Too busy to devote an entire week to kayak touring in Europe? Or do you simply crave a long weekend getaway filled with sunshine, outdoor activities, and great food? Take a Short Break! Like our Island Hopping Tour, AKT’s Short Break Tour offers the beauty of the Elafiti Archipelago region, geared for travelers who are on a tighter timeline. Short Break Tours are based on Lopud Island near Dubrovnik.
Trip Length: 5 days/4 nights/ Days 1 & 5 are transit days/ tour starts at 4 PM on Day 1 & ends early on Day 5
Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik
Accommodations: Island guest house rooms with private bathrooms, towels and linens, refrigerators, and A/C. Guesthouses are chosen for their character, friendly owners, and easy access to the sea, village restaurants, shops, and kayak base
Tour Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, kayak & snorkeling gear, instruction, guiding, airport & ferry transfers, meals as specified per meal plan
Flexi-Meal Tour Price*: €845 / US$930 / £735. Includes: 3 breakfasts/ 3 lunches/ 2 dinners
Full Meal Plan*: €910 / US$1000 / £790. Includes: 3 breakfasts/ 3 lunches/ dinner all 4 nights.
Single Supplement*: additional €130 / US$140 / £110
2023 Departure Dates: Apr: upon request / May: 5, 13, 22, 27 / Jun: 13, 19, 27 / Jul: 2, 12, 26 / Aug: 7, 11, 25 / Sep: 1, 29 / Oct: upon request
*Tours are priced in Euros. US$, GBP, and HRK prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Posted prices reflect FX rates May 9, 2023.
Short Break Tour start dates coincide with days 1-5 of weeklong Island Hopping or Best of Balkans tours. Short Break ends early on Day 5; the weeklong tours continue for 3 additional days.
Like our weeklong Island Hopping tour, Short Break offers the beauty of the Elafiti Archipelago, geared for travelers on a tighter timeline. The 50-minute ferry ride immediately gives you a feeling of open space and tranquility, surrounded by the calm, blue Adriatic Sea and views of the mountainous coastline and green islands. The small village of Lopud, the only village on the island, is a charming town without roads and cars. The pace of town life follows nature- it awakens just like nature in springtime, in April/May; it picks up during the long days of summer; it slows again sometime in October.
Our guesthouse rooms are located in family homes near the walking promenade that runs the length of the U-shaped bay, with easy access to small shops, cafes, ice cream stands, and swimming spots.
Meals are a highlight: long and leisurely in lovely outdoor settings with views of the sea and nearby islands. Seafood is local and freshly caught; produce is organic and likely grown on the island; dairy and packaged products arrive daily by ferry. Postira, the local ferry, is a focal point of life on the island. Locals swarm to the pier to meet incoming ferries to unload baskets of fresh bread, cases of beer and wine, and packaged goods. Dinners rotate among the 10 plus restaurants on the island. Lunches are at small family-owned restaurants while kayaking.
Lopud is the perfect base for kayaking and exploring the Elaﬁti Islands. We take in the island's relaxed way of life and old traditional customs. We explore ancient ruins and feast on fresh seafood and home-grown garden delights surrounded by the brilliant blue sea and sunshine.
Day 1: Transit day
Arrive in Dubrovnik/ airport transfer/ sight-see Old Town on our own. 4 PM ferry to Lopud Island. Explore Lopud's only village/ swim/ orientation dinner at an island restaurant
Day 2: 7 km / 15 km with St. Andrew Island extension
Equipment issue/ basic paddling and rescue instruction in Lopud Bay/ paddle the outer side of Lopud along limestone cliffs to Šunj beach/ relax, swim and lunch at Šunj beach. Optional paddle to St Andrew's Island or hike to a hilltop Byzantine fortress or 10th century church. Leave kayaks at Šunj/ walk back to town
Day 3: 18 km
Morning hike to kayaks at Š
Day 4: 12 km
Morning hike to kayaks at Šunj/ kayak from Š
Day 5: Transit Day*
Early morning ferry to Dubrovnik/ transfer to airport for departure ﬂight
* The early ferry departs Lopud at 6:20, arriving in Dubrovnik at 7:10. You may make a departure flight at 9 am or later. You may opt for a later ferry, 12:10 pm, if you don't have immediate onward travel plans.