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.
Price: €1100 Euros /double occupancy
Single Supplement: €400 Euros
International flights, lunches, dinners, return ferry from Hvar
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this tour.
Yes, and we can also provide a guide if you prefer. Just give us a call at 800-648-8488 and we can make all of the arrangements.
This tour begins and ends in Split, Croatia. Most US Airlines have joint fares with US Airlines into Split. If you will be traveling in Europe before or after the trip, check out www.skyscanner.com for flights within Europe.
Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Spring and Fall daytime temperatures are 60 º- 85º F. and nights are 45º to 65º F. July and August temperatures can be much hotter. There is always the chance of rain, so to ensure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.
You do not need to be able to speak Croatian, as you will be surprised at how many folks speak English in Croatia. However, a good dictionary or a translation application on your phone can be quite helpful.
Croatia is changing to the euro and the kuna is the currency of Croatia that is still being used. Many of the hotels and restaurant will price things in Euros. You will need cash for lunches and dinners, shopping, cappucino and ice cream stops and for any other personal expenses.
Some restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or MasterCards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
You will receive a Pre-trip Letter listing all of the hotels and telephone numbers where you will be staying. Leave a copy of this phone list with your emergency contact person. If you bring your cell phone, it must be tri-band with international service. Be sure to activate the international service at least 1 week prior to your trip & check its operation. When you arrive in Europe, you can purchase an international calling card which is quite economical for making calls oversees.
U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Croatia. Make sure it does not expire within 6 months of the end of the tour.
Make Copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
For all travelers, we suggest keeping your tetanus immunization up to date (every 10 years), and we suggest a Hepatitis A immunization, too. You can check your state health department, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the online traveler's data base http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/ for the most current information.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Croatia officially the Republic of Croatia is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb. The country is divided into 20 counties and the city of Zagreb. Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country's population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats, with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism. ~ Wikipedia