Explore Croatia

8 Days | Follow the stunning Dalmatian coast from Dubrovnik to Split

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Discover the true heart and soul of Croatia with an eight-day seaside exploration of some of the Dalmatian Coast’s finest locations. Walk the walls of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, island hop between Korcula, Mljet and Hvar and wander the harbourside of Split. Sampling regional specialties and local wine along the way, your Croatian discovery is full of nature and relaxation. Be impressed by the white stone villages dotted on the coast, be fulfilled with local produce and engaging history, and be reinvigorated by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. Get ready to explore Croatia’s sparkling highlights and live like the locals.

Trip overview

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Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Split, Croatia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Croatia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSF
This trip generates 23 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Dubrovnik's charms reach far beyond the famed beautiful city walls. Discover the undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast and maybe cruise to Lokrum Island where a botanical garden, Benedictine monastery and excellent swimming spots await.
  • Indulge in specialty foods, local wine and some tranquil swimming spots on the island of Korcula – a quiet escape full of vineyards, olive groves and sleepy villages.
  • Spend a full day exploring the green island of Mljet – with its small seaside villages, lush national park trails, shimmering waters and largely untouched environment, you’ll never want to leave!
  • Hvar Island seems to have it all - Renaissance architecture, beautiful beaches, lush green landscapes and excellent Dalmatian cuisine.
  • Split is a haven of relaxation and culture. Unwind with a walk along the waterfront promenade and take time to explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Humana Zagreb. Donations help provide job opportunities and education programs in sustainable fashion and textiles for people with disabilities.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Please be aware that the Croatian coast is very hilly and mountainous, which means lots of steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find Croatia's topography very demanding.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Additionally, please be aware that July, August and the first half of September is high season along the Croatian coast, which means that the local infrastructure is under a lot of pressure with a lot of people in the towns we visit. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • Please note that on the islands of Korcula and Hvar we are staying in private apartments that locals rent out during the summer months. These are located in various buildings spread across town, but all are within a 15-minute walk of the main square. The apartments are not hotels, which means there's no reception, room service or daily cleaning service, no televisions or washing machines, but plenty of charm. They differ in layout and facilities, can vary in size and most don't have air-conditioning and wi-fi. This is the most effective way of staying in the centre of town. Please also note that individual rooms are allocated on a same gender twin share basis, however the apartments itself are allocated on a mixed gender basis, which means you will be sharing a two, or three room apartment with the other members of the group. We try to use apartments with rooms that include private facilities. In rare occasions, apartments may only have one bathroom to be shared between the group members staying in the same apartment and in this case, if you've booked a single supplement, you'll be allocated a single room, but you'll share the bathroom with the group.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight to 15 kg (33 lb).

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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Inclusions

Meals

2 breakfasts

Transport

Ferry, Public bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (1 night), Private Apartment (4 nights)

Activities
  • Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Card (1 day local transport and entry to sites)
  • Dubrovnik - City Walls Walk
  • Korcula Island hike
  • Authentic dinner at Zrnovo village family owned restaurant
  • Mljet Island - Day Trip to Mljet Island National Park
  • Mljet Island - St Mary Island Benedictine Monastery
  • Hop on hop off boat taxi ticket
  • Split - City Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars
Add on activities
  • Dubrovnik - Hike up Mt Srd - Free
  • Dubrovnik - Church of St. Blaise - Free
  • Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip - EUR27
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence - EUR4
  • Dubrovnik - Discover Game of Thrones Filming Locations Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Cable Car - EUR27
  • Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum - EUR10
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace - EUR13
  • Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery - EUR4
  • Korcula - Traditional Moreska Dance Performance - EUR18
  • Korcula – City Museum - EUR6
  • Korcula - Wine tasting at local winery - EUR20
  • Korcula – Hop on hop off boat - EUR20
  • Hvar Island - Full Day Boat Cruise to Blue Cave, Green Cave and Vis Island - EUR70
  • Hvar Island - Spanjola Fortress - EUR7
  • Hvar Island - Pakleni Islands Half Day Trip - EUR35
  • Hvar Island - St Stephen’s Cathedral - Free
  • Split - Fish Market - Free
  • Split – Highlights of Split Urban Adventure - EUR79
  • Split - Marjan Hill Hike - Free
  • Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower - EUR10
  • Split - Ethnographic Museum - EUR3
  • Split - City Museum - EUR4
  • Split - Gallery of Fine Arts - EUR5
  • Split - Ivan Mestrovic Gallery - EUR12
  • Split - Archaeological Museum - EUR8

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, excluding Day 7, subject to availability. Please also note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 48 reviews submitted.
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Marcus · Traveled October 2023
Great trip with an excellent tour guide!
Review submitted 15 Oct 2023

Jacqueline · Traveled October 2023
This is a wonderful introduction to the coast of Croatia. You will enjoy fabulous scenery, activities and beautiful food. You will be kept busy but you can opt in or out as you choose - and you still have plenty of opportunity for your own free time. Some accommodation can be a 10 minute walk away (with plenty of steps) so keep this in mind with your luggage.
Review submitted 17 Oct 2023

Genevieve · Traveled September 2023
Fabulous trip. Not regimented, plenty of free time. Marija was a wonderful tour leader with a breadth of interests and passion for her country, considerate, kind, informative and loads of fun.
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023

Marsha · Traveled September 2023
The quality of every aspect of this tour, was a reflection of Intrepid's mission to provide and promote responsible travel. I would definitely choose them again in the future, and would recommend Intrepid to those looking for an affordable, environmentally conscious small group tour.
Review submitted 16 Oct 2023

Loan · Traveled September 2023
This trip was amazing. Our guide Petar was so knowledgeable about local Croatian culture. His knowledge as a historian was apparent. He’s so positive and fun. We saw so many great places. I would highly recommend this trip and itinerary with Petar.
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023
Explore Croatia
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