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Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Coast

Croatia
Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is one of Europe's undiscovered treasures - a wonderland of magical islands, azure blue seas, Roman ruins and medieval towns and villages that have remained unchanged for centuries.   
Along the coast the green hills serve as a backdrop to inlets, cliffs and beaches that are set along the waters of the Adriatic Sea. 

Croatia is a remarkable mix of cultures - Roman, Byzantine,  Venetian and Slavic. It now enjoys this rich heritage as a democratic republic. Croatia is famous for its lively cafes, busy markets and colourful folklore. 

We stay in Cavtat, a delightful resort with a beautiful bay,   harbour and palm-fringed promenade. It is an easy walk to the old town with its meandering paths around the peninsula. The natural harbour is surrounded by green hills and you will find it a charming spot for cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. The old city of Dubrovnik is easily accessible from Cavtat by public bus or boat.  In Dubrovnik you will enjoy strolling in the medieval town, visiting churches, palaces and monasteries.  For stunning views of the Adriatic you may walk along the city ramparts.

Our hotel is the First Class Hotel Albatros, located about 800 metres from the centre of Cavtat and in a great seafront location. The guestrooms have two beds, satellite TV with English channels, telephone, mini bar, private bathroom with a hairdryer and a balcony with sea views. The hotel has two restaurants, a snack bar, lounge bar and shops. There is a heated indoor swimming pool, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a nearby beach with water sports, fitness room, sauna, solarium, massage parlour and a hairdresser. Meals at the hotel are presented buffet style and include breakfast and dinner daily.

* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Itinerary / Excursions

Our panoramic sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik and surrounding area begins with a photo opportunity overlooking the coast and the old city, which Lord Byron called the "Pearl of the Adriatic". In the 15th century Dubrovnik was the only part of the Dalmatian coast not under the rule of Venice, and it remained an independent republic for centuries. UNESCO recently designated the city a World Heritage Monument. We walk through the old town's pedestrian-only streets to visit the Gothic and Renaissance-era Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery (1424), the baroque cathedral and the Sponza Palace where, for hundreds of years, trade societies and art academics met.
We enjoy an orientation tour of Cavtat, one of the prettiest towns on the Adriatic coast. We visit the Franciscan Monastery and Church of Our Lady - a renaissance edifice with marvellous works by 16th century Croatian artists. We continue in to the countryside to Konavle, a green landscape of rivers and canals that has been cultivated since pre-history. We visit the typical Konavle village of Komaji and try the wine in an old cellar.
Dalmatian Village: We continue our sightseeing in the countryside with a visit to the village of Cilipi, where we receive a welcome drink and a presentation of local dance styles in traditional dress. There are some shopping opportunities for the embroidery produced in this area and the chance to attend a local mass.
We enjoy the region's countryside as we drive to Montenegro - a small republic tucked in between Croatia and Serbia. The coastal road follows the rugged coastline of the Adriatic, leading us to Kotor Bay and the world's southernmost fjord. This region is famous for its’ breathtaking landscapes of mountains, beaches, forests, hidden coves and diverse flora and fauna.

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