There are many beautiful places in the world, however, the people of Dubrovnik claim their city to be the most beautiful.
This is where the warm, southern climate, the spacious blue sky, the emerald green and dark blue crystal clear sea depths touch the rocky shore and spill into numerous coves and bays, onto sandy beaches and steep reefs decorated with the lushest Mediterranean and subtropical flora.
This holiday is designed for those who wish to explore the most beautiful places of the Dubrovnik area in Croatia by walking / hiking.
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. Enjoy the first dinner and get to know other group members.
Accommodation: Zaton Bay. Meals: D.
Day 2: Hiking in Mljet Island National Park
In the morning we take a boat from Dubrovnik 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. We enjoy the afternoon cruising back to Dubrovnik and return to Zaton for a quiet sunset and dinner.
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 Srđ, 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. In the afternoon we will catch the ferry to Sipan Island.
This day is dedicated to the largest of the Elafiti Islands – Šipan. Colourful villages of Suđurađ and Luka Šipanska 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.
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 is free to do whatever you enjoy the most: sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling, walking or sea kayaking in Zaton Bay; or take an optional trip (your guide will introduce you to possible day trips for this week).
We take the local ferry in the morning and visit Kolocep Island, extremely interesting for its dramatic scenery with rocky beaches, high cliffs and colourful 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: Sipan Island. Meals: B, L. Walking: 3.5 hours; Ferry transfer: 35 minutes each way.
Day 7: Lopud Island Walking
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 Šunj Bay on Lopud's southern side is the most popular beach of the Dubrovnik area. However this island's true treasures 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: Sipan Island. Meals: B, L. Walking: 4 hours; Ferry transfer: 20 minutes each way.
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.
Prices & Terms
2018 Prices and Departure dates
Low Season: April 14 – May 25 Int Season: May 26 – June 15 High Season: June 16 – September 7 Int Season: September 8 – September 28 Low Season: September 29 – October 13
Departure dates 2018 - Saturdays
Other dates on request.
The prices are set in euros. The exact price in other currencies is calculated on the day of booking according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank.
All prices are per person.
7 nights accommodation
meals as per itinerary (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners)
5 days of organized activities
local taxes and permits
Mljet Island National Park entrance fee
transfers from/to Dubrovnik airport, harbour or bus station or your accommodation
transfers between islands (by speedboat or ferry), boat ticket to and from Mljet Island
skilled English speaking guide and assistance
optional trip on day 4
additional equipment rental (sea kayaks, bikes) in Zaton and Sipan
international airfare to/from Croatia
items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary
- Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger group trips upon request.
- Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
- Child discount: valid for children 8-12 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parents’ room; two or more children can have their own room.
- Accommodation: family run guesthouses in Zaton Bay and on Lopud Island. Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible.
If the Client should cancel or abort the travel, all Client’s cancellations must be in writing – by e-mail or fax. The written cancellation date shall be the basis for the compensation of cancellation costs which shall be collected by the Agency as per conditions set forth below (percentage of total arrangement price):
30 or more days prior to arrival: 10%
29-22 days prior to arrival: 25%
21-15 days prior to arrival: 40%
14-8 days prior to arrival: 80%
7-0 days prior to arrival or no show: 90% Failing to make appearance and travel without prior cancellation shall entitle the Agency to withhold 100% of the payment made regardless of the reason or reasons for the cancellation.
Accomodation: 7 nights private guesthouses
Food & Wine: Authentic, healthy and natural
Nearest airport: Dubrovnik, 30 min
Activities: Walking, hiking, sightseeing
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. Huck Finn 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. Huck Finn reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
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