Kaprije is an island best described as tranquil Mediterranean oasis

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Nature & wildlife trip

Romantic getaway to Kaprije, an island without cars

If the challenges of everyday life are taking a toll on you and your relationship, and you're drawn to the idea of going away on holiday with your significant other to an island that has faded away in the memory of the modern world, here's your chance.

Kaprije is an island without any vehicles and machines making noises that drown out the soft whisper of the waves and the song of the crickets. There's an idyllic fishing village that has somehow managed to remain unspoiled by the uncontrollable march of tourism where you can find meditative peace even in the summer when the entire Mediterranean is flooded with tourists. As you lie on the beach, the gentle maestral wind alleviates the sweltering summer heat by carrying the scent of the sea with it; while the aromas of medicinal plants, grapevines, and olives spread from the island's interior. All that is left for you to do in this tranquil Mediterranean oasis is to unwind and completely detach yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Trip highlights

  • Staying at the only village on the island, in an apartment, with a heated swimming pool in front
  • An inspirational tour of the island, to provide orientation and basic knowledge of the island's flora
  • A full day private boat excursion to the National Park Kornati
  • Exploring Kaprije's beaches on foot (or bike) or by a small boat if you know how to pilot it

Trip availableMAY-JUN,
SEP
Duration8 days
Suitable for2-6 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesenesptit
Price per personfrom 205.00 €
Great for
  • Couples without children
You’ll be accommodated in
  • Apartments with a heated swimming pool
Trip designed by Marija Mance

Experienced tour guide and a passionate explorer of hidden treasures of Croatia

Activities are taking place on the island Kaprije

Kaprije is a small island in Šibenik's well-indented archipelago. The island was named after the Mediterranean plant caper – the plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berries), both of which are usually consumed pickled. 

Caper was probably abundant at the time the island was settled by the refugees from the mainland, during the Turkish invasion in the 16th and 17th century. They came there to work on the olive and wine groves owned by Šibenik‘s landowners and noble families. So, the islanders are traditionally fishermen as well as olive oil producers and wine-growers – that should mean that you can find some good local specialities there.

The parish church of Saint Peter dates from the 16th century, too. If you wish to see some other historical curiosities, you can enjoy exploring the underwaters as well... divers will be particularly interested to see one of the most attractive wrecks in the Adriatic: the warship Francesca da Rimini from 1944 which is located at the depth of 38-50m on the north side of the island.

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Saturday: Arrival to Kaprije, your new destination

If you're arriving by car, your hosts will be waiting for you at the entrance to the town of Šibenik and then escort you to the free parking-lot where your car will be stationed during your stay on Kaprije. If you're arriving by bus or train, they will welcome you at the station and transport you to the port.

You will depart for Kaprije together with your hosts and head to your apartment with luggage in tow. This is the only village on the island with a hundred or so permanent residents, a post office, outpatient clinic, shop, a few quaint bars, and a dozen restaurants highly praised by yachters, where you can try some of the local specialties. You will fall in love with this place instantly.

DAY 2

Sunday: Exploration and the tour of the island

After breakfast and a morning cup of coffee, you will head for the „Introduction to island life” in Croatian, English, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish private walking tour with your host. On this inspirational walk, you will listen to stories about life on this tiny island, the Mediterranean aromatic plants, the sea, and your immediate surroundings. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and unwinding by the pool or the sea and take in the scents and sounds of nature. Overnight stay.

DAY 3

Monday: Visit the Kornati National Park

Make sure you have a hearty breakfast because afterwards, your host is taking you on a wonderful full-day private boat excursion to Kornati National park, a nautical paradise composed of 89 unforgettable islands, islets and rocks. On the way to Kornati and back, pending weather conditions, you might stop for a swim at some of the gorgeous beaches on the islands that you will be passing by.

Optionally, you can also take part in a fun activity where the swimmer is being towed by the boat (weather conditions permitting), go hiking to the top of the cliff, or diving into the sea from the cliffs and then snorkelling under the cliffs and staring into the underwater abyss. Filled with impressions, return to your apartment or take a stroll through the village and have dinner on your own.

Overnight stay.

DAY 4 – 7

Tuesday-Saturday: Exploring Kaprije island in more detail and relaxing

Spend days unwinding, meditating and exploring the island.

Your host will hand you a map of the beaches, some of which can be reached by bike or on foot; while others can only be accessed by boat. If you know how to pilot a small boat, you will have a 3m-long Yamaha boat with a 5 hp outboard motor at your disposal for an entire day of exploring the pristine beaches of Kaprije and the surrounding islands or you can even go fishing.

Fans of biking and hiking will receive bikes and the host will give you a hiking & biking map and explain all the details so that you can choose a trail with a difficulty level that suits you best.

If you feel like spending some time on land, we recommend that you visit the town of Šibenik. You can obtain the Fast ferry (catamaran) schedule from your host as soon as you arrive on the island. Šibenik is a treasure trove of culture and it bears witness to the rich and formidable history of Dalmatian cities.

We can also offer you an optional full-day boat excursion to Krka National Park or Skradin, to be more exact, which is one of the entrances into this vast and exceptionally valuable nature area. Overnight stays in your Kaprije apartment.

DAY 8

Sunday: Departure from Kaprije

Time to pack and check out. Say goodbye to your hosts, who will escort you to the place where they greeted you when you first arrived. Bon voyage!

What's included?

  • Parking space in Šibenik (if required), escort to the apartment by your apartment hosts and luggage transportation
  • 7 overnights at an apartment 4+2 – two double rooms on Kaprije island, living room, LCD TV, kitchen and bathroom, balcony/patio; linen and towels included in the price; use of heated swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, Final cleaning of the apartment, tourist tax
  • Private guided walking tour (by your apartment hosts) of the island in Croatian, English, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish on Day 2
  • Full day privately guided boat excursion in English (by your apartment hosts) to the Kornati National Park directly from/to Kaprije island and entrance fee included on Day 3
  • Trip preparation fee
  • VAT

What's not included?

  • International airfare to and from Croatia
  • Transfer to/from arrival/departure points, and transfers not included in the itinerary - available on request
  • Ferry/catamaran tickets
  • Meals during stay
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (tips are always appreciated but not mandatory) 

Reductions and supplements

  • For 3rd person on additional bed (on request)
  • For children additional bed available (on request)
  • For single room (on request)  

Ask about availability & get an offer

What happens when you request an offer?

1

We will double-check availability and make reservations for your rooms, restaurants, guides etc.

2

With reservations confirmed, we will prepare the best offer possible in regard to your arrival date & party size

3

You will get the offer via e-mail, along with the payment options. Feel free to request further customisations!

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