View of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Croatia
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
ADD
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

With impressive architecture and arguably some of the best scenery in Europe, the Dalmatian Coast is truly unique. This is a relaxed week taking in the best of this striking coastal region. We start by exploring the UNESCO cities of Split and nearby Trogir, before sampling island life on beautiful Korcula. We complete our trip with three nights in Dubrovnik, possibly the most perfectly preserved Renaissance town in the world, with a jumble of narrow streets and red-tiled roofs tucked tightly within the city walls.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights hotels 
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • Travel by private bus, catamaran and local ferry and public bus
  • Countries visited: Croatia

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO cities of Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik
  • Enjoy a catamaran ride to Mljet National Park
  • Sample wines produced on the island of Korcula the Peljesac Peninsula

Is This Trip for You?

This is a relaxed itinerary mainly based around sightseeing and exploring. There is a fair amount of walking around towns and cities and a couple of gentle day walks on days 3 and 4 on two of the picturesque islands on the Dalmatian Coast, some of the paths are rocky so some good shoes are worth packing. The walks are suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 20 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
20

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Split Airport
End City:
Dubrovnik

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Split Airport

    Start Split airport. On arrival we take a short transfer to the UNESCO town of Trogir in time for dinner. We stay in the old walled part of this charming town.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Explore Trogir; transfer to Split, free time in Split before a ferry ride to Korcula.

    We look around Trogir in the early morning before taking a short transfer to Split, another UNESCO city. There will be free time in the beautiful old city centre before we catch a catamaran late afternoon to the island of Korcula (approx. 3-3.5hr). The mediaeval walled town of Korcula, reputedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, is often described as a mini Dubrovnik. This picturesque town is located at the tip of the island where the distinctive red roofs jostle for space between ancient towers. Like Dubrovnik, the old town is a warren of small lanes and alleys: a great place to explore and a photographer's paradise. We take a short transfer to the village of Lumbarda where our hotel is situated.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Circular walk around Lumbarda village and wine tasting.

    It's time to stretch the legs a little and roam the surrounding area of Lumbarda. We will walk through vineyards and olive groves and admire the beautiful beaches where we can stop for a drink or a quick swim and enjoy our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we visit the famous Grk winery and sample some of the local wines typical to the island of Korcula. In the evening when transfer to Korcula Town for dinner. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 4

    Travel by boat to Mljet Island; walk to the peak of Montokuc for panoramic views.

    After breakfast, we transfer to Korcula in time for the catamaran to Mljet Island, whose national park status has ensured limited development. The island is a lovely tranquil place to walk, cloaked in forest and dotted with tiny hamlets. Our goal today is to reach the peak of Montokuc which offers panoramic views of the beautiful Dalmatian Coast, before returning to our hotel on Korcula. Those who do not wish to walk up to Montokuc peak can take a flat circular walk around the lake, have a swim and enjoy a drink overlooking the water. 

    On occasion, if the weather is bad the catamaran cannot run. If this happens there are alternative excursions, or we will stay on the island of Korcula and visit Vela Spilja, one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites in Europe.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Ferry to mainland; visit Ston en route to Dubrovnik.

    We transfer to the ferry port to catch the ferry to the Peninsula Peljesac (15min ferry ride) after breakfast. Once on the peninsula, we drive along a very scenic mountain road with great views of the coast and vineyards. We will stop at one of the local agrotourism and enjoy a local olive and produce tasting just next to the old town of Ston. In Ston we recommend walking up the magnificent old walls which overlook the town – the view from the top is fantastic! Ston is also very well known for its seafood – the mussels and oysters here are so fresh and probably the best on the trip. After roaming the streets of Ston we will transfer about 60km to Dubrovnik where we have the rest of the day to relax. In the evening we can go into the old town for dinner and a wander around.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Dubrovnik city tour.

    Today we enjoy a full day in the remarkable old city of Dubrovnik which includes the Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery. Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm with its location right on the Adriatic, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately, over the last 10 years, great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city has now returned to its former glory. The cobblestoned streets of the Old town, or Stari Grad, feature fountains, churches, palaces and museums – all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the city but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun. This is the main street and is covered in smooth shiny marble. Following the walking tour, there will be time for a walk along the famous city walls: this is optional and costs approx. €25 for entrance into the site (or is included in the Dubrovnik card).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free day to relax in Dubrovnik, or take an optional trip to Lokrum and explore the surrounding area.

    We have a free day for further exploration of the city. Relax either in the many eateries, on the beach or perhaps enjoy an optional visit to Lokrum Island. Very easily reachable from the old port in the Old town of Dubrovnik, this island is a nature a special forest vegetation reserve, waiting to be explored today! A 20 minute boat ride will take you away from the crowded streets of the Old Town to this beautiful green Island where the botanic garden is situated and where you can relax with a drink. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear and a good book as after a stroll you will most definitely treat yourselves with a swim in the Adriatic Sea. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Dubrovnik.

    After breakfast, the trip ends Dubrovnik.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

We stay in a good selection of 2 and 3-star hotels throughout the trip. All hotels are well located in towns and villages with a good variety of restaurants allowing you to indulge in the fantastic local cuisine. 

On day 1 we stay in the beautiful old walled town of Trogir which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The old town is very small and contains no modern buildings, because of this some groups may be split between several small hotels, all hotels are of equal quality and are situated within 50m of each other.

On the island of Korcula we stay in the small quaint fishing village of Lumbarda. The family run hotel offers warm hospitality, be sure to pack your swimming costume as there is a pool you can enjoy at the end of the day. Please note: the outdoor pool may be closed for early and late departures but there is a pebble beach 200m from the hotel if you are a really keen swimmer.

In Dubrovnik we stay in Lapad Bay, next to many restaurants and close to a pebbly public beach. There is a supermarket nearby and the local bus for the Old Town of Dubrovnik is just in front of the hotel.

A limited number of single rooms can be pre-booked for a supplement. Please ask a member of our sales team for details.

Additional Accommodation

Additional accommodation can be booked, subject to availability, at our hotels in Trogir or Dubrovnik, either before or after the trip. Prices are available from the Exodus office on request.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £170.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch are 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.

Transportation

Travel will be by private bus and scheduled catamaran/ferry services. The drive to Dubrovnik will take approx 2 hours. The catamaran/ferry journeys vary in duration from around 20 mins to approximately 2.5 hours. When in Dubrovnik we use the local public bus. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe, and some regions are notoriously free from rain. We generally travel off-season, so you should expect some variation in temperature and possibly some rainfall. Temperatures can be high, particularly on the July and August departures and can reach the mid to high 30s.

Weather Charts

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Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of EasyJet (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Split Airport and ending in Dubrovnik

Your trip normally starts at Split Airport in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Split airport has all the necessary amenities including currency exchange facilities and ATMs available. The start hotel is approximately a 10 minute drive from the airport and can be reached by taxi. It is also possible to take a public bus, number 37, which runs every 20 minutes from outside the airport. On arrival at the hotel please make the reception staff aware that you are part of the Exodus group and they will give you any necessary details on meeting with your group.

Please note: The hotel in Trogir is situated in the UNESCO part of the town in a pedestrianised area, you will need to walk approximately 5 minutes from the taxi drop off to the hotel. 

Location start:
Split Airport
Location end:
Dubrovnik

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Small day bag for water, camera, snacks and guide book when walking or sightseeing
Water bottle to use when walking and sightseeing
Sun hat, sun glasses and sun cream
A comfortable pair of walking shoes are recommended for the walks, although the paths are not difficult some sections are rocky
Towel and swimming costume
A warm jacket or fleece for cool evenings
Some waterproofs and warm clothes

We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 20kg.

Practical Information

Passport

Croatia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Croatia's Timezone:
Europe/Zagreb CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Croatia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

You will be able to charge a phone/camera etc on every night during this trip.

Money

Croatia's Currency

The national currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (November 2018) of approximately 8.3 to the GBP,  6.5 to the USD, 4.9 to the CAD, 7.4 to the EUR, 4.8 to the AUD and 4.5 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs and banks are available throughout the trip. You can use credit cards in most shops and restaurants in Croatia. However we do recommend taking some cash with you for smaller purchases like drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Allow £40-50 (approx. US$50-60/ 333-415Kn) per day for lunches and dinners, but it is certainly possible to spend a lot more, depending on what you choose to eat. This would be a price for simple meals with soup, one main course and salad.

Please note: Local transport in Dubrovnik is not included, you will need to pay for buses locally, allow 72Kn (around 10 Euros) for this. The Dubrovnik Card is a really cost effective way to explore the city and if you purchase one of these you can travel on the buses for free. The card also gives you discounts at some of the local attractions and restaurants. Please see the website for more details https://www.dubrovnikcard.com/product/three-day-card/. Your leader will be able to assist you in getting one of these either at your hotel or at Pile Gate. 

Optional Excursions

On day 5 there is the opportunity to walk around the Ston Walls approximately £9 (75Kn) and the saltworks approximately £3 (25Kn). 

On Day 7 there is the opportunity to visit Lokrum Island, return boat ticket is approximately £19 (150Kn) and the cable car Srđ, one way approximately  £10 (83Kn) or return £19 (150Kn).

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Tipping is at your discretion but many clients wish to tip their leaders and driver at the end of the trip, we suggest between 100-150 Kuna (€13-20) per client for the guide and 50-100 Kuna (€7-13) for the driver. Most groups prefer to present the money to the leader at the end of the week with two separate envelopes (one for the leader and one for the driver). This is completely at your own discretion and to be used as a guideline only.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.