The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Enjoy this old city of Dubrovnik chosen as a world heritage site by UNESCO. But there is so much more than just the old town to be discovered...
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Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.
If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Ancient Cities of the Adriatic.
As you wander through Dubrovnik’s perfectly preserved medieval streets and up and down the narrow, cobbled alleyways, a sense of history seeps into your senses allowing your imagination to take flight.
A walled city of intriguing narrow streets, squares and fine buildings in a spectacular setting. Its monumental walls, towers and fortresses cradle a unique historical and architectural heritage in a 21st century city. Although the main streets have been turned over to shops, bars and restaurants, people still live in the upper alleys where the sounds and smells of family life spill out into the steep and seemingly endless staircases and along winding narrow passages.
The high walls of Dubrovnik give us a bird’s eye view of not only this beautiful terracotta roofed city but also of the many quiet, secluded bays dotted around the peninsula which are popular spots with the local fishermen. There is so much more to the area known as Dubrovnik than Stari Grad the old town. By cable car we soar higher above the city to the summit of Mount Srd where from the top we are offered panoramic views of the city below, to the bays beyond, across to the Elafiti Islands and into the Adriatic.
Described by many as the high point of any holiday to Dubrovnik the Elafiti Islands are but a short boat journey away. The traditionally relaxed way of Adriatic life can be experienced on these small, hilly and forested islands. Walk through the scented pine woods on islands of Koločep, Lopud and Šipan to open vistas across land and sea.
Ston has the second longest defensive walls in the world - second to the Great Wall of China and with its many churches and links to the ancient salt trade will make for an interesting and varied day.
Spring brings wild flowers that colour the surrounding hills whereas autumn brings the traditional markets overflowing with fruit and vegetables. Whichever time of year you decide to visit we will explore the half-forgotten trails of the countryside, the Elafiti Islands, Mount Srd or visit the charming seaside town of Cavtat, there is plenty to see and do all from our specially selected hotel.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Fly from the UK to Dubrovnik. On arrival into Dubrovnik Airport we will transfer by road to our hotel on the outskirts of the old town. Depending on our time of arrival there may be time for an orientation tour around the neighbourhood and perhaps even a walk through the pine forest ringing nearby Mount Petka.
Transfer Time = 30m
In the morning we will enjoy a walk around the old town 'Stari Grad', where we will explore this fantastically historic city with its 80ft high defensive walks with a local guide. After a break for lunch you'll have the opportunity to walk the city walls offering you classic views over the rooftops of the old town. The afternoon will will be topped off with a walk along the coast to Sveti Jakov and back offering memorable views of the old harbour and the defensive walls of the old city.
Dubrovnik is heavily featured in the worldwide blockbuster series of Game of Thrones where it is known as 'Kings Landing' the most regal and powerful of all kingdoms.
A leisurely morning walk from our hotel around Babin Kuk will offer us a good view of the Elafiti Islands and the coastal range to the northwest of Dubrovnik. After a coffee break at the Yacht Club you'll have the choice of exploring more of the old town, relaxing by the hotel pool or undertaking a longer walk following the old aqueduct high above Dubrovacka Rijeka, a long narrow inlet flanked by the high hills of the coastal range.
We are off on an all day excursion by boat to the Elafiti Islands. Linked to the medieval Republic the islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan were home to many of the captains and sailors that manned Dubrovnik's mercantile fleet. Our visit to the islands will be shaped by the weather and the interests of the group. A variety of walks, leisurely strolls and swimming opportunities will make this a day to remember.
The walks specifics above are for the longest walk on any one of the islands.
Today takes us to Ston once the northern boundary of the Republic. Famous for its salt pans and 7 km of fortifications, the longest stretch of defensive walls on the European continent Ston today is famous for its aquaculture producing the best oysters and mussels in the region. On our way there we might stop in Trsteno where an optional visit to one of Europe's oldest Arboretums can be arranged. Once having arrived in Ston a variety of possibilities present themselves. A visit to a small local winery in the nearby village of Broce, a choice of walks including an opportunity to explore Ston's fortifications and walls and the possibility of sampling the local oysters and mussels are all on the day's menu.
Today we have another opportunity to visit the old town and have a dramatic bird's eye view of the walled city from the top of Mount Srd. Whether our ascent is on foot or by cable car the views are breath-taking. In the afternoon we can either continue to explore the old town or take a short ferry ride to the island of Lokrum just outside the old harbour. The island offers walking and swimming opportunities and is a favourite haven for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the old town.
Our final day takes us to the resort of Cavtat. The more energetic in the group can continue on to the village of Cilipi and after visiting the local church can walk back to Cavtat along a path once used by traders carrying goods to and from Constantinople. Those choosing a more leisurely day can discover shorter walks in and around Cavtat, have a swim or simply relax and watch the world go by seated in a comfortable chair in one of the many cafes and restaurants along the harbour front.
On our final evening we will be having dinner at a local restaurant.
It is time to say goodbye and transfer by road to Dubrovnik Airport for check-in and our return flight to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
29th Apr 2021 - 6th May 2021 (7 Nights)
13th May 2021 - 20th May 2021 (7 Nights)
27th May 2021 - 3rd Jun 2021 (7 Nights)
23rd Sep 2021 - 30th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)
14th Oct 2021 - 21st Oct 2021 (7 Nights)
23rd Dec 2021 - 30th Dec 2021 (7 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Highly categorized 4-star hotel with 244 modern and spacious rooms all with balconies guaranty a relaxing stay. It is located in the most beautiful part of Dubrovnik, close to the promenade that will take you to the Lapad Bay. Subtropical parks and Mediterranean plants surround the hotel. We stay in twin/double bedded and single rooms with shower and wc.
With distinctive Italian interior design, all rooms are richly equipped with Intelligent Smartcard System, Air-conditioning, Safety Deposit Box, Mini-bar, LCD Satellite TV, Telephone, Hairdryer and Free Wifi
The hotel is in a lovely location and is surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants; the hotel is close to shops, banks, the post office and even tennis courts. What makes this even nicer is that the main area of Lupad where our hotel is situated is in a pedestrianised area.
The Grand Hotel Park has a wide range of facilities on offer including In and Outdoor Swimming Pools, 24hr Reception, Free Wifi, Spa Centre, Room Service, Laundry, Currency Exchange, Gym and Bar.
It is impossible to visit a city like Dubrovnik without a spot of sightseeing which will be significant on this holiday. What makes this holiday different is where possible, sightseeing is done on foot. Whether this be walking the fortress walls or taking a cruise to the Elafiti Islands walking isn’t far away. As the holiday is a Grade 4 you can expect full and half days walking at a moderate pace over established paths. The terrain may be hilly and is often rocky. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 420m.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Entrance fees will be at your own account, this way you only pay for the sights that you visit.
Please allow approximately £60- £70 per person for entrance fees, this may include entry to the City Walls as well as the visit to the Trsteno Arboretum and the boat trip to Lokrum. All are considered options.
To make the most of all of the government run museums and entrance fees in Dubrovnik why not explore the Dubrovnik Card which also covers buses.
For general information a taxi from our hotel to the old town is 80knr, buses 15knr.
Currency in Croatia
The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna. Banks and ATM machines can be found in many towns and major city's and many shops accept major credit and debit cards.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
We fly from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik and return with British Airways.
Transfer time from the airport to our hotel is approximately 30 minutes by road.
During our stay in Dubrovnik we will use a selection of public and hired transport to get to and from our daily activities.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'no-travel' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel.
If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving at your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday from your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
If you will be making your own travel arrangements to Dubrovnik, you may find the following transport options from Dubrovnik Airport to the hotel useful:
Atlas have a shuttle bus service, where you can either make a request via their website: www.atlas-croatia.com/arrangement/transfers or purchase a ticket from the Atlas travel agency counter as you exit the baggage claim area. If the counter is closed it is possible to purchase a ticket directly with the bus driver. A one way ticket is 35 Kuna and a return is 60 Kuna. The schedule services every scheduled flight arrival and the journey time is approximately 30-40 minutes.
A taxi can be taken from the taxi rank at the airport and will cost around £25-30 (240-290 Kuna) and will take around 25-30 minutes.
Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Buffet breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday price. Both breakfast and most dinners will be taken in the hotel however on our last night we will eat out at a local restaurant. Lunches are not included, and can be purchased at local supermarkets, bakeries, and cafes or restaurants.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Croatia
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
“The “Bradt” guide to Croatia provides very well-researched and interesting background reading for this holiday. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays have especially negotiated a 25% discount on all Bradt guides for you as a thank you for your custom – so please go to the Bradt Guide website www.bradtguides.com and enter the code RWH25 when ordering to claim your discount.”
Visible Cities Dubrovnik (2nd Edition) by Annabel Barber.
Croatian National Tourist Office website: www.croatia.hr
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Croatia
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Croatia.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Rabies and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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