Explore amazing ambient that surrounds Dubrovnik in fast but elegant sea kayak. Discover hidden beaches, coves, sea caves and other pearls of Elaphiti archipelago big boats simply cannot approach...
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 8 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, Koločep and Šipan belong to 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. Each has no more than a couple of hundreds of permanent residents who live in stone houses of traditional character. Tall palm trees, parks, gardens and flowers everywhere contribute to 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 other interesting locations in the area.
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. You will stay in simple but clean and pleasant rooms in traditional stone houses. Rooms in 3- and 4-star hotel are available on request, a surcharge depending on the type of hotel/room and season. Self-catering apartments are available as well.
|Day 1||Arrival, relaxing, swimming||Lopud Island||Guesthouse||D|
|Day 2||Kayaking, hiking or cycling||Lopud & Šipan Island||Guesthouse||B,D|
|Day 3||Sea kayaking & snorkeling||Lopud Island||Guesthouse||B|
|Day 4||Sea kayaking, snorkeling & walking||Koločep Island||Guesthouse||B,D|
|Day 5||Free day||Lopud Island||Guesthouse||B||
|Day 6||Sunset kayaking||Lopud Island||Guesthouse||B|
|Day 7||Sea kayaking||Trsteno||Guesthouse||B,D|
Accommodation: Huck Finn uses traditional stone houses that suit 3* standards. House in Lopud Island is modernly furnished and recently renovated, with ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. Rooms we use can have double, twin or 3 beds. It is situated on excellent locations and near the sea.
Meals: Breakfast will be served in a rich buffet form with several types of cereal, butter, honey, jam, ham, cheese, eggs, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee, tea and milk. We can also provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. meals with prior notice. Some lunches will be picnic-style, allowing for flexibility along our route. You will be able to buy lunch packages from the local shop.
Gourmet Experience: Excellent cozy restaurants that offer fresh seafood and local specialties will be available during lunchtime and dinner. They receive excellent feedback and we highly recommend trying octopus burgers, wild boar goulash, tuna wrapped in bacon, fresh oysters or grilled prawns on rice to all those interested in discovering authentic Croatian food. The best restaurants in the country, excellent value for money! Your guide will be glad to give you suggestions.
PRICES IN EUROS FOR 2016
|Starts||Apr. 15||May 27||June 17||Sept. 9||Sept. 30|
|Ends||May 26||June 16||Sept.8||Sept. 29||Oct. 27|
All prices are per person.
- Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request.
- Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
- Child discount: 10% for 8-12 years of age at the time of travel
- Accommodation: family-run guesthouses on Lopud Island.
- Optional trips are not included in the price and can be booked and paid on spot. Optional trips cost approximately 60 – 85 € per person, payable on site, and are dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4/6 participants.
- 7 nights accommodation (sometimes two rooms may share one bathroom)
- meals as per itinerary (4 breakfasts, 3 dinners)
- 5 days of organized activities
- use of kayaks, paddles, life jackets, dry bags, bikes, helmets
- local taxes and permits
- transfers from/to Dubrovnik airport, harbour or bus station or your accommodation
- tour leader and assistance
- optional trip on day 5
- beverages with meals
- entrance fee to Trsteno Arboretum
- items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
Day 1 - Arrival
Arrive at Dubrovnik airport, harbor or bus station. Our representative will meet you and give you the details of your transfer to Lopud Island. The transfer is organized either by a local ferry that runs four times a day or by speedboat. Upon your arrival to Lopud and settling into your accommodation, there will be time for a walk before meeting with your guide and the group over dinner and discussing the upcoming holiday.
Accommodation: Lopud. Meals: D.
Day 2 - Safety instructions, introduction to kayaking and the equipment. Sea kayaking to Šipan Island, hiking or cycling.
Safety instructions will take place in the Lopud Bay this morning. Get the feel of your kayak and practice paddling before embarking on the first journey – kayaking to Šipan Island. Šipan has colorful villages of Suđurađ and Luka Šipanska. 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 history. We will explore them by walking or cycling and there will be plenty of time to relax as well. We will kayak back to Lopud late in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Lopud. Meals: B, D. Note: hiking or cycling will take place depending on group abilities, weather and temperature.
Day 3 - Kayaking Lopud - Šunj, hiking back to Lopud village.
Back in our kayaks today as we get ready to paddle half way around Lopud to its sandy Šunj beach. We will explore the island's coastline as we slowly paddle to one of the most popular beaches in the area. After lunch on the beach, feel free to chill out at one of the beach bars, go for a swim or just grab a deck chair and enjoy the afternoon. There are three walking paths leading back to Lopud – the quickest one is 20-30 minutes on foot and two more scenic paths will take you along the cliffs or up the hill to the island's fort.
Accommodation: Lopud. Meals: B.
Day 4 - Kayaking Šunj - Koločep - Šunj.
This morning after breakfast we walk back to Šunj beach and prepare to kayak around the best sea kayaking island in Croatia – Koločep. Explore caves and coves, dramatic cliffs on one and tame beaches on the other side of the island. Snorkeling gear will be provided for you to explore the rich and colorful underwater world of the Adriatic. With occasional swimming and snorkeling stops, we reach Škerac, kayaker's favorite restaurant in time for a break and optional lunch. Late in the afternoon, we kayak back to Lopud's Šunj beach.
Accommodation: Lopud. Meals: B, D.
Day 5 - Optional trip day, Beach day.
For those who chose a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. The rest of the group continues the trip. Relax on Lopud's beaches, visit Dubrovnik on your own or join one of the proposed optional trips.
Accommodation: Lopud. Meals: B.
Day 6 - Sunset Kayaking Šunj - Lopud
Enjoy a later start today as we hike back to Šunj Beach and spend the early afternoon having lunch doing beach activities. We return to our kayaks once more in the late afternoon and kayak into the sunset. Depending on the weather and group abilities, the guide may propose a longer kayaking trip to Sveti Andrija island as well. Return to Lopud early in the evening.
Accommodation: Lopud. Meals: B.
Day 7 - Kayaking Lopud - Trsteno - Lopud.
The last kayaking trip destination is Trsteno village and arboretum – a wonderful park with a collection of exotic plants and trees, Neptune’s fountain and great views of the islands. We will kayak to the beach by the arboretum – you may choose to visit the park on your own. Return to Lopud in the late afternoon for a farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Lopud. Meals: Breakfast, D.
Day 8 - Departure
Transfer to Dubrovnik hotel, bus station, harbour or airport. 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 guidebooks.
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.