Croatia Private Journey

Hiking, Biking, and Optional Sea Kayaking along the Dalmatian Coast

Overview

Experience the glorious Dalmatian Coast, with its legendary islands set in the azure Adriatic Sea, fascinating walled cities filled with the echoes of the Venetian Empire, delightful fresh seafood, and a burgeoning wine scene. We’ve created a wonderful Private Journey—with a fantastic array of options—that takes you through the best of this enchanting realm. With your private guide, explore the isle of Hvar, with its charming white-stone towns, hike through villages that seem lost in time, and sea kayak the inviting turquoise waters. On the hilly Peljesac Peninsula, you’ll hike the defensive ramparts of medieval Ston, taste wines at an award-winning winery specializing in traditional winemaking techniques, sample oysters on a secluded island, and hike to hillside monasteries for splendid views of the sea. Your grand finale is the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, where a bike ride in the surrounding countryside reveals a stunning landscape of lush vineyards, olive groves, and tiny stone villages. Our accommodations are in lovely hotels just steps from the water. We’ve wrapped up all the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast in a spectacular—and fun—adventure.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Explore Hvar Island

On the gorgeous isle of Hvar, enjoy a walking tour of Hvar Town with your private guide. An optional half-day sea kayaking tour brings you into the beautiful turquoise waters surrounding Hvar, and a hike in the central hills, brimming with fields of lavender and other aromatic herbs, reveals ancient hamlets with traditional architecture. You may also have the chance to taste prosek, an outstanding dessert wine, or travarica, an aromatic herbal grappa.

Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Hvar, Croatia
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Hvar, Croatia
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Days 3-4
Korcula Island

Head to the beautiful island of Korcula, the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo and an ancient fortified Venetian arsenal, known for its white wine called Posip, dense forests, and sandy beaches. The town of Korcula is encircled by medieval walls, and its charming squares, streets, palaces, and churches are a delight to explore. A hike to the village of Zrnovo, one of the oldest on the island, will reveal island life as it was in years gone by, and you’ll sample homemade liquors and marmalade at a local farm.

Hotel Korsal
Korcula, Croatia
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Hotel Liburnia
Korsal, Croatia
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-7
Ston / Oyster Tasting / Dubrovnik

In the enchanting medieval village of Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula, enjoy a short walking tour of the town, with its clusters of houses with terracotta roofs, and hike on the ancient city walls. Heading to Hodilje, set on a bay where oyster and mussel farms thrive, boat out into the waters with a local guide who introduces you to the fascinating process of farming oysters, and taste them fresh from the sea. Visit the winery of Frano Milos, a famous Croatian winemaker who produces the best red wines and organic olive oil in the area. Enjoy a full day in Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” with its dazzling late-medieval walled city of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. The aromatic countryside outside of Dubrovnik is yours to explore on Day 7 either by bicycle or foot. Enjoy landscapes of vineyards, orchards, and olive groves, and finish the afternoon with a wine-tasting in a centuries-old cellar.

Hotel Ostrea
Mali Ston, Croatia
Day 5 (1 night)
Sorgo Palace
Ston, Croatia
Day 5 (1 night)
Hotel Lapad
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)
Hotel Kompas
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)
Hotel Lero
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)
Days 8-9
Popovo Valley / Old City of Mostar / Depart

Drive along the coast and the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the scenic Popovo Valley, visiting Blagaj, a Dervish monastery that’s nearly 600 years old, set at the base of a cliff on the scenic Buna River, as well as the Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, a UNESCO World Heritage site and historic Ottoman frontier town. Return to Dubrovnik and depart on Day 9.

Hotel Lapad
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)
Hotel Kompas
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)
Hotel Lero
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy hikes with panoramic views of the Dalmatian Coast, visit ancient hamlets where traditions thrive, bike through lush vineyards and farms, optional sea kayaking
Walking tours of Hvar Town, with its fascinating history and Mediterranean ambiance, and glorious Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic"
Taste oysters and mussels fresh from the sea, sample Croatia's traditional cuisine including grilled calamari, peka (a meat and vegetable dish), and crni ri┼żot (risotto with squid ink)
Visit renowned wineries and sample their tasty wares, enjoy lunch in a centuries-old wine cellar

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $4695  
Arrive: Hvar, Croatia
Depart: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lodging: 8 nights hotels
Meals: Breakfasts and 5 lunches included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Walking, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours, hiking, and optional sea kayaking