"Private" Adriatic Shore Trips
We have included two popular shore trips for cruisers who are visiting some of the Adriatic's most popular ports, Dubrovnik and Kotor.
This package includes two tours (timed to meet your ship on the selected dates you are there).
Dubrovnik (4-Hour Tour)
This half day Dubrovnik shore trip provides the most scenic views of Dubrovnik. You ride a cable car 1200 feet above sea level to get the best photos of Dubrovnik. Then you enjoy a walking tour of the old town and a short amount of free time.
Your private guide will meet you at the pier to begin your exploration. First you ride the cable car which takes you high above the city for amazing panoramic views of Dubrovnik's city walls, ancient rooftops, picturesque buildings, the sea and the surrounding mountains. Get your camera ready!
When you return from the cable car you drive to the city's Pile Gate where the statue of the city's patron St. Blaise welcomes you. From here you began to explore Dubrovnik on foot walking along the city's main promenade which is paved with marble and lined with store fronts and caf̩s.
On your tour you will visit the Franciscan monastery which was built in the Romanesque-Gothic style and considered to be an architectural masterpiece. Inside the monastery you visit a pharmacy which opened its doors in 1317, making it the oldest operating pharmacy in all of Europe.
Next you visit the baroque Cathedral and its Treasury. The current cathedral was finished in 1671 to replace a Romanesque Cathedral which was destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1667. The main altar features a painting of The Assumption by Titian (1552). The Cathedral Treasury is known for its collection of 138 reliquaries, most of which are traditionally carried in procession around the city on the feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd).
Before your Dubrovnik shore excursion is over, you enjoy a short amount of free time to stop in a shop or enjoy an ice cream.
Jewish Heritage: If you would prefer to visit Dubrovnik's synagogue instead of the Cathedral, please let us know at the time of reservation so we can make the arrangements.
Kotor (6-Hour Tour)
Highlights of Montenegro
This six-hour Kotor shore trip is designed to see the maximum when you do not have a full day available. You explore the old town of Kotor, take a boat to visit the island of Our Lady of the Rocks and then enjoy a stop in the resort village of Budva.
After meeting your tour guide at the pier in Kotor you enjoy a walking tour walk through the maze of medieval Kotor, its bustling market and among beautiful Renaissance buildings. The well preserved fortified walls of Kotor are nearly 3 miles long and it is considered one of the world's historic values.
Your tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of St. Tryphon which was constructed in 1166 and built on the remains of a former temple from the 9th century. You will see the remains from 14th century frescoes and the valuable treasury with both local and Venetian golden works dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
Next you enjoy a cruise to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. According to legend, the small man-made island was made over the centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath which says that after returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the bay. Over time, the small island gradually emerged from the sea. You will visit the small Byzantine style church which was built in 1667. The interior of the church was decorated by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century painter from village of Perast. Your guide will point out the famous icon of Our Lady of the Rocks on the altar.
This afternoon you drive to the ancient town of Budva which is the most famous resort in Montenegro. Budva is considered to be one of the oldest settlements on the Balkan Peninsula. The old town of Budva also lies on a small island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time it turned into a peninsula. The old town is surrounded by ramparts originating from the 15th century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. Within the walls the town is a combination of small narrow roads and little squares with valuable monuments of different Mediterranean cultures.
Assuming everything is on schedule, there is some free time in Budva before you drive back to the pier in Kotor.
Accessible - NO wheelchairs