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Dalmatian Coast Odyssey - Dubrovnik to Split

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? Here it's both—the ideal blend of "enlightenment" and relaxation. When you come to the Dalmatian Coast, get set to enjoy two of the best vacations you've ever had. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,199 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)

Croatia

Start Dubrovnik / End Split

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Explore the newly reborn Dalmatian Coast, gaining insight into Croatia's captivating history and distinctive culture 
  • Island-hop and swim in the sun-drenched Adriatic, including the secluded swimming oasis of Stracincica Bay 
  • Discover Dubrovnik, an architectural masterpiece and World Heritage site with an impressive 82-foot-high fortified wall 
  • Hike amid olive groves, undulating vineyards, charming villages and dramatic cliffs with jaw-dropping sea views
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Get to know Dubrovnik, a fortified city with old-world architecture and rich traditions | A path along rolling hills seduces with stunning views—ocean on one side, mountains on the other | Join a local family in their tiny village for a home-cooked meal—even the bread and wine are homemade. 

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
| *Premiere Hotel

Located just outside the old town gates with plentiful amenities and a history of entertaining dignitaries and celebrities. (pool) 

Days 2-3

Hike along the Pelješac Peninsula, passing hamlets and vineyards | Hop on a boat to Korčula, an island dotted with olive groves and forests of pine, oak and cypress | Stroll in Korčula Town, one of Eastern Europe's best-preserved medieval centers | Meandering vineyard paths lead to the hidden villages of Žrnovo and Postrana | Ascend into the hills to discover the gorgeous green heart of Korčula | Savor regional delacacies and sip Croatian grappa as the sun sets.

Korcula De La Ville Hotel
Korčula De La Ville Hotel
Korčula​
| Casual Hotel

Built in 1912 in the medieval heart of town, this iconic seaside property was the island's first hotel. 

Day 4

​Trek to a remote swimming spot hidden in Stracincica Bay | Bird's-eye views of Vela Luka unfold as you hike past olive groves and stone terraces | Sunny Hvar, here we come! During our sail, you may be inspired to jump in | Care for some lively nightlife? Hit the town in chic and popular Hvar Town.

Hotel Adriana
Hotel Adriana
Hvar Town
| Casual Hotel

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)  

Days 5-6

On Hvar, walk along a coastal path amid jagged cliffs with sapphire sea vistas | Our friends welcome us into their home in the romantic fishing village of Milna | Savor garden-grown vegetables and fresh-caught fish | Sail to the bustling port city of Split | Explore Diocletian's Palace, a massive 4th-century complex and Split's living heart | Enjoy a final stroll through Marjan Hill park, a nature refuge beloved by locals | At the top, panoramic views of Split's historic city center and world-famous promenade await.

Hotel Park
Hotel Park
Split
| *Premiere Hotel

Relish views of the Adriatic from the stone terrace of this elegantly renovated hotel, dating back to 1921. (pool, spa) 

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.

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Activity Level: 1-3

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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 600 ft. gain
Other
Guided Walk of Korcula Town (1 hour)
Boat to Hvar Island (2.5 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Other
Boat to Split (1.5 hours)
Day 6
Other
Diocletian's Palace Guided Walk (1.5 hours)

Note: The Dalmatian Coast's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain (as well as summertime heat) can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. The terrain on this trip includes a mix of paved country lanes, coastal footpaths and stone steps, with some steep or exposed sections.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

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 Leaders

We 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.

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