Croatia Coast & Island Walk - 8 days
Explore the stunning coastline and idyllic islands of Croatia on this 8 day walking tour. Hike to the summit of Mount Snijeznica – the highest peak in southern Croatia, explore the UNESCO-listed city of Dubrovnik, walk around the islands of Korcula, Lopud and Mljet and explore the magical coastline of Ston.
Welcome to Croatia
Upon arrival at Dubrovnik airport make your way to our hotel in the picturesque town of Cavtat (a single timed group transfer is offered, see the Trip Notes for further information). The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure, and this evening there will be a welcome dinner with the rest of your group where you can sample traditional local cuisine.
Overnight: Konavle Valley | Dinner
Konavle Valley – Kuna. We start today with a drive through Konavle Valley to the delightful village of Kuna. Here we continue our journey by foot, following a trail through fern, olive and wine groves as we make our way up Mount Snijeznica. Upon reaching the summit at 1234 meters above sea level, we can enjoy spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea and across the Konavle region, as well as neighbouring Bosnia and Montenegro. Descending Mount Snijeznica we return to Kuna where we are free to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Kuna | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kuna – Dubrovnik – Lopud – Ston. This morning we transfer to the port in UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik where we take a short ferry ride to the island of Lopud. Upon docking on this picturesque isle, we begin our walk up to its hilltop for and Spanjola Tower, a remnant of the Illyrian settlements that were once found here. We enjoy the views across of the neighbouring island of Sipan for a short while before continuing our walk by following a rocky trail that leads us to a series of vantage points with views across the Elaphiti Archipelago. Returning to the port we catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive north towards Ston, famous for its oyster farms.
Overnight: Ston | Breakfast, Dinner
Ston & coastal salt fields
Ston – Mljet. We begin today with a walk along the walls of Ston, a series of strategic walls that were originally constructed as a line of defence in the 15th century. Bearing a striking resemblance to the world-renowned Great Wall of China – though a miniaturised version – these Croatian walls might be lesser known but are still fascinating to explore. We follow the wall along the coastline until we read the small salt-producing village of Broche. From here we hike through pine forest and return to Ston in time for lunch in the town square. This afternoon we continue by road and then water to verdant Mljet Island.
Overnight: Mljet | Breakfast, Dinner
Mljet – Orebic. This morning is all about exploring Croatia’s greenest - and arguably most beautiful island of Mljet, home to a national park of the same name. Departing our hotel on foot, we begin our stroll through this natural paradise. Within the park are also two dazzling lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero, both of which are saltwater and are some of the most beautiful features of the Mljet. On our walk we pass through small wine producing villages and cross rocky paths to reach Montokuc peak, which affords spectacular views of the Dalmatian coastline. Returning to our hotel there may be time for a swim in a quiet cove before we head back to the port for our ferry to the mainland. Upon arrival we take a short drive along the Peljesac Peninsula to the coastal town of Orebic.
Overnight: Orebic | Breakfast, Dinner
Orebic – Korcula – Orebic. We start today with a hike through the rolling countryside and beautiful vineyards surrounding the town of Orebic, where we gradually ascend up to a quaint Franciscan monastery nestled on the slopes of St Ilija Hill. Continuing on a different trail, we wind our way down to the coastal village of Kuciste before arriving back in Orebic. From here we board a water taxi to the picturesque island of Korcula, which is thought to be the birthplace of renowned explorer Marco Polo, which is dominated by the St Mark’s Cathedral with its grand Gothic-Renaissance architecture. After some time to explore we take ferry back to Orebic for the evening.
Overnight: Orebic | Breakfast, Dinner
Orebic – Dubrovnik. Departing Orebic this morning, we drive back across the Peljesac Peninsula to UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik for our final full day in Croatia. This afternoon there is an optional guided tour of the city, where you can explore its stunning Baroque buildings and marbled streets with the help of a guide. A walk along the old city wall is an absolute must, and walking through the city during the evenings is a fantastic way to soak up the local atmosphere. Later this evening we enjoy a final dinner today as a group.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast
Today our Croatia walking holiday comes to an end. Following breakfast and hotel check-out there is a complimentary single timed group transfer to the airport.
Is this holiday for you?
WALKING HOLIDAY. The walking on this holiday is not particularly difficult or sustained. Each day we'll enjoy a leisurely paced hike of between 9km to 12km with ascents typically between 240m and 500m. We'll be walking on a variety of trails from quiet country lanes to more rugged paths, with a mix of woodland, coastal and the walls of Ston. In general the paths are good with no difficult sections and no degree of exposure. While there is sufficient walking on each day to satisfy regular hikers, it is intended that this should be a relaxing holiday. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further information about this walking holiday, including the distance covered each day.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Please DO NOT book flights until we have contacted you to confirm your booking and informed you that the tour is guaranteed to run. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The tour was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the walking routes each day, with the mountain from Cavtat, the walk at Ston, and the day walk at Orebic/trip to Korcula my personal highlights. The first nights meal at the winery, and the last 2 at the family at Orebic were amazing.
Our Guide Darko was absolutely great; he kept us organised and on track, was fun and easy to talk to, and his commentary and info on Croatia, including his experiences, was another highlight.