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Dubrovnik, Croatia (5/5/18)

We visited Dubrovnik on the Carnival Breeze in late October 2012. We had been told that this city was perfect to do on your own and that is true, but we felt that we missed a lot by just wandering around on our own. I really prefer to have someone to tell me about a place with an emphasis on history and culture. I also like knowing how people make a living today, how much it costs to live in one of the house we see in this picture and generally what daily life is like. Speaking of daily like, I noticed a workman pushing a cart, piled high with construction material (no cars allowed,) while working their way through the narrow streets that were crowded with self-absorbed tourists. Instead of yelling at them to get out of their way, they were very patient and just waited for their path to clear. Can you imagine that scene in NYC?

Dubrovik seemed too nice to us, almost like a theme park or a scene from a fairy tale. There was no trash, no hovels or other signs of poverty. On the plus side, it is one of the few remaining medieval walled cities in the world. It was founded in the 7th century AD, though not really old by European standards. The ciy really prospered in the 15th and 16th centuries due to its location on the trade route from Venice and San Marino. I read that the massive stone buildings, the imposing gates and the beautiful views were all meant to impress and intimidate and they still serve that function today.

If you are a fan of THe Game of Thrones, you likely know that Dubrovik serves as the real world stand-in for King’s Landing. There are tours to explore filming locations.

I took the picture below from the cable car on our way to the top of Mt. Srd. It is not a great picture, but gives a fantastic view of the wall that surrounds the old city of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik pic

There are two possible docks, though most (bigger) ships wind up in Gruz Harbor, a suburb of Dubrovnik. The port is a about 1.5 miles from the town gates. Some ship offer a shuttle, but if not there are local buses and taxis. There is a visitor information center where they drop you.

EXPLORE THE PORT:

Dubrovnik Port Page - Cruise Critic port page for Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Dubrovnik Attraction & Activities - Tripadvisor's Things to do in Dubrovnik, with a ranked lists of attractions and activities.

WhatsInPort - Great info about the port including a webcam (some ports), printable map and ships in port: 2018 is not avaible yet.

Frommer's Dubrovnik - a well respected travel guide, has their take on Dubrovnik, with lots of links to explore like a walking tour.

Lonely Planet's Dubrovnik - Lonely Planet's coverage of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Tours by Locals - Experience Dubrovnik through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour 'suggestions' - each can be customized just for you.

Viator's Dubrovnik Tour Offerings - Viator is a consolidator, meaning that they source tour companies and resell them. What is nice is that you can pay in USD with your credit card before you leave home. I've used them in a few places and was very pleased. If you can find the company they are using to book directly, you can save a bit.

Dubrovnik Port Guide - Tom Sheridan has created a series of Port Guides for ports around the world. They are in PDF format; thus, can be loaded on your tablet, or printed, to have handy. Tom's website is tomsportguides.com, where he gives travel tips and explains how to best use his guides.

Dubrovnik Tourist Board website - The official website for the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

Rick Steve's Dubrovnik - A 5-min, hi-def video by one of the best tour guides and writers around.

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