Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dubrovnik and Montenegro Itineraries

Dubrovnik and Montenegro Itineraries

Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive destinations in the Mediterranean. A visit to the old town includes: the Cathedral, Orlando’s Column – the symbol of freedom and independence of Dubrovnik, Sponza palace, the Dominican monastery, Rector’s palace, a Franciscan monastery with the old pharmacy - established by the monks in 1317, the first in Europe. Lots of places for quiet walks and, nearby, Dubrovnik's famed beaches.

Lokrum Island is near the old town. Because of its unique flora it was declared a national treasure - a special reserve of forest vegetation in 1976. The Botanical Garden and the Benedictine Monastery are just a few of the cultural treasures of this island which offers. In the evening, a themed dinner (Croatian or Mediterranean) with domestic live music (Klape or Tamburaši).

Day trip to Montenegro with visits to Kotor: Rector's Palace, the Tower City Guard armory, the city clock tower, the Cathedral of St. Tryphon. Then on to Budva - strolling through the old city. Short stop in St. Stefan.

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Mljet Island National Park, Ston and Trsteno First stop is at the  Trsteno Arboretum that covers an area of about 25 ha. Trsteno was established at the end of the fifteenth century as a park and summer residence of Dubrovnik's Gucetic patrician family. It has been protected and declared as property of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1950, and in 1962 as a monument of garden architecture and a collection of decorative trees and bushes. 

Continuing on to Ston, a local guide will walk you around the famous Ston walls. Then to Trstenik and a boat to Pomena and a walk around Mljet, the largest island in the Dubrovnik archipelago; 37 km in length and only 3 km in width. The island of St. Mary has an ancient Benedictine monastery and a small church dating to the 12th century; a favorite with visitors!

Sunset & Dinner Cruise from the port of Gruž to Old Town and back, aboard a historic boat. Spectacular views of the ancient city walls, red roof tops and the surrounding sparkling blue of the Adriatic. Dinner on board. The, an evening on Mali Stradun.

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