Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Explore a thousand years of history on Croatia's third largest island!
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Tour codes: 28940
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.
We’re based in the fishing village of Postira, a short ferry and bus ride from Split, on the northern shore of Brac Island. Brac is the third largest island in the Croatian archipelago and has the highest peak, Vidova Gora (778m).
Centuries ago Brac's quarries provided the stone for Diocletian's Palace in Split and for the White House in Washington. Its fields provided olive oil and wine for Venice while its fish, goat and mutton fleshed out the diets of Venetians and locals alike.
The fingerprints of history are here in the maze of old goat trails and farm roads that cover the island like a fine net from one end to the other. It is along these trails and roads that we'll wander discovering sleepy villages, dramatic vistas of grey mountains set against blue seas and green fields overflowing with vines, olives, figs, kiwis, almonds and sour cherries. Postira harbour is the perfect place to watch the sun set at the end of the day.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We fly from the UK to Split. Upon arrival we transfer from the airport to the port of Split, to take a ferry to Supetar on the island of Brac and then transfer to our hotel in Postira.
Transfer Time = 2h 45m
Our first walk takes us from hotel to the village of Dol. Then up to the village of Skrip to visit the island's archaeological museum. After our visit we will walk down to Splitska and then back to the hotel. Entrance fee for the museum is 15 Kuna.
The full walk is approximately 7 miles in length with options of reducing the walk to 3 or 6 miles on paved roads, dirt tracks and established trails.
Today we will drive to the picturesque village of Pucišca noted for its stone quarries and home to Croatia’s only stone mason school. We will visit the school in the morning and have an opportunity to explore the village. Shortly after lunch we will drive to Lovrecina Bay with its sandy beach and the ruins of an early Catholic Basilica.
There will be time for a swim and an opportunity to relax before undertaking a leisurely and lovely walk back to our hotel along a well established coastal path offering dramatic views of the mountains on the mainland.
In the morning we will visit Supetar the islands main harbour and administrative Center. We will then walk from Mirca just outside Supetar to the village of Ložišca tucked up against a hillside overlooking the bay of Bobovišca. You can either drop directly down to the Bay or extend your walk along a track offering dramatic views over the bay and the western part of the island. We will meet up in the village of Bobovišca na moru where we will have an opportunity for a swim and have lunch before returning to our hotel. The has an optional extension of 4 miles.
Our day will start with a ferry ride to Split where we will meet our local guide for a sightseeing tour of this city on the Adriatic. Split, Croatia’s second largest city has Diocletian’s Palace as its heart and soul. That will be the focus of our attention. Our guide will sketch the outlines of the city’s history and antiquities and then you will have an opportunity to explore on your own before returning to Brac later in the afternoon.
Our morning drive will take us into the island interior driving through the island’s old capital Nerezisca and passing by still operating stone quarries. Our walk will begin on the outskirts of the village of Dracevica and follow a well established track offering good views over the mainland and nearby islands. Our destination is the town of Milna on Brac’s west end. Located in a deep inlet Milna boasts the finest and largest natural harbour on the island. Surrounded by pine woods Milna has a laid back charm of its own.
A 3 mile extension to Bobovišca is possible.
This day begins with a visit to the highest point on the Croatian archipelago. At 778 m above sea level Vidova Gora offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic and the islands to the south and west of Brac. A short drive will take us to the trail leading to the Blaca Monastery perhaps the most stunning and interesting of Brac’s attractions. Pushed up and partially under the limestone cliffs on the island,’s southern side Blaca served as a refuge for a group of Glagolitic monks who fled to Brac in the 15th century in an effort to preserve and promote the Croatian alphabet and language within the liturgy of the church. We will be given a guided tour of this unique building before we continue our walk down to the Bay of Blaca where we will be picked up by a small boat and taken to the resort town of Bol. Our day will end with an opportunity to swim at Croatia’s most famous beach, Zlatni Rat. Entrance fee for the Blaca Monastery is 40 Kuna.
The walk from the trail head to Blaca and then down to the bay is well established it is also rockey and care has to be taken particularly along the lower section. There are many sights to make this an interesting final day on the island of Brac.
Our final evening meal will be taken at a local Konoba (restaurant).
This morning we say goodbye to Brac and carry our memories with us as we board the ferry back to Split and begin our journey home to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
4th May 2022 - 11th May 2022 (7 Nights)
21st Sep 2022 - 28th Sep 2022 (7 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Our base on the island of Brac is the village of Postira. It’s picturesque setting and laid back fishing village sense of time and place puts you instantly at ease. A stroll around the town reveals a way of life that is changing and adapting but which also must be preserved. Work ethic, religion, family and the Croatian culture are still alive and well and very important in Postira.
Our accommodation the 4 star Hotel Lipa located 8km from Supetar, Postira is on the North side of Brac and surround by fields of olives and pine forests.
All though not the biggest of hotels it has a lovely veranda restaurant, outside freshwater swimming pool and of course easy access to the swim in the inviting waters of the Adriatic.
Our rooms in Twin/Double or Single bedded rooms with facilities that include: En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe, minibar
Hotel facilities include: Fresh water swimming pool, Wi-Fi access, wellness Centre
Brac is an island that lends itself nicely to both walking and sightseeing. The blend we offer is perfect. Our visit to Vidova Gora and the remarkable Blaca Monastery take us into the island's rural past while our full day in Split with a local guide in the morning mixes the city's Roman origins with Croatia's modern urban experience. Generally a half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days consisting of around 5 hours. This holiday is a Grade 4 and although Brac's Vidova Gora is the highest point on any of the Croatian Islands (778m) many of our walks start high and then go down. See the Itinerary section for more information.
Brac is the third largest of Croatia’s Adriatic islands. The fact that it does not have popular destination such as a Hvar, Korcula, Rab or Dubrovnik has meant that tourism has been slow to develop on the island and that much of its original charm, beauty and innocence has remained intact.
Our walks during the week will bring out the best that the island has to offer. Our visit to Split and our walk around Diocletian’s Palace will tie the island to Croatia’s past and our visit to Bol and its resorts to its future.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Brac Entrance Fees
There are some entrance fees you may want to take into consideration when budgeting and these are the archaeological museum at Skrip (15 Kuna, £2) and the Blaca Monastery (40 Kuna, £4.50).
Currency in Croatia
The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna. Banks and ATM machines can be found in many towns and major city's and many shops accept major credit and debit cards.
Banks and ATM's can be found in Split should time allow you to change cash before your ferry to Brac. Should you not have time, not to worry as there are a number of ATM's just down the road from your hotel in Postira.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Meals will be on a half board basis at the hotel except for our final night where we will dine at a local restaurant.
Every walker likes something different for lunch while out and about. Near to the hotel you will find local bakeries and supermarkets perfect for picking up supplies.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Croatia
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
“The “Bradt” guide to Croatia provides very well-researched and interesting background reading for this holiday. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays have especially negotiated a 25% discount on all Bradt guides for you as a thank you for your custom – so please go to the Bradt Guide website www.bradtguides.com and enter the code RWH25 when ordering to claim your discount.”
Maps of the area are also widely available locally.
Croatian National Tourist Office Website: www.visit-croatia.co.uk
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Croatia
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Croatia.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Rabies and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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