Tuesday, 20 October 2020 09:19

The Unbearable weight of Massive talent

You must have heard of the great American actor Nicolas Cage, one of the best actors of all times, best known for his performances in action movies. Regardless of being a fan or not, his talent is indisputable, that's for sure.

But, what is there to liaise Nicolas Cage with Dubrovnik?

If you are a real fan of his movies, we invite you to visit the magnificent town of Dubrovnik and its pictoresque outskirts, and don't miss your chance of a lifetime to see the locations where his latest movie was filmed. Get to see where Cage and Pedro Pascal acted: Dubrovnik airport, stunning Old Walled City, and the village of Trsteno, much known for its botanical garden.
We also invite you to visit Cavtat, a charming little town on the outskirts of Konavle region, and walk the main promenade there, the street where Cage jumped into the silver Porsche. Treat yourself with coffee in one of the Cavtat caffe bars where Cage and Pascal were having their break during filming.

Most certainly this 2020 season has not been the best one ever, but filming in Dubrovnik has definitely made the best of it, not just for the residents, but for all of you who can't wait to come and find out what makes Dubrovnik "the pearl of the Adriatic", and why it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Monday, 20 April 2020 18:13

Pandemic times of ours....the quarantine

Did you know that our lovely walled city of Dubrovnik was the first town to introduce quarantine?
It happened, back in 1377, due to a lot of infectious diseases trough Europe at the time, and the fact that Dubrovnik was a maritime trade town, it made the goverment to think about health of its citizens.

Do you know the meaning of the word Quarantine?

If you were visiting Dubrovnik, at those times, The Republic of Ragusa, from any part of the world that was taken by some infectious disease, like leprosy, a decree was issued which foreced that everyone had to spent 40 days in the quarantine before allowed into the city. Only when proven that a person is not ill, they would let them in.
Latin was an official language of Dubrovnik at the time, and 40 in latin is quadraginta, hence the quarantine!

The quarantine building is still there, one from a bit later construction, which can be easily reached whilst we take you on a stroll of the Old Town alleys.
Although it is not used for the same purpose anymore. Today it hosts the cultural events, medditeranien food fairs, dance rehersals and even a night club, and once you enter the club you got the feeling of being quarantined with all the happy people :D

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Due to COVID 19 pandemic in Europe Dame Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza decided to self-isolate on the island of Lopud in Dubrovnik area with her two daughters while her son remained in Austria. They arrived on the island of Lopud in the Elaphite islands archipelago about a month ago and are currently enjoying in the privacy of a 15th century Franciscan monastery.
Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza came to Croatia during the Homeland War in the 90’s in her attempt to protect Croatia’s heritage and artwork. She fell in love with the island of Lopud seeing its potential as the European jet set paradise and the aforementioned monastery as a representative residence for her family. A 99 years long concession was obtained and after 16 years of restoration works in 2018 a part of this monastery has been opened to public.
Being a philanthropist and a contemporary art collector through the work of her Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation she regularly participates in Biennales by commissioning new works of art. Since 2007 an art pavilion –Your Black Horizon as a unique architectural and lighting installatio in the centre of Lopud after being presented at the Venice Biennale in 2005. The authors are Olafur Eliason and David Adjaye.
Although most visitors would come to the island of Lopud during summer months in order to enjoy in its sandy beaches and the mesmerizing colour of the Adriatic Sea it has much more to offer.
If you are intrigued by this perfect hideout place discover it by taking our Island Cruise from Dubrovnik or Afternoon Sailing with Galleon tour.

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King or Rector. Sword or diplomacy. Dubrovnik or Kings Landing. Which parts of Dubrovnik history can be compared to „Song of Ice and Fire“? During this orientational tour you will see the most significant sites within Dubrovnik Old Town that were used as the filming location of the „Game of Thrones“ TV series. Our guide will share insight stories that took place during the filming and show you the real place that were stand in for Kings Landing., Blackwater Bay, Red Keep, Quarth. You will hear about famous Dubrovnik Republic and see the most important historical sights, all combined with the fantasy world of the most popular HBO show ever. Meeting point on Pile square at 1700 1700 Walking tour of the Old Town (visits to museums not included) INCLUDED: expert guide INFO: guests should bring comfortable shoes, light clothing.

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Friday, 13 December 2019 13:14

Afternoon sailing with Galleon

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This boat excursion serves the essence of Adriatic living: taunt sails, a touch of wind on your face, blue seas and beautiful vistas. Relaxation as it should be.
If you asked a local how to spend a perfect day around Dubrovnik, it would most certainly involve some swimming. Throw in the historic galleon Tirena, a replica from the golden times of Dubrovnik Republic, and you've got yourself a day of fun, history and true relaxation. You’ll head out to the Elaphite Islands, a green and scenic archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik. Enjoy ample free time on island of Lopud. Enjoy picturesque bays, sandy beaches; lunch, drinks and fruits will be served on the boat. Altogether, have yourself a very local experience.

50,00 €

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Starting with a walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town and ending with a stroll around its City Walls, this guided visit of Dubrovnik leaves no stone unturned.
The medieval walled town of Dubrovnik was built to be shut down for an extended period of time in case of an attack or an epidemic. In order to survive if the need arose, very early on Dubrovnik had a sewer, running water, a pharmacy, granary and other epitomes of advanced civilizations. After meeting your guide at Pile gate, you will explore this UNESCO World heritage site before climbing the city walls. An unparalleled vantage point, the walls deliver a unique perspective onto the treasures so worth protecting.
48,00 €


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Friday, 25 January 2019 13:16

Adriatic Cruises

If you still haven't decided what's gonna be your next holiday, we are here to give you some tips.

Adriatic cruises are definitely something you have to try. Slow cruise by small boats, capacity 40 peopole, accommodation in a chosen category cabin, free Wi Fi on board. Sounds good?

Choose among several different itineraires and set sail away from the city crowd, relax and enjoy in the harmony of green and blue. Meet the beauty of Dalmatian coast and islands, get know what are traditional croatian dishes and swimm at the hidden bays most tourists will never see. If you are lucky enough, maybe dolphins will join you. Seagulls will guide you for sure.

We can't decide which cruise we prefer the most, but check the Adriatic Paradise Cruise by Adriatic Princess, because there are only 3 dates left to book.

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„Humanity, morality, decency, might be forgotten, but codfish must still be had for the use of the faithful in Lent and on fast days“

by Francis Parkman, American historian, XIX century

 

The Dubrovnik Winter Festival is in full swing. Good food and good entertainment are the main heroes during the 5th edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. Three Advent Sundays are behind of us and it means that the last candle will be lighted and Christmas will fill in our homes and hearts. The scents of Christmas are everywhere around us anywhere you go: prikles or fritules (donuts), sausages and hot wine.  One of the most powerful scent of Christmas holidays in Dubrovnik is the scent of codfish dishes.

In the period 21.12.2018. - 24.12.2018. you will be able to taste the rich authentic gastronomic offer of traditional codfish Dubrovnik specialties at Dubrovnik's restaurants. These dishes are part of Dubrovnik’s gastronomic heritage, prepared according to traditional recipes. The most known codfish preparations are cod fish in "red" and cod fish in "white". You will surely enjoy the various specialties and wines paired with them.

Do not miss this festive of codfish and visit any numorous restaurant participating in this manifistation in cooperation with Tourist Board of Dubrovnik!

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:22

Elite travel fleet 2019 - Meet MS Providenca

We are proud to announce a new member of our fleet for 2019, MS Providenca. She has been commissioned in 2014, refurbished in 2018. The boat is 47 m long, 9 m wide with a cruising speed of 9 knots and capacity of 40 persons. She has 20 ensuite cabins on the upper, main and lower deck.
There are 8 twin cabins / double cabins on the lower deck. On the main deck there are 11 cabins, 8 twin cabins / double cabins and 3 twin cabins. On the upper deck there is 1 twin cabins / double cabins.
Cabin furnishings include a cupboard, a cabinet and a window or a porthole. All cabins are fully air-conditioned and equipped with power plugs, LCD TV, safe box and hairdryer. Bathrooms are fully equipped with a shower, toilette and vanity with a sink.
Also, on the main and upper deck there is one bathroom with showers. Upper deck houses a fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant that sits all guests at the same time with a fully equipped bar and LCD TV. At the rear of the boat you can find a shaded lounge area with club tables and comfortable sofas. Top deck, also called the „sun deck“ offers 145 m2 of space and is equipped with sun tanning chairs and jacuzzi, also WIFI is available free of charge in the salon and in the rear part of the boat.

Enjoy Dalmatian Highlights Cruise on board MS Providenca!

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Friday, 14 September 2018 13:18

Game of Thrones - Dubrovnik

Warning: containing spoilers!

Fans of the TV series Game of Thrones will understand the thrill of visiting the real filming locations of its scenes set in Dubrovnik (King’s Landing) like the Blackwater bay, the Red Keep, Walk of shame, city of Qarth etc.

Every season except season 1 is filmed here and we consider ourselves like a second home to all HBO crew. 

This February they came to film only one scene of season 8 and for the first time Jon Snow came to King’s Landing. The scene is on the fort Bokar with Cersei, Jamie, Mountain and Jon Snow. It would be interesting to see what they are talking about.

Nobody knows who will take the Iron Throne, but there are always some hints. Shocking ones, of course!

When the filming of the season 8 was finished, Aria (Maisie Williams) published on her Instagram profile a picture with her bloody shoes with a hashtag #lastwomanstanding and caption “goodbye belfast. goodbye arya. goodbye game of thrones. what a joy i’ve had. here’s to the adventures to come“

Also, Sansa (Sophie Turner) has a new tattoo … Her tattoo artist Lauren Winzer shared a photo of Turner's ink, which features the House of Stark wolf and the words "The pack survives" written below it.

Are the Starks the last ones alive?

There is an interesting theory that George Martin showed us in season 1 who will take the Throne … we just have to find the hint. And now, with Aria’s post and Sansa’s new tattoo maybe that is true. Do you remember what Ned Stark told to his family in season 1?

"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives."

So let’s wait and see if this is true …

And if you want to see King’s Landing up close and personal … book our Game of Thrones tour. We are proud to say that our Game of Thrones walking tour of Dubrovnik is among top 25 experiences in the world! This is based on reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travellers!

For more details visit Game of Thrones walking tour

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