It's usually a choice. Do you choose a destination with history, culture, and natural beauty or do you go for sun, sea, and a laid-back island atmosphere? The Dalmatian Coast is both. Catch rays on the deck of our private boat, then experience the Venetian-influenced architecture of Hvar Town. Enjoy a fresh Adriatic bounty at lunch with locals, then hit the trail and explore. Visit vestiges of a 16th-century monastery, then take to the waters of secluded rocky coves. On and on you'll go from "enlightenment" to relaxation. When you come to the Dalmatian Coast, you'll enjoy two of the best vacations you've ever had.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Two LeadersWe ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it’s an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you’ll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.
Day 1 Dubrovnik, an architectural masterpiece and World Heritage site with 82-foot-high fortified walls A path along rolling hills and past cypress trees seduces you with stunning views - ocean on one side, mountains on the other Join the Brautovic family in their tiny village for a home-cooked meal with ingredients from their garden - even the bread and wine are homemade.
Days 2-3 Island-hop in the sun-drenched Adriatic Hike along the Peljesac Peninsula, passing hamlets and vineyards Discover Korcula Town, one of Eastern Europe's best-preserved medieval centers and a reputed home of Marco Polo Trek to the secluded swimming oasis of Stracincica Bay Sunny Hvar, here we come! During our sail, you may be inspired to jump into the refreshing waters.
Day 4 Stride along a coastal path amid jagged cliffs with sapphire sea views In the romantic fishing village of Milna, savor garden-grown vegetables and other delights at a local home Care for some lively nightlife? Hit the town in chic and popular Hvar.
Day 5 The freshest seafood and local cuisine Boat to quiet Brac Island, known since ancient times for its milky-white marble The pebble beach of Zlatni Rat (Golden Coast) juts dramatically into the sea Pay a visit to the Blaca Hermitage, a 16th-century monastery and World Heritage site Amble between water and limestone hills with a gorgeous perspective on the Adriatic.
Day 6 Explore the reborn Dalmatian Coast, gaining insight into its culture Visit Brac's oldest town, dotted with Roman ruins Sample olive oil and dessert wine made by our friend Luca Ferry to Split, home to Diocletian's Palace.
- Explore the reborn Dalmatian Coast, gaining insight into Croatia's history and culture
- Island-hop and swim in the sun-drenched Adriatic
- Dubrovnik, an architectural masterpiece with an impressive fortified wall
- Hike amid olive groves, undulating fields and jagged cliffs with sapphire sea views
- Indulge in the freshest seafood and local cuisine
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik (1 night): Located just outside the old town gates with plentiful amenities and a history of entertaining dignitaries and celebrities. (pool)
Hotel Indijan (1 night): In the center of town, a family-run beachside inn surrounded by mountains. (pool, spa)
Hotel Adriana (2 nights): This stylish property offers a great view of the old town and yacht harbor, and "a blissful rooftop terrace," according to the Hideaway Report. (pool, spa)
Deskovic Palace (1 night): A Renaissance family palace on the waterfront and a registered cultural monument dating from 1497.
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
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|Guided Walk of Korcula Town (1 Hour)|
|Boat to Hvar Island (2.5 Hours)|
|Boat to Brac Island (2 Hours)|
|Boat to Split (1.5 Hours)|
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/18-23 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/1-6 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/8-13 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/15-20 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/22-27 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/29-7/4 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/17-22 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/24-29 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/14-19 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/21-26 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/28-10/3 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/5-10 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $960 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
Croatia was one of my favorite trips ever and I've traveled lots. The combination of the country's beauty, the variety of our days walking, visiting interesting places, home-styled lunches, cruising on our own sailboat and absolutely astoundingly gifted leaders made the trip a remarkable one!- Wellesley, MA
This was my fifth Backroads trip - and it was by far the best one yet. First and foremost because of the scenery and region itself. But a very close second because of the hard work that went into developing the itinerary, which was beyond perfect. Every hike was unique and memorable. Every set of logistics was handled so seamlessly that the trip had fluidity to it that made it impossible not to be fully relaxed and engaged in every activity. This was the first trip that I can honestly say I enjoyed EVERY day because each day was such a well-constructed balance of physical activity, culture and downtime... This was a memorably fabulous vacation. So thank you!- New York, NY
Backroads did an excellent job on delivering on the "Backroads" experience, particularly with the hiking routes, which were truly stunning and interesting. I felt like I got to see places, meet people, and do things that I would not have been able to do on my own with a guidebook. Our trip leaders were extremely enthusiastic, accommodating and entertaining.- New York, NY
This trip was magical. Backroads continues to exceed my expectations. I understand how challenging it is to logistically satisfy a group of 18 people, and our leaders accomplished this seamlessly with smiles on their faces.- Shrewsbury, NJ
The experiences on this trip - from fresh oysters and mussels the first day to fresh fish thrown out of the water and onto the grill the last day - lunches on the boat - fantastic times traveling on the boat - were absolutely fantastic and absolutely could not have been duplicated traveling alone. Trip was a 10++ in every way!!- New York, NY
The combination of hiking and cruising that Backroads offers is the best way to explore the rugged coastline of Croatia. The cultural experiences and the superb staff made this trip extraordinary!- West Port, CT
This was a wonderful trip!! The hiking trails offered challenges and spectacular views. This trip offered us an outstanding vacation in a part of the world that we may not have visited on our own. Each day offered a fresh look into the area through hiking and the trips on the boat. Our guides provided insight, knowledge and guidance which were invaluable.- Dallas, TX
We totally enjoyed every minute of our trip from the leaders to the other guests. How else could one visit the beautiful Dalmatian Coast and get a flavor for the people and the area than with such an organized company. Thank you for providing us with a beautiful week in Croatia.- Bozeman, MT