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Seaside Hikes in Croatia

Discover the Dalmatian Coast’s seaside villages, medieval architecture, timeless traditions and national parks as you unlock the mystery of one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
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Program No. 13402RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
1,000
Croatia

Seaside Hikes in Croatia

Discover the Dalmatian Coast’s seaside villages, medieval architecture, timeless traditions and national parks as you unlock the mystery of one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
Length
14 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
1,000
Program No. 13402 RJ
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Apr 20 - May 3, 2022
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3,999
May 4 - May 17, 2022
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3,999
May 18 - May 31, 2022
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3,999
Jun 1 - Jun 14, 2022
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4,449
Sep 14 - Sep 27, 2022
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4,449
Sep 21 - Oct 4, 2022
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Oct 5 - Oct 18, 2022
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3,999
DATES & starting prices
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Apr 20 - May 3, 2022
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4,559
May 4 - May 17, 2022
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4,559
May 18 - May 31, 2022
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4,559
Jun 1 - Jun 14, 2022
Starting at
5,099
Sep 14 - Sep 27, 2022
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5,099
Sep 21 - Oct 4, 2022
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5,099
Oct 5 - Oct 18, 2022
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4,559

At a Glance

Greek ruins and Adriatic views: the Dalmatian Coast glimmers with tranquility and the rich influences of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. Discover the history, architecture and natural environment as you walk through seaside towns and mountain trails, Diocletian’s fourth-century palace and the ancient streets of this once-embattled and ever-beautiful region. Meet local residents and learn about the original trails that unite the villages and people of the Dalmatian Coast.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 4-8 miles daily on paths and mountain trails; may be rocky and steep with ascents and descents. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required. Elevations up to 5,800 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Sample Dalmatian vintages during a lunch at a local home.
  • Learn about the former pirate stronghold of Omis as you boat on the crystal-clear water of the Cetina River.
  • Study flora and fauna as you hike along the waterfalls and lakeshores of Krka National Park.

General Notes

Select dates are Micro Group departures, with 12 or fewer participants.
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Daniel Jovic
A native of Croatia, Daniel studied mechanical engineering in college and has since spent his time involved educating visitors in Croatia. He is a licensed instructor and travel agent, helps run the family’s bus company and has specialized in labor protection. In his spare time he enjoys a variety of sports, traveling and motorcycles. He is fluent in English, Italian and his native language Croatian.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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A native of Croatia, Daniel studied mechanical engineering in college and has since spent his time involved educating visitors in Croatia. He is a licensed instructor and travel agent, helps run the family’s bus company and has specialized in labor protection. In his spare time he enjoys a variety of sports, traveling and motorcycles. He is fluent in English, Italian and his native language Croatian.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Croatia Coast Map
by Freytag & Berndt
A nicely shaded map covering the Dalmatian Coast from Porec to Dubrovnik at a scale of 1:200,000, perfect for the complex coastline.
The Hired Man
by Aminatta Forna
When Duro Kolak encounters a strange car in his small Croatian village of Gost, he offers its British occupants assistance in setting up a summer cottage. But tensions soon develop between the village residents and the foreigners, as painful memories from the Croatian War of Independence are revived.
The Bridge on the Drina
by Ivo Andric, Lovette F. Edwards (Translator)
These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration.
Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet Publications
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans
by Dennis Hupchick
The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically.
The Balkans in World History
by Andrew Wachtel
A professor at Northwestern University, Wachtel focuses on the traditions and contributions of overlapping cultures in this lively short history.
Montenegro, A Novel
by Starling Lawrence
Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turkish and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of reluctant British spy Harwell Auberon from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essences of the people and the land.
Eyewitness Guide Croatia
by Eyewitness Guides
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.
A Traveller's History of Croatia
by Benjamin Curtis
Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe.
Croatia, A History
by Ivo Goldstein, Nikolina Jovanovic (Translator)
A concise, balanced history of Croatia, from medieval times to the present, by a professor at the University of Zagreb.
Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History
by Robert D. Kaplan
Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait.
The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011
by Misha Glenny
Longtime central European correspondent for the BBC based in Vienna, Glenny (The Fall of Yugoslavia) poignantly challenges the role of the Great Powers in this survey, newly revised and updated to cover developments in the region through 2011.
Croatia, A Nation Forged in War
by Marcus Tanner
A modern history of Croatia, from its medieval origins to Nazi occupation to the present day, written by the British correspondent who reported from the region during the events of 1993.
Zagreb, A Cultural History
by Celia Hawkesworth
An illuminating account of the tumultuous but vibrant history of Croatia's capital, with a strong focus on the art and architecture of the city.
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
by Slavenka Drakulic
These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under communism. Drakulic is an award-winning Croatian journalist and novelist.
The Balkans, A Short History
by Mark Mazower
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
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14 days
13 nights
35 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Trogir
D
Hotel Villa Fontana

Activity note: Hotel check in is at 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Upon arrival take a private coach transfer (approx. 15 minutes) to the hotel for check in. During the welcome orientation, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel. Water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Ciovo Island, Žedno village, Trogir
Trogir
B,L,D
Hotel Villa Fontana

Activity note: Up to 6 miles of walking for 3 hours on dirt and stone trails and pavement with little shade.

Breakfast: At the hotel. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Žedno village (704 feet), the starting point of today's walk along the Ciovo island. Enjoy splendid views of the Adriatic Sea, along with a field lecture about the history of Ciovo Island. Take an excursion to the Gospa od Prizidnice chapel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Trogir. Unless otherwise noted included lunches on this program are typically a set menu.

Afternoon: A field trip through the old town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Hear a field lecture entitled "Trogir: A Treasure of Art."

Dinner: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture with Kristie Evenson: "Croatia in Transition from 1992 (recent war) until now."

DAY
4
Krka National Park, Skradinski Buk Waterfall, Roski Slap
Trogir
B,L,D
Hotel Villa Fontana

Activity note: Up to 3 miles of walking for 1.5 hours on boardwalk and dirt with shade.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by private coach to the entrance of the Krka National Park and begin a circular walk in the area with one of the largest waterfalls in Europe, Skradinski Buk, before continuing by boat upstream to Roski Slap (48 feet). Pass the island of Visovac, where a Monastery built in the 14th century is located. This eco-ethno village has returned to its ancestral way of life, without the rings and noise of cell phones and other electronic devices. This morning's field lecture will cover the Krka National Park.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel by private coach. For the remainder of the afternoon, enjoy some time for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Diocletian's Palace, Mestrovic Gallery, Transfer to Makarska
Makarska
B,L,D
Hotel Biokovo

Activity note: Up to 2 miles of walking on paved surface in the city.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Private coach to Split for a walking field trip through the old town and an excursion to the Palace of Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This morning's field lecture is entitled "Split Past & Present."

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Split.

Afternoon: This afternoon visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see works by Ivan Mestrovic - the greatest 20th century Croatian sculptor. The gallery is situated in the villa where he used to live that overlooks the blue Adriatic Sea. Continue the coach transfer to Makarska. Once you check in, you can explore the little town on your own or join your program staff for a stroll along the nearby beaches.

Dinner: Buffet meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
"The Country Behind the Mountains," Lokvicici, Wine Tasting
Makarska
B,L,D
Hotel Biokovo

Activity note: Up to 6 miles of walking for 3 hours on dirt trails through vineyards with little shade.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Transfer by minibuses to the old village of Lokvicici (1968 feet). Excursion to the nearby cemetery with its large family tombs covered with many flowers. Walk through the vineyards to the Grabovac winery for a wine tasting and a special lunch hosted at a local's home.

Lunch: Hosted at a local's home in Lokvicici.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel by minibuses with a brief stop at Imotski Blue and Red lakes.

Dinner: Buffet meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Kostanje, Cetina Canyon
Makarska
B,L,D
Hotel Biokovo

Activity note: Up to 7 miles of walking 3.5 hours on river banks, small rock trails, vegetation, and pavement.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by private coach to the bone-gray karst carved by the Cetina River over millions of years, to Kostanje (717 feet). The field trip walk begins on a slightly uphill trail and then on a downhill trail leading to the Cetina gorge. Hear a field lecture on the Cetina Canyon.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue by boat on the crystal clear water through the Cetina Canyon to the former impregnable pirate stronghold of Omiš (108 feet). Remnants of the old city walls still remain. Optional walk offered in the afternoon along the coast (one hour).

Dinner: Buffet meal at the hotel.

Evening: If the weather permits, take in an evening lecture by the Makarska Astronomy Club on "Astronomy with a Telescope."

DAY
8
Sveti Jure and the Biokovo Mountain Range
Makarska
B,L,D
Hotel Biokovo

Activity note: Up to 4 miles of walking for 2.5 hours on rocky mountain trails with little shade.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Unforgettable coach ride along the winding road to the top of Sveti Jure (Saint George, 5800 feet). Revel in breathtaking views on the roof of the Biokovo Mountain range. On a clear day one can see as far as Bosnia-Herzegovina. Walk begins below the summit on a switch back trail up to Mt. Vosac (4665 feet) and ending with spectacular views of the Makarska Riviera. Today's field lecture is on the Biokovo Nature Park.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At the end of the trail the private coach awaits for the transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Olive Oil Tasting, Ancient Roman City Narona
Mljet National Park
B,L,D
Hotel Odisej Mljet

Activity note: Up to 1 mile of walking.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to an olive oil factory south of Makarska where we can try six different types of oil. After olive tasting we head towards the river delta Neretva where we will enjoy a boat ride through river canals. Arrive at the museum of the ancient Roman city, Narona.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, start towards Prapratno on the Pelješac peninsula before taking the ferry to Mljet.

Dinner: Buffet meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Mljet National Park
Mljet National Park
B,L,D
Hotel Odisej Mljet

Activity note: Up to 4.5 miles of walking for 2.5 - 3 hours around the big lake.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Mljet is a highly forested paradise that is the origin of many stories, legends, and myths. Homer's Odyssey, the story of the Apostle Paul, as well as story of the Benedictine monks and the Mediterranean Seal all take place here, on this island only 15 miles off the coast of Dubrovnik. Mljet National Park features two salt water lakes. In the middle of the Great Lake, an ancient Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th century sits on a small isle, St. Mary. Beautiful, rich forests surround the lakes and fill the park. The small wood roads and discrete pathways are ideal for hiking and bicycle rides. The woods gently descend all the way to the surface of the crystal clear lakes providing hikers with refreshing shade and enhancing the tranquil feeling which Mljet radiates. Enjoy a walk around the lakes before lunch.

Lunch: At a local tavern.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most or relax at the hotel.

Dinner: Buffet meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Ston, Transfer to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
B,L,D
Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Activity note: Up to 2 miles of walking for 1 hour on pavement with little shade.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Take a ferry back to the mainland. The private coach travels along the spectacular Dalmatian coastline to Dubrovnik via the walled village of Ston (0 feet) for a walking excursion. Today's field lectures are called "Dalmatian Coastline" and "Importance of Ston, Then and Now."

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue on to Dubrovnik.

Dinner: Buffet meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Coastal Walk to Cilipi, Folklore Parade
Dubrovnik
B,L,D
Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Activity note: Up to 6 miles of walking for 3 hours on rock and dirt trails with little shade.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, transfer by minibuses to Cavtat. Walk along the coast, taking pleasure in the endless view of the open sea from one side and the Konavle mountain from the other. Take in a field lecture called "Konavle - Southernmost Region of Croatia." Continue the walk, passing picturesque villages before reaching Cilipi (502 feet). While in Cilipi, experience a Folklore Parade. Transfer by minibuses to the modest mountain village of Velji (1486 feet).

Lunch: At a mountain inn.

Afternoon: Transfer by minibuses back to the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Dubrovnik - The Pearl of the Adriatic Sea
Dubrovnik
B,L,D
Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Activity note: Up to 2 miles of walking for 2 hours on pavement in the city.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: After breakfast depart the hotel for a field trip through the old town of Dubrovnik, the walled and surprisingly compact old town surrounded by city walls that stretch for 2 kilometers (1.5 miles). It's impossible not to be struck by their remarkable size and state of preservation. Hear a lecture on Dubrovnik called "Pearl of the Adriatic."

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Dubrovnik. Your program staff will give you additional ideas of what to see and do.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Private coach transfer to the Dubrovnik airport. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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