Self-Guided Walking in Southern Dalmatia

(Dubrovnik and Adriatic Islands)

About Self-Guided Walking in Southern Dalmatia

Summary

Rediscover Dubrovnik and its surrounding region; its beautiful coastal area, the islands and countryside through numerous walking paths. 

Activity code: CR-TR03

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. [Participants should be in good physical condition with some relevant hiking experience.]

Duration: 8 days

The intention of this tour is to show you the natural beauty of the old villages in the Konavle Valley countryside, the Elaphiti islands and Mljet island which is a national park.

Exploring the Croatian coast and islands on foot offers a unique opportunity to experience the stunning landscapes, the ancient towns and cultural heritage that makes Dubrovnik and southern Dalmatia one of the must-see destinations in the world.  The Croatian Adriatic coast and islands will show you the country in a way that brings a smile and joy for simple things like unspoiled nature, crystal blue sea, sunny days, friendly locals and much more from the local way of life and its rich history.

Although a small country, Croatia has rich variety of beautiful landscapes and preserved natural areas from mountains to plains, from rivers to sea with a long and rich history. Croatia is alive with well-preserved old towns, castles, palaces, monuments and native architecture. Together with the traditional folklore, art and music, Croatia is a unique and exotic place to discover.

OUTLINE ITINERARY:

  • Day 1: Arrival to destination
  • Day 2: Hiking Konavle Valley
  • Day 3: Tour and free time in Dubrovnik 
  • Day 4: Walking on Sipan Island
  • Days 5 & 6  Walking on Mljet Island, in national park
  • Day 7: Free day in Dubrovnik, walk to Srd Hill, trip to Lokrum island (Botantical Garden)
  • Day 8: Departure

Activities: Hiking, walking and sightseeing are included in the program as everyday activities and are suitable for people of all ages who live an active life. Croatia has pleasant temperatures in Spring and Autumn and our routes do not use and dangerous paths or those which are too physically demanding. Although, please make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.

Departure dates 2017 & 2018

  • Any reasonable date between April 1st and October 31st

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in private apartments and small guest houses
  • 2 meals per day (just dinner on Day 1 & just breakfast on Day 8)
  • 5 days walking options
  • half day guided tour of Dubrovnik
  • Local taxes
  • Round trip transfers from/to Dubrovnik Airport
  • Ground transportation
  • Materials, maps and directions for self-guided walking tours (route notes), time table of buses, boats and other useful information: e.g. shops, markets, restaurants…
  • Services for orientation by our local representative for each destination
  • Transfers between locations
  • Ferry / catamaran tickets

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival into Dubrovnik

    Konavle is the most southern part of the region of Dubrovnik. It is well known for its natural beauty and contrasting scenery, starting with its green hills up into the Konavle Valley, through numerous
    charming villages and vineyards all the way to its exceptional cliffs, stretching above the sea.

    • Transfer to the area of Konavle, village of Gruda.
    • Overnight stay in Gruda, Konavle.

  • Day 2 - Konavle Valley walking.

    Self-guided walking tour of charming paths and villages of the area of Konavle. Starting out from your accommodation in Konavle countryside, the first day you start with a walking path that goes along the village, across the valley, through forest and vineyards to area of river Ljuta with old water mills.

    • Route - up to 12 km.
    • Overnight stay in Gruda, Konavle.

  • Day 3: Dubrovnik.

    After breakfast check out from your guesthouse in Gruda and transfer to Dubrovnik. During the morning you will have guided walking tour and historical tour of the Old City of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is a beautiful, historic city of lovely red-roofed buildings all surrounded by inpenetrable walls. This gem is a part of UNESCO World Heritage site. As George Bernard Shaw once said, "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik." The tour includes an orientation city tour with a guide, up to 2 hours.

    • Optional half day trip to Lokrum Island to visit the Botanical garden.
    • Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

  • Day 4: Island of Sipan.

    Self guided walking trip of the island of Šipan. We set out from the main port of Dubrovnik by local boat to Sipan, largest of the famous Elafiti islands which has two little settlements - Luka Sipanska and Sudjuradj, both of which are ancient and have great character. Sipan is an island with a rich cultural heritage and is characterised by a rich Mediterranean vegetation of vineyards, olive trees and pine forests - perfect for walking.

    Starting point of Sudjuradj and path heads inland through the island all the way up to the other settlement Luka Šipanska. There are many possibilities to walk and to explore this island, there are just a few cars on the island, because Sipan is an island of the fishermen. In history Sipan was a residential place of Dubrovnik patricians, so if you follow the road from port Sudjuradj along the vineyards and olive trees to (western part of the island) port of the Luka you will find many interesting sights: old churches, summer residential palaces, beautiful pine forest, hidden bays… upon arrival in port of Luka you can have lunch in one of the excellent small taverns.

    • Late afternoon return to the port of Sudjradj where the boat departs to Dubrovnik.
    • Route - up to 12 km.
    • Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

  • Day 5: Mljet Island.

    Mljet, often called "the green island” because of its lush vegetation is a pearl in the Adriatic and
    one of the 8 Croatian National Parks. As with Sipan there is beautiful Mediterranean vegetation, clear blue sea, numerous bays, beaches and cliffs... but also two lovely salt lakes - warm even early in the year. Our day starts with transfer to the port of Dubrovnik, from where we will take a boat to Polace on Mljet. Our walking begins on arrival at the village of Polace behind the ancient remains of a Roman palace dating from the 2nd century and continues through the National Park and around the salt lakes.

    • The walk averages around 3-4 hours and there is the chance to swim and enjoy lunch in a local tavern before your return to Polace.
    • Route - up to 8 km.
    • Overnight stay in Polače, Mljet.

  • Day 6: Mljet Island.

    Self guided walking tour in an area of the national park, we suggest walking to the highest peak in the national park area, hill Montokuc; on your way from Montokuc you head down through pine forests to salt lakes.

    • Route - up to 12 km.
    • Overnight stay in Polace, Mljet

  • Day 7: Dubrovnik.

    Transfer to Dubrovnik where you have a free day.

    • Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

  • Day 8: Departure.

    Transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

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