4 Islands
coastal hikes in Croatia

When God got around to dividing up the Earth among all the peoples, he simply forgot about the Croats. Oops.

But not wanting to sound like a cheapskate, God finally gave them the piece of land he had reserved for himself.
If there is one trip that combines God-given hiking opportunities with time to reflect and make a more meaningful connection with the place you are in, it is this one! You’ll be involved with plenty of local interactions, you’ll sample culturally authentic experiences, you’ll enjoy locally grown food, you’ll absorb exceptionally beautiful nature, and as a result – you’ll re-energise yourself.

guided group trip


 14 nights itinerary

Meeting Point:
Split Airport

from 30.750,00 HRK (4100 EUR)

Croatian islands hiking tour



This trip starts with your arrival at Split Airport and finishes with your departure from Dubrovnik Airport. Please note that we offer pre- and post-trip optional extensions on all our hiking holidays.


All dates are subject to availability.
All prices are per person.

Sat 15 May 2021 – Sat 29 May 2021
double occupancy 30.750,00 HRK (4100 €)
single room supplement 9.225,00 HRK (1230 €)

Sat 29 May 2021 – Sat 12 Jun 2021
double occupancy 32.250,00 HRK (4300 €)
single room supplement 10.575,00 HRK (1410 €)

Sat 12 Jun 2021 – Sat 26 Jun 2021
double occupancy 33.780,00 HRK (4504 €)
single room supplement 11.775,00 HRK (1570 €)

Sat 04 Sep 2021 – Sat 18 Sep 2021
double occupancy 33.780,00 HRK (4504 €)
single room supplement 11.775,00 HRK (1570 €)

Sat 18 Sep 2021 – Sat 02 Oct 2021
double occupancy 32.250,00 HRK (4300 €)
single room supplement 10.575,00 HRK (1410 €)

Sat 02 Oct 2021 – Sat 16 Oct 2021
double occupancy 30.750,00 HRK (4100 €)
single room supplement 9.225,00 HRK (1230 €)


Please advise us of your flight schedule, and we will meet you at Split Airport. You need to arrive by 5.00 pm at the latest. Upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to the centre of Split, Croatia’s second largest city. Check into comfortable private accommodation. Welcome dinner.

Breakfast. Check out. A morning hike on the Marjan Peninsula, a forest-park known as ‘the lungs of Split’. We’ll hike to its highest peak which offers spectacular views out to the nearby islands and the surrounding mountains. On the way down, we’ll stop at a viewpoint with wide-ranging views over the city and harbour. After lunch in a local tavern, we’ll take a Split walking tour with a local guide. We’ll visit the underground chambers of Diocletian’s Palace and the Jupiter’s Temple. You’ll be amazed to discover the Peristyle, the central courtyard where Diocletian would have made his public appearances seventeen centuries ago, you’ll stroll along charming narrow streets and you’ll pass through the narrowest street in the world. Finally, you’ll walk along the large Riva, the main city promenade, a place to see and be seen. Later in the afternoon, we’ll catch a public ferry to Brač Island, followed by a short transfer by minibus to Pučišća, a seaside town on the northern shore of the island. After getting settled in a luxury heritage hotel, we’ll gather for a stonemason’s dinner.

After breakfast, we’ll be transferred to the village of Gažul from where we’ll start today’s hike to the top of Vidova Gora, the highest peak in the Adriatic Islands. The view takes in the whole of Hvar Island, with Vis Island, the Pelješac Peninsula and Biokovo Mountain filling the horizon. Lunch in a restaurant with a million dollar view. After lunch, we’ll hike down a rocky slope of Vidova Gora to reach the town of Bol. Wine tasting followed by a stroll in Bol and a visit to the Croatian modern art gallery. Transfer back to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

After breakfast and check out, we’ll set off into the island’s rocky interior. Soon after we find ourselves in the middle of nowhere, a rocky dirt road will appear. The objective of our hike is the remote 16th-century monastery, in an extraordinary location, on the side of a rugged, isolated valley – Pustinja Blaca. It’s simply stunning! You’ll have the feeling that its peace and tranquility are almost palpable. After taking in the spectacular setting and visiting a former hermitage, we’ll continue downhill towards the southern shore. We’ll pass through a narrow gorge before reaching a shingle beach. From here, the trail takes us past delightful coves and their miniature beaches. Then, we’ll take a short transfer to the town of Bol where we’ll allow ourselves a stroll on Croatia’s most famous beach – Zlatni Rat. Lunch in a local tavern before boarding a catamaran ferry for a short transfer to our next island – Hvar. We’ll disembark in Jelsa, a fishing town built around a natural harbour. After checking into private accommodation, we’ll meet on the seafront promenade for our evening meal.

Breakfast. After a short transfer to Stari Grad, the island’s oldest settlement, we’ll take a morning hike northwest of the town. It’s an easy hike along wide tracks and woodland paths, offering amazing views of Stari Grad’s deep inlet, and beyond, Vidova Gora on Brač Island. We’ll make a loop passing the summit of Glavica on the way back to Stari Grad. Then we’ll wander through the narrow streets behind the harbour, stumbling across hidden gems like the Renaissance fortified mansion built by the local poet Petar Hektorović. After visiting an unusual residence, we’ll walk to the Stari Grad Plain, a large, fertile plain where the marks of the Greek parcelisation two and half thousand years ago are still visible. We’ll walk along paths that crisscross the rectangular plots of the plain. A homely lunch will be served in a tavern in the middle of the plain. After lunch, we’ll continue across the plain towards Vrboska, known as Little Venice. Situated at the very base of a deep bay, Vrboska is a quiet place with old houses reflecting in the water. We’ll stroll along fishing harbour in search of the fortified Church of St. Mary. Later in the afternoon, we’ll take a coastal walk back to Jelsa. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

After breakfast and check out, we’ll be transferred to the village of Svirče from where we’ll start our hike up to the highest peak of Hvar Island, Sveti Nikola (628 m). It’s a good two-hour ascent to the top. The route to the summit traverses olive groves, lavender fields, shady woodlands and, in the upper reaches, bare hillsides. At the top, you’ll be surprised by an extraordinarily wide-ranging view. The summit hosts a large cross and a small chapel in the vestibule of which we’ll take a break. After enjoying spectacular views, we’ll follow a wide track along the island’s east-west ridge, towards the village of Velo Grablje, and then Malo Grablje, the latter completely abandoned. Here, you’ll be far away from the tourist-favoured coast. After visiting Malo Grablje, we’ll descend to Milna, a seaside hamlet on the southern shore. Lunch in a restaurant close to the sea, followed by a short transfer to Hvar Town. Here, we’ll explore the main square Pjaca, bordered by the cathedral and the bishop’s palace, and wander through the Old Town, before catching a public catamaran ferry to Korčula Island. In the evening, we’ll arrive in Korčula Town on the eastern tip of the island. After checking into private accommodation, we’ll have dinner in a restaurant in the Old Town.

After breakfast, we take a short transfer to Žrnovo village from where we’ll start today’s circular hike to the jagged southeastern shore of Korčula Island. We’ll reach some of the most remote beaches on the island, before having lunch in a tavern that appears out of nowhere. Of course, you can jump into the sea and swim for as long as you want. In the afternoon, it’s a hike uphill amongst dense vegetation, and then transfer to an organic farm for honey tasting. We’ll meet a local beekeeper and learn about life in a beehive, the different jobs the bees are doing, how they make honey and why they are always as busy as a bee. Return to the hotel where you’ll have some free time. Then it’s a short transfer to a rustic tavern outside the town for a finger-licking good dinner.

Breakfast today is followed by a boat transfer across the channel from Korčula Town to Kučište, a small village on the Pelješac Peninsula. Here we’ll take a hike to the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels. Most of the time, the walk is at an altitude of 150 metres with stunning panoramic views before it descends into Orebić, a town at the foot of Mount St. Elias. From Orebić, we’ll continue by boat to visit Korčula’s Archipelago. We’ll lunch in a restaurant on a small islet. Return to Korčula by boat for some traditional sweet pastries tasting. Free time. In the early evening, we’ll take a guided walking tour through the medieval streets of the Old Town which are laid out in a fishbone pattern. Dinner in the Old Town.

Breakfast today prepares us for a 30-minute transfer to Blato, an intriguing inland settlement where the streets have numbers instead of names. From here it’s a hike up to Kom Peak, the second highest peak on Korčula Island. From the top, you’ll get a 360° view of all the nearby islands. After a break, we’ll descend through the pine forest to Blato for lunch in a local tavern. After lunch we’ll visit the Barilo ethnographic museum where we’ll also do some tasting of local brandies. A short transfer to Smokvica village for Pošip wine tasting. Joyful, we’ll return to Korčula Town where the remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

DAY 10
We’ll check out after breakfast and board a catamaran ferry for a short transfer to our next island – Mljet. We’ll disembark in Pomena, a seaside hamlet at the western tip of the island. From here, we begin our first hike in the Mljet National Park. Our objective is to reach the Zakamenica viewpoint above the waves breaking on the rugged south coast. Further on, a charming view of St. Mary’s Islet will open up. We’ll descend to the shore of the Great Lake, take a boat and visit the Benedictine Monastery. Lunch in the restaurant on a serene islet. After lunch, we’ll take a boat to the Small Bridge for another short hike around the Small Lake. Here and there, the narrow shaded path almost touches the lake. The hike will end in Pomena. Time to check into private accommodation and tuck into a fisherman’s dinner.

DAY 11
After breakfast, we begin our hike in the direction of the village of Goveđari, the oldest village within the park. From here we’ll continue towards Veliki Gradac Hill and the Montokuc viewpoint. The view from Montokuc takes in the whole National Park. After taking a break, we’ll hike down a rocky path scented with sage plants. The path descends steeply to the Soline Straits. Lunch will be in a restaurant where the Great Lake meets the open sea. Suitably replenished, we’ll hike along the Lakes back to Pomena. In Pomena you’ll have some free time, followed by our evening meal.

DAY 12
Breakfast today prepares us for the last day in the Mljet National Park. We’ll start to hike from Pomena towards the northern shore of the island. Shortly, a view of surrounding islets will open up. The rocky path leads through Mediterranean undergrowth along the coast. A little further ahead, the path starts to climb, and after a magnificent view over the islet of Maslinovac, we’ll continue downhill scrambling over boulders. The final part of this hike will be on a flat, smooth path around an indented bay. We’ll arrive in Polače, a seaside hamlet with Roman ruins. After visiting the
remains of a fourth-century Roman palace, we’ll have lunch in a local tavern. In the afternoon, a short transfer takes us to the village of Babino Polje, in the middle of the island. From here, we’ll hike to the Odysseus Cave. The hike is steep with a lot of jagged rocks, but the place is impressive. Later, we’ll take a transfer back to Pomena, followed by some free time. Dinner.

DAY 13
Breakfast. Check out. Transfer by a public catamaran ferry to Dubrovnik, followed by a short transfer to the Old Town. Welcome to amazing Dubrovnik! Firstly, we’ll take a normal walking tour with a local guide, although nothing can be described as normal in Dubrovnik, and then, we’ll have lunch in a restaurant in the Old Town. Later in the afternoon, we’ll walk on the Dubrovnik Walls as if we’re walking on the roof of the world. Time for a short walk to the hotel for our final check in. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

DAY 14
Breakfast. Later in the morning, we’ll hike up Mount Srđ which towers above Dubrovnik as a natural rampart. From the top, a stunning view stretches as far as you can see. To descend, we’ll make a loop, and you’ll see the Old Town from several different angles. Our last lunch will be in an amazing restaurant in the Old Town. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

DAY 15
After breakfast, sadly, it’s time to check out and say our farewells. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik Airport where we will wish you a pleasant flight, and hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future. Cheerio!


Please note that normally the deposit is non-refundable. But things can change these days, and the COVID-19 pandemic surely is not a normal thing. So, we ask you to pay the deposit as normal at the time of booking, but now the deposit is fully refundable in the event of COVID-19 complications.

DEPOSIT: 20% of the quoted price – at the time of booking
BALANCE DUE – 60 days before the date of your hiking trip

The balance due should be made at least 60 days prior to departure, unless you are making a late booking.
The latest notification containing the name and the contact of your hiking guide will be sent to you 6 days before the start of your trip.

If you have to cancel your trip due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or if we have to cancel your trip due to the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t worry, please stay home, take care, and you’ll receive a full, immediate refund.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed that you get to take your hiking trip and that we get to hike with you.

Your booking is confirmed by us on receipt of the deposit. The confirmation of your booking constitutes a contract, which is your commitment to pay for the whole hiking holiday. The price quoted at the time of booking is guaranteed for your departure date and is inclusive of tax and delivery costs. Should you wish to cancel your trip for reasons other than the COVID-19 pandemic, you may do so by writing to us. If you cancel, you will be liable to pay the following fees: 30 days to 45 days before your trip starts – 40% of the total price; 22 days to 29 days before your trip starts – 60% of the total price; 15 days to 21 days before your trip starts – 80% of the total price; 9 days to 14 days before your trip starts – 90% of the total price; 0 days to 8 days before your trip starts – 100% of the total price.

Minimum number of participants: 6 people
Maximum number of participants: 16 people

Croatian islands hiking tour

This trip includes the narrowest street in the world

Picture yourself standing in the middle of a street that is not wide enough to allow two people to go through it at the same time. It’s the narrowest street in the world, although it’s not officially a street, just a passageway. Whatever, we treat it as a street, and a street it is. It’s located in Split, bearing a lovely name ‘Pusti me proć’ – which could loosely be translated as ‘Let me pass’.


• transfers from Split Airport and to Dubrovnik Airport, and all transfers in-between as in the itinerary
• accommodation for 10 nights in a private room or apartment
• accommodation for 4 nights in luxury hotels
• daily breakfast
• 13 lunches and 9 dinners in hand-picked restaurants and taverns
• honey tasting
• wine tasting on Brač Island
• wine tasting on Korčula Island
• traditional sweet pastries tasting
• entrance ticket to Diocletian’s Palace
• entrance ticket to the Jupiter’s Temple
• entrance ticket to the Branislav Dešković fine arts Gallery in Bol
• entrance ticket to the Hermitage Blaca Museum
• entrance ticket to the Hektorović’s Renaissance mansion – Tvrdalj
• entrance ticket to the Barilo ethnographic museum
• entrance ticket to the Mljet National Park
• private boat for the Korčula’s Archipelago visit
• local English-speaking hiking guide with you throughout the trip
• local English-speaking guide for the sightseeing tour in Split
• local English-speaking guide for the sightseeing tour in Korčula
• local English-speaking guide for the sightseeing tour in Dubrovnik


• flights or other transport from your home base to Split Airport, and from Dubrovnik Airport to your home base
• lunch on day 1 and day 15
• dinner on day 3, day 5, day 9, day 13, day 14 and day 15
• drinks with the included meals
• personal expenses
• travel insurance

Croatian islands hiking tour

There is no city like Split

You are going to love this trip from the outset. It starts in Split, the second largest city in Croatia, and the craziest city in the world – according to its residents. It’s a fascinating fact that Split started life as a Roman palace, even more fascinating – as the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The remains of a splendid third-century monumental palace, combining the features of an imperial villa and a garrison town, have been dotted down the centuries with Gothic and Renaissance buildings. In other words, a short stroll along Split’s narrow cobblestone streets will take you across seventeen centuries of history and art.
The city of Split is extraordinary from many aspects. For example, there’s no rush. Coffee matters. If you want to have coffee, please take your time. Venture to observe passersby. Make an effort to linger over a macchiato and read the newspaper. Feel what it’s like to be a local. Talk with passion about sport. Hajduk is a local football team. Its supporters are called Torcida, and they are the oldest organised supporters group in Europe. After coffee, walk up to the most famous city beach, Bačvice, and watch the sport invented by locals. It’s a water game called ‘picigin’. The players run in the sandy shallows and do all kinds of acrobatics to keep a peeled tennis ball in the air for as long as possible. You’ll see, they hit the ball as if their life depends on it. Curiously, there is no winner.

Croatian islands hiking tour

We have more than a thousand islands

The exact number is 1244, for we count everything that rises up from the sea: islands, islets, solitary rocks and reefs. On this hiking trip you will get to know four islands inside out: Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Mljet. They are markedly different each from other, although they have some colours in common: the radiantly white of limestone, the glittering green of Mediterranean undergrowth, and the shimmering blue of the Adriatic.
You’ll hike on footpaths full of peace and quiet, embracing unique moments and compelling seascapes. The footpaths vary from uneven rocky trails to smooth trails covered with pine needles. Sometimes the trails are exposed to sun. All hikes are graded ‘moderate’, so you should have some hiking experience and know what it is like to hike for up to six hours. You’ll hike a total of 148 kilometres, which are split over twelve days of hiking, with some days being a mere six kilometres and others being approximately sixteen kilometres. There are daily ascents and descents, with climbing time on the ascents ranging from about twenty minutes to two hours.
You’ll hike light, carrying only a daypack with what you need for the day. Lunches are organised in family-owned taverns, in the middle of amazing landscapes, or in charming restaurants with a story to tell. The great emphasis is placed on locally grown food, culinary specialities reflecting local history, and seafood dishes. Please advise us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Croatian islands hiking tour

Island of superlatives

Brač is the largest island in south Croatia, and the tallest of all the Croatian islands with its highest peak Vidova Gora that towers above Croatia’s most photographed beach – Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). This pebbly beach probably adorns 80% of Croatia’s tourism posters. The beach extends like a tongue into the sea with its smooth white pebbles that have been rolling down from Vidova Gora for who knows how many thousands years. We’ll hike down the rocky slope of Vidova Gora to reach the pretty town of Bol and its renowned Zlatni Rat. But you shouldn’t judge by appearances. It’s more astounding than it looks – the elegant tip of the beach constantly shifts direction depending on the sea currents, tides and winds.
On Brač Island, we’ll take you to the top of Vidova Gora from where the entire Hvar Island seems to be spread out like a map. Then we’ll hike to an impressive monastery located literally into the cliff face of an isolated valley – Pustinja Blaca, originally a hermitage founded in the 16th century. Finally, you’ll drink wine made of stone, or nearly. Brač’s steep vineyards bask in sunshine hundreds of metres above sea level, springing up from dazzlingly white stone. Brač is famous for its high quality stone. The century-long tradition of stone masonry is best visible in the town of Pučišća that owes its beauty to the stone and to the people who carved their soul out of stone.

Croatian islands hiking tour

The islands the sun fell in love with

The sunniest place in Croatia is said to be Hvar Town on Hvar Island, which boasts of enjoying 2718 sunny hours a year. Korčula Town on Korčula Island has a modest 2565 hours of sunshine a year. That doesn’t mean that it won’t rain on your parade, but the chances of it are low. Anyway, if you want sun, you’ve got it!
The island of Hvar is not just the sunniest island, it’s also the longest and the most luxurious island in the Adriatic. On this trip, you’ll discover the lesser-know natural features of Hvar’s landscape, especially its limestone ridge running east-west along its centre with steep cliffs tumbling down towards isolated coves.
Mljet Island holds the reputation as Croatia’s greenest island. It’s densely forested, and that’s why the western third of the island is protected as a national park. Korčula Island has dark forests of holm oaks and pine trees as well, but it’s more famous as the birthplace od Marco Polo. Anyway, if you yearn for hiking on shaded paths, you’ve got it!
This trip ends in Croatia’s most popular tourist destination, and one of the world’s finest and best-preserved fortified cities – Dubrovnik. For centuries Dubrovnik was an autonomous and powerful republic, known as the Republic of Ragusa. The gargantuan walls enclose Dubrovnik Old Town, but the strenght of Dubrovnik never lay in its military architecture, but always in its political and diplomatic acumen…
Each day of this trip is a real joy which will stay with you way beyond your holidays.


Croatian islands hiking tour

Six reasons why you should choose this trip

1. You’ll get to know 4 Adriatic Islands inside out. Their scenic footpaths, hidden beaches, timeless villages and traditions, along with a laid-back vibe and fabulous medieval towns, will sweep you off your feet. If hiking hasn’t already done it.
2. You can take a dip in the most beautiful sea in the world. And after it, you will never again want to swim anywhere else.
3. You’ll explore one of Croatia’s eight national parks. For the other seven, please come back some other time!
4. The food – you cannot rate it highly enough. As the saying goes, the way to love is through the stomach. And with our wines, it will go swimmingly.
5. Your local guides are passionate about what they do. They are knowledgeable, engaging, attentive, and funny. You can ask them everything. But not everything requires a response.
6. Last but not least, you’ll get to chase the sunrises and sunsets. Here, it’s like a wedding in which the sun and the sea get married.

Croatian islands hiking tour

Hotels of character you won’t want to leave

This trip combines hiking with high quality services and private accommodation. That means that you’ll meet local people offering a private room or apartment. Each private accommodation has been hand-picked for exceptional comfort and a warm welcome.
On Brač Island, in the coastal town of Pučišća, as well in the city of Dubrovnik, at the end of the trip, you’ll stay in outstanding hotels with a story to tell. And retell.




The Puteus Palace is located in the coastal town of Pučišća, on the north coast of Brač Island. The oldest part of the palace dates from 1467, while the rest of the building was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. The palace has been carefully renovated to create a magnificent 15-room heritage hotel with calming harbour views. In the middle of the palace lies its outstanding feature – a walled garden terraced on three levels where you’ll find the open-air Puteus Restaurant, with tables set on a wooden deck, and at the bottom, a large outdoor pool. The hotel also features a little spa offering Jacuzzi and Finnish sauna. A hearty buffet breakfast is displayed in the dining room, below an impressive stone archway and a wooden-beamed ceiling.
There is an elevator at the Puteus Palace. Rooms are spread over the two upper floors with windows overlooking Pučišća’s harbour. The windows have a traditional wooden shutters. The fabric of the palace exudes stone-inspired shades of cream, beige and grey. The dominant materials include velvet ans silk, suggesting centuries-old luxury. All rooms feature a king size bed, bathrobe, flat-screen satellite TV, mini-bar, safety deposit box, free WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have old stone floors, either a bathtube or walk-in shower, hairdryer and exclusive toiletries.


Only a 15-minute walk away from Dubrovnik Old Town, Villa Dubrovnik, a luxurious 5-star hotel, stands on a rocky outcrop. Guests arrive from above, greeted by a discreet glass elevator that brings them down to reception. The hotel features a beach, two restaurants and a classy spa centre the indoor pool of which opens onto a deck terrace with sun loungers and parasols. There is a bio sauna, steam baths and a wide range of beauty and spa treatments available.
Rooms at Villa Dubrovnik exude a smart contemporary style highlighted by wood detailing, a neutral color palette and modern furnishings. Bathed in natural light, the interiors boast parquet in warm tones and terraces in gorgeous teak with streamlined outdoor chairs and loungers. The decor projects a chic nautical mood and is paired with stunning views of the Adriatic, Lokrum Island and Dubrovnik’s Old Town to make guests feel as if they are cruising at sea in stylish comfort.

*** Travel Matters – putovanja na šestu reserves the right to change any accommodation mentioned above. Accommodation can be substituted only by an accommodation of the same or a higher category. All additional costs due to changes will be covered by Travel Matters – putovanja na šestu.

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