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Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Coast

Croatia
Croatia’s Dalmatian coast remains an undiscovered treasure - 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 the inlets, cliffs and beaches along the Adriatic Sea. 

Croatia is a remarkable mix of cultures - Roman, Byzantine,  Venetian and Slavic. In addition to the attraction of its glorious coastline, it is also well known for its lively cafes, busy markets and colourful folklore, so it has become one of Europe’s favourite destinations.

Our hotel for this Stay-Put tour is the First Class Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik - a delightful resort located in the green oasis of the Babin Kuk peninsula with spectacular views of the Elaphiti Islands. Situated near the old town of Dubrovnik (6 kms away), you can enjoy strolling in the medieval town, visiting churches, palaces and monasteries. For stunning views of the Adriatic, take a walk along the path atop the city ramparts. The old town has many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.

Facilities of the hotel include a variety of bars and restaurants, a luxury wellness spa and both indoor (heated) and outdoor (not heated) pools. 250 meters from the hotel is the beautiful Val President Relax Beach, with its well-tended coastline, crystal clear sea, beautiful views of the Elaphiti Islands and numerous amenities including water sports, a diving centre, a mooring place for boats and occasional daytime and evening events.  Guest rooms for our stay are all superior category with balcony and sea view, and complimentary WIFI provided throughout the hotel.

* 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.
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.
Montenegro: 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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