Dalmatian Coast Discovery Tour
Discover beautiful coasts, canyons and waterfalls
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Situated on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast, the small resort of Baška Voda is an attractive base from which to explore the local area. Visit the harbour town of Makarska and the historic city of Split with the Diocletian's Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the impressive Cetina Gorge and enjoy a visit to Krka National Park.
• The historic city of Split and the Diocletian's Palace
• The walled city of Trogir
• Impressive Cetina Gorge
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
- Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
The 4-star Hotel Bacchus is located on the seafront, overlooking the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea and the island of Brač. There is a peaceful pebble beach in front of the hotel where sun loungers and beach towels can be hired.
Built in 1993, Hotel Bacchus is owned and managed by Mate Divic and his family, and guests have rated the accommodation, meals and service very highly.
|The hotel has 27 en-suite bedrooms, many with superb views of the sea or the mountains.
The facilities in each room include:
|The hotel has a good range of facilities and public rooms, including a lounge bar perfect for meeting fellow guests.
There's an attractive restaurant which takes full advantage of the sea views and opens onto a terrace where meals can be taken in good weather.
Hotel Bacchus offers modern leisure suite on the lower floor with a sauna and spa pool - perfect for relaxing at the end of the day.
The hotel also has internet access.
Our holidays at Hotel Bacchus are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a s self-select buffet. Hot options are cooked fresh to order and include boiled or poached eggs, bacon, and omelettes.
Lunch (payable locally)
There are a number of shops in Baška Voda, where you can buy ingredients for your picnic lunch. On other days it may be possible to eat in local cafés; your leader will advise you of all the options.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
The three course evening meal offers a mixture of Croatian and international dishes, and, as might be expected, there are fish and seafood options. The starter is selected from a superb buffet with a wide variety of salads, soup and hot dishes. Main course is selected from the extensive menu.
The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst finding out more about the next day's walks. We'll enjoy a leisurely evening meal and you may also like to join your leader for an evening stroll along the prom to the harbour and visit one of the local bars, or enjoy a boat trip along the beautiful Adriatic Coast.
Your leader will also keep you informed of any local events going on nearby. Alternatively, you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.
Today we head for Makarska - the largest resort in the area - which has a popular bustling harbour. A pleasant coastal drive offers superb views of the coast and across to the islands. About 2 miles from Makarska there is the opportunity to take a gentle shady walk, with the foothills of the Biokovo mountains rising around us. There will be time at the end of the day to explore the town, or perhaps visit a harbourside café, before returning to the hotel.
Omiš and the Cetina Gorge
The Cetina River flows into the Adriatic at Omiš, a few miles north of Baška Voda. On its way to the sea the river has carved an impressive gorge that we'll explore by boat from Omiš, stopping upstream for refreshments or lunch before returning to the town. Omiš itself has some delightful old churches and narrow streets to explore, and a spectacular view over the town from an elevated fortress.
The historic city of Split
Split is the capital of the region and the second largest city in Croatia. At its heart is an enthralling old town of narrow streets and ancient buildings including the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World heritage site since 1979 and the Cathedral of St Domnius (Katedral Sv. Duje).
Trogir and the Krka National Park
A little to the north of Split is the impressive city of Trogir. Built on an island, this beautiful walled city has a maze of narrow streets, elegant waterfront cafés and dramatic fortifications. After exploring Trogir we travel further along the coast, then inland to the dramatic waterfalls at Krka, where a boardwalk and broad path allows us to enjoy walking around this spectacular series of cascades.
The Biokovo Mountains
High above the coastal towns rise the Biokovo mountains and the summit of Vošac at nearly 4,700 ft. A spectacular road with stunning views winds its way up to the intriguing limestone plateau and we ascend by bus to visit this unusual landscape. A short stony path leads to a viewpoint in a saddle below the summit of Vošac from which there are dramatic views along the coast and over the offshore islands of Brač and Hvar.
All transport relevant to the itinerary is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances. Please allow around 335 Kuna per person for entrance fees.
Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.
Situated on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast, the small resort of Baška Voda is an attractive base from which to explore the local area. Just to the south-east of Baška Voda is the larger resort of Makarska, where you’ll find a bustling harbour lining the large horseshoe bay. Ferries depart from here to the island of Brač, which we will also visit as part of the walking programme. This is a charming island with delightful harbour villages and hillsides rich with aromatic shrubs.A visit to Croatia is a fascinating cultural experience and your walks and sightseeing visits will give a great insight into this charming country.
A relaxing option is to walk along the coast to Makarska. This is a generally straightforward walk, taking around 2 hours, with plenty of opportunities for swimming along the way. In Makarska you may want to have lunch in one of the waterfront cafés, before returning to Baška Voda on one of the regular local buses.
Split - the capital of the region and is located 50km to the northwest of Baška Voda. The city can be reached by local bus, and the initial approach to the city through rows of dilapidated apartment blocks appears unpromising. At its heart, however, is an enthralling old town of narrow streets and ancient buildings. The principle sights are the Cathedral of St Domnius and the remains of Diocletian’s Palace with its spectacular gates, museum and temple.
A little further away is the equally impressive city of Trogir. Built on an island, this beautiful walled city has a maze of narrow streets, elegant waterfront cafés, and dramatic fortifications. A popular full day option is to combine a visit to Trogir with the spectacular waterfalls in the Krka National Park, and your leaders will organise this if there is sufficient interest.
A journey along the coast by boat will give you a different perspective of the region. A variety of tourist trips are available, some of which depart from Baška Voda, and others from Makarska.
Cetina Gorge Rafting
The Cetina River flows into the Adriatic at Omiš, a few miles to the north of Baška Voda. On its way to the sea the river has carved an impressive gorge that will be explored on day 6. For the more adventurous this dramatic scenery can also be enjoyed by inflatable raft or by boat.
Shops & facilities
There are several little supermarkets, bakers, cake shops and newsagents within a few minutes walk of the hotel from which ingredients for a packed lunch can be easily obtained. Reasonable exchange rates can be obtained at the bank a short walk along the front. There are several ATM machines within walking distance.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Dubrovnik airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 3 hours to the Hotel Bacchus.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Janet Coles was born into a family of hoteliers in Torbay and visited Dartmoor and the South Devon Coast as a child. She is a Dartmoor National Park Guide and holder of the Walking Group Leader National Award. Educated at the French Institute in London, she became very absorbed in French culture. Subsequently, she followed a career as a bi-lingual secretary in London for 10 years before returning to Devon. Janet also speaks German and Spanish and is interested in European history. Her 10 years’ of leading with HF Holidays have taken her all over Europe on City Breaks and walking holidays, including Baska Voda. In her spare time she likes to explore new destinations abroad with her husband or to spend time with her seven grandchildren.
Alan has been leading for HF Holidays since 1988. He has travelled and led holidays all over the world. Alan's other interests are musical theatre, where he can be found on stage acting, singing and dancing; voluntary work teaching adults with disabilities; and lecturing in environmental chemistry.
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £20 per night
- Sea view room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person