Hike and kayak along the Dalmatian coast - semi supported, 8 days
Discover Europe’s best kept secret – The Dalmatian coast. Experience historic towns with Greek, Roman and Venetian influence, unspoiled islands, dramatic landscapes and secluded bays on foot and in sea kayak! Start with your holiday in Split, where emperor Diocletian built his home, now days a palace inscribed in UNESCO World heritage list. Discover Islands Hvar and Korcula, before arrival to Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic!
Enjoy our easy walking suggestions, guided sea kayaking tours and numerous swimming and snorkeling possibilities during your holiday! This tour is designed for those wishing easy but active holiday, for those who want to discover natural, historical and gastronomical wonders of this Mediterranean country!
DAY 1: 1700 years old Diocletian’s Palace
Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area!
We suggest taking a walk around the 1700 years old Diocletian’s Palace, now inscribed in UNESCO’s World heritage list before departing for a walk along Marjan hill, recreational venue for locals. If you arrive early enough, you should definitely check out the vibrant vegetable and fish markets, which are one of the highlights of present-day Split. The locals in Split have their real homes molded in the old walls of the Palace and inside of it you will find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food!
Activity:walking 9 -15 km
Optional: swimming and snorkeling during the walking tour
Highlights: Split, Diocletian’s Palace, Marjan hill
DAY 2: Sea kayaking and snorkel discovery of Split
Today you can decide whether you prefer morning or sunset season for a 4 hour scenic adventure around Marjan peninsula. This is a perfect paddling experience for all beginners, as we keep close to the shore. After an introduction in paddling techniques and safety, we’ll start on our way around the peninsula. As the scenery changes from secluded bays in shaded pine forests to pebble beaches, we`ll stop for a dip in one of the bays—a perfect location for snorkeling as well! Explore the “wild side” of Split from the sea level perspective, just minutes away from buzzing city center! And don`t forget to pack your swimming gear as we stop for a swim and snorkeling in one of Marjan’s secluded coves.
Activity: guided sea kayak 3-4 hours tour, snorkeling and swimming
Optional: visit of green and fish market in Split, walk along the historic center of Split
Highlights: Sea kayak trip, 1700 years old town of Split
Day 3: Abandoned villages and south coast of Island Hvar
Enjoy a morning café while traveling with the boat to Island Hvar. Start your hike along rocky path at the top of the Island, discovering abandoned villages once famous for lavender oil production. Second part of the hike takes you along numerous hidden bays of Hvar’s southern coast where you might want to have a swim in the turquoise waters before reaching Hvar town’s famous “piazza”, or promenade with many historical buildings built in the Venetian times.
Activity: 12 km waking
Optional: swimming, snorkeling
Accommodation: Hvar town
Highlights: abandoned villages of Grablje, coastal route to Hvar town, Hvar town
Day 4: Sea kayaking Hvar
After leisure breakfast you set off to the group of small islands called the Pakleni. The origin of the name goes back to old days when the islands were the main source of rosin for local shipbuilders. Today, just like then, the islands are covered with thick pine woods providing refreshing shade even during the hottest summer days. The route through narrow straits and along the islands reveals small hidden pebble beaches where you can enjoy the privilege of having, at least temporarily, a beach of your own, where you can swim, snorkel and relax. Optional lunch is possible at the restaurant on the beach on one of the Pakleni Islands. Returning back to Hvar town in the early afternoon hours.
Sea kayak tour: guided 3-4 hours
Accommodation: Hvar town
Highlights: Sea kayak tour Hvar, Pakleni islands
Day 5: Island Korcula
Today in the morning we suggest to climb up through a park and visit Spanjol fortress, for a great view of Hvar town, its harbor and surrounding islets! This fortress was built on the site of medieval castle, where you fill find collection of ancient amphorae. Once back in the town of Hvar, you might want to check Renaissance Theater, built in 1612, which probably is the first theatre in Europe and Benedictine Monastery, where collection of laces woven by the nuns from dried agave leaves. Later in the afternoon you depart with ferry to the town Korcula town, where you will spend next 2 evenings.
During the history it was chosen by Venetians as a spot to build their important walled city on the northern shores of the island. Therefore, nowadays, thanks to that, we have most magnificent walled Korcula Old Town still preserved and almost intact for centuries.
Activity: walking 3 km
Optional: swimming, snorkeling
Accommodation: Korcula town
Highlights: Spanjol fortress, Korcula town, Island Korcula
Day 6: Walking the eastern part of Korcula
After breakfast this morning walk along the eastern part of Island Korcula. Today’s walk takes you along ancient villages, rocky paths dotted with cypress and pine trees, olive groves and aromatic Mediterranean vegetation. For lunch we suggesting trying home made pasticada or macaroni, as well as Posip; most famous Croatian white wine produced on this Island. In the afternoon, walk along narrow cobblestone alleys of old town of Korcula, where famous world traveler Marco Polo started his world journey. In the historic center of town you might want to check out Cathedral of St. Marko, built in Gothic and Renaissance style before dinner…
Activity: walking 12 km or 23 km
Optional: swimming and snorkeling
Accommodation: Korcula town
Highlights: Korcula town, east side of Island Korcula, pebble and sandy beaches, vineyards
Day 7: Peljesac peninsula
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!
Activity: 9 km walking (+4 km Ston Walls)
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston and Dubrovnik
Day 8: End
Today after breakfast the tour ends. You might want to extend your stay in Dubrovnik and explore the historical sites along with magnificent wall that surrounds the old town!
- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.
The price includes:
- 7 days accommodation with breakfast
- All the ferry tickets and boat transfers
- 2 guided sea kayak tours (Split and Hvar)
- Luggage shuttles
- Detailed hiking maps
- Snorkel equipment
The price does not include:
- Travel insurance,
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
We do provide accommodation in Exclusive (4* and 5*) or Comfortable (3*) hotels.
Another accommodation option is based in private houses and guesthouses.
Please note, if there are no rooms available in the period of your trip we will provide accommodation of same standard in the same area.
Meridien Ten can adjust accommodation and tour itineraries in accordance with your preferences. Feel free to send us your customized requests! Please note there are just few good hotels along the Dalmatian coast and Islands and they do intend to fill up early in the season so your early inquiry will be appreciated!
Meridien Ten can adjust accommodation and tour itineraries in accordance with your preferences. Feel free to send us your customized requests but keep in mind we really do get busy from March till the end of October, so early inquiries are welcome! Thanks!
GUESTHOUSE / B&B
- various private accommodation
CLASSIC (3* and 4* accommodation)
Split: Hotel Slavija or Hotel Peristil
Hvar: Villa Nora or Hotel Pharos
Korcula: Hotel Marko Polo
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma or Hotel Perla
PREMIERE (4* accommodation)
Split: Hotel Marmont or Hotel Cornaro
Hvar: Hotel Amfora or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Korcula or Hotel Korsal
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma
EXCLUSIVE (4* and 5* accommodation)
Split Hotel Vestibul or Hotel Park
Hvar: Hotel Adriana
Korcula: Hotel Lesic Dimitri
Dubrovnik: Villa Argentina, Hotel Pucic Palace or Hotel Bellevue
Easy to Moderate
This is leisure tour carefully designed for those who prefer active but easygoing pace as well as kayaking, swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear Adriatic.
All kayaking tours are guided and easy (duration 3-4 hours)
Hiking tours are easy to moderate, meaning duration will be between 3 and 4 hours, and average distance of 10 km per day.
- UNESCO SITES: Diocletian’s Palace, Stari Grad plain on Hvar, Old city of Dubrovnik
- Lavender roads of Hvar, Wine area of Korcula Island
- Lodging in Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik
- Beautiful and secluded beaches of Split, Hvar and Korcula
- Second longest fortified walls in the world and ancient salt works in Ston
- Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic
- Guided sea kayak tour in Split and Hvar
Number of nights: 7
START/END OF BIKE TOUR
Tour commences: Split, Croatia
Closest airports: Split airport (SPU). From the airport to the centre of town: bus or taxi (22 km).
By ferry: From Italy (Ancona) take the overnight ferry to Split.
Tour ends: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Closest airports: Dubrovnik airport (DBV). From the centre of town to the airport: bus or taxi (25 km)
By ferry: From Bari in Italy to Dubrovnik.
This tour can start any day during the whole year.
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