Small group walking holiday in Croatia
Optional single supplement £425.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Small group walking holiday in Croatia
This walking holiday in Croatia hits all the right beauty spots. Two national parks and their mountains, the Zadar peninsula and, of course, one of the Dalmatian islands. As well as some time in Dubrovnik, where your trip starts with a walk up to the magnificent viewpoint at Strazisce Peak, from where you can look out over the whole region.
Taking private minibus transport, you and your bags are transferred from one walking region to the next on this trip and, heading north from Dubrovnik, the trail takes you up to the heights of the Biokovo mountains and back down to the coast at Makarska where the ferry awaits to take you to the island of Brac. Discovering Croatias islands is always a treat, and Brac is no exception. The largest island in the Dalmatian archipelago with the highest peak in the Adriatic, Mount St. Vid (780m), hiking to this summit makes for a wonderful morning, the afternoon reward being a swim at the famous white limestone Zlanti Rat beach which you can see from the top.
Travelling further north by ferry this time, the ancient town of Split is our next stop with time to explore its magnificent architecture, but also gateway to the next hiking paradise of Krka National Park. Famous for its tiered Skradinski buk waterfalls, you hike through its forests until the swimming moment arrives at the base of these magnificent falls.
Our next national park visit is very different, in Paklenica NP, where we spend two days hiking among canyons, caves, cliffs and karst limestone landscapes. Making this the sixth and final day of walking on this holiday where we cover between 4-14 kms per day during the whole week, staying in simple but comfortable hotels along the way.
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4 Reviews of Small group walking holiday in Croatia
Reviewed on 14 May 2023 by Susan MusgraveThe beautiful mountain walks with a knowledgeable guide, enjoying many wild flowers and spectacular scenery... Thoroughly recommend it. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by Gill GibbsGreat hiking especially in the Paklenica National Park. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jun 2019 by Tony WickThe most memorable part of the holiday was seeing Kravica Waterfall and swimming in the lake, followed by lunch alongside the river in Blagaj. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jun 2019 by Rosemary OIt was all gorgeous, but I really loved Starigrad and hill walking in that region. Read full review
As the itinerary is mainly based on trekking and sightseeing Dalmatian coast, we have a low impact on the environment. The sightseeing aspect of the tour is actually really beneficial to the country and its several historical and cultural gems. The ancient, heavily walled city of Dubrovnik, for instance, benefits from tourist fees which go towards upkeep of the buildings. Clients are free to visit the Rectors Palace, the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, the Stradun and the fortified walls themselves. Not only does this help preserve and celebrate Croatian culture history, but the locals benefit from tourists spending on souvenirs and food. Similarly, we visit Krka National Park and Paklenica National Park and by doing this we contribute to the maintenance of these beautiful natural areas.
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle and provide clean water in large bottles to facilitate this. We recycle our plastic and are sure to dispose of any litter on tour in an appropriate place.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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On this trip you will spend the week in comfortable, locally staffed hotels. We tend to avoid the larger chains and to invest in the smaller businesses, where our money stays local. We also try to use accommodation with an awareness of sustainability e.g. Hotel Vicko in Paklenica has energy reduction and waste recycling policies. All breakfasts and one picnic lunch is included. Croatian cuisine has a mixture of Central European, Italian and Balkan influences, producing a mixture of dishes like grilled lamb, pizza, fine seafood, pasta and salads. Your guide is local and will be able to recommend or arrange for you to eat in some unique, community-central restaurants or markets. For example, in Ston, the group can stop to try oysters or have a coffee.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.