ROUTE: SPLIT – HVAR – PELJESAC– MLJET - KORCULA – BRAC - SPLIT
This guided hiking tour in Dalmatia starts on Hvar Island and ends in on Brac Island. During your tour you will explore amazing coastlines, towns and old villages. You will hike the historic islands and explore Mljet National Park, climb some high peaks and relax on the beaches, eat delicious local food and try fine local vines. Croatia is a picturesque land of rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate and one of the finest ways of exploring it is on foot.
Departure at 1pm with lunch as first service. The journey to the island of Hvar is the best time to meet your fellow passengers, the crew and the guide. Up on arrival in Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest towns dating back to 385 BC, you will go for a light hike to warm up for the week. Overnight in the harbor of Stari Grad.
Walking time: approx.. 3 hours
After breakfast you start a long and difficult but worth it hike across the island to the town of Hvar, where your ship will be waiting for you. On the way you will enjoy beautiful sights and pass lovely villages and upon reaching Hvar you can climb up to the Španjol, a citadel built on the site of a medieval castle to defend the town from the Turks.
Walking time: approx.. 6 hours
Early in the morning we leave the island of Hvar and navigate towards Peljesac peninsula, to a small village called Kucista. From this village we will embark on one of the most difficult hikes of the week, to the highest peak of the peninsula at the altitude of 961 m. The spectacular views will be well worth the steep and difficult climb of about 4 hrs. After climbing down back to the ship we will continue navigation further south, to the small village of Lumbarda on the island of Korcula, for a peaceful evening.
Walking time: approx. 7 hours
While we enjoy our breakfast the boat will take us to the lush green island of Mljet. Mljet National Park (entrance tickets not included) is a beautiful area of two connected salty lakes and in one of them there is another island with a 12th c. Benedictine monastery. This is an easy day of leisure after a difficult climb of the previous day. You can take a swim, go for a walk or even rent bikes and go for a ride. In the afternoon we continue navigation to the medieval town of Korcula which, along with Venice, proclaims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. Overnight in Korcula.
Walking time: approx. 2 hours
Korčula is the island with the most abundant vegetation on the Adriatic. Our hike today takes us through vineyards and olive tree groves up to Pupnat, one of the oldest villages in Croatia, at the altitude of 370 m. After refreshments we head back down to Korcula where our ship awaits us to take us to the other end of the island, to a town of Vela Luka where we spend the night.
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Early in the morning we start navigation to the island of Brac and the town of Bol, known for its famous Golden Horn beach (about 2.5 km from the center). Our afternoon hike takes us to a tiny village of Murvica from where we start a visit to the Dragon Cave. Dragon Cave is a spectacular site, most famous for its reliefs which are not completely defined yet. During medieval times the Cave was a sanctuary for Glagolitic priests. It is a protected site and visit is only allowed with a local guide (not included in price; to be paid to guide on the spot). The visit to Cave excluding the hike takes about 2 hours before heading back to the ship. Overnight in Bol.
Walking time: approx. 5 hrs
In the morning, after early breakfast, we start another steep and difficult hike of about 3,5 hrs, to the highest point of the island, Vidova Gora at the altitude of 780 m. Vidova Gora is the highest point of all Croatian Island and gives fantastic views to the mainland and the neighboring islands. After climbing down to Bol, the ship will take us to Split, the monumental city under UNESCO protection. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture and Diocletian’s Palace is of special interest. Overnight in Split.
Walking time: approx. 6 hrs
Breakfast and disembarkation to make your own way home.
Check out time: 9 am