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Dubrovnik – 5 nights

  • 7 Night Route

    Price: from £815
    Standard route
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £625
    Single-centre

The walled city and the Elafiti Islands

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Lopud peninsula walk

Lopud peninsula walk

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 harbour and Lokrum island

Dubrovnik harbour and Lokrum island

Sipanska Luka

Sipanska Luka

The island of Sipan from Lopud

The island of Sipan from Lopud

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: from £625
Nights: 5
Grade:
Walk: 2 - 4 hr/day

This was a wonderful holiday for a group. Beautiful locations and easy walking that suited the least energetic in the group.

These islands are laid back, peaceful, unspoilt and very beautiful. Exceptional organisation by On Foot and wonderful selection of accommodation. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Robin Booth, Annandale, Australia - May 2019

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

5 nights on the island of Lopud. 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. For maximum ease and comfort, pass by the hectic thrum of Dubrovnik Old Town and continue straight to the sanctuary of car-free Lopud – one of the Elafiti islands, 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. You can also ferry across to Sipan, the largest of the Elafitis – the walks here include one from the pretty little harbour of Sudurad to the dramatic bay at the far end of the island.

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

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

  • Five nights on the beautiful car-free island of Lopud
  • Quiet island paths and remote hilltop views
  • Little Kolocep and fish restaurants to try
  • Sunj beach on Lopud and the wonderful promenade
  • See-through-sea and silver fish
  • Pretty Sudurad and fishing boats
  • The island ferry journeys

This route features the following characteristics and interests: Coast, History

We Recommend

If your travel plans allow, stop for a few hours in Dubrovnik as you pass through, to see the stunning (but busy) Old Town. 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.

Start Dates

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Weather Chart

 

Temperature and rainfall chart for Dubrovnik

Itinerary

About the Route

Day 1 - Lopud

Arrive on the island of Lopud by ferry. Spend the afternoon familiarising yourself with the island and scouting out the island's many restaurants.

Day 2 - Lopud

There is a choice of walks on the island: 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, 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.

Day 3 - 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 4 - Lopud

Continue to explore the island. 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 5 - Sipan

If you have not already done so, consider taking a ferry across to the nearby island of Sipan where there is a choice of walks depending on how much energy you have. Make sure to walk (or bus) down to the small port of Sipanska Luka for excellent bathing and eating opportunities. Ferry back to Lopud for your final dinner.

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: 13:30 for transfers to Lopud island (later arrivals possible by water-taxi).
Return flight earliest: 10:00 (11:30 Sundays and holidays) (may involve 05:30 ferry), fast water taxi option for earlier flights possible (supplement).

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 island of Lopud is accessible only via Dubrovnik so a night in Dubrovnik to facilitate flight times might be necessary. 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 port (Gruz), then ferry to Lopud (60 minutes, included in holiday price).

Return: Public ferry from Lopud 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

Our accommodation on Lopud is warm and friendly and everything you could ask for. We can book a room or an apartment at Pension Pavlovic, depending on how much space you would like, and the ground floor apartment has its own garden… Alternatively, move closer to the sea and stay at the Hotel Glavovic where you stay in the heart of the action with the captivating soughing of the sea.

Lopud – Pension Pavlovic (B&B)

Night 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Lopud – Pension Pavlovic (B&B)

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

Prices

Price: from £625 for 5 nights

Total 5 nights in double/twin room, 5 breakfasts, transfers from and back to Dubrovnik airport 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.

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

Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £205
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £120
Large Party Saving (LPS): Groups of more than 2 people (on an identical itinerary, on the same booking and booked at the same time) – discount of at least £15 per person
Maximum party size: 20
Peak season: Prices can be around £210 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 between Dubrovnik old town and ferry terminal for poorly connecting flights: From £32 (1-3 pers.), £46 (4-8)

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

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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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