THE MARCO POLO TOUR
Price per person: 990 €
This tour takes you to the birthplace of Marco Polo, the town of Korčula on the island of Korčula and to the famous vineyards of the region and the world reknown oyster beds of Ston on the Peninsula Pelješac . The tour goes over a distance 200 km. Along the way, your guides will explain to you the amazing history, nature and wildlife of this beautiful part of the world. Our guides are multilingual and experts in sea kayaking and canoeing. They are trained by the Croatian S.A.R. We would like you to have some experience in sea kayaking and a good level of fitness. The longest distance we paddle is about 30 km in one way. Kayaking lessons will be given at the start of the trip. The first and last night are spent in a small hotel in Ston on the Pelješac peninsula. The rest of the time we camp out on lovely campsites or on a beautiful wild spot chosen by you or suggested by us. We'll take you in to a world of calm warm waters, islands, great food and wine. You'll get a taste of our way of life. The Dalmatian way of life.
Small changes are possible due to weather conditions or similar problems we can not control.
Interesting places and local tradition: old palaces and fortresses, beautiful ancient, medieval and renaissance towns of Ston, Orebić and Korčula, small fishermen’s villages, Marco Polo’s birthplace and museum, tall ships museum, small islands with beautiful coves and beaches and sea caves, gourmet local cuisine.
“Pelješac peninsula- the Marco Polo sea kayaking tour” includes:
sea kayaks Prijon Excursion (double) or Touryak (single) and other paddling and camping equipment except sleeping bags, expert guiding, accommodation (2 overnights in hotel and 7 camping, double occupancy of room/tent), all meals, insurance, local travel on the start and the end of the tour.
“Pelješac peninsula - the Marco Polo sea kayaking tour” does not include:
plane and other travel of non local character, sleeping bags (possible to rent at the request), drinks, various specific personal items (hygienic, medical etc.).
After the arrival at the Split airport, we will travel to the town of Ston on the Pelješac peninsula. Before welcome dinner, we will have enough time to take the walk on the world famous Ston wall. This wall, across the whole peninsula, is considered to be the longest after the Great Wall of China.
In the morning we complete our supplies and after that it's time to go. We start our tour paddling down the shallow and narrow Ston channel, passing near the ancient salt pan, which is still active with the same technology as centuries ago. After some ten or eleven kilometers we reach the southernmost point of the Pelješac peninsula and turn around it towards northwest. It will take eleven kilometers more to arrive to the large Prapratna cove with sandy beach, where we sleep in camp. Of course we will not just paddle the whole day. There are a lot of small pebble beaches on this route, excellent for swimming and sun bathing.
Today we reach arguably the most beautiful part of the Pelješac coast, the area around small villages of Žuljana and Trstenik. This part of the coast is a long chain of small, hidden gravel beaches among rocks and shady pine trees.
It's the best to begin the new day in the same way and on the same beach like we finished the day before – with swimming in the warm clear sea. After that, a fascinating paddling day by ahead of us. By the end of the day we reach the picturesque town of Orebić, famous for its maritime tradition.
Today’s paddling route is relatively short, but we have a many local attractions to visit. First, we visit maritime museum in Orebić and after that we paddle across the channel to the nearby old town of Korčula on the island Korčula is the birthplace of a famous Venetian explorer Marco Polo and we can visit his home, which is a museum today. We can also visit…,well the town of Korčula is one big museum, a museum dedicated to the Mediterranean poetry of stone. You'll see! After that we paddle back to Orebić through the small archipelago of green isles, one of them with a gargantuan archaic monastery.
Another chance to have a walk around Orebić, perhaps to visit the monastery on top of the hill and its beautiful view. After that we must reach the Lovište village before sunset. Why? To reach our camp, of course. But, much more important, to watch the sunset from Lovište. That sight is simply breathtaking and it’s something you have to see at least once in your life.
Today we paddle around the westernmost point of Pelješac, leaving the so called «big sea» and entering the «small sea», between Pelješac and the mainland. On our way to the Divna cove, with a romantic sandy beach and a small campsite, we will stop on the unique Blace beach. Why unique? Well, have you ever seen majestic gargantuan mountains with a strip of pebbles on its bottom? A strip of pebble between the sea on one side and fresh water lake on the other side? And a short stream connecting both sides? Well, have you ever seen anything like this? Never, of course. Never until now.
Today we have easy paddling along the coast. It is worth a stop in the Trpanj village and, of course in one of numerous small coves with pebble beaches. The «small sea» is becoming smaller and smaller and closer to the mainland. Here we can see first oyster farms which are going to become more and more numerous as we get closer to the end of the bay.
Reaching the Mali Ston village we almost complete full circle of our journey. Almost, because after nearly 200 kilometers of paddling around the Pelješac peninsula we are now only a kilometer away from our starting point – just across the hill. Farewell dinner, bed and shower are waiting for us.
While driving back to Split airport, full of impressions, we bring our luggage full of memories. And a bottle or two of strong red wine from Pelejšac. Oh, did we forget to mention? Pelješac is the Croatian wine capital. You must bear in mind in each small village you visit and order a bottle for the best possible end of the day.back to top