Elaphite Islands & Dubrovnik walking tours in Croatia
Description of Elaphite Islands & Dubrovnik walking tours in Croatia
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to walking holidays in Croatia, but this carefully crafted week long itinerary takes in not only the magnificent medieval city of Dubrovnik, including a hike up to its highest peak, Mount Srdj, but also out to some of the archipelago’s most exquisite Elaphite Islands.
Walking on the ancient trails of the Elaphite Islands, with the help of an expert local guide, the southernmost of Croatia’s country long archipelago takes you not only into remote natural nirvanas, but also back in time to a place of traditional island villages, Roman and Byzantine ruins, olive and lemon groves, and to some of the country’s most wonderful waterside tavernas. As well as myriad beaches of course.
On this walking holiday we will visit the islands of Sipan, Kolocep and Lopud. On Sipan we walk through ancient pine forests that dip in and out of remote beaches, through olive groves (it is said to have more olive trees per inhabitant than anywhere else in the world) and past the former splendour of 14th century villas. Kolocep and Lopud are both traffic free, and on the latter our walks take us to a Renaissance garden, orange gardens, laurel groves and other such sensory delights. In the middle of our trip, our day long walk on Kolocep finishes in the traditional fishing village of Gornje Celo, after gentle strolls along pine and sage filled pathways. Given that all of these islands have some of the most stunning remote swimming spots, always have a swimsuit in your backpack.
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8 Reviews of Elaphite Islands & Dubrovnik walking tours in Croatia
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by Gill GibbsBeautiful scenery whilst hiking on the Elafiti islands Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019 by Helen SamuelsIt was all lovely - very beautiful, and flexible pace to suit a range of abilities in the group Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2017 by Frances BlackEverything was amazing. Superb in all ways. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jun 2015 by Lucea KellerI enjoyed eating local cuisine such as cevopi and drinking local beers and wines made for a delightful trip. (Beer was an absolute must for me after an arduous day of hiking). Hiking the picturesque Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka River N.P., breath taking views all around. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Sep 2014 by Sarah FreemanThis was an unusually good experience with a holiday agency. For example, when we were shown around the Old City Dubrovnik by the company director, Ivana, as part of our package it was a really interesting tour with so much explained and so many interesting parts visited. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jul 2014 by Catherine SmithJust about perfect - exactly the relaxing, 'off the beaten track' break we'd hoped for. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2013 by Gay Elliott-EastwoodAmazing...Great guides, very helpful. Great scenery and great food Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Oct 2012 by Eunice GrayWe would definitely be keen to visit the islands again with responsible travel. Everything was well organised, involved the local people and the weather was lovely-apart from 2 days of storms which no one could plan for. Read full review
PlanetIslands have water from the mainland, plastic bottles are recycled and collected, local food is available on the small island markets. People mainly grow vegetables, grapes, oranges and lemons in a traditional way. The groups are small up to 10 people and walking is on the existing paths, we leave nothing but foot prints behind. We support the slogan "Help us keep the Adriatic clean" which also includes the islands.
Our guides emphasize on the importance of respecting local people and wildlife. Our tour is fully guided tour and the travellers are advised not to litter. When we pack picnic lunch we use recyclable bags.
In our office, and in the whole region we get the electricity from green energy scheme - hydro electric. We use energy efficient light bulbs We recycle paper in the office and we print out only the documents that need to be printed because of the record keeping. We print out the documents only when it is necessary. We encourage car sharing. Since Dubrovnik is small we walk to our office. We use local ferry transportation and on the islands we do not use cars but we walk.
Tourism in private accommodation has benefited conservation of the local area since the guests are staying in the old houses, that have been there even before tourism started developing. In this way the villages preserved their charm since overbuilding did not occur. Thanks to the incomes earned from private accommodation, these old houses are well maintaned.
PeopleWe direct our travelers to local private accommodation providers. Overnight in private accommodation enhances the visitors’ experience, since they get an opportunity to be welcomed by a local host and thus get better insight in everyday life of local people on Croatian islands. Also, in this way our travelers are contributing to the local economy. Accommodation in local guesthouses is simple but clean, with own bathroom. Accommodation is licensed by Croatian National Tourist Board. The Island has lovely stone houses.
While walking we stop for lunch in local restaurants. Thus our clients have an opportunity to taste some of the typical specialties of the region and at the same time help local economy. Food in local restaurants that we visit during our walking trips is produced organically where possible. Those are family owned restaurants that are supplied with fresh fish from local fishermen and vegetables from local farmers.
We assist inhabitants of Elaphite islands in their efforts to keep the young generation from leaving the islands by directing our guests to the restaurants owned by local people who employ young local inhabitants. The fees paid to the local community like tourist tax and entrance fees to Old Castle and Rennaissance arboretum as well as local boat tickets will contribute to local economy.
We use local leaders who had training both abroad and home. Djivo graduated from Rochester college of Management and technology, had two years practice in Colorado and Nordic walking training in Zagreb. Ivana his colleague is a professional tour guide. We provide training for our guides and they are certified according to Croatian standards.
As a company we support elderly on the islands not only during the summer season but keep in touch year around as our guides stay in accommodation owned by elder local people and they help carry the groceries and during the winter months if they need anything from Dubrovnik. We also help them to organise transportation to the island (islands are very small and during the winter only basic groceries are available there).
16 c Renaissance castle, Stjepovic-Skocibuha, on the island of Sipan was in ruins for a long time. A few years ago it was reconstructed and opened for tourist visits. Our tour includes visit to Renaissance castle and we pay the entrance for our guests. Money collected from the entrance fees is used for further reconstructions.
Many local people found employment in local restaurants, shops, coffee bars and tourist office. This has reduced the number of people moving to Dubrovnik in search of work. Some of the locals opened shops with handicrafts - paintings, original souvenirs and traditional embroidery. Traditional embroidery is one of the skills known by local people that was in danger of dying out but recently many young girls learned how to do it since it brings them opportunity to earn additional income.
Thanks to tourism ferry connections between the Elaphite Islands and Dubrovnik are more frequent. Most of the locals are renting their rooms and apartments to tourists. This is a very good additional income for them.