RUNNING TOUR

Ston Wall Marathon

In Croatia, we have our own Great Wall of China. Just a bit smaller.

It’s located in Ston, a tiny town at the head of the Pelješac Peninsula, one hour’s car drive from Dubrovnik.

The Ston Wall Marathon is held every year in September. At the beginning of the race, you run the 600 year old Wall, and then you continue through the unspoiled, untouched and rural landscapes of the Pelješac Peninsula, with its fabulous views of the rugged coast, islands, vineyards and olive groves… On this race, you probably will not achieve your best time, but you will have your best run ever.

Your run

Take a look at those walls! Please, take a very close look! The construction took three centuries, and still today they are the largest defense structures in Croatia. The Big Wall stretches between Mali Ston and Ston, two settlements lying on opposite sides of the Pelješac Peninsula, each with its own bay. The Big Wall has a total length of 1,200 meters, but it is only one meter wide. Imagine standing on that wall right now! Let’s say that today is the 22nd September 2019, and you have come to run the Ston Wall Marathon. As the starting line is in Ston, you’ve already run the road distance between Ston and Mali Ston, and you’ve climbed the Big Wall. There you are – you are running the Big Wall. Imagine! A little bit further on, the roofs of Ston will leap into view and will take your breath away… Hey, what are you doing? You are rushing down. All right, what’s next? Now, you are going to run the wall that encircles Ston. The square tower called the Tower above the Water links the Big Wall to the wall around Ston. You can do it! First, a steep uphill run to the D-shaped tower, Stoviš, and then a steep downhill run to the round tower, Minčeta. It’s our favorite part – here you’re flying! You are now in Ston. Keep going! You’ll pass the salt marshes, and the run continues towards Broce, a small fishing village…

42K, 15K or 4K

There is a wall connecting the wall around Ston to the fortress on the top of the hill. You can’t run there. Even climbing is impossible. To enter the fortress, you have to come from the Mali Ston side. The name of the fortress is Pozvizd (literally under the stars). It’s also the name of the hill…

How about running the Ston Wall Marathon? 42K, 15K or 4K – you can choose, but whichever distance you choose, you’ll run the Big Wall, and the wall around Ston. Let’s run together! We challenge you to put the Walls of Ston into your legs…

2 or 3 nights itinerary

If you would like us to be your host, to organize your trip, accommodation and run, have a look at our proposed itinerary. You can choose whether you would like us to make arrangements for a 2 nights or a 3 nights stay.

DAY 1 – the 21st September 2018

We’ll be waiting for you in Dubrovnik. Let us know how you are travelling (by bus, by plane, by car, on foot?), and at what time you’ll be arriving. We need you to arrive by 4.00 pm at the latest. Upon your arrival, we’ll be transferred by bus to Ston. We’ll show you to your apartment for two or three nights located in a private house. And then we’ll have our first runners’ dinner.

DAY 2 – the 22nd September 2018

You’ll find your breakfast in a bag hanging on your door. In the apartment, there’s a kitchenette where you’ll find everything to make coffee or tea. After breakfast, we’ll familiarize ourselves with the route and the surroundings where you’ll run the following day. We’ll show you Ston. You’ll hear the story about the salt marshes, we’ll walk through the patchwork of streets, climb the walls and walk the Big Wall. In Mali Ston, we’ll have a runners’ lunch and taste the rare Ston oyster, a gastronomic delicacy offered only in the most prestigious restaurants. In the afternoon, we have to pick up our running numbers and bags. And in the evening, there is a pasta party in Ston for all participants.

DAY 3 – the 23rd September 2018

This is your day. The race starts at 7.30 am. We’ll be there to cheer you on. When we see you passing, we’ll jump and yell: You can do it! The truth is that you can. We’ll be waiting for you at the finishing line. After the race, you’ll be on cloud nine. We would like to see you dancing. Are you hungry? How about some pasta? A runners’ lunch will be organized in the main square.

If you are leaving after the race, we’ll organize your transfer. Thank you for running with us. Thank you for laughing with us. And thank you for spreading the word about the Ston Wall Marathon.

If you are staying until Monday, join us on an excursion to Korčula, a medieval town located on the island of the same name. We’ll ride on the bus through the vineyards, the serene hamlets, and the ravishing landscapes of the Pelješac Peninsula. Then we’ll take a boat to cross the 1,270 metre wide channel between the mainland and the island. Korčula is the birth place of Marco Polo. If you don’t believe it, it’s all right. After our story, you’ll believe it anyway! The town is laid out in the shape of fish bone. We’ll explore the town, eat traditional sweet pastries watching the sunset, and then we’ll have a runners’ dinner.

DAY 4 – the 24th September 2018

After breakfast, we’ll organize your transfer to the airport or, if you plan to stay longer, to your accommodation. Thank you for running with us. Thank you for laughing with us. And thank you for spreading the word about the Ston Wall Marathon.

Tour includes

  • registration for the Ston Wall Marathon (42K, 15K or 4K)
  • transfer between Dubrovnik and Ston
  • storage for bags on race day
  • accommodation for two or three nights in a private apartment for two people in Ston or in the vicinity of Ston
  • breakfast picnic (day 2, 3 (and 4))
  • runners’ lunch (day 2 in Mali Ston, day 3 in Ston)
  • runners’ dinner (day 1 in Ston, day 2 pasta party in Ston, day 3 in Korčula if you join us on an excursion to Korčula)
  • oyster tasting
  • entrance ticket to the Walls of Ston the day before the race
  • guiding and the big smile of your tour guide

Tour does not include

  • flights or other transport from your home base to Dubrovnik
  • insurance policy
5 nights itinerary

We can also offer you an extended itinerary for this event.

DAY 1 – the 21st September 2018

We’ll be waiting for you in Dubrovnik. Let us know how you are travelling (by bus, by plane, by car, on foot?), and at what time you’ll be arriving. We need you to arrive by 4.00 pm at the latest. Upon your arrival, we’ll be transferred by bus to Ston. We’ll show you to your apartment for three nights located in a private house. And then we’ll have our first runners’ dinner.

DAY 2 – the 22nd September 2018

You’ll find your breakfast in a bag hanging on your door. In the apartment, there’s a kitchenette where you’ll find everything to make coffee or tea. After breakfast, we’ll familiarize ourselves with the route and the surroundings where you’ll run the following day. We’ll show you Ston. You’ll hear the story about the salt marshes, we’ll walk through the patchwork of streets, climb the walls and walk the Big Wall. In Mali Ston, we’ll have a runners’ lunch and taste the rare Ston oyster, a gastronomic delicacy offered only in the most prestigious restaurants. In the afternoon, we have to pick up our running numbers and bags. And in the evening, there is a pasta party in Ston for all participants.

DAY 3 – the 23rd September 2018

This is your day. The race starts at 7.30 am. We’ll be there to cheer you on. When we see you passing, we’ll jump and yell: You can do it! The truth is that you can. We’ll be waiting for you at the finishing line. After the race, you’ll be on cloud nine. We would like to see you dancing. Are you hungry? How about some pasta? A runners’ lunch will be organised in the main square. In the afternoon, we’re going on an excursion to celebrate your race! We’ll be taking you to Korčula, a medieval town located on the island of the same name. We’ll ride on the bus through the vineyards, the serene hamlets, and the ravishing landscapes of the Pelješac Peninsula. Then we’ll take a boat to cross the 1,270 metre wide channel between the mainland and the island. Korčula is the birthplace of Marco Polo. If you don’t believe it, it’s all right. After our story, you’ll believe it anyway! The town is laid out in the shape of fish bone. We’ll explore the town, eat traditional sweet pastries watching the sunset, and then we’ll have a runners’ dinner.

DAY 4 – the 24th September 2018

After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to Ston. It’s time to be moving on. We’re going to discover Dubrovnik. Are you ready for an unusual sightseeing tour of the Pearl of the Adriatic? Pile Gate, the main street, Placa, the Large Onofrian Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery, the Sponza Palace, the Orlando column, the Rector’s Palace – who on earth was the rector? We’ll not only see all the major sights of the Old Town, but we’ll also find out why the Dubrovnik Republic was ahead of its time, how it managed to preserve its freedom, and what happened to make it lose its independence. A runners’ lunch. And our cherry on the cake – the City Walls. Here you can walk for hours contemplating terracotta roofs, and the vastness of the Adriatic Sea. In the afternoon, transfer to the hotel where we’ll stay for two nights. Free time. Finally you can jump into the Adriatic Sea. Free evening. Our recommendation – go out, Dubrovnik by night is fabulous!

DAY 5 – the 25th September 2018

After breakfast, we are going to climb St. Srđ Mountain which protects Dubrovnik from the north. You’ll have the Old Town in the palm of your hand. Take your smile and camera! On the top, in the Panorama restaurant, we’ll have coffee and cake with an unforgettable view over Dubrovnik. To descend back to the town, we’ll take a cable car. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Lokrum Island located in front of the Old Town. There you’ll have some free time for swimming. Transfer to the hotel. Free evening.

DAY 6 – the 26th September 2018

Our programme finishes here. We’ll organize your transfer to the airport or, if you plan to stay longer, to your accommodation. Thank you for running with us. Thank you for laughing with us. And thank you for spreading the word about the Ston Wall Marathon.

Tour includes

  • registration for the Ston Wall Marathon (42K, 15K or 4K)
  • transfer between Dubrovnik and Ston
  • storage for bags on race day
  • accommodation for three nights in a private apartment for two people in Ston or in the vicinity of Ston
  • accommodation for two nights in a room for two people in a 4 stars hotel in Dubrovnik
  • breakfast picnic (day 2, 3 and 4) and hotel breakfast (day 5 and 6)
  • runners’ lunch (day 2 in Mali Ston, day 3 in Ston, day 4 in Dubrovnik)
  • runners’ dinner (day 1 in Ston, day 2 pasta party in Ston, day 3 in Korčula)
  • oyster tasting
  • excursion to Korčula
  • sightseeing in Korčula
  • sightseeing in Dubrovnik
  • entrance ticket to the Walls of Ston the day before the race
  • entrance ticket to the City Walls in Dubrovnik
  • coffee and cake in the Panorama restaurant overlooking Dubrovnik
  • ticket for one ride on Dubrovnik’s cable car
  • boat and entrance ticket to the nature reserve of Lokrum Island
  • guiding and the big smile of your tour guide

Tour does not include

  • flights or other transport from your home base to Dubrovnik
  • dinner on day 4 and 5
  • lunch on day 5
  • insurance policy

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