Vidova Gora (778m).
Visit Blaca Monastery where we'll learn how monks once exported 70,000 litres of wine a year to Venice. Enjoy a swim on Bol's beach before a traditional Peka dinner at a family restaurant.
Breakfast and Evening Meal at a local restaurant included
Leaving Brac Island, transfer by ferry to Makarska and continue to Ston, with the possibility of visiting the walls of Ston. Stop for a local product tasting and continue towards Dubrovnik where we spend the final three nights.
Transfer to Dubrovnik port for the local boat transfer to Lopud, one of the Elaphiti Islands. We'll explore the islands quiet bays, green fields and remains of old churches. We return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon.
Take the bus (pay locally) to the old town where a guided tour is included in the morning. In the afternoon free time to walk the city walls, a visit to Lokrum island or head to Srd Hill for fabulous views over Dubrovnik. We enjoy a farewell dinner in the Old Town.
Breakfast and Evening Meal at a local restaurant included
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.
NEARBY:Situated in the heart of Trogir's historical centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hotel Tragos is set in an 18th century Baroque Palace. Rooms are stylish and contemporary, blended with tradition and history.
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.
NEARBY:Hotel Lapad has a long and rich history that preserves traditional memories of an ancient time Dubrovnik. Located in a quiet area of the city, the hotel is one of the oldest hotels with beautiful view over Gruz Harbour. Rooms are tastefully modernised and comfortable.
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.
A superb introduction to the Croatian Dalmatian coast and famous cities for those with a reasonable level of fitness.
Dear Mr Broadbent
Thank you for posting your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your introduction to Croatia. A beautiful country for not only its historical cities, but also the stunning coastline and countryside.
I do hope that we will be able to welcome you back to another Headwater holiday in the not too distant future.
It was a very interesting holiday with lots of variety and an extremely informative and caring guide. He really did work exceptionally hard to provide the best possible experience with a very professional attitude.The mini bus driver was also very careful ,considerate and welcoming.
Sensational! I cannot stress just how fantastic this trip was, Headwater, thank you for getting this so perfect! We were a group of 4 ladies on this guided tour of Croatia, none of us having been to Croatia before, from Dubrovnick to Trogir and the Krka national park, every day of this trip gave us something new and exciting to talk about. What Headwater don't shout about, is just how much additional value is added that you don't have to pay for, from built in ferry costs, passes to museums / places of interest, additional tour guides and meals in fine / authentic restaurants. Every day we experienced something splendid and will bore our friends senseless about the trip. Vanja our tour guide was attentive and knowledgable, taking photos of the group and ensuring we went home with such great memories. The Headwater team were super efficient from start to finish. We'd book again in a heartbeat.
Superb holiday with wide mixture of culture and walking accentuated by excellent weather. Guide and his driver were excellent companions throughout the holiday, and as your records will show, our party comprised just two couples which gave the feeling the six of us we were on a family holiday.
This was an excellent holiday, with a 1st class guide, Jakov Vucak, in fact he was the best guide we have had in over 20 years of holidaying with Headwater.
It was an unusually small group of 4 travelers, and with his great sense of humor he built an easy rapport with each of us. He led the walks with confidence, ensuring we were safe at all times. We found his knowledge and passion about all aspects of Croatian life added to our enjoyment- particularly his pre dinner explanations of the geography of the former Yugoslavia and the history of the recent war.
Mateo, our driver was also fun to be with , and his careful driving made us feel safe.
The sites we visited were fascinating and we benefited from the tours with the local guides in Dubrovnik and Split. We had booked an extra night in Dubrovnik and this was useful as it enabled us to walk the city walls as well.
Each of the walks were different, and not too taxing, apart from the steep hill to finish the last walk!
The hotels were in great positions and different from each other, which is one feature we love about Headwater holidays.
We ate at some brilliant restaurants and the food was always good, sometimes exceptional. However, I felt that on more days I would have preferred the picnic lunch and coffee option mid day rather than 2 restaurant meals in same day.
This was a holiday we will remember for a long time.
First time in Croatia and an excellent introduction to the country which is beautiful. Our guide Ivan was brilliant as was our driver Marin. Loved the variety of mini bus and ferry/boat travel. The walking was tame but enjoyable. Wonderful coastline and towns. Lots of food, perhaps too much although all the places we ate were great. A 3 course meal at lunchtime often not until 3pm and then a further 3 course meal in the evening was a bit overwhelming. Picnic lunches were preferable. The Dubrovnik Palace Hotel is a hard act to follow, just magnificent. Our room at Hotel Kastile was small, tired and noisy and although we had a spacious room at Hotel Pasike the breakfast was very poor, in fact practical non existent and not up to Headwater standard. A diverse group who got on well and this was a most enjoyable holiday
Overall an excellent holiday. Everything was well organised and ran smoothly. Our guide was first class - well informed, attentive and with a good sense of humour - he quickly established a good rapport with the whole group and nothing was too much trouble for him. The locations visited were varied and most interesting. The travel by minibus was comfortable and appropriate and the driver was friendly and careful.
Good balance between walking and touring with cultural visits and exploration of Krka national park.
A very enjoyable week, covering many different aspects of Croatia
The holiday was a great mix of walking, sightseeing and eating lovely local food. Our guide was excellent and informative about all aspects of life in Croatia.
Perfect combination of walking & sightseeing. Wildflowers were at their best at this time of year. Sasha, our guide, was excellent & went out of her way to ensure everyone had a good holiday.
A mixture of beautiful walks and site seeing at 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites. A great introduction to Croatia.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Saša 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 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.
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 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-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.
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, 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.
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.)
You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.
This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
All buffet breakfasts, 3 evening meals and 3 picnic lunches included
Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
Services of an experienced walking guide
Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)
City guide in Dubrovnik
All excursions, tourist taxes and ferries
Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
How to book:
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|3rd Oct 2021||US$2449||Tour only: US$2449||Check availability|
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 27th Jun 2021 to 3rd Oct 2021, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.
All buffet breakfasts, 3 evening meals and 3 picnic lunches included
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.