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Croatia: Islands & Mountains

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  • Walk idyllic coastal and mountain paths in Croatia
The Croatia: Islands & Mountains tour starts in Dubrovnik and ends in Starigrad Paklenica. The Croatia: Islands & Mountains is a Trekking tour that takes 8 days taking you from Dubrovnik to Starigrad Paklenica and other destinations in Croatia.

Enjoy the very best of Croatia; the coast and islands, the beautiful towns and near-perfect national parks. Starting in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik, we begin our journey up the coast where the crystal clear sea forms the backdrop for many of our early walks, followed by the peaceful sound of waterfalls as we head into the national parks of Paklenica and Krka. Here we have a chance to bathe in the Skradinski buk waterfalls and enjoy walks through spectacular gorges, forests and mountain scenery.
Day 1 Start Dubrovnik.

Start Dubrovnik; transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Transfer to the village of Gornji Obod, walk the Roland Brown Path to the village of Velji Do; return to Dubrovnik for a free afternoon.

In the morning after breakfast we will take a short transfer (about 25 minutes) to the village of Gornji Obod. From here we will follow a path that will zig-zag its way up to the village of Velji Do, where there is an opportunity for refreshments. After a break the walk will continue up to Strazisce Peak. At the top here you will be rewarded with spectacular views back over Dubrovnik. There is a commerative cross in memory of the US aircraft which crashed delivering aid in 1996. We will return to Velji Do and then transfer back to Dubrovnik where we will have the afternoon to enjoy the city. Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm with its location right on the Adriatic, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last 10 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city has now returned to its former glory. The cobblestoned streets of the old town, or Stari Grad, features fountains, churches, palaces and museums - all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the city but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun. This is the main street and is covered in smooth shiny marble.

Day 3 Transfer up the coast to the Biokovo massif; walk above the town of Makarska; transfer to Bol on the Island of Brac.

After breakfast we will transfer by bus to Tucepi (146km away, taking around 2h35min). Depending on time, we may have time to stop in Ston for a coffee en route. From here we will begin our walk to Makarska, through the Biokovo mountains. The Biokovo massif rises up steeply above the Makarska Riviera in three spectacular shelves, providing hiking at all levels and fabulous views. Our destination of Makarska is a small but lively town, tastefully restored in stone after a devastating earthquake in 1962. It has a fantastic 2km stretch of beach, so if we have a bit of time we can take a refreshing dip before we head for the island of Brac. We will catch the ferry from Makarska and transfer to Bol, by far the biggest draw on the island of Brac.

Day 4 Climb Vidova Gora for views over Bol and Zlatni Rat, the Golden Beach; afternoon to relax on the beach.

We start today with a 20 minute transfer to the small village of Gazul, from here we start our walk to the peak of Vidova Gora (780m). The first part of our walk will take us through woodland for around 1.5hrs as we gradually ascend 230m to the summit of the highest point on Brac Island, the views from the top of Vidova Gora are spectacular as we can see all the way to the island of Hvar in the distance and the famous 500m long land spit Zlatni Rat which juts out to sea in the forefround, this view is one that features on many postcards in Croatia so make sure to bring your camera. From here our walk is downhill for around 2 hrs towards the town of Bol. In the afternoon you can make the most of the glorious beach of Zlatni Rat. It is south facing, so ideal for an afternoon of rest and relaxation.

Day 5 Catch the ferry to Split and enjoy a couple of hours exploring the old town before transferring to Krka N.P.; bathe in the Skradinski buk waterfalls.

This morning we will catch the ferry to Split. We will make an early start as there are a lot of highlights today and we want to make the most of them. Firstly, we will take a bit of time to stop in Split. Split is Croatia’s second biggest city, but the old centre is compact and easily explored on foot. The main draw is Diocletian’s Roman Palace. The town as a whole is a lively and friendly place, with a bustling café culture, so it is simply a nice place to stop, have a coffee and soak up the atmosphere. We will then have a transfer (approx. 84km) by bus to Krka National Park. Here we will begin our walk to the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, made up of a series of waterfalls dropping down in 17 dramatic steps. The area is accessed by wooden walkways and forest paths. It is worth packing your swimming costume as at the base of the waterfall you can take a dip in this beautiful natural environment. The area is also fantastic for wildlife, birdlife and flora and fauna, it is now an important wildlife sanctuary with several species endemic to the region or now extinct elsewhere in Europe. The walk will take around 2.5 hours and is all on easy paths. In the late afternoon we will transfer to Starigrad Paklenica.

Day 6 Velika Paklenica N.P. gorge walk via the Mirila Graves and Tomici Village.

Today we will have a walking tour of the National Park Paklenica. Paklenica is home to the two impressive canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, vertically cut into the mountain where climbers from all across Europe ply their trade. In a relatively small area of the national park, there are several unusual karst forms, caves, and extremely rich and varied flora and fauna. Our 6-hour walk takes us through the quietest areas of the park, passing the unusual Mirila graves, the village of Tomici and finishing in the main canyon itself. In the afternoon we will return to Starigrad Paklenica for the evening.

Day 7 Another day in the wonderful wilderness of Paklenica N.P.; walk to a medow beneath Bojin Kuk peak before returning to Starigrad Paklenica for the evening.

Today we will have another opportunity to explore the National Park Paklenica. We will walk to the saddle of 'Pod Jaginim Kukom' which has a great view up to Bojin Kuk. We will be able to admire the view from a pretty meadow. The Bojinac group is made up of a vast area of limestone, with the karst scenery forming towers of rock, furrowed limestone cliffs, caves and soft green meadows creating a contrast against the severe rock. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a walkers paradise. We will walk for about 5-6 hours, returning to Starigrad Paklenica for the evening.

Day 8 Bus transfer to Zadar airport; end Zadar.

End Zadar airport.

what’s included
  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Dubrovnik and from Starigrad Paklenica are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Croatia: Islands & Mountains tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 4 people
Age Requirement 16+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Dubrovnik, Croatia/Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia
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customer reviews
4.7 - Excellent Based on 15 reviews
Great - but not 8 days
3 - Average
“Guide: Zelko is the best guide you can have in the region!
Transportation: great if you're about 5' tall - otherwise, leg room is a la Ryanair/Air Transat
Itinerary: great - for 6 days. Trip starts on Day 2 (guide and most of the group arrive near midnight on "day 1") and ends at 6am on Day 8 (guide takes group to airport at 5am on "day 8").”
Croatia islands and mountains sept 2016
5 - Excellent
“A memorable and very enjoyable holiday. We hesitated to book initially as we weren't sure about Croatia and almost booked an Italian trip but are now so glad we did. The guide was excellent and gave us a real insight into the country and its people. We loved the walks all came with excellent views and the scenery was far lovelier than we had expected it to be.”
Packed with activities
4 - Very Good
“Looking back it is amazing how much we packed in. Dubrovnik was very touristy and crowded but worth visiting. Great meal fish at the Moby Dick. Hotel Sumratin room ok but breakfast bad go to a cafe instead! Great walking with views. Brac very picturesque. Beach quite crowded with a sea gym feature. We got the boat back to the old town recommended. Split just enough time to see the basics and then onto Krka which is also crowded. Starigrad Paklenica in a beautiful walking area with limestone rocks. Hotel the best of the three. If you are flying later( to Manchester via Ryanair) definitely worth to beautiful Zadar. Worth waiting to book transport to the airport to see how many going later and can book taxi locally via the guide.”
CROATIA: ISLANDS & MOUNTAINS
5 - Excellent
“Stunning scenery. Brilliant guide. Great walks.”
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A deposit of 191 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 19 August 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Croatia: Islands & Mountains tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Croatia: Islands & Mountains tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Croatia: Islands & Mountains tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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