Croatia Self Guided Walking Tour / Split & the Dalmation Islands

/Croatia Self Guided Walking Tour / Split & the Dalmation Islands

Croatia Self Guided Walking Tour / Split & the Dalmation Islands

Tour Dates: April through October

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Our Croatia Self Guided Walking Tours will introduce you to Split and the picturesque islands of Brac and Hvar. Enjoy walking along Roman, Venetian and Greek trails while discovering local culture and the gastronomy of Dalmatia – one of the most beautiful areas in Croatia!

You choose your own dates and we organize the accommodations, luggage transfers, route information and provide local support.

July and August can be quite warm for hiking, but early morning walks are possible and you can enjoy your time in the water.

Discover the best parts of Central Dalmatia – town of Split and Islands Brac and Hvar. Spend couple of days in Split, with historical sites dating back to 300 AD and then leave for Dalmatian islands. Visit ancient villages and coastal trails of island Brac. Spend an afternoon on the famous Zlatni beach in Bol. After the boat ride from Bol to island Hvar, explore UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad and charming coastal towns of Jelsa and Vrboska. On your final day of tour, walk along the south side of Island Hvar to reach the famous and fancy town of Hvar. Besides walking, cultural and gastronomical discovery and exploration, you might want to enjoy swimming in the beautiful Adriatic, as our tracks take you along great and secluded beaches. This tour is designed with optional daily distances; shorter or longer. If you prefer to have a quiet day on the beach, it is possible! Or, if you prefer to walk for 4-5 hours per day you are able to do it!

2018 Price: €715 - €1030

euros per person, double occupancy, depending on the season. Judy & August are high season. Single Supplement: €400 Euros
Price Includes:
  • Welcome meeting and orientation briefing
  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary (6 nights in guesthouses and B&B)
  • Road book – information package with detailed route notes and maps, historical description, dinning suggestion and other important and useful information
  • luggage transfers
  • All the transfers mentioned in itinerary
  • 24/7 assistance and emergency contact
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, lunches, dinners, return ferry from Hvar

Tour Difficulty

  • Easy or moderate
  • Most of the days during this tour have option for longer or shorter walks. You walk at your own pace and there is no rush.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the islands of Brac, Hvar and the town of Split
  • Visit old fisherman villages
  • Hiking, and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean
  • Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, olive oil and seafood of the Mediterranean

Itinerary

Day 1 – Split – Split and Marjan walk

Transfer on your own to your accommodation in Split. We will arrange a welcome meeting and tour briefing with our Croatian representative. Start your walk along the coast, passing couple of beautiful bays and beaches, follow trail which leads you to Marjan Park forest, famous recreational place for citizens of Split. Discover many charming churches and trails with amazing views on Split, sea and nearby islands. Later in the evening we suggest to continue your walk and discover the old walls and basement of the Diocletian’s Palace, now recognized on UNESCO’s World heritage list, where you can find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food!

Overnight: Split
Distance: 9 or 15 km
Vertical height: 180 meters
Duration: 3/5 hours
Highlights: Marjan Park, local beaches, Diocletian’s Palace, fish market in Split

Day 2 – Island Brac – west side loop

Enjoy ferry ride to your first island – Brac. Located in front of Split, it represents the biggest and the highest central Dalmatian island, best known for its “Brac marble” – stone used to build many important sites such as White House in Washington, Diocletian’s Palace in Split and many more. For the first day on Island Brac we have two suggestions, you can choose a loop walk to the west side of the island or very easy coastal walk.

First option takes you along the olive groves and between stone fences built ages ago. Discover Sutivan, charming sleepy village on the north shore of Brac, before returning to Supetar. The second and easy option takes you along the path to Splitska, following east coastline of island Brac. Choose between many beautiful beaches along your walk for a quick dip in the Adriatic!

Overnight: Supetar, island Brac
Distance: 11 or 16 km
Vertical height: 150/190 meters
Duration: 3/5 hours
Highlights: olive groves, vineyards, Sutivan town, secluded beaches

Day 3 – Island Brac – east side hike

This morning you start from Lovrecina, the only sandy bay on island Brac and the site of important archaeological findings and excavations that refer to ancient Roman culture and Early Christian basilica dating from the 5th century. From Lovrecina continue along pine shaded northern coastal path to Postira and Splitska; two laid back fisherman villages located on the north shores of Brac. For those who want to extend the walk, we suggest visiting Skrip – the oldest settlement on the island founded by the Illyrians in 1000 BC, where a charming and small island museum is located. Afternoon at your disposal, either to swim at one of many beaches surrounding Supetar or discover historical sites and local culture.

Overnight: Supetar, island Brac
Distance: 14 km
Vertical height: 150 meters
Duration: 3-4 hours
Highlights: Lovrecina beach, villages Splitska and Postira, Supetar

Day 4 – Island Brac –From Dragon’s cave to Golden Cape beach and Island Hvar

Start the day with transfer to Murvica, eco village located on the southern slopes of Island Brac. Murvica is surrounded by turquoise sea, stunning beaches and Plavac Mali vineyards. Enjoy the walk to Dragon’s cave; ancient temple and dwelling of Glagolitic priests. In the afternoon enjoy walk to Golden Cape beach and Bol town, before you take a boat transfer to your next island – Hvar.

Overnight: Jelsa, island Hvar
Distance: 11 km
Vertical height: 110 meters
Duration: 3 hours
Highlights: Murvica village, Dragon’s cave, Golden Cape beach, Bol

Day 5 – Island Hvar, Jelsa loop

After leisure breakfast you can choose between 2 beautiful trails, or do both of them! The coastal and easier walk takes you along beautiful coastal road to another fisherman village and port called Vrboska. Little stone houses, romantic bridges, narrow alleys are reasons why Vrboska has earned the name “Little Venice”. Visit the most beautiful site in Vrboska and in the area; The church (fortress) of St. Mary of Grace from the 16th century, built from the local people for the defense against the Turks. Continue your walk along the small peninsula, which is actually a great location for a midday swim before your return to Jelsa!

The other hiking option offers great views of Stari Grad – a UNESCO protected site, which represents a comprehensive system of land use and agricultural colonization by the Greeks, built in the 4th century BC. This hike starts by following a narrow trail just above Jelsa. It is a cultural landscape that has remained intact since it was created. Continue your walk to the charming inland village of Pitve before returning to Jelsa.

Overnight: Jelsa, island Hvar
Distance: 10/15 km
Vertical height: 110/310 meters
Duration: 3-4 hours
Highlights: Vrboska, Pitve, Jelsa, Stari Grad plain, olive groves

Day 6 – South side of island and Hvar town

Today you are leaving the sleepy and tranquil town Jelsa and depart for trendy Venetian style Hvar town. The walk we have planned for you today is along south side of Island Hvar, discovering charming and hidden beaches with turquoise sea color; mostly flat walking along coastline. If you want to extend your tour, we have suggestions to start from Grablje – an abandoned village once famous for lavender oil production where lavender fields and traditional lifestyle can still be seen today! In the afternoon discover Hvar town, treat yourself with well deserved café or aperitif at one of numerous bars along Venetian influenced piazza of Hvar town!

Overnight: Hvar, island Hvar
Distance: 4.9/6.7 km
Vertical height: 310/110 meters
Duration: 1-2 hours
Highlights: Inland villages of Malo and Velo Grablje, lavender fields, south coast of Island, secluded beaches with turquoise sea, Hvar town

Day 7

Today after breakfast your tour ends in Hvar town. Depending on your departure flights, we will suggest the easiest way to return to Split. If you do not need to rush back to Split, you might want to check the Fortica Španjola – the fortress located on the hill above the town, with the last renovations done in the 16th century. A hike to the fortress gives you unforgettable panoramic view of the city, its surroundings and Pakleni Islands as well as collection of amphora and other exhibits from antiquity in the Middle Ages located in fortress.

Hvar town is a very lovely town and some folks ask us to reserve an extra night in Hvar which is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the region. You might even arrange a kayak trip for your extra day in town.

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