George Bernard Shaw once wrote, "Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik." Today, he may very well add that Dubrovnik is the place to come for all those who wish to renew themselves and their faith in human nature.
Begin with a scenic drive to the Stradun, the famous main street that runs through the heart of the Old Town. Here, your experienced local guide will start you off with a lovely walking tour of this utterly charming city. A prominent and historic community located on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was founded by joining two small settlements. One is located on a rock to the south of today's city and Dubrava, a settlement at the foot of Srd hill. At one time, a strip of wetland separated the two parts of the town, but the land was reclaimed in the 12th century, serving to unite the city around a plaza which is today known as the Placa or Stradun. Later, two harbors were built on each side of the isthmus, and the prosperity of Dubrovnik has long been based on sea trade. As you make your way through this jewel of a city, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, you will understand why it has gained the nickname of "Pearl of the Adriatic." Following your escorted walking tour, free time will be allowed to further explore on your own before it's time to rejoin your coach and travel to the Konavle Valley.
After a picturesque drive through the countryside, you'll arrive at the village of Komaji where you'll visit a local vineyard and winery owned by the Crvik Family. A unique opportunity awaits you here to taste some of the finest wines from this region and meet wine producer, Mr. Andro Crvik who will give an informative presentation about his wines and wine producing in this area of Croatia. Continuing on from here, it's a short drive past several other quaint villages to the delightful town of Cilipi where you'll stop at a typical country home. Here, you'll meet the Novakovics family, who have lived in their traditional home for many generations, producing grape brandy, olive oil and wine in the same manner that their ancestors did. Before returning to the pier in Dubrovnik, your gracious hosts will treat you to a tasty snack of local favorites that can only be experienced in the real homes of these villages while being entertained with some traditional "Dalmatian" music and songs performed by a group of local musicians and singers.
Please note: This tour consists of moderate walking activities and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Hats and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.