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. 13402RSBLOG
14 days
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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.
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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 Traveller's History of Croatia
by Benjamin Curtis
Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet Publications
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
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.
The Balkans, A Short History
by Mark Mazower
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
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.
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.

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