Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia is an enticing combination of a gulet cruise with walks through some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. Ancient forts, beautiful towns, great castles and churches line the trail, and our guides will use them to bring the country’s rich and turbulent history to vibrant life.
A series of highlights await. At Ston, you’ll walk atop the 5 km wall built in the 14th and 15th centuries to protect a landscape of prime agricultural land and precious salt pans in one of the Adriatic’s most important wine-growing regions. On Mljet, a network of paths and tracks will offer you an ever-changing set of vistas, taking in sea and lake, hill and valley, and a string of sites ranging from prehistory via the Romans to the Middle Ages. On Hvar, you will explore the Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where local farmers are using the same tracks and maintaining the same field boundaries that their ancient Greek forebears laid out when they colonised the island 100 generations ago: a living archaeological landscape.
You will also experience this magnificent stretch of Croatia’s coast through its delicious local produce: a cornucopia of delights await: fresh seafood, fine wines and superb meat and cheese dishes. Travelling aboard a traditional and elegant gulet, you’ll have the pleasure of anchoring in beautiful bays and coves and picturesque harbours, the perfect way to discover the Dalmatian coast.
Day 1: We embark at the little harbour of Slano, about an hour from Dubrovnik airport. Welcome drinks and dinner on board.
Day 2: In the morning, we walk the “Great Wall of Ston”, one of the most unusual historical fortifications in Europe. Erected in the 14th and 15th centuries to protect the precious salt pans and the peninsula itself, the wall stretches for 5.5 km from Ston to Mali Ston. In the afternoon, we make the short crossing to the verdant island of Mljet.
Day 3: On Mljet, we explore an important nature reserve, following romantic forest tracks and passing a Roman palace, an Illyrian stronghold, a pretty pair of lakes and a beautiful medieval monastery set on a lake island. Later, we cruise to the Straits between Korčula and Orebić.
Day 4: In the morning, we hike up to the beautiful Nakovana plateau, high above Orebić on the Pelješac Peninsula. In an evocative landscape setting, we discover a stupendous prehistoric hillfort, an ancient sacred cave and a picturesque abandoned village.
Day 5: In the morning, we head to the island of Hvar. Here, we make our way from the serene little port of Stari Grad to walk in the hills above the Stari Grad Plain before exploring the plain itself, Croatia’s most unusual World Heritage site: the field system laid out by the Greek settlers of Pharos 24 centuries ago, and still in use.
Day 6: We cross to the wonderful island of Brač. Here, we head up to admire the views from Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all the Adriatic Islands, followed by a wonderful forest walk to the mountain village of Gazul. After a rustic traditional lunch, we descend the Blaca Gorge, visiting the striking monastery of the same name along the way.
Day 7: We cruise to the mainland to disembark at Split and then walk up to the stunning fortress of Klis. Set on a rocky promontory, inaccessible from three sides and with stunning views all around, this monumental fortification was once the gateway to Dalmatia.
Day 8: Transfers to Split airport about 30 minutes away.
Arrival and Departure Information
Arrival Airport – Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
Departure Airport – Split (SPU)
We plan for the gulet to leave Slano Bay, near Dubrovnik (approx. 40 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport) at around 17:00. Embarkation is from 16:00 onwards. You are more than welcome to arrive earlier to drop off your bags, but please be aware that the crew will be busy cleaning and tidying making everything ready for your group so you may not be able to settle in to your cabin. If you arrive at the gulet after 17:00, we will do our best to enable you to join the tour at a convenient time and place. Departure time can be subject to change depending on weather, harbour or other conditions.
Disembarkation in Marina Baotić near Trogir, (approx. 20 minutes from Split Airport) is around 09:00. We will arrange local transfers from Dubrovnik airport and to Split airport on the first and last day of the tour.
Booking Flights If you are staying in or connecting via Zagreb then the easiest way to get to and from the gulet is to fly. The main domestic airline in Croatia, Croatia Airlines, has a wide selection of flights .
Please note: Flights are subject to change. Please contact the airline for exact details.
If you prefer to book with a travel agent, we are happy to recommend specialists in a number of countries around the world, please contact our office for more details.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is a requirement of our booking conditions and we recommend you investigate the options thoroughly to make sure that your trip is properly covered. Please be advised some insurers may require you to take out a policy within 15-20 days of booking your holiday to receive all of their insurance benefits.
Visas Citizens of the U.K., EU countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Croatia. Visitors can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period. For more details, please visit the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Zagreb If you are planning to stay in Zagreb before or after your gulet trip please get in touch. We’ll be happy to help with suggestions on things to see and do.
Custom Tours If you are thinking of extending your trip in Croatia please contact our office for further information.