Croatia vacation, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast

“8 day small group vacation taking in UNESCO cultural treats of Dubrovnik and Split, followed by island idylls of Mljet Island National Park and Korcula.”

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Split | Dubrovnik | Mljet Island National Park | Korcula | Ston

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Our top tip:
Bring water shoes for stony beaches, and plenty of insect repellent.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people. Min. age 16
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Small 2* and 3* hotels, with the Korcula one by the sea.
Included:
Flights (with option to book your own too), accommodation, breakfasts, guide, transport.
Meals:
Only breakfasts included. Budget £25-35 per day for others.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome for small surcharge.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

Croatia vacation, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation & Meals:
On this trip you will spend the week in comfortable, locally staffed hotels. We tend to avoid the larger chains and to invest in the smaller businesses, where our money stays local. All breakfasts and one picnic lunch is included. Croatian cuisine has a mixture of Central European, Italian and Balkan influences, producing a mixture of dishes like grilled lamb, pizza, fine seafood, pasta and salads. Your guide is local and will be able to recommend or arrange for you to eat in some unique, community-central restaurants. For example, in Ston, the group can stop to try oysters; or along the Peljesac Peninsula, there are several vineyards where there is the chance to try and buy some wine.

Activity:
This is a relaxed itinerary, mainly based on sightseeing and exploring the stunning terrain on offer on the Dalmatian coast. Due to this, we have a pretty low impact on the environment and are always aware of our litter disposal and energy consumption anyway. The sightseeing aspect of the tour is actually really beneficial to the country and its several historical and cultural gems. The ancient, heavily walled city of Dubrovnik, for instance, benefits from tourist fees which go towards upkeep of the buildings. We visit the Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, the Stradun and the fortified walls themselves. Not only does this help preserve and celebrate Croatian culture history, but the locals benefit from tourists spending on souvenirs and food.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

7 Reviews of Croatia vacation, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast

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Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our visits to the islands of Korcula and Mijit and the walking there

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring "swimming " shoes as the beaches are stony

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes , insofar as we used local hotels, restaurants and drivers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very varied and enjoyable with a good mix of sightseeing- with excellent guides-and activity. Our local leader was exceptional-very good English, well informed, tolerant(!) and inclusive.

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Dubrovnik

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The walking needs reasonable fitness and footwear for rough terrain.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - local guides and hotels etc. Locals not so tuned into environmental
practice.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Really good. Guide Ivan was very good.

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The walks (not strenuous) and visit to local family 'restaurant' (using traditional cooking methods) organised by the tour guide.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This mixture of activities is a good introduction to (lovely) Croatian coast and (very busy/crowded but quite stunning) Split/Dubrovnik tourism.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly good use was made of local family owned restaurants, group transport use reduces impact, two of the hotels were a little 'bland' but presumably used on cost grounds.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Does what it 'says on the tin'. Good introduction to Croatia, made all the better, in our case, by an excellent 'tour leader'.

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Islands of Mljet (nature parc) and island of Korcula. Nice walks and great food and wine.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring good shoes and wear insect repellent even in the daytime.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



Reviewed on 20 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Just getting a glimpse of the Croatian coast with its scenery and history

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a strong insect repellant if you you are walking in the countryside.
Be prepared that each day the guide will say where the group is going to have dinner that night and generall it will be in a tourist venue and in Summer in Croatia that is not cheap. You do not have to go with the group but of course it is more social and easier to do so.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Hope so

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We enjoyed our vacation and the company of our fellow travelers but will probably not return to Croatia.

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Sheltering under stone archways in Split amid torrential rain. Lunch up in the mountains at Lukomir in Bosnia. Walking the walls around Dubrovnik. Laurenc, our guide, took us to many places where we had excellent food

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a sweater and an umbrella!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - benefited local economy both through using local guides and buying local goods and food

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent trip - would recommend it to others.

Reviewed on 14 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking the walls of Dubrovnik - great views and lots of history.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Expect adequate hotels rather than luxury. Take a travel kettle if you want an early morning cuppa - there was no tea or coffee making facilities in any of the rooms.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Tourism is vital to Croatia as this relatively new country finds its place in the world.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Even better than expected. A lovely area to visit.

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