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Croatia Island Hopping Holiday

Spend a week Island Hopping in Croatia, exploring the Elaphite Islands off Dubrovnik by sea kayak. For paddlers of all abilities, this holiday is perfect for those looking for a blend of sea-based adventure, fantastic local food and relaxation in a Mediterranean climate.

Small Group Classic 8 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

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Itinerary

Overview

Situated in the south of Croatia, the Elaphites are a small group of islands in the Adriatic sea, north west of the ancient city of Dubrovnik. Out of the ten small islands, only three are inhabited; Lopud, Sipan (the largest) and Kolocep. With sandy beaches and quiet coves on the inland sides of the islands, the sea facing coastlines are typified by steep cliffs and blue caves. Inland, the islands are hilly, covered with pine forests, vineyards and olive trees, dotted with crumbling houses and old churches. The pace of life on these sleepy islands is much more relaxed than the touristy Dubrovnik. Whilst all three islands receive their fair share of day visitors, the evenings are left for the island's inhabitants and are best enjoyed with a cool drink watching the sunset in a harbour-side bar.

Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will spend between 3 - 6 hours per day paddling, with the rest of the time reserved for snorkelling, exploring by foot or relaxing on the beach. Heading out from Dubrovnik, where you will meet your group, you will stay first on the island of Lopud, which you will use as your base to explore the island and also the neighbouring island of Kolocep. The blue caves and steep cliffs make for a dramatic and interesting coastline, perfectly geared towards paddlers. Inland, Lopud has a fine set of hiking trails which lead to the Western most point of the island for stunning sunsets and also to the crumbling fort in the centre of the island, with far-reaching panoramic views.

You will then transfer to the island of Sipan, where you will stay for two nights, giving you the chance to explore the secluded beaches and coves that the island has to offer. A particular highlight here is a cave that can only be reached by swimming into it. The sandy bottom gives the water a beautiful azure colour, leading to locals nicknaming it the 'green cave.'

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Please select your preferred dates and book this holiday online. Please note, this holiday does not include international flights. We recommend you book your fights directly with BA, Easyjet, Monarch and Jet2 to Dubrovnik.

For a flight inclusive quote, please contact us at help@tourdust.com with your preferred departure airport. Please note, we charge an airline booking fee of £20 per person.

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Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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Price guide

Price rating 2

- Good value
- Local hosts
- Comfortable & clean
- En-suite

Details

Getting there

You will need to fly to Dubrovnik (DBV). Your holiday will start on a Sunday and you can arrive at any time during the day. The airport is serviced by several airlines in the UK.
- From the South East - you can reach Dubrovnik from Stansted (Easyjet), Luton (Wizzair) or Gatwick (Easyjet, British Airways, Thomson, Monarch)
- From the Midlands - you can fly from Birmingham (Monarch, FlyBe and Thomson) and from EMA (BmiBaby)
- From the North - you can fly from Manchester (Thomson and Jet2), Leeds Bradford (Jet2) and Newcastle (Jet2)
- From Scotland - you can fly from Edinburgh with Jet2.

Joining Instructions
You will be met at the airport and transferred to Dubrovnik, your bags will be looked after allowing you to spend the day exploring the City before meeting up again to catch the evening ferry over to the Islands. Depending on your arrival time it is possible to put you on an earlier ferry on request.

For planning flight times:
OUTBOUND FLIGHT TIMES ON SUNDAYS:
From 1 - 29 June and 3-30 September, the only ferries from Dubrovnik run at 09:30, 19:00 and 20:30. Please make sure your flight arrives in good time to catch one of these ferries. The group usually heads over on the 19:00 ferry, but if you are late you can catch the 20:30 ferry.
From 30 June to 2 September, there are ferries from Dubrovnik that run at 09:00, 11.45, 18:15, 19:00 and 20:15.If you are arriving on an early flight it is possible to request an earlier ferry over to the island

RETURN FLIGHT TIMES ON SUNDAYS:
From 1 - 29 June and 3-30 September, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 07:35 (arrives Dubrovnik at 08:50), 17:30 (arrives Dubrovnik at 18:45) & 19:00 (arrives Dubrovnik at 20:15), so it is usually fine to book flights from 11.30am onwards.
From 30 June - 2 September, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 07:35 (arrives Dubrovnik at 08:50), 10:15 (arrives Dubrovnik at 11:30), 17:00 (arrives Dubrovnik at 18:05), 19:00 (arrives Dubrovnik at 20:15), 19:30 (arrives Dubrovnik at 20:45), so it is usually fine to book flights from 11.30am onwards.

Price includes

4 nights private accommodation in Lopud
3 nights private accommodation in Sipan
7 breakfasts
2 dinners in local restaurant
1 lunch in local restaurant
5 days sea kayaking guide service
Fully equipped sea kayaks (paddles, life jackets, spray deck)
Ferry tickets
Transfers as indicated

When is best?

The Dubrovnik region and Elaphite islands enjoy a typically Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summers and mild winters. Rainfall is low but cannot be ruled out any time of the year

Is it for me?

This holiday is as much about experiencing the food and way of life on the islands as much as as the kayaking. Accommodation and restaurants have been chosen for their authenticity and local ownership, so don't expect 5* ratings. That said, the warmth and friendliness of your hosts will easily compensate for the lack of a marble bathroom.

The suggested minimum age for this trip is 16. If you have younger children, you might want to consider the family kayaking holiday.

This is a group holiday. The minimum group size for this trip is 4 and the max is 20. The guide to kayakers ratio is 1/8

You don't need to have previous experience of kayaking for this holiday. Your guides will give you a full briefing before you head off on your first full day. A reasonable level of fitness is, however, recommended. On each of the days, there is the possibility to be more / less active. Additional paddling can be added for those wanting more of a challenge, likewise you can opt out of some of the longer trips if you want.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 605 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : The staff were always very helpful and easy to reach via a phone call, so it felt very personal. We were kept up to date with exactly what we'd paid, what we owed, when it was due and all our tour information.
    Product : The actual holiday we booked was amazing. We kayaked around the Elaphite Islands in Croatia with a company called Adria Adventure which was booked by Tourdust. Our guide was excellent fun and we had such a good holiday. Croatia is a beautiful place.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Croatia Island Hopping Holiday on 27 September 2016

  • Responsive and efficient. The team in Croatia were great adapting to both logistic and weather issues effectively. They were also a great laugh.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Croatia Island Hopping Holiday on 24 July 2016

  • Service rating : We had to make quite a few last minute changes to our plans and tourdust and the local agents were accommodating and flexible and everything went well. Tourdust listened to what was important to us as a family in terms of standard of accommodation and activities selected.
    Product : We loved Croatia - the clear waters and the kyacking finding caves and spots to stop and swim that we couldn't have known about on our own. Croatia a bit more expensive food wise than we thought but definately a great family holiday. Guide was friendly and fun with the kids and picked very good restaurants to eat. Love to go back

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Croatia Island Hopping Holiday on 13 July 2015

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Please select your preferred dates and book this holiday online. Please note, this holiday does not include international flights. We recommend you book your fights directly with BA, Easyjet, Monarch and Jet2 to Dubrovnik.

For a flight inclusive quote, please contact us at help@tourdust.com with your preferred departure airport. Please note, we charge an airline booking fee of £20 per person.

Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

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Adults from $547 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

A family sea kayaking holiday in and around Dubrovnik available for children aged 6 and upwards.

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Families from $789 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

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