Dubrovnik City Walls, Croatia Dubrovnik, Croatia

Post-Cruise Crystal Esprit

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The Basics

  • Two nights in one of the city’s top hotels, Villa Dubrovnik, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private from the cruise terminal to your hotel and from your hotel to the airport
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • 
 Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter’s Simply Dubrovnik

  • A private guide to introduce you to the highlights of the city, including a personal tour of the Rector’s Palace

Please contact Exeter International for any questions or to reserve your pre/post extension.

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Day 1
Disembarkation | Dubrovnik

You will be met this morning at the Dubrovnik Cruise Terminal, following your disembarkation from Crystal Esprit. Your driver will meet you outside the baggage collection area.  You will be privately transferred to your hotel, Villa Dubrovnik for two nights.

Situated at the southern tip of Croatia on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik has been a repository for a multitude of cultural influences for centuries.  The city has been favored as one of Europe’s most beautiful almost since it’s foundation.  Its charm lies in the ancient architecture, hospitable and welcoming residents and gorgeous surrounding landscape.  One could easily spend an entire week exploring the winding streets of the old city, climbing the formidable defensive walls, uncovering cafes and art galleries, or simply taking in the breathtaking coastline.

After dropping your luggage at your hotel, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an overview walking tour of the historic center of Dubrovnik, a protected as a UNESCO Heritage site. Guests of Villa Dubrovnik are invited to use the hotel’s private motorboat to transfer to Old Town and you won’t want to miss this entrance into the historic district!

You will first see the old Harbor Front of the city overlooking the Adriatic and the islands off the coast. As you continue into town, you will come to Dubrovnik’s main square - the Loggia Loza, situated at the eastern extremity of the Stradun – the centuries-old promenade which runs through the walled city from East to West. Interestingly, the Stradun was once a marshy canal separating the Ragusa (Dubrovnik) Island from the mainland, which was later filled in and paved. The Loggia square is at the heart of Dubrovnik, and is surrounded by its most important and historic buildings.

Your guide will show you the Church of St. Blaise with its distinctive baroque façade. On the main altar stands a statue of Dubrovnik’s patron saint made of gold plated silver and holding a model of the city from the middle ages.

Next, visit the Rector’s Palace. The Rector was the highest authority in the city and his palace now houses the Museum of Dubrovnik. Over 15,000 works or art are on display documenting the economic and cultural history of the city. Next door to the Rector’s Palace is the ancient town hall which today houses the National Theater of Dubrovnik.

Later, your guide will also take you into the Dubrovnik Cathedral to visit its treasury, famous for its ancient relics including a fragment of the ‘true cross’ on which it is believed that Jesus was crucified. The treasury also houses a collection of gold and silver artifacts and sacred objects. It is said that the English king, Richard the Lionheart, was shipwrecked nearby on his return from the Third Crusade, which prompted him to build the original cathedral on this spot to thank God for his salvation.

This afternoon, visit Dubrovnik’s Sephardic Synagogue. The synagogue was established in the 15th century, survived earthquakes and wars, and is still in service today. Its simple Gothic exterior is a remarkable contrast with the Baroque interiors featuring arches, spiraled columns, and a delicately carved wooden ark. The ark, together with precious ritual objects and 13th and 14th century Torah scrolls brought from Spain after the expulsion, were saved during the Second World War by a local family which used underground passages to smuggle them out of the synagogue. Some of these ritual objects are now displayed in a small museum under the temple.

You can also visit the museum in the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Minor Friars,” which includes one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe, which is still serving customers today. Part of the Franciscans’ mission was to take care of the health of the local residents, so they opened the pharmacy in 1317 and it has been in operation ever since. The monastery contains numerous medieval pharmacists’ tools and medical books, which belonged to the English kings’ physicians, as well as 10th century manuscripts.

To cap off your day, your guide will take you for a walk atop the fortress walls surrounding the Old Town. Just over a mile long, this stroll usually takes about an hour and will help you get your bearings and enjoy the sweeping views of historic Dubrovnik and the sea.

Enjoy an evening at leisure. You can stay in the city to enjoy the shops and cafes or return to your hotel and indulge in the spa.

Note: All touring today is on foot on cobblestones. Please wear appropriate footwear.

 

Exeter Services: Arrival transfer, Half-Day Guide (6 Hours)

Hotel: Villa Dubrovnik

Day 2
Dubrovnik | Dubrovnik

This morning, your driver and guide will take you farther south along the Dalmatian coast to the town of Cavtat. This historic town dates back to the 6th Century BC and was first a Greek colony and later a Roman town called Ephidaurum. When Slav tribes invaded the area in the 7th century, the local population sought refuge up the coast where they established Ragusa, which later expanded to become today’s Dubrovnik. Today, Cavtat is one of the most charming towns on the coast and retains a small town, laid-back ambience. Of historic interest here is the Baltazar Bogisic Collection, which includes many fine paintings and works of art and is housed in a 16th century Count’s Palace. You will also see a Franciscan monastery from the 16th century and a monument designed by Mestrovic.

Later, you will continue your drive through the southern Dalmatian countryside and the region known as Konavle. This is Dalmatia at its most traditional, where people still maintain the old customs and authentic costumes and cultivate olives and vineyards.

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This afternoon you will visit the renown local winery of a Croatian enologist who is quickly making a name for his tiny operation. He is known for dry wines and exquisite sweet Prosek (dessert wine) that he makes from rare indigenous grapes. Konavle is also known for its excellent cuisine and we recommend having lunch at the restaurant Konovaski Dvori, a traditional southern Dalmatian restaurant located on the banks of the Ljuta river. (Cost of lunch is not included).

Later this afternoon, your driver and guide will take you back to Dubrovnik. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Half-Day Vehicle, Driver & Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Villa Dubrovnik

Day 3
Departure | Dubrovnik

Enjoy a morning at leisure before your private transfer to the Dubrovnik airport (DBV) for your onward flight.

 

 

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer Only

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