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  • Location: Croatia
  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Departing from: Trogir/Split, Saturday 3 p.m. Day 1
  • Tour finishes: Trogir/Split, Saturday morning Day 8
  • Departures 2024: June 15 & Aug 31 (SOLD OUT), Sept 15 plus private departures.
  • Price 2024: Euro €4,800 per person based on double occupancy and minimum 8 people (max 12). Single supplement Euro €850. Two guides accompany this tour. Note: our Guaranteed Departure and Small Group Fee policies do not apply to this tour.

Our trip begins in fascinating Split, a historic port on the Adriatic Sea and formerly home to Roman Emperor Diocletian, whose palace forms the heart of the town’s center. We board  your private 90-foot all-wood “gulet” in the UNESCO World Heritage harbor town of Trogir.  With a friendly crew of four, the yacht serves both as your hotel and transport to access wonderful walks throughout the Dalmatian islands. At night we vary our anchorages between secluded bays and charming fishing ports. The sea is a gorgeous turquoise, the islands are redolent with lavender, vineyards, and olive groves, and the towns we visit welcome you with their rich history and beautiful Venetian architecture.

Croatia Hike and Cruise Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights on a private yacht (all cabins with en-suite toilets and stand-up showers)
  • Meals: All meals (7 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners)
  • Luggage: Bags are stored onboard the yacht. No luggage transfers included.
  • Special events: Archaeological museum, olive oil tasting inside a medieval castle, UNESCO sites
  • Transport: Luxury yacht, van transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Active days: 6 days of guided hiking
  • Guides: At least 1 bilingual Customwalks guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people; 2 guides accompany departures of 9 to 12 people

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The Islands

The Dalmatian islands have smitten Roman Emperors, Venetian traders, and since 2008, us! We visit tiny Šolta island, whose remote villages seem locked in time. Brač is the largest of the islands and has a rich history that goes back to Neolithic times. Condé Nast magazine voted Hvar island among the “Ten Most Beautiful Islands in the World”. Spend some time in its lovely main town which boasts beautiful Renaissance architecture, and then get out to explore its scenic interior. Our final island, far-flung Vis, has indeed been locked in time as it was off-limits to tourists until 1992. It features two of Dalmatia’s most quaint and historic seaside villages.

The Boat

There is no better way to explore these beautiful islands than by private yacht and we have reserved our favorite Croatian gulet and crew. The gulet is a two-masted sailing ketch/motor yacht. It is broad-beamed for extra stability and deck space. The boat has 6 double cabins available for guests and all cabins have an en suite bathroom and screened-in stand-up shower. You can unpack for a week yet your floating hotel has a different view every day! Furthermore, you can opt in and out of our daily hikes. You can choose to stay on the yacht, have a swim, try sea kayaking, or just relax on deck while the others hike. All of the sea travel is done during the day, so nights are serene as we stay in sheltered bays or in small fishing ports (no seasickness!).

Day 0

Most people will want to arrive at least a day in advance in Split. The hotel is not included, but we recommend the Art Hotel, where we meet tomorrow, but there are many hotels and B&Bs to choose from. There are several flights a day from European hubs or ferries from Italy to Split. 

Day 1 – Arrival in Split and Boarding Yacht

 Meet your guides and the rest of the group at 09:30 in the lobby of the Split Art Hotel. You can leave your bags here, and we depart on foot for a guided visit of historic Split. The center of town was built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Built in the third century, the palace covers more than 3 square kilometers. Exquisite temples, vast reception chambers, and extensive private apartments were built within its perimeter walls. After the visit, we have lunch together, and then you have some free time before reconvening at 16:15 to transfer to our gorgeous gulet that is moored in Trogir harbor. We are soon cruising out into the sparkling Adriatic on our all wood two masted private yacht. An hour later, we drop anchor off of Šolta Island, where we enjoy a swim before dinner on board. Overnight Šolta Island.

Day 2 – Necujam hike and transfer to Pucišca

We drop off in Necujam Bay, then have a leisurely walk through olive groves and along ancient stone walls, and through the village of Grohote on our way to meet Goran, the last commercial beekeeper on the island. Goran speaks excellent English and shares his knowledge and passion for the essential bee. “Give Bees a Chance!” is his call to action. Goran’s wonderful sense of humor will make you laugh, and his philosophical insights might even make you cry. Either way, it is a wonderful visit. We continue our hike back down to the sea to reunite with the boat. You’ll enjoy a refreshing swim before lunch on board. This afternoon, relax on the thick deck cushions and admire the unfolding view as we motor over to Pucišca village on Brač island. You will have some free time to explore the back streets of this beautiful and historic seaport before heading to dinner at a local konoba (trattoria). The Hike: 7,5 km/4,6 mls. Total elevation gain 181 mts/593 ft. Total elevation loss 178 mts/584 ft. Hiking time: about 3 hours. Overnight in Pucišca (Brač Island).

Day 3 – Skrip – Vidova Gora – Blaca – Jelsa

This morning features a quick visit to the last stone stone-cutting school in Croatia, where youths learn to quarry and sculpt the local limestone, which has been sourced from the Island since the time of Diocleitan. A 1.5-hour hike brings you to Skrip village, where we have a brief visit to the surprisingly rich archaeological museum followed by an olive oil tasting inside a private home that just happens to be a medieval castle. Our morning hike ends at a lovely country restaurant that features expansive views over the island and out to sea. A van picks us up after lunch and shuttles us to the start of our afternoon hike, which takes us down a wild ravine to the coast via the 16th-century Blaca Monastery. We end up in a tiny deserted bay for a wonderful post-hike swim. The yacht will have motored around the island, so it is on call to pick us up and take us to the north coast of Hvar Island. We anchor in a protected bay near Vrbroska and have a relaxing dinner on board. The Hike: Morning hike: 4 km/2.5 mls. Total elevation gain: 253 mts/830 ft, total elevation loss: 16 mts/52 ft. Walking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Afternoon hike: 3,9 km/2.4 mls. Total elevation gain: 25 mts/82 ft. Total elevation loss: 382 mts/1253 ft. Hiking time: 2 hrs. Overnight Vbroska, Hvar island.

 

Day 4 – Jelsa – Vrboska – Hvar town (Hvar Island)

 We have an easy seaside walk this morning, which eventually takes us through the UNESCO World Heritage “Starigrad Plain,” which has been cultivated since Greek times (the same stone walls have been delineating the fields for more than 2,000 years!). Our hike ends in charming Starigrad whose honey-colored stone buildings line narrow laneways of cobblestones polished smooth by the passage of time. Our friendly crew picks us up on the dinghy and takes us back out to the gulet, which is anchored in a secluded bay. A welcome swim is followed by lunch on board. We then have a leisurely cruise to Hvar town, one of Croatia's most beautiful thanks to the Venetian craftsmen who built the beautiful 17th Centure buildings that we admire. You can walk up to the Venetian fort for wonderful views out over the terracotta rooftops of the city and out to sea, or simply wander through the colorful streets and alleyways and peruse the boutiques, or sit and relax at a cafe with a drink. We have dinner in town at a superb restaurant. The Hike: 13,2 km/ 8.2 mls. Total elevation gain: 182 mts/597 ft. Total elevation loss: 179 mts/587 ft. Hiking time: 3 hrs. Overnight near Hvar town.

Day 5 – Hvar Town – Milna – Vis Island

Start your day with a quick dip in the Adriatic before a short dinghy ride to shore, followed by a van transfer into the island’s interior. You will pass fields of lavender and a surreal landscape of stone piles, walls, and abandoned terraces. A scenic two-hour walk from village to village terminates in a small bay where your boat awaits you. Have a swim and then lunch on board. An afternoon motor takes us over to the isolated island of Vis, where we tie up to the jetty at Vis town. An evening walk takes you through the village and out to a seaside promontory for sunset, then dinner in one of the island’s best restaurants. The Hike: 5,4 km/3.5 mls; no elevation gain or loss. Hiking time: 2 hrs. Overnight Vis.

Day 6 – Biševo – Komiža

 This morning, we have a short cruise over to Biševo Island, one of Croatia’s smallest inhabited islands. We enjoy a scenic morning hike that ends with a gradual descent to a beautiful fjord-like bay. The gulet is there to greet us, and we have lunch on board. We drop off for our afternoon hike at an abandoned military base. The trail takes us past Cold War-era bunkers and gun emplacements to a wonderful vantage point overlooking picture-perfect Komiža village. The boat is tied up in the harbor. After a hot shower and then a cocktail on the aft deck, we walk to dinner which is in a former stone warehouse and lobster hatchery. The Hike: morning hike: 3.3 km/2 mls. No elevation gain or loss. Hiking time: 1 hr. Afternoon hike:5.2 km/3.2 mls. Total elevation gain:300 mts/900 ft. Total elevation loss: 304 mts/997 ft. Hiking time: 1 hour and a half. Dinner and overnight in Komiža.

Day 7 – Vis Island tour or Hike on Brač– return towards mainland

After breakfast, we take a morning cruise to Milna village on Brač Island, where we disembark for a short van transfer to avoid a steep climb. We then hike from village to village and then back down to the water to find our boat again. We have time for a last swim before continuing to Trogir, a gorgeous medieval port town that is also a World Heritage site. We have dinner on board for the final night. The Hike is 5.5 km/3.4 mls. The total elevation gain is 107 mts/351 ft. The hike takes 1.5 hours. Overnight in Trogir.

Day 8 – Disembark in Trogir

The tour ends this morning after breakfast in Trogir, which is conveniently only a fifteen-minute taxi ride to the Split airport. If you have a later flight, you can check your bags at a storage facility in the marina and explore the streets of this lovely town before your onward flight or ferry.

Please note: Some details of the itinerary may change according to the departure date of your tour. Whenever we run a tour we make new discoveries. Sometimes they are good discoveries, like a wonderful new trattoria, and sometimes they are bad, like a trail has been washed away. The result is that we sometimes change our itinerary to improve it by adding new wonderful elements to the tour or by removing something that does not work anymore. Rest assured, our goal is to always provide you with the best possible experience. We will advise you of any changes to the original itinerary prior to departure.  

** Optional extension to Dubrovnik

While you are on the Dalmatian coast, don’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik. It’s only a 4-hour (scenic!) bus ride along the coast from Split, so you could add it on either before or after your boat trip. You will be met by our friendly local guide who will make sure you get your bearings when you get in, then the following day she will give you a two-hour guided visit of the town, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Dubrovnik is encircled by more than a mile of huge stone walls originally built between the 13th and 16th centuries to protect the city from invaders coming from the sea. Stay another day or two to visit some of the outlying islands, like nearby Lokrum or the beautiful city of Korčula, birthplace of Marco Polo! Contact us for details. We can offer a fully-guided 2-3 day option or just provide you with information.

The hikes in Croatia

We will be hiking through cities, along farm properties, through woods, and over scrubby terrain. It is often rocky (hiking shoes are recommended) and there are some short climbs. We hike from 2–4 hours a day, with options to extend or shorten the hike. Of course, the boat allows us the option of really relaxing and watching the beautiful coastline unfold as you lie on deck with a good book. The choice is yours.

 

 

Activity Level 2 + out of 5 = Easy to Moderate Plus:
In general: This is an Easy to Moderate tour for fit hikers, and a little challenging but do-able for not-so-fit hikers.
Terrain: Flat to gently rolling terrain but with some rocky, rugged terrain. May have some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 30 minutes of sustained ascents or descents. The hikes are shorter in distance than those found on a 3 rated tour. 
Actual hiking time: Between 2-4 hours per day, mostly in the morning but sometimes also in the afternoon.
Distances: Usually between 7 and 10 kms/4.5 and 6 miles. Max distance is 12 kms/7 miles.
Surfaces: Trails consisting of mostly compact earth, gravelly earth, and sometimes dirt-gravel roads and on occasion rocky and uneven trails. .
Footing: Good, but on occasion you have to pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: Flat to rolling terrain but often on uneven, rocky trails. Daily activity between 2-4 hours per day, mostly in the morning. Max distance 10 km (6 mi.). Note: a typical day starts with a drop-off from the boat and a morning hike of a few hours with a stop along the way. We often end the morning hike at a beach or cove where we are picked up by the boat. Then we have lunch, cruise to our next destination, and sometimes have a short afternoon hike. This tour can become very easy if you choose to skip some of the hikes and enjoy relaxing on the boat!
Hiking Poles: Not required, but if you habitually use hiking poles then you will find them helpful.  
Compared to the Cinque Terre: This tour is significantly easier than the hikes in the Cinque Terre.
Other: This tour is appropriate for fit first time “hikers” who enjoy hiking and who have good balance and are coordinated. 
Easy to Moderate Plus Tours: in this category are all of our boat–based tours in Turkey, Croatia, and Greece if you decide to do all of the hikes on offer. On these trips, we usually do a hike in the morning, return to the boat for a swim and then lunch, then cruise, then sometimes drop off for another late afternoon hike, which you could skip and just relax on the boat. Your guides of course can advise you of the difficulty level and the terrain and footing of each hike. Other Easy to Moderate Plus tours are: Tuscany Val d’Orcia & Maremma Hike and Provence Hike.
As a point of reference, what is a 1 out of 5 Activity rating? A 1 out of 5 rated tour is a tour without any hiking. Walks would be in towns, cities, and villages, and the countryside walks would be on paved, or gravel/dirt roads, and occasionally on some packed earth trails. Elevation gain and loss would be negligible.
As a point of reference, what is a 5 out of 5 Activity rating? A 5 out of 5 rated tour is a tour that would be physically challenging and technically difficult even for very fit and experienced hikers. The hikes would have steep ascents and descents on narrow, exposed trails with challenging footing, such as on scree fields, or through rock falls and boulders. Distances would be up to 25 km/16 miles per day and feature ascents of over 1,000 m/3,200 feet in a day. A 5 out of 5 tour would also mean that you would be carrying a heavier-than-normal pack. None of our tours are rated 5 out 5. Our most challenging tours are 4.5 out of 5, and they are the Dolomites Alta Via (because of some exposed trail that requires some technical expertise) and our Republic of Georgia tour which has some long hikes with over 1,000 meters of elevation gain.

Getting There: we board our yacht around 4 p.m. either in Split or in nearby Trogir (25 km north of Split), so we meet up in Split mid-afternoon and then make our way together to the boat. You may choose to do an extension to Dubrovnik (which is accessible via 4-hour bus ride from Split), or you can also fly into one city and out of the other.

Air: Most international flights arrive in Zagreb, but it is much simpler to fly directly into Split (or Dubrovnik) from London, Frankfurt, Vienna, or Rome – the four cities that have direct flights into Split with Croatia Airlines. EasyJet also has cheap flights in and out of both cities, and there are currently low-cost options like Transavia to Split from Paris-Orly, or from London-Gatwick with Thomson Airlines. See the Split Airport and Dubrovnik Airport websites for more details.

Rail: Croatia’s mountainous coastline makes it unsuitable for rail access to Split and Dubrovnik. There are trains, but many of them link through Zagreb, inland, so unless you are planning on arriving overland from Budapest this is not the option for you. Trains from Italy fare no better: you can get to the border at Trieste, just past Venice, but then the trains move into the interior and the only option for traveling south is by bus. Ten hour bus. There are also ferries which hop down the coast, which would be nice option for those with time on their hands and a smattering of Croatian.

Sea: arriving by ferry from Italy is yet another option for those who wish to dip into Italy before beginning their Croatian odyssey. There are overnight ferries from Venice, Ancona, and Bari to both Split and Dubrovnik, and there are even hydrofoils from Ancona, ferrying you across the Adriatic in just a few hours. See the SNAV ferry website for more information, or Adriatica Navigazione or the Croatian Jadrolinija lines.

Getting Away at the End of the Trip: our trip ends in Split or nearby Trogir at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. We can arrange for transport to the airport (only 10 mins from Trogir) or back to Split.

If you book a trip with us you will receive detailed information about how to get to the start of your trip, or feel free to e-mail us with any specific travel questions.

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by Bob and Dinah G
Posted Jul 05, 2023

Customwalks continues to deliver and exceed our expectations. This was the most unique travel experience. The combination of outstanding fellow travelers, great hiking, excellent cuisine and superb service from Brett and Josko along with the crew of the Sea Breeze made it a vacation to remember.

5
by Arlene R
Posted Oct 20, 2022

Our fifth trip with Custom and second Croatian. Fun week of new experiences, fabulous scenery, challenging walks and rewarding lunches. Croatian wine and beer above expectations throughout our trip. Cruising was picturesque, calm and harbors inviting. Everyday was an adventure exceeding our expectations and our Croatian guide made this trip personal. This trip was what we all hope for when we sign up and commit.

5
by Barbara H
Posted Oct 08, 2022

Fabulous trip! Go! Third trip with Custom Walks. Already planning the next one.

4.8
by SBN
Posted Mar 23, 2019

FAbulous

5
by T Woodall
Posted Feb 03, 2015

Another Sail and walking tour in a beautiful country. Great guides, hikes, views, food, fun and enjoyment. Highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for excitement and a beautiful experience.

4.6
by S Lane
Posted Feb 02, 2015

We did this as a private tour and loved it. The islands were quiet and unspoilt ( it felt a bit like stepping back in time ), and provided a good variety of walks and it's always great to be able to swim and cool off afterwards, especially in such clear, turquoise water.

4.8
by Murray
Posted Feb 01, 2015

Did the Croatian trip after having a great experience on the Turkish walk and sail tour. Another Customwalks epic - spectacular scenery, a great mix of walking, swimming and lots of unexpected and fun treats along the way. The boat and guides were great, as were our fellow travellers, most of whom were repeats from our earlier Turkish trip. Just do it!



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Customwalks continues to deliver and exceed our expectations. This was the most unique travel experience. The combination of outstanding fellow travelers, great hiking, excellent cuisine and superb service from Brett and Josko along with the crew of the Sea Breeze made it a vacation to remember.
by Bob and Dinah G


Our fifth trip with Custom and second Croatian. Fun week of new experiences, fabulous scenery, challenging walks and rewarding lunches. Croatian wine and beer above expectations throughout our trip. Cruising was picturesque, calm and harbors inviting. Everyday was an adventure exceeding our expectations and our Croatian guide made this trip personal. This trip was what we all hope for when we sign up and commit.
by Arlene R


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