This holiday is designed for those who love traveling, being active outdoors and exploring seaside, nature, heritage, history and art. Daily routes are rather short – 2 to 3 hours of easy sea kayaking – and not demanding, fit for all ages between 14 and late sixties (no previous sea kayaking experience is necessary). Dubrovnik in Croatia– one of the world’s most beautiful old towns – and Elafiti shorelines are rich in history and natural variety – cliffs, caves, pine and palm trees, hidden coves, reefs, sandy beaches…
Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan islands belong to Croatia’s Elafiti Islands Archipelago – 13 green islands covered by pine forests, without car traffic, with lots of sunshine and sandy beaches, less than an hour sailing time from Dubrovnik are ideal for relaxing adventure travel. Each has no more than a couple of hundreds permanent residents who live in traditional stone houses. Tall palm trees, parks, gardens and flowers everywhere contribute to an easy going lifestyle. You will spend a day exploring each island and Dubrovnik. They are not just places of incredible natural beauties but also open air museums of history, art, architecture and folklore. And there will be a day for an optional excursion to Herzegovina rivers for rafting or canoeing or Mljet island National Park.
Our base is Lopud island, 1 hour by ferry from Dubrovnik harbor. A small town of the same name with three hotels, several restaurants and cafes, 2 sandy beaches, no cars and great sunsets will be your home for this holiday. You will stay in simple rooms in traditional stone houses (3 and 4-star hotel options are available upon request, with a surcharge depending on type of hotel/room and season).
Day 1 – Sat: Arrival to Dubrovnik Airport and transfer to Lopud Island
Day 2 – Sun: Sea Kayaking Lopud and Sipan islands
Day 3 – Mon: Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling Lopud island
Day 4 – Tue: Sea Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and walking Kolocep island
Day 5 – Wed: Leisure day visit Dubrovnik town
Day 6 – Thu: Kayak Rijeka Dubrovacka, afternoon in the Old Town of Dubrovnik
Day 7 – Fri: Sea kayaking Trsteno
Day 8 – Sat: Departure day
Day 1 – Saturday: Arrival at Dubrovnik Airport and transfer to Lopud Island
Traveling by bus and boat. Accommodation in a house very near the beach and waterfront and main street of the little town of Lopud. There will be time to enjoy a swim in the sea and a walk to Fort Kastio on the island’s highest peak for a wonderful view of the sunset over the Elafiti Islands. A tour of Lopud’s pubs and cafés will take place before and after dinner.
Day 2 – Sunday: Sea Kayaking Lopud and Sipan Islands
Safety and sea kayaking instructions will take place on a sandy beach of Lopud. After that, we will kayak to the nearby island of Sipan. On Sipan you will find the colorful villages of Sudjuradj and Luka Sipanska. The fields between them have preserved chapels, monasteries, palaces and summer houses of ancient Dubrovnik aristocracy, and the real country lifestyle. This island is rich in cultural heritage, tales from the past and many well preserved monuments that witnessed its turbulent history. We will explore them by walking or cycling and there will be plenty of time to enjoy Luka’s beaches and restaurants. We will return to Lopud by late afternoon.
Day 3 – Monday: Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling
We will kayak around the island to the sandy beach of Sunj Bay on Lopud’s Southern side. This is the most popular beach of Dubrovnik so we visit it on Monday when it’s not too busy. Diving mask, snorkel and fins will be provided for you to explore the rich and colorful underwater world of the Adriatic. A pleasant walk back to the village for dinner takes only half hour, but you are welcome to hike the longer western route through the forest and along the high cliff edge.
Day 4 – Tuesday: Sea Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and walking
Paddle, swim and snorkel around Kolocep island, Croatia’s most interesting island for sea kayaking and hiking with its most dramatic scenery full of hidden dark caves, high cliffs and colorful reefs. Walk through Gornje Celo and Donje Celo, well preserved romantic Mediterranean villages and along high cliffs. Have a pleasant noon siesta in the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Gornje Celo turquoise bay near Skerac – kayakers’ favorite restaurant. Late in the afternoon we shall return to Lopud.
Day 5 – Wednesday: Leisure day
Beach day. You are free to do whatever you enjoy the most. Sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, walking, sea kayaking. Or take the ferry to Dubrovnik, the most beautiful of all Croatian and Mediterranean towns, for sightseeing, shopping in ancient streets, walking along city walls… Ice cream or coffee taste best in open air bistros along Stradun, old town’s main street and promenade. Lokrum island Reserve and its rocky beaches are worth exploring and only about 10 minutes by boat from the old town harbor. Return to Lopud in the evening.
Note: This is the last day of the holiday if you booked the 5-day option.
Day 6 – Thursday: Kayak Rijeka Dubrovacka Back in our sea kayaks today, we explore Rijeka Dubrovacka. Rijeka Dubrovacka (“The River of Dubrovnik”) is a deep bay protected from wind by the surrounding mountains, making it ideal for sea kayaking. We will enjoy the views of traditional 15th and 16th century waterfront Dubrovnik Villas as we kayak past them. We will spend the afternoon in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
Day 7 – Friday: Sea Kayaking
The last sea kayaking trip destination is usually Trsteno village and arboretum – a wonderful park with a collection of exotic plants and trees, Neptune’s fountain and great views of the islands. A farewell party is planned after sunset of the last evening on Lopud.
Day 8 – Saturday: Transfer to Dubrovnik for homebound flight.
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.
2012 Prices and Departure dates
|Sea kayaking Dubrovnik, Croatia – Departure dates 2012|
Other dates on request
|Sea kayaking Dubrovnik, Croatia – Prices 2012|
|Apartments – Double rooms||8-day||5-day|
|Children 8-14 years, 10% reduction|
|Single rooms, 20% supplement|
High season – July 14 – August 24, 2012 Intermediate season – June 9 – July 13, August 25 – September 14, 2012 Low season – April 21 – June 8, September 15 – October 5, 2012 All prices are per person, in EUR. Prices include:
- 7 nights in double/twin rooms
- 2 meals per day (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 )
- use of kayaks, paddles, life jackets, dry bags, bikes, helmets
- 5 days of organized activities
- local taxes and permits
- transfers from Dubrovnik airport, harbor or bus station
- tour leader and assistance
- basic insurance
- optional excursion
- beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
Optional trips on day 5 are NOT included in price and can be booked and paid on spot. Optional trips cost approx 60€ per person, payable on site, and are dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.
- Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger group trips are on request.
- Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
- Children discount: valid for children 8-14 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parents’ room; two or more children can have their own room.
- Rooms: family run guesthouses near the beaches on Lopud island. Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person is possible.
This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff. In addition to your usual clothing you should consider bringing along some other items which will make your activities more enjoyable.Required gear for paddling and cycling is provided. Clothing:
- Few lightweight, casual, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
- Hiking shorts, synthetic
- T-shirts (at least 1 synthetic)
- Brimmed sun hat
- Lightweight rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
- Lightweight hiking shoes
- Water shoes for kayaking/ rafting (stiff sole sandals)
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit
- Small backpack
- Camera (waterproof), film/memory cards and spare batteries