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VISITING: Croatia BROCHURE CODE: 5549
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.
Based on Sipan Island, this seven-night holiday is an active way to explore Croatia and the breath-taking Dalmatian Coast. Discover the coastal fortress of Dubrovnik and three Croatian islands, Lopud, Koločep and Sipan during kayaking, cycling, hiking and much more. There’s also plenty of time between activities to relax, explore and delve into the local history and culture.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a double or twin room at a 3-star Guesthouse in Luka Šipanska on Sipan Island
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: two sea kayaking trips (previous experience not required), paddleboarding, cycling, walking, Dubrovnik sightseeing and sunset sailing (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Equipment, training, and supervision for all activities with expert local guides
  • Local taxes and transfer fees (including ferry crossings for activities where specified)

* We recommend arriving in Dubrovnik by 3 pm. We provide transfers from Dubrovnik Airport, harbour and bus station until 6 pm but, if you arrive after 3 pm, you may miss the welcome dinner and orientation briefing. Should you arrive after 6 pm then a private transfer or night in Dubrovnik (at an additional cost) may be required.


Dubrovnik is stately, imposing and magnificent. It’s little wonder that this coastal fortress has provided many a backdrop for historical or fantasy-based television (think Game of Thrones). You could spend day after day exploring the maze of streets, alleys and squares, the honey coloured and red roof topped buildings, the cafes, bars and restaurants and, best of all, the utterly captivating views earned by walking the walls that protect this fortified city.

In the summer months, Dubrovnik is a very busy place and so this holiday is based on a small island less than an hour’s ferry journey from the city but, a million miles away in terms of visitor numbers.

Alongside Dubrovnik, there are few stretches of coastal waters as stunning as that of Dalmatia. This trip combines Dubrovnik with the three “main” islands of the Elaphiti Archipelago, Sipan (pronounced “Shipan”), Lopud and Koločep (“Kolochep”).

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Sipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands and will be your base for the week. You will be staying in the charming and archetypically Croatian fishing village of Šipanska Luka.

After an active day, dining outside on fresh seafood, fish and traditional Croatian fare could not be a more enticing prospect. Fortunately, your guest house accommodation has an excellent restaurant with terrace seating situated just a peeled prawn shell’s throw from the gently lapping water of the Adriatic.

The sunsets here are unforgettable so why not linger a while with a glass or two of the local wine while the burning orange ball descends slowly into the Adriatic? ‘Tis heavenly.

From this Sipan base, our guides will help you to explore Lopud, Koločep and Sipan itself during a fun-filled activity week. All the necessary equipment is provided so there’s no need to worry about anything other than listening to the guides’ instructions and having a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

You’ll find yourself exploring the smaller Elaphiti islands by sea kayak and paddleboard as well as cycling on Sipan, hiking on Lopud, and sea kayaking and snorkelling the waters that surround Koločep.

Combine these activities with a day exploring Dubrovnik and plenty of time to enjoy Sipan’s sandy beaches and you’ve pretty much got this part of Croatia covered.


Credit: Huck Finn Adventure Travel, Ivo Biocina and Croatian National Tourist Board, Zeljko Kelemen
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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
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  • On arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, you will be met and transferred by road and sea to Sipan Island*. It sounds like a long journey but only involves a short drive followed by less than an hour long crossing during which the Dalmatian Coast will begin to reveal its barely believable beauty.

    Once you have settled into your accommodation there may be time to stroll through the village or enjoy a swim and a spot of sunbathing before the evening’s welcome dinner*. During the meal, you will meet your guide or guides and the other people joining you on this active exploration of the Elaphiti Islands.


    * We recommend arriving in Dubrovnik by 3 pm. We provide transfers from Dubrovnik Airport, harbour and bus station until 6 pm but, if you arrive after 3 pm, you may miss the welcome dinner and orientation briefing. Should you arrive after 6 pm then a private transfer or night in Dubrovnik (at an additional cost) may be required.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Early risers might want to take advantage of the relatively cool morning by strolling under the palm tree-lined seafront as the village slowly rouses itself ahead of another day.

    On a typically fine day in Croatia, everything will be blue. The sky will be blue, the sea will be blue, and the distant islands appear as shimmering bluey-grey protrusions interspersed around the Adriatic. It’s almost hypnotic, just sitting there looking out to sea while sipping an early morning coffee but don’t linger too long because breakfast will be waiting before the active fun begins.

    If sea kayakers could create the perfect place in which to ply their trade it wouldn’t be much different from the Elaphiti Islands. This archipelago of small islands with their rugged coastlines, hidden coves and secluded sandy beaches are ideal for exploring. The calm waters of the Adriatic make sea kayaks the perfect mode of transport too as you head for three uninhabited islands, Jakljan, Tajan and Olipa. None of them can be reached by anything larger than a small boat so the beaches are quiet and the marine life largely undisturbed. You’ll take full advantage of these glorious spots by taking breaks to swim and spend time engaged in some very rewarding snorkelling.

    There will also be the opportunity to try paddleboarding, a sport whose popularity is very much on the increase. Don’t worry if you fall into the crystal-clear Adriatic water, everybody does it and it’s lovely and warm.

    The activity lasts around two to three hours allowing plenty of time to relax or swim back at Sipanska Luka.

    You will see throughout that lunches are not included as standard in this holiday but fear not, there are some wonderful options available each day. Things are designed to be flexible so the guide can make suggestions based on the group’s preferences and you can choose where you would like to eat on each day.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After breakfast, you’ll be sized up for your bike before heading out onto Sipan’s one and only meaningful road which links Sipanska Luka with Sudjuradj. The lack of roads means that there is very little traffic making for some lovely, relaxed cycling and it’s a mere 3 miles between the two villages so easily within the capabilities of just about anybody.

    The morning does start with a rise as you head away from the coast and, if you are struggling, then simply put the bike in the easiest gear and take as much time as you want to get to the top. It’s more than worth the effort when you arrive at a hilltop farm surrounded by olive groves and the best vantage point on the whole island.

    From the farm, it’s easy riding for the 2.5 miles to Sudjuradj, so enjoy the lovely countryside and keep an eye out for churches, chapels and monasteries. There are also quite a few holiday villas here owned by wealthy residents of Dubrovnik. It’s hard not to be envious!

    The final descent back to the hotel is just fantastic fun and people have been known to go back up just to do it again! The activity lasts about two hours so there’ll be plenty of time to relax, swim, snorkel or explore before another splendid sunset fills the sky.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • It’s a short ferry journey over to Lopud which has many walking routes taking you from sea level to the island’s summit. The walks rise gently to the summit and, for the most part, follow shaded paths through the woods.

    The summit reveals not only stunning views of the Adriatic coast but also some of Lopud’s history in the form of a strategically positioned fort. In less tranquil days, this lookout post served to warn the islanders of incoming trouble. By definition, the panoramas and seascapes are as expansive as they are spectacular.

    After enjoying the views, the gentle descent returns you to your start point approximately 2 to 3 hours after you left it. The short return ferry trip will leave you with time to do your own thing back on Sipan.

    Dinner is included this evening at your guesthouse so that the group can gather and discuss the adventure so far.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Today is free to do as you choose. You might fancy simply topping up your tan on the beach or, if you are feeling active, why not have a chat with our local guide about the available options? These can be booked and paid for locally and typically include visits to neighbouring islands such as Mljet.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • There are loads of clichés bandied around to describe tourist destinations but, in Dubrovnik’s case, “The Jewel of the Adriatic” is richly deserved.

    Dubrovnik is the stuff of legend. A coastal fortress with myriad streets, alleys, squares, red-roofed buildings and more history – both ancient and modern – than you can shake a stick at.

    The absolute best way to see the city in all it’s magnificent grandeur is by walking the city walls. Slap on the Factor 50, wear a wide-brimmed hat and take plenty of water because the walls are exposed to the sun, but the lofty views are more like CGI film sets than real life.

    Standing on the easterly wall gives the very best panorama across the tiled red roofs and higgledy-piggledy stone buildings to the glistening Adriatic with its white-sailed yachts and the islands beyond.

    For a different perspective, why not take the short journey from the harbour to Lokrum, “The Cursed Island”? The views of Dubrovnik’s city walls from the boat are spectacular and the island itself yields plenty of reward in the form of a monastery, a small lake, a fort and a botanical garden.

    You’ll find that culture, history, gastronomy and architecture are all at the centre of Dubrovnik’s powerfully beating heart. It truly is a wonderful, wonderful city.

    Your guide will accompany you on the 30-minute walk from the port to the city and then you will have free time to explore the sights at leisure before returning to Sipan later in the day.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • By now you will fully appreciate that sea kayaking is easily the best way to explore the islands and Koločep is the ideal place to hone your skills. There are caves, coves and tree topped rocky inlets to be investigated as well as beaches which can only be accessed by sea.

    Should you fancy a change from sea kayaking, there will be snorkelling equipment available. It’s well worth taking to the crystal-clear Adriatic because these waters are a rich source of marine life.

    You would never tire of watching Croatian sunsets but, just to make it even more memorable, how about enjoying the view from a catamaran? You’ll set sail on a two-hour cruise in what is a fitting finale to your Croatian holiday.

    Occasionally, you can see flashes of silvery grey as pods of dolphins swim alongside the boat but, the focus here is very much on the setting sun. The western sky is emblazoned with pastel shades of orange and pink as the burning orb descends into the Adriatic. It is Mother Nature at her very, very best.

    Finally today, proceedings will be brought to a close with a farewell meal in Sipanska Luka. We’re sure that there will be loads of reminiscing about the week before everybody goes their own way tomorrow.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • There are few things more difficult in this life than leaving a Croatian island. However, needs must, and you can be transferred to any of Dubrovnik’s bus station, harbour or airport. Airport transfers will be arranged to coincide with flights departing after 10 am. Earlier transfers can be organised but may be subject to a supplementary payment.

    If you are considering a longer stay in Croatia, then why not look at our other trips or discuss extending your time in Dubrovnik with one of our Travel Experts?

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Šipan Island Guesthouse

Nights: 1-7

During your stay on the laid-back island of Šipan, you’ll stay in a locally-owned guesthouse for a wonderfully authentic stay. Most of the guesthouses are situated close to the beaches or just a short walk from the seafront where you can dine on some of the traditional food of the Dalmatian islands.

Our local experts have inspected the majority of guesthouses in the area but your final accommodation will be confirmed at the time of ticketing. The locally-owned guesthouses are likely to include double or twin en-suite rooms, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Examples include but are not limited to Guesthouse Dubravka (displayed) or Guesthouse Bozo.

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 runs from Saturday to Saturday during the date ranges below.


 

Departure dates between
Sat 28 Sep 2019
to Sat 12 Oct 2019
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Adults£ 615

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 £250pp) 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 18 Apr 2020
to Sat 16 May 2020
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Adults£ 690
Sat 23 May 2020
to Sat 06 Jun 2020
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Adults£ 780
Sat 13 Jun 2020
to Sat 29 Aug 2020
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Adults£ 860
Sat 05 Sep 2020
to Sat 19 Sep 2020
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Adults£ 780
Sat 26 Sep 2020
to Sat 10 Oct 2020
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Adults£ 690

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 4-16 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

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, 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.

Traveller Reviews

We enjoyed all the activities 29 September 2018 by Colin and Pauline Simpson

Our 2 activity guides Luka and Aleks were very enthusiastic and coped well with our large group, taking us out in smaller groups for the activities. They were very informative, friendly and hospitable. They listened to us as a group and took on board any comments. We enjoyed all the activities but perhaps the sunset catamaran sail at the end was a very appropriate end to a lovely island based
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