Explore, Race, and Give Back in Croatia
Join us in Dubrovnik and Korčula, Croatia from April 21-28, 2019 to race along the Dalmatian Coast, explore Korčula’s shoreline by kayak, stroll through Dubrovnik’s ancient streets, enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine, and give back through a SCUBA assisted ocean cleanup.
We had a blast last year and we have even more activities lined up for 2019. We decided that our five-day trip wasn’t enough, so we’ve added two more days to soak up the Croatian sun, enjoy historic Dubrovnik, and explore more of our temporary island home.
Prices start at $1,900 if you book by January 31!
Race in the locally organized Marco Polo Triathlon Festival along the Dalmatian Coast. We had two first-time triathletes last year.
Kayak, swim, and explore Korčula’s bays and inlets.
Taste the island’s seafood and wine delights, including a fresh oyster picnic on a secluded island.
Give back through a SCUBA assisted ocean cleanup.
Visit historic Dubrovnik and stroll through its centuries old narrow streets.
April 21, Day 1 - Arrival and Welcome: We'll pick you up at the airport, take you to the hotel to rest and unpack, then we’ll meet for a welcome dinner at a local favorite. We’ll break the ice with the rest of the team and have an informal chat with a local expert on the unique geography, history, and culture of Dubrovnik, Korčula, and the Dalmatian Coast.
April 22, Day 2- Get to Know Dubrovnik: After breakfast and morning yoga at our seaside hotel, we’ll venture into old Dubrovnik for a walking tour and a chance to step back in time. 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 see the war museum tucked into Fort Imperial, a repurposed remnant from the Napoleonic era. At the top, you’ll have an amazing view of the old city, especially as sunset approaches.
April 23, Day 3 - Pelješac Cuisine: After a light open water swim off the back 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 short boat ride to a secluded spot and enjoy a lunch of fresh oysters and clams plucked from the sea that morning. Our chef is sure to have some homemade rakija (rakeeya - Croatia moonshine) and tablewine ready for us as he shucks and preps a small feast. Next, we’ll take a short ferry ride to Korčula, our island home for the rest of the trip.
April 24, Day 4 - Island Adventures: After an optional morning jogging tour of Korčula’s old city, we’ll link up with our partner Korčula Outdoor for a boat ride to a secluded beach and underwater cave where we’ll enjoy swimming and free diving. If a wine tour of the island is more your style, a group of us will split off for a bicycle ride with a couple winery stops and some off-the-beaten-path beaches. We should be back by the mid-afternoon to rest up for a sunset sail on Korčula Bay.
April 25, Day 5 - Kayak Exploration: We’ll set off with our guide in single and double kayaks to explore Korčula’s surrounding waters and neighboring islands. We’ll glide through the crystal clear sea, stopping a couple times for a swim. We’ll dock our boats and hike inland a bit to find a secluded cabana and friendly grill-master searing a fresh fish lunch for us. There’ll surely be more rakija and wine to enjoy before we head back to home port. You’ll have the evening free to explore the island alone or with a group.
April 26, Day 6 - Giving Back SCUBA Style: We'll partner with about 15 expert divers from Korčula's SCUBA club to help cleanup the harbor, the site of the swim portion of the next day’s race. Certified open water divers are welcome to assist with the underwater portion and will be provided equipment, subject to availability. The rest of the group will don snorkels and fins or help out from the shore. After the cleanup, we’ll swap stories with the SCUBA club over lunch. You’ll have the afternoon free, but we’ll meet up for dinner to make sure you get your fill before the race.
April 27, Day 7 - Race Day and Evening Under the Stars: With a later race start than most Westerners are used to, we’ll have the morning 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! That evening, 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 while the sun sets and we have a meal to remember.
April 28, Day 8 - Departure: Today will be an early one depending on what time your flight leaves, but we'll make sure you get to the airport on time - we will provide transportation back to Dubrovnik to catch your flight home. Or, you can certainly stay longer in Dubrovnik or Korčula, but this is where Open World Racing's agenda leaves off.
A Few Questions and Answers
What's included in the price?
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 with a fellow adventurer.
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?
“I loved experiencing Croatia with Open World Racing - might even go back next year!”
- MIke z.