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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 either a Saturday or Sunday (please check individual departure dates) 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 SATURDAYS:
Throughout the season there are ferries from Dubrovnik run at 10:00, 14:00, 16:30 and 20:00. Please make sure your flight arrives in good time to catch one of these ferries.
ON SUNDAYS:
From 01 - 28 June and 27 Aug - 30 Sept, there are ferries from Dubrovnik that run at 09:30 and 20:30.
From 29 June - 26 Aug, there are ferries from Dubrovnik that run at 09:00, 11:45, 18:15 and 21:00.

RETURN FLIGHT TIMES

ON SATURDAYS:
For 29 June - 26 Aug, 06:00 (arrives Dubrovnik 07:15), 11:55 (arrives Dubrovnik 13:10), 15:20 (arrives Dubrovnik 16:20) and 18:30 (arrives Dubrovnik 19:45), so it is usually fine to book flights from 10:00am onwards.
For all other times, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 06:00 (arrives Dubrovnik 07:15), 11:55 (arrives Dubrovnik 13:10), 15:20 (arrives Dubrovnik 16:20) and 17:50 (arrives Dubrovnik 19:05), so it is usually fine to book flights from 10:00am onwards.
ON SUNDAYS:
01 - 28 June and 27 Aug - 30 Sept, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 07:30 (arrives Dubrovnik 08:45) and 19:00 (arrives Dubrovnik 20:15), so it is usually fine to book flights from 11:30am onwards.
29 June - 26 Aug, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 07:30 (arrives Dubrovnik 08:45), 10:20 (arrives Dubrovnik 11:35), 17:00 (arrives Dubrovnik 18:00) and 19:35 (arrives Dubrovnik 20:50), 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.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 496 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • A few comments on our recent trip
    Organization Excellent including pick up and drop off
    Our guide Amir was friendly, spoke good English, and competent as our instructor / guide, he went out of his way to give us a good holiday.
    Accommodation , First island was fantastic with a friendly family, Breakfast was outstanding
    second island was good although the breakfast wasn't up to the standard if the first.
    Equipment was all of good quality and in good condition
    overall the holiday was relaxing , enjoyable with sufficient paddling for two experienced paddlers,
    the restaurants and bars produced food which was fresh, tasty and reasonably priced
    we would highly recommend the holiday to friends and family
    we will hopefully return again to do more in Croatia in the future

    MissingAndrew Adamson reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday on 08 July 2014

  • My first time to Croatia, very impressed with the organisation from Tourdust, from booking, suggestions and assistance, to airport pickup and transfer.

    Each day was planned by the guides and very well arranged. We'd meet for breakfast and discuss the itinerary. Nothing was set it stone, as such, and our feedback was welcomed.

    The guides knowledge on history was amazing. Very thorough, and faultless English. Felt very comfortable asking questions of all kinds. We visited where "Game of Thrones" was filmed (tv programme) and also a botanic garden.

    The kayaking was fun, we stopped for swims every now and again, and to visit caves. The ocean was pretty flat / calm most the time, which was nice.

    The food was lovely and we ate in a variety of restaurants, which had been carefully chosen by the guides. All types of fish were served. And... If you ask to see the fish... Don't be surprised when it turns on with their heads on!!! (which I found out the hard way).

    The Accommodation was very comfortable, especially on nights 1-4 in Lopud, with air-con, bathroom and balcony.

    Very enjoyable trip, thank you Tourdust

    MissingName Withheld reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday on 18 June 2014

  • On the whole, I had a lovely time - the group dynamics weren't the best, but then I realise this isn't something you have any control over. The group size was good, and the kayaking and location were great.

    My accommodation on Lopud was fine (clean but basic), though much nicer on Sipan (larger room with kitchenette and lovely location). I thought the single supplement was a little bit steep though.
    Kit list - it might be worth reminding people to take a plug adaptor if they're from the UK.
    Food - the breakfasts provided lacked a bit of imagination but were fine. I felt it worked well to have some lunches/dinners provided and not others.
    The team in Croatia took good care of us from arrival to departure, in terms of picking us up from the airport, being flexible re what time we wanted to transfer to the islands, looking after our luggage whilst we looked round Dubrovnik etc.
    Our guide, Amir, got the right balance of being friendly without being intrusive. I would have liked to have been challenged slightly more in terms of learning new skills in the kayak (or tackling more difficult conditions) but he was v.willing to share his knowledge when asked. I felt very safe knowing I had a member of the Croatian white water kayaking team looking after us!

    I was very impressed with Tourdust's service prior to departure - in terms of your prompt & helpful responses to my questions and friendly but professional manner. The trip details on your website were also very helpful. I would definitely use you again.

    MissingAnne Knight reviewing Croatia Island Hopping Holiday on 18 June 2014

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