Dubrovnik Hiking & Kayaking Extension

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 2-14
Activity level
Starting from
$1,399 for REI Members
$1,599 for non-members

To book this extension you'll need to also book the original trip.

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Following the Croatia Multisport, continue your adventure on a 4-day active journey that showcases the natural beauty of Croatia's southern coast.

A magnificently intact walled city boasting stunning architecture, endless stretches of Adriatic Sea and almost unreal natural beauty, Croatia?s southern coast is a dream destination. Its unique landscapes and enchanting culture make a perfect launching spot for active adventure. This extension combines hiking, kayaking and plenty of exploration?the perfect addition for travelers wishing to continue their Croatian adventure.

Our trip combines famous historical sites from Split to Dubrovnik, hiking on Kolo?ep and Lopud Islands and paddling on the clear waters of the Adriatic. Explore Diocletian's Palace, an imposing Roman ruin bustling with people, restaurants and shops. Wrap it all up with a day exploring the labyrinth of alleyways in the fortressed city of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage site with one of the most well-preserved city walls in the world.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Diocletian's Palace near Split
  • Hike on Kolo?ep and Lopud Islands
  • Kayak the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic
  • Wander the fortressed city of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage site with some of the best-preserved city walls in the world

Activities

This Extension is available only to guests booked onto the Croatia Multisport. It is rated Moderate [3] and will be enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. Although the hiking is not particularly long or strenuous, prior hiking experience is recommended. Sea kayaking on Day 2 involves paddling in fairly protected waters along the island coastline and requires no prior experience. However, you should be comfortable in water and able to swim. One day has a van transfer of 3+ hours.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking

What's Included

Accommodation and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; private transportation throughout; skilled bi-lingual guide; sea kayak gear; guided tour old town Dubrovnik; island ferry; airport transfer if departing with group.

Accommodations

Hotels, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Revel in Diocletian's Palace before arriving in historic Dubrovnik.

After breakfast at our hotel, we depart Trogir and travel to Split for a tour of Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This massive palace was built by Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD for his retirement. It's a fascinating place to explore and one of the most famous architectural and cultural features on Croatia's Adriatic coast. After touring Split we depart for Dubrovnik, arriving in the afternoon to allow time for a guided tour of its fascinating Old Town. One of the world's most beautiful and iconic fortified cities, Dubrovnik is a medieval port consisting of bastions, fortresses, bell towers, drawbridges, cathedrals and an endless, interesting maze of terracotta-roofed houses and shops. Our guide will share the rich history of the city while opening up some its hidden back doors. We retire in the seaside village of Zaton, our home for the next three nights. Zaton is a picturesque village set on a deep bay that offers us access to the bustle of Dubrovnik, while providing a quiet and traditional setting from which to base our explorations. Breakfast and lunch included.

Walking tour: 1.5 hours; Drive time: 3 hours.

Day 2

Paddle along the coastline and independently explore the city on foot.

Our destination today is southern Croatia's "undiscovered paradise"?the Elaphiti Islands. Depending on the weather, water conditions and group make-up, we paddle our kayaks directly from our home base in Zaton or take a short ride on a local ferry to one of the smallest of the Elaphiti Islands, Kolo?ep. The island has fragrant cypress and pine forests creeping down rocky hillsides to beautiful sandy beaches and warm waters. We spend our day exploring the island coast on foot and in our kayaks. In the afternoon we return to Dubrovnik for independent exploration. Don't miss a walk on its city walls for superb views over the terracotta rooftops and the maze of alleyways. Relax in one of the Old Town's many sidewalk cafes and take-in the scene or visit crowd-free Lokrum Island, just 600 meters from Dubrovnik. All meals included.

Kayaking: 2-6 hours (depending on the weather and water conditions).

Day 3

Ferry to Lopud Island to seek out stunning views.

We start the day with a one hour boat transfer to Lopud Island; at 1.8 square miles it is the second-largest island in the Elaphiti archipelago. Lopud is a peaceful, car-free oasis, with about 200 inhabitants involved in agriculture and fishing. We will explore the island on foot, hike to the fortress on the top of the hill for amazing views of nearby Mljet and Sipan islands and the open sea and walk by numerous churches and chapels. In the afternoon we ferry from Lopud to the mainland and return to Zaton this evening for a final dinner together. All meals included.

Boat transfers: one hour each way; hiking: 4 miles; Terrain: Steep uphill with rocky sections and stairs, gradual descent on grassy and sandy pathways.

Day 4

Our Croatian adventure comes to a close as we depart for home.

We provide one group transfer to Dubrovnik international airport for flights home today. Breakfast included (if flight departure time allows).