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Dubrovnik Kayaking Short Break

A Short Break based out of Dubrovnik, kayaking around the Elaphite Islands of Lopud and Kolocep. Staying in a local guesthouse, you'll have a chance to sample the very best in local cuisine, as well as explore an untouched and stunning coastline, complete with caves you can only swim into and clear seas perfect for snorkelling.

Small Group Classic 5 days

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Itinerary

Overview

Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is based in Southern Croatia. For years it was a prosperous independent principality, relying on sea trade as its main income. Nowadays, the city's riches are mainly driven by tourism, with both independent and cruise ship tourists visiting in their droves every year. The walled city is an intriguing place to visit, but the islands and coastline offer a welcome respite from the madding crowds, with laid-back hospitality and stunning coastlines within easy reach. The Elaphite islands of Kolocep and Lopud lie about an hour's ferry journey from Dubrovnik. Kolocep, the closer of the two islands is also the larger. The middle of the island is covered with cherry, walnut, fig and almond trees which offer welcome shade when exploring by foot. Numerous chapels and picturesque houses dot the landscape in the middle of the island, while closer to the shore, pine trees dominate the cliffs and the sound of chirping cicadas fills the air. Lopud is smaller than Kolocep and despite their proximity to eachother, is very different. The island itself is dominated by a large hill which is home to a crumbling fortress, offering fantastic panoramic views of the coast and islands. The island also hosts one of the few sandy beaches in the region, making it a popular destination for day trippers. The coast around both islands is rocky, dotted with interesting inlets and caves to explore.

For this short break, you are based for the duration on the island of Lopud. After an initial afternoon in Dubrovnik where you leave your bags after your flight and explore at leisure, you transfer in the evening to Lopud by ferry. The following morning, after a leisurely breakfast and meeting your group, you head out for a safety briefing and introduction to kayaking. Once you are all confident in the water, you kayak leisurely around half of the island to the beach on the other side, where you spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming. The next day, you kayak over to the island of Kolocep, which you circumnavigate, stopping enroute to sample some of the very best of the locally caught fish. Your next day, your final day of kayaking, is spent kayaking to the mainland to visit an old summer house and botanical gardens. That evening, you have the chance to go for a very special meal at a small holding on the island. The following day is departure day. You can either return to the mainland and spend some more time exploring Dubrovnik, or you can catch a ferry to Split, further up the coast.

Day-by-day

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Kayaking around Lopud
Day 3: Kayak Kolocep - Lopud
Day 4: Kayak Lopud - Trsteno - Lopud
Day 5: Departure

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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.

Our rating

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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 Saturday (May & Sept) or a Sunday (June, July & Aug) 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 SATURDAY:
For May & Sept, 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, 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 THURSDAYS:
For 01 May - 28 June and 27 Aug - 30 Sept, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 06:15 (arrives Dubrovnik 07:15), 12:10 (arrives Dubrovnik 13:10) and 18:05 (arrives Dubrovnik 19:05), so it is usually fine to book flights from 10:00am onwards.
For 29 June - 26 Aug, ferries return to Dubrovnik at 06:15 (arrives Dubrovnik 07:15), 12:10 (arrives Dubrovnik 13:10) and 18:45 (arrives Dubrovnik 19:45), so it is usually fine to book flights from 10:00am onwards.

Price includes

4 nights private accommodation Lopud
4 breakfasts
1 dinner & 1 lunch in local restaurant
3 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 short break is ideal for those visiting the Dubrovnik area and wanting to experience some of what the islands have to offer. This trip is ideally combined with a couple of nights staying in Dubrovnik itself, or with a trip up to Split, which is easily accessible by boat or car.

This trip 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 12. 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 492 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • On the first week the guides and staff were really flexible on times to transfer to and from Lopud which was really helpful. We were due to leave Dubrovnik on the 6 pm ferry on the Sunday but as it was so hot we decided to take the earlier ferry as suggested by the Adria rep.

    Accommodation in Dubrovnik was comfortable. We explored a little outside Dubrovnik city and wondered if it might have been nicer to stay nearer one of the little coves, five minutes from the city gates to get out the city.

    The sea kayaking week was excellent. Great guides and good trips. The accommodation was really comfortable - lovely family and the air condition was rather essential! I think we had booked a family trip but the guides asked if we would like to join a larger group which we did and this worked really well. Kayak trips were superb - about the right length and a good mix of destinations including the botanical gardens and lots of time to swim and snorkel. It was surprisingly manageable despite the heat. At the end we wished we had booked the 5 day tour. The farm evening meal was great fun.

    The two nights at Hotel More were a lovely bit of luxury. Really liked the hotel - quite small and slightly away from the main areas of activity in the bay. Again good advice on how to get around from staff.

    The second week with Huck Finn was also excellent. A good mix of activities - the rafting day in Bosnia was particularly good as we got to see a different country - quite a contrast with Croatia. Guides were again really good - very well informed and all trips were well organised. All transfers good. We had breakfast and evening meals with a local family which were lovely - lots of traditional cooking and they catered really well for different dietary requirements. The accommodation was rather more basic. We had two rooms on an upper floor with a shared bathroom so not our own space. It seemed that the accommodation varied quite a lot with others having small apartments with kitchens and fridges, which would have been helpful. Weather had cooled a little by then which was good as we would have had no means to cool the rooms down at night. Having said that our owner was a lovely lady - made us cakes and apple strudel when we came home at the end of the day.

    All in all an excellent trip!

    MissingDavid Withycombe reviewing Dubrovnik Kayaking Short Break on 25 August 2017

  • My kayak tour with Tour dust is an experience I will treasure forever. I believe Johnny is exactly the type of guide everyone hopes for on a trip like this. Upbeat, funny, enthusiastic, and an incredible level of skill in this sport. I have been kayaking for many years, but, being over 60 years old now, I certainly appreciated knowing we were in such very, very capable hands.
    And the other people who took part in the trip? What a great bunch! It's hard to believe we were mostly complete strangers just one week ago. I will treasure those friendships forever as well.

    MissingStephen McGrill reviewing Dubrovnik Kayaking Short Break on 06 October 2014

  • I had a great time on my kayaking trip. The transfers/transportation were right on time and well-organized, the accommodation was comfortable and the meals were just fine. Our guides, Amir and Ivan were amazing and should be recognized for their warmth, skill, flexibility and all around greatness. Our group had a nice mix of solo/couple/group travellers and we got on really well.

    One thing to note is that the trip description says that no skill beyond reasonable fitness is required. I'm more than reasonably fit, but I found it quite difficult to cover the distances scheduled for each day in the conditions we encountered. So, you might consider making a note that beginners or people without significant upper body strength might find solo paddling to be quite challenging. That said, Ivan was so patient and supportive as I struggled my way through. I'd probably still be out there paddling if it wasn't for him!

    I'd definitely recommend this to anyone interested in seeing a quieter side of the Croatian coast.

    MissingAndrea Snyder reviewing Dubrovnik Kayaking Short Break on 07 July 2014

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