Explore, Race, and Give Back Along the Dalmatian Coast
Join us in Croatia for a triathlon on the beautiful Island of Korčula - you’ll swim through crystal clear water, bike around a stunning coastline, and run through the forested interior of the island. You’ll accompany your triathlon adventure with a little bit of history and culture, kayaking and hiking excursions, plenty of Mediterranean food and wine, and a SCUBA assisted ocean cleanup to give back. This trip is perfect for all skill and experience levels and will offer you the opportunity to challenge yourself while getting to know a new culture.
April 19-28, 2020 - Explore, Race, and Give Back in Croatia - $2,350
Dubrovnik - More than Kings Landing, the Red Keep, and Blackwater Bay
Our adventure will begin in Dubrovnik, where we will stay in a cliff-side hotel and venture out to see the city made famous in pop culture as the Red Keep overlooking Black Water Bay in Game of Thrones. We will walk along its ancient walls and learn more about its storied history and why it was able to remain virtually independent and free in a challenging geopolitical environment for centuries. We’ll stop for lunch, then you’ll have a free afternoon to explore the city’s narrow streets and hidden passageways. You may want to hike or take the cable car to the top of Mount Srd to get a birds eye view of the city and see the war museum tucked into Fort Imperial, a relic from the Napoleonic era. At the top, you’ll have an amazing view of the old city as sunset approaches.
Wine, Oysters, and a Little History along Pelješac
After a light open water swim from the deck of our hotel, we'll depart Dubrovnik for Korčula with a stop in Ston (pronounced Stone) on the Pelješac Peninsula. We’ll hike up the giant stone walls that once protected the city and its ancient sea salt works. Then the real treat - we'll take a boat ride to a secluded spot and enjoy a lunch of fresh oysters and clams plucked from the bay that morning. Our chef is sure to have some homemade rakija (rakeeya - Croatian moonshine) and table wine ready for us as he shucks and preps a small feast. We’ll swing by a family winery to taste a few vintages and have a snack before a short ferry ride brings us to Korčula, our island home for the rest of the trip.
Island Adventures - Kayaking, Sailing, Hiking, and Swimming
From our home base in Korčula town, we’ll explore the rest of the island by bike and by boat. We’ll tour some of the best wineries, enjoy fresh food prepared at a family run orchard, kayak across the bay, set sail on a private sunset champagne splashed cruise, hike the interior of the island, and assist the local SCUBA club in a cleanup of Korčula Bay. You’ll have optional yoga sessions in the mornings and several opportunities to swim in the open water as we seek out the most secluded beaches along Korčula’s rugged coastline.
A Local Race with a Balkans Feel
After an active and relaxing week, we’ll participate in the annual Marco Polo Challenge Triathlon now going into its tenth year. You’ll be able to choose from half-ironman, Olympic, and sprint distances. You are welcome to attend as a spectator, but don’t be afraid to give it a shot - this is a great race for first timers!
With a later race start than most Westerners are used to, on race day we’ll head to the center of town to pick up our race packets, check the fit of our sleek rented road bikes, and meet a few of our competitors. The experienced triathletes among us will be around to offer any last minute tips to the newbies. Around 11:45, we’ll make final preparations and clear the transition area for the noon start. There is a good chance the water will still be cool enough for wetsuits, but the organizers will make the call a day prior - so bring your wetsuits! After the race and a quick nap, we’ll stretch our tired legs on a short hike in the interior of the island on our way to a private al fresco dinner at a family owned olive orchard. We’ll swap stories and take in the cool spring air as the sun sets.
“My Open World Racing trip to Korcula, Croatia in April was the culmination of months and months of training in my fitness journey. I began that training with a personal trainer in anticipation of my 40th birthday. You’re never too old to redirect your health and well being! This is a lifestyle.
There were a lot of firsts on this trip. Traveling to Europe was a first, kayaking was a first, swimming in the open water, and participating in a triathlon was a first. With the help of our local guide and Andrew, it was a truly exhilarating experience. Every moment of the trip was carefully planned and well thought out. There was never a dull moment.
We hiked, biked, swam, sailed, and kayaked our way all over the breath taking region of Korčula. The culture, scenery and cuisine were incorporated into all aspects of the trip. We got to tour a local winery, monastery, and dine at a family run farm. We sailed in the harbor of Korčula while watching the sunset and drinking champagne. Our experiences touched all the senses in every way.
The culmination of the adventure was the Marco Polo Triathlon. OWR made all the arrangements for the race so we simply had to show up. Show up and race! Andrew helped prepare us every day leading up to the race. His expert tips and confidence eased the race day jitters.
There are not enough words to describe every exquisite detail of the trip with OWR to Korcula, Croatia. I am planning another adventure with the numerous opportunities OWR has in the future.”
- E Westfall
A Few Questions and Answers
What's included in the price?
“I loved experiencing Croatia with Open World Racing - might even go back next year!”
- MIke z.
All overnight accommodations. There will be an additional $350 charge if you'd like a single occupancy option, "single supplement."
In Dubrovnik, we will be staying in a 4-star hotel close to the old city - rooms will be double occupancy.
In Korčula, you’ll share an apartment. You’ll have your own room, but share a common space.
All planned in-country transportation.
All meals planned by OWR and included in the agenda.
All program activities listed in the agenda.
Race fees and other miscellaneous costs.
What is not included in the price?