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Hvar hiking adventure

Through hidden valleys and caves to mountain peaks with a spectacular 360-degree view.
The tour includes: hiking and sailing.
Level: moderate – tour is created for an averagely fit person.
Daily activity: 3 – 5 h
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Suggested minimum age: 14

Dates 2012: April: 24; May: 5 ; September: 22 ; October: 6.

Day 1. ARRIVAL IN HVAR
Arrival to Split airport and transfer to Split town centre and further to Hvar island.
Welcome dinner in the evening where you will be introduced to your guide as well as get the opportunity to get to know better all members of the team and the group, be informed about the program and make arrangements for the following day.

Day 2. HUMAC & GRAPCEVA CAVE
Today we will start our walk quite easy. Although the trail is small and at some points challenging, the hike is going to be a shorter one.
Transfer to Humac, once a shepherds’ settlement, which is located aprox. 40km east from Hvar town, 350m above sea level and offers a bird’s eye view on the valleys and headlands at the west side of the Island, yet also providing a view of the Island of Brac and the coastline of Makarska. The houses of Humac are well preserved, simple and made of stone. They belong to a unique rural type of architecture and are therefore considered as being an ethnographic monument. From Humac we will hike to Grapceva Cave, the cradle of Hvar’s culture and civilization. The cave is one of the prehistoric findings dating back to the New Stone Age (Neolithic Period) 5000 – 4000 years BC and one of the oldest discoveries in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. It is situated 239m above sea level and was the ritual place for a Neolithic Islander. The cave consists of a small hall (13,5 x 5 m) and a larger one (22 x 23 m) surrounded by hallways and chambers. The towering stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cave resemble an ancient organ and along with the absolute silence and solitude of the cave offer a magnificent and unforgettable sight.
We will have the transfer back from Humac, after enjoying tasty food at a traditional restaurant.
Dinner at the hotel.
Hiking: 3.5 h

Day 3. ST.NIKOLA – HIGEST PEAK OF THE ISLAND
After breakfast we will have a jeep transfer to St.Nikola highest peak of Hvar. It would take us about 45 minutes from Hvar town to the top of the island. St.Nikola is 626m high and it offers amazing views on surrounding islands and during clear days you can even spot the Italian coastline.
From the highest peak we will walk down following the small steep trail to the village of Sveta Nedjelja, centre of wine production on island. You will see amazing steep slopes with vineyards where best grapes, called Plavac Mali, are grown. On the way to Sv.Nedjelja we will stop in a small cave that hides abandoned Augustinian monastery which dates back to the 16th century.
Jeeps pick us up in Sv.Nedjelja and we return back to Hvar town enjoying a unique off road ride beneath amazing cliffs of the highest peak.
Dinner at the hotel.
Hiking: 4.5 h

Day 4. SAILING TO VIS ISLAND
Today we will relax our legs and enjoy the beauties of the Adriatic sea.
Sailing to island Vis. We will sail in one of the best parts of the Adriatic, and visit favorite destinations for people who love the sea and islands.
This day is all about the sailing, the poetry of movement as many would call it. It is not easy to put down the precise itinerary of this trip, because we leave the choice to the nature, letting the weather and winds guide us. One we can tell you for sure: you will see beautiful places, beaches, maybe even a cave, enjoy in the best local food and company, hear about the interesting history of our attractive islands Hvar and Vis, the traditional way of living on those islands and many more. Or you can just enjoy the music of the winds, waves and warmth of the sun and dance of dolphins passing by.
If the weather is going to be warm enough, we will stop for swimming and snorkelling (gear is included), so you can explore the underwater world while taking the break. If not, then we will ejoy beauties of Vis town and the coastline of the island.
We return back to Hvar around 6pm.
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5. VELO & MALO GRABLJE, MILNA
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we will walk from Hvar town, towards village of Milna, following a small trail along the coastline. Short break in Milna, before we proceed to the hidden village of Malo Grablje, where we will stop for lunch in a traditional tavern, offering a unique setting and excellent food.
After lunch in Malo Grablje and short siesta we will proceed approximately 2 km further to the village of Velo Grablje, settled on a beautiful viewpoint on a hill ridge. Velo Grablje is a village settled in the15th century and it used to be the biggest lavender production area on the island.
This is the time to visit one local lavander producer at his old family house, where you will hear history of the lavender production, of the village and village life itself.
After the visit of Velo Grablje, we will have a transfer back to Hvar town, enjoying a ride on the road which offers amazing views.

Hiking: 4.5 h
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6. TOR & GROD
After breakfast we will have our transfer to Jelsa from where we start our today’s hike. We will walk through an old part of the town to the Greek Tower of Tor, a square tower built of megalithic (Cyclopean) blocks (230m above sea level), which dominates the picturesque valley from Stari Grad to Jelsa up to Vrboska, offering an amazing view over the channels of Hvar and Split and the Makarska coastline. After Tower of Tor, we continue to Grod, built on the eastern side of the hill in the late ancient times. This fortification was the base of mighty family Slavogost, who rebelled against the Venetians who destroyed the old town of Grod.
After the hike we will stop for some wine tasting at wine cellars Tomic, who is one of the most famous Croatian wine producer.
Transfer to Hvar town and farewell dinner at the hotel.
Hiking: 4 h

Day 7.
DEPARTURE
Breakfast and transfer to Split airport.

NOTES:

* HVAR ADVENTURE RESERVES RIGHT TO CHANGE ITINERARY DUE TO UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES (WEATHER CHANGES AND SIMILAR…)

Duration of each activity is given approximately and it depends upon weather conditions and the ability of the group.

EQUIPMENT:
Since this is an active tour, it is necessary to have the appropriate equipment: sports shoes or walking shoes, comfortable sports clothing, sunscreen, hat, water.

WEEKS: PRICE PER PERSON PER WEEK
April, May, September, October, November EUR 950

Surcharge for a single room: 300.00 EURO
Minimum 6 persons
Maximum 12 persons

Price Includes
• B&B Hotel Amfora Hvar
• Lunch in a traditional restaurant on day 2 and day 5
• Wine tasting at Tomic winery
• hiking guide
• sailing boat + skipper + lunch
• entrance tickets to Grapceva Cave
• transfers to starting points of hiking tours and back, transfers to and from the airport

Price Excludes
tips, optional excursions, meals apart those indicated in the program.

For additional questions or booking, contact us on info@hvar-adventure.com