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VISITING: Croatia BROCHURE CODE: 5549
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Based on Sipan Island, this is the active way to explore Europe’s grandest coastal city and the breathtaking Dalmatian Coast. Several gentle activities (sea kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling, walking and sunset sailing) help you to discover the coastal fortress of Dubrovnik and three Croatian islands, Lopud, Koločep and Sipan. The activities last between 2 and 5 hours leaving you with plenty of time to relax, explore, delve into the local history and culture and sample the Mediterranean cuisine.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 7 nights at the 3-star Guesthouse Dubravka 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 (the granny 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

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Guesthouse Dubravka, Sipan Island

Nights: 1-7

This traditionally stone-built guesthouse has only six bedrooms so early booking is absolutely essential. It is situated right on the seafront in the small village of Šipanska Luka in the northwest of Sipan Island. With the beach just a few steps away, and a lovely harbour lined with palm trees, the location could hardly be better.

The six bedrooms have either a double bed or two singles. They are traditionally furnished with villa-type shuttered windows, have en-suite facilities and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. A few of the rooms have small balconies.

The seafront restaurant is downstairs and serves delicious food that is typical of the Dalmatian islands. Fish and seafood feature prominently as do traditional dishes such as beef goulash and “pig on a spit”. The village is small and there are not many restaurants, so it is worth booking a table for the nights when dinner is not included.

The seafront terrace is a lovely, lovely place to relax with a drink and a meal. Sitting under the palm trees and watching the sun set into the Adriatic has to be one of life’s simplest yet most rewarding of pleasures.

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 29 Sep 2018
to Sat 27 Oct 2018
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Adults£ 570

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, 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. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

 

Departure dates between
Sat 13 Apr 2019
to Fri 24 May 2019
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Adults£ 610
Sat 25 May 2019
to Fri 14 Jun 2019
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Adults£ 700
Sat 15 Jun 2019
to Fri 06 Sep 2019
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Adults£ 775
Sat 07 Sep 2019
to Fri 27 Sep 2019
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Adults£ 700
Sat 28 Sep 2019
to Sat 26 Oct 2019
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Adults£ 610

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 4-16 people

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers, you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday, then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Unless otherwise stated in the 'Key Facts', 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

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.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

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
In almost all our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

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.



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