101 Smiles on the Dalmatian Coast

Family holiday exploring coastal & cultural highlights of Croatia

8

days

7+

Age

Family

Multi

From $980 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Cycle ride and easy walks through vineyards, villages and farms
  • Help out on the farm and cook traditional dishes with the farmer
  • Family fun: Kayak, swim and snorkel at the beach
  • Cable car ride over sensational Dubrovnik city

This gentle multi-activity family holiday in Croatia gives a taste of the peaceful countryside as well as the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik and the warm crystal clear waters of the Dalmatian coast, which is a haven for water sports. During this Croatian family adventure holiday, we explore the sunshine region of the Adriatic through a variety of entertaining activities which can be enjoyed by all the family, starting with 2 nights in the pretty Konavle countryside south of Dubrovnik. We spend time on a farm, where the whole family can get involved picking fruit and vegetables or helping out in the garden before having lunch cooked by the farmers wife and family. We can sample the tasty cheeses made here and Mum and Dad can try their palette at the local brandy! We have a family cycle ride through quiet rural lanes and a walk near the coast to the top of a small hill with fabulous views of the sea and the countryside. One of the highlights is the Adventure Park that we visit. Here we find a high ropes course with zipwire along with various other activities such as archery and trampolining. Every day we have some time at the beach to swim, relax, snorkel or play games and we end this lovely warm Mediterranean family holiday, exploring the Dalmatian coast by sea kayak and a cable car ride for a fantastic view over and the incredible walled city of Dubrovnik.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 7 yrs old 

Designed with the whole family in mind, this  holiday includes a number of activities including one short walk, a cycle ride on quiet back roads, time at the adventure park, sea kayaking in calm, clear, warm waters close to the coast and various beach activities including swimming and snorkelling. Most activities and tours are including in the holiday price, but there are options on a few days to choose additional. To get the most out of this family holiday all members of the family should be able to swim, but it is not necessary to have any previous experience of kayaking.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group accommodation. A single transfer from Dubrovnik Airport is provided.
  • Local farm experience, helping pick seasonal fruit or vegetables. Afternoon swim at beach.
  • Morning bike ride through vineyards and villages. Transfer to Mlini, afternoon swim at beach.
  • Morning easy walk to a hill top for views. Afternoon high adrenaline fun at the adventure park.
  • Transfer to Dubrovnik, city tour including cable car to Srd Hill and Imperial Fortress.
  • Kayaking from St Jacob Beach. Stop at Lokrum Island for swimming and snorkelling.
  • Free time to enjoy more kayaking, or sailing, cafes or just the beach.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dubrovnik Airport is provided.
2016
Sun 29 May - Sun 05 Jun Code FCO /01/16/ Adult$980 Child$895 Status Limited Availability Book now
More information
  • 101 Smiles on the Dalmatian Coast
  • The departure reference for this tour is FCO /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 29 May and departs on Sun 05 Jun
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • The child price age for this holiday is 7 - 11 years
Sun 26 Jun - Sun 03 Jul Code FCO /02/16/ Adult$1,060 Child$975 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • 101 Smiles on the Dalmatian Coast
  • The departure reference for this tour is FCO /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 26 Jun and departs on Sun 03 Jul
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • The child price age for this holiday is 7 - 11 years
Sun 17 Jul - Sun 24 Jul Code FCO /03/16/ Adult$1,060 Child$975 Status Available Book now
More information
  • 101 Smiles on the Dalmatian Coast
  • The departure reference for this tour is FCO /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 17 Jul and departs on Sun 24 Jul
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • The child price age for this holiday is 7 - 11 years
Sun 14 Aug - Sun 21 Aug Code FCO /04/16/ Adult$1,060 Child$975 Status Limited Availability Book now
More information
  • 101 Smiles on the Dalmatian Coast
  • The departure reference for this tour is FCO /04/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 14 Aug and departs on Sun 21 Aug
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • The child price age for this holiday is 7 - 11 years
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Dubrovnik. A group transfer is provided from Dubrovnik Airport to the first night's accommodation. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Dobrovnik. These include Easyjet who have flights from London and Edinburgh, Monarch who have flights from London and Manchester and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.


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Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • airport
  • point
  • trip direction
  • transfer
  • boat
  • bike
  • trek

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group accommodation. A single transfer from Dubrovnik Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services begin with a group transfer, southwards along the coast (20 minutes) from the airport at Dubrovnik to our first night's accommodation near Gruda in the Konavle countryside. Depending on flight times we have the chance to stop at a local beach for our first swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea. After settling in, the remainder of the day is free to enjoy and explore the surroundings of this traditional setting. Overnight guesthouse near Gruda.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals d

  • Local farm experience, helping pick seasonal fruit or vegetables. Afternoon swim at beach.

    We have a short 10mins transfer to the village of Radovcici. The countryside is beautiful here, with traditional villages with red roofs, a warm Mediterranean climate and vegetation. We can also see the rugged hills, including mount Snjeznica (1234m) in the distance. Small local traditional farms are still a large part of life here, and today we experience how this still works as part of daily life. Our hosts take us for a short tour of their gardens and fields before we spend a couple of hours helping out with picking seasonal fruits and vegetables, and managing the farm. We then come back to the farm house where we may be able to help cook a traditional lunch from the ingredients we have sourced this morning. The family will show us how the farm traditionally worked, and we will sample some brandy and seasonally flavours. After lunch we spend some time on the beach. The beach is good for swimming and we have some time here to enjoy ourselves and relax. We then transfer the short distance back to the accommodation near Gruda for dinner.
    Swimming: Available in the sea

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • Morning bike ride through vineyards and villages. Transfer to Mlini, afternoon swim at beach.

    After breakfast, we meet our cycling guide and collect bikes for our morning ride. The total distance will a maximum of 20km and the riding is all on level terrain among vineyards small villages and farms. The ride length will depend on the weather and the group. We can take it easy on this ride to enjoy the views. There is plenty of time to take pictures and rest in the shade if we so wish. We ride on rural country lanes with minimal traffic or tracks and return to our accommodation at lunchtime to freshen up before checking out. Lunch is in a local restaurant/cafe. We then transfer the 30-45 minutes to the coastal town of Mlini. After checking into our hotel by the beach at Mlini the rest of the afternoon is for swimming or snorkelling in the beautiful clear blue waters, or just playing on the pebble beach.
    Swimming: Available in the sea and the hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bd

  • Morning easy walk to a hill top for views. Afternoon high adrenaline fun at the adventure park.

    After breakfast we drive towards the pretty village of Poljica in Konavle area. Here we can stretch our legs and enjoy the wonderful sea air as we set off on foot to conquor the top of a (small) hill! Feeling like we're Kings of the Castle, we have time to take our "top of the mountain photos" and look out over the land below our feet - forests, the sea and mountains as far away as the neighbouring land of Montenegro. Once we've "marched to the top of the hill and marched back down again" the fun really starts with an afternoon of high adrenaline activities as we spend the afternoon at the local adventure park. From archery to climbing on the high ropes and a zip wire, this is a fantastic action packed afternoon with friendly fully qualified instructors. There is a little café here were we have lunch. When we are all finished we transfer back to the hotel in Mlini.
    Swimming: Available in the sea or hotel swimming pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bd

  • Transfer to Dubrovnik, city tour including cable car to Srd Hill and Imperial Fortress.

    After breakfast we transfer to Dubrovnik (30mins). Here we check into our hotel with gardens leading straight to the beach. Our tour starts with a cable car ride to the top of Srd Hill, the highest in the area. Up here we have some of the best panoramic views of the city and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, coastline and islands. We explore the Imperial Fortress here before return via the cable car. We then enjoy a city tour of the historic old town of Dubrovnik (1-2hrs). We return to the hotel where we have the afternoon at leisure. We can have lunch in the old town and then spend some time looking around this interesting area with little shops and friendly cafes, or/and we can go to the beach which is almost an extension of the hotel terrace.
    Swimming: Available in the sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

  • Kayaking from St Jacob Beach. Stop at Lokrum Island for swimming and snorkelling.

    We transfer (15-30 minutes) to St Jacob Beach, the starting point of our sea kayaking trip. We are fully geared up, and given a briefing and demo before entering the water. The kayaks are usually 2-man. The paddling is gentle and gives us a totally different and lovely perspective from the water. We paddle past the city walls and along the coast to the island of Lokrum. We also stop at Robinson Beach and explore some caves. On the island of Lokrum we have a few hours to enjoy the sea, swim, snorkel, go for a short walk and have lunch in a local café/restaurant. We return to St Jacob Beach after lunch and transfer back to our hotel for dinner.
    Swimming: Available in the sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

  • Free time to enjoy more kayaking, or sailing, cafes or just the beach.

    No activities are planned for today, so we can participate in whatever your family enjoys the most. We can do some more kayaking, or maybe go sailing in the bay, or try some stand up paddle boarding. We could also take a day boat trip, maybe to Elaphite island. We could go further afield and visit Mostar & Medjugorie in Bosnia/Herzegovina, or take a trip down to Montenegro. We can go into Dubrovnik and walk the city walls (advisable in the morning). Your guide will arrange the activities for you. Of course just simple snorkelling and playing on the beach are always a popular option.
    Swimming: Available in the sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dubrovnik Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single timed transfer is provided to Dubrovnik Airport. Depending on flight times you may have time for a nice swim in the sea.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Group airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • All specialist equipment required for activities in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Extra activities and excursions indicated as 'optional'
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure

There is a large variety of food in Croatia due to the influence of the Mediterranean and Central Europe. This means that there is usually something for everyone’s tastes. A late lunch is the main meal of the day for Croatians, but they are equally well set up for foreigners who prefer a lighter meal at lunch. Due to its close proximity to Italy there are few towns on the coast without a pizzeria. Seafood on the coast is also popular. Breakfasts are of a continental style which consist of bread, cheese, meats and jam.

All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners are included in the holiday price. 1 dinner is not included on the last night in Dubrovnik. This gives you the choice of restaurants for this final meal. Dubrovnik has a large selection to suit all tastes and budgets. You should budget €20-25 per person for dinner. Lunches are usually taken in a local cafe/restaurant, giving you and your family a choice of how much/little you wish to eat and spend. Lunches are €10-15 per person.
A single timed group transfer will be provided on day 1 of the trip itinerary from Dubrovnik airport to the first night's accommodation in the Konavle Valley. This transfer will depart from Dubrovnik Airport in the mid morning.

At the end of the holiday a single timed transfer is included from the hotel in Dubrovnik to the airport in time for the mid morning flight back to the UK.

These timings are designed to meet with Easy Jet from Gatwick & Stansted, and Thomson from Manchester, Gatwick & Birmingham. All these flights arrive and depart within an hour of each other. Depending on who else is in the group and on which flights you may have a short wait at the airport.

Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if airport transfers are not required. It is possible to get a taxi or a private transfer to the group hotel, please contact the office for prices. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During the holiday we spend 2 nights in a rural guesthouse or family apartments in the Konavle Countryside. Our guesthouse is 3 rustic houses refurbished a few years ago, and a small botanical garden. Far away from the city noise it is surrounded by Mediterranean plants and furnished with traditional furniture, a spacious kitchen and a cosy fireplace. It is only a short drive from the sea. They have a small vineyard and olive trees producing domestic olive oil and various strong beverages and wine! All rooms are en-suite. We then have in a hotel in Mlini with a swimming pool which is also near the beach. Our last hotel is for 3 nights in Dubrovnik is right next to the beach.

Children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with 2 extra beds for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. Larger family rooms are occasionally available. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday (in Dubrovnik). Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The group will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking local tour leader. As the guide lives locally he does not overnight at the group accommodations, and has dinner with the group only on certain nights. Additional guides will be present at certain times during the holiday, for example fo the Dubrovnik city tour and the sea kayak.

€200 per family member should be sufficient to cover all non included meals and reasonable personal expenses. ATM’s are ready available in the larger towns of Mlini and Dubrovnik.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY COSTS (for free day):

All prices are per person and are subject to change without notice

  • Elaphite island cruise: €40 per person

  • Day trip to Mostar & Medjugorje: €60-110 per person, depending on size of group

  • Day trip to Montenegro: €60-110 per person, depending on size of group 

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

There is no weight restriction as such on this holiday other than that imposed by your international carrier.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Trainers/Walking shoes

  • Sandals – should be ‘Teva’ style for kayaking (not crocs)

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trousers

  • Shorts

  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt

  • Light fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Sunhat with wide brim

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Swimwear

  • Towel (for swimming)

  • Snorkel and mask (if snorkeling)

  • Small daypack (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you need to carry, including swimming stuff)

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Headtorch with spare batteries

  • Basic First Aid Kit – Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters, blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Camera

  • Toys / games / books / a football / kite etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Europe

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

Approximately £150 - £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including your bar bills and reasonable tips to the support crew.  If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect).   The local currency in Serbia is the Serbian Dinar, in Bosnia is the Convertible Mark (KM) and in Croatia is the Kuna.  For up to date exchange rates visit www.xe.com.  On arrival the KE leader will explain the best way to exchange your money in local currencies and approximately how much you will need for each country.  We recommend travelling with your spending money in either sterling, dollars or euros which can be exhanged in each country.   By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATMs using a credit or debit card - remember you will need your PIN number to do this.  ATM machines are available at Belgrade Airport, in Belgrade, Sarajevo,  Mostar and Dubrovnik.  Major credit cards are only accepted in the larger cities of Belgrade, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik.  

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions inland and Mediterranean influence on the Adriatic coast. In July - August, with temperatures can be in the high 20s or in the 30s in and you can expect plenty of sunshine from roughly May to October on the coast with slightly cooler temperatures.

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