Dubrovnik, as seen from Srd

Croatia Family Adventure

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Trip code: 
FEG
Way to Travel:
Family Group
Activity:
Family
Group size:
8–16
Designed for:
Ages 9-12
Also for:
Ages 13-16

A mix of activity, exploration and relaxation on the Dalmatian Coast

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.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a catamaran ride to Mljet National Park
  • Discover the sun-drenched Dalmatian  coast

  • Explore Dubrovnik

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels with pool, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days land only/flight inclusive
  • 6 days boat trips, kayaking, snorkelling, walking, treasure hunts and beach time
  • Group normally 8 to 16, plus leader 
  • Travel by private minibus and boat

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 lunches are included.
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities 
  • Tour leader throughout 
  • Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance 
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Dubrovnik; transfer to city hotel.

    On arrival at Dubrovnik, those on group flights are met by the leader and transfer to 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.

  • Day 2

    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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Explore the hidden bays and secluded inlets of Korcula on a snorkeling and kayak trip.

    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.  

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Donkey trek and Korcula treasure hunt

    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!

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Mljet National Park.

    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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Back to Dubrovnik

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Dubrovnik scavenger hunt

    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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Dubrovnik; fly home

    It's time to say goodbye as our trip ends with a transfer to the airport for a flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts 2 light lunches and one picnic lunch is included.

For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet with cold meat, cheeses, bread, eggs, jams and pastries as well as tea and coffee. 

The Dalmatian coast is dotted with mussel farms and fishing boats, and the seafood along the coast and on the islands is amazing and must be tried on this trip! You will also find grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads and influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans.

The lunches provided will be a Peka during our donkey trek (see day 4 for details) a snack and then light lunch of octopus or vegetable salad, ham and cheese, during our kayak tour and a picnic prepared by the guide in Mljet National Park.

The leader can suggest and book restaurants for evening meals for those that wish to join. 

Weather

Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe, and some regions are notoriously free from rain. Temperatures can be high, particularly on the July departures and can reach the mid to high 30s. Even into October, it will not be cold, with temperatures likely to be in the low 20s, though there is a higher chance of rainfall at this time. The sea is still lovely and warm however!

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Level 3, moderate. It is Designed for ages 9 to 12 but is also suitable for ages 13 to 16.
Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however note if your child is in this secondary category they may find it a little easier. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.

When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved. Then there’s the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too.

This trip combines some exploration, gentle activities and sightseeing with relaxation, showing off some of the high points of the Dalmatian Coast. 
To achieve this we make use of various forms of transport including catamaran, ferry and local buses. We also move from Dubrovnik to Korcula for five nights, then return for our final two nights in Dubrovnik.

The physical aspect of the trip is not demanding, though your children will be outdoors for large parts of the day, when it can be hot. We take regular breaks and some activities are water based, making cooling off fairly straightforward!
Children should be used to being in and around water, even if they are not strong swimmers. Safety equipment will of course be provided. 
Please be aware that outside of high season, in other words October, there may be less choice in terms of restaurants as some areas we visit are very seasonal. In addition, if the weather has cooled by October, some hotels do take the decision to close their pools. Generally however, late season is a great opportunity to visit without some of the crowds, and perfect for those who struggle with the heat of summer.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & Guesthouses

We use good quality 3-star hotels on this trip. 

In Dubrovnik, where availability can be harder to secure, we typically use either the Hotel Vis, Hotel Komodor or Hotel Splendid. All are well located on the Lapad Peninsula, just a short walk from the beach. The en suite rooms have air conditioning and WiFi.

For our 5 nights on the island of Korcula, we stay at the Hotel Borik, on the eastern side of the island, in the village of Lumbarda, just a short walk from the beach and the main street. There are views to be had over the marina and Peljesac Peninsula, as well as an open air pool and comfortable lounge/bar area and a bureau de change/ money exchange service. We use twin or double en suite rooms that are air conditioned and the hotel offers free Wifi. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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