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Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

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Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
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Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
4–20
Min age:
16

Stunning islands and the historic cities of Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik

With impressive architecture and arguably some of the best scenery in Europe, the Dalmatian Coast is truly unique. This is a relaxed week taking in the best of this striking coastal region. We start by exploring the UNESCO cities of Split and nearby Trogir, before sampling island life on beautiful Korcula. We complete our trip with three nights in Dubrovnik, possibly the most perfectly preserved Renaissance town in the world, with a jumble of narrow streets and red-tiled roofs tucked tightly within the city walls.

Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO cities of Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik
  • Enjoy a catamaran ride to Mljet National Park
  • Sample wines produced on the island of Korcula the Peljesac Peninsula

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels 
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • Travel by private bus, catamaran and local ferry and public bus
  • Countries visited: Croatia

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch 
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities 
  • Tour leader throughout 
  • Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
  • Wine tasting on Peninsula Peljesac

What's not included

  • Travel insurance 
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
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1 800 267 3347
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Itinerary

Split Airport
to
Dubrovnik
  • Day 1

    Start Split Airport

    Start Split airport. On arrival we take a short transfer to the UNESCO town of Trogir in time for dinner. We stay in the old walled part of this charming town.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Explore Trogir; transfer to Split, free time in Split before a ferry ride to Korcula.

    We look around Trogir in the early morning before taking a short transfer to Split, another UNESCO city. There will be free time in the beautiful old city centre before we catch a catamaran late afternoon to the island of Korcula (approx. 3-3.5hr). The mediaeval walled town of Korcula, reputedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, is often described as a mini Dubrovnik. This picturesque town is located at the tip of the island where the distinctive red roofs jostle for space between ancient towers. Like Dubrovnik, the old town is a warren of small lanes and alleys: a great place to explore and a photographer's paradise. We take a short transfer to the village of Lumbarda where our hotel is situated.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Circular walk around Lumbarda village and wine tasting.

    It's time to stretch the legs a little and roam the surrounding area of Lumbarda. We will walk through vineyards and olive groves and admire the beautiful beaches where we can stop for a drink or a quick swim. We visit the famous Grk winery and sample some of the local wines typical to the island of Korcula. In the evening when transfer to Korcula Town for dinner.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Travel by boat to Mljet Island; walk to the peak of Montokuc for panoramic views.

    After breakfast, we transfer to Korcula in time for the catamaran to Mljet Island, whose national park status has ensured limited development. The island is a lovely tranquil place to walk, cloaked in forest and dotted with tiny hamlets. Our goal today is to reach the peak of Montokuc (256m) which offers panoramic views of the beautiful Dalmatian Coast and to enjoy picnic lunch on the island, before returning to our hotel on Korcula. Those who do not wish to walk up to Montokuc peak can take a flat circular walk around the lake, have a swim and enjoy a drink overlooking the water.

    On occasion, if the weather is bad the catamaran cannot run. If this happens there are alternative excursions, or we will stay on the island of Korcula and visit Vela Spilja, one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites in Europe.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Ferry to mainland; visit Ston en route to Dubrovnik.

    We transfer to the ferry port to catch the ferry to the Peninsula Peljesac (15min ferry ride) after breakfast. Once on the peninsula, we drive along a very scenic mountain road with great views of the coast and vineyards. We will stop at one of the local agrotourism and enjoy a local olive and produce tasting just next to the old town of Ston. In Ston we recommend walking up the magnificent old walls which overlook the town – the view from the top is fantastic! Ston is also very well known for its seafood – the mussels and oysters here are so fresh and probably the best on the trip. After roaming the streets of Ston we will transfer about 60km to Dubrovnik where we have the rest of the day to relax. In the evening we can go into the old town for dinner and a wander around.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Dubrovnik city tour.

    Today we enjoy a full day in the remarkable old city of Dubrovnik which includes the Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery. Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm with its location right on the Adriatic, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs. 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, feature 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. Following the walking tour, there will be time for a walk along the famous city walls: this is optional and costs approx. €25 for entrance into the site (or is included in the Dubrovnik card).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free day to relax in Dubrovnik, or take an optional trip to Lokrum and explore the surrounding area.

    We have a free day for further exploration of the city. Relax either in the many eateries, on the beach or perhaps enjoy an optional visit to Lokrum Island. Very easily reachable from the old port in the Old town of Dubrovnik, this island is a nature a special forest vegetation reserve, waiting to be explored today! A 20 minute boat ride will take you away from the crowded streets of the Old Town to this beautiful green Island where the botanic garden is situated and where you can relax with a drink. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear and a good book as after a stroll you will most definitely treat yourselves with a swim in the Adriatic Sea. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Dubrovnik.

    After breakfast, the trip ends Dubrovnik.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

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

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch are included.

For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet with cold meat, cheeses, bread, eggs, jams and pastries as well as tea and coffee. 

The Dalmatian coast is dotted with mussel farms and fishing boats, and the seafood along the coast and on the islands is amazing and must be tried on this trip! You will also find grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads and influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans.

Weather

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 and August departures and can reach the mid to high 30s.

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Is this trip for you?

This is a relaxed itinerary mainly based around sightseeing and exploring. There is a fair amount of walking around towns and cities and a couple of gentle day walks on days 3 and 4 on two of the picturesque islands on the Dalmatian Coast, some of the paths are rocky so some good shoes are worth packing. The walks are suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

We stay in a good selection of 2 and 3-star hotels throughout the trip. All hotels are well located in towns and villages with a good variety of restaurants allowing you to indulge in the fantastic local cuisine. 

On day 1 we stay in the beautiful old walled town of Trogir which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The old town is very small and contains no modern buildings, because of this some groups may be split between several small hotels, all hotels are of equal quality and are situated within 50m of each other.

On the island of Korcula we stay in the small quaint fishing village of Lumbarda. The family run hotel offers warm hospitality, be sure to pack your swimming costume as there is a pool you can enjoy at the end of the day. Please note: the outdoor pool may be closed for early and late departures but there is a pebble beach 200m from the hotel if you are a really keen swimmer.

In Dubrovnik we stay in Lapad Bay, next to many restaurants and close to a pebbly public beach. There is a supermarket nearby and the local bus for the Old Town of Dubrovnik is just in front of the hotel.

A limited number of single rooms can be pre-booked for a supplement. Please ask a member of our sales team for details.

Additional Accommodation

Additional accommodation can be booked, subject to availability, at our hotels in Trogir or Dubrovnik, either before or after the trip. Prices are available from the Exodus office on request.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2019
    Helen Bouchami

    Relaxed itinerary but plenty to do

    This was the most relaxed itinerary of any Exodus holiday I've been on. No early morning starts or long journeys, yet we managed to pack a lot in, I think due to this trip focusing on a limited geographic area. Three nights in each of two hotels. I enjoyed the variety of the trip. Split and Dubrovnik are 'must sees', but it was good to escape the cruise crowds with two visits to nature reserves on islands, and the smaller town of Trogir was lively and picturesque enough without being overwhelmingly busy.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Mljet Island; walk to the peak of Montokuc. Beautiful island with its internal 'lakes' and pines. The climb was not difficult (256m) with steeper sections interspersed with level ones. Lovely views at the top. We did one leg of the journey by boat on the lake, stopping briefly on an island with a monastery. With the walk around the small and big lake + the climb approx. 8.5 miles - a good leg stretch without being overly demanding. Those who didn't want to climb had the option of remaining at the lakeside for an afternoon's swimming.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ivan was a warm, friendly and organized leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Dubrovnik card is not necessary. The city tour includes a couple of museum visits and we were then given a museum pass to use during the rest of our stay. The entry ticket for the (optional) walk around the walls also includes the fort, which can be visited that day or the next. Steps are definitely a feature of this coastline - even within the hotels. For anyone with knee problems, a stick or walking pole might be helpful. Mussels and oysters are specialties along the coast, but I found both overly salty. But the langoustines (scampi) at the More restaurant on Korcula were delicious. Because the coast is steep and rocky, there are few sand beaches and entry into the water for a swim can be hard on the feet/ slippy. Protective shoes are available for sale, or if you have some, bring them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There is also a darker side to the history of this region. A map in Dubrovnik shows the damage caused by the war with Serbia etc. and the bright red of newer roof tiles stands out as you walk around the walls. The small Jewish synagogue and museum are worth a visit.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Stuart Whitehouse

    Fantastic holiday

    An excellent holiday, with beautiful scenery and good food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walking tour of Dubrovnik, which included the Franciscan Monastery and the Rector's Palace, was excellent, I could have spent a lot longer learning about the history of the city.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Zeljko was an excellent leader. He was patient and knowledgable, and always had time to help members of the group. He was well-organised without being dictatorial, and his hard work was a major factor in making the holiday a success.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's worth taking swimwear, Hotel Borik in Lumbarda on Korcula has a nice outdoor pool, and the Hotel Splendid in Dubrovnik has a beach on the Adriatic you can swim from.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    krystyna kiel

    Pretty territory

    Slower paced trip. Lots of free time. Highlights of Dalmatia coast

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walks along the sea

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very personable and involved. Went the extra step.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Compared to other Balkan countries, this is a pricey area. Prepare for crowds. I’d go off season, but then swimming in the sea would be challenging. Croatia is certainly ready for the tourist

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    B
  • Reviewed September 2018
    BRUCE DUNNING

    Stunning coastline

    Stunning coastline and some beautiful old towns to wander round .Two lovely walks of about five or six miles along stoney paths but with options if you're not feeling to energetic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loved the buildings in Dubrovnik being a craftsman I really enjoyed some of the stone work

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader Sanja was fantastic ,very good at her job and always smiling .i would also like to single out the tour guide we had in Dubrovnik, Antia was excellent she was very informative but also entertaining and funny ,the two hour walk round flew by .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The food in Croatia is great but if you are vegetarian and don't eat fish you will struggle also the trip notes state there is filter water supplied ,this is not the case but we were assured the tap water was safe to drink so we all did with no ill effects .There are no kettles in hotel rooms in Croatia so if you want tea in bed bring a kettle and bring a good insect repellent for Korcula they really liked the taste of me.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No very early starts on this trip ,730 am was the earliest
  • Reviewed May 2018
    C N

    ADD Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast

    This week long trip was a blend of fast paced scenic national parks and city tours. Both having lots of steps! With not a moment wasted you are surprised at what has been fitted in.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment for me as a someone who is not the fittest was completing the epic walk to see the fantastic panoramic views at Mljet National Park and then having a splash in the water after.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Dino who was always friendly, approachable and took the responsibility of leading a full group very well. The city tours we had were informative and I appreciated the Dubrovnik tour guide (Anthea?) always looking for places in the shade.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    On this trip the notes were misleading - water is not provided. Start walking especially if your not used to walking especially fast paced, lots of steps, uphill walking in the heat. But the views, ice cream and swim make it worthwhile. Do bring swim wear. If you do walk the walls in Dubrovnik and you want to miss the cruise crowds go after 13.30

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip has an optional day trip to Mostar - please consider this. To anyone who is interested in this holiday I would say as an introduction to Croatia book it!
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Sarah Carter

    Great varied trip, sightseeing, steps, history, steps, marvellous scenery, nature and walks

    This was an interesting and varied trip with a wonderful variety of sights, history, walks and scenery. The pace was great, I like the 2/3 nights in a hotel format. There were an awful lot of steps involved, I don't just mean walking I mean up and down sightseeing. Fine for most but maybe worth mentioning. Also the gravelly surface on the up hill part of the Mljet walk in heat made it a more than gentle walk! Trainers were perfectly fine, not walking boot terrain really, walking pole may have helped. The Korkula walk has a bit of a rocky scramble in one tiny section. The guide Dino, was wonderful, enthusiastic, helpful, compassionate and easy company. Great restaurant Marco Polo in Korcula and for a light lunch in Dubrovnik Oliva Pizzeria, lovely Greek salad and cold beer! Watch out for prices in Dubrovnik, we found a huge difference for coffees, lemon etc. Walk the Dubrovnik walls early, we were on them by 8.30, by the time we were off them about 2 hours later (we wandered and took photos and time) there was a steady stream climbing the entrance steps, and it was hot...early May! That's it....great trip...go ahead and book it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walls of Dubrovnik, and Ston...and Mjlet

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was great. Dino did everything possible to make the trip what we wanted it to be. His first trip too, our group will be forever emblazoned across his memory!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    OK, see above re walking poles and trainers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have liked a little more information during our walks about the history, flora and fauna...what were those abandoned enclosure walls on Korkula? What is this plant? That's being super picky, it was a great trip.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Lesley Pearson

    Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast - please use direct flights!

    The 8 hour layover at Zagreb was not a good start to this trip. I raised the short transfer time as a concern when I booked the trip and my worst fears were confirmed when we were greeted in Zagreb by a handling agent to be told this is where we would spend the next few hours with one food voucher, and eventually the offer of a free bus ride into the city for myself and 8 other stranded members of the group flight! Zagreb airport maybe brand new, but it offers just one snack type cafe landslide, and absolutely nothing airside! This is unacceptable, Exodus! Please use direct flights! On arrival in Trogir our tour leader did provide us with a very welcome snack. The first night hotel was woeful, no air conditioning, and very noisy. We transferred to Korcula the next day (the ferry was very uncomfortable, again no air conditioning, and no open deck space). The pension on Korcula was very noisy too, the breakfast was inadequate and sparse. The island and tiny city was beautiful. On to Dubrovnik, the minibus driver was to young and dangerous, we had to ask more than once that he DIDN'T use his mobile phone (and he was tailgating the car in front). The hotel was very good in Dubrovnik though I would like to challenge why I had to pay my bus fare for an included tour of the city? Our tour leader was excellent as well as the trainee tour leader who accompanied us.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dubrovnik, such a beautiful city, and so well restored following the war.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour leader was first class, as was the trainee tour leader. The both worked tirelessly to satisfy some quite demanding guests.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bokk direct flights to Split and from Dubrovnik!
  • Fun and interesting

    We selected the holiday because the weather was warm but not too hot in May and also the pictures looked interesting. We are really glad we went. The places have history, interest, fun and comfort. We felt really at home wandering the streets at night taking photos and enjoying the superb restaurants. We enjoyed the trip immensely and are considering returning to Croatia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I guess it was wandering through the night in Korcula. The crowds were disappearing the restaurants were smelling gorgeous. The waiters and locals were all chatty and friendly. The light was beautiful for some good night time photos. Then we happened upon a group of about 20 locals in tracksuits with beers practising their acapella singing. Great moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sasa (pronounced sacha but cant type the accent) was fun and bubbly. She tried really hard to keep everyone happy. She moved between everyone in the group with skill and appreciated everyones needs. She organised meals for those that wanted them together, every night. We enjoyed her company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Pension in Korcula was about 15 minutes walk from the old town. The walk is easy and well lit. It was great moments to get into town for the night time. In Dubrovnik the "Dubrovnik Card" was great value to catch the very easy bus (bus-stop just outside our hotel) and to visit all the sights. I am not a Game of Thrones fan but got caught up in it with other fans visiting all those filming sights (thank you Lili). There is even the IRON THRONE made of swords on Lokrum Island. I sat on it and had my picture taken. I enjoyed that they filmed the latest Star wars movie there "the last Jedi" so got fascinated by that. There is a free map at the hotel that gives you all the filming sights. Get one if you like this stuff.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think you should go. I reckon there is something for everyone in Dalmatia. But remember Cruise ships dock at Dubrovnik so can get busy. Consider visiting old town first thing or last thing to avoid the crowds.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Sonia Lopez

    Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

    Wonderful country that should be on everybody's list.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The vistas.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sasha was what a tour leader should be, proud of her country and wanting to share it with the group. One couldn't ask for better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip was listed as leisurely but I feel it was a moderate especially for a couch potato.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Julia Bridger

    Dubrovnik & the Dalmation Coast

    A lovely varied holiday, combining walking , sight seeing & the history of Croatia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The wonderful different views from various places were all inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Ivan was brilliant, he was very attentive, full of information & nothing was too much trouble, he explained thoroughly what would be happening next on the tour & kept an eye on everyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The first walk was harder than I had envisaged but was well worth it for the amazing view from the top.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A really lovely, varied holiday. Thank you Ivan & Exodus.

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