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VISITING: Croatia BROCHURE CODE: 5560
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Imagine arriving home or going back to work after a long weekend spent sailing the azure blue waters of the Dalmatian Coast. You’ll visit several islands, snorkel in crystal clear water, enjoy a spot of cycling, dine in seafront restaurants while the sun sets over the Adriatic. Talk about bragging rights! This weekend can easily be extended with a few nights in Dubrovnik allowing you to experience life on the Croatian islands and in the mainland’s most renowned city.

What's included?

  • Accommodation: 3 nights on board a catamaran
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: 3 days sailing between islands, paddle boarding, cycling, snorkelling (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • The following destinations are included in the holiday: Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan, Mljet, Zuljana, Ston, Broce
  • Fully qualified skipper
  • Equipment, training, and supervision for all activities with expert local guides

Please note: flights and transfers are not included in this trip because just about everybody wants to add a day, days or even a week in Dubrovnik before, and/or after, the sailing part of the holiday. We will be delighted to arrange flights, accommodation and transfers around the sailing weekend. Please just ask one of our Travel Experts for suggestions and prices.

Each trip starts at 10 am from Komolac Marina. The marina is approximately 15 minutes by road from Dubrovnik and, given the morning departure, we recommend staying in the city the night before.

 


There can’t be many better weekends away than this one. You’ll spend three days sailing the calm and peaceful Adriatic and exploring some of the greenest islands on Croatia’s beguiling Dalmatian Coast. There’ll be a few gentle activities thrown in along the way too, including stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, swimming and cycling.

In the evenings, you will moor near small villages and towns where you can stroll along the seafront and enjoy the harbourside bars and restaurants. There are few things as good in life as watching the sun setting over the Adriatic (which it does in spectacular fashion) while sipping your very own sundowner.

You’ll sail and sleep on board a modern catamaran which has plenty of deck space for relaxing and watching the islands glide by. Each day will see you visiting and exploring different islands and enjoying the various activities included in the itinerary.

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On day one you set sail from Komolac and explore the Elaphiti Archipelago. You’ll head first to the smallest inhabited island of the Archipelago, Kolocep. There’ll be the chance to try your hand at paddle boarding and build up an appetite with a dip in the lovely, clear Adriatic waters.

From Kolocep the voyage continues with visits to Lopud and Sipan before finishing the day in a stunning bay and heading onshore for dinner.

It gets even better on day two, which finds you sailing to Mljet (“Mee-yet”) an island blessed with natural splendour including two inland saltwater lakes. From Mljet, you’ll head for the Peljesac Peninsula and anchor in a bay near Zuljana.

Your final full day on the catamaran explores the winemaking region of the Peljesac Peninsula before heading east to the lovely walled city of Ston. From Ston, it is just a short hop across to your base for the night at Broce.

The final day of your sailing weekend sees you back amidst the Elaphiti islands as you work your way back to Komolac where you’ll disembark sometime around midday.

From there, we can arrange transfers to the airport or to Dubrovnik where we can also organise your accommodation should you wish to extend your stay.    


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Key facts

Duration:3 nights
Pace:Active
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  • This trip starts at 10 am from Komolac Marina which is a short taxi ride from Dubrovnik. We strongly recommend staying in the city the previous evening and can arrange flights, accommodation and transfers to suit your specific requirements. Please just ask one of our Travel Experts for suggestions.

    The crew will welcome you on board the catamaran and, after a safety briefing, you’ll take to the high seas. Well, actually, the Adriatic is better described as the serene and calm sea and it’s an absolute joy to watch the seascapes unfold as you cut through the water.

    Today’s sailing explores the Elaphiti Archipelago which lies north-west of Dubrovnik. Kolocep, the smallest inhabited Elaphiti Island is your first port of call. There will be time for swimming and paddle boarding.

    You will then sail towards Lopud and Sipan. Your skipper knows all the quieter spots and will moor in a lovely harbour from where you will make landfall. The crew know all of these islands and villages well and will be delighted to make restaurant recommendations.

    The important thing, however, is to enjoy the evening views. The Dalmatian Coast delivers the most spectacular sunsets with the whole western sky ablaze in pastel shades of yellow and pink. Find a bar, sit facing west, sip your own sundowner, and watch one of Mother Nature’s greatest spectacles as the giant burning orange globe of the sun sinks into the Adriatic.

    Throughout your sailing adventure, breakfasts will be served for you each morning, but lunches and evening meals are left flexible. Your skipper knows all the best spots locally and so they will ensure that you get the best recommendations for meals and that the group’s preferences are taken into account where possible.  


    Changes to the itinerary: very occasionally, the itinerary and/or duration of sailing and activities may change according to local conditions, events or guest preferences. Your skipper and his crew will make these decisions based first and foremost on your safety and comfort. On these extremely rare occasions, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

    Included Meals:  None
  • You’ll leave Sipan after breakfast and sail to what is very possibly the most stunning island in an archipelago awash with glorious natural beauty.

    Mljet (pronounced “Mee-yet”) is said to be where Odysseus was shipwrecked and imprisoned by the nymph Calypso. If that is the case, then he couldn’t have picked a better spot for seven years of captivity.

    Much of the island is a designated national park and the absolute best of it is found in the north-west where you’ll find two interconnecting inland seawater lakes. They are imaginatively called Veliko (large) and Malo (small) Jezero and are surrounded by verdant greenery and are just the perfect places to swim.

    The larger lake even has a small island which is home to a 12th Century Benedictine monastery. You can take a small boat over to the island and have lunch at the monastery which isn’t something you find yourself doing every day, is it? NB. National Park entry fees are not included but can be paid on arrival (approx. £10 in low season and £15 in high season).

    After spending quite a few hours on Mljet you’ll be setting sail towards the mainland and the Peljesac Peninsula. This stretch of coast is dominated by the towering grey walls of the Dinaric Alps which slope steeply downwards into forest greenery and red-roofed towns and villages. The catamaran provides the perfect vantage point as it all comes into greater focus.

    You’ll weigh anchor and spend the night in a bay near the village of Zuljana.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Peljesac is renowned for its small towns and villages, it’s beaches, vineyards, salt farms and oyster beds. It’s a quiet and serene place where agriculture is still more important than tourism.

    You’ll spend the morning in the Zuljana Bay where the catamaran was moored the night before. This affords a lovely setting in which to spend the morning paddle boarding, swimming and snorkelling in search of the rich marine life that inhabits the crystal water.

    You’ll set sail in the afternoon, heading east towards the walled town of Ston. It’s well worth cycling there from the shore in order to walk the fortified walls. This affords you the very best vantage points over the town and the coastline.

    The old town is a real throwback and pretty much untouched by tourism. It’s a delightful place to stroll or enjoy a drink on a café terrace. Lovers of shellfish will want to try the local oysters (delicious) and mussels (equally delicious).

    From Ston, it’s only a short sail to your overnight base at Broce. The formula remains the same; evening stroll, sundowner with the sunset, followed by more of Dalmatia’s unpretentious but mouth-watering cuisine.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • You sail out of Broce this morning and glide past the Elaphiti Islands before arriving back at Komolac Marina around midday. The sight of the islands should evoke great memories of a few short but, hugely rewarding, days.

    From the marina, we can arrange transfers back to Dubrovnik or to the airport. Please let our Travel Experts know if you would like to extend your stay and they will be very happy to offer advice and build a longer holiday around this sailing weekend.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Catamaran

Nights: 1-3

These spacious vessels have four double rooms (can be converted to twins) all of which are en-suite. There is an additional single room which is occupied by the skipper and, one of the doubles can become a triple. Hence, the maximum people sleeping on board is ten and it’s most likely that it will be 8 or less passengers plus the skipper. Occasionally, two additional passengers will sail with the boat but stay in guesthouses rather than on board.

You will doubtless spend more time on deck than you will below. With this in mind, the catamarans are designed with plenty of space for sunbathing as well as a seating area and a kitchen/galley (useful for cold drinkies!). Two sets of steps at the rear of the boat make it nice and easy to climb back on board after a refreshing swim or snorkel.

  • Very occasionally, the itinerary and duration of sailing and activities may change according to local conditions, events or guest preferences. Your skipper and his crew will make these decisions based first and foremost on your safety. In such cases, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Departures

This trip departs on Saturday and Sundays during the date ranges below.


 

Departure dates between
Sat 13 Apr 2019
to Wed 22 May 2019
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Adults£ 585
Sat 25 May 2019
to Wed 12 Jun 2019
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Adults£ 675
Sat 15 Jun 2019
to Wed 04 Sep 2019
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Adults£ 795
Sat 07 Sep 2019
to Wed 25 Sep 2019
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Adults£ 715
Sat 28 Sep 2019
to Wed 23 Oct 2019
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Adults£ 585

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £150pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Departure dates between
Sat 11 Apr 2020
to Wed 20 May 2020
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Adults£ 655
Sat 23 May 2020
to Wed 10 Jun 2020
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Adults£ 760
Sat 13 Jun 2020
to Wed 02 Sep 2020
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Adults£ 890
Sat 05 Sep 2020
to Wed 23 Sep 2020
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Adults£ 800
Sat 26 Sep 2020
to Wed 21 Oct 2020
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Adults£ 655

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 4 people; maximum 9 people

Group size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.

Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment

is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally and equipment hire

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

Car hire
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.



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