Full of Life: Walkaway Trek’s Croatia Discovery Tour 2020
Fully escorted by Charles Whitlock, Walkaway Treks
From the rich history of Zagreb to the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, this exceptional Walkaway Treks tour is filled with discovery. Our tailor-made itinerary includes tour leader Charles Whitlock, first-class accommodation, expert local tour manager, regional and local meals, private transport and much more. From the very first we delve into the best Croatia has to offer as we combine walking, discovery and spectacular vistas with the opportunity to meet and engage with the local cultures. Not a tour for everyone, a maximum of 20-participants will experience Croatia at its finest.
Sunday - April 26 Zagreb D
Arrival and meet our local tour manager and bus for our transfer to our hotel located in the very centre of Zagreb. Settle in and relax after a long flight. This afternoon meet our local guide for a walking tour of Zagreb’s historic centre. Founded in the Middle Ages, Zagreb began life as separate entities, Kaptol and Gradec, which today comprise the historic Gornji Grad (Upper Town). Centered around the city's landmark cathedral, Kaptol was a religious center, while Gradec was home to craftsmen and merchants. Outsiders collectively referred to the settlements as Zagreb (meaning 'behind the hill'), although they were not officially united until 1850. Boom time followed with the late 19th century characterized by the arrival of the railways and the construction of Donji Grad (Lower Town). After our tour we continue with our tour manager to Kaptolska Klet restaurant for our welcome dinner.
Return to hotel after dinner. Hotel: Dubrovnik
Monday - April 27 Zagreb B L
Join our tour leader after breakfast and depart to Trakošćan Castle in the picturesque Zagorje region and Varaždin town. Zagorje is hilly and filled with Medieval and Renaissance fortresses and numerous Baroque castles all blending into a memorable, romantic landscape. Explore the most famous of all the Zagorje castles, Trakošćan, which was originally a small medieval observation fortress until it was turned into a castle for noble families. Today, Trakošćan features an impressive weapons collection, an ethereal music salon, integral architecture and décor of its noble times. Our tour takes us down the baroque and rococo lane in Varaždin the best-preserved Croatian example of those lively times. A stroll through the Old Town reveals its baroque facades, parks and palaces, and the Old Castle is the highlight of our visit. Contrasting the picturesque sceneries of Zagorje hills, the rural feel and an air of joy arising from the simple way of life, with remarkable architectural complexes of Trakošćan castle and Varaždin town, this tour is a unique insight into the rich history of this extraordinary region. We will enjoy a traditional lunch in one of Zagorje’s taverns.
Return to our hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.Hotel: Dubrovnik
Tuesday - April 28 Zagreb – Zadar via Plitvice Lakes NP B L D
Check out and join our tour leader for our transfer to Zadar. En route we stop at the Plitvice Lakes National Park for a hiking tour of the lakes. According to legend, the Plitvice lakes were created after a long drought. The "Black Queen" took pity on the people and animals that cried out for water. Heavy rain began to fall and continued until they formed the lakes we see today. The natural attributes of the Plitvice Lakes NP, uniqueness and sensibility of that phenomenon, deserve the full attention of our visitors. The Plitvice lakes, known as the "Falling lakes", have enjoyed the status of a national park since 1949 and since 1979 they have been under the protection of UNESCO. Afterwards, continue to Zadar and on arrival, check in to Hotel Kolovare 4*. Hotel Kolovare is situated in a peaceful part of Zadar, offering modern decorated rooms and free Wi-Fi internet access.
Dinner will be served in a local restaurant. Hotel: Kolovare
Wednesday - April 29 Zadar B L
This morning join our tour leader and depart to Paklenica National Park, the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and a favorite hiking and climbing destination in this part of Europe. Set on the southeast slopes of the Velebit Mountain and divided by two awe-inspiring gorges; Mala Paklenica and Velika Paklenica's showcase some of the most pristine scenery in the Mediterranean. The lofty peaks making up this range offer magnificent views of both coastal and mountain scenery. The Park area contains 150-200 km of trails and paths, from those intended for tourists, leading from Velika Paklenica Canyon to Manita Pec Cave, Lugarnica forest cottage and the mountain hut, to those intended for mountaineers, leading to the highest peaks of Velebit.
A picnic lunch will be served during the tour. Return to Zadar in the late afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Hotel: Kolovare
Thursday - April 30 Zadar B L
Meet our tour leader for our hiking tour of Krupa Canyon. The hiking trail begins in the village of Ravni Golubić, from where it leads us through Vratolom ridge to the mouth of Krupa into Zrmanja with wonderful views of Krupa waterfalls, under Babin Grad. The trail leads further up the River Krupa. Immediately in front of Kuda Bridge, the trail ascends to the edge of the canyon with a wonderful view of sections of Krupa canyon from a 150-meter high rock that vertically ascends from the river. Kuda Bridge is the only place where you can cross on the left side of Krupa. This old bridge is a zero-category historical monument woven from 13 arches that are master fully formed from travertine. As part of the Kuda Bridge hiking tour, you will visit the Krupa monastery that is situated near the spring of the River Krupa, and was built in 1317. A picnic lunch will be served during the tour.
Return to Zadar in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Hotel: Kolovare
Friday - May 1 Zadar – Split B L D
Hiking tour of Krka Waterfalls National Park. Check out and join our tour leader for our transfer to Trogir. En route to Trogir, we will visit the Krka Waterfalls National Park and enjoy a hiking tour of the area (approx. 1.5 hours). On its green path, River Krka has seven falls, the last one being the amazing Skradinski buk. The Krka River is a karst phenomenon, carving a spectacular canyon on its 70 kilometers journey from the foothills of Dinara Mountains to the amazing estuary under the walls of historic Sibenik. Visit famous Roški slap and if of interest you can also visit Skradinski buk (more crowded area). After the tour, continue to Trogir. Upon arrival, check in to Hotel Marul 4*, set 500 meters from UNESCO-protected Diocletian's Palace. Hotel features an à la carte restaurant and a bar. Its modern air-conditioned rooms comprise an LCD satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
Dinner will be served in a local restaurant. Hotel: Marul
Saturday - May 2 Split B L
Private guided walking tour of Trogir and Split. After breakfast, join our tour leader and local guide in the lobby for a short transfer to nearby Trogir. Walk along beautiful narrow streets and travel through time with the stories and legends of the past. This island oasis connected to the mainland with a bridge is filled with Greek, Roman and Venetian history. The entrance to St. Lawrence Cathedral is decorated by the Romanesque portal of Radovan, the most significant of its kind in this part of Europe. Visit the Palace of Cipico, home to one of Trogir’s most prominent families and the Tower of Kamerlengo, which served as the Venetian governor’s palace. Lunch will be served in one of the local restaurants in Trogir. Return to Split after lunch and start exploring with our local guide. Split is one of the Adriatic's most amazing seaports and also Croatia's second-largest city. Diocletian's Palace, as the ancient heart of Split, is one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences on the planet. Originally the palatial walled summer residence of the Emperor Diocletian, Split became a city after Salona, the Roman capital of Dalmatia just 6km north, was sacked in 7thC. Fleeing refugees were given asylum inside the two-meter-thick walls of the palace and over the next 1000 years, the “city” of Split was such a safe haven, it never grew beyond the same walls that exist today! As a result, the remarkable ensemble of Roman, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and other architectural remains are all still here—and so are more than 3,000 people still living inside these ancient walls. But Split is more than its walled palace; it’s about enjoying the local way of life.
Return to hotel on our own after the tour and enjoy remainder of the day at our leisure. Hotel: Marul
Sunday - May 3 Trogir B L
Dalmatian Hinterland private hiking tour with picnic lunch Meet our tour leader for a memorable hiking tour of the Dalmatian hinterland. Explore the rugged terrain and beautiful countryside while hiking on the paths, fields and hillsides of the Dalmatian hinterland to discover the interior and land surrounding the Cetina river spring; considered as the first area inhabited by the Croats. Here we hike across the paths, fields and landscapes of the Dalmatian hinterland, along Peruča Lake and through the Cetina river canyon at the base of Croatia’s highest mountain, Dinara to the source of life – the Cetina river spring. The entire region to be covered during this adventure is one of Croatia’s richest archaeological areas with great historical and cultural significance. Memorable picnic lunch will be served at the end of the tour!
A return transfer to our hotel will follow our tour. Hotel: Marul
Monday - May 4 Trogir B L
Hiking day tour of Brač Island with lunch. After breakfast we board a public ferry for Brač Island. First, we visit the historic picturesque village of Dol and start our hiking toward Škrip - one of the very few continuously inhabited in Europe! Here the museum of Brač is located and where the suspected crypt of mother of Constantine the Great is kept. We are then off to the highest peak of the Croatian islands (Vidova Gora), making our way to the hidden hermitage in the mountainside now known as the Blaca monastery found in 1551 by Glagoltic monks from Poljica Republic. This small Republic, behind Omiš, was wedged between the Venetian and Ottoman Empires. The monks, fearing Turkish raids, fled to Brac in the 15th Century and later received permission to build their monastery in its current, well-hidden location. Lunch will be served in charming and almost abandoned village of Dol.
Return to Split with an afternoon ferry and enjoy an evening at leisure. Hotel: Marul
Tuesday - May 5 Trogir B D
Hiking tour in Truše followed by traditional dinner (afternoon departure). An open morning to explore, relax or simply enjoy the sites. If you are seeking a place that is on the edge of being forgotten and yet has so many stories to be heard, our tour in the Dalmatian hinterland is a must! This afternoon, we take to the hinterland and the very special and ancient Village of Truse. At the very end of the village stands a house, two hundred years old, filled with hundreds of pieces of history, and maintained with care by local Chef Rino. Here we learn of the history that will take us back in time to get the feeling of the old way of life in a traditional Dalmatian village. We also see the old stone block houses typical for ancient Dalmatian architecture. We then walk to a clear water source right from the mountain and to the very top of the mountain, easily walking with unforgettable views of the coast and islands on the one side, and hinterland and old villages on the other. A very unique evening dinner by an open fireplace, called 'komin' - the most important place in any household in rural Dalmatia. Here we can poke the fire, drink domestic wines, taste homemade smoked ham, bacon, cheese and a specialty 'soparnik' which gained a title 'Croatian brand', along with other local specialties that Chef Rino will prepare for us alone.
Return to Split in the early evening. Hotel: Marul
Wednesday - May 6 Split – Dubrovnik B L
En route visit to Ston city walls and lunch in Rizman winery. Check out after breakfast, join our tour leader and depart for Dubrovnik. En route we will stop at the Rizman winery in the Neretva valley for a traditional lunch with wine. After lunch, continue our journey making a stop in the sleepy town of Ston, famous for its magnificent city walls fortification complex dating back to the 14th century. On arrival in Dubrovnik, check in to the Hotel Ariston located on the picturesque Lapad Peninsula. It is a peaceful beach-front property surrounded by fragrant pine trees and boasts magnificent panoramic sea views. Guests can enjoy the splendid outdoor swimming pools or simply jump into the sparkling Adriatic Sea.
Settle in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Hotel: Ariston
Thursday - May 7 Dubrovnik B L
Private guided walking tour of Dubrovnik old town and city walls followed by visit to the top of Srdj Hill for lunch and panoramic view Join our tour leader after breakfast and meet our local guide for a pleasant walk through Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said, "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik", and describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a mélange of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition. After the walking tour we transfer by bus to the top of Srdj Mountain will follow. Resting high above the Old Town, this is the ideal spot for a spectacular panorama view of the town and surrounding islands that will take your breath away! Here we will also visit the Croatia Civil War Museum. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant on Srdj hill.
Return to hotel in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Hotel: Ariston
Friday - May 8 Dubrovnik B L
Private hiking tour of Konavle valley followed by lunch in Lovorno Meet our tour leader and depart to the picturesque Konavle valley for today's hiking tour. This excursion starts at the village Gruda in Konavle where the the trail takes us through orchards, corn fields, vineyards, blueberry fields and also cross the bridges of the Ljuta and Konavočica rivers. Occasional short breaks are made to enjoy the historical and natural characteristics of the Konavle region (visit to Franciscan monastery, old mills in Ljuta village). What makes Konavle so intriguing is how its folk traditions and way of life have remained so intact. At the end of our tour we visit the small village of Lovorno where we will meet the Mujo family in their 500-year-old farmhouse and enjoy a very special private lunch filled with local gastronomy, Croatian culture and history.
Return to Dubrovnik after lunch for a final open evening. Hotel: Ariston
Saturday - May 9 Dubrovnik B
Check out and meet our driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport for our flight home or you may elect to extend your stay and further explore this magnificent area.
Non-City Day Walks & Hike Details
Hiking tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Distance of walk: approx 10kms
- Estimate duration of walk: 4 to 5 hrs
- Elevation gain: approx +250 m
- Descent: approx -250 m
- Terrain description: Easy, wooden walking paths and forest paths can be muddy and slippery
Hiking tour of Paklenica National Park with picnic lunch
- Distance of walk: approx. 13kms
- Estimate duration of walk: 5 to 6 hours
- Elevation gain: +500 m
- Descent: - 500 m
- Terrain description: Rugged, some very rocky and gravel paths
Hiking tour of Krupa Canyon with picnic lunch
- Distance of walk: approx 7 km
- Estimate duration of walk: 4 to 5 hrs
- Elevation gain: + 250 m
- Descent: -250 m
- Terrain description: Very rocky and quite steep parts, meadows
Hiking tour of Krka Waterfalls National Park
- Distance of walk: 3 km
- Estimate duration of walk: 1.5 to 2 hrs
- Elevation gain: + 100 m
- Descent: - 100m
- Terrain description: Easy, wooden paths, forest path
Dalmatian Hinterland private hiking tour with picnic lunch
- Distance of walk: 10 km
- Estimate duration of walk: 3 – 4 hrs
- Elevation gain: +200m
- Descent: -200m
- Terrain description: Easy rocky, gravel and dirt, mostly wide paths
Hiking day tour of Brač Island with lunch
- Distance of walk: 11 kms
- Estimate duration of walk: 3 to 4 hours
- Elevation gain: approx. +400 m
- Terrain description: Rugged, some very rocky and gravel paths. Combination of wide and narrow paths
Hiking tour in Truše followed by traditional dinner (afternoon departure)
- Distance of walk: approx. 7 km
- Estimate duration of walk: 3 hrs
- Elevation gain: +100 m
- Descent: -50 m
- Terrain description: Easy rocky and gravel paths
Private hiking tour of Konavle valley followed by lunch in Lovorno
- Distance of walk: 8 km
- Estimate duration of walk: 2 – 2.5 hours
- Elevation gain: 41 m
- Terrain description: Easy under foot
- Tour cost per person twin / double: $ 6,395 Canadian
- Single Surcharge: $ 1,070 Canadian – very limited
- Land only per person twin / double: $ 5,075 Canadian
Single occupancy is limited on this tour and on a request basis only. We also offer the opportunity of share single. In this case we will attempt to provide suitable share accommodation for single requests however this is not guaranteed.
- Per Passenger deposit requirements:
$950 Canadian per person
- Final Payment Due: February 7, 2020
We strongly recommend adequate travel insurance and will provide details of insurance suggestions at the time of booking.
Program Price Includes:
- Return air fare from / to Toronto including all taxes as of June 2019
- Charles Whitlock our tour leader
- Excellent accommodation including taxes
- Breakfast daily, taxes and VAT included
- Professional English-speaking tour manager
- Professional English-speaking driver and private coach for all transfers as per itinerary
- Professional English-speaking local guides for city tours
- Walking tour of Zagreb’s historic center followed by welcome dinner
- Castles of Zagorje & Varaždin tour with traditional lunch (local guide and entrance tickets for Trkošćan castle included)
- Hiking tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park (entrance tickets to NP and lunch boxes included)
- Hiking tour of Paklenica National Park with picnic lunch (lunch boxes included)
- Hiking tour of Krupa Canyon with picnic lunch (lunch boxes included)
- Hiking tour of Krka Waterfalls National Park (entrance tickets to NP and lunch boxes included)
- Walking tour of Trogir and Split (local guide and entrance tickets to 3 museums, lunch included)
- Dalmatian Hinterland hiking tour with picnic lunch
- Hiking day tour of Brač Island with lunch
- Hiking tour in Truše followed by traditional dinner
- En route visit to Rizman winery with lunch and visit to Ston
- Walking tour of Dubrovnik old town and city walls followed transfer to Srdj hill for lunch (local guide, entrance tickets to 2 museums and City Walls included)
- Hiking tour of Konavle valley followed by lunch in Lovorno at family run farm
Program Price Does Not Include:
- Meals and drinks not included in the cost (other than those listed)
- Personal expenses
- From date of booking to July 18: Loss of deposit paid
- From final payment date to departure: 100% non-refundable
Munich April 26
Built in 1929, this upscale hotel on Ban Jelačić Square is a minutes' walk from the nearest tram stop, 6 minutes on foot from Zagreb Cathedral and a 13-minute walk from the Mimara Museum. The Hotel Dubrovnik’s facade on Ban Jelacic square is a distinctive part of the city’s architectural heritage. Today, the Hotel Dubrovnik has 214 rooms and 8 suites and offers perfect balance of tradition, classic beauty, excellent service and modern facilities in the heart of Zagreb, a perfect location for moving around.
Located near the historical sights of the ancient city of Zadar, in a peaceful and picturesque part of the city, the hotel has a modern and original architectural structure adapted to the Mediterranean area and it has modern and luxurious equipped rooms with air conditioning. An a´la carte restaurant, wine boutique, bar, hair salon, massage parlour, outdoor swimming pool, sports-recreation centre with tennis courts, volleyball court and miniature golf court. Nearby national and nature parks will make your stay in our hotel both pleasant and adventurous.
Hotel Marul has modern air-conditioned rooms with an LCD satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. This is an outstanding small hotel with just 14 rooms in the very heart of Split Old Town and we have this uniquely for our group for 5 nights. The hotel has a nice garden area, perfect for evening drinks. UNESCO-protected Diocletian Palace, main promenade, bars, restaurants, museums are just few steps away.
The newly-renovated deluxe property, Hotel Ariston is located on the tip of Babin Kuk and steps from the Adriatic Sea. It is also only a few kilometers from the Old Town of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. This prime spot on the Lapad peninsula enjoys sunshine all day from sunrise to sunset. Being the tallest 5 star hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Hotel Ariston boasts 115 luxury rooms of which 62 have a view of the sea and the remainder have a view of our garden.
Meet Charles Whitlock
In 2003 Charles established Walkaway Treks to better serve his hiking adventures and to provide a variety of hiking services.
Charles Whitlock is the owner/operator
of Walkaway Treks.
- 30+ years outdoor leadership experience
- Certified Wilderness First Responder
- Certified hike leader with the Toronto Bruce
- Trail Club and the Grand Valley Trails Association
- Tour Manager for tours in the United Kingdom, France, Guernsey, Canada and the United States
- Advisor to the Grand Valley Trails Association
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