Trip Details

Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights, Sunday to Sunday
Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik
Accommodations: 3 nights tented camping/3 nights private guest house rooms/1 night full service hotel
Tour Inclusions: 7 nights accommodations, all meals except breakfast day 8, kayak gear, instruction, guiding, transfers, tent & dry bags
Tour Price*: 8800 Kn / €1180 / US$1410 / £1040
Single Supplement*: additional 1225 Kn / €160 / US$195 / £145

2018 Departure Dates: May: 6, 20, 27 / Sep: 2

*prices are in Croatian Kuna: Euro, US$, & GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations

Paddle Dalmatia: Elafiti and Beyond

describe the imagePaddle Dalmatia is an expedition style tour, a way to get to know the whole Dubrovnik region by kayak. We begin by paddling north from Zaton Bay, a beautiful narrow bay two kilometers long just outside of Dubrovnik, to Ston, the border of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Ston was built as a fortress town to defend Dubrovnik from northern invaders. Ston is famous for its well preserved 15th-century defensive walls, the longest in Europe, and salt mines, as well as its delicious mussels and oysters. On the way, we travel along the mainland coast that was once the path of ancient Roman travelers. From Ston, we paddle south, leaving the mainland coast for the outer uninhabited Elafiti Islands of Olipa, Tajan, and Jakljan, to Šipan, the largest and most remote of the three inhabited Elafiti islands we will visit. Šipan has two villages, Suđurađ to the east (closer to Dubrovnik) and Luka Šipanska to the west. The furthedescribe the  imagest out of the inhabited islands in the Elafiti group, Šipan is the least visited by tourists. From Šipan we paddle to Lopud, the middle island of the Elafiti chain. Without roads or cars, Lopud is a charming village of just 200 people. Inhabited from ancient times, Lopud has acquired an interesting combination of old stone houses, palm tree parks, old gorgeous mansions surrounded by orchards of colorful lemon, orange, and kiwi trees. Our last stop before we return to Zaton is Koločep, the closest Elafiti island to Dubrovnik, where we paddle along dramatic cliffs and caves on the outer open-sea side.

Paddle Dalmatia Tour Map

describe the imagedescribe the imageWhile we pack and carry all our gear in our kayaks for the whole tour, we lighten our load after day 3, when we move from tented camping to more luxurious private guesthouse accommodations. We eat fresh and organic delicacies at cozy restaurants and guesthouses. Finally, we are constantly charmed and mesmerized by the old customs and relaxed island lifestyle as well as the rich Mediterranean flora and fauna present in this beautiful area of Croatia.

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Itinerary: Sunday to Sunday

Day 1: Transit day
Arrive in Dubrovnik / car transfer to AKT office; Explore Old City on your own / 4 PM: meet at AKT office to issue gear and pack; Car transfer to Zaton campground; Orientation dinner at a seaside Zaton Bay restaurant

Day 2: 8 – 10 km
Equipment issue / basic paddling and rescue instruction in Zaton Bay/ Paddle north along the coast to Trsteno (Game of Thrones film site); Picnic lunch on a cove beach; Explore Trsteno's famous 15th cent. arboretum/ Camp in an olive grove/ Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3: 18 km
Kayak north to Slano Bay and Slađenovići/ Swim, snorkel, relax in secluded coves/ lunch at Veliki Zali beach bar/ Final night of camping under the stars; Dinner at a family restaurant

Day 4: 18 km
Paddle north to Ston, the Dubrovnik Republic's northermost line of defence/ Overnight in the small village of Broce on Pelješac Penisula/ Hike Ston's meandering hilltop walls, Europeʼs longest defensive stone wall/ dine on Ston's iconic black risotto and mussels

Day 5: 22 km
Leave the coast to paddle south to the outermost uninhabited Elafiti islands, Olipa, Tajan & Jakljan/ Picnic lunch at an abandoned fishermanʼs post/ Overnight in the charming fishing village of Luka Šipanska on Šipan Island/ Dinner at local fish restaurant in the bay

Day 6: 18 km
Paddle Šipan Island's  open sea side alont towering limestone cliffs; stop to swim in hidden Green Cave and cliff jump; Explore Suđurađ's unique church/fort and feast on a 5 course lunch in a family home; Paddle to Lopud island; overnight in Lopud town, the livliest of the 5 Elafiti Island villages

Day 7: 22 km
Paddle the outer side of Lopud island to Koločep Island, the smallest of the 3 inhabited Elafiti Islands/ Snorkel into Blue Cave (seasonal) and climb Koločep's cliffs for spectacular views/ Finish in Zaton Bay/ Car transfer to Dubrovnik/ Farewell dinner in Old Town

Day 8: Transit day
Breakfast on your own in Dubrovnik/ Transfer to airport for departure flights

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