Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia
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Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia is an enticing combination of a gulet cruise with walks through some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. Ancient forts, beautiful towns, great castles and churches line the trail, and our guides will use them to bring the country’s rich and turbulent history to vibrant life.
A series of highlights await. At Ston, you’ll walk atop the 5 km wall built in the 14th and 15th centuries to protect a landscape of prime agricultural land and precious salt pans in one of the Adriatic's most important wine-growing regions. On Mljet, a network of paths and tracks will offer you an ever-changing set of vistas, taking in sea and lake, hill and valley, and a string of sites ranging from prehistory via the Romans to the Middle Ages. On Hvar, you will explore the Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where local farmers are using the same tracks and maintaining the same field boundaries that their ancient Greek forebears laid out when they colonised the island 100 generations ago: a living archaeological landscape.
You will also experience this magnificent stretch of Croatia’s coast through its delicious local produce: a cornucopia of delights await: fresh seafood, fine wines and superb meat and cheese dishes. Travelling aboard a traditional and elegant gulet, you’ll have the pleasure of anchoring in beautiful bays and coves and picturesque harbours, the perfect way to discover the Dalmatian coast.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Single Supplement: £925
Day 1:Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
We embark at the little harbour of Slano, about an hour from Dubrovnik airport. Welcome drinks and dinner on board.
Day 2:Ston, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
In the morning, we walk the "Great Wall of Ston", one of the most unusual historical fortifications in Europe. Erected in the 14th and 15th centuries to protect the precious salt pans, and the peninsula itself, the wall stretches for 5.5 km from Ston to Mali Ston. In the afternoon, we make the short crossing to the verdant island of Mljet.
Day 3:Mljet National Park, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
On Mljet, we explore an important nature reserve on foot on romantic forest tracks, passing a Roman palace, an Illyrian stronghold, a great pair of lakes and a beautiful medieval monastery set on a lake island. Later, we cruise to the Straits between Korcula and Orebic.
Day 4:Peljesac Peninsula, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
In the morning, we hike up to the beautiful Nakovana plateau, high above Orebic on the Peljesac Peninsula. In an evocative landscape setting, we discover a stupendous prehistoric hill fort, an ancient sacred cave and a picturesque abandoned village.
Day 5:Hvar, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
In the morning, we head to the island of Hvar. Here, we make our way from the serene little port of Stari Grad to walk in the hills above the Stari Grad Plain before exploring the plain itself, Croatia’s most unusual World Heritage site: the field system laid out by the Greek settlers of Pharos 24 centuries ago, and still in use.
Day 6:Brac Island, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
We cross to the wonderful island of Brac. Here, we head up to admire the views from Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all the Adriatic Islands, followed by a wonderful forest walk to the mountain village of Gazul, where we enjoy a rustic traditional lunch.
Day 7:Blaca Gorge, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
We walk through the Blaca Gorge, visiting the striking Blaca Hermitage, a monastery founded in the Renaissance period and in use until 1963. A last swim and then a delicious final dinner.
Day 8:Split, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
Transfers to Split airport about 30 minutes away.
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