Highlights of Dalmatia

13 Days | Discover the hotspots and hidden treasures of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

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Jump into the very best of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast on an unforgettable adventure. Traverse the walls of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, island hop between Korcula, Mljet and Hvar, and wander the harbourside of Split. Walk in the shoes of a local in the city of Sibenik, 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. Your Croatian discovery is full of natural wonders, cultural treasures and locals as warm and welcoming as the Adriatic Sea.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Dalmatia including Croatia
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
ZLSOC
This trip generates 32.77 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 perhaps 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.
  • Explore the green island of Mljet – with its small seaside villages and largely untouched environment, and the Renaissance architecture and beautiful beaches of Hvar.
  • 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.
  • Traverse the fairy tale landscapes of Krka National Park, passing beautiful woodlands and roman ruins as tiered waterfalls tumble overhead.

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.
  • 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 and in Sibenik 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. Apartments may only have one bathroom which will be shared between the group members staying in the same apartment. If you have booked a single room, you will be allocated one, however, this again will be a single room in a shared apartment with shared bathroom facilities, not a single or studio apartment.
  • 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 between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
  • Want a shorter trip? Check out our trips 'Explore Croatia' (trip code ZMSF) and 'Sibenik & the Kornati Islands' (trip code ZLSL).

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

Map of Highlights Of Dalmatia including Croatia

Inclusions

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Public bus, Ferry, Boat, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hostel (twin share with shared facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (1 night), Private apartment (8 nights)

Activities
  • Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Card (1 day local transport and entry to sites)
  • Dubrovnik - City Walls Walk
  • Mljet Island - Day Trip to Mljet Island National Park
  • Mljet Island - St Mary Island Benedictine Monastery
  • Split - City Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars
  • Sibenik - Marenda Snack
  • Sibenik - Cathedral of St James
  • Sibenik - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Kornati Islands - Full Day Boat Cruise
  • Kornati Islands - Home-cooked Lunch with Local Family
  • Kornati Islands - Olive Oil & Honey Tasting
  • Kornati Islands - Snorkelling
  • Zadar - Orientation Walk
  • Krka National Park - Day Excursion
  • Trogir - Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide
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
  • Zadar - Roman Forum - HRK15
  • Zadar - St Donat's Church - HRK20
  • Zadar - St Anastasia's Cathedral - HRK15

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 7 (Hotel) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
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Melanie · Traveled September 2022
Overall an excellent trip. I had a really great group which I have also had on all of my Intrepid trips. Dubrovnik, Kornati islands and Krka were the highlights of my trip. We all really enjoyed the 2 included dinners at local farms. Please don’t underestimate the hills and stairs when packing, they aren’t exaggerating.
Review submitted 07 Oct 2022

Kristen · Traveled September 2021
This island hopping trip up the coast of Croatia was the highlight of my year! Crystal clear blue waters, old town exploring, historical buildings, delicious food and drinks, and plenty of time to laze about the shops and cafes. Croatia is a very relaxed and easy country to explore!
Review submitted 01 Oct 2021
Highlights of Dalmatia
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