Croatia Islands Women?s Multisport ? Bra?, Hvar and Vis

Trip Length 8 Days
Group Size 12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,799 for REI Members
$4,199 for non-members
Departures Aug 2020-Sep 2020

Explore Croatia?s Dalmatian Coast on this 7-day multisport adventure with hiking, swimming, paddling and more. Designed for women. Guided by women.

Each day offers something new: ancient Roman palaces and castles to wander, a baking lesson in a tranquil village, underground labyrinths to explore and more. Your guides are local women who will lead you off the beaten path to show you their favorite local spots, visit women-owned businesses and give you tips for when you set off to explore on your own.

Discover how the region?s cuisine pairs perfectly with local wines after hours of outdoor fun. Learn to make hrapo?u?a, a cake that won fame for a small village. Try local olives and seafood right off the boat. Also the delicious Dalmatian ham pr?ut. And definitely try the local peka! In fact, try it all.

Trek into the hills and discover small villages and stunning vistas. Explore hidden caves and coves by boat and kayak. Hike through ancient fishing villages and Roman ruins. And float on your back in the Adriatic's sun-kissed turquoise waters. Sound like your kind of adventure? Then let's go to the Dalmatian Coast!

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore four unique and beautiful islands - Bra?, Hvar, Vis and Bi?evo
  • Kayak, stand up paddle board and swim in the warm Adriatic Sea
  • Hike through hidden villages, remote fishing towns and pristine beaches
  • Enjoy authentic Croatian food and wine and learn to make traditional cakes
  • An REI Women?s Adventure?designed for women, guided by women

Activities

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. You should be capable of kayaking up to 5 nautical miles in calm to moderate sea conditions and hiking up to 5 miles while carrying a daypack. Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding are suitable for beginners. You should be comfortable in water and able to swim.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Walking

What's Included

Double-occupancy accommodations as noted above; meals as noted in the itinerary; skilled bi-lingual guides; all activity gear as necessary including sea kayaks, SUPs, and bikes; island ferries; wine tasting and wine with dinners.

Accommodations

Hotel, 7 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Split & explore the Diocletian Palace

The Dalmatian adventure begins in Split, Croatia?s second-largest city. Trip members and guides meet at our city center hotel before sharing a welcome drink. Thirsts quenched, we set out for a short walk through our scenic surroundings. Take in sea views from the city?s palm tree-lined promenade, wander stone-lined streets and explore the famed Diocletian Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the palace was originally built in A.D. 295 for a local boy who made it big?the Roman emperor Diocletian. He retired here after famously stepping away from power to focus his energies on growing cabbages in peace. Even if cabbage isn?t your thing, venturing through ancient Roman architecture will work up a traveler?s appetite. Dinner included.

Walking: 1 hour

Day 2

Hike the hills above Split & ferry to Bra? Island

We awake and hike into the hills above Split where the coast blends into the interior. Following an old trade route, we make our way through villages that formed the autonomous peasants? republic of Poljica during the Middle Ages. We take in incredible sea views as we trek through sparsely populated hamlets until we reach an abandoned village. Here we enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family in an old home they are restoring. We?ll rest our legs aboard the ferry to the island of Bra?, our home for the next two evenings. All meals included.

Hiking: 2.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 260? / 600?

Day 3

Stand up paddle boarding and traditional baking

Begin the day with paddle board instruction in Sutivan?s protected harbor. Our guide then leads us on a picturesque paddle along Bra??s northwest coastline. We hug the shoreline and take in views of pebbled beaches, quiet valleys and the deep blue Aegean. Our appetite grows as we arrive at Dol, a tiny village famed for the unique cake made there. We stroll through the village while listening to a local woman share stories about everyday village life. She shows us the 400-year-old castle she calls home and we share local sheep cheeses and wines. Next, the time has finally come to learn to make the village?s rich and delicious cake?hrapo?u?a. Then we eat hrapo?u?a! Breakfast, lunch (and hrapo?u?a) are included.

Stand up paddle boarding: 1.5?2 hours

Day 4

Visit the islands of Hvar & Vis & kayak around the Pakleni Islands

Start the day with a private boat trip to the island of Hvar, said to be the sunniest place in Croatia. Once there we set out in kayaks to explore the clear blue waters around the Pakleni archipelago?s wooded islands. We paddle to a beachside restaurant for lunch and then return to Hvar Town for some free time. Explore the town and its waterfront promenade, gothic palaces or numerous cafes. It?s an easy walk up to the Spanish fortress for the best views. After that we catch a private boat to the farthest inhabited island from the Croatian mainland?Vis. Relax at the hotel, take a walk along the seaside or seek out the town?s Greek and Roman ruins. We?ll meet back up later for a seafood feast at a local restaurant. All meals included.

Hiking: 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +250? / -1,960?

Day 5

Hike through small bays & stone villages on Vis Island

Due to its geographical isolation and lack of development and tourism, Vis has maintained much of its natural beauty and traditional stone villages. This is largely due to its time as a restricted Yugoslavian military base, which kept it off limits to virtually everyone until the early 1990s. Fun fact: The movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was filmed on Vis rather than in Greece. Explore this hidden little island on foot, beginning in the charming fishing village of Komiza. Hike along tidy lanes past centuries-old houses leading to the seafront promenade. Trek through villages high up in the hills and gain an appreciation for traditional stone-building techniques. Continue to scenic Barjoska Bay, and then return to Komiza via a wooded path. A late lunch will be enjoyed on the Komiza promenade as we watch the fisherman pull their boats into the harbor. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 880?

Day 6

Visit the Blue Cave & uncover Vis?s military past

Our journey starts on a small boat destined for the island of Bi?evo. There we slip through a small gap in the rock and find ourselves in the famed Blue Cave. It's incredible?sunlight reflects off the white sea floor and rises up through the water to fill the sea cave with a luminous blue glow. Just... wow. Back on Vis, a caravan of 4x4 jeeps takes us on an off-road tour of a fortified base befitting a Bond villain. The abandoned Yugoslavian military compound features a hidden submarine base, a maze of underground tunnels and more. Other stops include a hike to Tito?s cave, where Josip Broz hid during World War II. Lunch follows at a family-run restaurant serving peka, a rustic dish slow-cooked in a bell-covered pan surrounded by coals. Returning to our hotel, the afternoon is free to explore and dinner is on your own. Breakfast and lunch included.?

Walking: 1.5 hours

Day 7

Return to Split for a farewell dinner

We board our ferry for our return to Split. Once there, optional activities include hanging out at caf�s, hiking in Marjan Forest Park, strolling along the promenade or exploring Split?s museums. Everyone meets up in the evening for a farewell dinner, just a short walk from our hotel inside the city?s walls. Breakfast and dinner included.

Return to Split for a farewell dinner.

Day 8

Depart from Split

The time has come to split from Split (forgive the pun!). Here are some ways to say "goodbye" in Croatian: Zbogom, dovi?enja and opro?taj. You choose the time of your departure. Breakfast included.

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

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  • Valid Passport

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