Dubrovnik

An Old Town suspended in time
The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary
The Rector’s Palace

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Dubrovnik

An elegant mix of styles

A walled, sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular cruise destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. Waiting to be valued on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion its essentially medieval town was reshaped by Baroque planners after a disastrous earthquake of 1667; Dubrovnik’s historic core seems to have been suspended in time ever since.

Walk through the city and admire the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, inside there are a couple of Italian paintings, including Titian’s polyptych The Assumption behind the main altar. Immediately south of Luža – the square centre of the medieval town – is the Rector’s Palace, former seat of the Ragusan government.

The current palace is a masterpiece of serene proportion, fringed by an ornate arcaded loggia held up by columns with delicately carved capitals. Entered via a narrow passageway is the fourteenth century Franciscan monastery, whose late Romanesque cloister is decorated with rows of double arches topped by a confusion of human heads and fantastic animals.

You can admire the prettiest corners of Dubrovnik before boarding the boat for Sveti Jakov beach, a smallish stretch of pebble at the bottom of a cliff on the Mediterranean, reached by steps which descend from the coastal path midway between St Jacobs’s Monastery and the Belvedere hotel. Fantastic views backtowards the Old Town. West-facing, so catches the afternoon and evening sun, amazing to relax in the sun on your holiday.

Some 20km south of Dubrovnik stretches the Konavle, a ribbon of fertile agricultural land squeezed between the mountains on one side and the sea on the other. It is a restfully scenic place to drive through, and offers a couple of rewarding village stop offs to boot; traditionally the Konavle formed the rural hinterland of the Dubrovnik Republic, keeping the city supplied with fresh victuals.

Must see places in Dubrovnik

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  • EXPLORING DUBROVNIK BY SEGWAY

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    DUB16

    Take a break from the ship for a few hours and give yourself a chance to explore the fabulous walled city of Dubrovnik – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – by Segway. As one of the greenest and most enjoyable ways to get up close and personal with a city, your Segway tour of this gorgeous Croatian resort promises plenty of fun in the sun while seeing the sights. Your outing begins with a short drive to a leading hotel for a thorough safety briefing on how to ride your Segway, after which you can relax, glide and savour city views, parks and beaches. Led by your guide, you will effortlessly climb a hill for the wonderful views of the old city walls from above, and then make your way down to the old city. This is where you will leave your Segway and continue on foot during some free time that will then be at your disposal. Return to the port. Please note: there may be some queues at the parking area when returning from the old town to the ship. Guests must sign a waiver before taking part in the tour. Children must be at least 15 years of age to take part in the tour. The tour is unsuitable for pregnant women, for guests weighing less than 45 kg or more than 118 kg and for guests with mobility problems. This tour is subject to weather conditions and available only during your cruise.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$115.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    DUB01

    Enjoy Dubrovnik in all its historic splendour with this excursion that takes you through the narrow streets and along the ramparts of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the city and admire the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary – a masterpiece of stone with an interior adorned with Venetian paintings. The town was given its original name “Dubraca”, meaning “grove of the oak”, by the Slavs. You will admire the Rector’s Palace, seat of the government and residence of the Prince (Rector) of the Dubrovnik republic. Onofrio de la Cava, an architect from Naples who also built the waterworks and the two public fountains in Dubrovnik, constructed the building in the late Gothic style. Continue with a visit to the Monastery of St. Francis, which boasts a magnificent cloister; the Monastery also houses the oldest pharmacy in Europe, which opened in 1317. At the end of the walking tour, you will have free time to explore the old city at your leisure before returning to the port. Please note: there may be some queues at the parking area when returning from the old town to the ship. For all calls before 01.06.2016, the visit to Rector’s Palace will be replaced with a visit to the Dominican Monastery.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • DUBROVNIK AND ITS OLD CITY WALLS

      CITY TOUR

      DUB09

      Start the tour with a coach transfer to the magnificent historical centre of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the famous city walls, a series of towers, bastions and fortifications surrounding the entire historical centre and port. Built in the 12th century to defend the city against invaders and then modified in the 13th and 14th centuries, Dubrovnik’s 1,940m of walls are considered some of the most beautiful and best preserved in Europe. You will have some free time to do as you please following a short guided visit to other parts of the historical centre. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes, hats and sun protection (for summer calls) recommended. You may find some queues at the parking area when returning from the old town to the ship.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person

    • HISTORIC DUBROVNIK

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      DUB05

      Your tour of historical Dubrovnik begins at the old gates of the city and will take you on a journey back in time, giving you a chance to learn about the history of ancient “Dubraca” and admire the impressive architecture of Dubrovnik’s old town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. After enjoying some breathtaking views of the old town, the nearby island of Lokrum and the Adriatic Sea as you walk around the city ramparts, you will then head for the Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street. Your walking tour into the heart of Dubrovnik will enable you to see some of the city’s key sights, including the Rector’s Palace, the Maritime Museum and the Rupe Ethnographic Museum, housed in a now-restored former granary dating back to the late 16th century. Please note: there may be some queues at the parking area when returning from the old town to the ship. For all calls before 01.06.2016, the visit to Rector’s Palace will be replaced with a visit to the Natural History Museum.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      • SPORTS ON ELAFITE ISLANDS

        SEA & SUN

        DUB06

        Board a motorboat, cruise the peninsula of Lapad, and sail past the old city walls. Admire Dubrovnik old town from the water and take this opportunity to snap some great pictures. Continue to the outer side of Kolocep Island for snorkelling in the Modra Spilja Cave. The excursion will continue to the other side of the island of Kolocep, to Donje Celo, which has a beautiful and very popular sandy beach. You will enjoy free time to relax in the sun, to swim and to ride on tuba through the beautiful bay of Donje Celo. You will enjoy a light lunch and a drink at the Vila Rose restaurant before returning to Gruz port. Please note: the excursion operates from June until the end of September. Children from 7 years of age allowed to participate in the excursion; not recommended for guests with physical problems. Snorkelling gear provided. Boat owner acting as skipper, guide and snorkelling instructor in English. We recommend bringing swimming suit, towels and a bottle of water.
        • Possibility of swimming

        • Tasting included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$182.00Price per person

        • Children$182.00Price per person

      • ST. JACOB’S BEACH

        SEA & SUN

        DUB04

        Spend a day off the ship at one of Dubrovnik’s most popular beaches. Your excursion will begin with a sailing trip along the old town of Dubrovnik followed by a 45-minute walk alongside the city walls. You can admire the prettiest corners of this Croatian town before boarding the boat for St. Jacob beach with free time to relax in the sun or to swim. Sun umbrella, beach chairs, welcome drink and one additional beverage is included. Please note: the excursion operates from June until the end of September. Water-sports may be available on request. Bar and restaurant available at the beach.
        • Drink included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$75.00Price per person

        • Children$55.00Price per person

      • CROATIAN COUNTRYSIDE, WINE TASTING & BIKE RIDE

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DUB11

        Leave the port and reach the hill overlooking Dubrovnik’s old town where a first short stop is scheduled for picture-taking. Next, board your coach and enjoy a 1-hour drive to Gornja Dubravka where you will pick up your bike and start your exploration of the Croatian countryside through the Konavle region with its cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves and traditional villages. Your first stop will be at an old mill in Šapro where you can feast on dry figs, cheese, Dalmatian dry-cured ham, fresh fruit juice, coffee and cake as well as have a chance to sample the olive oil made at the mill. Suitably fortified, the next bike leg takes you to Brajkovic for a wine-tasting session. The tour concludes with your return to Dubrovnik by coach and to your cruise ship. Please note: please wear comfortable trousers, a short-sleeved shirt, sports shoes and sunscreen (for summer calls), and take water with you. The itinerary may change to suit the group, weather or similar. Adjustable tour bikes of different sizes will be provided. The bike route is downhill and uphill on proper roads. Minimum age to take part to this tour: 7 years old.
        • Tasting included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$92.00Price per person

        • Children$69.00Price per person

      • DELUXE VISIT TO DUBROVNIK: CITY WALLS & CABLE CAR

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DUB18

        Rising up behind the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, is Sr?j Mountain, your first stop on this tour of extraordinary views and mediaeval fortifications. A cable car ride – an experience in itself – will take you to the top, where you can then look forward to a stunning panorama of Dubrovnik, the archipelago, the town of Cavtat and, on clear days, even Italy in the distance. To add to your enjoyment of these breathtaking vistas, a drink will be served in a mountainside bar. Leaving Sr?j behind and taking the cable car back down, you will move on to Dubrovnik’s world-famous city walls. Totalling nearly 2 km in length, an unbroken chain of fortresses, towers and bastions securely girdles the city, preventing the ingress of enemies in times gone by. Starting at the main street of the old town, you will first go on an orientation walk before some time will be yours to spend as you please in this special place. A shuttle bus ride back to your ship then ends your tour. Please note: at the discretion of the cable car operators, the service may be suspended entirely in the event of strong winds for reasons of safety. Guests are recommended to wear light clothing, sunscreen and a hat as well as to take a bottle of water during the summer months. There may be some queues at the parking area when returning from the old town to the ship and at the cable. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • Drink included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$92.00Price per person

        • Children$69.00Price per person

      • THE TRADITIONS OF KONAVLE & DUBROVNIK

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        DUB02

        Scenic bus drive to the Konavle Valley around Dubrovnik where you can enjoy great views of the Adriatic Sea and the beauty of the traditional villages. We will visit the village house of the Novakovic family that houses a small regional ethnological collection. From here, you can set off for short walks in the surrounding countryside, pet the animals or pick fruits directly from the orchard - a wonderful day of relaxation and a chance to immerse yourself in the simple pleasures of nature. Afterwards we will enjoy a live performance of local Dalmatian music and song, accompanied by folk dancers in traditional Dalmatian dress. We will sample the local liqueurs and wine before enjoying a typical meal of smoked ham, homemade bread and cheese. Return to Dubrovnik where a short guided walking tour of the old town will conclude the excursion. Please note: you may find some queues at the parking area when returning from the old town to the ship. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
        • Snack included

        • Tasting included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$72.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

       

      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Croatia

      Nature and glamour
      Nature and glamour

      A Mediterranean cruise to Croatia shows you a country blessed with a wealth of natural riches, boasting almost 2000km of rocky, indented shore and more than a thousand islands, many blanketed in luxuriant vegetation.


      An holiday to Croatia offers a lot of urbane glamour too with yacht-filled harbours and cocktail bars aplenty – especially in à-la-mode destinations such as Dubrovnik and Hvar. At the northern end of Croatia’s lengthy stretch of coastline, the peninsula of Istria contains many of the country’s most developed resorts, along with old Venetian towns like Poreč and Rovinj, and the raffish port of Pula, home to some impressive Roman remains. The island-scattered Kvarner Gulf, immediately south of Istria, is presided over by the city of Rijeka, a hard-edged port city with an energetic cultural life.

      Beyond the Kvarner Gulf lies Dalmatia, a dramatic, mountain-fringed stretch of coastline studded with islands. Northern Dalmatia’s main city is Zadar, whose busy central alleys are crammed with medieval churches. Croatia’s second city, Split, is southern Dalmatia’s main town, a vibrant and chaotic port with an ancient centre moulded around the palace of the Roman emperor, Diocletian.