Dubrovnik City Breaks
The historic and beautiful town of Dubrovnik has re-emerged as a cosmopolitan destination for travellers looking for something just a little different - medieval charm, Mediterranean sun and laid-back sophistication.
Don't leave without tasting the black squid risotto or oysters from the seafood restaurants in the Old Town.
Rector's Palace A beautiful Renaissance palace housing a fascinating museum and art gallery; it's often used for concerts due to its superb acoustics.
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary This magnificent cathedral replaced the original which was built with money donated by Richard the Lionheart.Read more
Sponza Palace This is a perfect example of Dubrovnik's unique melding of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Today it houses the city archives.
Fort Lovrijenac Dubrovnik's instantly recognisable fortress has been defending the city since the 11th-century, though in more recent years it has been used as a theatre.
Franciscan Monastery This beautiful monastery has a stunning baroque church attached, the oldest pharmacy in the world and its own museum.
Orofrios Great Fountain This marvel of engineering was built in the 15th century with an aqueduct to bring fresh water to the city from a spring 20km away. Still a drinking fountain it is a great place to stop and people watch.
Take a stroll up and down the Placa Stradun, the city's main thoroughfare, particularly in the early evening when the locals come out to promenade.
For the best views of the city, take a walk around the top of the medieval city walls.Read more
Enjoy an afternoon on the beach at the Lapad Peninsula, a small wooded area just outside the city that is a popular beauty spot..
Take a ferry to the island of Lokrum to see the monastery, fort and botanical gardens - and fabulous views of the city on your return..
For those interested in sailing, Dubrovnik makes the perfect starting point for exploring the beautiful Croatian coastline..
Food & Drink
Dubrovnik has some wonderful restaurants, ranging from gourmet palaces to simple cafes. The local food is based on the fresh produce of the Mediterranean, featuring seafood and plenty of Italian influences. Grilled meats, stews and goulash, pasta, roasted vegetables, and a variety of sweet pastries, including baclava, feature on the menus. Apart from the extremely strong local spirit, rakija, you'll find some good value local wines from the Peljesac Peninsula and from Kanve. Look out for delicious strong coffee in the traditional coffee houses.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is home to many artisan craftspeople specialising in domestic crafts. Good purchases are tablecloths, linens, napkins, traditional dolls, hand-made cosmetics from the Franciscan monastery, wine and other textiles. Local tradition has it that the necktie was invented in Croatia.
Old Town Walking Tour
An expert guide will help reveal the finest sites of the old walled city. Starting at the Pile Gate, you will wander through the narrow streets, experiencing the history and culture of this magnificent city.
Departs: Daily. Duration: 2-3 hours.
Adults from £16.
Visit the exotic landscapes of Montenegro for an unforgettable experience. Exceptional natural beauty combined with a rich history and culture, all just one hours drive from Dubrovnik. Drive around the Kotor Bay with its numerous small settlements; stop in Medieval Kotor. Continue up into the mountains to visit Cetinje, once the seat of Montenegrian rulers; stroll around in Budva, an ancient town now favoured by tourists. Please note - passport obligatory.
Departs: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday (seasonal). Duration: 8 hours.
Adults from £46.
Quite simply the best views of Dubrovnik and the area are from the sea. Take a cruise on a historical galleon around the three Elaphite Islands, a small archipelago just off the coast of the city. Visit all three and see charming villages, gardens full of oranges and lemons and lovely seashore landscapes. Enjoy a typical lunch of grilled fish and white wine..
Departs: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday (seasonal). Duration: 8 hours
Adults from £43.
A Taste of Dalmatia
Experience the cuisine of the Dalmatian Coast with a visit to Orasac to take part in the traditional processing of olive oil followed by the tasting of local cheese, ham and wine. The town of Ston is famous for its impressive city walls and also for its oysters and seafood which you will lunch on before visiting the Peljesac Peninsula, known through the ages for its excellent wines. End the tour with a visit to a family-owned winery and a tasting in their wine cellar.
Departs: Wednesday (seasonal). Duration: 6.5 hours
Adults from £39.
Mostar 'Where East meets West"
The town is exceptional for its dwellings and monuments assembled harmoniously over the centuries thanks to favourable geographical conditions and a sound economic climate. Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of many old Mosques. After the guided tour of the town, free time for browsing among the many old craft shops or maybe lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants. Please note - passports obligatory.
Departs: Tuesday & Thursday (seasonal). Duration: 10 hours
Adults from £58.
Montenegro offers an unforgettable experience such as its exceptional natural beauty in combination with rich culture and history. Drive through Konavle Valley and around the bay of Kotor before arrive into Risan where you will take a tour of the Roman Mosaics. When arriving in Persat you will take a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rock followed by sightseeing at the 17th Century Baroque church. When arriving into Kotor you will take a city tour strolling through the narrow streets viewing the Medieval architecture before your ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor to travel back to your hotel.
Departs: Thursday & Sunday (seasonal) Duration: 10 hours
Adults from £56