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Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Trip w/ Lunch and Optional Pickup

1. Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Trip w/ Lunch and Optional Pickup

Set off on an island-hopping cruise to the Elafiti Islands of Lopud, Šipan, and Koločep on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Visit beaches, historical churches, vineyards, and olive groves at your own pace and try Mediterranean delicacies. If you choose the hotel pickup option, be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle that will take you to the harbor. Once at the harbor, climb aboard the boat and settle in for a cruise along Dubrovnik's coastline. Set sail to your first stop, the island of Lopud, where you will have free time to explore the island as you like. Relax on the sunny shores or visit the sandy beach at Šunj Bay. If you feel like stretching your legs, hike along the car-free roads to explore untouched nature or discover the island's famous heritage, including old ruined fortresses and a Saint Mary Franciscan monastery. Next, sail to the largest island in the Elafiti archipelago, Šipan. Disembark to explore the island's scenic vineyards and olive groves. At your final stop, Koločep, relax with a swim in the crystal-clear waters off the coast or take a stroll through the pine forests before returning to Dubrovnik. During the cruise, quench your thirst with unlimited local wine, water, and various soft drinks. Sample homemade olive oil and the best homegrown vegetables for that real Mediterranean experience. For lunch, choose between grilled fish or chicken or a vegetarian menu, all served with potato salad.

Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch

2. Dubrovnik: Elafiti Islands Cruise with Lunch

Sail from Dubrovnik to the Elaphite Islands on this day trip. Savor savor a Dalmatian lunch and sip on a complimentary drink. Visit the islands of Koločep, Šipan, and Lopud. Take a refreshing dip in the sea and explore the underwater world with high-quality snorkeling gear. Your full-day trip begins by sailing to Koločep, an island covered with pine forest and home to a picturesque fishing village located on the bay. Continue on to the town of Suđurađ on the island of Šipan, a fishing port that’s home to the 16th-century villa of the Skočibuha family. Your last stop is the island of Lopud, a place with a long naval tradition and home to many famous captains and sailors. Enjoy a walk along Lopud Bay to the Franciscan monastery and the Gjorgic-Mayneri Park that dates back to the 19th century. There will also be a bar stocked with a wide variety of drinks and wines available for purchase. Finally, there will be time for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing on one of the sandy beaches. Choose from a delicious fish, meat, vegetarian, or child's menu option when booking.

Dubrovnik: Blue Cave, Odysseus Cave & 4 Islands Day Tour

3. Dubrovnik: Blue Cave, Odysseus Cave & 4 Islands Day Tour

Start the day early as your hosts greet you at the Marina Frapa Dubrovnik and take you on a seafaring adventure. Soak up the sun as you ride towards Mljet island and the first stop of the day, the Odysseus Cave. Dive into the pristine blue water uninterrupted by the city crowds. The next stop is at the charming little island Šipan, one of the Elaphiti Islands, small by size but very rich in history. Following Šipan, you will visit the most famous sandy beach in the Dubrovnik area, Sunj, where you can swim, snorkel, relax, and even have lunch in a restaurant by the sea. The journey continues after about two hours when the crew will take you to the Blue Cave of Kolocep Island to take one more dip in the crystal clear blue waters. On the way back to the city, take in the most beautiful panorama of the city walls during sunset.

From Dubrovnik: 4-hour Elafiti Islands Private Boat Tour

4. From Dubrovnik: 4-hour Elafiti Islands Private Boat Tour

From the main port of Gruž, it only takes about 20 minutes to get to the Elaphiti Archipelago, so this half-day tour is great for those looking for a bit of adventure close to town. Of the three main islands, you can easily visit one or two in half a day. During the hot summer months, the Blue Cave on Koločep and the famous Šunj Beach of Lopud are ideal if you like swimming and snorkelling. Your skipper will know all of the best spots for cliff jumping on the islands too if you're an adrenaline seeker. If you want to visit some of the islands’ historical villages instead, you might consider the old Monastery and Rector’s Palace on Šipan. Since this is a private tour, you get to decide on your own itinerary and you are free to change it throughout the day. Your skipper can advise you about the area and help you make the most of your time. Some of our guests start out their planning to visit all three islands, end up falling in love with the first one, and stay there all afternoon. Other groups move along more quickly and have time to visit something extra before heading back to Dubrovnik. It’s 100% flexible, and it’s 100% up to you.

Elaphiti Islands: Full-Day 3-Island Tour with Lunch

5. Elaphiti Islands: Full-Day 3-Island Tour with Lunch

Go island hopping in Croatia's Elaphite islands in the sunny Adriatic Sea. In this full-day tour rom Dubrovnik, experience the natural wonder of these untouched islands and live true island life, Dalmatian style! This sun-drenched archipelago located north-west of Dubrovnik is largely uninhabited, and consists of eight islets, three of which await you on this full day excursion. Meet Koločep, Šipan and Lopud, bathe in their crystal-clear seas, stroll in the shade of their Mediterranean flora, explore their quaint hamlets, and indulge in the delicious local cuisine. Begin on charming Koločep isle, traversing the meandering path through evergreen pine, Carob trees, citrus gardens, and olive groves that joins its only two settlements. Wander in peace through scattered remnants of ancient buildings with not a car in sight – in fact, there are no cars on Koločep! Next you'll hop over to Šipan, the largest of the Elaphites. Rich in history, the island's settlement dates back to the Roman Empire, and is dotted with venerable stone villas as well as churches of a later age. The island's wealth of natural beauty and central agricultural area bares olives, figs, grapes, and citrus fruits. Lastly, visit the island of Lopud, said to be the most beautiful of the Elephites. Blessed with sunny beaches, it is the perfect place to unwind after a day of island hopping.

Kolocep Island: Hiking & Swimming Day Trip

6. Kolocep Island: Hiking & Swimming Day Trip

Apart from Dubrovnik Old Town, culture and history there is also the beautiful nature that surrounds the city. Go hiking on the lush Croatian island of Kolocep and take in the stunning panoramas that you'd find nowhere else! Meet your English-speaking guide at the Gruz Harbor and board on a most popular local ferry. Let the expert guide take you through the numerous foot paths on Kolocep Island. During your 3 hour hike, you'll enjoy in the tranquil surroundings of the lush Mediterranean vegetation including fragrant myrtle, laurel, thyme and rosemary. Your guide will unveil hidden places for swimming and cliff diving, away from the crowded city beaches. Return to Dubrovnik with an unforgettable experience of Kolocep Island.

Dubrovnik: The Secrets of the Elafiti Islands Boat Tour

7. Dubrovnik: The Secrets of the Elafiti Islands Boat Tour

Visit several smaller caves on the island of Koločep and the Blue Cave. Go inside and experience how the reflection of the sun rays gives the sea an extraordinary blue color. Your skipper will join you on the sea as he shares interesting stories about the Dubrovnik caves. Next, visit the three Green caves. You’ll notice right away how the hues of turquoise and green beautifully blend as the waves ripple on the surface. These are also excellent spots for swimming and snorkeling. As you sail back towards the Old Town, stop by the Betina Cave and tread on the beautiful pebble beach. Visit the biggest of the Dubrovnik caves, called the Pidgeon’s cave. Secluded, on the outer side of the island, its entrance is surrounded by steep rocks and Mediterranean greenery protruding from the rocks.

From Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Dubrovnik: Elaphite Islands Day Trip with Lunch

Admire the scenery of the Adriatic Coast on a day trip to Elaphite Island from Dubrovnik, with hotel transfers included. Board a boat and spend the day sailing to the 3 gems of Lopud, Sipan, and Kolocep. Soak up the seascapes and enjoy lunch onboard. At each stop, enjoy free time for sightseeing. Begin the day with a drive to the port of Gruž, where you’ll board a boat for an excursion to the islands of Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan in the Dubrovnik archipelago. Head to the Elaphiti islands, admiring the beauty of the marine environment along the way. Upon arrival at Koločep, have free time for sightseeing and a chance to explore the island. Next up is Sipan, where you can enjoy a pleasant walk around the island. When you’re back on board, set sail toward the island of Lopud while the crew serves lunch on board. Choose from fish, meat, or vegetarian menu options. After lunch, disembark at your last stop, the island of Lopud. Swim in the clear waters, soak up the sunshine, or relax on the secluded Šunj Beach at your leisure.

Dubrovnik: Private Elafiti Archipelago Cruise

9. Dubrovnik: Private Elafiti Archipelago Cruise

Set off from the main port in Gruž, Dubrovnik for the Elafiti Archipelago. Just 20 minutes journey by speedboat, the chain of islands offers an array of hidden coves, seaside villages, and the characteristic crystal clear waters of the Croatian Adriatic for your enjoyment. Enjoy a full six hours of exploration, plenty of time to visit at least three of the islands and stop for a bite to eat. Take advantage of a private tour where you can determine your own itinerary and feel free to change it throughout the day. Benefit from the advice of an experienced skipper who can give you tips for where to go and help you make the most of your time. For swimming and snorkeling during the hot summer months, visit the Blue Cave on Koločep and the famous Šunj Beach on Lopud. Both these islands are car-free, making them a true escape from the busy city. If you're an adrenaline seeker, ask your skipper to take you to the best cliff jumping spots on the islands. Or if you prefer to get in touch with the local culture and island lifestyle, visit some of the islands’ historical villages and sights like the old Monastery and Rector’s Palace on Šipan. Some guests plan to visit all three islands, end up falling in love with the first one, and stay there all afternoon. Other groups move along more quickly and have time to visit an extra spot or two before heading back to Dubrovnik. It’s 100% flexible and it’s 100% up to you.

Sunset Hiking Workout from Dubrovnik

10. Sunset Hiking Workout from Dubrovnik

Meet your English-speaking guide at the Boninovo bus stop in Dubrovnik town for this 3-hour hike. Get ready to climb to the top of Srdj Mountain for panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. At the top is a military fort built in the early 19th century, during the Napoleonic Wars. Today it houses the Museum of the Croatian War for Independence. Hike to another part of the mountain on paths known only to locals. Descend from the northwest side of mountain for views of the new port and the Elafiti archipelago. The path is well marked but rocky, so sturdy trainers or hiking shoes are necessary. The distance covered is around 9 km.

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What people are saying about Elaphiti Islands

Fantastic 8 hour trip to three islands, enough time at each to swim, explore or have a drink. The lunch provided was good, three options available. The staff were knowledgeable and very friendly. Plenty of fun and drinks on board. Pick up times vary depending on who you book with, so be ready and waiting earlier then the email suggests. You will have a great day on this tour.

Very well organised tour and staff are very professional helpful! There is free time to explore all three islands and lunch was tasty and fresh!

Really well organised. Food excellent and staff really helpful. A greasy to spend the day

Amazing day. I wish there was more time at Sunj beach. it's the best beach I have been to

It was wonderful! If we will come back in Dubrovnik we will do it again.