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About Dubrovnik

Sailing into the beautiful 12th century Croatian walled city of Dubrovnik is one of the great cruising experiences.

The spectacular Old Town – with its pretty harbour, towering ramparts, creamy stone pavements and red-roofed buildings – is crammed with architectural wonders like Onofrio’s Fountain - constructed in the 1430s – and the 14th century Franciscan Monastery, home to a wonderful statue of the Piéta carved in 1498, and the world’s oldest pharmacy (est. 1391).

Visit the magnificently Gothic Sponza Palace and the 18th century Baroque Church of St Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint.

And, when you have had your fill of sightseeing, you will find pretty restaurants and cafés tucked away on Dubrovnik’s narrow side streets – worth exploring as they also contain offbeat shops and art galleries.

Lacework, oil paintings and ceramics are good buys but take plenty of cash with you, as some shops do not accept credit cards.

 

Shore excursions in Dubrovnik

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of the Adriatic

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the delights of Dalmatia, experience Croatian traditions and sample a taste of the local food and wine.

Enjoy a scenic drive along the beautiful Adriatic coastline to the charming village of Orasac. In the surrounds of a traditional Croatian house, you’ll learn about the time-honoured tradition of the production of olive oil, when horses still powered the mills. You will also have the opportunity to sample locally made cheese and ham accompanied by a glass of wine.

Continue to the small town of Ston, also known as the oyster capital of Croatia, and often referred to as a smaller version of Dubrovnik due to its magnificent walls surrounding the town.

Enjoy some free time to explore the town independently, before relaxing with a delicious dessert accompanied by tea, coffee or wine at a local restaurant.

Your return to the ship provides you with more stunning views and coastal scenery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 15 minutes of walking required on this tour as well as around 10 steps to negotiate.

Beach Break

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 5¼ hours

An opportunity to relax and soak up the sun at Sveti Jakov Beach, followed by some free time to explore the Old City.

A scenic boat ride takes you past the island of Lokrum, towards Sveti Jakov Beach. During the journey you’ll pass by the Fort of St Lawrence, before sailing along Dubrovnik’s old city walls.

Sveti Jakov Beach is a pebbly beach, and one of the most attractive beaches in Dubrovnik, due to its wonderful view of the Old City of Dubrovnik, as well as Lokrum Island.

Upon arrival you’ll be offered a welcome drink, before being shown to you complimentary beach chair. Enjoy approximately 3 hours at your leisure, to relax in the sun and cool off in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Afterwards, your boat will transfer you to the Old City, where you’ll have around 1 hour of free time to explore the medieval walled city, before returning to the pier by coach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and coach. This tour is inclusive of a beach chair, umbrella (per 2 passengers) and a complimentary drink. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, and to take a towel and sunscreen. The boat transfer to Sveti Jakov Beach takes approximately 45 minutes. Please note that the beach at Sveti Jakov is pebbly. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports; these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Best of Dubrovnik

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the most historic sights in this beautiful medieval city.

Your tour begins with a coach drive to the coastal highway for a panoramic view of the city walls, ancient rooftops and picturesque surroundings.

Continue with a walking tour of the city, which is on UNESCO’s List of World Patrimony due to its exceptional beauty and rich cultural heritage. This ancient town, surrounded by strong ramparts and fortresses, is a treasure-trove of architectural and cultural masterpieces, which has been well preserved over the centuries.

The pleasant walk will take you past the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery, with visits to the Dominican Monastery and the Cathedral.

The Sponza Palace, Church of St Blaise, Bell Tower and Fountain of Onofrio will all be viewed from the outside.

There will be free time for independent sightseeing and shopping before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The majority of this tour is on foot, over flat, smooth surfaces, although there are steps at the museum entrances. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended.

Buggy Adventure and Cable Car

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Ride the cable car to the top of Srdj Hill, and then get behind the wheel of a purpose-built, tubular frame dune buggy for a fun-filled ride.

One of the ‘must do’ experiences in Dubrovnik is to take the cable car to the top of Srdj Hill. Once at the top you’ll be greeted by a spectacular view of the Old City of Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas.

Soak up the scenery, before heading over to your awaiting buggy. After a safety briefing, don your helmets and climb aboard your self-drive buggy for your hour long adventure!

As you follow the lead buggy, you’ll have the opportunity to see parts of Dubrovnik’s surroundings rarely seen by visitors. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing soft drink, before taking the cable car back to the bottom of Srdj Hill.

Round off your tour with a guided walking tour of the Old City, before some free time to explore further.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, buggy and on foot. This tour is sold ‘per buggy’, each holding 2 passengers who will share the driving. Only 1 passenger need book a ticket. Participants must be 18 or over and a valid driving licence must be shown. Helmets are provided and must be worn. There is a weight limit of 17 stone per person. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Full-length trousers should be worn. Clothes may get dirty and damaged. Flat, enclosed shoes are essential, open-toed shoes must not be worn.

Cable Car and Cavtat

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Take a cable car to the top of Srdj Hill for a majestic view of Dubrovnik Old City, before visiting the charming town of Cavtat.

The original Dubrovnik cable car was built back in 1969 and was used by visitors and the locals who wanted to enjoy a magnificent view of Dubrovnik Old City and the surrounding area. Until the war in 1991, more than 2½ million people were transferred to the top of Srdj Hill. After its destruction in the war, it remained in disrepair until it was restored and reopened in 2010.

A brief transfer by coach will take you to the lower station to board the cable car. As you glide upwards, enjoy the surrounding views of the Croatian countryside before reaching the top. Take time to see the spectacular view of Dubrovnik City unfold before you.

After your cable car ride, continue westwards by coach through the lovely countryside and onto Cavtat, the southernmost town in Croatia. Situated in a bay, encircled by 2 peninsulas, few places offer such harmony of Mediterranean flora, emerald sea and architecture, whilst cherishing a rich cultural and historical tradition.

Enjoy free time to explore Cavtat independently before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, cable car and on foot. Walking is at your own discretion during the free time at the top of Srdj Hill and in Cavtat. Long queues may be experienced at the cable car station, due to the popularity of this attraction. Due to local parking regulations, passengers may be required to walk approximately 200 metres from the bus parking area to the cable car station; this would also involve negotiating around 30 steps.

 

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