Dubrovnik & islands walking holiday, Croatia
Description of Dubrovnik & islands walking holiday, Croatia
This week long Croatia walking holiday starts and ends in Dubrovnik, one of the most stunning medieval cities in the world. For the first few days we are based in nearby Zaton Bay, just 8km away, so that we can enjoy quieter aspects of the coast, but also take a day in Dubrovnik hiking up to Mount Srdj, walking the old city walls or just wandering around its maze of ancient streets dating back to the 7th century.
Dubrovnik and Zatar are also springboards to the Elaphiti Islands and we take hikes out on Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan, where a variety of pine forests, sandy beaches and elevated coastal ridges make for perfect walking. These islands are also bursting with cultural heritage and ancient history, with traditional architecture of the rich and rural sitting side by side.
We stay in two different places on this trip: Zaton Bay on the mainland, and then five nights on Sipan Island the largest of the Elaphiti Islands, and once a favourite with 14th Century Dubrovnik aristocrats for summer breaks in their splendid villas. Today it is a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts, and on this trip we welcome all travellers, adults, children, solo or groups. All you need is a love of the outdoors, a curiousity about Croatian heritage and an appetite for local food and plenty of fun.
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32 Reviews of Dubrovnik & islands walking holiday, Croatia
Reviewed on 30 May 2022 by Vicky BarkerFantastic! I had an amazing time. The days were well organised to be active but with also time to relax. The accommodation exceeded my expectations and was spacious and clean in a beautiful setting. We had the best group of people who really made the trip so much fun, I never felt like I was a solo traveller. Also thank you to our guide Luka who was great, funny and laid-back - overall it was the perfect holiday and great value for money! Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by Lucian PhippsVery well structured combination of activities such as walking and free time and there was a nice variety of places to visit so there wasn't one boring day. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by Bridget KnightThe beautiful scenery and lovely sunsets. Kayaking in the waters off Sipan and the clarity of the seas - all gorgeous. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2019 by Kathy StanleyFabulous. I have never done multi activity before. Loved it. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jun 2019 by Lisa GibsonThe spectacular scenery around the islands was memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019 by Polly BaxterThe variety of scenery, the beautiful islands and the variety of walks were the most memorable parts of our holidays Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019 by Sue JohnsonWe loved the opportunity to go on beautiful hikes on different Elaphiti Islands. Each island had a charm of its own, and each hike gave us the chance to experience the island's uniqueness. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 May 2019 by Shalini Menon VenugopalThe breathtaking coastlines, the cleanliness of the surroundings and the warmth of the locals were the most memorable parts of our holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 May 2019 by Kay SchaltzThe best part of the trip was the walking trips up, around and across the islands, the lunches off the beaten track at local farms or the hidden gems of restaurants supporting the local businesses Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019 by victoria wilkinsonMost memorable was the friendships made and the experiences shared. Spectacular scenery and some challenging walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Oct 2018 by Gladys BrooksIt was a great holiday in a beautiful setting. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2018 by Wendy SunderlandVery enjoyable....The scenery is beautiful. The Islands were quiet and peaceful. It was great to be away from the maddening crowds of Dubrovnik. The accommodation was clean and comfortable. Meals were delicious Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2018 by Laura GormleyLots was memorable: the beauty of the countryside and coast, clarity of the water (the Adriatic), the peace, the efficiency of transport, the helpfulness of the people... Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2018 by Susan GaretzThe views from the top of the gorgeous small islands surrounding Dubrovnik Read full review
Reviewed on 06 May 2018 by Sally DenhamThe most memorable was our group of 4 being taken up to the hillside farm for an unforgettable lunch of the farm's own goats cheese (met the goats), olives (strolled through the olive grove) and local wine. It was such a privilege to be there, off the beaten track, with our excellent guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2018 by Rebecca MorlandThe most memorable part of the holiday was staying in two small resorts, with lots of opportunities to swim and relax. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 by Morag HartwellAll the holiday was amazing but the main highlights were walking on Mljet National Park Island and the swim in the salt water lakes afterwards. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2017 by Refika Mustafaweather and accommodation was fab. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by Maria MatthewsDubrovnik proved to be as beautiful as we supposed. The most memorable part of the holiday was the great group of people we were with, including our guide (Danny). Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2017 by Gillian GibbonsThe walks were very enjoyable. The scenery was very lovely. I enjoyed my stay on the island of Sipan. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2016 by Linda FeeMy husband and I both agree that it was our best ever holiday. We were delighted to be able to partake in all the activities provided. Our guide during the week did an excellent job. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2016 by Philippa BaileyWonderful walks on the quiet in the Elephantine islands and a lovely lunch with a very local farmer and his wife. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2016 by Rachel AylmerThe holiday was fantastic. Superb weather, a great group of people and a fantastic guide all meant that I had a very enjoyable week. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2016 by Gerry ButlandCroatia is a wonderful country to visit. The scenery, the friendly people, the weather are just some of the things which made the holiday memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2016 by Doug HeysMy Wife and I had a great time and would have you at the top of our list for future adventures. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jul 2016 by Patricia AitchisonI felt that we were experiencing the 'real' Croatia . the most stunning views were from the top of the Mountain above old town Dubrovnik Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jun 2016 by Maddie HeathWe would rate our holiday 10 out of 10. First class guide, first class food, first class organisation. Perfect! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2016 by Helen VezzullaIt was a very memorable and well thought out trip by the holiday provider to give a good all round walking experience on the islands. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by Pat LawrenceGo for it! Our guide Irena was excellent, ensuring everything ran smoothly, keen to ensure that every member of the party was happy with the arrangements Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jun 2013 by Riley HartThe most memorable part was the beauty of Dalmatia... It was fantastic. The guides (my main guide was Irena) were charming, patient, organized, and knowledgeable. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2013 by Joy FieldThe views of Dubrovnik from the top of Mnt Srj on a perfect day were spectacular...A very professional and supportive company to deal with. The trip notes provided were very accurate and everything went according to plan and more than lived up to our expectations. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2013 by Lynne ArnoldVery well organised with great attention to detail. Very informative, helpful and friendly guide. Got to parts of Croatia that others wouldn't reach! Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended Read full review
PlanetSafety is our first concern: while we take pride in offering "off the beaten path" holidays, we do make sure to stick with routes we are 100% sure are safe, even for families with children. Our employees have helped map and lay out trails which we use today on Kolocep island. We believe sticking to these hiking trails is very important, as it keeps our guests safe, as well as preserves the environment and leaves it undisturbed.
On our trips we bike on paved roads only, walk and hike on existing paths and tell our guests not to feed, fish, hunt and disturb animals.
Our company strives to promote types of tourism where use of motor vehicles is minimal. We are proud of the beauties Croatia has to offer and of the fact that we were the first to combine them with activities and offer to public. We encourage you to travel on foot, by bike, kayak, canoe, raft or sailboat. Our motto is - take only pictures, leave only footprints.
PeopleWe do not take commission from restaurants or owners of rooms or apartments that our guests stay in. We make living by providing kayak and related services and believe in fair revenue distribution.
Zaton is a bay with three small fishermen villages only ten minutes drive from Dubrovnik - too close to the most beautiful town on the Mediterranean to make many visitors stop and stay here and not just to drive on. Being close to Dubrovnik caused Zaton season to be only eight weeks long, not even a quarter of the season of the big and well known neighbour. The first activity we brought to the area was sea kayaking: sea kayaks that we introduced gave it a whole new dimension: while the main road cuts it off of its hinterland, kayaks allow its guests to smoothly float to its hidden coves, caves and beaches just outside the bay or on Elafiti Islands - Daksa, Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan... Kayaking season here is at the moment five months long but we keep our kayaks there for the local kids to use almost year round. That keeps them busy outdoors and also prepares them to become our future guides and partners some day. Today we organize hiking, cycling, sea kayaking, sailing and multi activity tours in this area.
By booking this trip you bring much needed income to the people who are still recovering from the war-torn years as this was the area severely affected by war. This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers) and provision of accommodation (we use family owned hotel or home stay with local family) and most of all that negative environmental impacts are kept to the minimum.
We use local transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycle.
We consider as our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the countrys natural resources. As a company, we support the local community by building camps in partnership with local families, building bridges and accesses to the rivers.