Meet your local guide and driver at the port for a private tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. An important maritime port and a one-time state, it has always been a cultural metropolis. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments which testify to its rich history. The works of artists, writers and scientists of Dubrovnik have been woven into the texture of the town.
While strolling with your guide down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. You will continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. You will also discover Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with a treasury containing the originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo and many other valuable relicts.
After some time at leisure, your guide will take you a funicular ride up to the Srđ Hill. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, sea and the nearby islands. You will continue your tour with a walk around the magnificent city walls of Dubrovnik, one of the most harmonious and best preserved ramparts in the Mediterranean. An uninterrupted flow of walls, almost 2 km of length, with mighty forts, towers and bastions, were intended to protect this vulnerable city. "Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro" or “Freedom is not to be sold for all the gold in the world” is the message that is engraved on the doors of the Lovrijenac fortress. On the borderline between the east and the west, Dubrovnik was always compelled to protect its freedom many times throughout the history.
Later this afternoon your guide and driver will take you back to your ship.