Our most flexible and luxurious tour package makes its base on Mljet, the legendary island where Homer’s Odysseus spent seven years on his epic journey home from the Trojan War. Today, visitors are drawn to this densely forested island’s extraordinary beauty and tranquility.
Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights, Saturday to Friday
Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik
Accommodations: 2 nights private guest house rooms/ 3 nights full-service hotel/ Day 6 Dubrovnik accommodation not included in tour price
Tour Price*: 9500 Kn / €1275 / US$1460 / £1135
Tour inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, all meals except dinner Day 6, equipment, instruction, guiding, airport & ferry transfers, park fees
Single Supplement: additional 1720 Kn / €230 / US$265 / £205
2020 Departure Dates: Apr: 25 / May: 16 / Sept: 19 / Oct: 3
*prices are in Croatian Kuna: Euro, US$, & GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations
Largely uninhabited, almost one-third of the island has been designated a national park, protecting Mljet from the influx of tourism that characterizes much of Croatia. A park hallmark is its two inland saltwater lakes, one of which is home to a 12th century Benedictine Monastery that is the island’s symbol. The park has a network of hiking and biking trails covering the entire northwestern tip of the island.
We spend three nights in a guest house in the small village of Kozarica and three nights in Hotel Odisij, the island’s only hotel. This full-service hotel offers a range of dining options, as well as satellite television, Internet access, beach and lounge areas, windsurfing, sailing, diving, and cultural excursions.
Daily tour activities include paddling in protected water to nearby islands, leisurely hikes around the inland lakes, and challenging hill climbs on bicycles.* Tour highlights include your final day of kayaking — you will paddle from the open sea, through the narrow channel opening in the cliff walls, and into the island’s inland lakes — and your hike to the legendary Odysseus cave to swim and snorkel.
Whatever unique path or paddle your group chooses to take each day, it will be an enriching and revitalizing experience. If it’s peace and tranquility you seek, plus a little pampering, come to Mljet.
*Daily kayaking, biking, and hiking routes and distances are determined by the group and the weather.
Day 1: Transit Day
Arrive Dubrovnik by 2 PM/ Transfer to 5 PM ferry to Mljet Island/ Check into guesthouse/ Family-style dinner at Koxarica guesthouse
Day 2: 8 km kayak, swim, snorkel
Introductory kayak instruction in harbor/ paddle Kozarica to Ploče/ swim and snorkel on the uninhabited islands en route/ lunch at Ploče restaurant
Day 3: 8 km kayak
Paddle Ploče to Pomena, National Park Headquarters/ lunch in Pomena/ afternoon hike in National Park/ check into hotel
Day 4: flexible itinerary
Guided bike ride to villages in the park and/or hike to lookout post for spectacular views of the park's inland lakes, open sea & islands/ swim and relax at the hotel beach
Day 5: 16 km kayak
Paddle Mljet's open seaside/ picnic lunch in a small bay/ kayak to the channel leading to Mljet's iconic inland lakes, Veliko jezero (big lake) and Malo jezero (small lake).
Day 6: Slow return to Dubrovnik by car & ferry/ explore Mljet's less-visited parts outside the park/ hike to the Odysseus Cave/ lunch in Saplanara/ visit a traditional vineyard/ late afternoon return to Dubrovnik
Day 7: Transit Day: transfer to airport for departure flights