Family kayaking week

Croatia

Dubrovnik

7 nights, 8 days
Prog Code - DUB-KYK
Prices from £649 pp
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Imagine paddling your way through the glorious blue Mediterranean waters in the southern Adriatic Sea! Well, this doesn’t have to remain a dream, as the Elaphati Islands await you this summer, for the ultimate teenage family kayak holiday in Croatia. Travelling from the wonderful city of Dubrovonik you will be based on the Islands of Lopud and Sipan, cruising across dramatic coastlines, whilst stopping on warm sandy beaches, swimming in clear waters and snorkeling among the aquatic life. You will also discover exclusive and charming villages, rich in history, sparsely populated and perfect for all types of active families.

A typical day will include approximately 15 to 20 km of sea kayaking, stops for swims and fully guided by our friendly team. We will collect your family each morning from the accommodation, and prepare you for the day ahead. Fully supported by our guides who are expert in the field of Croatia kayak trips. Together, we’ll discover secluded beaches, aqua caves and enjoy traditional fresh foods. As your confidence increases, self-guided kayaking is possible and certainly worth considering. If you want to escape the waters, then free time can be used to wander the islands. For sure, our family sea kayaking holidays offer true natural beauty, reasonable prices and authentic local experiences. From start to finish, we will provide a stress free itinerary that suits all your needs, creating both a relaxing retreat and a journey that most of our families describe as epic fun!

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Key Points

  • Fully guided
  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Start / End days are Sunday
  • Explore the Elaphati Islands
  • Breathtaking cliffs and coastline
  • Own explorations.
  • Swimming and snorkeling time
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  • Itinerary
  • Dates/Prices
  • Accommodation
  • Reviews
  • FAQs

Day 1: Arrival day

Includes: Overnight on Lopud Island

 We will transfer you from the airport to Dubrovnik city centre. We’ll have free time to enjoy discovering one of the most iconic cities of Europe. Early evening, we depart by ferry to the picturesque island of Lopud. With virtually no traffic and drenched in fresh vegetation, the island of Lopud is the perfect tranquil start for family kayaking holidays in Croatia. The limestone cottages and 16th century castles add to the seductive scenery, and it won’t be long until you’ve settled into the Mediterranean mood.

Day 2: Island of Kolocep

Includes: breakfast & 3 hours paddling: 7 km + a futher optional 7km= 14 km / 2 hours snorkelling and swimming /

Overnight on Lopud Island: dinner

 This morning, breakfast will be served in style on the warm balcony of the village restaurant. Soon after, we gather with our guides on the shallow bay to cover the essential paddling skills. Safety is priority for our Kayak family adventure holidays. From there you begin your first kayaking expedition along Lopuds scenic coast to Sunj, the most beautiful beach of the Elaphati islands. Here, you will get a chance to swim in the warm sea, and play the family game of picigin. The game entails keeping a ball out of shallow water, so make sure you get the youngsters on your team! From there, it will be your choice to continue paddling to the island of St Andrew, or take stock and relax on the beach.

Day 3: Kolocep – Lopud

Includes: breakfast & 3 hours paddling= approx 15 km / 3 hours swimming And snorkelling / Overnight in Lopud

 After a good nights sleep in your cosy guesthouse, you will be preparing to paddle along the coast of the enchanting Kolocep Island. Kolocep will fascinate you with its many sides. The steep cliffs enriched with green forests are a stark contrast to the quiet inner beauty of the scattered villages. Of course there will be many stops, for pictures and play.

Day 4: Lopud - Trsteno – Brsecinee

Includes: breakfast & 3 hours paddling (approx 15 km) / 3 hours swimming and snorkelling / Overnight in Lopud

 Today will ensure your paddling skills, as the family sea kayaking trip continues. To begin we paddle across to Tresteno via the Kolocep channel. As an old sea merchant’s village, Tresteno will excite you with its famous histories and rare nature trails, full of wild plant and tree species, hidden in a beautiful 15th century Renaissance arbotorium. Here resides many other wonderous monuments, including a church, Barouque fountain and architecture, historically built for the upper classess of the Elaphati Islands. Next,  your Croatia kayaking holiday will continue to the pebble beach of Brsecine. Here is the oppurtunity to snorkel and swim, as well as exploring hidden caves and secluded areas.

Day 5: Lopud – Sipan

Includes: breakfast & 2 hours paddling =approx 9 km / 3 hours snorkelling and swimming

Overnight in Suduradj village [Sipan Island]

 Today, is the discovery of Sipan, ‘The Golden Island’. As the largest Island of the Elaphati’s, Sipan is a must-see for all of our recommended family kayak trips. The Island is sparsely populated, giving an air of instant tranquility. There are no noisy beaches here or distracting sounds, welcome to the Island of peace and stillness. This amazing day completes in a beautiful fisherman village called ‘Suduradj’ , covered with delightful limestone houses and home to two Renaissance Castles.

Day 6: Sudjuradj - Sipanska Luka

Includes: breakfast & 3 hours paddling= approx 14km / 3 hours paddling and snorkelling  
Overnight in Suduradj village [Sipan Island]

 Undoubtedly kayaking Croatian islands continues to be a favourite past time for many of our staff here at Green World Holidays, and our time on this sleepy Island ranks amongst the best. Today, we continue to unravel the Sipan secrets, exploring deeper into its fascinating histories and hidden offerings. We start the day by sea kayaking to Luka Sipanska, which was once the centre of authority for the Dubrovonik Republic. Alongside our knowledgable guide, we will visit historical and cultural sites including manor houses and historical castles. Even the youngsters will be impressed by its lively stories of pirates, royal family and conquerers. Later today, the family kayaking tour turns back to Sudjuradj village, for a further night of relaxation. As always, its good food for all, a glass of wine for mum, cold beer for dad and watch the sunset, to complete another  truly charming day.

Day 7: Chill or self guided kayaking

Includes: breakfast & 4 hours paddling= approx 19 km / 2 hours swimming and snorkelling

Overnight in Suduradj village [Sipan Island]

 For your final full day, it is time to take your kayaking adventure holidays to the next level. A self guided paddle awaits! This is optional of course, as many families choose to relax on the beach, take an easy hike or rent some mountain bikes. Take to the kayaks, explore, discover and love the freedom. If you dont want to kayak, then sun bathe, relax and just play. Its your summer holiday in Croatia, so enjoy it your way.

Day 8: Departure day

Includes: breakfast if leaving after 8am [earlier ferry’s will be too early for food servings]

After an exciting and unforgettable week, we take the hassle out of the journey home, transferring you straight from the island to Dubrovonik airport. Rest assured you will have many a story when back home! Please keep in touch with us, we want to know if this was the best family sea kayak adventure ever!

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7 nights, 8 days.

From £ 649.00 pp

2017 Dates available: 

JUNE: 3rd – 10th June | 10th – 17th June | 17th – 24th June | 24th Jun – 1st July

JULY: 1st – 8th July | 8th – 15th July | 15th – 22nd July | 22nd – 29th July | 29th July – 5th Aug

AUGUST: 5th – 12th Aug | 12th – 19th Aug | 19th – 26th Aug | 26th Aug – 3rd Sept

7 nights, 8 days.  From: £ 649 pp

Price includes:

  • 4 nights guesthouse on the island of Lopud
  • 3 nights guesthouse on the island of Sipan
  • 7 x breakfasts
  • 2 x delicious dinners
  • 1 x lunch
  • Ferry tickets included
  • Airport transfers [Dubrovnik airport]
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Fully equipped double kayaks [single kayaks possible, but limited to your experience & age]
  • Qualified guides

  Price excludes:

  • Bikes can be rented on Lopud & Sipan
  • Holiday & activity insurance is not included
  • Flights are not included [helpful flight links in the FAQ tab]. Nearest airport is Dubrovnik

 More information:

  • Arrival & departures start on Sunday. Pre/post day extensions can be arranged
  • Our prices vary by dates & promotional periods. Offer prices are based on two people sharing, unless stated otherwise in your tailor made offer.
  • The order of activities can change, as can our route plan. This is for our guests safety.
  • The minimum group number to operate this holiday is 4 people. Private tours can be arranaged.
  • Minimum age is 14 years old. 
  • NO ATM machines on Sipan Island
  • Older teenagers can use single kayaks – but experience must be discussed.
  • Upgrades to luxury and boutique accommodation is possible on Lopod Island but not Sipan. The cost to upgrade for 4 star styling – will be approx. another £150 – £200 per person

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Accommodation

Even at the height of the summer holiday season both Sipan & Lopud island have a very calm atmosphere, perfect for family activity holidays in Croatia. The accommodation types we use are a mixture of private: guest houses, apartments and studios. They are maintained with care & attention – and receive great reviews from our guests. Rooming is shared, with two people per room, and family apartments are often avalable too. Where you will be staying can be best described as; simple, comfortable and clean, with private bathrooms. Of course – bed linens and towels are provided in the package price [although we advise to bring 1 x big beach towel].

It’s important to note, these are not luxury boutique accommodations. They don’t all offer modern AC units, but rooms without AC will have portable cooling fans. You will be staying within walking distance to cafes, beaches and restaurants – but some portering of your own bags will be expected. It’s important to have the right expectations before you travel – so do discuss any questions you have regarding our family kayak trips. Upgrades to luxury and boutique accommodation is possible on Lopod Island but not Sipan. The cost to upgrade for 4 star styling – will be approx. another £150 – £199 per person

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  • Flights to Dubrovnik

    Q: Are flights included in this package?
    A: No. The price shown excludes flights. In the era of low cost airlines and self check-ins, we leave our clients to book this separately. Below we offer advice and useful links. Of course, please call to discuss flights – we can offer years of experience.

    Q: Where shall we fly too?
    A: Dubrovnik 

    Q: Can you suggest airlines to use?
    A: Yes – see below: 

    EasyJet – www.easyjet.com
    Gatwick – Dubrovnik
    Stansted – Dubrovnik

    Monarch – www.monarch.co.uk
    Gatwick – Dubrovnik
    Birmingham – Dubrovnik
    Manchester – Dubrovnik

    British airways – www.britishairways.com
    Gatwick – Dubrovnik

    Ryan Air – www.ryanair.com
    Gatwick – Dubrovnik

    Thomson Airways – http://flights.thomson.co.uk/
    Gatwick – Dubrovnik

    Jet 2 – www.jet2.com
    Manchester – Dubrovnik
    Newcastle – Dubrovnik
    Leeds – Dubrovnik
    East Midlands – Dubrovnik

    Lufthansa Airlines – www.lufthansa.com
    Heathrow – Dubrovnik [1 x connecting stop / indirect flight]

    Austrian Airlines – www.austrian.com
    Heathrow – Dubrovnik [1x connecting stop / indirect flight]

    Croatia Airlines – www.croatiaairlines.com
    Heathrow – Zagreb [connecting flights to Dubrovnik]

    Wizz Air – http://wizzair.com
    Luton – Split [bus connections to Dubrovnik– 4 hour one way]

  • Insurance

    Q: Should I take out insurance before travelling?
    A: Yes. It’s part of our booking terms & conditions that you must have ‘travel’ and ‘activity’ insurance when making a booking with our company. This insurance must cover all aspects of the booking you have made with us, and for the duration of your travel dates.

  • Fitness

    Q: Tell me about the fitness levels required
    A: A moderate fitness level is required and our holidays are not suitable for pregnant women. We ask client’s to be of good health and state of mind. It is not suitable for persons with learning difficulties, and importantly – a person’s mental age must match their adults age & strength. If you suffer with any disabilities, please disclose this information during your enquiry. If this information is not disclosed before booking with us, we have the right to cancel your holiday – in part or full without refund.

  • Age restrictions

    Q: Is there a minimum age?

    A: Some holidays and activities have a minimum age requirement – ask your 1-1 manager

    Q: What if we have a mix of ages, not just teens?

    A: If you have a mix of ages for example 14, 10 and 7 then unfortunately the 7 year old would not be able to take part. However some families still choose to come and parents will take it in turns to child-mind. Or we can tailor make a special trip for you!

    Q: Do you age match groups?

    A: Where ever possible, we try our best too ! And we try to gender match !

    Q: Is there a maximum age?
    A: The answer is related to fitness. Can you cope with the physical demands of the activities. 

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