Brac Island Croatia
Guided Walking Holiday - - - 8 Days, 7 Nights
Exploring island life along the Adriatic Sea’s Dalmatian Coast
Brac Island is located in the central Dalmatian group of islands in the Adriatic Sea and is a short ferry ride from the historic city of Split, Croatia. Brac is rich in history with a diverse cultural heritage encompassing ancient and more recently, European and Asian influences. Its Mediterranean climate, maze of trails throughout the island, natural beauty, clear seas, lovely beaches, hospitality of the local people, and accessibility from the mainland make it a perfect walking destination.
We will explore the quaint and historic villages scattered across the island which provides an excellent window into authentic Croatian Island life. Our routes are along old goat tracks and rural roads through olive groves, pine forests and stone fields. The slow paced rhythm of the island matches perfectly with the mostly gentle strolling paths as we pass an occasional roman ruin or deserted cave dating to the era of the Illyrians.
We invite you to join us in discovering this unique island with a superb hotel with exceptional facilities, fantastic sunrises and sunsets, the Adriatic Sea always in view, delicious traditional island cuisine, and a relaxed social approach. We walk five days and have a free day to do as you please from our center base in the Town of Supetar.
Accommodations & Meals
We are based in the Town of Supetar, a bustling and pedestrian friendly town where we stay in the Villa Adriatica, a family run hotel. It is located a few hundred feet from the beach in a quiet residential area of town and is a comfortable setting for our walking holiday. The hotel has recently been refurbished and all rooms are en-suite, and include modern furnishings, air-conditioning/heat, hairdryer, television, balcony and Wi-Fi. Hotel facilities inlcude a beautiful garden with a terrace cafe bar and lounge areas, swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness area.
Breakfast is served in the Villa Adriatica’s restaurant and includes a complete self-serve buffet to start your day. Our lunches are eaten on the trail, either at a cafe along the trail when available or packed. Dinner each night is at local restaurants which feature traditional island entrees and wines.
October 12, 2019 $ 1,750
October 10, 2020 $ 1,900
Holiday Price Includes
Accommodations en-suite for seven (7) nights (based on double occupancy).
Breakfast each morning as part of your hotel accommodations.
Transfers between the airport and the Split ferry and the hotel on arrival and return transfer upon departure. Please note that it is best to arrive in the morning to join the arranged transfer but if you are unable to, your transfer will still be arranged and there may be a supplemental charge.
Ferry ticket to Brac and return.
Transport to and from each day’s walk.
Full program of guided walks with experienced tour leaders and professional local guides.
Personal touring services from our tour leaders who arrange all aspects of the holiday for you and are with the group every step of the way.
What’s Not Included
This is a land only holiday so your flight to and from Croatia is not included. We are happy to assist you with providing flight information from your local airport.
Lunches, dinners and beverages.
Local tourism tax paid to the hotel in local currency (approximately 1 to 2 Kuna per person daily).
There is a single supplement of approximately $250 for the 7 nights and will be quoted at the time of booking.
Brac Island’s walking routes are along a maze of old goat tracks and rural roads that crisscross the island. Some paths are rocky due to the characteristic limestone. These paths reveal quaint villages and dramatic views of mountains in the distance and the beautiful colors of the Adriatic Sea. We walk along some of the best viewpoints on the island with plenty of swimming opportunities and the chance to experience the beautiful, rustic nature of this Croatian island. The Adriatic Sea is ever present - whether walking along side it or viewing it from a distance. There are many superb viewing points along our routes. A highlight is the highest mountain in all of the Croatian Islands - Vidova Gora.
The walks enable you to see the best of Brac, providing an excellent window into authentic island life. The guides for the walks are from the same guide company used since 2002 in Slovenia. Distances are between 6 and 10 miles a day; ascent moderate; and, terrain varies from loose stone, pavement, stone and hard packed tracks. You are never rushed and we take frequent water breaks and to enjoy the spectacular views.
A sampling of the guided walks available on the program include:
Village coastal walk: A varied circular walk providing an excellent introduction to the villages and landscapes of Brac. As you follow the coastline, there are several swimming opportunities to enjoy in the vivid clear blue water. Pass through unspoiled villages surrounding natural harbors as you make your way back to the lovely town of Supetar.
Bol and Vidova Gora: This superb walk takes you to the coastal village of Bol via the highest point in the Adriatic islands known as Vidova Gora (778m / 2550f). Part of the walk is along the waymarked ‘Educational Trail’ passing various information boards (in both Croatian and English), then a lovely path takes you up to the edge of the limestone escarpment and on to the summit with its breathtaking views to Hvar and beyond.
Sutivan circular walk: From Sutivan over St Roko hill to Junceravan Plateau along the rocky roads, through thick pine woods to the fishing village of Bobov. This village is quiet and will remind us of a time past in Brac. We then walk on to Lozisa with its superb church and tower. We return to Sutivan through Veliki Dolac Canyon and rough tracks with numerous olive groves.
Holiday Tour Leaders & Guides
Great Circle Route is pleased to be associated with Secret Hills Walking, our partner in Europe Walking. Secret Hills Walking has been in the guided walking tour business in the United Kingdom and Europe since 2002, and as walkers themselves, they appreciate and understand the requirements of a walking holiday. Great Circle Route develops itineraries focusing on walking/hiking, history, gardens and culture of the places we visit and we personally research, fully vet and coordinate all holidays with Secret Hills Walking to ensure our guests are completely satisfied. Our touring team comprises leaders from Great Circle Route and Secret Hills Walking and often we complement the team with local guides who are passionate and knowledgeable about the area and the walking routes.
Brac Island is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, best known for its quiet and peaceful ambience, its pristine beaches and in particular the white-pebble beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), its hiking opportunities, its quarried white limestone, olive cultivation, lovely quaint stone villages, rich cultural history extending back to the Neolithic times, and the delicious cuisine. Supetar, the island’s major town and ferry port, has a lively harbor area with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops. It is on the northern side of the island and is a short ferry ride from Split. The Adriatic Sea waters are crystal blue and the water is warm enough to swim most of the year. Despite its proximity to Split, Brac is less touristy than the glittering islands of Hvar and Korcula further south.
Split is an exhuberant port city nestled between mountains and sea. It is a pleasure to explore and has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Visit Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments), as well as various intriguing museums and the wide range of cafes, restaurants and shops within the atmospheric old walls.
Further Travel Information
Getting to the Brac Croatia holiday. The price for this holiday is land only and does not include flights from the United States to Croatia. The closest airport is in Split which has regular non-stop flights from most major European cities. From Split you will be collected from the airport and transferred to the port for your ferry to Supetar Brac. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Airfare may range between $700 and $1,500 round trip between the United States and Croatia, depending on where your flight originates, the time of year and when you make your booking. Budget airlines from several European capitals may offer a better price if you are adding onto a trip to other European countries. We can help research your options for arranging travel to your holiday - just ask. Please note that the published holiday dates are the dates you arrive in your holiday area and not when you leave the United States.
Extra days or nights. If you are interested in adding any extra days and nights to your holiday to explore more of the area, and you would like our help, please let us know.
Passport and Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens. Passports must be valid for at least three (3) months beyond the intended date of departure and six (6) months is recommended if you will transit a Schengen country en route to Croatia. It is further recommended that your passport have a sufficient number of blank pages. No Visa is required for stays up to 90 days within each 180-day period. Please consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for the most current country requirements.
Weather. The climate on Brac is typically Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers. Brac is best visited for walkers in the early Spring and late Autumn when temperatures average in the 60s Fahrenheit (17C).
Official language. Croatian is the official language and English is widely spoken.
Travel Insurance. Travel insurance for financial protection and peace of mind is recommended. Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, delayed flights and missed connections, lost or damaged luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. Therefore, we strongly recommend obtaining Travel Insurance to protect your travel investment. Companies that provide comprehensive policies include Travel Guard, Travel Insured International, Allianz, Travelex to name a few.
Sustainability. We support, where applicable, the concepts of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our trip will involve the use of in-country and local industries for all our visiting needs whenever feasible and possible.
Starting Location: Split Croatia Airport
Ending Location: Split Croatia Airport
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