Discover the wonders of the Dalmatian coast and delve deeper into the character and charm of each port, island and coastline by exploring them on foot. During your cruise you will experience amazing coastlines, towns and old villages. You will hike historic islands, including Hvar and Korcula, and explore Mljet National Park. You will climb some high peaks, relax on the beaches, eat delicious local food and try fine local wines. 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.
Day 1 Split – Stari Grad
Depart Split harbour at 1pm, enjoy lunch while cruising towards the island of Hvar. On arrival in Stari Grad, you will go for a light hike to warm up for the week. Stari Grad is one of Croatia’s oldest towns dating back to 385 BC. Overnight in the harbour of Stari Grad. Wine tasting possibility. Walking time: approx. 3 hours (L, D)
Day 2 Stari Grad - Hvar
After breakfast your adventure will start with a long and difficult hike across the island to the town of Hvar, where your ship will be waiting. On the way enjoy picturesque sights and pass lovely villages. After reaching Hvar 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 (B, L, D)
Day 3 Hvar - Peljesac / Mljet
Early this morning you leave the island of Hvar and navigate towards Pelješac peninsula, to a small village called Kučišta from where you will hike to the highest peak of the peninsula at an altitude of 961 metres. The spectacular views will be well worth the steep and difficult 4 hour climb. After descending continue your navigation further south, to the small village of Lumbarda on the island of Korčula, for a peaceful evening. Walking time: approx. 7 hours (B, L, D)
Day 4 Peljesac / Mljet - Korcula
Enjoy breakfast while the boat takes you to the lush green island of Mljet. Mljet National Park is a beautiful area of two connected salty lakes. This is an easy day of leisure after the difficult climb of the previous day. Take a swim, go for a walk or rent bikes and go for a ride. In the afternoon continue your navigation to the medieval town of Korčula which, along with Venice, proclaims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. Overnight in Korčula. Walking time: approx. 2 hours (B, L, D)
Day 5 Korcula - Vela Luka
Korčula is the island with the most abundant vegetation on the Adriatic. Your hike today takes you through vineyards and olive tree groves up to Pupnat, one of the oldest villages in Croatia at 370 metres high. After refreshments you head back down to Korčula where your ship awaits to take you to the other end of the island, to the town of Vela Luka where you stay overnight. Walking time: approx. 4 hours (B, L, D)
Day 6 Vela Luka - Bol
Early this morning start sailing to the island of Brač and the town of Bol, known for its famous Golden Horn beach. Your afternoon hike takes you to the tiny village of Murvica to visit the Dragon cave. It is a protected site and visit is only allowed with a local guide. The visit to the Cave excluding the hike takes about 2 hours before heading back to the ship. Overnight in Bol. Walking time: approx. 5 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 7 Bol - Split
This morning after early breakfast, start another steep and difficult hike of about 3,5 hrs to the highest point of the island, Vidova Gora, 780 metres high. Vidova Gora is the highest point of all Croatian islands and gives fantastic views of the mainland and the neighbouring islands. After climbing down to Bol, the ship will take you to Split, the monumental city under UNESCO protection. Overnight in Split. Walking time: approx. 6 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 8 Split
Farewell your fellow passengers as you disembark after breakfast. (B)
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Vessels are smaller and generally of an older-style with a wooden hull and air-conditioning in the common areas only. All cabins have private facilities and these cruises offer a great value option for those on a budget.