From the "Pearl of the Adriatic" of Dubrovnik, through the islands of Korcula and Hvar, to the 1600-year-old city of Split: this 7-day itinerary presents the highlights of the Dalmatian coast. Depending on your available time this trip can be made shorter (down to 4 or 5 days) or longer.

Highlights

  • Take a cable car to the top of Srdj Hill for stunning views of Dubrovnik
  • Kayak around Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island with a guide
  • Rent a scooter in Hvar and tour the coastal olive groves and vineyards
  • Take a day trip to the Pakleni Islands, just off the coast of Hvar

Brief itinerary

Day Activity Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 2 Explore Old Town Dubrovnik
Day 3 Guided kayaking tour Dubrovnik
Day 4 Cycling and wine-tasting tour Korcula
Day 5 Explore Hvar Korcula
Day 6 Day trip to the Pakleni Islands Hvar
Day 7 Explore Split Split
Day 8 Depart Split  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnik

Adriatic Bay in Dubrovnik
The Adriatic Bay in Dubrovnik

Take the cable car up to the top of Srdj Hill, for stunning views of Dubrovnik and nearby Elafiti Islands. Walk down from the top instead of taking the cable car back down for unobstructed views of the city and less crowds. The best views from the top are if you’re looking down at the city, and start to walk to the left, make sure not to miss the path going down or else you’ll end up walking along the road which will take much longer to get down.

Catch the sunset from the water on a 2.5-hour sunset dinner cruise on a traditional Karaka replica ship or your own private boat. Taking in the scenes of Old Town and the islands from the water.

Day 2: Explore Dubrovnik

Old town of Dubrovnik
Old town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Spend the day exploring Old Town and the city walls at your own pace. Get a map from your hotel, wander aimlessly through the town. Buy gifts and snacks from Gundulić Square Market, the only open-air market in Old Town. It sells authentic Dubrovnik products like dried lavender, local brandies, and dried fruits. Go before 1 pm.

Spend a relaxing afternoon at Banje Beach - a sandy stretch of beach close to Old Town. See article for a list of other beaches in Dubrovnik. Watch the sunset from Buza Bar - a hidden gem outside the city walls overlooking the sea.

Day 3: Guided Kayaking Around Dubrovnik

Fort Lovrijenac
Sea kayaking past Fort Lovrijenac just outside of Dubrovnik

Explore Dubrovnik from the water and go on a guided kayaking tour around the city and Lokrum Island.

Take a 15-minute taxi boat ride and go on a half day trip to visit Lokrum island - the closest island to Dubrovnik. Take a swim in the saltwater pool (like the Dead Sea on a much smaller scale), explore the 15th-century Benedictine monastery, and stroll along the car-less trails. Boats depart from Old Town every half hour from 9am-7pm.

Go on a full day excursion to tour the Elafiti islands. 13 small untouched islands near Dubrovnik, the three most visited islands are Kolocep, Sipan, and Lopud.

Note: If three nights in Dubrovnik is too long, a one night trip to the island of Mljet is possible and then from Mljet continue on to Korcula.

Day 4: Dubrovnik to Korcula

Cycle through the vineyards in Lumburda, Korcula

Catch a two-hour ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula in the morning. From Korcula, you can rent a scooter and explore a hidden beach or rent a bicycle and head along the southeast coastline, there is an easy, hill free bicycle route with beautiful coastal scenery and roads that lead through the Lumbarda vineyards. Bicycle rentals available all over Korcula.

Go on a cycling and wine tour with Rachel and John (a British couple who have made Korcula their home). Watch the sunset from Maksimilijan Garden. This tiny bar has one of the best views in Korcula.

Day 5: Korcula to Hvar

Beach in Hvar

Catch a 1.5-hour ferry from Korcula to Hvar in the morning. Rent a scooter from Hvar Town and drive through olive groves, lavender fields, and vineyards along the coastline, for no more than 250 Kuna/day ($40 USD).

Bring a bottle of wine and watch the sunset from Spanjola Fortress - the short walk up to this old 16th-century fortress is worth the hike up for the stunning views of Hvar Town and the Pakleni islands.

Day 6: Day Trip to the Pakleni Islands

View of the Pakleni islands
View of the Pakleni islands from Hvar

Take a day trip to the Pakleni Islands. Just off the coast of Hvar, these islands are filled with hidden beaches and lagoons.

Day 7-8: Hvar to Split - Depart from Split

 Split's Old Town

Catch a one-hour ferry from Hvar to Split in the morning. Explore Old Town’s narrow alleys, walk around Diocletian’s Palace and take in the history. For your last sunset check out the bar Dioklecijan. Grab a cocktail, sit out on the terrace overlooking the waterfront and take in the sunset.

If you have a free morning before departing, check out the Green Market (Pazar Market). A lively fruit and vegetable market, east of the palace to see how the locals shop and pick up some fruit for your flight home. Farmers from the surrounding areas of Split come into town every day to sell their seasonal local produce from sunrise till 2 pm.

Map

Map of Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar & Split - 8 Days
Map of Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar & Split - 8 Days