The landscape of Split, Dubrovnik and the Islands of South Dalmatia is the subject of myth and legend - it was where the Mljet National Park is today that the siren Calypso is fabled to have kept the Greek hero Odysseus captive for seven years. Today, the mark of centuries of civilisations can still be felt in the beautifully preserved villages and towns of the Adriatic, where this route brings you closer to the history, nature and culture of this truly stunning region. Ancient Roman remains rub shoulders with scenic nature trails, and historic towns, such as the cobbled streets of Korčula, taper off into verdant countryside trails. From visiting Diocletian’s Palace in the city of Split to strolling through the serene settings of Mljet National Park, this walking holiday offers a perfect blend of culture, history and breath-takingly beautiful nature walks.
Your journey includes walks on the islands of the Adriatic as well as a tour of the old town of Dubrovnik, led by an expert local guide. Here, a short boat transfer will take you to the start of your walk from the harbour where you’ll find a wild, yet beautifully preserved environment for walking as you follow a route that links relics of antiquity with charming, traditional villages and stunning natural scenery. This holiday features a walk through the Mljet National Park, the landscape of which is criss-crossed with walking trails, where your route takes you around some of the island’s saltwater lakes. Your route also includes rural walks on Šipan, the largest of the Elafiti Islands. There’s also a day spent exploring the island of Korčula, where you walk from the village of Pupnat, through the countryside to the medieval streets of Korčula town.
Walkers can expect characterful properties, often owned and run by locals, featuring typical cuisine and produce of the area. Even in the smaller towns and cities of Croatia, hotels and B&Bs provide a good standard of modern facilities as well as a warm welcome and friendly service – good hospitality is very much part of the local culture. Island stays are typically more low-key and quieter than the towns and cities, but with the additional benefit of easy access to some of the region’s most spectacular beaches. The sea is never too far out of reach on foot, and a few hours spent unwinding beside the pristine waters of the Adriatic is a great way to top-off a day spent exploring the area.
Our Island Hopping Adventure: Split To Dubrovnik Itineraries
Take your arranged transfer from Split airport to your accommodation in Split upon arrival. Depending on your time of arrival in the afternoon and evening, there should be time to explore Diocletian palace, as well as Split itself.
After breakfast, set out on a short walk to Split Harbour for the catamaran that takes you to the town of Hvar. From here, we have arranged a short transfer to Velo Grablje, where your route back to Hvar lies ahead. Observe the traditional architecture at the villages of Velo Grablje and Malo Grablje, where your trail then descends through olive groves to reach Malo Grablje, known for being the first and one of the largest lavender producers in the area. Continuing further down the trail, pass through Milna village where your route meanders along pine trees and wild Mediterranean gardens before joining the Adriatic coast all the way back to the town of Hvar.
Walking from Velo Grablje to town of Hvar, approx. 12 km +130/-460 meters of elevation gain.
Board the catamaran to the Korčula town, on the island of Korčula. Here, a short transfer takes you to the village of Pupnat, walking back towards Korčula. Korčula is known as the home town of Marco Polo, and all around you in the medieval squares, churches and narrow streets the presence of hundreds of years of history and culture can be felt.
Korčula was transformed from a humble settlement into a city in the 15th century due to its stone carving, where locals trained with the master stonemasons of Dubrovnik. Growing more prosperous, they expanded on the city of Korčula. A perfect place to spend the afternoon and evening exploring in the city’s legacy.
Walking from village of Pupnat to town of Korčula, approx. 12 km, +100/-410 meters of elevation gain.
Take the catamaran in the morning to Mljet national park. Your walk begins from Polače village, close to the ancient remains of a Roman palace dating from the 2nd century. The route continues through the National Park and around the park’s incredible salt lakes. The walk length averages out at around 3-4 hours, with a chance to take a swim and stop for lunch in a local tavern, or alternatively, extend your walk to the highest peak in national park area, Montokuc Hill.
Longer Walk from Polače around the lakes approx. 15km +260/-290 meters of elevation gain. Shorter walk from Polače over Montokuc Hill approx. 9km +350/-360 meters of elevation gain.
After breakfast, board the catamaran to Dubrovnik. From Dubrovnik harbour, we have organized a transfer to the centre of Dubrovnik, where you will be joined by a local expert who will impart some of the history and culture of Dubrovnik to you. Your local guide will take you on a tour (approximately 2 hours) through the winding streets of the Old Town, listed under UNESCO World heritage protection. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to further explore the rest of town before you make your way back to your accommodation.
Walking distance: walking tour in Dubrovnik old town with local guide (duration 2 hours).
We have arranged a transfer in the morning to the port of Dubrovnik, where a boat will take you to the island of Šipan, the largest of the Elafiti islands. Your boat will arrive at the town of Sudjuradj, where a footpath across the lush fields of Sipan leads you towards the small town of Šipanska Luka. During the XV century, many aristocratic Dubrovnik families built these summer manors on Sipan, and between them, the summer manor of the Sorkocevic family stands out in Šipanska Luka as one of the most distinctive. In Šipanska Luka you will have opportunity to taste some of the local cuisine and take advantage of the beautiful stretch of coastline nearby. Return in the late afternoon to the port of Sudjuradj where a boat will take you back to Dubrovnik.
7 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
Airport transfer (1 per booking) from Split Airport to Split accommodation
Airport transfer (1 per booking) from Dubrovnik accommodation to Dubrovnik Airport
All personal transfers where indicated in the itinerary
Ferry tickets for boat travel indicated in the itinerary
Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik
Destination Manual and Road Book (route notes) showing directions to your accommodation.
Price Does Not Include
Packed lunches– packed lunch provisions are available locally
Entrance to Mljet National Park – 12€ per person to be paid locally
Arrival and departure from Croatia
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Island Hopping Adventure: Split To Dubrovnik holidays are available to walk April to October.
Please note that there is a music festival in Split on July 10th to 12th inclusive, 2020. We regret that we are unable to arrange a holiday to start on these dates due to a lack of rooms being available in Split at this popular time.
As part of your holiday arrangements, one transfer per booking from Split airport to Split accommodation and from Dubrovnik accommodation to Dubrovnik airport on departure is included.
You are responsible for any alternative arrival plans or alternative onward travel plans.
We can organise additional nights/rest days, as well as transport options. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you with your specific requirements. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.
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