This morning meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby for a private tour of Konavle region, Dubrovnik countryside. The region of contrasts and exceptional beauty, mountains and valleys, green hills and naked stone; inclines down to the cozy coves of small fishermen villages.
First you will visit the magnificent fort of Sokol Tower. Built on the stone under cliffs that rise above Dunave village, overlooking the fertile valley of Konavle, Sokol Tower has stood proudly and defied turbulent centuries as a silent witness since Illyrian times. In the Middle Ages the fort was run by local masters, and they were Serbs or Bosnians until 1420 when the fort and Konavle were taken over by Dubrovnik Republic. The inhabitants of Dubrovnik used it as a fortress to protect the inhabitants during the Ottoman attacks. Then, when truce was ratified with the Ottomans, Sokol lost its defensive role. Following the Great Earthquake, when a severe crisis ruled Dubrovnik, the Republic abandoned Sokol Tower in 1670. Forgotten every since, it only recently opened its doors to visitors in its full glory.
In the small Konavle village, surrounded by cypress and pine trees, you will meet a local artist for a private presentation of local silk production and embroidery. For centuries, the region has been renowned for the production of silk yarn, used for the decoration of national costumes, notably female. With time, it has developed its own artistic language transforming into something more than simple decoration. Every woman of Konavle had to rear enough silkworms to produce her own yarn for her personal embroidery. It would be her only accessory and part of her personality. During this unique presentation your hostess will treat you with a piece of traditional cake and homemade tea.
Your last destination is the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. Like many Dalmatian towns, Cavtat began as a Greek settlement, called Epidaurus, and later became a Roman colony. At the beginning of the 7th century, Avars and Slavs invaded Cavtat and destroyed the town. Refugees from the town formed another settlement - Dubrovnik. Since those times, Cavtat has always been inseparably bounded with the history of Dubrovnik. Your guide will take you for a stroll through this picturesque little town – its cobbled streets with traditional red-roofed houses, narrow stairways and charming promenade along the shore. Your walk will take you to the top of the hill, where you will discover the extraordinary Mausoleum of Račić Family, a work of Ivan Meštrović, the most prominent Croatian sculptor. Afterwards, your guide and driver will take you back to Dubrovnik.