Croatian coast walking tours, self guided

“Our only self-guided 7 day walking holiday on the Dalmatian coast, taking in the islands and Dubrovnik, with luggage transferred from one place to the next for you.”

Highlights

Konavle Valley | Dubrovnik | Sipan Island | Mjet Island and national park

Description of Croatian coast walking tours, self guided

The Croatian Coast is blessed with some truly beautiful natural scenery and if you’re looking for walks in Croatia that take in the lush green islands of the Adriatic as well as the cultural highlights of the country’s coastal crown jewel, Dubrovnik, then here’s where you start.

This seven day self-guided walking itinerary features three of the country’s southern islands, Korcula, Mljet, Sipan, and allows walkers to immerse themselves in outstanding natural scenery as well as the region’s fascinating cultural customs and rich medieval history.

Cultural sightseeing blended with moderate hiking in Croatia allows travellers to experience the best of both worlds and includes first-rate accommodation, straightforward map directions and local recommendations as part and parcel of the self-guided walking tour.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to the green hillsides and verdant valleys of Konavle, located southeast of the medieval walled city. Konavle is well-known for its rural countryside charm as well as its fantastic cliff-top views, sprawling vineyards and traditional old fashioned villages. Your first overnight stay will be in the small town of Gruda set within the heart of the Konavle countryside.
Day 2: Today's maximum walking distance: 10kms. Explore the beautiful Konavle area on foot as you discover the scenic paths that lead over hillsides from one picture postcard village to the next. This is your chance to cross the valley and head into the forests and vineyards to where the Ljuta River fuels several traditional water mills. Overnight stay in Gruda.
Day 3: Transfer to Croatia's iconic coastal citadel Dubrovnik where red roofs and medieval monuments make for a historic backdrop to today's two hour guided orientation and sightseeing tour. In the afternoon you'll be able to choose between free time in Dubrovnik or an optional half day visit to Lokrum Island and its impressive botanical garden and Benedictine monastery. Overnight stay in B&B accommodation in Dubrovnik.
Day 4: Self guided walking trip on the Lopud island, up to 12km.
This morning we take ferry from Dubrovnik port to the Lopud island, sail takes about 45 min, for the return (in the afternoon hours) we have several departures from the Lopud port to Dubrovnik.
Lopud reach Mediterranean vegetation, mild climate with plenty sunny days, old stone houses, churches and number of noble palaces. Lopud is perfect gateway from Dubrovnik for a day hike, there are several hiking trails, or big one that makes loop around the island of 12 km where you can discover old forts, churches, botanical garden, the magnificent views over the cliffs… it is also famous for having the one of the best beaches in Dubrovnik.
Lopud is one, centrally located, in the group of the Elaphite islands; it is well connected with everyday ferry lines with Dubrovnik port. The main town and biggest place is Lopud, settled in picturesque bay with Franciscan monastery and water front surround with palm trees and citruses.
Hiking trail starts from the Lopud port and follows the streets and steps outside of the town to magnificent view point where is fort Kastio and Sv. Ivan church, after that goes along the beach of Šunj and above cliffs on the southern side of the island… this trail finish in the town Lopud, port area where you have started it.
Accommodation: B&B
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Mljet Island national park is where you'll be heading to today as you take the two hour ferry journey from the port of Gruz. The self-guided walking route starts at the village of Polace, famed for its Roman ruins, and leads past saline lakes, traditional villages and whispering pine forests before returning to Polace for your overnight stay on Mljet.
Day 6: Your second day on Mljet lets you make the most of the island's verdant green landscapes as well as offering a chance to dip your toe into the saline lakes which are always a little warmer than the crystal clear waters of the surrounding Adriatic. Alternative excursions to recommended walking routes include a small boat ride to the nearby island of Saint Mary where a 12th century Benedictine monastery makes for a focal point before returning back to Mljet for your final night's stay on the island.
Day 7: Your penultimate day finds you returning to the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik where you're free to walk the walls, undertake cultural sightseeing or just indulge in people watching at leisure. Final overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 8: Bid the medieval walls a fond farewell before transferring to your chosen departure point (airport, port or bus terminal) after breakfast.

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Departure information

Departures can be arranged at any time from 1st April to 1st November
Our top tip:
Tomi offers other activities, so for an extra kayak or mountain bike session, just ask.
Trip type:
Self-guided walking.
Activity level:
Moderate. Average 15 kms/day.
Accomm:
Small locally owned b&b’s.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, luggage transfers, Dubrovnik walking guide, ferries.
Meals:
Average main course Ł8. Plenty of local produce for picnics.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge €105 for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Croatian coast walking tours, self guided

Traveling on foot, you will explore beautiful Croatian islands and historical towns. The area where we provide our holiday is a very rich in historical and cultural sights and protected environments (forests, vineyards, sea shores, UNESCO towns, etc). These regions are very fragile and sensitive parts of Croatia's unspoiled coast; there you can find stone and sandy vineyards, a thousand year old olive trees, clear and blue bays, few hundred years old villages and towns protected by UNESCO.

All our travelers are informed and encouraged to respect the environment, to buy local food, souvenirs, use public transportation that benefits locals. We provide this trip as the small group holiday in off seasons time, we try as much as we can to reduce all negative impacts to this region, to show all the beauty to our guests and to give more back to the local community. On this trip we provide direct benefits to the local communities, from the accommodation organized at local families, using local guides and local transportation services, to the food and beverages produced on local farms.

We try to do our contribution of preserving the environment and saving it for future generations. We emphasize principles of responsible and sustainable travel in each level of our business: "Minimize the bad and maximize the good impacts of tourism to protect the environment and socio-cultural diversity as well as achieving positive economic results for the local community".

Tourism is not just about traveling, meeting people, different cultures... we have to see tourism as one of the world's largest industries too. Besides positive impacts, modern tourism can have negative environmental and socio-cultural impacts on: water, natural beauty of the country, beaches and islands, plants, birds and animals, traditional ways of life and cultural heritage. Principles of responsible travel can sustain destinations and local communities for the future.

Our efforts are present in following aspects of our business:

- As transportation is very important in tourism, we support the idea of green transport; cleaner vehicle options which helps areas to stay cleaner.

- Seasonal pressures: we do marketing campaigns to spread guests throughout all seasons (spring, autumn or winter) not just through summer.

- Wherever possible we use accommodation providers which support efforts of good environmental practices such as recycling and conservation of water and energy.

- Using local employees, guides, accommodation providers and transportation services, we ensure that financial benefits remain in the local community.

- We employ local people, our accommodation is mostly provided in local run guest houses, cottages, or apartments; Our guides educate and inform guests on the tour about local culture, history, habits.

- On all our tours we use local produce and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies. We support local economy and small business by supporting locally owned shops, restaurants, and using local guide services.

Our environmental policy

- We used recycled paper. We recycle all our waste paper (brochures, etc)

- Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities.

- We support different local ecological associations and our staff was directly involved in afforestation (planting of pine trees in Dubrovnik area after fire disaster in summer 2007).

What you can do:

- Be informed about the cultural customs and environmental pressures on Croatia.

- In many places fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use a minimum for showering and washing, especially when you are on islands, tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia.

- Turn out the lights or air condition when you leave your room, use the public transport as much as you can, minimize your waste generally

- Pick up your litter, never leave any trace in nature, when you are in rural areas please stay to the trails and don't damage or take any plants or flowers.

- Remember that your travel destination is someones home.

- Try to learn and use some Croatian worlds for example: dobro dosli - welcome.


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Reviewed on 16 Aug 2017 by

My stay on the island of Mljet - absolutely gorgeous place, plenty of places to walk and swim - when avoiding the heat. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2017 by

We learned a great deal about local history, their family, and got lots of recommendations about the area. They even drove us to a very special restaurant a few kilometers away so we could sample authentic cuisine. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2017 by

Simply wonderful....Seeing parts of Croatia off the beaten tourist routes. The salt water lakes on Mljet Island are stunning. The facility to stop at almost any point on the walk and go for a swim was wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2017 by

Excellent... Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by

We felt the holiday was excellent and provided a wonderful experience of the countryside and islands around Dubrovnik. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2017 by

The islands of Mljet and Korcula were our favourites. Dubrovnik is beautiful and fascinating... Very good. Our travel were efficient and helpful and all the transfers ran smoothly. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2017 by

Many highlights... Mljet National Park and kayaking on the two salt lakes (kayaks were not included, but was well worth it) staying in Polace, our B&B hosts in the Konavle Valley, hiking up Mt. Szenicica, emerging through a tunnel on the Peljesac Peninsula to a fantastic beautiful, easy ride perched high up over the scenic coast. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by

The most memorable was the beautiful countryside. Wonderful people. Amazing city of Dubrovnik. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2017 by

Staying on the beautiful Island of Mljet and the walks around the lake and up to the highest point. We also enjoyed a day of cycling. The accommodation was outstanding, very friendly hostess, lovely light rooms overlooking the sea, and a private beach area. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2017 by

The island of Mljet...it was so beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2016 by

Our experience with Responsible Travel was A++ and we would look first to them when considering other travel whether foreign or domestic. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2016 by

Highlights included - the walk on Mljet in the national park up to the top, with stunning views out over lakes, hills and the Adriatic; the best tuna steak ever from the small restaurant in Lapad...the list goes on! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2016 by

A fantastic choice which we thoroughly enjoyed, with good walks and excellent sandy beach swimming. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 May 2016 by

Thank you once again for a very wonderful holiday. You can be sure that we will encourage friends to use your company. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2015 by

It exceeded our expectations! We loved it. The walking was a great way to engage with the countryside and view local life. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2015 by

Enjoying Croatia its culture, people and its natural beauty. I had an absolute ball and everything went to plan! Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2015 by

Fabulous break. I would definitely have given it 4 stars, were it not for the points mentioned in number 2 (around things being closed in Mijet and Sipan being a bit underwhelming!). The operator however was truly fabulous. Absolutely 100% organised and hassle free; driven from a to b every time with an on-time and friendly driver, all tickets sorted in advance, absolutely everything sorted and smooth. Brilliant company, and a great holiday. I wish I could be back there now! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2013 by

An inspiring holiday from the places visited to the better understanding of Croatian history...The most memorable part was learning from our hostess and guides the impact of the Homeland War. The most exciting was the trip to Mljet. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2013 by

We loved it. The walking was relaxed and you could really walk as much or as little as you wanted. By the end of our week, when it was getting quite hot in the afternoon we just sat under an olive tree in the garden, ate a picnic, read a book and watched the yachts go by. Lovely Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2013 by

A well balanced interesting trip with fantastic scenery, history, wonderful people, excellent food and a good mix of countryside and city options. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2012 by

Great - we had a wonderful time and are thinking when we can go back. Read full review

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