This trip will show you stunning sceneries and landscapes of Dubrovnik Archipelago. It is perfect for those who like to enjoy the great outdoors on foot, no matter the age. The daily walking routes will cover visits to Dubrovnik, Elaphiti Islands, Mt. Srdj and Mljet Island National Park. They are not too long or too strenuous, and at almost every point you will be able to enjoy a refreshing swim break. We will stay in 3* family run guesthouses, first two nights in a picturesque Zaton Bay and the rest in a secluded village of Sipan Island.
There are many beautiful places in the world, however, the people of Dubrovnik claim their city to take the top spot on this list. 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, 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 from Dubrovnik. Together with Mljet Island National Park, they are not just places of incredible natural beauty, but also open air museums of history, art, architecture and folklore. Our experienced local guides will avoid overcrowded destinations ensuring you get the most authentic experience.
ARRIVAL IN DUBROVNIK
After the arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, harbour or bus station you will be transferred 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
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.
Accommodation: Zaton Bay; Meals: B,D; Walking: 3-4 hours, easy/moderate; Ferry: 1h 30min each way
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. In the afternoon we will catch the ferry to Sipan Island.
Accommodation: Sipan Island; Meals: B, D; Walking: 3 hours, moderate; Drive: 15 min; Ferry: 1h.
SIPAN ISLAND WALKING
This day is dedicated to the largest of the Elaphiti Islands – Sipan. Colourful villages of Sudurad 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: Sipan Island; Meals: B, D; Walking: 3- 4 hours, easy/moderate.
OPTIONAL TRIP OR BEACH DAY
This is the last day of your holiday if you booked the 5-day option. 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.
The rest of the group is free to do whatever you enjoy the most: sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, walking or sea kayaking; or take an optional trip (your guide will be happy to share the possibilities with you).
Accommodation: Sipan Island; Meals: B, D.
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 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 easy/moderate; Ferry: 35 min each way.
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 sandy beach of Sunj 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 Elaphiti Archipelago and Mljet Island.
Accommodation: Sipan Island; Meals: B, D; Walking: 4 hours; Ferry: 20 min each way.
DEPARTURE – DUBROVNIK AIRPORT
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport, harour or bus station for your flight home. You can book your flight from 10 am onwards. Earlier departures can be accommodated, but are subject to surcharge. There might be several group transfers between the destination and airport depending on flight departure 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.
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.
- What Is Included7 nights accommodation
meals as per itinerary (7 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 lunch)
5 days of organized activities
local taxes and permits
Mljet Island National Park entrance fee
transfers from/to Dubrovnik airport, harbour or bus station
transfers between islands (by speedboat or ferry), boat ticket to and from Mljet Island
skilled English speaking guide and assistance
- What Is Not Includedairfare
drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary
tips and other personal expenses