Trail Running: Dalmatia Epic Trails & Dalmatia Ultra Trail Race
• Get an unforgettable open horizon experience from the highest peaks of Central Dalmatia
• Run through wild scenery of Biokovo mountain
• Getting to know about the rich and turbulent history of Dalmatia
• UNESCO as World heritage protects three destinations on this tour, Spit, Blaca & Dubrovnik; Also, Game of Thrones was filmed on several locations included on this tour.
• Tasting Dalmatian gastronomy and local lifestyle
Croatia is a raising star in the world of active (outdoor) tourism, and one of the main reasons why is so it’s because of preserved natural beauties and rich historical and cultural heritage on every corner. In Dalmatia, region in which this epic tour takes place, you can find big diversity of landscapes on islands, mainland coast and hinterland. Mountains, rivers, lakes, canyons and islands are ideal for everyone willing to put some effort to find and explore hidden places where seems the time stopped centuries ago. Dalmatia Epic Trails offers you best of the best. We will give you chance to enjoy epic, unforgettable views, run on ancient paths existing from Roman times, admire unspoiled nature, witness more than two millennium old cultural heritage.
UNESCO as World heritage protects two destinations on this tour. Also, Game of Thrones was filmed on several locations included on this tour.
You will also experience tastes of local cuisine from domestic production.
With top guides this tour will offer even more than things mentioned above.
Day 1, Monday 17.10. Arrive in Split, easy afternoon – evening run in Park forest Marjan.
Once known as the Gateway to the Islands, the Dalmatian capital of Split is Croatia’s fastest growing tourist destination, and a city which is on the move. Tourists are now staying longer and discovering the additional treasures of this increasingly international city beyond its main attraction, the 1700 year-old UNESCO World Heritage site, Diocletian’s Palace, which was built as a retirement home for a Roman emperor of the same name. With sea, beaches, islands, mountains, culture, heritage and a sensational gourmet scene, it is little wonder that Split is becoming known as one of Europe’s hippest and complete tourist destinations. It is center of Dalmatia in every sense, so you’ll have the opportunity to feel the vibe of typical Medditerenian town.
Beautiful trails through pine tree Marjan forest offer best views on town Split and islands, only few minutes walk from the hotel.
Today we plan to run: 6 km with 200 m total climb and descent, single-track, gravel road and some paved road. 45min – 1 hour
Activity: Welcome run to Marjan peninsula
Day2 , Tuesday 18.10 Island Brac and its highest peak
Breakfast at hotel, transfer on a ferry to the island of Brac, followed by car transfer to Bol. . With its 395 km2 Brac makes the largest island in Dalmatian region. Divided by Brac Channel only 13 km wide from the mainland and city of Split, this island is 40 km long and 12 km average in width. Its highest peak, Vidova Gora (778 m) is also the highest peak of all Adriatic islands.
Bol is famous for its Golden Horn beach, one of the largest and most beautiful attractions of the Adriatic. Like a small tongue it extends nearly half a kilometer into the clear blue sea.
Today our goal is to reach Vidova Gora – the highest peak of the island. There is an uphill trail starting from Bol all the way to the top.
Running starts from one of the most famous Croatian beaches – Zlatni rat (meaning Golden Cape). We are reaching the highest summit on Croatian islands – Vidova gora , at elevation 778 m. Mostly single-track and gravel road, some sections on paved road. From Vidova gora we run to Pustinja Blaca hermitage, very special and unique place. Blaca hermitage is protected by UNESCO. Situated in the southern part of the island of Brac, the deserted area was inhabited by refugees who fled the Turkish invasion in the 15th century. The population had to fight a harsh environment, yet their settlement flourished and later became the economic center of the island. As the refugees used the Glagolitic alphabet, Blaca also became an important source from which it spread. And when its Franciscan monastery received the leadership of Nikola Milicevic, a priest with a passion for astronomy, science became another feature of what used to be a remote, useless desert.
Lunch at local agro-tourism.
Return to Split on evening ferry and overnight in our hotel.
Today we plan to run: approx. 21km, 1500 m total climb, 961 m total descent . 4-5 hours.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: Run to highest peak of Brac island
Day 3, Wednesday 19.10 Dubrovnik – the Adriatic pearl
Today we will have an early start, but it’s worth every minute of sacrificed sleep. We will depart on a transfer from Split to Dubrovnik (approx. 3.5h-4h, depending of the traffic).
A city of exceptional beauty, called Adriatic pearl, protected by UNESCO. It used to be the seat of the Republic of Dubrovnik. It is a world- renowned city that everybody falls in love with at first sight. The majestic city walls, the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, Onofri’s fountain, St. Vlaho’s Church and Stradun, the main street, are inevitable photo stops.
Run starts from the Old city to hill Srđ raising above Dubrovnik at elevation of 412 m. We’ll continue running on Srđ with beautiful views on Dubrovnik and it’s surroundings. Finish at Bosanka village , lunch at agro tourism for a great local meal. Return to Dubrovnik with cable car.
Overnight in a hotel in Dubrovnik.
Today we plan to run: Cobble road, gravel road cca 15 km, total climb 700 m, total descent 400 m. 3 hours.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: Run to Srđ mountain above Dubrovnik
Day 4, Thursday, 20.10. Biokovo mountain
We will leave Dubrovnik in the morning and on our way back to Split, we will stop in the small town of Makarska, situated just between the crystal blue Adriatic sea and glorious Biokovo mountain rising up to the sky.
Mountain Biokovo is a part of the Dinaric Mountains and as such has a direction of NW-SE. Other than its position, Biokovo is unique also because of its geomorphology and its biological diversity that was the main reasons Biokovo was proclaimed a Nature Park in 1981. The trail is good and run itself is worth every drop of the sweat, especially with the view from the top. On the other hand when seen from the Riviera coast perspective Biokovo seems so powerful, yet inviting against clear blue sky, and it is up to us to check it. Why? Simply because it’s there…
Run from Makarska to protected area of Nature’s park Biokovo and then to mountain hut Vošac (elevation 1422 m) from where is one of best viewpoints on Adriatic coast. Return to Makarska via small village Kotišina. Lunch at agro tourism.
After lunch we will continue on a transfer and spend our night in hotel in Split.
Today we plan to run: Mostly single-track, 15 km, total climb 1600m , total descent 1600 m. 4-5 hours.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: Run to Bikovo mountain, park of nature
Day 5, Friday, 20.10. Rest day (60k + 20k) or start of the race (100miles + 100k)
Today some of you (20k and 60k competitors) would have opportunity to relax or join some of optional activities, such as sea kayaking, cycling, maybe rock climbing, or just stroll at your own through Split and Splits promenade. It is your choice.
While for others, today is the first day of their race (100miles and 100k competitors). For competitors who start the race today, we will organize a timely transfer from the hotel to the starting positions. So make sure you are geared up and ready to go.
Activity: Start of the race for 100miles and 100k competitors
Day 6, Saturday, 22.10. Dalmacija Ultra Trail, Start for 60 and 20 kilometers categories
After the rest day, the 60k and 20k competitors are about to start their adventure. The race start is planned in the morning. We will organize a timely transfer from the hotel to the starting positions. So make sure you are geared up and ready to go.
The competitors in 20k and 60k should finish their races later in the day, same as the 100m and 100k competitors. So once you are finished, no matter at what time of the day r night, we will be ready to organize a smooth transfer from the finish line to your hotel where you will be able to rest and recover for a day.
Activity: Start of the race for 20k and 60k competitors
Day 7, Sunday, 23.10. End of the tour or extend your stay to recover
Today depends of your traveling plans, so make sure you inform us timely if you plan to leave or you will be choosing extended stay after the race.
For all of you who need to leave, we will provide a shuttle from the hotel to the airport.
For others who decide to extend their stay, we would be happy to discuss they further travelling plans and help them organize days you plan to stay in Croatia, after the race.
So make sure you inform us prior to your arrival about your plans.
Sunday is also planed as a last race day, so a party is planed on Sunday for all competitors from all categories. So think twice if you really have to leave us on Sunday.
Activity: end of the tour/race
– 5 nights in Split, B&B, standard double room in hotel
– 1 night in Dubrovnik, B&B, standard double room in hotel
– English speaking guide(s) throughout the tour
– Group transfer from/to Split airport to the hotel
– 3 lunches
– energy packs during all runs
– race registration fee
– return ferry tickets from Split to Brac island
– ground transportation during the tour (day 1- day 7)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
– Meals not clearly specified
– Costs involved in extended stay (accommodation, etc…)
– Travel insurance
– Personal expanses
– Tips/ Gratuities for guides
– Optional excursions
– Transfers not clearly specified in the itinerary