Day 4 | Kotor - Dubrovnik
The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people have lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbor, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik Walking Tour
After disembarking, stroll on the old town and will discover all the treasures that this old city contains. Visit the Franciscan Monastery built in 1360 with its Romanesque cloister. Nearby, see the third oldest pharmacy in the world founded in 1317. It is still active and still offers creams manufactured according to ancestral recipes. Then integrated into the Eastern city walls, discover the Dominican Monastery, soberer than the previous one, and its museum with a fine collection of Renaissance paintings, including the triptych of N. Bozidarvic representing Dubrovnik before the earthquake or the table of Sainte Madeleine and Saint Blaise, the work of Titian. Not far away appears the Assumption Cathedral built in the 18th century on the ruins of a church dating from the 12th century destroyed by an earthquake in 1667. This one might surprise you by its simplicity and the clarity of its interior but its treasure is among the richest in Europe, with a unique collection of relics in gold and silver. Have the opportunity to see: Stradun, large paved street, a favorite place for tourists and locals, unique for its beauty and the abundance of its cultural heritage. Sponza Palace, identifiable by its gallery of arcades, the Church of St. Blaise, built in 1715 in Baroque style, richly detailed or the Onofrio Fountain, covered by a dome, built by a Neapolitan artist, and which was used as a reservoir by the inhabitants.
City Walls & Lokrum Island Kayaking
Length : 3h15
Here’s a novel way to get to know a place – in a kayak. Set off on a tour that skirts the city’s famous city walls, taking in fortresses, caves, and islands along the way.
First off, the row between the forts of Bokar and Lovrijenac. One of the oldest of its kind, Bokar served as the protector of Pile Gate and City Bridge. It was even used as a prison at one time. Lovrijenac, meanwhile, guards the west entrance and is the only fortress that stands alone. While all the other fortresses form part of the city wall system, this one stands high on its own rock, a position which earned it the title ‘the Gibraltar of Dubrovnik’. Today, instead of cannon balls, you may hear the words of Shakespeare resonating off its chunky walls – it’s used for Shakespeare productions as well as Dubrovnik’s summer festival.
Leaving the forts behind and steer a course around the city walls to Lokrum. According to legend, Richard the Lionheart was cast ashore here after being shipwrecked in 1192. Stop at the island for refreshment, then enjoy some time at leisure to discover the island or have a swim.
ATV Tour & History
Length : 4h30
An ATV Safari is the best way to discover the beauty of Dubrovnik and surrounding areas. Jump on one and escape from the crowded streets to explore its untouched nature and local villages.
From the pier, embark your coach for a short drive to the Celopeci Village where your off-road ATV adventure starts. Your safari leads you to the top of Srđ hill from where you can overlook Dubrovnik, its surrounding areas, and the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea.
After enjoying your ATV adventure, continue your day with a travel through history visiting the Dominican Monastery of St. Vicente. Learn more about its history, the traditions, and heritage while indulging your senses in the Mediterranean garden and the distillery which is famous for the production of essential oils.
Taste some homemade traditional liqueurs, sweets, and snacks before returning to your ship.
Adriatic Sea Adventure
Length : 4h30
One of the famous sea explorer Jacques Costeau has voted Dubrovnik Riviera one of the cleanest and best-preserved waters in the world today. Board a speed-boat in the Old Town Port and cruise along Lokrum Island. Have the possibility to admire the old city of Dubrovnik with its fortification and taking nice pictures.
Continue with a cruise along the Lapad peninsula passing close by the Grebeni Lighthouse towards Kolocep Island.
Continue to the outer side of Kolocep Island for snorkeling in the Modra Spilja Cave. The excursion proceeds towards the other side of Kolocep Island.
You can choose between a short tour of Donje Celo village or swim on a sandy beach. Continue to Lopud Island, which has a very popular sandy beach, a guided tour allows you to discover this island, followed by the time of the beach for swimming.