Day 1: Saturday - Flights, Arrival and Introduction. On arrival at Split Airport we transfer via ferry or hydrofoil to the coastal village of Jelsa on Hvar Island. After settling in, there will be an introductory meeting and welcome meal with your guide.
Day 2: Sunday - Lazy Boat Day. The perfect way to unwind and forget about the daily routine from Jelsa we take our boat to explore some of the secluded bays on the south eastern coast of Hvar. Here we can swim, snorkel, take lunch and simply relax.
Day 3: Monday - Sea Kayaking. We collect our sea kayaks at Hvar Town from where we explore the bays and inlets of the Dalmatian Coast enjoying lovely views of the Paklini Islands. We stop at a secluded beach for swimming and snorkelling before kayaking around a lighthouse island and on to the tiny village of Pokonji Dol for lunch. After eating, it is a short return trip by kayak to our end point back in Hvar.
Day 4: Tuesday - Free Day. Explore Jelsa, relax by the hotel pool, hire a car or why not take a trip over to Hvar Town? Alternatively, there are various activities and excursions which can be booked in Jelsa. Our guides will be delighted to help and advise you.
Day 5: Wednesday - Trekking or Climbing. For the trekkers, we drive to the village of Svirce from where we walk to the highest point on Hvar at Sveti Nikola (628m). This spot offers unrivalled views of the Dalmatian Coast’s islands including Vis, Brac and the Paklini Islands. For climbers, we take you to a local rock face in the heart of the island. Here our instructors will provide full equipment and tuition before choosing a climbing route to suit your ability and increasing the degree of difficulty as your skills and confidence grow.
Day 6: Thursday – Free Day
Day 7: Friday - Ice Cave and Treasure Hunt. We visit the “ghost” town of Humac from where we enjoy spectacular views of the Adriatic and its islands as we walk downhill to explore the Grapceva Spilja Ice Cave.
We return to the town where bizarrely, the only occupied building is a superb traditional restaurant where we have lunch. After eating, we organise a short treasure hunt competition between parents and children.
Day 8: Saturday - Transfer from Jelsa to Dalmatian Mainland. We leave Jelsa today and head to Sucuraj for the short ferry transfer to the mainland and our base for Week 2, Baska Voda on the Makarska Riviera.
Day 9: Sunday - White Water Rafting on the Cetina River. Today we head inland to the Cetina River for our white water rafting adventure. This region offers a total contrast to Hvar and is characterised by deep gorges providing the perfect backdrop for a good day’s rafting.
Day 10: Monday - Scuba Diving (minimum age 10 years). We are picked up by boat and taken along the coast to Brela where your instruction begins. You will receive a full briefing covering safety, instructions and techniques. Then, in the company of your personal instructor you make your first exploratory dive to a maximum depth of 6 metres.
Day 11: Tuesday – Canyoning. Our canyoning experience involves jumping, swimming, abseiling and wading down one of the gorges which feeds into the Cetina River. The highlight is seeing the Gubavica Waterfall with its 55m drop. Our guides have unique access to this canyon which means that the group should have the site all to itself ensuring peace, solitude and none of the bottlenecks that can occur in busy canyons during the high summer. Lunch.
Please note: You must be able to swim confidently as the exit from the canyon is a 150m swim along the river wearing wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aid.
Day 12: Wednesday - Free Day.
Day 13: Thursday - Dubrovnik and Sea Kayaking. We believe today will be a major holiday highlight. We set off early from Baska Voda to visit the historic city of Dubrovnik, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On arrival, we take to the sea in kayaks to see the walls of this famous city from a viewpoint rarely enjoyed by visitors. We also paddle around one of the islands close to Dubrovnik. In the afternoon you are free to explore the city at leisure and dine in one of the many excellent restaurants. We return to our hotel in the late evening after a long but immensely rewarding day.
Day 14: Friday - Canoe Adventure. Today we move inland for a canoe adventure on the Cetina River using two-man canoes. The downstream trip includes gentle stretches and white water rapids and lasts more than three hours. The reward for your endeavours is a riverside barbecue which doubles up as our farewell meal before we return to the hotel in the evening.
Day 15: Saturday – Depart.
On the island of Hvar we spend seven nights at the Hotel Fontana just outside the traditional fishing town of Jelsa. Jelsa typifies Adriatic Croatia with red roofed buildings crowded into a small area between the mountains and the sea. Our hotel is a short walk along the sea front to the centre of the town which has a number of restaurants, cafes and bars providing a lovely cosmopolitan atmosphere in the evenings.
The hotel has superb views overlooking the Adriatic with the island of Brac in the distance. There are two small swimming pools but more importantly the sea is only yards from the main reception area. The accommodation itself is set in a wooded area behind the main reception and comprises twin or double rooms. There are a small number of family style rooms with two separate sleeping areas.
During our second week in Croatia we stay in the town of Baska Voda on the Makarska Riviera. Baska Voda used to be a fishing village but today it is a bustling tourist centre and particularly popular with the Croats, offering clear sea, beautiful beaches, pine woods and some excellent restaurants. The town has a stunning mountain backdrop which includes Mount Biokovo and the Biokovo National Park, a wonderful preserve of wildlife and nature.
The Hotel Gadja is located approximately 150m from the beach front at Baska Voda. This is a friendly family hotel with an equivalent 2 star rating. All rooms have a TV and satellite television is available in the hotel. All rooms are en-suite.
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