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Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia is an enticing combination of a gulet cruise with hikes 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 you day by day. At Ston, you’ll walk atop the unique 5-km (3-mile) wall, the longest linear defence in medieval Europe, 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 hiking paths and tracks will offer you an ever-changing set of vistas, taking in sea, lakes, hills and valleys. Near Orebić on the Pelješac peninsula, you will discover a mighty Iron Age citadel, a long-forgotten centre of tribal power, set on a remote and wild plateau high above the sea. 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. On Brač, the monastery of Blaca with its white plastered roofs sits in a silent valley far away from the travails of modern civilisation, reachable only on foot.

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. Join us on this expert-led gulet cruise in Croatia.

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Day 1: Our gulet is in Slano Bay about one 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 hiking paths 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 hike 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, where we enjoy a rustic traditional lunch.
Day 7: We trek through the Blaca Gorge, visiting the striking Blaca Hermitage, a monastery founded in the Renaissance period and in use until 1963. A last swim and then a delicious final dinner.
Day 8: Departure transfers to Split Airport approx. 20 minutes away.

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Arrival and Departure Information

Arrival Airport – Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)

Departure Airport – Split (SPU)

Arrival Location – Slano Bay (approx. 60 mins from airport)

Departure Location – Marina Baotić (approx. 20 mins from airport)

Embarkation and departure is planned for approx.17:00. 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 will not be able to settle into your cabin.

If your travel plans or flights do not allow you to arrive before 17:00 we recommend arriving the day before the tour starts. This would also allow time to relax, recover from any jet lag and arrive at the boat on time for embarkation and departure.

If you arrive at the gulet after 17:00, we will do our best to enable you to join the tour at a later time and place.

Please Note: Departure time is subject to change depending on weather, harbour, or other conditions.

Disembarkation is around 09:00. We will arrange local transfers 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:We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. You should ensure that you take out a suitable policy, to make sure that your trip is properly covered.

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.

Custom tours or additional travel in Croatia: If you are planning to spend any additional time in Croatia before or after your gulet trip, we are happy to assist you either directly or via our trusted family-run partner agency in Croatia. In addition to our gulet trips, we also offer personalised tours and travel arrangements throughout Croatia. Whether you’re seeking a bespoke tour or simply need recommendations on things to see and do, we’re dedicated to making your Croatian experience unforgettable. Please contact us, we’ll be delighted to help.


Further information about the Walking
Unlike our standard gulet cruises, there is a significant amount of hiking on our Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia tour in Croatia. We believe that is what makes it unique. The hikes we do are across some of the most fascinating islands in the Southern Adriatic archipelago and take in some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. Please be aware that the terrain is often uneven, rocky, and rugged, and many of the paths are have loose stones underfoot and there are occasions when the landscape we are passing through can have some prickly vegetation. You do need to be fit with a good sense of balance. There are some long stretches of uphill and downhill hiking. It is not a walk in the park, and you do need to be used to hiking off the beaten track.

Across the week, we cover distances up to approx. 8km/5 miles per day (approx. 4 hours), but it is not really the distance that you need to bear in mind, but the terrain. We take all the hikes at a leisurely pace, with some wonderful sites and great swims thrown in for good measure. Of course, the beauty of being on the gulet, means that it is perfectly possible for guests to skip a day’s walk if they so wish, and simply relax on the boat. If you fancy putting your feet up and resting for a day, that is perfectly possible. So, if you wish to lie back and read a book or have an extra swim, you can.

Tour Includes:
Full board accommodation with water, tea and coffee and wine with dinner
Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour
Travel by private minibus
Harbour fees and crew services
All entrance fees and tips on land
The services of your expert tour leader throughout the entire trip
WiFi (coverage permitting)

Not included:
Flights and airport taxes
Travel insurance
Gratuities on the gulet. It is customary to tip the crew at the end of a tour (we recommend a minimum of 30Euro per day per guest)
Tips for guides

Mislav Files

Mislav Fileš is currently finishing his PhD. in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Zagreb, where he also completed his graduate studies. He has received a series of scholarships and Excellence Awards for his academic achievements to date. Mislav has extensive experience in archaeological excavations, having participated in numerous projects in Croatia and abroad and has directed a number of them personally. For three years Mislav worked on the Living Danube Limes project, researching, preserving and promoting this Roman frontier in Europe. He was one of the lead organisers and participants in the reconstruction of a classic Danube Roman boat and its journey under oars down the Danube. Recently, Mislav has set up his own company, providing consulting services for the preservation and management of cultural heritage sites. In addition to his archaeological pursuits, Mislav is a licensed ski instructor and an apprentice in alpine mountaineering.

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