Day 1: Welcome to Dubrovnik
Arrival in Dubrovnik and shuttle to your hotel. Dubrovnik is a city of exceptional beauty, and is called the Adriatic pearl for good reason. It used to be the seat of the Republic of Dubrovnik, and is a world-renowned city that everybody falls in love with at first sight. (No pressure!) The majestic city walls, the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, Onofri's fountain, St. Vlaho's Church and Stradun, and the main street, are inevitable photo stops. Dubrovnik offers the best restaurants and wine bars, a number of authentic delicacies, and souvenirs. You’ll have the chance to explore this lovely city today. Our local Bredeson Outdoor Adventure representative will also meet you at your hotel, and will provide you a detailed briefing for the upcoming days. You'll also receive a road-book with hike descriptions and maps, vouchers, tickets and other information. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 2: Srđ Mountain and Ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar
After a good night's sleep and breakfast in the hotel, explore Dubrovnik at your own pace, and enjoy a warm-up hike to the top of Srd Mountain above the city where you can take in the spectacular view of the Old Town and the rest of this lovely city, returning to the bottom on foot or by cable car. We recommend a visit to the Museum of Croatian War of Independence, the Museum dedicated to the war in Dubrovnik during the 90’s. The Museum is situated in the old 19th century fortress, which was built during the French governance of the region. In the afternoon, you’ll depart on a fast ferry for Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island. In addition to its good weather, Hvar is also known for its breathtaking unspoiled nature. Hike: easy; 4.6 kilometers; 350 meters ascent. Overnight in Hvar, Hvar Island.
Day 3: Hvar Town and Hike to Malo and Velo Grablje Villages
Hvar town is an ancient city with rich history. With its architecture, beautiful scenery and mild climate, many would describe it as a true fairy-tale city, a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, and rich cultural and historical heritage. Hvar gained power during the Middle Ages as an important port within the Venetian naval empire. Today, it is the center of the island’s tourism, is one of the favorite destinations on the Dalmatian Riviera, and is known for its smiling and courteous people. You will get to know the villages of Malo and Velo Grablje on today's hike, and learn about their turbulent and rich history, and their lovely lavender. You can choose either the shorter or longer route, and wind up the hike with an ocean swim. Return to Hvar by taxi or foot. Easy hike: 6.6 kilometers; 350 meters ascent. Moderate hike: 10 kilometers; 480 meters ascent. Challenging hikes: 19 kilometers; 500 meters ascent; or 18 kilometers; 496 meters ascent. Overnight in Hvar, Hvar Island.
Day 4: Hike to the Hills above Jelsa
A private shuttle will take you, and your luggage, from Hvar town to the town of Jelsa, located halfway along the north coast of Hvar Island. Jelsa is surrounded by the two highest mountains on the island, St Nikola in the west and Hum in the east. It is a quaint and dramatically sited town surrounded by yet more mountains to the south and Biokovo, a mountain on the mainland, to the north. Today you will the have choice of four hiking routes. Depending upon your choice, today's hike will likely depart directly from Jelsa and share the same route initially, climbing up to the hill above town, where you can see an old Greek fortress and city walls of a medieval town situated high on cliffs. If you wish, you can continue on the trail high up on the ridge of the island, and end at a small shepherd’s settlement called Humac. Humac is an excellent example of the Mediterranean as it once was. It is also possible to transfer from Jelsa to Humac and start the hike from Humac, which makes a rather long trail easier. Located 11 kilometers/7 miles east of Jelsa Town and high above the sea, Humac affords beautiful views of the island beneath and the surrounding sea. This once populated pastoral village was founded in the 17th century, and today is an amazing example of well-preserved rural architecture consisting of traditional stone houses. The entire village is on Croatia’s Register of Cultural Monuments. In the summer Konoba Humac, a special restaurant, will allow you to savor lunch and the view at the same time. Note: the restaurant is closed Sundays and holidays. Easy hike: 5 kilometers; 50 meters ascent. Moderate hike: 9 kilometers, 500 meters ascent. Moderate/challenging hike: 11 kilometers; 320 meters ascent. Challenging hike: 25.5 kilometers; 950 meters ascent. Overnight in Jelsa, Hvar Island.
Day 5: Ferry to Brač Island and Hike to Brač’s Highest Peak
Today you’ll say good-bye to Hvar Island, and board an early morning ferry from a port within walking distance of your hotel. You’ll have your suitcase with you for this 20 minute trip across the channel from Jelsa to Bol on Brač Island, where you’ll be met by our local representative, who will take care of your luggage. At 395 square kilometers (just under 153 square miles) Brač is the largest island in Dalmatia. Separated by the channel from the mainland, Bol is only 13 kilometers/8 miles from the city of Split. Brač is 40 kilometers/25 miles long and averages 12 kilometers/7.5 miles in width. Its highest peak, Vidova Gora (778 meters/851 feets) is also the highest peak of all the Adriatic islands. Bol is famous for its Golden Horn beach, one of the largest and most beautiful attractions of the Adriatic. Like a small tongue, it extends nearly half a kilometer into the clear blue sea. Today your goal is to reach Vidova Gora on an uphill trail starting from Bol and proceeding all the way to the top. There are several options available as you climb up to the peak in terms of distance and endpoint, so you can decide how far you would like to hike. While you are hiking, a shuttle will take your luggage to the hotel in Supetar, where you will end up after your selected hiking route. Supetar has a pretty harbor, long, somewhat pebbly beaches, and is surrounded by pine forests. The majority of ferries that connect Brač to the mainland dock here, so it is the ideal jumping off point for the next stage of your adventure tomorrow. Easy/moderate hike: 8.5 kilometer, 550 meters ascent. Moderate hike: 6.5 kilometers; 870 meters ascent. Challenging hike: 19.3 kilometers, 1200 meters ascent. Overnight in Supetar, Brač Island.
Day 6: Split
Split is the capital of Dalmatia. Once known as the Gateway to the Islands, the Dalmatian capital of Split is Croatia's fastest growing tourist destination. Travelers are discovering the additional treasures of this increasingly international city beyond its main attraction, the 1700 year-old UNESCO World Heritage site, Diocletian's Palace, which was built as a retirement home for the Roman emperor of the same name. With sea, beaches, islands, mountains, culture, heritage and a sensational gourmet scene, it is little wonder that Split is becoming known as one of Europe's most desirable destinations. After breakfast, you’ll transfer by ferry from Supetar to Split. Today is a perfect day to enjoy an easy walk on the Marjan Peninsula. Marjan, also known as the lungs of the town, is a beautiful and protected park forest to which people head all year round to walk, run, cycle and climb. There are beaches on all three sides, along with little churches, trails, and viewpoints. Greeks first built a small temple dedicated to the goddess Diana, and some five centuries ago hermits walled up caves in the vertical rocks and used to them contemplate life “far from civilization.” Nowadays there’s rock climbing around those dwellings that adds a little sense of holiness to the activity. and peace needed for making the right moves. Although it’s only about 3.5 kilometers (a little over two miles) long there are a lot of ways to “lose” yourself in In Marjan, be it by jogging, exploring its viewpoints, or investigating various species of Mediterranean herbs and plants growing along its paths winding through shade of pine trees in the north side. The south side is warmer and more exposed to the sun. Throughout history poets have dedicated their verses and countless volunteers have given their time to help preserving Marjan. It is a special place for the people of Split, and we know you will like it. On the moderate and challenging option you'll explore Mosor Mountain. You'll hike on trails that are very popular with local mountaineers. Mosor is a mountain range in Croatia located near the city of Split on the Adriatic coast. It belongs to Dinaric Alps, and it stretches from the pass of Klis in the northwest to the Cetina River in the southeast. The highest peak is the eponymous Mosor peak at 1,339 meters/4,393 feet above sea level. There are no inhabited areas on the mountain above 600 meters/1,969 feet. It offers a variety of routes from easy walking (although in rough carst terrain) to real climbing routes and superb views on the Croatian islands, coastal mountains such as Biokovo or interior mountains such as Dinara, Troglav, Kamesnica, Vran or Cvrsnica. It is situated behind an interesting landscape of Dalmatian "Zagora" (meaning "country behind mountains") and the Cetina River Canyon. Easy hike: 3 - 8 kilometers; 300 meters ascent. Moderate hike: 5 kilometers; 300 meters ascent. Challenging hike: 12 kilometers; 750 meters ascent. Overnight in Split.
Day 7: Split and End of the Tour
After breakfast you'll transfer the short distance to the Split international airport and say farewell to this lovely area.