Exploring The Sorrento Peninsula
Combine leisurely walks on the Sorrento Peninsula and in the Lattari Mountains and enjoy visits to the myriad of local world class sites.
The Adriatic is never far away as we hop by land and ferry between towns and islands along the coast of Montenegro and Croatia.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 28910
Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.
The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.
Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.
The Adriatic is never far away as we hop by land and ferry between towns and islands along the coast of Montenegro and Croatia. From Europe’s southernmost fjord, the Bay of Kotor, to the waves lapping the beach on the island of Korcula, water is our constant companion. Each of the pretty sun-drenched towns in which we stay lie close to a network of ancient paths linking rural villages. Our holiday is accompanied throughout by a local walking guide, as well as your Ramblers Walking Holidays leader.
We start in Herceg Novi in Montenegro, close to the entrance to the Bay of Kotor, in whose old town one palm-shaded square leads to another. Above rises Mount Orjen, where one of our walks follows a trail to the isolated Za Vratlom mountain hut, set amidst landscapes of high pasture, open woods and rocky outcrops.
We move on to Kotor town itself, at the far reaches of the fjord, hemmed in by water and mountains and fortified by impressive walls. One day we follow the ridge which separates the Kotor and Tivat sides of the bay. From Kotor we visit Budva, walking in the hinterland, way above the coast. Besides the walking there is also time to visit these picture-postcard seaside towns, as well as the idyllically sited fortified island village of Sveti Stefan.
Now we move north into Croatia where an overnight and morning amidst the red roofs of Dubrovnik is followed by a ferry ride out to Korcula, the greenest and most interesting of Croatia’s thousand islands. Our hotel lies close to the marina, from where we follow the coastal path to the island’s capital with views out to the tiny islands in the archipelago. We also visit the island of Mljet, walking around the island’s lakes.
Simply an exceedingly nice holiday!
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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.
Upon arrival into Dubrovnik airport we will take a 45 minute transfer out of Croatia to our first centre in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
Transfer Time = 45m
Starting from Herceg Novi and passing by Spanjola Fortress, Matkovici we continue on to Kameno village and St Jovan Church. Continuing on from Kameno we walk back via the village of Trebesinj and Igalo finishing back in Herceg Novi.
A looped hike to the mountain hut "Za Vratlo". Our walk starts from Zlijebi with our trail ascending to a plateau from where we continue to walk to the mountain hut. From the hut we descent to Borici. This is a nice walk with a view of the Adriatic sea. At the end of the day we take a 1 hour transfer to picturesque Kotor.
Walking tour of Kotor taking in the cities ramparts, views of the town and the fjord from Ivan Tower on the top of the ramparts (290 meters climb). Our walk takes us down via the small church of Sv. Jovan. Free time to explore town. At the end of the day we will take to the Fjord with a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rock and Perast.
Pastrovacka Gora, Sveti Stefan and Budva - After breakfast we head to Budva. Upon arrival we will have a couple of hours free time to explore town after which we move on to Brajici village and walk via Kosmac Fortress and the village of Ogradjenica close to Sveti Stefan and Przno village. Transfer back to hotel in Kotor bay.
Our walk starts from Kotor town with a zig-zag trail which will take us to the top of the Vrmac Mountain. Our path follows the ridge where we will enjoy views of both the Kotor and Tivat parts of the bay. Descend to Donja Lastva (next to Tivat town). At the end of the walk we will take the two hour transfer to Dubrovnik.
From the last few busy days walking it's time to take a break with a free morning to explore beautiful Dubrovnik before our boat trip to the Island of Korcula and our final centre of Korcula in the mid afternoon. Some morning options include: walking around old Dubrovnik Walls (200 Kuna), cable car up to Mount Srd, and take a taxi to the city (80 Kuna)
A great coastal walk from Lumbarda to Korcula town. The path we follow takes us along the shore with great views of the archipelago and its 22 islets, of which the most interesting ones are Vrnik, and Badija, with its Franciscan monastery dating from the 14th century. Free time for lunch and to explore the town before returning to our hotel.
Our final full day in the Adriatic begins with a short journey to Korcula town where we then take a ferry to the island of Mljet. Arriving on Mljet we will have a loop walk around Malo and Veliko Jezero (the Small and the Great Lake) visiting a small island Sv. Marija located in the Great Lake then return to Pomena. At the end of our walk we will take the boat back to Korcula island and our hotel.
It's sadly time to go home and our journey back to Dubrovnik begins with a 30 minute ferry crossing followed by 2 hours 30 minutes travelling by road.
Departure dates for your selected tour
5th May 2020 - 14th May 2020 (9 Nights)
8th Sep 2020 - 17th Sep 2020 (9 Nights)
22nd Sep 2020 - 1st Oct 2020 (9 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.
We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information.
We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information.
We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information.
The entire Adriatic coast is a feast for the eyes and offers wonderful walking opportunities along well established paths. This is a Grade 5 holiday which includes full day walks with most ascents and descents up to 600m. There will however be a couple of days when you will be challenged with a 900m ascent. Walks will generally last up to 6 hours and some days will involve a boat trip. As we move from mountainous Montenegro to the more gentle topography of the Croatian islands the walks may be physically less demanding but they will nevertheless be equally rewarding visually.
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.
Entry fees into Lovcen and Mljet National Parks are included in the holiday price.
Currency in Montenegro
The official currency of Montenegro is the Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. Only Bank of England issued bank notes are recognised or exchanged in Montenegro.
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.
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.
During the holiday we will have a local walking guide who will work in close relation with your Ramblers Walking Leader to ensure you get the very most out of your time while exploring these two stunning countries.
Flights are to and from Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Due to taking in two countries long transfers can be expected with remaining transport for walks using ferries and road transportation. Our longest transfer at any one time is around three hours.
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.
Passport Information for Montenegro
An undamaged passport valid for the duration of your stay in Montenegro is required but a visa is not for British passport holders. Please ensure you obtain an entry stamp in your passport from the border police to avoid complication on leaving. Holders of non-British passports should contact the Embassy of the Republic of Montenegro of their nearest consulate regarding via 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.
Hotels along the Adriatic
In Montenegro and Croatia will be over four centres. Two in Montenegro (Herceg Novi and Kotor) and two in Croatia (Dubrovnik and Korcula on Korcula Island).
All of the hotels we use are 3 star tourist class where you we will be staying in twin, double or single bedded rooms with en-suite facilities. It would be worth noting that most of the hotels we stay in do not have lifts so you will need to be able to carry your luggage.
Room facilities do differ from hotel to hotel however all have en-suite bathrooms, WiFi, air conditioning, television, telephone.
All of our hotels excluding our accommodation in Dubrovnik has a pool or easy access to the local beach perfect for a revitalising dip after a days exploration.
During your holiday all breakfasts and dinners will be taken in your hotels.
Lunches are inexpensive with lots of local bakeries and supermarkets in the vicinity of all of our hotels. Your local guide who is with you for the whole duration may know of a coffee shop on route that would be great for a lunch snack.
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.
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
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 along the Adriatic
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.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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 along the Adriatic
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Montenegro & Croatia. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended and you may also wish to consider immunisations against Rabies, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B 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.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
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.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth 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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