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  • Category: Classic Cruise / Kayak Adventure
  • Season: 21 - 30 September
  • Location: Croatia
  • Cost: US $4550 per person + tax
  • Min Group: 8-12
  • Customizable: Yes

About the trip

Europe’s most spectacular coastline lies in Croatia, where stark serrated mountains meet the sea to form the verdant Dalmatian Coast, graced by over 1000 evocative islands. This archipelago boasts intricate limestone shorelines, romantic sweeps of olive groves and vineyards, and fascinating harbor settlements steeped in centuries of history.

Our expedition begins and concludes in two fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Dubrovnik, one of world’s best preserved walled medieval cities and Trogir, a charming ancient town. In both settlements, experienced local guides lead us on walking tours, bringing the past vividly alive with their stories and in depth knowledge.

During the intervening days our home is a gorgeous 100-foot classic sailing yacht. From this mothership we paddle along dramatic sea cliffs, discover sea caves and pocket beaches only accessible by kayak, and swim in warm, azure water. NASA astronauts claim the Adriatic Sea is the bluest body of water on the planet and after years of paddling its Dalmatian Coast, we can attest to it being the clearest, too!

Our itinerary is not set in stone, but depends on the winds and the whims of the group. Also, our mothership gives use great flexibility. If you feel like a break from paddling, no problem! Relax on board and take in the passing scenery as our trusted crew sails to meet the kayakers at the next exquisite harbour.

Every day, and every island and harbor we visit on this trip is different and unique. As well aspaddling, we go for short hikes to explore historic fortresses, wander through bucolic landscapes, and get happily lost amid the labyrinths of tiny streets in timeless Venetian villages, stopping to sip great coffee under the shade of bourgenvillea. This multi-activity adventure, with its mix of superb landscapes, history, culture and great food and wines, is not to be missed!

 

Note: A detailed packing list will be shared with you once you have signed up for the trip

Duration – 10 days
Acco - hotels 2 nights
Classic Yacht - 7 nights
Begin / End - Dubrovnik/Trogir or Trogir/Dubrovnik, depending on the departure


More Info:
How do I get there?

You can reach Croatia from a number of European hubs. Croatia Airlines has connections from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. British Airways and Easy Jet also offer some connections from the UK.

Cost Inclusive of

1.  All ground transportation
2.  Airport transfers on the first and last days of the trip
3.  kayak guiding, instruction and equipment
4.  All accommodation and most meals (two lunches might be on your own)
6.  Cultural tour guiding and entrance fees


Cost Not Inclusive of

1.  International flights
2.  Internal flights
3.  Visa processing fees
4.  Beverages and alcoholic drinks .
5.  Personal insurance and gratuities
6.  Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation (We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.)
7.  Any expenditure of personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, bike rentals and others not mentioned in the itinerary

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What are the physical activities on the trip and what level of fitness do I need?

A reasonable level of fitness is required. Typically, we have two kayak excursions a day, each for approximately two to three hours. We have several cultural walking tours, do some hiking over easy terrain, and biking might also be an option on a couple of the islands. Depending on our anchorage, we can often swim from our mothership.

Do I have to be an experience Kayaker?

No. This is trip is suitable for all levels of kayakers, including beginners. If you are a beginner kayaker, however, we recommend that before the trip you take an introductory day course just to put yourself at ease. During the trip we will be offering some kayak instruction and tips on technique, as well as a demonstration of assisted rescue.

I’m more into physical activity than my travelling partner, is that a problem?

One of the beauties of Hidden Places trips is that they offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of activities. If one of you isn’t so keen on kayaking, or if you just feel like taking a break, you can relax on the yacht and enjoy the spectacular scenery as it sails to our rendezvous point.

Itinerary

Day 1 
Saunter through the narrow, cobblestone alleys of Dubrovnik’s old town to a traditional restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 
Explore the massive walls and ramparts that make Dubrovnik one of the world’s most celebrated medieval cities.  Enjoy a spread of prosciutto, local cheeses and crusty bread onboard your mothership as she sets sail for the Elaphite Islands.  

Day 3
Steer your kayak through the deep blue Adriatic Sea, past massive towers of white limestone. Feast on mussels “Buzara” in a sun-drenched village.
 
Day 4 
Hike into Mljet National Park for a swim in the protected, crystal clear waters of an intertidal lagoon. 

Day 5 
Paddle to the spectacular, walled town of Korcula. Our local guide regales you with stories of Marco Polo's battles here. Climb up a medieval turret to enjoy a sweeping view and a cocktail.

Day 6 
Go on a shopping spree in the exquisite little boutiques of Hvar. Finish the day in our favourite harbor-side restaurant for some seafood straight off the charcoal grill.

Day 7 
Tuck into a sea cave with your kayak and then follow a weather beaten coastline to a hidden beach for a leisurely swim. Return to your mothership for dinner under the stars.

Day 8 
Tour a wine cellar and taste some of the local offerings. Celebrate the last evening aboard your mothership and say farewell to Captain Niko and his lovely crew.

Day 9 
A local historian shows you ancient Trogir, one of the oldest human settlements in the Mediterranean and now a World Heritage Site. 

Day 10 
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and head home or continue your onward travels.

Trip Ends Here!

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