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Treasures of the Dalmation Coast Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Dalmatian islands of Brac and Hvar.
  • Strolling through the wonderful village of Vrboska, nicknamed “little Venice”.
  • Taking many opportunities for refreshing swims in turquoise blue seas.
  • Visiting “Dragon’s Cave” a dwelling of Glagolitic priests from the 16th century.
  • Enjoying coastal walks through olive groves, vineyards and ancient villages.

Discover the beautiful city of Split and ferry hop from the Dalmatian Coast to the islands of Brac and Hvar.

Walk along trails that take you through ancient and sleepy villages and walk along beautiful beaches with vibrant turquoise blue seas, the most famous being Golden Horn on Brac island. There are also many opportunities to view ancient sites and excavations en route.

Stroll through the Plavac Mali vineyards and perhaps indulge in a glass or two of this rich and flavourful red. Explore the Stari Grad Plain and stroll through trendy Hvar Town, eventually sitting in a plaza to enjoy a well-deserved plate of roasted lamb garnished with Mediterranean herbs or delicious Dalmatian fish soup.

Day 1: Arrive in Split

Welcome to Split, a waterfront town that has a wonderful promenade “The Riva”. During your explorations why not visit the 1700-year-old Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Varos, the ancient fisherman’s quarter and perhaps stroll around the beautiful bays close by.


Meet your local representative for a briefing and who will give you your maps, route notes and ferry tickets.


Overnight: Split


Day 2: Loop walk from Split through Marjan

Start your walk along the coast, passing through beautiful bays and beaches. If you like you can explore the Mestrovic Gallery before following a trail which leads you to Marjan Park Forest, a famous recreational place for the citizens of Split. Discover many charming churches and trails with amazing views over Split, the sea and the nearby islands.


Later in the evening continue your walk through Split and try one of the numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean seafood!


Walk: 9 or 15 km, 3-5hrs, 180 m elevation gain.


Overnight: Split


Day 3: Ferry to Brac. The Island of Brac: West Side Loop

Enjoy a ferry ride to Brac, the biggest and the highest island in central Dalmatia, located close to Split. It is known for its white marble used to build many important sites such as the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington DC.


Today you can choose a loop walk to the west side of the island or very easy coastal walk. The first takes you through olive groves and between stone walls built centuries ago. En route discover Sutivan, a charming sleepy village on the north shore of Brac, before returning to Supetar, where you will overnight.


The easy option takes you along the eastern coastline to Splitska, where you can find many beautiful beaches. A quick dip in the Adriatic is recommended!


Overnight: Brac Island


Walk: 11 or 16 km, 90 or 150 m elevation gain, 3-5 hours.


Day 4: Island of Brac: East Side Loop

This morning start in Lovrecina, a sandy bay and the site of important 5th century archaeological excavations. From Lovrecina follow a pine-shaded northern coastal path to Postira and Splitska, two relaxed fisherman villages located on the northern shores of Brac. An optional loop will take you to Dol, a small village featuring caves in the middle of the mountain - highly recommended!


The afternoon is at your disposal to either swim at one of many beaches surrounding Supetar, or discover historical sites and local culture.


Walk: 14 km, 150 m elevation  gain, 3-4 hours 


Overnight: Brac Island


Day 5: Visit Murvica and the Dragon’s Cave (4hrs) and walk to Bol. Catamaran to Hvar

Today you start with a transfer to Murvica, an eco-village surrounded by stunning beaches with a turquoise sea and the Plavac Mali vineyards. There you will meet a local guide who will take you to the Dragon’s cave, a temple and dwelling of Glagolitic priests. After the visit (approx 4hrs), enjoy an easy coastal walk to Bol with the chance to explore the famous Golden Horn Beach.


Leave some time this afternoon to enjoy beautiful Golden Cape beach before your boat transfer to the island of Hvar.


Walk: 11 km, 110 m elevation gain, 3 hours


Overnight: Jelsa


Day 6: Jelsa Loop

Today you can choose between two beautiful trails, or do both of them!


The coastal and easier walk takes you along a pretty coastal road to a fisherman’s village and port called Vrboska. Little stone houses, romantic bridges and narrow alleys are reasons why Vrboska has earned the name “little Venice”. Then continue your walk along a small peninsula, a fantastic location for a midday swim before returning to Jelsa.


From Vrboska you can also walk to Stari Grad Plain, a World UNESCO Heritage Site. This amazing place represents a comprehensive system of land use and agricultural colonization by the Greeks and was built in the 4th century BC.


You may decide to walk the Jelsa loop instead. Follow a narrow trail starting above Jelsa and continue to the charming inland village of Pitve before returning to Jelsa.


Overnight: Jelsa


Day 7: Southern Hvar and Hvar Town

Today leave the sleepy and tranquil town Jelsa and depart for the trendy Venetian Hvar Town. The mostly flat walk planned for today is along the south side of the island where you will discover charming and hidden beaches along the coastline. If you want to extend your walk, we suggest beginning in Grablje; an abandoned village once famous for lavender oil production and where you can still see the lavender fields and a traditional lifestyle. 


In the afternoon discover Hvar Town and treat yourself with a well-deserved aperitif or glass of local wine in one of the numerous bars along the Venetian-influenced piazza.


Walk: 5-7 km, 1-2 Hours


Overnight: Hvar Town


Day 8: Onward Travel

Today your tour ends in Hvar Town, after breakfast. Take a ferry back to Split for your return journey (payable locally).  If you do not need to rush back to Split, you might want to check out Fortica Španjola–a 16th-century fortress located on the hill above the town.

Accommodation

Your 8 day Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast self-guided walking tour includes 7 nights in very characterful guest houses, B&B’s and a resort. In Jelsa you will stay overnight in small apartments which are basic but comfortable and where breakfast is taken in one of the local restaurants.


During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome for an additional charge.


Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. The information that you receive upon arrival will give you suggestions regarding where to eat lunch and dinner each day. On some days you will need to buy picnic supplies to take on the walk with you, but again all of this information about where you can buy these supplies will be listed for you.



 

 

 




Vila Baguc - Split

Nestled in the old quarter of Veli Varos, this villa is perfectly located just a stone’s throw away from the famed Diocletian Palace. The rooms are a stylish blend of traditional and modern and all have air-conditioning and free WiFi.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Velaris Resort - Brac Island

Velaris Resort is situated in a peaceful bay and it is a perfect place to unwind, have and truly relax. Discover its beautiful gardens, swim in the lovely pool and enjoy a treatment in the wellness centre. The spacious rooms are beautifully decorated.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Pension Marin - Jelsa

You will be warmly welcomed to this simple, yet very comfortable pension. They offer excellent local dishes in their restaurant and it is located in the heart of Jelsa.


 

 

 


 

 

 




House Gordana - Hvar Town

>This locally-owned accommodation is a charming and very welcoming hidden gem. Breakfast is served on the open-air terrace and the quiet rooms have a simple, yet pretty décor. Located just a 5 minute walk from Hvar Town.


 

 

 

Time of Year

Spring in Croatia is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely.  July and August can be hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are busier with many seasonal festivals on which is great.


Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) any swimming pools at accommodations may be closed and restaurant offerings may be more limited during this time.


Grade & Terrain 

This tour is suitable for people that are in good physical condition and it is rated easy to moderate. Generally walking trails in Croatia tend to be quite rocky so you do have to be careful with your footing when negotiating the trails. This tour provides longer and shorter options almost every day.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps. The routes are sometimes way-marked but at times they are not, so you will have to keep focused on the route notes as you walk! 


Baggage Transfers

Door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip.  We ask you keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to and from Split

By Air: Split Airport is 25km outside the city. It is served from the UK by Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Norwegian and Croatia Airlines. Other airlines flying to Split include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and several more.


From Split Airport to Split Centre: Shuttle buses run frequently and cost about £4. A taxi takes 30 minutes and costs £30.


Included

  • 7 Nights in small hotels, guest houses and B&B’s
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • All the boat transfers (except for the one on Day 8 back to Split from Hvar)
  • Welcome meeting and orientation briefing
  • Route notes and maps, and detailed information pack
  • Organizational assistance and backup from our area manager in Croatia and our office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Dinner and Lunch
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if single room required
  • Solo traveller supplement

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is suitable for people that are in good physical condition and it is rated Easy to Moderate. Generally walking trails in Croatia tend to be quite rocky so you do have to be careful with your footing when negotiating the trails. This tour provides longer and shorter options almost every day.

When is the best time of year?

Spring in Croatia is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is beautiful so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are busier with many seasonal festivals on which is great.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised Croatia is extremely popular especially during July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.

Which is the best airport?

Split Airport is 25km outside the city. It is served from the UK by Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Norwegian and Croatia Airlines. Other airlines flying to Split include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and several more.

From Split Airport to Split Centre: Shuttle buses run frequently and cost about £4. A taxi takes 30 minutes and costs £30.

What about the navigation?

Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied.Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.

Are baggage transfers included?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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      Comments about macs adventure Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast:

      First time with Mac's Adventure and first time in Croatia - and would definitely go back to both! Croatia was absolutely lovely in early June, getting quite hot but not too bad and not too busy (would not go in July/August!). Trip was very well organised, trip notes and maps were great, taxis/ferries/luggage transfers all worked perfectly. Accommodation was good and usually with very friendly hosts (particularly Villa Baguc in Split and House Gordana in Hvar town). Local reps were extremely helpful. Walks were a good distance for us and there were always places to stop for breaks, lunch or a swim. The restaurant recommendations on the trip notes were spot on. Great trip!

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      Fantastic Holiday

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        Comments about macs adventure Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast:

        My friend and I really enjoyed the freedom this holiday gave us with intricate day by day routes and perfect transfers. A GPS would be useful though as we got a bit confused on a couple of the walks. The distances were just right for allowing us to explore each daily destination. Recommendations for eating out were always great, especially Me and Mrs Jones in Jelsa,Hvar.Very quiet on the islands when we were there mid-May. Beautiful scenery. will definitely return.

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        A must do trip!

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          Comments about macs adventure Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast:

          This trip is definitely worth while, especially if you like hiking, appreciate fantastic views that one would not be able to see except while on a trail, enjoy experiencing and learning about a different culture and eating great food. The accommodations were great and close to everything that we needed and wanted to see after we finished our hike for the day. This was our first experience using Macs and it exceeded all of our expectations.

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