Dubrovnik and Montenegro Itineraries
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!
Mali Ston Oysters The Dalmatian coast has a very long history of mariculture. Traces of primitive oyster farming-petrified oak branches with attached oyster shells-were noted by Roman chroniclers. The first written documents date from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. 17th Century records provide details on the collection and sale of oysters while others from the 18th Century describe the procedure for granting oyster rearing concessions, some benefits afforded farmers, and prices. Modern mariculture began at the end of 19th Century with establishment of oyster cultivation companies. Shellfish production has reached levels of 2 000 to 3 000 tons of mussels, and 1.5 million pieces of oysters, annually. A modern mussel processing plant operates in the village of Doli where frozen mussels are also produced.
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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