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CRUISING TO DUBROVNIK? WHAT TO SEE AND DO

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 Many Mediterranean cruises call at Dubrovnik, it’s one of the prettiest and well-restored towns along the Adriatic coast that can easily be explored on foot in a couple of hours. It also boasts some of the loveliest scenery dotted with picturesque villages, vineyards and churches. While most cruise ships offer a programme of coach tours you will find that even one coach-load of people can simply over-run the place, but ReadyClickAndGo can reveal into the rural charms of the region on a private shore excursion of Dubrovnik with your own guide, car and driver to meet you at your ship and take you back afterwards.

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You can enjoy a wonderful day tour from Dubrovnik, to the Peljesac peninsula, a spectacular 40-mile stretch of land running north from Dubrovnik along the coast, where vines have flourished on the well-drained, sunny slopes since the time of the Greeks, and some fine wines are produced, notably the celebrated Dingac wine (also known as the King of Croatian red wines) from the plavac mali grapes which are similar to the Californian Zinfandel. Grapes are picked by hand as the terrain is so steep and rocky. Visit three of the more prominent local cellars for wine tastings with your guide who is a WSET Diploma Holder/Certified wine educator and certified sommelier and you can enjoy a superb gourmet lunch at the ancient fortified town of Ston.

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Ston itself is well worth a visit on a day tour from Dubrovnik, its low white stone houses nestling in a sheltered bay, almost completely encircled by a wall that snakes over the surrounding hillsides rather like a miniature version of the Great Wall of China. It’s famous for its oysters and mussels which you can also taste, and for its salt pans which produced the region’s most profitable export for a thousand years.

Closer to Dubrovnik and on the way to Ston and Peljesac is Croatia’s oldest arboretum, Trstena, a delightful exotic garden overlooking the coast, and your day tour from Dubrovnik can also include a visit to the Franciscan Monastery in Kuna where you can see paintings by a famous artist from the village.

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Heading in the opposite direction is the region of Konavle, a region of hills covered in mulberry and cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves. A typical day trip from Dubrovnik features a local vineyard to taste some of their wines and homemade snacks, a visit to a 15th century Franciscan monastery at the village of Pridvorje and a tour of Cavtat, a tiny medieval town on the coast with pine forests behind and the glittering blue sea on front, stone houses and red roofs, cobbled streets and colourful window boxes – a real hidden gem of the Mediterranean. Edward & Mrs Simpson spent part of their honeymoon here.

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For for a romantic shore excursion in Dubrovnik emailTara@ReadyClickAndGo.com with your date of arrival, and whether you’d like to visit gardens, go wine tasting, sample local delicacies or shop for traditional specialities, and we’ll be happy to suggest the best day tours in or around Dubrovnik for you.

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