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Description

This historical walking path connects the villages of southernmost Croatian territory, Konavle valley, and the island of Korčula, and the path is rich with stories and facts from the turbulent history of these areas. While doing the path, the traveller is getting introduced to Austro hungarian routes, former railroad track „Ćiro“, tradition paths that were the lifeline between the seashore and villages in the interior of the coast. En route we will visit monumental medieval tombstones, ancient Illyrian stone piles and hillforts in the villages of Dubrovačko primorje, old French ways, paths of Marco Polo and historical routes of Dubrovnik old town. Every day is a new story to which the traveller is being introduced to along the road.

This is a walking / hiking tour, however with strong historical and cultural background that comes out of the areas the tour is passing through: Konavle, Dubrovačko primorje, Pelješac peninsula, island of Korčula and Dubrovnik. The main attraction of the tour are the special locations that are off the beaten tourist path, and still rather close to main destinations, which makes them a must see for any hiking & history special interest group of modern travellers.

Brief conceptual outline:

3 days in Konavle countryside

  • Hiking the former „Ćiro“ railroad track to the village of Brotnice, visit to monumental medieval tombstones „Stećci“
  • Hiking / mountaneering from the village of Kuna konavoska to Sniježnica mountain St. Elijah peak (1234 m) using the path / track made during the Austro hungarian monarchy for military purposes

2 days in Ston, Pelješac peninsula

  • While travelling from Konavle to Pelješac peninsula, we will stop in the village of Majkovi (municipality of Dubrovačko primorje / Dubrovnik riviera) where we will hike to the area above the village, to visit Illyrian stone piles and hillforts.
  • The next day we have plans to hike to the interior of the peninsula, visiting vineyards, while hiking the Napoleon's paths („The french ways“).

1 day in Korčula, following the footsteps of Marco Polo

1 day in Dubrovnik


Itinerary

1st day – arrival, group accomodation in Cavtat or Konavle area (depends on the group size). Welcome dinner at one of the rural households with domestic food and drinks, the tour is presented in details, with introduction to the area, local customs and history of Konavle valley.

2nd day – hiking to Snježnica mountain, St. Elijah peak (1234m), story of Austro hungarian monarchy and their influence on this region, in terms of government, agriculture, construction, education. Special emphasis on the road that leads us from the village of Kuna konavoska to mountain peak, built by Austro hungarian government in military purposes, to control the entire valley.

3rd day – hiking the old railway track to the village of Brotnice in Konavle hills. Continuation of the Austro Hungary monarchy story, but this time with emphasis on the railway, and the popular „Ćiro“ train which operated and connected the area of Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia (in the area where we are right now) and Montenegro. In the village of Brotnice we visit monumental medieval tombstones „Stećci“, and revoke the memories of ancient history, medieval period and Bogumils (their cultural and religious influence to the area). We will walk / drive back through the panoramic roads to the field of Konavle and back to Cavtat.

4th day – Dubrovačko Primorje (the area between Dubrovnik and Ston (Pelješac peninsula): the tale of ancient history: Illyrians and other former residents of this area of today's Croatia, especially the area of Dubrovačko Primorje, where we will visit their heritage in form of stone piles (form of a grave site) and hillforts (remains of walls that were protection of intruders and shelter from the war). Walking route leads us to the villages of Dubrovačko primorje where these impressive stone monuments are located, majority of them on hill tops.

5th day – Ston – the story of the Napoleon's influence to this area, The French road. We visit the town of Ston and hike the old French way all the way to the interior of Pelješac peninsula, where the famous vineyards of this „Kingdom of wine“ are located. During the time of French occupation of what is today's southern Croatia (the time when the famous Dubrovnik Republic was abolished), the French built the entire net of roads in order to improve the commercial and military connections in the area of former Dubrovnik Republic, which were underdeveloped due to the fear of Dubrovnik government of foreign invasions from the interior area, what is today's Bosnia and Herzegovina – that was also the logic behind majority of communications and trade of Dubrovnik to be done through maritime merchants.

6th day – Korčula, the island of Marco Polo – the story about the famous seaman and world traveller Marco Polo whose family origins come from the island of Korčula. The tour of the city and the walking tour to the small village of Pavja luka and back.

7th day – Dubrovnik: the blue routes. The sea was the main route of Dubrovnik's wealth and fame – the Republic invested very few funds into building the roads, except for the Caravan's way to Dubrovnik hinterland, the „blue path“ was the lifeline of the famous Dubrovnik Republic.
Today's walking path leads us partially via the Caravan way which connected the City with nearby villages, such as Bosanka. From there we will continue to Srđ hill top where the Fort Imperial is located, built by the French – this location and the fort itself is important for Dubrovnik in relation to the close history from the 1990s. We will descent from the hill top on foot back to Dubrovnik, where the tour ends with a goodbye dinner.

8th day – farewell, departure from Dubrovnik


Summary

Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Dates May 8th and October 2nd 2021.
Level Moderate
Terrain Moderate
Activities walking, sightseeing, cultural

Rates

April to November upon request per person

Other info

  • from April to November (on the request for the private groups)
  • group size: 4 - 14
  • accommodation standard: 3*, small hotels and B&Bs
  • activities: Guided hiking trips through historical sights around Dubrovnik and southern Croatia.