Map of Croatia: Sibenik & the Kornati Islands including Croatia

Discover hotspots and lesser-known treasures on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast

Eat, walk, swim and wander to your heart’s content on a five-day exploration of Croatia’s Central Dalmatia region. This slice of the country delivers in both natural wonders and cultural treasures while offering up something to entice all those who set foot on its shimmering shores. Walk in the shoes of a local in the city of Sibenik, snorkel past ancient ruins in Murter, have lunch with new friends on the spectacular Kornati Islands, venture into the wonderland of Krka National Park and discover the charming streets of Trogir. History? Incredible. Food? Unforgettable. Scenery? Couldn’t be better. This is a place that ticks all the boxes.

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Start
Split, Croatia
Finish
Split, Croatia
Destination
Croatia
Style
Original
Code
ZLSL
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • We’ve partnered with non-profit organisation MEET to bring you an ecotourism experience on the little known Kornati Islands where you’ll hike through stunning scenery and enjoy lunch with a welcoming local family.

  • Discover an ancient Roman city on the island of Murter, then go beneath the surface in snorkelling gear to explore an underwater wonderland of ancient artefacts hidden by rising sea levels.

  • See a different side of Sibenik as you explore the city with a local guide who will introduce you to local artists and artisans before taking you to a hidden-away tavern for a traditional snack.

  • Traverse the fairy tale landscapes of Krka National Park, passing beautiful woodlands and roman ruins as tiered waterfalls tumble overhead.

  • Walk the charming streets of Trogir, with a local guide on hand to point out fascinating examples of Romanesque, Renaissance and baroque architecture.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please be aware that the Croatian coast is very hilly and mountainous, which means lots & 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.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

  • If you have more time to explore the region you can start your trip earlier in Dubrovnik to explore more of the Dalmatian Coast. Check out our trip 'Explore Croatia' (trip code ZMSF). Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.

  • If you have more time to explore the region you can extend your trip to explore more of Dalmatia with our longer 'Highlights of Dalmatia' trip (trip code ZLSOC), starting in Dubrovnik. Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to Croatia! Your adventure starts off today with a 12pm meeting at Split's central bus station, where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers; but you won’t hang around for long – the wonders of Central Dalmatia are waiting! Do as the locals do and hop aboard a bus bound for Sibenik, a beautiful city on the Adriatic coast with a spellbinding history. Settle in on arrival then head out to get to know the city in the best way possible – through the eyes of a local. Meet with an inhabitant of Sibenik who will show you a side of their city that most don’t get to see as you explore the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town, stopping in to visit the creative artisans and artists who make up so much of the fabric of the town. Your local guide will then take you to a little-known tavern down a quiet alleyway to experience marenda, a light meal between lunch and dinner and a big part of the culture in Sibenik. Later this evening, you may like to head out for dinner in the town with your new travel companions and get to know each other over a glass of local rakija.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sibenik - Marenda Snack
  • Sibenik - Cathedral of St James
  • Sibenik - Walking Tour with Local Guide
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today's group meeting will take place at 12pm in the waiting area of Split's long distance bus terminal. Please look out for your leader who will be waiting in the fixed seating area, holding a sign with the Intrepid logo. Make sure you are on time for this important meeting, as the group will leave Split straight after. If you can't find a flight that arrives on time we recommend you book an additional night in Split prior to the start of the trip.
Say goodbye to Sibenik and cross a bridge over the Adriatic Sea to the island of Murter. On arrival, get to know the island during a bicycle tour and pedal through the main town to the village of Betina, a charming little place filled with history. Betina holds a long tradition of wooden shipbuilding, and while here, you’ll pay a visit to the Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding to learn about the history of the industry and its importance to the village. Take a short stroll to the St. Roko church before continuing to the ancient Roman city of Colentum. Your leader will fill you in on the history of this archaeological site as you explore the ruins of a Villa rustica, Roman cistern and ancient mosaics. But there’s more here than meets the eye – as the sea level was much lower a few thousand years ago, many of the remains of the city now sit underwater. Don snorkelling gear and get beneath the surface to explore an underwater wonderland of ancient artefacts. After returning to dry land, the rest of the afternoon is yours.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Murter - Roman City of Colentum Snorkelling
  • Murter - Betina Mueum of Wooden Shipbuilding with Guide
  • Murter - Bike Excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise bright and early for a transfer to the port, where you’ll jump aboard our private boat to the incredible Kornati Islands archipelago. Enjoy breakfast on board the boat as you take in the fresh sea air and charming views of fisherman’s cottages along the way. The islands are best explored on foot, so on arrival you’ll set off on a hike to uncover the history and legends of Kornati. Sharing food and drink is a big part of Croatian culture, so for lunch today you’ll sit down with a local family, enjoy some homemade local specialties, and hear firsthand stories about life on the island to get a glimpse at what daily life looks like. You’ll hear about the importance of olive oil production to the Dalmatia region and learn the true meaning of the olive tree from the locals who know it best. And of course no visit to Dalmatia would be complete without an olive oil tasting session. This afternoon you'll see the islands from a different perspective as you snorkel through the clear waters, then it’s back to the mainland via boat for another night in Sibenik. The evening is yours to explore more of what this fascinating city has to offer – your leader will know all the best spots for an authentic dinner experience!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kornati Islands - Olive Oil & Honey Tasting
  • Kornati Islands - Home-cooked Lunch with Local Family
  • Kornati Islands - Snorkelling
  • Kornati Islands - Full Day Boat Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today is a long day with an early start, as you'll spend all day cruising the Kornati Islands archipelago. Arrival back on the mainland will be at around 6pm, after which you'll transfer back to Sibenik. To bring you today’s activities, we’ve partnered with MEET, a non-profit organisation which supports local providers in national parks throughout the Mediterranean by giving them the tools to develop community-based ecotourism projects. This partnership gives you the opportunity to visit these protected places in an authentic and sustainable way.
Krka National Park looks like something straight out of a fairy tale – from its tiered waterfalls and vibrant Krka river to beautiful woodlands and roman ruins, this is truly a magical place. It’s surprising this national park isn’t better known, but that’s good for you as you can hike and explore without the crowds. Venture into the park with your leader at the helm and traverse criss-crossing paths and bridges dotted with old watermills and little stone houses immortalised as museums. Take some time to explore the park at your own pace. Return to Sibenik for another evening at leisure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Krka National Park - Day Excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please be aware that swimming in the lakes of the national park is no longer permitted from 2021.
Hop on a local bus to Trogir this morning. On arrival, you'll meet a local guide who will take you on a walk to get acquainted with this delightful seaside town, whose medieval walls are bursting with beautiful Romanesque, Renaissance and baroque buildings. Take some time to explore, perhaps have lunch, then catch a transfer back to Split. You can expect to arrive in the late afternoon, at which point your adventure will come to an end. If you’d like to stay on in Split, just get in touch ahead of time and we’d be happy to arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Included Activities
  • Trogir - Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Arrival back into Split will be at around 3:30pm. Please take this into consideration when booking your onward travel. It is possible for you to be dropped at the airport in Split if you wish. Arrival at the airport will be at around 3pm.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Public bus, Boat, Private vehicle, Bicycle

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

Included activities

  • Sibenik - Marenda Snack
  • Sibenik - Cathedral of St James
  • Sibenik - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Murter - Roman City of Colentum Snorkelling
  • Murter - Betina Mueum of Wooden Shipbuilding with Guide
  • Murter - Bike Excursion
  • Kornati Islands - Olive Oil & Honey Tasting
  • Kornati Islands - Home-cooked Lunch with Local Family
  • Kornati Islands - Snorkelling
  • Kornati Islands - Full Day Boat Cruise
  • Krka National Park - Day Excursion
  • Trogir - Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide

Dates & availability

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include the following nights, where a single room does not form part of the package. In this case you will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Day 2 - Murter
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. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

ULTRA FESTIVAL IN SPLIT
Please note that the departure on 9 July 2022 will coincide with the annual Ultra Music Festival taking place from 8-10 July 2022 in Split. The city and the nearby islands will be very busy during this time, so if you prefer a less busy time to visit Croatia please choose any of the other departure dates. But if you are into electronic music this departure may just be what you are looking for. You can find more information here: ultraeurope.com

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