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

This tour will 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: [optional] tour and free time in Dubrovnik 
  • Day 4: Walking on Lopud Island
  • Days 5 & 6:  Walking on Mljet Island, in national park
  • Day 7: Free day in Dubrovnik to walk up Srd Hill or take a 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 2019 & 2020

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

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in private apartments and small guest houses
  • Breakfast on all days (except arrival day)
  • 5 days walking routes (plus ideas for Dubrovnik)
  • Local taxes
  • Round trip transfers from/to Dubrovnik Airport
  • Ground transportation
  • Materials, maps and directions for self-guided walking tours (route notes), time-tables 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 according to itinerary above

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.

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.

    Self-guided walking tour starts at your accommodation in Konavle countryside and continues by walking through the village, across the valley, through the forest and vineyards and visiting old water mills at Ljuta river area prior to returning to Gruda for a well-earned dinner.

    • Transport: Dubrovnik Airport to the area of Konavle and the village of Gruda.
    • Accommodation: Private guesthouse in Gruda, Konavle (2 nights on B&B).

  • Day 2 - Konavle Valley walking.

    Self-guided walking tour to Tusici, Radovcici & Popovici. Starting at your accommodation in the Konavle countryside walk uphill to Radovcici which is towards the sea and then back to Gruda and Tusici via the old railway.

    • Route: up to 12 km.
    • Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3: Dubrovnik.

    After breakfast check out from your guesthouse in Gruda and transfer to Dubrovnik. During the morning you can join an optional 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 of up to 2 hours.

    • Accommodation: stay in Dubrovnik at a private guesthouse - (stay 2 nights on B&B).
    • Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4: Walking on the Island of Lopud.

    This morning embark on a local ferry from Dubrovnik Gruz port to Lopud Island (duration approx. 45 mins.), returning during the afternoon.

    Lopud is famous for its Mediterranean vegetation, mild climate with plenty sunny days, old stone
    houses, churches and a number of noble palaces. This island is a perfect getaway from Dubrovnik for a day hike. You can explore several small hiking trails or take on the big one which makes the loop around the island. There are old forts, churches, a botanical garden and the magnificent views over the cliffs to discover.

    Lopud is one of the Elaphite islands, centrally located. The main town is also called Lopud. It’s settled in the picturesque bay with a Franciscan monastery. Hiking trail starts at Lopud port, continuing with discovering local streets and visiting magnificent view points, for example where fort Kastio and St. Ivan’s church are located. The next location is Sunj beach and the cliffs on the southern part of the island; the trail finishes in Lopud town, port area.

    • Late afternoon return to the port of Lopud where the boat departs to Dubrovnik.
    • Route: up to 12 km.
    • Meals: Breakfast

  • 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 eight Croatian National Parks. As with Lopud 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. The day starts with a transfer to the port of Dubrovnik, from where you will take a boat to Polace on Mljet. The 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 4 hours and there is the chance to swim and enjoy lunch in a local tavern before your return to Polace.
    • Route: up to 14 km.
    • Accommodation: stay in a private guesthouse Polače, Mljet (2 nights B&B)
    • Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6: Mljet Island.

    Self guided walking tour in another area of the national park; we suggest walking to the highest peak in the area, hill "Montokuc" near Govedjari. On your way back down from Montokuc you can head down through the pine forests to the salt lakes near Babine Kuce.

    • The walk averages around 3 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.
    • Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 7: Dubrovnik.

    Transfer to Dubrovnik where you have a free day.

    • Accommodation: stay in Dubrovnik at a private guesthouse - (1 night on B&B).

  • Day 8: Departure.

    Transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

Prices

Self-Guided Walking in Southern Dalmatia

Walking holiday package.

Children can take part in this activity. Discounts for children of 12 and under may be available on request.

Prices from £648

  • Single room supplement: £ 194 per person

All prices are per person

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