Dubrovnik is located in the south of Croatia and is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. It is a stunning city with a well preserved cultural and historical heritage, earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979. Dubrovnik has become a popular destination for tourists because it has so much to offer, from historical sites, delicious cuisine and fun activities for the family to enjoy. We have selected eight things that should be on the top of the list for anyone visiting Dubrovnik. Take a look at what we have chosen:
The Dubrovnik Old Town is surrounded by medieval walls and forts which were completed in the 15th and 16th century. The walls are two kilometres long and were built to help protect the city from foreign invaders and attacks. Walking these famous walls is a popular tourist attraction, with visitors from all over the world travelling to climb them. It will take you approximately two hours to walk all the way around the wall, giving you plenty of time to take photos. During your walk, you will get to enjoy the best views of the Adriatic Sea, look down at the rooftops of the Old Town buildings and spot the impressive Lovrijenac Fortress and Lokrum Island. The walls can get busy, so we would recommend visiting as early as possible if you hope to avoid the crowds. Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen and water during the hot summer months as you won’t find any shady spots to hide in during your walk. If you are interested in finding out more about Dubrovnik and its famous City Walls, you can join a guided tour to learn more about its history.
Don’t worry we’ve got you covered, our 7 Night Deluxe Dubrovnik to Split Cruise includes tickets to the Dubrovnik City Walls. Check out our website to find out what other inclusions have been added to the cruise.
Dubrovnik Old Town is located within the city walls and is a small area, so it is best to explore the town by foot. You can join a guided tour and learn all about the historical sites, impressive Gothic and Romanesque architecture and hear interesting stories about the city. The Old Town was one of the areas which suffered the most bombings during the Croatian War of Independence. The city maps dotted around the Old Town show you all the places where the bombs were dropped on Dubrovnik. The guided tour will give you an insight into how Dubrovnik was impacted and the recovery of the city. You will also get to visit some of the historical landmarks including, Pile Gate, Stadun (also known as Placa) which is the main street running right the way through the Old Town, Big Onofrio’s Fountain and the Dubrovnik City Bell Tower.
After a recent refurbishment, the Dubrovnik Cable Car has reopened and is back to taking visitors 405 metres up high to Mount Srd. The cable car is just a short ride, taking visitors to the top of the mountain in under 5 minutes. It was first opened in 1969 but was destroyed during the Croatian War of Independence. In 2010 it was restored and has continued to transport tourists to the top of the mountain where they can admire the stunning views. Make sure you bring your camera so you can snap away at the panoramic views of the Dubrovnik Old Town, the Adriatic Sea and Lokrum Island, which is 600 metres away from the city of Dubrovnik. If you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day, you can see up to 37 miles! At the top, visitors can also dine at the Panorama Restaurant and Bar as you overlook Dubrovnik or purchase gifts at the souvenir shop.
The Gunduliceva Poljana market in the Old Town is open every morning until 1pm and is a great way to spend your morning. The market has a variety of stalls selling fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. You will also find lavender oils and bags, dried figs, embodied table linens and lots more authentic, locally produced products. I recommend trying the candied orange peel, it is a popular snack in Croatia and very tasty!
One of the most popular outdoor activities in Dubrovnik is sea kayaking. The kayaking tours are a group excursion, led by a qualified instructor. You will begin the tour at the small beach near Pile Gate, where you will then head off and paddle alongside the impressive City Walls and Fort Lovrjenac. You will also have the opportunity to visit Lokrum Island and explore hidden caves before stopping for a short break at a hidden-beach cave. Whilst there, you will have free time to swim or snorkel in the sea and eat the lunch provided, before heading back to the mainland. Sea kayaking is a great activity to enjoy with your friends and family and offers breathtaking views of Dubrovnik from a difference perspective.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, then Dubrovnik should be high on your list of places to visit. Many memorable locations and iconic scenes from the hit HBO show were filmed in Dubrovnik, including the King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Step foot in Lovrijenac Fortress, which was used to film the Red Keep or visit the place where Cersei’s Walk of Shame scene took place. You will even get the chance to learn interesting facts about Dubrovnik City and funny anecdotes about the filming of Game of Thrones by your tour guide.
Our Game of Thrones Tour is the perfect vacation for any Game of Thrones fanatic! The tour includes stops in Split and Dubrovnik, where the show was filmed, as well as visiting Krka National Park, Lokrum Island and Hvar. You can find out more information about our Game of Thrones Tour here >
Banje Beach is the most well-known of Dubrovnik’s public beaches and is just a short walk from the Ploče Gate. The pebbly beach has fantastic views of the city harbor and the island of Lokrum. You will find a restaurant and café along the waterfront where you can dine or grab a drink to help cool down from the summer heat. Take a dip in the clear blue sea or take part in the water sport activities on offer, you can rent a jet ski, speed boat, kayak or go parasailing! You can also rent sunbeds and canopies for you to lounge on and soak up the sun. If you are in Dubrovnik, make sure you stop by Banje beach, even if it is just to see the beautiful view.
If you are looking for an authentic Croatian experience, then book a private excursion where you can learn how to cook Dalmatian cuisine. We can offer you the chance to take part in a cooking class with a local family who live just outside of the city center and can trace their family history back over 500 years. You will learn how to make bread the Croatian way, pick fresh vegetables from the garden and enjoy a traditional Croatian meal you have cooked. If this sounds like something you would love to do, call our travel experts on +1 (844) 879 7838 to book this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You can find out more about our vacations to Dubrovnik on our website here or give our travel experts a call on +1 (844) 879 7838 to find out more.
Lydia August 30th, 2019
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The Croatian capital city of Zagreb may be relatively small and compact in size, but its packed full of fabulously cool and fun recreational activities and things to see, explore and do. It’s possible to get a real taste of Zagreb with a two or three-night stay. We recommend combining your stay in Zagreb with a Croatia private tour or luxury Croatia cruise.
Take a stroll along the charming narrow alleyways of the Upper Town to get a taste of what life was once like in the city. Many of the elegant courtyards have vintage gas lamps that are lit up in the evening.
The majestic and monumental 13th century Neo-gothic Cathedral is the tallest building in the Croatia. The Roman Catholic Cathedral’s impressive restoration is the work of architect Herman Bollé.
Zrinjevac Park is the best starting point for an expedition of Zagreb’s parks. Half way around the U-shaped Lenuci’s Horseshoe trail you will find the Croatian National Theatre. At the Botanical Garden you can explore the English-style arboretum and lakes, and over 10,000 plant species.
Commonly known as the Stone Gate, the shrine to Virgin Mary is where the locals go to pray and give blessings. The sacred shrine is situated at the top of Radićeva Street.
Enjoy the world’s shortest cable car ride and spectacular views. When you hop on the 19th century Funicular it takes just 64 seconds to travel the 66 meters to the top.
Cool off with a dip in Jarun’s small or big lakes. The beautiful lakes are surrounded with 10km of walking and cycling trails.
Our Ultimate Croatia Family Vacation package offers a fun packed itinerary for you and the kids, starting in Zagreb!
Croats love to drink coffee, particularly in chic coffee shops. To experience peak time café culture in Zagreb on Saturdays, head for Bogovićeva Street. The Velvet Cafe (Dežmanov prolaz 9) and Kava Tava (Britanac 1) are alternative popular places to be seen in.
If you are a food enthusiast, check out our Taste of Croatia tour, where you will get to try delicious Croatian cuisine in Zagreb, Rovinj, Split and more!
Feast your eyes on the distinctive red-and-white checkered tiles that cover the entire the roof of St. Mark’s Church. If you take a peak inside, you find artwork by the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović.
As the only tree-lined avenue in Zagreb’s Upper Town, Strossmayer Promenade is the perfect location for a romantic interlude.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, join our Croatia Food & Wine Discovery tour where you can enjoy delicious truffles in Istria and taste local wine in Zagreb.
The Gradec Plateau is where you will find St. Catherine’s Church. It’s also the location to enjoy breathtaking views of Zagreb Cathedral.
Zagreb is home to outstanding architecture in many styles. The Art Nouveau houses on Masarykova Street and the Meštrović Pavilion are fabulously awesome examples.
The Technical Museum is a popular attraction that boasts a replica of Nikola Tesla’s lab. Take a tour of his greatest inventions and enjoy hands on experimental experiences.
The Museum Of Illusions is filled with unusual and amazing trickery to blow your mind. Check out what’s it’s like to feel like Alice In Wonderland.
Admire the colorful artwork of self-taught peasant painters at the Museum of Croatian Naïve Art.
Explore the impressive museums and castles nearby in Zagreb on our Croatia Lakes & Cities Vacation.
Learn all about the history of the local witches that were burnt at the stake. At Zagreb’s City Museum you will discover many interesting facts.
Call our Croatia travel experts on +1 (844) 879 7838 to discuss your vacation. We can recommend how to combine a trip to Zagreb with a fantastic Croatia island-hopping cruise or as part of a bespoke Croatia vacation package.
Lydia August 16th, 2019
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2020 sees the exciting launch of our new class of small ship cruise in Croatia; Signature Cruises. In our blog post, we take you through some of the reasons why they are the best around.
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We all know that one of the best ways to learn about a country is to take part on guided tours. All tours in Croatia have to be given by licensed guides, and the training is rigorous.
Exclusively included in the price of our Signature Croatia Cruises is;
This is a must-do when you are in Dubrovnik. Not only is a good way to get your bearings and amazing views over the city’s terracotta rooftiles and sheer drops to the sparkling Adriatic Sea below, but you can also appreciate the huge width of the walls. These walls are considered to be one of the greatest fortifications of the Middle Ages because they were never breached by any invading army during this time.
Your ticket to this stunning national park includes a guided tour by your Cruise Director. Your small group, made up only of passengers from your ship, will walk down a scenic woodland path until you reach the edge of the first lake. The water of both lakes is beautifully calm, turquoise in color, and crystal clear.
You’ll continue walking a short while around the flat perimeter of the lake until you reach the second, larger lake, where you will board a small boat. The boat will glide across the lake past dilapidated but beautiful houses that were once grand, until after 10 minutes or so you reach tiny St Mary’s isle which is home to an ancient monastery and a handful of donkeys. Disembark here to explore at your leisure, perhaps ordering a coffee from the ground floor of the monastery that now serves refreshments instead of God.
On returning to the large lake’s edge, you could hire a bike or scooter to explore the edge of the lakes further. There are very few cars on the island.
Many people have heard about UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and make a beeline for it when they visit Croatia. Our travel experts prefer to take people to Krka Waterfalls National Park, which we see as Plitvice’s little brother. That doesn’t mean that Krka packs less of a punch though. Krka has seven amazing, cascading waterfalls, rustic bridges and walkways that let you completely absorb yourself in lush green nature. Included with your ticket is a boat ride on the lakes, which is a must-do. Another highlight is the stunning Visovac monastery, on a tiny island in the centre of the turquoise lake with a stunning backdrop of karst cliffs.
Remember to take your swimming gear too; you can swim in the lakes at Krka – another trump card over Plitvice.
Jump in a Jeep or Land Rover Defender with an experienced driver to experience off-the-beaten-path Croatia. You discover that there’s much more than beaches and bars to Croatia. Find out how this terrain shaped lives of ancient settlements. You’ll visit beautiful abandoned villages and stunning viewpoints.
On board our Croatia Signature Cruises, your trip includes half board, plus three evening meals. Breakfast will offer an American-style buffet with fresh fruit, varying cooked items like eggs, bacon, pancakes and more. Lunch will be taken on the ship, and is a sit-down, three-course meal – great after a day of exploring. Whilst the meal is sit-down, it is not formal. You can wear shorts and t-shirt without feeling underdressed. You also get a glass of wine, beer or soft drink free with your lunch meal.
The three evening meals provided by the ship are great fun and very entertaining. The first will be on the first night at the Welcome Dinner, where you will have a cocktail on the house and get to meet your fellow passengers. Explore the ship with your new cruise friends, drink in hand, before being welcomed into the dining room for a delicious sit-down meal.
During our cruises, you will have a mid-week meal included. This is often land-based and is a chance for our itinerary planners to make sure you get a taste of local life. Try a local speciality, Peka, which is meat and vegetables cooked slowly under hot embers for hours. Best served with lots of local wine on a balmy, twilit evening.
Our cruises offer the Captain’s Dinner during the week too. This is a fun evening to spend with your new-found cruise friends. Get ready for some live entertainment and some dancing on board! Who will be invited to eat at the exclusive seats at the Captain’s Table?
Also included in our Croatia cruise itinerary is a local wine-tasting and an oyster-tasting. These two separate, special occasions are each held in stunning, peaceful surroundings. You will have a talk by the business owner, who will tell you of his family’s trade that goes back generations, before having a chance to try their produce.
Many tour guides in Croatia are fanatic about their country (rightly so, we say), but it takes a special sort of person to make a cruise truly Unforgettable. Since our Signature Croatia Cruises are completely unique and everything is designed by us, we have handpicked the best guides to be our Unforgettable A-Team of Cruise Directors. These guys and girls go through years of rigorous tour-guide training, but it takes more than remembering names and dates to make it onto our squad.
Our Cruise Directors will make sure that your trip is memorable. It’s an art that can’t be taught to make sure that every single member of your 40-strong party feels valued and special throughout the cruise. Your Cruise Director is in charge of getting you to meeting points with local tour guides, is responsible for briefing you about the day’s itinerary and for generally making sure you are happy whilst in Croatia. He or she will be able to answer any question you may have about their country, its culture and its people. He or she is also very familiar with our small ships and the etiquette on board.
On an Unforgettable Croatia Signature Cruise, you will be looked after by the best Cruise Directors in the business.
Our Signature Croatia Cruises operate on the best and youngest fleet of small cruise ships in the Adriatic Sea. Ships in this category are the newest and most sought after.
Our Croatia small cruise ships have 19 cabins with capacity for 40 guests. Usually cabins are available on the main deck with a picture window, or on the lower deck with a porthole. Some also have private balconies. All have natural light. Cabins are kitted out with the latest amenities including a small flat screen TV, hair dryer and safe. There is plenty of room to move around the cabin, and the bathrooms are equally spacious. Even though you will spend, most of your time out exploring or in the communal areas, cabins are light and pleasant to return to.
Our Croatia Travel Experts have handpicked the best stops along the Dalmatian Coast and the Kvarner Bay. You will visit a perfect combination of must-see sights like magnificent Dubrovnik and stunning Split, as well as visit off-the-beaten-path islands like Cres and Vis.
Our Signature cruises do not sail overnight so you will be able to sleep soundly each night of your cruise. Your captain will cover short island hops during the day, with plenty of swim stops en route.
Looking to book a Signature Croatia Cruise? Call us today on +44 208 004 2345.
Lydia July 24th, 2019
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Croatia is blessed with impressive history and culture, beautiful nature, spectacular scenery, and food and drink that will satisfy your gourmet cravings. As a vacation destination, Croatia is the Eastern European hot spot that offers everything you could possibly want.
Tucked away in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is made up of 1,246 beautiful islands that offer unlimited recreational options for travelers from all over the world. You can enjoy a beach resort holiday, an adrenaline pumping activity break, hiking and camping in nature, or 5 star luxury relaxation in a top spa hotel. Croatia’s abundance of islands provides unlimited options for you to explore. Take a look at our Croatia island cruises for a truly unique way to see the country.
Wherever you choose to go in Croatia has an interesting history, fascinating culture, and architecture to admire and explore. If you are vacationing in a city you have popular attractions, museums, historic buildings, restaurants and shops right on your doorstep. Croatia’s picturesque towns and villages also have their own unique charm and appeal.
Considering its relatively small size, Croatia is packed full of magnificent mountainous countryside, historic sites, famous National Parks and unlimited island hopping opportunities. Wherever you look, you are spoiled with spectacular natural panoramas that take your breath away. You can visit the famous Krka National Park and Kornati National Park on our 7 night Northern Dalmatia Luxury Cruise.
Croatia’s crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming and recreational activities. You can go swimming off the coastline on sandy, pebble or shingle beaches, or take a refreshing plunge in one of the many beautiful secluded coves and bays. This is Zlatni Rat on Brac island – understandably one of Croatia’s most famous beaches.
Have you ever considered a small ship cruise vacation? So unlike the corporate giants that dominate many waters, our range of cruises offer a personalised, luxury experience with a maximum of just 40 guests. The ships are modern, the cabins are ensuite and spacious and the dining is gourmet. Discover the true heart of our favourite country on a Croatia island-hopping cruise. Call us today on (844) 879 7838 for more information.
Croatia’s geographical location, climate and soil are ideal for producing high quality indigenous grape varieties. Many regions have vineyards and wineries that you can visit. Sample the best quality wines in Croatia on a tasting tour, and while having dining at a local restaurant. You can find out more about our Croatia Food & Wine Discovery tour here>
Croatian cuisine is influenced by an array of different countries and cultures. Due to its coastal location, Croatian food typically features plenty of fresh fish and seafood and locally grown produce. Truffles are a special delicacy that is also found in Croatia. Sample local delicacy on our Croatia Food & Wine Tours.
People in Croatia are warm and friendly, and eager to engage you in conversation. The locals are more than happy to show you how amazing their country is.
If you love to party, a Friday night visit to the hottest club in town is not to be missed. Club Revelin in Dubrovnik is built inside a medieval fortress and is the place to be seen in.
Croatia has an upbeat vibe that is very much alive during the summer festival season. The annual Ultra Europe, Stereo Forest and the INmusic Festival attract thousands of tourists from all over the globe.
Give our friendly experts a call today. We love to help. (844) 879 7838.
Lydia July 10th, 2019
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