Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik - self guided hike and swim holiday
Enjoy walking along Greek, Roman, Venetian and French trails and towns while discovering local culture and gastronomy of Dalmatia – one of the most beautiful areas in the Mediterranean!
Start your hiking tour in the historic Roman emperor’s Palace in Split, walk on the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Pelješac before finishing your Dalmatian coast tour in Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic!
Day 1: Split
Welcome to Split, a 1,700-year-old Roman town!
Meet our representative in the morning for briefing regarding your walking tour along the Dalmatian coast and islands.
Start your walk along the coast, passing by a couple of beautiful bays and beaches, following the trail which will lead you to Marjan Park-Forest, a popular recreation place for citizens of Split. Discover many charming churches and paths with amazing views on Split, sea and nearby islands.
Later in the evening we suggest you to continue your walk and discover the old walls and basements of the Diocletian’s Palace, numerous cafés and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food!
Hiking distance: 7 (short loop) or 14km (long loop) + exploring old town
Elevation gain: 180m Duration: 3/5h+2h city walk
Highlights: Split, Marjan Park-forest, local beaches, green and fish market, Diocletian’s Palace
Day 2: Brač Island
You start the day with the boat ride from Split to Brac Island. Once you arrive to the island, you will have an option for west side loop which will take you along olive groves, laid back village of Sutivan and then back along the coast to the city of Supetar or you can enjoy the easy coastal trail from Lovrečina bay. Whatever path you choose today, you will enjoy great views on the mainland and quiet coastal paths, discovering the ancient Greek and Roman ruins and sleepy fisherman villages.
One of the trademarks of the island of Brač is stone and stone quarries – the White House in Washington D.C. and Diocletian’s Palace in Split are just some of the sites that were built with that stone! All the ancient villages and towns on Brač Island are like an exhibition of the fine stone work!
What to do in the late afternoon is up to you – you can either spend your time at one of many beaches surrounding Supetar or discover historical sites and local culture before returning to Split.
Distance: 16km (west side loop) or 14km (from Lovrečina) Elevation gain: 190 or 140m Duration: 4.5 or 3h
Highlights: Brac Island, olive groves, fisherman villages, coastal paths
Day 3: Hvar Island – the lavender road
Today you depart for your visit to the second island in Croatia – Hvar. It is rated as one of the "top ten most beautiful islands in the world" according to Traveller Magazine! Cultural and historical sites, lavender fields, crystal clear turquoise waters, charming villages and towns are just some of the highlights this island offers to its visitors.
Take a “cultural walk” along the narrow streets of the town of Stari Grad, literally translated as The Old Town. Founded in the 4th century B.C., it was one of the first Greek colonies in the Adriatic. You can enjoy numerous charming squares, restaurants and cafés of Stari Grad before setting off to the south coastline of Hvar Island, to theabandoned villages once famous for lavender and rosemary oil production. Along the way you will walk throughlavender fields, olive groves and discover charming and hidden beaches with turquoise sea colour, before arriving to Hvar Town.
In the afternoon treat yourself with well-deserved coffee or aperitif in one of numerous bars at a Venetian-style piazza of Hvar Town before dinner.
Overnight: Hvar Town
Distance: 12km Elevation loss: 310m Duration: 3-4 h
Highlights: Inland villages of Velo and Malo Grablje, lavender fields, south coast of the island, secluded beaches with turquoise sea, Hvar Town
Day 4: Hvar Town and Korcula Island
This morning, after the breakfast we suggest you to take a stroll to Fortica Španjola– the fortress located on hill above the Hvar town, where the latest renovations were done in the 16th century. A hike to the fortress will give you unforgettable panoramic views of the city, its surroundings and the Pakleni Islands. Located it the fortress, there is also a museum with collection of amphorae and other antique exhibits from the Middle Ages.
If you are interested in some real beach time, you can take a taxi boat to the Pakleni Islands, small, but beautiful archipelago located right in front of Hvar town where you can enjoy easy walks, swimming in secluded bays and have a nice lunch overlooking the Adriatic!
Later in the afternoon, you will depart by boat to Korčula town, where you will spend the next two days.
Overnight: Korčula Town
Distance: 2-3km Elevation gain: 100m Duration: 2h
Highlights: Hvar Town, Fortica fortress, optional visit to the Pakleni Islands, Korčula Town
Day 5: Korčula - Marco Polo’s home
You will be waking up on your third visited Dalmatian island – Korčula!
The island is considered to be the hometown of Marco Polo, the famous world traveller and the place where his silk road began. Korčula used to be a Greek colony, dating back to the 4th century and known as Korkyra Melaina (Black Korčula). Nowadays, the island is famous for the production of the best Croatian white wines - Pošip and Grk.
The hike today will take you through the nature park with some amazing rock formations and wild life. The walk itself is very peaceful and relaxing, in an unusual, but very pleasant landscape for Dalmatian karst region. The area contains dolomite rock formations and is very densely wooded. The hike through the nature parkwill lead you to the ancient Napoleon path and walking along olive groves, small vineyards and beautiful fields of sage, oregano and other healthy herbs. The hike ends in the village of Pupnat, where you will have the option to enjoy a unique lunch prepared by Farac family. Most of the ingredients they use in meals grow or are grown in the fields you walked through.
You can spend the afternoon in the town of Korcula and explore its cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings and other architectural masterpieces made in Gothic and Renaissance style.
Overnight: Korčula Town
Distance: 11.5-23km Elevation gain: 360m Duration: 2,5/4h
Highlights: Nature Park of Korčula, Korčula Town, Pupnat village
Day 6: Seaman story of Pelješac and the city of Dubrovnik
The morning begins with the short boat ride to Peljesac Peninsula and the town of Orebić. The town itself was founded in the 15th century as a part of the Republic of Dubrovnik (Ragusa). As it was famous for seaman and its maritime tradition, there are many charming stone houses (villas) of the once famous sea captains you can see even today in Orebić. Your hike starts from Orebić, going along the southern slopes of Mt. Ilija, where you will be passing by secluded vineyards, old Franciscan monastery and enjoying great views on Korčula and Pelješac archipelago. When you get back to the coast,you can enjoy a scenic walk along the waterfront of Kučište and Viganj, laid-back Dalmatian villages.
Later this afternoon, you will make your way to the mainland. En route pass through Ston, where you will have to chance to discover the second longest stone wall in the world, ancient salt works and the important role this area had in the 14th century for the Republic of Dubrovnik. After a short break, you will set off to the “Pearl of the Adriatic” – the town of Dubrovnik where you will spend your final evening!
Distance: 9km (+4km Ston walls) Elevation gain: 226m
Duration: 2 h + optional Ston walls walk: 1km
Highlights: Pelješac peninsula and Dubrovnik
Day 7: Farewell
Today after breakfast you can take a walk in the old city town of Dubrovnik, the marble streets and Baroque buildings, and discover the rich history of once very important Republic of Dubrovnik. This walk will conclude your Dalmatian coast adventure and you will be ready to return to your homes enriched by the discovery of one small, but beautiful Mediterranean country!
Distance: easy city walking tour
- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.
- Welcome meeting and orientation briefing
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary (6 nights / 7 days)
- Luggage transfers
- All the transfers mentioned in the itinerary
- Road book - information package with detailed route notes and maps, historical description, wining and dining suggestions and other important and useful information
- 24/7 assistance and emergency contact
The price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- Lunches and dinners
- Personal expenses
- Airport transfers
- Entrance fees to museums or bus tickets (Day 2 and Day 4 – approximately EUR 2,00 per 1 bus ticket)
Various private accommodation
Tour rating: Easy to moderate.
This tour includes 7 days of activity with average hiking/walking distance of 7-16 km per day.
The terrain on this tour changes daily - you will experience single-tracks, wide gravel roads, rocky coastal paths, cobblestone streets (in the historical towns) and paved roads (not more than 4 kilometres in total).
Hiking tour starts in Split at any day of the year and continues to islands Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Pelješac and Dubrovnik. UNESCO heritage sites Diocletians' Palace and Stari Grad plain will leave you breathless. Explore most attractive Dalmatian islands, discover ancient villages, walk through olive groves and lavander fields, meet the locals and taste fresh Mediterranien cuisine.
In Dalmatia, good weather for hiking starts in March and ends in November.
Summer months of July and August can be very warm, which can make some stages more exhausting.