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Croatian Adriatic coast & islands

€695 per person

Embark upon an independent hiking journey to Dubrovnik and the surrounding Croatian islands – a many-sided countryside, beautiful coastal territory, and lurking hidden islands. Soak into the harmonic symbiosis of the beautiful nature of the region and the continuous cultural and rural presence of the locals shaping a truly trademark look of the local landscape. On this self-guided walking tour you will get to experience the beauty of the local Konavle countryside, the Elaphiti and Mljet islands, the walled town of Ston, and of course, the ancient towns and cultural heritage of Dubrovnik and its hinterland first-hand. This palette of landscapes, sensations and experiences is what makes this area a must-see.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in private apartments and pensions, incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); Maps and route notes in English; Local emergency support; Timetable of buses and boats; Airport transfers on arrival and departure, transfers mentioned inside the itinerary and ferry tickets;
  • What is not included
    Other meals and drinks, national park entry fee for Mljet Island (appr. 15-20 Euros pp), personal expenses, insurance, tips
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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Day 1: Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik Airport - Ston
Meet and greet at the Dubrovnik airport and shuttle transfer to the Peljesac peninsula and the medieval town Ston. The first two nights of your self-guided hiking tour in Croatia will be there. Depending on your arrival time, we suggest you explore the historic old town, take a walk alongside the city walls or visit the bay with its curious salt pools.
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Day 2: Ston - Napoleonic road and stone vineyards (16km, 4hrs, +310m/-310m)
Today you will follow a walking trail around the vineyards above the town of Ston. Enjoy stunning views of the scenic Ston valley as the self-guided hiking route takes you inland following the stunning historical Napoleonic road. The vineyards are located on impressive stone terraces overlooking the sea and the Ston valley. You will enjoy some interesting views of the city walls, bays, oyster farms, and of course the vineyards as you take the same historic road back to town for your second overnight stay in wonderful Ston.
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Day 3: Ston - Mljet island (14km, 3,30hrs, +150m/-150m)
A short transfer after breakfast will take you to the port of Prapratno where you will take a ferry to the Sobra port on Mljet island. You will then be transferred to the National park area where you will spend your next two nights (in the village of Polace). The island of Mljet is one of the 8 Croatian National Parks and is often referred to as the ‘green island’. Today’s section of the independent walking route will take you around the salt lakes within the national park area for some stunning views and perhaps a lovely picnic on the beach.
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Day 4: Mljet Island (8km, 2,30hrs, +300m/-300m)
The second day dedicated to the island of Mljet will take you on a hiking trail to the highest peak of the national park - Montokuc hill where you can enjoy some breathtaking views. Then, you will descend to the lakes and the town of Soline at the border of the national park. Your overnight stay will be again in Polace.
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Day 5: Mljet Island - Dubrovnik
After a healthy breakfast, you will bid the island of Mljet farewell as you take a ferry to the city of Dubrovnik. The city of Dubrovnik is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list and is deemed to be one of the most beautiful in the world. You can spend the day exploring on your own or join a guided tour of the old town (up to 2 hours). Another option is to follow a self-guided hiking route up the Srđ hill and enjoy some stunning views over the old town. You can also spend the day hiking along the ancient city walls and visit the island of Lokrum. Your overnight stay will be in Dubrovnik.
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Day 6: Dubrovnik - Lopud island - Dubrovnik (9 km, 3hrs, +300m/-300m)
Today’s independent walking route takes you off to sea and to the island of Lopud. You need to catch a ferry from the Dubrovnik port to get there, the journey takes around 45 minutes, but it is very worthwhile. The island is a wonderful combination between beautiful Mediterranean scenery and old stone houses, a perfect hiking getaway for both locals and town visitors. There are several hiking trails of different length and difficulty, the longest one of which is 9 kilometers and makes a loop around the whole island. Lopud island is also famous for having some of the best beaches in the Dubrovnik area. In the afternoon you will catch the ferry back to Dubrovnik.
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Day 7: Dubrovnik - Konavle valley (Gruda) (12,5km, 3,30hrs, +100m/-100m)
After a healthy breakfast, you will be transferred to the Konavle countryside so you can spend the day exploring the hidden treasures of its landscape. Konavle is located in the southernmost part of the region of Dubrovnik. It is particularly known for its natural beauties, including green hills, charming villages, and vineyards all the way to its exceptional cliffs, stretching above the sea. Overnight in the town of Gruda.
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Day 8: Departure day
Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.
N.B. We strongly suggest you extend your stay in the area with at least one more day. This will allow you to visit the highlights of nearby Montenegro through a guided day trip from Dubrovnik. These normally cover visits to the famous Bay of Kotor, Budva, Perast etc.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
695 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (departures in March, April and November)
740 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (departures in May and October)
780 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (departures in June and September)
845 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (departures in July and August)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 215 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of April and November (best period May-June and September); the hikes are not particularly difficult at all but the warm weather may make some stages more exhausting when combined with the ever present high humidity around the coastal regions; Most people extend their stay on this tour with guided day tour from Dubrovnik to nearby Montenegro (covering the Bay of Kotor, Budva, Perast etc.).
Accommodation
Family-run pensions and private apartments, en-suite rooms, including breakfast.

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