Walk the epic and undiscovered Via Dinarica trail in Dalmatia! Taste the adventure, and experience the wilderness and nature while cooking with locals in the old stone houses in the Biokovo Mountains. Adventure for your body, mind and palate with 8 days including 6 guided activities and 5 gastro specialities!
Duration: 8 days from Split to Dubrovnik
Trip focus: A moderately active sightseeing and culinary trip
Accommodation: 7 nights in Hotels
Group size: Maximum 8 + S.E.T. tour leader, Minimum 2
Operated by one of our experienced local operators
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Please check your visa requirements for Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During the tour, we are passing the border for Bosnia and Herzegovina, please keep also in mind for any visa requirements!
All activities are performed outdoor, and are subject to weather conditions. If your guide evaluates that there is too high risk to perform activity, the schedule might change, or activity might be cancelled if impossible to replace.
Many of our tours involve a local payment, which is part of your overall trip cost, and is deducted off the amount you pay to us prior to departure. These funds are then paid to your leader upon arrival in cash, on day one of the trip and put towards local expenses. In some developing countries the transferring of funds is at times problematic and many small hotels and operators only deal in cash payments. This in turn helps us support small local businesses, rather than turning to large operations.
All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.
You will be met at the airport and transferred from the airport to Split. Depending on your arrival time you will have a free day in Split followed by a late transfer to Tučepi. Accommodation will be in the magnificent Villa Ban near the sea, with sea views from every room!
Transfer to the starting point of hiking to one of the peaks of Biokovo (Makar). The climb to Vošac (1422 m/4665 ft.) is a strenuous hike, with 3-4 hours of ascent, and it is 8 km (4mi) long, but it is worth it in every way! Biokovo is the largest and highest mountain in Dalmatia, with its beauty and wilderness it is hardly comparable to any other.
After a climb, we reach a mountain house Vošac, where we have a lunch-break (picnic), relax and admire the scenery. We head back on the same trail, and as a reward of the day, we have our taste adventure in a typical Croatian “konoba”, that serves mouth-watering classic Croatian meals!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic/snack and Lunch
We have an early start today to catch the ferry to the Island of Brač, with great views of Makarska and Biokovo from the sea.
Hermitage Blaca is our second tentative list UNESCO World Heritage site, and we hike to Blaca monastery for a guided tour of Blaca, and then hike back to the starting point
After Blaca it is time for the Vidova gora panoramic view, one of the best views on Croatian coast! Vidova gora is the highest peak of all the islands in the Adriatic, and just imagine the panoramic view right above beautiful famous beach in Bol – “Zlatni rat”.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
After breakfast, we follow a trail that starts right from the accommodation in Tučepi. It is a cultural trail going up the hill through old villages of Gornje Tučepi and connecting to Stara Podgora.
In one of the stone houses we come accross in the Biokovo Mountain, a cooking class will be held, giving you the opportunity to learn how there delicious food is prepared and try it out yourself!
Depending on the time of the year, there will be a possibility to visit the small terraces where vegetables are grown and pick your own vegetables for cooking!
Starting lunch with homemade liquors is typical Croatian custom, followed by olive oil tasting.
After lunch, a short walk to see the olives from which the oil was made and the olive story awaits.
Walking back to accommodation will actively finish the day.
Meals Included: breakfast and Lunch
After breakfast, we transfer to Imotski. From here starts a beautiful hike down to Blue lake (Modro jezero). Legend says that blue lake was created by an angel when he saw the beauty of the Red lake, he dropped a tear, and that tear created the Blue Lake. It does look like it was made by angels! After our hike to the Blue Lake, another hike awaits to see the red lake, this is called the red lake because of its steep red walls. After hiking, a local speciality of the day waits for lunch and then we transfer back to Tučepi.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
After breakfast, transfer to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A tour through the old town of Mostar and a chance to admire the beauty of the UNESCO protected bridge “Stari Most”, from where the city got its name Mostar. These days’ the bridge also divides two cultures, so it is interesting to observe the differences while visiting the city. A delicious lunch will be served in one of the local restaurants, and the rest of the day will be free to explore and immerge yourself in the spirit of the city. Late afternoon transfer to Tučepi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, we transfer to Vid, to visit the new and modern archaeological Narona museum. Narona was the second largest Roman city this side of Adriatic, and exhibited is the roman temple Augusteum excavation site. It is also the first Croatian in situ museum, located on the site of excavation! After the museum we head on a safari boat trip on Neretva, also known as "lađa", the traditional boat of the Neretva valley. After boarding “lađa”, we will be tasting delicious cheese, ham and “rakija” (strong alcoholic drink, traditionally homemade, can be made with herbs or with sour cherry). On our ride, there is an opportunity to see many kinds of birds that live in this ontologically rich area. The water is so cold here, that you would not dare to jump in not even in the middle of the summer! We return for the traditional taste adventure of the day served right near the river. Your chance to try frogs and eel!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, we transfer to Dubrovnik, our third UNESCO World Heritage site, arrival around 12:00. We then have free time to explore this unique city and say our final goodbyes. Dubrovnik, is known by the locals as “Grad” meaning “the City” and is famous for its walls that surround the city! It is possible to walk all the way around the walls of Dubrovnik, and have magnificent views of the city and surroundings, as well as experiencing the walls and fortresses itself! After a must-have walk around the walls, you can get a feel for the city on the inside and walk the stone streets, drink from the fountain and squeeze through the tiny narrow streets. If you are staying a day longer, there are many options to visit like the nearby island Lokrum, or have a swim on Banje beach with great views of Dubrovnik, find a “Buža” (Eng. Small hole) bar or go above the city in one of the cable cars!
Meals included: Breakfast
|Start Date||End Date||Spaces Available||Cost|
|4th Sep 2017||8||From €1850, Departs weekly, please enquire|
|12th May 2018||19th May 2018||10||From €1850|