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Dubrovnik

  • 7 Night Route

    Price: £830

The walled city and the Elafiti Islands

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Lopud peninsula walk

Lopud peninsula walk

The island of Sipan from Lopud

The island of Sipan from Lopud

The walled city

The walled city

Kolocep

Kolocep

Konoba at Gornje Celo

Konoba at Gornje Celo

Lopud

Lopud

Lopud in the evening

Lopud in the evening

Stradun

Stradun

Dubrovnik port

Dubrovnik port

Sipanska Luka

Sipanska Luka

A kalderimi path on Lopud

A kalderimi path on Lopud

Sudurad harbour

Sudurad harbour

Looking out from the fort on Lopud

Looking out from the fort on Lopud

Price: £830
Nights: 7
Grade:
Walk: 2 - 4 hr/day

Travellers Reviews

We enjoyed exploring the islands on the walks, the wildlife and flowers, swimming in the sea, and eating lots of ice cream.

We enjoyed Dubrovnik's museums, classy and witty, and also the jazz trio playing in the evening near the Pile gate.

Caroline Whitehead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK - September 2018

Everything ran like clockwork. We were able to just relax and enjoy the variety of the holiday from city to very quiet islands, a really good mix of locations which we wouldn't have been able to plan ourselves.

Lynda Briggs, Leeds, UK - May 2018

We walked unhurried; we swam unnoticed; we ate unrestrained.

In the years to come I hope to find myself perennially lost in this turquoise reverie. Already planning for next year!

George Lim, Malaysia - October 2017

More independent feedback
A self-guided walking holiday in Dubrovnik and Elafiti Islands with On Foot Holidays

At a glance

7 nights (2 in Dubrovnik, 3 on Lopud and 2 on Sipan) - the full route. Flight times and season may necessitate a different order. Longer/shorter options available.

How much walking?

Full days: 4-8km per day, 2-4 hours.
Using shortening options: The islands are small, and you can easily get round them in a day, but this route is for strolling rather than striding out.

Max. Grade:

Island hopping in the southern Adriatic

This is a walking holiday designed for the occasional walker, or for those who like to mix their walking with relaxation and beauty, both natural and man-made. It starts with two nights in the walled city of Dubrovnik, to stroll down the Stradun and to explore the alleys, with their little shops, churches, and hidden restaurants. On the third day, you take the public ferry to car-free Lopud, one of the Elafitis, stretched out like a string of pearls along the Adriatic coast. With enough walking for a day or two on the island’s mazy paths, and churches and forts to explore, you can also swim at one of the few sandy bays in the Adriatic. Kolocep, the smallest island reachable from Lopud, is also a car-less little gem, and you can do the cliff-girt island in a day, with ample time for swimming and a good fish lunch at Konoba Skerac. Then two nights on Sipan, the largest, near the harbour of Sudurad. The walking here includes one from the pretty little harbour to the island’s dramatic bay at the far end.

Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Emma, Debbie, Mary and Harriet

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit Aito.com.

TRAVEL ADVICE: To find the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for UK citizens travelling to Croatia, click here. Citizens of other nations will also find it useful, but should always check their appropriate local agency.

Route Highlights

  • Dubrovnik, the walled town and the Stradun
  • The botanical gardens of Lokrum
  • Little Kolocep and fish restaurants to try
  • See-through-sea and silver fish
  • Sunj beach on Lopud
  • Strolling along the promenade on Lopud
  • Pretty Sudurad and fishing boats
  • The island ferry journeys

We recommend this route if you a looking for: Coast, History

We Recommend

Extra days on either or both islands, just to relax completely, and one extra in Dubrovnik to get the full experience. You may also consider adding an extra night on the little island of Kolocep. It's small, peaceful and offers plenty of hidden spots for swimming/disappearing from the world...

Eating and Drinking

The sea is the main provider for the restaurants here, and there are a number of excellent ones in Dubrovnik itself. On Lopud you should visit Gaby’s open-air restaurant, choose your freshly-caught fish and watch it being grilled, before eating it with a glass or two of local Malvasia – pure indulgence, and not expensive.

How much Walking?

Full days: 4-8km per day, 2-4 hours.
Using shortening options: The islands are small, and you can easily get round them in a day, but this route is for strolling rather than striding out.

The maximum CUSs of around 200m means relaxed walking, and the paths are reasonably well marked, except on Sipan, but you won’t get lost for long. Highest point on route: 250m.

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: May, June, September

Other possible months: April, July, August, October

From May to September the sun will hopefully shine and swimming is de rigueur, though July and August can be tricky to secure accommodation, and some adaptation may be necessary.  April and October are lovely months for walking, too, and are far less crowded, although some of the restaurants may be closed in the early/late season.

Important: from mid-July to mid-September, Dubrovnik Old Town can become extremely busy with tourists and a quiet spot for relaxation can be hard to find. There are ways to avoid the crowds, but if this is a concern, please do get in touch and we would be happy to advise.

Use the calendar below to see in more detail the best times to walk.

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Temperature and rainfall chart for Dubrovnik

Itinerary

About the Route

Day 1 - Arrive in Dubrovnik

Arrive in Dubrovnik, settle into your accommodation for the next two nights, and take a stroll down the Stradun before dinner in one of Dubrovnik's many restaurants.

Day 2 - Dubrovnik Day

There is a great deal to see and do in Dubrovnik, and a good guidebook is an essential part of your trousseau. It would be wrong to pass up a tour of the City Walls not least for the splendid vantage points it provides. The Stradun, the main street, is spectacular, if tourist-thronged. Try a pre-breakfast perambulation to get a better feeling for its grace. Walkers have mentioned also that the Franciscan Monastery by the Pile gate is worth seeing – we like also St Saviour’s Church and the Rupe ethnographic museum. At the other end of the Stradun, the Sponza Palace, St Ignatius church and the Dominican Monastery with its superb museum are all definitely worth visiting. By far the most attractive way to see the town for us, however, is simply to soak up the atmosphere of the narrow alleys, get lost, and find a small cafe or pub, particularly outside the summer months.

Day 3 - Lopud

We suggest an early ferry to Lopud, your home for three nights. The map and route notes provided describe the paths we have discovered so far, and the numbering divides them into sections, each individually described in the notes, in each direction, enabling you to walk them in any order. Lopud Town (where you start, and can swim, eat and drink) and Šunj beach (sand, great swimming and beach cafes) are the two critical points around which you should design your walking programme. We suggest also that you take in the Rat Peninsula, the church of Gospa od Šunja, and the fort for a complete view of the islands and some glorious prospects. It is a small island, and while a complete circuit could be done in an afternoon, we suggest that you divide it into chunks consistent with your length of stay on the island, always taking in Šunj beach if the weather is right for swimming.

Day 4 - Kolocep

Take the first ferry to Kolocep and make a day of it. Ask your host to book a table at Konoba Skerac at Gornje Čelo – a delightful fish restaurant overlooking the harbour for lunch. Starting at the port of Donje Čelo, you go first east to the church of Sv. Nikola in the island’s centre, and then due south to the sea at Bige. From here the path is the cliff path – east to the lighthouse at Bezdan, then north to the cove of Jekavic – why not a swim before heading on around the coastline to the charming port of Gornje Čelo, where you should stop at least for a drink (if not lunch) before returning to Donje Čelo, and the ferry back to Lopud.

Day 5 - Lopud

Lopud for a further day, to complete your walking programme.

Day 6 - Sipan

Sipan (note July/August itinerary variation). On the ferry again, this time to the largest Elafiti island, Sipan. Again there is a choice, and the maps and route notes provided show the walking routes we have tried. A good start could be to ascend Velji Vrh from which a view of almost the whole island can be obtained. The main walk is from your base at the charming port of Suđurađ and to the dramatic bay at Šipanska Luka – take your bathers to swim off the quay. There are good restaurants there too for lunch or an early supper, and you can shorten this day by using the ferry bus one way. We suggest a circuit taking in the church at Pakljena.

Day 7

Sipan (second day)

Departure day

Return home, or why not stay further nights on the islands or in Dubrovnik?

Travel Information

ARRIVING BY AIR

The only airport is Dubrovnik, which has flights from  all over Europe. Intercontinental travel will mean changing at Zagreb, Rome or elsewhere.

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.

DUBROVNIK

Land by: No limitations if starting in Dubrovnik, 16:30 if first night is on Lopud island.
Return flight earliest: 10:00 (11:30 Sundays and holidays) (may involve 05:30 ferry), fast water taxi option for earlier flights possible (supplement). No limitations if final night in Dubrovnik.

See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for transfer information.

TRAIN-BUS and TRAIN-FERRY

Dubrovnik has no railway station.  The nearest stations reachable from the rest of Europe and the UK are Split (Croatia) and Bari (Italy).  For a full resumé of options see www.seat61.com/Croatia.htm and follow the “London to Dubrovnik” link.  The final bus/ferry stretches are applicable if arriving from anywhere in Europe.

 

Getting to the start of the walk

The first accommodation is in Dubrovnik, and the final on Sipan, though flight and ferry times may mean starting on Sipan and ending in Dubrovnik. There is no railway, but ferries ply all the way along the coast between Venice and Dubrovnik, and between Bari (Italy) and Dubrovnik, and there is also a bus from Split to Dubrovnik.  See “How to get there” for more information.

DUBROVNIK AIRPORT:

Outward:  Pre-booked transfer (40 mins) to Dubrovnik, then on Day 3 from Dubrovnik to port (for 60 min public ferry to Lopud) included in holiday price.

Return: Public ferry from Sipan to port then Pre-booked transfer (40 mins) from port included in holiday price. OPTION Pre-booked water taxi (supplement)

For water taxi prices see “Prices”

Full transfer advice, including ferry timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

Convenient studio apartments in Dubrovnik, gorgeous bayside hotel on Sipan, and a renowned pension in Lopud. Those on the islands all delightfully sited overlooking or near the harbour. Breakfast-finding in Dubrovnik is fun – it is provided in-house on Lopud and at your Sipan hotel. Hotel upgrades are available in Dubrovnik and on Lopud.

Dubrovnik old town – typical studio apartment (accommodation only)

Night 1 & 2

Dubrovnik old town – typical studio apartment (accommodation only)

Comfortable apartment-style accommodation in old town. We have inspected all apartments we use personally.

Lopud – Pension Pavlovic (B&B)

Night 3, 4 & 5

Lopud – Pension Pavlovic (B&B)

Quiet rooms close to port; breakfast at well-known restaurant nearby.

Sipan – Hotel Bozica (B&B)

Night 6 & 7

Sipan – Hotel Bozica (B&B)

Beautifully sited seafront hotel with gorgeous views and pool.

Prices

Price: £830 for 7 nights

Total 7 nights in double/twin room, 5 breakfasts (use local shops or cafes for other days), transfers from and back to Dubrovnik airport and between town and port, ferry tickets (excluding Kolocep excursion); full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information; local telephone support. Note: Luggage to and between islands carried by client. Price shown is for early May start dates.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated, and are based on a standard booking in May. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit.

Single Room Supplement: From £300
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement: From £125
Large party saving: Groups of more than 2 people (on identical itinerary) – discount of at least £20 per person
Maximum party size: 20
Peak season: Prices can be around £200 extra per person.

 

Add Ons

Extra nights in any hotel or apartment:  Contact On Foot Holidays (seasonal pricing)

Water taxi from Sipan to mainland (for early flights back): Contact On Foot Holidays for price

Extra taxi for stop off at Dubrovnik old town between airport/ferry terminal for poorly connecting flights: From £45 (1-4 pers.), £55 (5-8)

Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK and Ireland: £10-£40 (per pack, location dependent)

Travellers Reviews

We enjoyed exploring the islands on the walks, the wildlife and flowers, swimming in the sea, and eating lots of ice cream.

We enjoyed Dubrovnik's museums, classy and witty, and also the jazz trio playing in the evening near the Pile gate.

Caroline Whitehead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK - September 2018

Everything ran like clockwork. We were able to just relax and enjoy the variety of the holiday from city to very quiet islands, a really good mix of locations which we wouldn't have been able to plan ourselves.

Lynda Briggs, Leeds, UK - May 2018

We walked unhurried; we swam unnoticed; we ate unrestrained.

In the years to come I hope to find myself perennially lost in this turquoise reverie. Already planning for next year!

George Lim, Malaysia - October 2017

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Tomislav Coric

Route designed by:

Tomislav Coric

Tomi is Dubrovnik born and bred and after a spell in the hotel industry now runs his own travel agency specialising in walking and biking tours. When not working too many hours in the office, he spends time with his young family, exploring the area on foot or bike.

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