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Dubrovnik & Beyond: From the Adriatic to the Alps 2014

Trip Extensions

Pre-trip: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Before your main Croatia tour, enjoy the chance to explore Dubrovnik's delights at your own pace. Seek out its lesser-known museums and historic sights, cruise the city's picturesque harbor, attend one of many cultural events and performances that enliven the city, relax in the Adriatic sun, or shop for Croatian handcrafts.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights at the First-Class Valamar Argosy Hotel or similar
3 meals: 3 breakfasts
Included tour: Dubrovnik, Cavtat & Konavle Valley
Exclusive services of a Hospitality Desk representative
All transfers
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    Today, you'll fly from your U.S. gateway to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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    Arrive in Dubrovnik today, a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport, and you'll transfer to your hotel in Dubrovnik. You'll then enjoy an orientation walk and meet your fellow travelers.

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    After breakfast, join us for an orientation briefing, where your Hospitality Desk representative will go over the details of your pre-trip extension. On an included city tour of Dubrovnik, your local guide will introduce you to the Stari Grad, the extraordinarily well-preserved Old City, where you will likely want to linger and return.

    Still an exquisite walled city today, Dubrovnik’s character reflects its storied past as an independent city-state that rivaled Venice. Also known by its Latin name, Ragusa, this was a fortress city that served as the base for a fleet of ships that carried trade between much of Europe and the Middle East. The city-state’s period of autonomy extended from 1358 to 1808. In recent times, some of Dubrovnik’s historic sites sustained damage in the Balkan conflicts of the early 1990s, but the city has been peaceful for more than ten years and largely restored under UNESCO supervision.

    Enjoy leisure time in the Old City for the rest of the day. Choose among the many local restaurants for dinner on your own this evening.

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    You have another day to discover the beauty and charm of Dubrovnik at your own pace. Or, join us for an optional tour of Korcula Island. Korkyra Melaina—or "Black Corfu," as the Greeks named it for its densely wooded interior—is circled by smaller islands and studded with secluded beaches and lovely views. Korcula Town, the island’s main city, is a typical medieval walled Dalmatian city, with towers and red-roofed houses that contrast charmingly with the blues and greens of the island. It is claimed that Marco Polo was born here. You’ll cross to the island by small boat, visit the Cathedral, discover the island’s art and culture, and enjoy some time to wander on your own. Savor lunch on the island (included with the price of your optional tour) and sample the famed wines of the Peljesac Peninsula before returning to Dubrovnik in the late afternoon.

    Dinner is on your own this evening.

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    This morning, enjoy an included half-day tour to Cavtat. Located at Croatia's southern tip, in the Konavle Valley, this town is known for its summer mansions and peaceful coves. Cavtat's other claims to fame include the Racic Mausoleum, a significant work by sculptor Ivan Mestrovic; and the local gallery named for native painter Vlaho Bukovac.

    Tonight, join your fellow travelers over a Welcome Drink in the hotel as you begin your Dubrovnik & Beyond: From the Adriatic to the Alps Land Tour.