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Dubrovnik, Croatia (6/1/19)

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, 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?

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 great 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. Smaller vessels may be permitted to anchor in Old Harbor, right in the heart of the old city. I don't know if the Star is considered large, so I can't tell you which dock we will use. I suspect it will be Gruz, which is the port for ferries and other commercial traffic. From there you can take organized boat tours to the Elaphites as well as sailing tours to Split. Not that we will have time for that.

Gruz is a neighborhood about 3 km (1.8 miles) northwest from the Old Town. In the Gruz area you will find tourist agencies, exchange offices, internet corner, rent-a-car offices, banks, the "Srdj" department store, "Konzum" supermarket, pharmacy, bakeries, restaurants, caf├ęs, souvenir shops, as well as a vegetable & fish market.

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, activities and more.

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

Things to See in Dubrovnik - USA Today's Travel Tip about things to see in Dubrovnik.

Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik - U.S. News Travel's ranked list of 8 things to do in 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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