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25 Jun 2015 0
Excursion from Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik

1. UNESCO DUBROVNIK

Enjoy a city tour of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of Adriatic which is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral and secular buildings representing all periods of the city’s history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Particular mention should be made of the city’s main street, Stradun, the Rector’s Palace, the church of St. Blaise, the Cathedral, three large monasteries and the City Hall. The Republic of Dubrovnik was the centre of a separate political and territorial entity, and was proud of its culture, its achievements in commerce and especially of its freedom, preserved down so many tempestuous centuries.

Duration: 2 – 4 hours

Driving distance: 0,5 – 5 km (depending on accommodation location)

Highlights: City walls, Franciscan monestary, Rectors palace, Cathedral

Intensity: **

Excursion from Dubrovnik - Mostar

2. UNESCO MOSTAR

Decide for a nice trip to our neighbouring country Bosnia-Herzegovina. Drive through Neum, along the coast and through the delta valley of the river Neretva to Mostar. On your way visit Pocitelj where you will have the opportunity to see an old Turkish village. Arriving in Mostar discover the historic centre of the town where you will find the traces of varied cultures and religions left there over the centuries.

During Turkish rule in the 15th and 16th centuries the Ottoman frontier town was a very important trading centre, and Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge ”Stari Most” , after which it is named.

In the 1990s conflict, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge was destroyed, although much has been restored with the help of UNESCO. This area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European

architectural features is, according to UNESCO, ‘an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement’, and your tour will show you the highlights, including the old bazaar, the mosque and a typical Turkish house.

Duration: 10 hours

Driving distance: 180 km

Highlights: Neum, Počitelj, Mostar – old bridge, Turkish house, Mosque

Intensity: **

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3. SARAJEVO

Discover Sarajevo, whose architecture shows influences of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. You’ll see the Principe Bridge where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, creating the catalyst for World War I, and visit the Bascarsija, a large bazaar that was once the historical and cultural centre of the city. For lunch there are several cafes or restaurants you might like to stop at, or you could do what the locals do and grab a burek (kind of a pie filled with meat or cheese) or cevapi (Grilled sausages made of minced meat) on the go. After lunch you can visit the War Tunnel, without which the besieged citizens of Sarajevo would have suffered further hardship during the 1990s’ conflict, as it was the only way out of the surrounded city to the safety of United Nations-controlled land beyond.

Duration: 14 hours

Driving distance: 300 km

Highlights: Principe bridge, Bascarsija, War Tunnel

Intensity: **

Excursion from Dubrovnik - Kotor and Budva

4. UNESCO KOTOR AND BUDVA BAY

Feast your eyes on the spectacular fjords of Montenegro on this day-long trip. Stop in historic Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can see the vertical defensive city walls, labyrinthine medieval quarter and beautiful Renaissance architecture. The Roman Catholic cathedral of St Tryphon was consecrated in 1166, and is one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture along the Adriatic Sea.

You’ll also visit picturesque Budva, one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. The Old Town lies on a little island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time turned into a peninsula. Ramparts that originate from the 15th century surround it and they include a medieval fortification system with city gates, defence walls and towers. Inside the walls the town is a combination of narrow streets and little squares with valuable monuments.

Duration: 10 hours

Driving distance: 150 km

Highlights: Perast – Lady of the rocks, Kotor – Cathedral, Budva – Old city

Intensity: 3

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5. FORT SOKOL

Enjoy a tour to Fort Sokol or Soko Grad it is the biggest and for its location on the mountain pass towards Bosnian hinterland, exceptionally important fort from the period of Dubrovnik Republic. During your HD excursion you will have the opportunity to explore the watermill and stamp system situated in a protected natural landscape of the river Ljuta.

Duration: 4 hours

Driving distance: 60 km (one way)

Highlights: Fort Sokol, Old watermill, stamp system

Intensity:

Excursion from Dubrovnik - Cavtat

6. CAVTAT

Spend your day in Cavtat a small place by the sea, situated 18 km south from Dubrovnik. This is a town of beautiful palaces, summer houses and apartments, mild climate, rich vegetation, gorgeous bays, the town of beautiful beaches (stony, rocky, concrete and sandy beaches). Visit the most interesting sites such as the Mausoleum of the Racic family which holds many symbolisms of life, death and birth, as well as the three main stages of human destiny. It is a unique beauty that seems to sail above the sunny sea and pine, cypress and palm lines, like a white swan of eternity. Have a look at the birth House of Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most famous Croatian painters and the forefather of the Croatian modern painting. You can enjoy in beautiful architecture, garden space and the location in the very heart of the town. You will definately love the Baltazar Bogisic Collection with more than 35.000 different items. St. Nicola’s Church Picture Gallery has a valuable collection of paintings, sculptures and church liturgical pottery worth visiting. In Cavtat you will also find well preserved Roman statues, such as the remnants of a theatre, old city walls, aqueduct, and a number of old palace.

Duration: 3,5 hours

Driving distance: 25 km

Highlights: Mausoleum, Bukovac gallery

Intensity: 3

Excursion from Dubrovnik - Konavle

7. KONAVLE VALLEY

Going on a trip to Konavle is the best way to get acquainted with the tradition and culture of this unique region. The tranquil and fertile Konavle Valley has a Mediterranean feel, with its cypress, laurel and pine trees, and it’s famous for its olive oil production and fine embroidery work. While here you’ll visit an old Konavle home to see a collection of folk costumes, handicrafts, jewellery, arms, musical instruments and everyday items, and gain an insight into traditional family life.

We procede to an Illyrian tomb that is more than 3000 years old situated near the the village of Mikulici. It’s a stone pile 45 metres wide and nearly seven metres high. From the top a lovely view can be enjoyed perfect for some great shoots with your camera.

Duration: 3,5 hours

Driving distance: 60 km

Highlights: Poljice – Glavić house, Mikulići – Ilirian tomb

Intensity: 2

Excursion from Dubrovnik - Elafiti (2)

8. ELAFITI ISLANDS

Board a boat from Dubrovnik’s port and cruise to the beautiful Elaphite Islands, just to the west of Dubrovnik. The sheer geographical position of the Elaphite islands offers guests the perfect opportunity to island hop. These untouched islands are a wonder of nature and also provide an experience of true island life, Dalmatian style. The archipelago consists of a large number of reefs and rocks, islands and islets and the tour visits the three inhabited islands.

You’ll have free time to stroll on the evergreen isle of Koločep, characterised by its pine and carob trees, citrus gardens and small olive groves.

You then travel to the lush island of Lopud where you pause for a fish picnic lunch and will see the superb sandy Šunj beach.

Your final stop is the unspoilt islet of Sipan, the largest of the settled islands and which features many aristocratic manors from the Dubrovnik Republic. Take a dip in the crystal clear seas, stroll in the shade of Mediterranean vegetation, explore quaint hamlets or simply indulge your taste buds with local cuisines.

Duration: 9 hours

Driving distance: Bus – 2 – 5 km , Boat 15 NM OW

Highlights: Islan of : Koločep, Lopud, Šipan

Intensity: 2

Excursion from Dubrovnik - Ston

9. STON – OYSTER BAY

Are you a sea food lover??? Than, don’t miss the opportunity to taste some of the best oysters in the world! Let us take you to Ston a small town on the Pelješac peninsula, known for the oldest active saltworks in the world, growing mussels, wine production. With one of the local farmers we will take a boat ride and see oysters taken directly from the sea being opened right in front of You. Light lunch of mussels called ‘buzara’ and a glass of a good home-made wine will fulfil your day :) Just 1km from the oyster farms is a charming town of Ston where salt is produced since the Roman period. Ston is known for its 5,5 km long town walls, which are the longest in Europe. One can say that Stone once had a very rich history, in which it did not lack anything, given that the salt was once considered and called “the white gold.” It is possible that its magnificent walls were built exactly thanks to salt.

Duration: 5 hours

Driving distance: 60 km

Highlights: Little Ston – oyster farm, Big Ston – salt works, City walls

Intensity: 3

Excursion from Dubrovnik - Split

10. UNESCO SPLIT

This tour takes you to the Dalmatian capital – Split. On our way to the hart of Dalmatia we’ll drive along the Adriatic touristic road and see numerous view points. Upon arrival in Split, one of our professional guides will take you on the a walking tour through the old town. Split is world-famous as the site of where Emperor Diocletian built his famous retirement palace around 298AD, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is still home to more than 3,000 people, and offers an amazing tapestry of almost two thousand years of history. After you finished tour you will have free time, walk along the Riva, to enjoy some lunch or drink in one of the numerous restaurants.

Duration: 12 hours

Driving distance: 250 km

Highlights: Neum, Split Old city, Omiš, Makarska riviera

Intensity: 3