The southern dalmatia: Multisport

Croatia

TRIP NOTES

  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • 2-8 people
  • moderate

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • cities of Ston, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor
  • sea kayaking on Lopud island
  • traditional cuisine
  • Krka national park trekking
  • oyster farm visit in Mali Ston
  • wine tasting on Hvar island

The Southern Dalmatia is a truly nomadic experience, in every possible way as your journey begins in the city of Split – home of the UNESCO world heritage site, better known as the Diocletian’s Palace. After a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast, our next day begins with a short drive to the Krka national park where the cascading waterfalls will leave us breathless, right before we go for a swim as this is the only national park in Croatia where swimming is allowed.

Our journey continues with our next location as we are hopping on our ferry in the morning. Two hours later, we will reach the Hvar island and its main port, Stari Grad, also being the oldest city in Croatia. In the next three days we will be exploring the old cities of Hvar, Stari Grad and Jelsa. Some of our exploration will be done on two wheels as we will be cycling through the picturesque villages, far away from the crowds and tasting some of the island’s top wines. On your day off, our recommendation would be a visit to the island of Korcula.

Starting our day with our last breakfast on Hvar island, we are on our way back to the mainland and starting our drive to Dubrovnik. As soon as we settle ourselves in, we head to the city for our stomachs to get acquainted with the local cuisine. A private city tour follows, where our guide will show us all of the city’s secrets and historical moments that have shaped its soul.

A day of sea kayaking is ahead of us, where we will be starting from Lopud island, kayaking towards the Sipan island. Before our arrival to the island’s main port of Sudurad, we are visiting the Green cave for a snorkeling session. With our arrival to the island, we are headed for our lunch at a local family restaurant for a five course homemade meal, combined with their wine, grappa and coffee.

Can it get any better than this? Allow us to show you – next day we are crossing the border and visiting Montengro – the walled city of Kotor, to be more precise. Another UNESCO world heritage site in our expedition, which became rather popular in the last couple of years thanks to its unique position in a submerged river canyon, surrounded by the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovcen. After some free time in the city and our exploration, our drive back to Dubrovnik begins and we are on our way for our dinner – the famous “peka” meal – one of the most popular meals in Southern Dalmatia region, a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome. You’ll see it listed on menus throughout the region, and if you are lucky enough to be invited into the home of a Dalmatian family, it’s likely that you’ll feast upon it for dinner.

On our last day of the trip, we go relaxing – we will be visiting an oyster farm in the city of Mali Ston. Our lunch will be waiting for us in the city of Ston, world famous for its fortifications, salt fields and oysters. On our way back to Dubrovnik, we will be stopping for a short but sweet walk through some past times that are written among the trees of the Trsteno Arboretum.

With our farewell dinner in Dubrovnik, we are getting ourselves ready for the next morning departure and saying bye to Croatia. Until next time.

Day 1: Transit Day – arrive in Split,  explore Old City / sight-seeing; welcome dinner in the city

Day 2: Krka National Park – breakfast, 1hr drive to Krka national park, trekking, lunch, trekking, 1hr drive to Split, free time, dinner (self-pay)

Day 3: Hvar Island – breakfast, 2hr ferry ride to Hvar island, sight-seeing of Hvar Town, lunch, beach time/fortress hike, dinner (self-pay)

Day 4: Hvar Island – breakfast, cycling tour from Hvar to Stari Grad, lunch, cycling back to Hvar, down time, 30min drive to Jelsa, wine tasting, dinner, 30min drive to Hvar

Day 5: Korčula Island – breakfast, 1hr ferry ride to Korčula island, sight-seeing, lunch (self-pay), free time, 1hr ferry ride to Hvar island, dinner (self-pay)

Day 6: Dubrovnik – breakfast, 1hr drive + 30min ferry to the mainland, 2hr drive to Dubrovnik, lunch, guided city tour, dinner

Day 7: Elaphiti Islands – breakfast, 1hr ferry ride to Lopud island, outfitting, paddling to Šipan island, snorkeling at the Green Cave, lunch, paddling to Ruda island, back to Lopud island, 1hr ferry ride to Dubrovnik, dinner (self-pay)

Day 8: Kotor – breakfast, 2hr drive to Montenegro, hilltop fortress hike, lunch (self-pay), free time, 2hr drive to Dubrovnik, dinner (self-pay)

Day 9: Pelješac Peninsula – breakfast, 1hr drive to Pelješac peninsula, oyster farm visit, lunch, 1hr drive to Dubrovnik, free time, farewell dinner

Day 10: Transit Day – airport transfers

TRIP LENGTH 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
  • Arrival/Departure Point: Split/Dubrovnik
  • Accommodations: 3* private double rooms with bathrooms
  • Tour Inclusions: all transfers (airports, boats, ferries), all activities, gear and instruction (hiking, cycling, sea kayaking), all entrance fees (museums, national parks, fortresses), meals as specified in the meal plan, 9 nights accommodation in 3* (2 nights Split/3 nights Hvar/4 nights Dubrovnik), licensed English speaking tour guide, certified ACA kayak instructor
  • Tour Exclusions: 2 lunches, 4 dinners, personal spendings, drinks during lunches and dinners
  • Tour Price*: 14.195,00 Kn / €1923 / $2271 / £1690
  • *Includes: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners*
Single Supplement*: additional 2.000,00 Kn / €271 / $320 / £238
*Prices are in Croatian Kuna: Euro, USD and GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuation
**2 person minimum**
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