Croatia Family Adventure
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The Dalmatian Coast is known for sun-drenched beaches, idyllic islands and calm waters. These can be experienced in any number of ways on land and by sea. Dubrovnik often takes much of the attention as the best example of local culture and history, but there are many historic towns and villages worth exploring. With such a fantastic climate and so much to see and do, it is the perfect place for a family holiday. We split our time between the capital city and the village of Lumbarda on the island of Korcula. Combining relaxation with activities such as sea kayaking, a visit to a national park and treasure hunts round city walls to really discover our surroundings. Throw in some free time to relax and you have just the right combination for a relaxing fun week in Croatia.
* All breakfasts and 3 lunches are included.
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
Our trip starts with a briefing at our Dubrovnik hotel. If there’s time we’ll head out for a quick walk for our first look at the city and its unmistakable fortifications.
Transfer to Korcula, visit mediaeval Ston en route; free afternoon at the
beach or pool.
Setting off after breakfast we say goodbye to Dubrovnik and explore the Peljesac Peninsula as we aim for our island base of Korcula. En route we stop to see Ston, which these days is a relatively quiet town on the coast. It should take us around 1 hour to get there depending on traffic, though around Dubrovnik this can be heavy. Ston’s main claim to fame is the enormous city walls built to defend it centuries ago. These were originally over 7km long and in parts are over 6 metres thick. They are sometimes referred to as Europe’s answer to the Great Wall of China and we’ll find out why by taking a stroll (though not the full distance!) along them, stopping to enjoy a wonderful panormamic view that includes the saltworks, a key part of the town’s lifeblood today. After a walk round the walls you’ll have some free time to have lunch. There are a few restaurants in Ston, and also a supermarket should you prefer to grab a few bits for a picnic lunch. To reach Lumbarda, our base for the next five nights, we drive towards the end of the peninsula and take a ferry. The trip is short, only about 15 minutes, but gives us great views over the islands and coast. This gives us another chance to enjoy the surroundings, especially on sunny days as we make our way across the water. We should arrive at our hotel in late afternoon, in time to unpack and try out the swimming pool.
We explore the hidden bays and secluded inlets of Korcula on a snorkeling and
Croatia is famous for its coastlines for a reason, and there’s no better way to experience them than from the water. The seas here are calm, warm and clear and the kayaks are easy to manoeuvre so we can access some of the more secluded bays, best beaches and great snorkel spots. We’ll take a snack with us to keep our energy levels up, which we can enjoy on one of the islands. The excellent visibility of the water means we’re likely to see schools of fish, crabs, possibly an octopus or two, starfish and sea urchins. We do also come ashore to visit Badija and Vrnik, home to some beautiful old houses and a great spot to relax.Once the tour has finished we’ll have a light lunch.We’ll use double kayaks, be provided relevant safety equipment such as buoyancy aids, have a safety briefing and will have a support boat to carry essentials.
Morning donkey trek along the coast, afternoon treasure hunt in Korcula
There is, unsurprisingly, some coastline to explore on the island and we reprise a traditional form of transport to do so, the donkey! After a short transfer to a nearby village we are introduced to our steeds and mount up. Naturally any children not wishing to ride can simply walk alongside as we’ll proceed at a gentle pace, and adults will be on foot. Along the way we’ll learn from the guides how donkeys played a key part in the island transporting goods for many years. The donkeys we will ride are provided by a local, or rather, an Australian returning to the roots of his ancestors who decided to revive the fast-fading tradition of travel on four hooves.Along the way we can stop for a swim and to enjoy the peaceful surroundings before finishing at a locally-owned and run agritourism in Simunovo for a traditonal Croatian dish. Called a ‘Peka’, it is essentially potatoes and bread baked under iron bell, grilled vegetables and grilled chicken or pork, vegetable salad. We then transfer back to Korcula town for a treasure hunt to reveal its past, and an even more famous previous inhabitant. Hint – think explorers!
Full day trip to Mljet National Park for walking, swimming canoeing or
We start with a fun water taxi ride to the island of Mljet, one of the best known national parks on the Daltmatian Coast. The island has so many facets, from the forests, fields and vineyards to the pretty villages. It also has the peculiarity of having two huge saltwater lakes, created from the sea via a small canyon. We take a look at the southwestern part of the island with a short walk to see the lakes for ourselves and take the opportunity to have a swim – or in this case float – in the salty water. Our guide will prepare a picnic meaning we can make the most of our time here. We then have the option to canoe, cycle or have a swim all under our own steam, before taking a late afternoon water taxi back to Korcula.
Whizz back to Dubrovnik on the catamaran; afternoon time to explore the
famous city walls; optional visit to Lokrum Island or cable car to Srd.
Everyone should well and truly have their sea legs by now as we hop on a catamaran to zip back across to Dubrovnik. The local catamaran services are much faster than the ferries and a fun ride. The sight of the city walls from the water reinforces just how imposing they must have looked to approaching ships. This is a wonderful city well worth our time, and we have a few options. The guided tour is booked for tomorrow, so taking time out to relax today is definitely on the menu, however there’s also the chance to go to the island of Lokrum for a walk in the shady pine forest or follow the coast with swimsuits at the ready. There are also the ruins of a Benedictine Monastery to roam for those looking for a bit of culture. Another alternative is to take the cable car up to the top of Srd, a low mountain just behind the magnificent city walls of Dubrovnik. From here the main attraction are the amazing views back over Dubrovnik itself. The evening presents an opportunity for a gentle stroll and dinner in one of the many restaurants.
We discover the history and hidden side of Dubrovnik with a guided tour and
Our last full day in Croatia begins with a guided tour of the Old Town, a maze of small streets of polished stone, opening out into little squares. It’s worth paying attention, to gather some key information that will come in handy later in the day. The scavenger hunt itself will take place later on, when we can climb the city walls and visit the impressive bastions and look out across the sparkling waters dotted with lush islands like Elaphites, Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep. It’s hard not to wax lyrical when describing these views, but of course they are even better first hand.
It’s time to say goodbye as our trip ends in Dubrovnik.