The city of Dubrovnik is situated in the very south of the Republic of Croatia. It is a work of human inspiration, true in harmony and form. This fortress town was founded in the first half of the 7th century and now holds a spot on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Apart from a great history, Dubrovnik is well known for the beautiful nature that surrounds it. Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan belong to the Elaphiti Islands archipelago – 13 green islands covered by pine forests, free of traffic, with lots of sunshine and sandy beaches, and under an hour's sailing time from Dubrovnik. They are not just places of incredible natural beauty, but also open air museums of history, art, architecture and folklore.
Day 1: Arrival in Dubrovnik.
Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to Zaton, a charming and picturesque 2 km long bay, only 8 km from Dubrovnik. All three villages – Zaton Mali, Zaton Veliki and Stikovica have cozy waterfront restaurants where one can savour Croatian and Dalmatian specialities. Zaton will be our base for the first three nights of the holiday. Accommodation: Zaton Bay. Meals: D.
Day 2: Visit Dubrovnik and hiking to Mount Srdj.
Visit Dubrovnik, the most beautiful of all Mediterranean towns. Ice cream or coffee taste best in open air bistros along Stradun, Old Town's main street and promenade. Hike to Srdj, the mountain protecting Dubrovnik from the north, offering a great view of the area. Take an optional trip to the nearby Lokrum Island and enjoy its botanical garden and olive groves, or take the walking tour of Dubrovnik’s famous city walls. Accommodation: Zaton Bay. Walking: 3 hours. Meals: B, D
Day 3: Hiking in Mljet Island National Park.
Today we take a boat to Mljet Island National Park. The northern part of the island is covered with a dense, green forest. The Park has two beautiful salt water lakes, one with a 14th century monastery on a tiny island. We will explore the Park on foot, enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the lakes and take the short boat ride to St Mary’s Island and monastery. Accommodation: Zaton Bay. Walking: 3-4 hours. Meals: B,D.
Day 4: Free day.
You are free to do whatever you enjoy the most: sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, walking or sea kayaking in Zaton Bay; or take an optional trip to Korcula Island or Cavtat in the Konavle Region south of Dubrovnik. Later in the afternoon we transfer to Lopud Island, where we will be based the rest of the trip. Accommodation: Lopud Island. Walking: 3 hours. Meals: B, D. Ferry transfer: 55 minutes
Day 5: Lopud Island Walking.
This is the last day of your holiday if you booked the 5-day option. We recommend scheduling a late afternoon departure so you can join the group for today’s activities.
The rest of the group continues the trip. Lopud is an island with lots of sunshine, sandy beaches and palm trees, free of traffic. The only town on the island has no more than a couple of hundred permanent residents, old houses of beautiful architecture and abundance of flowers everywhere, which contribute to an easy going lifestyle. The island produces its own seafood, vegetables, fruit and even tropical fruit like lemons, oranges and kiwis.
The sandy beach of Sunj Bay on Lopud's southern side is the most popular beach of the Dubrovnik area. However this island's true treasure are its tiny churches and a fort strategically located at one of its highest points. In the past it served as an observation point and was used to protect the island's safety. Today it offers stunning views of the Elafiti Archipelago and Mljet Island. Accommodation: Lopud Island. Walking: 4 hours. Meals: B, L.
Day 6: Kolocep Island Walking.
We take the local ferry in the morning and visit Kolocep Island, extremely interesting for its dramatic scenery with rocky beaches, high cliffs and colorful reefs. Walk through Gornje Celo and Donje Celo, well preserved romantic Mediterranean villages, and along high cliffs. Many remnants of old architecture have been preserved, and are dispersed throughout the island (an old pre-Romantic chapel, ruins of the basilica, summer homes, Napoelon’s fort and more). A pleasant noon siesta will take place in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Gornje Celo turquoise bay, near one of the best fish restaurants in the area. Accommodation: Lopud Island. Walking: 3.5 hours. Ferry transfer: 25 minutes. Meals: B, L.
Day 7: Sipan Island Walking.
This day is dedicated to the largest of the Elafiti Islands – Sipan. Colorful villages of Sudjuradj and Luka Sipanska and the fields between them have preserved the real country lifestyle, chapels, monasteries, palaces and summer houses of ancient Dubrovnik aristocracy. This island is unbelievably rich in cultural heritage, tales from the past and well preserved monuments that witnessed its turbulent history. We will explore them by walking and there will be plenty of time to relax on beaches or in cafes. Accommodation: Lopud Island. Walking: 4 hours. Ferry transfer: 20 minutes. Meals: B, D.
Day 8: Departure – Dubrovnik airport.
Depart from Dubrovnik for the airport and flight home. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won't find in tourist guide books. Meals: B.
Note on the itinerary:
This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Our guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice
Dates and Prices:
-High Season: June 21-September 12
-Intermediate Season: May 31-June 20, September 13-October 3
-Low Season: April 19-May 30, October 4-October 18
All prices are per person.
8-day Double rooms, price per person EUR:
-High season 790
-Intermediate season 710
-Low season 620
-Children 8-12 years, 10% reduction
-High season 711
-Intermediate season 639
-Low season 558
-Single use, 20% supplement
-High season 948
-Intermediate season 852
-Low season 744.
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