Croatia

Dalmatian Coast Island Hopping

Trip code: W07DC 4.9 (10 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

24.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Island hop between the Dalmatian Islands of Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites in Dubrovnik and Trogir
  • Dubrovnik, 'Pearl of the Adriatic': medieval ramparts, Renaissance churches, Doge's Palace
  • Discover a varied landscape; stunning coastal paths, pretty villages, small ports, vineyards and olive groves

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and 2 evening meals included
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Walking transfers by car/minibus or ferry/catamaran
  • Mljet National Park entrance fee

TRIP DESCRIPTION

This walking holiday combines Croatia's rich cultural heritage and its amazing natural beauty; a stunning coastline of isolated beaches, unspoilt islands, tourist-free villages and historic sites is perfect for exploring on foot whilst island-hopping between the islands of Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet. You'll also enjoy plenty of swimming opportunities throughout the week.

You 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. You then island hop along the Dalmatian Coast. First stop is Brac where you can enjoy views from the highest point in the Adriatic islands; next stop Hvar, the sunniest place in the country and where you will discover abandoned ancient hamlets, vineyards and lavender fields. On Korcula you'll discover the agricultural side of the island, along with the historic old town and a Nature Park. The National Park (entrance included) on Mljet is the oldest marine protected area in the Mediterranean. 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 4 star hotel in Trogir looks over onto the old town, our 3 star hotel in Hvar is situated in a secluded pine grove and in Dubrovnik, we stay in a 3 star hotel on the Lapad peninsula.

Terrain

This holiday follows a variety of trails, along coastal paths, through agricultural land and through woodland. Trails can be rocky in places.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Trogir

Arrive at your hotel in Trogir, enjoy a wander and dinner in the old town.

You stay at Hotel Vila Sikaa.

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Hotel Vila Sikaa, Trogir

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Hotel Vila Sikaa is a small family run hotel located in a waterfront building which is over 300 years old with a stunning view to the historical nucleus of the old town of Trogir.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Vidova Gora and Brac Island (12km/7.5mi)

Transfer to Split for a morning ferry to Brac where you reach the highest peak of the Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora (780m) and enjoy spectacular views. Head to Bol for a swim or to visit the town before taking the catamaran ferry to Hvar.

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You stay at Hotel Pharos.

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Hotel Pharos, Hvar

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Situated in a secluded pine grove the Hotel Pharos Hvar offers brightly furnished rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and bar area.

Day 3: At Hvar

Enjoy a rest day on Hvar, head to the beach, explore Hvar town or opt for a half day boat trip (extra cost) to the Pakleni Islands.

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Day 4: Western Hvar (11km/6.8mi)

Today's walk is from Velo Grablje village to Hvar town. First stop is the small, almost forgotten village of Malo Grablje, set in the hills. Descend to the coastal village of Milna and pause for a swim before following a coast path back to Hvar town. You'll then take the catamaran to Korcula island where you spend the next 3 nights.

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You stay at Hotel Marco Polo.

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Hotel Marco Polo, Korcula

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Hotel Marco Polo has a splendid location right above the beaches and just a 5-minute walk from the old town of Korčula. Rooms have a view of either the garden or the sea. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar and wellness centre.

Day 5: Korcula Island (11km/6.8mi)

A transfer takes you to Pupnat, the smallest, and one of the oldest villages of the island. Follow the path of Marmont, a Napoleon general who modernized Dalmatia. Walk through fields and olive groves to Kocje Nature Park, a protected area with a narrow canyon and interesting rock formations. Descend to Korcula town.

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Day 6: Mljet National Park (9km/5.6mi)

Take the catamaran to Mljet where you can explore the National Park and discover the salt lakes of Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. In the middle of Veliko Jezero is a small island with a 12th century Benedictine monastery which can be reached by boat. After heading to the top of the island for panoramic views return by catamaran to Korcula.

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Day 7: Dubrovnik

A morning transfer by catamaran to Dubrovnik allowing a free afternoon to explore the marbled streets and stairways of the Old Town to discover churches, palaces and museums. Walk the walls (payable locally) to enjoy fantastic views to the old town and along the coast.

You stay at Hotel Perla.

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Hotel Perla, Dubrovnik

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Hotel Perla is located in Lapad Bay, only 3km and an easy bus ride from the historical centre of the City of Dubrovnik and just 100m away from a sandy beach.

Day 8: Leave Dubrovnik

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These prices include our standard flights.

Given the island hopping nature of this trip, you are responsible for your own luggage when using the ferry/catamaran services. Transportation of luggage to and from the hotels and the ports is usually provided, if it is not this will be made clear to you during your briefing. For extra nights in Split pre-tour, these will be taken after the 1st night in Trogir.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Split and transfer to hotel 30 minutes Return: Transfer to airport 30 minutes then British Airways Dubrovnik to Gatwick

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Very good overall, perhaps 4* hotels are best where possible in Croatia

Melanie Ridley, 11 May 2024

 

I have travelled with you on numerous trips and find your organisation is very good. The information you supply is comprehensive and generally covers everything I need to know. The staff are always very helpful and quick to respond to any queries

Janet Gosling, 11 May 2024

 

We both thoroughly enjoyed our Dalmatian Island hopping experience. It was a perfect combination of hiking and exploring the stunning and historic local area - soaking up the beauty of the natural scenery as well as the spectacular towns. The itinerary was very well thought through with plenty of free time to sightsee and the local guide was excellent. All of the transfers worked like clockwork and we loved the additional experience of catching boats between the islands. We got an early morning flight to Split which meant that we had plenty of time to explore Trogir which was well worth the early start! We had been to Dubrovnik previously so we spent our last afternoon just relaxing in Lapad. But others may want longer to explore the delights of Dubrovnik. Overall we would definitely recommend this trip!

Jeremy Hawkins, 4 May 2024

 

Croatia is a beautiful country. We had great walks, lovely scenery and good hotels. At the briefing we felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of info re transfers, taxis and ferries but all worked well and all the tickets , bookings etc are well presented in a folder so we didn't loose anything! Day 3 - St Antonie - route on Jelsa - the bus drops you just outside of town rather than in the town centre so keep an eye out and check with the driver if you're at Jesla - we missed the stop but the driver very kindly took us back! Walking to the Tor at the beginning of the walk is more like a 3 booter and involves quiet a bit of scrambling. Once at the top though the rest of the walk is easier. We shared a cab back to Hvar with other walkers on the trip later in the day so as not to have to clock watch/ rush for the last bus back in the early afternoon. Overall a fab trip with varied and interesting walks.

SAUNDERS, 10 Jun 2023

 

The walks were challenging enough to get a sense of achievement without feeling overstretched. The GPS navigation made it almost impossible to go wrong and was a source of comfort, as was having Azra answering very quickly when I had to phone her with a question.

The accommodation and instructions were spot on, which led to me having a more relaxing week than when I have organised my own trips.

Self guided suited us as we’re used to ‘doing our own thing’ but this tour gave us our own space (with everyone having different walking paces) but provided the benefit of having other similarly minded people to share our trials and tribulations with at the end of each day - if you wanted to.

I would definitely recommend Headwater/Exodus to anybody wanting a self guided walking tour.

BOON, 3 Jun 2023

 

This holiday was beautiful! It was so well organised. Island hopping is very different to the other Headwater holiday's we have done and be aware of the extra mileage of ferry hopping on top of the walks. The hotels were well placed and their hosts were amazing! Mljet was stunning and the walk to the top is so worth it!!! Hvar was beautiful but the Jelsa bus walk was very tight on time. Adding an extra day in Split was fantastic and he Croatian people were so friendly and kind. Overall we enjoyed every second and i would thoroughly recommend it!

RECHERT, 3 Jun 2023

 

We visited Croatia May 20-28th 2023 and were very glad that we were not there in high season when apparently most of the islands we visited would be heaving with tourists. The weather was perfect and on many of our walks we met very few people, if any. Island hopping is an ideal way to enjoy the amazing scenery. One word of advice, make sure that you keep all your paperwork safe. It can be quite confusing at first to receive so many vouchers, which are essential for ferries and pickups. Having said that, everything worked seamlessly, apart from the time we nearly ended up in Dubrovnik, not realising we had docked in Mlijet! Take poles- nearly all walks are downhill on stony ground. I struggled a bit with the walk on Day 2 and opted to skip Day 3 walk due to the tight schedule. Otherwise all the walks were manageable and definitely worth it for the spectacular scenery. We found Croatia to be a little more expensive than anticipated. However, we would thoroughly recommend this holiday.

CERNY, 20 May 2023

 

We travelled with our son who has special needs and we had a great time. The itinerary, organisation and choice of hotels and food was really good and the small number of special requirements we had were met really well. Croatia is a beautiful country and we had the best mix of activity and relaxation and met some lovely fellow travellers too.

Mr Kilburn, 6 May 2023

 

Great holiday especially out of season! Would be very busy in peak season and loved having walks and beaches to myself, not having to book restaurants and everywhere so green and lush! Great walks and plenty of time to explore the towns.

Mr Corn, 17 Apr 2023

 

Wonderful mixture of walking and culture - really beautiful, walks not too strenuous and so give plenty of time for sitting down and reading a book etc as well.



Mrs Brown, 15 Apr 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

24.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1389

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