Visit: Dubrovnik, Koločep, Ston, Crna Gora, Mostar, Crna Gora, Dubrovnik
Activity: Hiking, sightseeing, nature, Local Culture, History
From the sandy beaches, turquoise bays and ancient towns of Croatias Dalmatian coast to the mountains of Montenegro, well raft the cold, green waters of the Tara River Canyon and sea kayak the most breathtaking coastline in the Mediterranean. Guests will feast on local seafood and rich ethnic cuisine; discover the cultural textures, lush landscapes, unique history of the region and sleep in quaint guesthouses and charming cabins. This journey is a sea kayakers dream and explorers delightthe perfect blend of relaxation, cultural immersion and adventure.Trip Highlights Sea kayak crystal blue waters to Sunji Beach along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Swim & snorkel in the glowing Blue Cave at Bisevo Visit the Renaissance garden at Trstenos Aboretum Hike at The Walled City of Kotor Raft the Tara River in Durmitor National Park
Product Code: 127846
Guide Language: english
Starts: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finishes: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 9 days
Physical rating: Basic
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Our trip officially begins at the Dubrovnik Airport where a local representative will meet you. From the airport, we head to the Old City, where we board our ferry to Lopud Island. Lopud is a quaint island with a single village (population roughly 150) tucked into a horseshoe bay, with no roads or cars. Lopud is the middle of the three inhabited Elafiti Islands and is the perfect base for sea kayaking and exploring the Elafiti Archipelago. After checking in to our private guest house, there will be time for a swim or perhaps a short hike to explore this peaceful island. Enjoy a welcome dinner on our private dining terrace overlooking Lopud Bay.
After breakfast, we will outfit everyone with a paddle, PFD and spray skirt. We will also go over basic paddling and rescue instruction in the calm, warm waters of Lopud Bay. This morning we’ll paddle the outer side of Lopud Island along limestone cliffs to Sunj Beach, a shallow bay with warm crystal waters (approximate 4-mile paddle). We will have lunch at the beach bar among the colorful umbrellas and inviting sun lounges. After lunch we can relax on the beach, swim, SUP (stand up paddleboard), or roam the hiking trails to a hilltop fortress. For kayakers seeking a longer paddling day, there is an optional paddle to the uninhabited Sv Andrija Island (approximately 9 miles). Lopud’s waterfront promenade features stone houses surrounded by palms, cypress and citrus trees, and subtropical gardens. We visit a Franciscan monastery dating from 1483 with a cloister and defense tower, housing 16th and 17th century works of art. Afterward, leaving our kayaks and paddling gear at Sunj, we’ll take the 20 minute stroll across the island back to our guesthouse.
Today we begin our longest paddling day (approximately 13 miles) with an early breakfast. After the short hike back to our kayaks at Sunj Beach, we set off for Kolocep Island. Our circumnavigation of the dramatic, wind carved coastline is broken up with snorkeling in Blue Cave and swimming in a secluded cove surrounded by towering cliffs. For the daring, cliff jumping is possible from the steep cliffs that rise abruptly from the sea. Lunch is at a charming little restaurant we paddle right up to in the smaller of the two villages on Kolocep Island. We return to our guesthouse on Lopud for a well-earned dinner featuring local fare.
We begin the day with our familiar morning hike to the boats at Sunj before we begin our paddle to the mainland. We’ll visit Trsteno’s Aboretum – the oldest Renaissance garden in Dalmatia – rich in exotic plants with its massive plane-trees (over 400 years old), palms, eucalyptus and camphor. The protected park includes a villa, pavilions, an aqueduct, beautiful fountains, an olive mill and exquisite garden architecture. Trsteno and its gorgeous stone villas also serve as a filming location for “Game of Thrones.” After our return paddle (approximately 9 miles round-trip), we’ll take in the sunset as we enjoy our final dinner on Lopud.
An early morning ferry takes us back to Dubrovnik, as we begin our journey on to Montenegro and the remarkable Tara Canyon. The transition from Adriatic coastal life to the alpine rivers, canyons and peaks of northern Montenegro is an adventure in itself! A series of narrow switch-back roads and natural stone tunnels mark our path on this scenic drive to the inland mountains. Along the way we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of The Walled City of Kotor, with its dramatic fjord like bay. Kotor is locked between the blue sea on one side and a dramatically steep cliff on the other. A two-hour hike affords us beautiful panoramic views of this unique area. Upon arrival at our riverside camp, we’ll make ourselves at home in the log cabins before a welcoming dinner by the bonfire.
Today we will raft the final 11 miles of the Tara River before it enters Bosnia. This is one of the last wild rivers in Europe, besides being the longest and deepest river gorge (approximately 4300 feet). With pristine, clear waters and 23 splashy Class II/III rapids, don’t forget to take in the exceptional flora and fauna of this special canyon. On returning to our camp, we have plenty of activities to choose from for those with any energy left! Hiking, cliff jumping, mountain biking and hydrospeed (also known as river-boarding) are all available to finish off a fun-filled day. Please note: hydrospeed and mountain biking is available at an additional cost.
Our layover day provides a fantastic opportunity to further explore this amazing region surrounding the Tara Canyon. An a la carte menu of activities includes more rafting, canoeing & kayaking, hiking, hydrosurfing, biking, fishing, canyoneering, lake cruises, photo safari’s or just relaxing at the camp. A short distance away, along a scenic drive, you can choose horseback riding or visit Durmitor National Park in Zablak, a spectacular park with hiking trails to high alpine, glacial lakes.
Today we say goodbye to the dense pine forests, clear waters and striking mountains of Montenegro as we head to Konavle. This region is comprised of rural stone villages, vineyards and wineries, steep seaside cliffs, cypress groves and spectacular views of the open sea. We’ll take in the sights over a traditional “peka” lunch in the mountains. Peka, meaning “under the bell” usually consists of lamb, veal or octopus with potatoes and veggies, cooked slowly on an open fire underneath a heavy metal dome or “bell;” a tradition native to southern Dalmatia. We then head to the Old City of Dubrovnik, with a free afternoon to explore this ancient wonder. Also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Renaissance parks, flowering gardens of medieval stone palaces and unobtrusive monasteries harbor centuries of heritage. Lose yourself in the maze of narrow city streets, visit the shops, galleries and coffee bars, or take in a street performance – the history and beauty of the old city never fail to astonish its guests. Our farewell dinner will be hosted at a local iconic restaurant featuring delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
Our last morning is yours to enjoy. Follow your nose to find breakfast at one of the many street cafes, restaurants or taverns. The inviting aromas spreading throughout the narrow city streets will let you know when you have found the right place! After filling our bellies and saying goodbye to this beautiful city, we will transfer back to the airport in time for the outbound flights.
Trip Name: Sea Kayaking & Exploring Croatia & Montenegro
From Price: 2409
Trip Code: 127846
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