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Dalmatian Coast Walking & Hiking Tour

Dubrovnik, the Croatian Islands & Split

  • Explore the reborn Dalmatian Coast, gaining insight into Croatia's history and culture
  • Island-hop and swim in the sun-drenched Adriatic
  • Discover 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

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Discover 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 Pelješac Peninsula, passing hamlets and vineyards Stroll in Korčula 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 Walk 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 Boat to quiet Brač Island, known since ancient times for its milky-white marble  Hike through sheep pastures and cypress forests  Visit to the Blaca Hermitage, a 16th-century monastery and World Heritage site Fuel up with lamb, fresh salad and dried figs served by a local shepherd  Our path leads to Vidova Gora, the highest peak in the Adriatic Islands  Gaze out on the Golden Cape, jutting dramatically into the sea.

Day 6 Explore Diocletian's Palace, a massive marble and granite complex built by Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century  Today this stunning World Heritage site is Split's living heart and the perfect place for a guided morning walk.

This was our second Backroads trip and we loved every minute. We had no real knowledge or familiarity with the Dalmation Coast and the islands, and the trip was a fantastic way to experience this beautiful region. It's incredible how well the days are planned - not a minute wasted, yet we never felt over scheduled. The heat made some of the hiking a bit more challenging than I had anticipated, but I'm proud that I met the challenge and I wouldn't have missed any of those beautiful views for anything. Each of the islands we visited were so beautiful and special - we kept commenting that we couldn't think of a single place in the US that reminded us of these unique destinations. A truly memorable experience.
Judy - Cambridge, MA

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.
$4,398 - $4,698
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,050 for sgl. occ.)

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Dubrovnik, Croatia/Split, Croatia

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All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Casual & Premiere Inns*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

* Premiere Inn
Dubrovnik (1 night)

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

Lesci Dimitri Palace

Lešić Dimitri Palace

* Premiere Inn
Korčula  (1 night)

This hotel in the heart of old town elegantly celebrates the marriage between old and new.  A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)

Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana

Hvar Town (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)

Hotel Cornaro

Hotel Cornaro

Split (1 night)

A contemporary hotel nestled in the historic city center just a stone's throw from Diocletian's Palace. (spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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A wonderful experience

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from Cambridge, MA

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Comments about Dalmatian Coast Walking & Hiking Tour:

This was our second Backroads trip and we loved every minute. We had no real knowledge or familiarity with the Dalmation Coast and the islands, and the trip was a fantastic way to experience this beautiful region. It's incredible how well the days are planned - not a minute wasted, yet we never felt over scheduled. The heat made some of the hiking a bit more challenging than I had anticipated, but I'm proud that I met the challenge and I wouldn't have missed any of those beautiful views for anything. Each of the islands we visited were so beautiful and special - we kept commenting that we couldn't think of a single place in the US that reminded us of these unique destinations. A truly memorable experience.

 
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Wonderful Family Time in Croatia with Backroads

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from Saint Simons Island, GA

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Our family could not have imagined a better experience than our trip to Croatia with you. Everything exceeded our expectations and our leaders could not have been more fun, informative and professional. Thanks for taking such great care of us!! We'll remember all the beauty and hospitality for a very long time.

 
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What a great vacation!

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from Danville, CA

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We had a wonderful experience. All in all we will cherish our memories of the people we met, the trails we hiked and the new land we were able to explore. The highlight of the trip was swimming off the boat in the adriatic! Such a wonderful experience!

 
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Magical trip

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from New York, NY

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The entire trip was magical. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to hike and eat the Mediterranean cuisine of seafood and vegetables of Croatia. The wines were also quite good. The options for hiking were great for people who didn't have the stamina or desire to do the serious uphill hikes. Finally, the selections for meals were spectacular. The hosts at the various luncheon spots were so gracious and the food was healthy and delicious. Also, EVERY place that we stopped, the bathrooms were clean and modern--a really important feature for everyone. There was absolutely nothing to complain about. In fact, we raved about each day.

 
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Wonderful experience!

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from San Antonio, TX

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This Backroad tour met and exceeded our expectations. Croatia is a lovely country with so much history and the coastline and sea are amazing. Walking the walls of Dubrovnik is an experience not to be missed. The highlight of the trip for me was when we hiked over a hill and saw the boat we were to take floating in the clear water in a virtually uninhabited cove. It was like a fantasy come true. The Backroads leaders were young, enthusiatc, Ours was a congenial group of varied ages, genders and backgrounds and included a couple who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the trip-what a privilege to share that with them! Overall, it was an outstanding tour and I'd highly recommend it.

 
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Whenever I am asked to name/describe my favorite trip I ever went on...this is the one I always mention as my number one.

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4 700
2 5 900
3 5 300 6 600
Guided Walk of Korcula Town (1 Hour)
Boat to Hvar Island (2.5 Hours)
4 4 700
5 3 1100
4 600
Boat to Brac Island (1.5 Hours)
Boat to Split (1.5 Hours)
6 Diocletian's Palace Guided Walk (2 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.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Dalmatian Coast

Time to Go Overboard

After a day of exploring on foot by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, at some point you naturally want to take a dip. And the best place to do it is back on board our private trabakul, the double-masted sailing coaster unique to this region, where the crew drops anchor so you can walk the plank – in a good way. Plunge into the sea for a refreshing swim, then relax on deck with a drink as the next island comes into view.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Dalmatian Coast trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

The Best Leaders in Dalmatian Coast

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Dalmatian Coast, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Dalmatian Coast you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Dalmatian Coast live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Dalmatian Coast that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

The Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ

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