Ancient city walls. Higgledy-piggledy red rooftops. Cobbled streets worn by time. That’s Dubrovnik, a heart-stealing city that you just know you’re going to love the moment you arrive.
• Check out the 17th-century cathedral in the old town, with its striking gold and silver ruins. Then make tracks for Rector’s Palace, the former residence of Dubrovnik’s Republic Rector. It houses an impressive collection of artefacts and furniture.
• Leave the city behind and set sail for the nearby Elaphite Islands. All pine forests, beaches and olive groves, this trio offer up plenty in the way of Kodak-worthy scenery.
• The beaten track turns into a distant memory when you explore in a kayak. Row your way along Dubrovnik’s coastline and you’ll see the city walls and forts from a totally different angle.
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On this tour you’ll stroll beneath a blanket of terracotta rooftops to discover why Dubrovnik has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll step into the walled city through Pile Gate, where you’ll be transported back in time on a guided walk through the cobbled streets. Afterwards, the time is yours to spend as you like. Pick your own path through the winding lanes, gaze up at the Baroque buildings, and breathe in the scent of freshly-baked pastries from the pavement cafés. You’ll get to explore the medieval town of Cavtat, too, which was once a Roman and Greek colony. Nowadays, it’s a pretty port town that spills down a tree-cloaked peninsula. You can look forward to some incredible views on the drive along the Zupa coastline, too.
Enjoy a scenic drive to Pile Gate, your entrance to the old walled city of Dubrovnik, stopping at a panoramic viewpoint on the way. Once inside, you’ll start a walking tour that takes you right into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Prepare to be charmed by its narrow, winding streets that are crammed with Baroque architecture. Visit the 17th-century cathedral, with its rich treasury and gold and silver relics. The Rector's Palace, meanwhile, will really dazzle you with its first class collection of artefacts, furniture and arms. Then it’s on to the Dubrovnik Maritime Museum situated in the fortress Sveti Ivan to view the maritime affairs of Dubrovnik and Croatia as a whole. Afterwards you’ll get some free time to soak up the atmosphere of this enchanting city before making your way to the old harbour. Here you’ll set off on a scenic boat ride around the southern part of the old city walls and the beautiful Lapad peninsula on your way back to the ship.
Fancy seeing Croatia at an easier pace? Then this panoramic tour is designed for you. It all begins with a scenic drive to a viewpoint high above the UNESCO protected old city of Dubrovnik. We’ve picked a spot that’ll give you the best view of the Medieval old town, without having to pick a path around the cobbles. You’ll see ancient stone walls wrapped around a maze of stone alleyways and terracotta rooftops. After a quick stop here we will continue our journey south of the city bringing you to the sweeping farmland of the Konavle region. You’ll come to a stop at an old watermill, and you’ll be told all about its uses in traditional flour-making. To round off your snapshot of traditional Croatia, you’ll get the chance to tuck in to some brandy, wine and local delicacies, before heading back to the ship.