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    TRIP DOSSIER

    Dubrovnik and Marco Polo Island

    CROATIA

    300 days of sunshine per year Explore historic Dubrovnik

    Island walks and Konavle countryside

    Self-Guided Departures Walking Grade: B Moderate

    Trip Code: TCRO

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    Introduction

    The beautiful, romantic island of Korcula lays its claim to being the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Hotly disputed by the Venetians, this jewel of an island in the Adriatic with lovely coves, beaches, cliffs, forested hills, traditional villages, olive groves and vineyards is certainly worthy of exploration in its own right. Next youll visit medieval Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic and the iconic coastal city of Dalmatia, before a spot of island hopping takes you over to the Elaphiti island of Sipan. Cultured and relaxed, the waterfront community of Cavtat then provides the perfect base to explore the delights of the Konavle countryside with the option of time on the beach too. Enjoy pleasing, sunshine walking by the beautiful Adriatic.

    Your holiday

    Life on trek On this self-guided holiday you can of course dictate your own schedule to a certain degree. The walks are mostly of a moderate nature and there will usually be ample opportunity to enjoy a leisurely lunch along the way. Each walk is from your overnight accommodation, to which you return after the walk. Private transfers between the walking locations are provided.

    Walking conditions Throughout youll be mostly following roads and paths mostly with good conditions underfoot. Some of the routing is marked, whilst some isnt so you will rely solely on your route notes at times and be aware that currently only simple tourist maps are available. This trip will best appeal to those seeking moderate walking at a leisurely pace. Some sections involve moderately steep ascents and descents, although these are rarely sustained whilst other sections will be relatively straightforward. Each day you will be walking between 5-6 hours. A full explanation of the trip grading can be found in our brochure or online at www.walksworldwide.com. You should ensure you are comfortable walking at this level of grading and are physically prepared for the trip.

    Route Notes - Help keep them up to date

    Things can and do change along the routes that self-guided walking holidays follow. A sign may have been changed, or even removed, a path may have been obstructed, even re-routed, a landmark the route notes refer to may simply no longer exist. It is clearly impossible to keep track of all the changes that may occur outside the local tour operators control and knowledge. It may be the route notes translation can be improved (they are translated into several languages by the local operator after all) too. Clearly a case of last person to walk the route has the most up to date information. In the spirit of camaraderie amongst walkers and in an effort to constantly keep route notes updated and improved upon, the local operator (contact details in your final joining instructions) will always welcome notification of any changes along the way/recommendations for improvement if you would care to forward any useful and specific information to them. Alternatively, send to Walks Worldwide and we will forward accordingly.

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive Dubrovnik and transfer to the island of Korcula

    Arrive at Dubrovnik International Airport and transfer to Korcula (See How to join and depart this trip section later in this trip dossier). With a population of just over 1,000, Lumbarda extends around a small bay and the surrounding hills and bordered by sandy vineyards. There are several good places to eat including Restaurant Maslina that is reputed for its fish dishes, Restaurant Zure, a winery in Lumbarda bay that specialises in local cuisine and Torkul, a pizzeria.

    Pension, Lumbarda

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    Day 2 Circuit walk through pine woods, beaches and olive groves to Korcula town A nice moderate walk as a warm up to walking in Croatia. Leaving Lumbarda you walk to the village of Javic and follow a quiet road that passes fields, cultivated olive groves and vineyards of the famous Grk grape variety and affords mostly level walking. The road then starts to rise uphill before levelling out once more reaching the outskirts of Korcula town. Here you descend to the Bay of Us and follow a path past the marina to Korcula. If you leave at a reasonable time this morning you should have plenty of time to explore Korcula. There is a great deal to see in Korcula including the House of Marco Polo, St.Marks Cathedral, the towns ancient walls and towers, the Bishops Treasury and Hober Park. The return journey to Lumbarda is to retrace your outbound route.

    Walking duration: 4 hours / 11km (excluding Korcula exploration)

    Pension, Lumbarda (breakfast)

    Day 3 More Korcula exploration with open views to Lastove island Today is a return walk to Cape Raznic. Theres also the option of adding around 3km to the distance today and incorporating Glogovac and Usa Luka bays too. Perhaps undulating is the best way to describe the walking as you follow backroads through vineyards to the large sandy beach at Przina. Walking across the beach you continue through fields and forests to reach Cape Raznic, a great place for a picnic and a swim. Returning to Lumbarda you follow a footpath along the coastline of Lumbarda bay.

    Walking duration: 4 hours / 12km

    Pension, Lumbarda (breakfast)

    Day 4 Free morning, afternoon transfer to historic Dubrovnik The morning is free to relax and enjoy Lumbarda. Perhaps take a stroll along the coastline or just soak up the laid-back atmosphere. In the afternoon youll transfer to the historic city of Dubrovnik and after checking into your pension a local engish-speaking

    guide will provide you with a walking sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik.

    Walking duration: 2.5 hours

    Pension, Dubrovnik (breakfast)

    Day 5 A walk on Lopud Island Today you walk on Lopud island, famous for having some of the best sandy beaches in the Elaphite Islands. To make the most of your day visit to Lopud Island please take into account the boat journey is around 45hrs in each direction. Lopud has a typical mediterrainian feel, with old stone houses, churches and number of historic sites. The town of Lopud is settled in picturesque bay with a Franciscan monastery and water front surrounded with palm trees and rich Mediterranean vegetation.

    There are several hiking trails, including a big one that makes a full loop around the island, where you can discover old forts, churches, the botanical garden and magnificent views over the cliffs. The walk starts from the Lopud port and follows the streets and steps out of town to magnificent view points of Fort Kastio and Sv. Ivan church. The trail then goes to the beach of sunj and along cliffs on the southern side of the island. Then return to Lopud town before taking the ferry back to Dubrovnik.

    Walking duration: 4 hours / 12km

    Pension, Dubrovnik (breakfast)

    Day 6 Transfer to Cavtat, walk in the Konavle countryside Its a short 10km transfer to Cavtat in the Konavle region renowned for its plantations of vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves. Cavtat is a charming small port in a sheltered bay on the Adriatic and actually closer to Dubrovnik Airport than Dubrovnik itself. Todays walk, which explores the Konavle countryside is waymarked and on a mix of asphalt and gravel surfaces. From the old church of St.George in Cavtat (theres a shop opposite if you want to buy water/trail snacks/picnic) a sign points you in the diretion of the starting footpath. After around 800m asphalt turns to gravel and initially its all very easy going. There are

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    nice views out to sea and to the Cavtat Islands. The route steepens a bit as you head to the village of Pendovo Sedlo.

    Heading under trees and the route is lined with traditional dry stone walls you head towards the village of Cilipi, there is a tempting option to take a detour to Zagon Bay on the way to Cilipi/on the way back. Heading through the odd tiny village the bell tower of the church in Cilipi is clearly visible and serves also as a useful navigational aid. You continue your walk to Cilipi, perhaps the best known regional village and noted for its beautiful folk costumes, as well as the colourful folk dance the Lindjo (performances every Sunday morning by the church). The main square here is very attractive with its monument to King Tomislav, the first Croatian King. You can return by the same route or take a bus/taxi back to Cavtat. For fine Dalmatian seafood in Cavtat the Restaurant Leut is a good bet. The Jakanovi Dori 5km from Cavtat (taxi required) specialises in local organic produce and healthy Mediterranean cuisine if you fancy something high-end. Another excellent option (although 20km from Cavtat) is in the village of Pridvorje, the Restaurant Vinica Monkovic serves traditional food including its home-made prosciutto, cheese, local meats including lamb cooked under the bell. The Monkovic family whom own this restaurant have a fine collection of folk costumes. Ask them nicely and theyll show you.

    Walking duration: 4 hours / 16km