Paddle Dalmatia combines camping in olive groves on the mainland coast with nights spent at traditional old stone guesthouses on islands. Paddle Dalmatia travels further afield than Island Hopping, north to the Pelješac Peninsula and the outer uninhabited islands in the Elafiti archipelago. Highlights include six days of paddling and overnights at campgrounds and in villages without many tourists. Meals are in family-owned restaurants and packed picnics in more remote areas. The kayaking is moderately challenging and invigorating, but not overly demanding, as we move at our own pace.
Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights, Sun-Sun
Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik
Accommodations: 3 nights tented camping/ 4 nights private guest house rooms.
Tour Inclusions: 7 nights accommodations, all meals except dinner day 7 in Dubrovnik & breakfast day 8, kayak gear, instruction, guiding, transfers, mountaineering tents
Tour Price: 10055 Kn / €1335 / US$1530 / £1140
Single Supplement*: additional 1400Kn / €185 / US$220 / £165
2022 Departure Dates: May: 8, 22.
Custom tour dates upon request for groups of 4 or more. PD tour is not offered in summertime when campground are crowded with RVs
prices are in Croatian Kunas: Euro, US$, & GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations
While 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.
Day 1: Transit day
Arrive in Dubrovnik/ car transfer to AKT's ofﬁce in Old Town/ sight see. 4 PM: meet at AKT ofﬁce for gear issue and luggage storage. Car transfer to overnight 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. Overnight camp in an olive grove/ dinner at a Trsteno's only restaurant
Day 3: 18 km
Kayak north to Slano Bay/ swim, snorkel, relax in secluded coves along the way. Final night of camping under the stars/ dinner at a family restaurant in Slano
Day 4: 18 km
Paddle north to the walled town of Ston, historically Dubrovnik's northernmost line of defense. Overnight in a guesthouse in Broce village on Pelješac Peninsula. Hike Ston's meandering hilltop walls/ dine on the region's iconic black risotto and mussels
Day 5: 22 km
Leave the coast, paddling south to the outermost uninhabited Elaﬁti islands, Olipa,
Day 6: 18 km
Paddle Šipan Island's open sea side along towering limestone cliffs/ stop to cliff-jump and swim in Green Cave. Explore Suđurađ's ancient stone churches and family fortress/ feast on a 5 course lunch in a family home. Paddle to Lopud island/ overnight in Lopud town, the liveliest of the Elafiti Island towns
Day 7: 22 km
Paddle the outer side of Lopud island to Koločep Island, the smallest of the 3 inhabited Elafiti Islands. Snorkel in Blue Cave (seasonal)/ climb Koločep's cliffs for spectacular views/ finish in Zaton Bay. Overnight in Dubrovnik or Zaton Bay guesthouse/ dinner on your own at one of Dubrovnik or Zaton's many fine restaurants
Day 8: Transit day*
Breakfast on your own in Dubrovnik/ Zaton. Transfer to airport for departure ﬂight
* you may make a departure flight at any time