Croatia: Islands & Mountains Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Croatia
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TVD
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
16 Min age

Trip Overview

Enjoy the very best of Croatia; the coast and islands, the beautiful towns, near-perfect national parks and spectacular mountains. Starting in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik, we begin our journey up the coast where the crystal clear sea forms the backdrop for many of our early walks, followed by the peaceful sound of waterfalls as we head into the national parks of Paklenica and Krka. Here we have a chance to bathe in the Skradinski buk waterfalls and enjoy walks through spectacular gorges, forests and mountain scenery.

At a Glance

  • 6 days trekking with vehicle support
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader
  • Luggage transported by private vehicle 
  • Altitude maximum 930m, average 583m
  • 7 nights in 2 and 3-star hotels

 

Trip Highlights

  • Walk idyllic coastal and mountain routes 
  • Discover the beautiful UNESCO town of Dubrovnik
  • Experience the wilderness of Krka and Paklenica National Parks

Is This Trip for You?

This tour is graded Activity Level 3 (Moderate)

The majority of the walking routes are on clearly defined paths. The paths can get steeper in places and some sections can be rocky. No specific technical experience is required but we recommend that you are comfortable walking in hilly and mountainous areas. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness should be comfortable with the daily distances and height gained. 

Please read our walking and trekking fitness guide for useful information on how to prepare for an Exodus holiday. Click here 

 

Group

Normally 4 to 16, plus leader and driver.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Dubrovnik

    The tour starts in the fascinating old city of Dubrovnik. Situated right on the Adriatic Sea, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs make this a truly enchanting place. In the evening we will take a walk around the city and go out for a group meal where we will have a briefing about the tour. 

  • Day 2

    Walk from Gornji Obod to Straazisce Peak; transfer to Dubrovnik, explore the old town.

    After breakfast we take a short transfer (about 25 minutes) to the village of Gornji Obod. From here we follow a path that zig-zags its way up to the village of Velji Do where there is an opportunity for refreshments. After a break the walk continues up to Strazisce Peak, at the top we are rewarded with spectacular views back over Dubrovnik and can see the commemorative cross in memory of the US aircraft which crashed delivering aid in 1996. We return to Velji Do and then transfer back to Dubrovnik where we have the afternoon to enjoy the city. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last 10 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city has now returned to its former glory. The cobblestoned streets of the old town, or Stari Grad, features fountains, churches, palaces and museums - all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the city but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun. This is the main street and is covered in smooth shiny marble.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 7 km / 4 miles
  • Day 3

    Transfer up the coast to the Biokovo Massif; walk above the town of Makarska; transfer to Bol on the Island of Brac.

    After breakfast will transfer by bus to Tucepi, this transfer takes about 3.5 hours including a coffee break on route. Once in Tucepi we begin our walk to Makarska, through the Biokovo mountains. The Biokovo massif rises up steeply above the Makarska Riviera in three spectacular shelves, providing hiking at all levels and fabulous views. Our destination of Makarska is a small but lively town, tastefully restored in stone after a devastating earthquake in 1962. It has a fantastic 2km stretch of beach, so if we have a bit of time we can take a refreshing dip before we head for the island of Brac. We will catch the ferry from Makarska and transfer to Bol, by far the biggest draw on the island of Brac.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7 miles
  • Day 4

    Climb Vidova Gora for views over Bol and Zlatni Rat, the Golden Beach; afternoon to relax on the beach.

    We start today with a 20 minute transfer to the small village of Gazul, from here we start our walk to the peak of Vidova Gora (780m). The first part of our walk will take us through woodland for around 1.5hrs as we gradually ascend 230m to the summit of the highest point on Brac Island, the views from the top of Vidova Gora are spectacular as we can see all the way to the island of Hvar in the distance and the famous 500m long spit of Zlatni Rat jutting out to sea in the foreground, this view is one that features on many postcards in Croatia so make sure to bring your camera. From here our walk is downhill for around 2hrs towards the town of Bol. In the afternoon you can make the most of the glorious beach of Zlatni Rat. It is south facing, so ideal for an afternoon of rest and relaxation.   

     

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Day 5

    Catch the ferry to Split and enjoy a couple of hours exploring the old town before transferring to Krka N.P.; bathe in the Skradinski buk waterfalls

    Morning ferry transfer to Split, Croatia’s second biggest city, but the old centre is compact and easily explored on foot. The main draw is Diocletian’s Roman Palace. The town as a whole is a lively and friendly place, with a bustling café culture, so it is simply a nice place to stop, have a coffee and soak up the atmosphere. We then have a transfer (approx. 84km) by bus to Krka National Park. Here we begin our walk to the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, made up of a series of waterfalls dropping down in 17 dramatic steps. The area is accessed by wooden walkways and forest paths. It is worth packing your swimming costume as at the base of the waterfall you can take a dip in this beautiful natural environment. The area is also fantastic for wildlife, birdlife and flora and fauna, it is now an important wildlife sanctuary with several species endemic to the region or now extinct elsewhere in Europe. The walk will take around 2.5 hours and is all on easy paths. In the late afternoon we transfer to Starigrad Paklenica.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 6 km / 3 miles
  • Day 6

    Velika Paklenica N.P. gorge walk via the Mirila Graves and Tomici Village.

    Today we have a walking tour of the National Park Paklenica. Paklenica is home to the two impressive canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, vertically cut into the mountain where climbers from all across Europe come to test their skills and conquer these vertical assents. In a relatively small area of the national park, there are several unusual karst forms, caves, and the area is extremely rich in flora and fauna. Our 7.5 hour walk starts with a short jeep ride up to Veliko Rujno (850m), from here we climb 300m for fantastic views over the park. Our walk is then mostly downhill as we have 1150m of descent through the quietest areas of the park, passing the unusual Mirila graves, the village of Tomici and finishing in the main canyon itself. In the afternoon we return to Starigrad Paklenica.



    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
  • Day 7

    Another day in the wonderful wilderness of Paklenica N.P.; walk to a medow beneath Bojin Kuk peak before returning to Starigrad Paklenica for the evening

    Today we have another opportunity to explore the National Park Paklenica. We walk to the saddle of 'Pod Jaginim Kukom' which has a great view up to Bojin Kuk. The Bojinac group is made up of a vast area of limestone, with the karst scenery forming towers of rock, furrowed limestone cliffs, caves and soft green meadows creating a contrast against the severe rock. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a walkers paradise. We walk for about 5-6 hours, returning to Starigrad Paklenica for the evening.



    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 21 km / 13 miles
  • Day 8

    End Zadar

    Transfer to Zadar where the tour ends.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels

7 nights hotels. Hotels are simple but comfortable with en suite facilities.
In recent years Croatia has regained its place as a popular tourist destination with visitor levels nearly as high as before the Balkan conflict. Unfortunately a large number of hotels were damaged beyond repair either directly or indirectly during those years and demand now heavily outstrips supply. As a result hotel prices are high and Croatia is not the cheap destination some might expect. Hotels tend to be more workmanlike than luxurious with communist era style architecture and facilities.

Single supplement from 279,40 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

For breakfast you can expect a large continental buffet with meats and cheeses, bread, jams and pastries as well as tea and coffee. 

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans. Some specialities that we highly recommend include squid ink risotto and Octopus salad!    

Transportation

Travel will be by private bus and scheduled ferry services.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe, and some regions are notoriously free from rain. We generally travel off-season, so you should expect some variation in temperature and possibly some rainfall. Temperatures can be high, particularly on the July departures and can reach the mid to high 30s.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Easy Jet (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed
until approximately two weeks before departure.


Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Dubrovnik and ending in Zadar

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Dubrovnik in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Dubrovnik
Location end:
Zadar Airport

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Normal daily clothes
Lightweight walking clothes (especially for summer departures)
Daypack
Walking boots (with ankle support and good soles)
Waterproofs and warm jacket/jumper
Water bottle or hydration pack
Sun protection
Sun hat
Sun glasses
Towel and swim suit

Optional Equipment

Supply of your favourite snacks to eat whilst out on walks

Walking poles

Reading List

Croatia: A Nation Forged in War - Marcus Tanner
Walking in Croatia - Rudolf Abraham
Croatia: A History - Ivo Goldstein

View of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Practical Information

Passport

Croatia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Croatia's Timezone:
Europe/Zagreb CET (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Croatia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Croatia's Currency

The national currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 8.3 to the GBP,  6.5 to the USD, 5 to the CAD, 7.4 to the EUR, 5 to the AUD and 4.7 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM machines are widely available and most credit cards are accepted in shops and restaurants, however cash is usually easier for smaller purchases and only accepted at market stalls.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Allow £20‐30 per day for meals that are not included; this would cover a good size lunch and a standard 3 course meal in the evening. It is certainly possible to spend a lot more depending on what you chose to eat and drink.

Walking poles are available to hire from our local team for €10 for the duration of the trip. Please request this with Exodus at the time of booking so we can reserve poles for you.

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Tipping is at your discretion but many clients wish to tip their leaders and driver at the end of the trip, we suggest between 100-150 Kuna (€13-20) per client for the guide and 50-100 Kuna (€7-13) for the driver. Most groups prefer to present the money to the leader at the end of the week with two separate envelopes (one for the leader and one for the driver). This is completely at your own discretion and to be used as a guideline only.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

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