Croatia has 1185 island. Elaphite islands are the most southern and among the most beautiful ones. Situated near Dubrovnik, sometimes called Dubrovnik archipelago, Elaphite islands are a blend of great nature, culture and friendly local people. The pathways of Elaphite islands – Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep take you along the scenic coastline, historical sights with Preromanesque chapels, charming fishing villages, olive and orange grows, vineyards, forest, steep cliffs, caves and coves. Two islands, Lopud and Kolocep are traffic free, there is no industry and the air is clean full of lovely Mediterranean odors (rosemary, lavender, sage, pine fennel).Visit to local farm and meeting local people and tasting local food, mainly home grown is one of the highlights of this tour.
This tour combines historic Dubrovnik with the green Elaphite Islands. Great landscapes, amazing sea views, nice and easy walks, orange and lemon gardens, lush Mediterranean vegetation are the highlights. Walking distances range from 6 to 21 km per day. Altitudes range from 120 to 400 m and difficulty level is easy/moderate.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Dubrovnik. Arrival transfer to Dubrovnik. Visit the Old Town and enjoy the charm of this renown Mediaeval town and its shiny cobble streets and many attractions (time permitting). Overnight Dubrovnik.
Day 2: Dubrovnik - Sipan. Today we climb the Mount Srdj on the old serpentine road. As we climb each serpentine offers more and more fascinating view over Dubrovnik Old Town, open sea and Elaphite islands. We reach the top of the Mount Srdj and visit the 1991 War Museum situated in the Napoleon Fortress. The walk continues on top of the Mountain to the village of Bosanka and on the donkey stairways down to Dubrovnik. Transfer to pier Gruz in Dubrovnik, evening departure to the island of Sipan where clients are welcomed by local host. Welcome dinner – the participants of the tour will have an opportunity to meet each other and get the basic information from their guide. Šipan: dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Sipan. After breakfast which is served on the terrace of the local restaurant we start our walk through the dense pine wood, we arrive at abandoned stone house with walls and castle that was used as mint during Dubrovnik Republic days. Our way takes us through olive trees and fields to big fortress church St Spirit, built in the form of cross, we climb the top and enjoy the 360 degrees breathtaking view of the Elaphite islands and Sipan valley and hills.
Our walk continues on the local road between the fields and terrace shaped olive groves (Sipan has most olive trees to number of inhabitants in the world according to Guinness’s book of records), carrob trees and vineyards. We reach the old monastery complex with castle and walk on to the hill of St Nicolas chapel with view over the Sipan channel to mainland mountains chain and small villages nested along the shore. Walking down the hill takes us back to our accommodation. Free time for swimming or relaxing at the beach. Dinner in local restaurant.
Day 4: Sipan. Morning walk across the island, passing the fascinating castle and ruins of large renaissance villa to the village of Luka, situated in a deep bay. Village with lovely Dalmatian architecture, and exceptional natural setting. Our walk continues along the sea on a narrow pathway and the landscape is changing all the time. The shallow crystal clear water, small beaches, Dalmatian flowers and Mediterranean bushes will delight you. Cary on walking on the island pathway through the fields and pine covered hills. Short break at the top of a hill in a farm house nested in middle of the olive trees for Dalmatian ham and goats cheese and olives lunch. Return to Sudjuradj on a pathway between the stone fences and terrace gardens, passing the old goats village. Evening in Sudjuradj.
Day 5: Sipan – Lopud via Kolocep. Embark the local boat to the green island of Kolocep .We start our walk from Donje Celo village and its deep bay with sand beach, passing the old preromanesque church ruins and chapel of St Nicola, walking around the island on a pathway that takes us to the protected forest area of the old pine trees and Mediterranean groves. The breathtaking steep cliffs green pine trees touching the clear water and open sea on our route are on the south western side followed by red lantern and cause bays on the northern side. We reach the small fishermen’s village Gornje Celo. After lunch, relax on the beach and return to Donje Celo where we take local boat to Lopud. Evening on Lopud – enjoy walk or dine in one of many small restaurants on island.
Day 6: Lopud. Morning walk through the village of Lopud, visiting the Renaissance garden and Franciscan Monastery, continue walking along the orange gardens to the highest point of Lopud with the fort Kastio that offers magnificent view over Lopud, its red tile roofs, bell towers and green Elaphite islands on one side and Mountain range on the mainland. We descended on the shady pathway through green forest of pines, laurel, carob and Mediterranean groves. Evening – enjoy sunset and drink in one of many restaurants on the sea front.
Day 7: Lopud. Morning crossing on the local pathway to the other side of the island to the sand beach where we make a short stop for coffee or drink. Optional swimming and sunbathing an continue our walk, passing the ancient church of Gospa od Sunja, and on the walking pathway through the pine forest back to Lopud. Dinner Lopud.
Day 8: Lopud - Dubrovnik. Departures.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- 1 night Dubrovnik, hotel
- 3 nights Lopud, guesthouse
- 3 nights Sipan, guesthouse
- 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- Airport transfers
- Ferry tickets
- Entrance fees
- Guide service
- All applicable taxes.
- Drinks with meals
- Other meals than stated.
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