Day Four – Dubrovnik, Croatia

June 25

Notes on Dubrovnik:

  • Currency is Kuna
  • There is an ATM near the ferry terminal.
  • Bigger ships pull into Gruz Harbor (also called Port Gruz), which is 1 mile from the old city.  Many ships provide shuttles to the old city; a 15-minute ride.  A local bus is just outside the pier gates; look for numbers 1a, 1b and 8. Fare is 10 kuna, and exact change is required (make sure you convert some money at the exchange bureau just inside the port’s gates).  Taxis: Available at a cost of about 50 kuna.

10:30 am – Ship docks in Dubrovnik (8 hours until ship departure)

Things to do in Dubrovnik:

  • There is a tourism information center 100 yards up the road from the Pile gate.  They can give you a free map and a monthly information booklet – Dubrovnik Riviera.
  • Walk the walls around the city – do this first.  It is 50 Kona (about $9) per person to do this.  You cannot wear a backpack on the walls, according the The Rough Guide to Croatia, but I didn’t find anything to verify this.
  • Hang out in the Old Town (called Stari Grad by locals).  Some shops close during lunchtime (1-4 pm)
  • Ride the cable car for 70 Kuna (about $12.50) each.  It provides a very short (3 minutes?) panoramic view of the city.
  • Dominican Monestary and Museum.  There is a church, cloister, and art collection.  15 Kona each (about $3).  (on the 30 not-to-missed sights in Croatia from The Rough Guide to Croatia)
  • Explore inside the city walls, starting at the Pile Gate. “Among the highlights are the circa-14th-century Franciscan Monastery (Placa 2). Make sure you check out the adjoining pharmacy (third oldest in europe, opened in 1391).  The Rector’s Palace (Pred Dvorom 3) was the government seat in the 15th century; now you’ll find a museum with Baroque paintings and historic artifacts. The Synagogue (Zudioska 5) is Europe’s second-oldest Sephardic synagogue. Other highlights include the city’s cathedral (Poljana M. Orzica) and the Fort of St. John Maritime Museum and Aquarium (Ul Od Margarite & the waterfront).
  • For people-watching, sip a coffee or cocktail at any of the city’s numerous sidewalk cafes. For a waterfront view check out Gradska Kavana (Pred Dvorum); it also has plaza-side tables. The Hemingway Bar (Pred Dvoram) has comfy wicker chairs and a 30-page cocktail menu — try the Mojito or the Croatian beer Karlovacko. Hungry? Proto (Siroka 1) has no view but makes up for it with outstanding dishes; try any of their grilled or fried fish entries or the seafood risotto. Want a view? Just outside the Pile Gate is Atlas Club Nautika (Brsalje 3).” (everything in quotes from Trip Advisor)
  • Excursion Option 1:  Dubrovnik by Cable Car for Families.  $42/person, 4.5 hours, leaves at 11:15 and 11:30 (2 tours).  Cablecar ride to Old Town, walking tour and free time, transfer back to the ship at 3:15 or 3:30.  Thoughts: Initially Kate’s 1st choice, Paul’s second (but then he crossed it out altogether), but after researching, it seems like something we could do on our own for only the cost of the cable car (about 70 Kuna/$12.50 per person) and a ride back to the ship ($8 round trip per person, possibly).  Not a good deal, and it limits the time you can spend in the city walls.  Also, I don’t think a walk around the walls is included.  Unless the walking tour is unbelievable, I would not book this excursion.
  • Excursion Option 2:  Panoramic Dubrovnik and City Tour by Coach.  $49/person, 3.75 hours, leaves at 11:15 am.  A bus gives a ride to the Old City, where you go on a walking tour, as well as go inside the Rector’s Palace and Maritime Museum.  You can take the bus back with everyone at 3:00, or stay longer (but then getting back is at your own expense).

6:30 pm – Ship departs



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