Croatia multi activity holiday

“Get active amongst Adriatic islands, rolling hillsides and sun-dappled pine forests as you kayak, hike and cycle the Croatian coastline and go sightseeing in Dubrovnik.”

Highlights

Sightseeing in Dubrovnik | Lokrum | sea kayaking | cycling on Sipan Island | hiking on Mljet Island | 40km bike ride in Konavle countryside | swimming and snorkelling | vineyards, olive groves and traditional taverns | pine and cypress forests | secluded bays and cliff-top trails |

Description of Croatia multi activity holiday

Combining sightseeing in Dubrovnik with some of Croatia’s most scenic countryside and three Adriatic islands is a real joy however, adding a full range of activities into the mix never fails to turn activity holidays Croatia into the stuff of legends.

No matter whether you’re exploring by bike, kayak or on foot, the Dalmatian coastline is an exceptional platform to undertake any Croatia activity holiday with chances to swim in crystal clear bays and soak up some sun on sandy beaches, ensuring this seven day break is bound to be as relaxing as naturally active.

The islands of Lokrum, Sipan and Mljet are perfect for activity holidays in Croatia with pine and cypress forests offering welcome shade as well as some superb tracks opening out onto unhindered ocean views and scenic spots from where to swim, snorkel or set sail by kayak.

From vineyards and olive groves to fishing villages and traditional taverns, this is the ideal opportunity for anyone wishing to be part of a small group where the main focus is on relaxed travel, outdoor activities and really insightful cultural discovery.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to your hotel in Dubrovnik for overnight stay.
Day 2:After breakfast, enjoy a three hour guided walking tour of the red tiled city of Dubrovnik which is spilt between sightseeing in the historic old town centre and walking the medieval city walls. After the sightseeing tour you're welcome to explore at leisure before your second overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 3Transfer by minibus, after breakfast, to the old port of Dubrovnik where you'll meet your guide and find out the basics and safety procedures of sea kayaking. Sea kayaking is a really stable and fun means of getting about over water and once you're afloat you'll be invited to paddle past Dubrovnik en-route to Lokrum Island which features several secluded bays for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. Total sea kayaking time: 3hrs. Free time on Lokrum Island: 2hrs. After discovering Lokrum's botanical garden, 12th century monastery and saline lake it's time to head back to Dubrovnik for your third overnight stay.
Day 4Head to the old port, after breakfast, and take the local ferry to Sipan Island. Sipan is a really beautiful location and packed full of Mediterranean character with gnarled vines, olive groves and pungent pine forests making an ideal background to the day's self-guided cycling tour. The cycling starts at the port of Sudjuradj before heading across the island to the western port of Luka. Numerous monuments to the island's cultural heritage align the route with summer palaces, ancient churches and traditional fishermen's taverns ensuring all of your senses are treated to a great day out. Return to Dubrovnik old port via Sudjradj in the late afternoon before your fourth overnight stay in the medieval walled city.
Day 5:Today starts with a transfer to Dubrovnik port, after breakfast, before taking a boat to the village of Polcae on Mljet Island, one of Croatia's eight national parks. Renowned for its lush green vegetation and stunning Mediterranean landscapes, Mljet provides the perfect place for a three hour hike with several cliff top trails and incredible sea views allowing for a glimpse at the natural beauty of Croatia's Adriatic coastline. After hiking to the island's highest peak, Montokuc, you'll have plenty of free time to swim and snorkel in the clear blue water of the island's secluded bays before returning to Polace after lunch and the return ferry ride to Dubrovnik for your fifth overnight stay.
Day 6:Your final day of organised activities takes you into the beautiful Konavle countryside, after breakfast, where you'll embark on a 40km (approx) bike ride from Cilipi to Ljuta before continuing to the historic town of Cavtat. The landscapes in the Konavle region are perfect for cycling with numerous traditional villages and agricultural hillsides helping to paint an incredibly peaceful picture prior to the late afternoon transfer back to your accommodation in Dubrovnik for your penultimate overnight stay.
Day 7:Today has been left free for you to explore, relax and enjoy the cobbled streets and historic walls of Dubrovnik or plan an optional trip to one of the neighbouring towns or villages. Final overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 8:Wave goodbye to the medieval walls and red tiled roofs before transferring to Dubrovnik airport after breakfast.

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Responsible tourism: Croatia multi activity holiday

Environment

Benefits from our presence in the environment are very positive because we always try to give much more than we get. We invest in the environment, local people and community on this trip particularly by helping the local community in Konavle countryside (or on island Sipan) to stay there and benefits from their rural way of life. In Dubrovnik Old town we pay fees and tickets and percentage of prices support conservation of cultural and archaeological sights.

We use recycled paper. We recycle all our waste paper (brochures, etc). Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities.We support different local ecological associations and our staff was directly involved in afforestation (planting of pine trees in Dubrovnik area after fire disaster in summer 2007). Besides this afforestation during autumn 2008 and a couple of seasons before, we directly support and we are involved in the ecological action of cleaning the sea. This underwater cleaning is ecological action which is support by local diving centers and fisherman's associations. The planting trees and underwater cleaning are ecological actions which we have supported for many years; moreover I am one of founders of this ecological association.

We encourage travelers to be more responsible with water waste, and we inform all our travelers before their tour about area, especially travelers on tours when they are in protected areas, sea or countryside. We inform travelers about local cultures and habits, we inform our travelers that leaving litter in the sea or beach could have very negative consequences to the fish, sea ecosystem and finally themselves.

We inform travelers to be very careful with fire and to avoid open fire during summer, if they would like to go on fishing we suggest them to go with some local fishermen, if they go scuba diving we inform them about diving clubs which will take them to underwater archaeological sights which are protected and conserved. During their diving or snorkeling it is not allowed to take away anything from the sea except feeling good.

As the transportation is very important in tourism, we support the idea of green transport; cleaner vehicle options which helps area to stay cleaner. We encourage our clients to use public transport and bikes especially when they are on the Islands. We encourage our clients to choose kayaking rather then boat excursions, walking rather than coaching tours and sailing rather then speed boats etc.

Community

We travel in small groups (up to 16) and use many services of local people such as accommodation, transfer services, small family run restaurants which serve domestic food and beverages. We employ local staff and we indirectly support people to stay in rural areas. Through our trips we encourage our guests to buy local hand made souvenirs and to buy locally grown products such as herbs, brandy, wine, cheese, honey etc.

All our guides are local and we train our staff to be more responsible for the local environment and ecology. We buy local products as the souvenirs for our partners and we encourage our guests to buy local products. We use local services as much as we can. For restaurants we always choose restaurants with character (mostly family run restaurants with local specialities). On all our tours we use local produce and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies. We use a lot of locally owned accommodation and this provides direct income for local house owners.

Reviews of Croatia multi activity holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Kayaking to Lokrum and spending time in the beautiful walled city and staying in
a beautiful guest house.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take some serious insect repellent - mosquitoes appeared to be immune to anything we had with us.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We ate at local restaurants, walked everywhere and all our guides were local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Superb.

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The regular, varied and easy opportunities to swim in warm crystal clear waters.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't plan too many activities if going in July or August as it is very hot. Buy a large memory card for you camera the photographic opportunities are endless. Take snorkel and goggles with you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


In part - local operators were used for excursions, we eat in local restaurants and we walked, kayaked and cycled, all of which have little environmental impact but as with many holidays the transfers to get there and also whilst there were by necessity not very environmentally friendly (plane and ferry).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was an excellent holiday. The balance of activity, culture and free time / relaxation was perfect for us. We have an active 9 year old with good stamina and she loved it, others as young as this might struggle. The local tour operator was organised, efficient, flexible, knowledgeable, welcoming and helpful.

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was wonderful to have accommodation that overlooked the old walled town of Dubrovnik - and to look out on to this in the early morning as well as in the warm light of the evening. We had a particularly informative tour of the city walls, from a very personable local woman who lectured at the university who was able to provide us with insight in to the distant and more recent history and life of the city and area. The entire week was, however, full of memorable moments and I think each one felt unique and enjoyable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


In August it was pretty hot but the activities were quite manageable despite the heat.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It was good to stay in accommodation owned and lived in by local people. The trips and activities were all done on a small scale and some involved local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This is the most enjoyable and relaxing family holiday we have had in a while. Croatia is stunningly beautiful. We found the people friendly and very helpful and we were amazed by the elegance of Dubrovnik and the scale and integrity of the historical remains. Tomi, our tour operator, was solicitous of our needs. He was able to tell us about all aspects of Croatian life and he was also very flexible in alternating our itinerary to suit our own particular interests. There were lots to do and see, but all done at a pleasant pace, with time to relax.

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We went to three different locations in Croatia: Hvar, Kocula and the Dubrovnik Riviera. Each place had its highlights. The islands had magnificent shores and beaches to swim and lay in the sun. The towns were fun to explore. We loved
our kayaking trip in Hvar and we did a Buggy Trip around the town of Lumbarda in Korcula that was also unique and offered different options to go for a swim. Dubrovnik was so interesting for its history. It houses the third oldest Pharmacy museum in the world (13th century). If you love to sail, this would be paradise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Croatia's high season is July and August, I would book before or after. It is worth renting a car since public transport and ferries are not predictable and there are so many nooks and hidden beaches you could otherwise not get too. A
must see is Ston and Mali Ston. There is after the Chinese wall one of the largest walled fortifications in Europe. If you love mussels, clams and oysters, have lunch at the Kaptain's house in Mali Ston (known for its mussel and oyster farms). Research the ferry connections, they don't arrive and leave from the same port and you don't have continuous connections to the different islands (i.e. direct line Hvar-Korcula, only Saturday and Tuesday).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Croatia is still a country where agriculture and tourism are the main source of income. Visiting Croatia outside its main two tourist months provides additional revenue to the families.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We enjoyed discovering Croatia before it joins the EU and changes its character. There are no language barriers, the food is fresh and seasonal. If you don't like fish, the Dalmatian area is not recommended. Everyone speaks English and a third language - generally Italian or German. We went a little too late in the season, last two weeks in September and were surprised with temperatures around 15-19C, when we expected mid 20C. Overall it was very enjoyable.

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