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Ancient Cities of the Adriatic

from £2295
Explore the charming and historic cites of Dubrovnik and Kotor. 
  • Product Code 28990
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Special Selection Hotels, New Holidays, Back To Back Holiday
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

 

 


Holiday Highlights

  • Spend two weeks in the majestic Adriatic and walk in two contrasting countries, Croatia and Montenegro. 
  • Discover and explore the history of two very different cities with a local guide.
  • Admire stunning seascapes as we walk the coastline.
  • Relax as we take to the Adriatic blue sea, sailing onto Kotor by ferry.
  • Eat like a local with two dinners taken in local restaurants.
  • Enjoy diverse scenery and hear historic tales of the medieval towns. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Dubrovnik (British Airways or Easyjet)
      Airport transfers and ferry transfer from Dubrovnik to Montenegro
      Half board en suite accommodation  
      Two dinners in a local restaurant
      English speaking local guide for a half day city tour in both Dubrovnik and Kotor
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/4

  1. Day 1

    Fly from the UK to Dubrovnik. On arrival transfer by road to our hotel for 7 nights’ accommodation. Depending on our time of arrival there may be time for an orientation tour around the neighbourhood and perhaps even a walk through the pine forest ringing nearby Mount Petka.

  2. Day 2

    In the morning we will enjoy a walk around the old town accompanied by a local guide. After a break for lunch you'll have the opportunity to walk the city walls offering you classic views over the rooftops of the old town. The afternoon will will be topped off with a walk along the coast to Sveti Jakov and back offering memorable views of the old harbour and the defensive walls of the old city.

  3. Day 3

    A leisurely morning walk from our hotel around Babin Kuk will offer us a good view of the Elafiti Islands and the coastal range to the northwest of Dubrovnik. After a coffee break at the Yacht Club you'll have the choice of exploring more of the old town, relaxing by the hotel pool or undertaking a longer walk following the old aqueduct high above Dubrovacka Rijeka, a long narrow inlet flanked by the high hills of the coastal range.
    9km, Ascent/Descent Minimal, 2.5hrs.

  4. Day 4

    We are off on an all day excursion by boat to the Elafiti Islands. Linked to the medieval Republic the islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan were home to many of the captains and sailors that manned Dubrovnik's mercantile fleet. Our visit to the islands will be shaped by the weather and the interests of the group. A variety of walks, leisurely strolls and swimming opportunities will make this a day to remember.
    Kolocep - 3km, 1.5hrs. Lopud - 5km, Ascent/Descent 200m, 2.5hrs. Sipad - 1.5hrs gentle walking.

  5. Day 5

    Today takes us to Ston once the northern boundary of the Republic. Famous for its salt pans and 7 km of fortifications, the longest stretch of defensive walls on the European continent Ston today is famous for its aquaculture producing the best oysters and mussels in the region. On our way there we might stop in Trsteno where an optional visit to one of Europe's oldest Arboretums can be arranged. Once having arrived in Ston a variety of possibilities present themselves. A visit to a small local winery in the nearby village of Broce, a choice of walks including an opportunity to explore Ston's fortifications and walls and the possibility of sampling the local oysters and mussels are all on the day's menu.
    10km, Ascent/Descent 150m, 3hrs.

  6. Day 6

    Today we have another opportunity to visit the old town and have a dramatic bird's eye view of the walled city from the top of Mount Srd. Whether our ascent is on foot or by cable car the views are breath-taking. In the afternoon we can either continue to explore the old town or take a short ferry ride to the island of Lokrum just outside the old harbour. The island offers walking and swimming opportunities and is a favourite haven for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the old town.
    4km, Ascent/Descent 400m, 1.5hrs.

  7. Day 7

    Our final day takes us to the resort of Cavtat. The more energetic in the group can continue on to the village of Cilipi and after visiting the local church can walk back to Cavtat along a path once used by traders carrying goods to and from Constantinople. Those choosing a more leisurely day can discover shorter walks in and around Cavtat, have a swim or simply relax and watch the world go by seated in a comfortable chair in one of the many cafes and restaurants along the harbour front. 
    Walk to Cavtat 8km, Ascent 50m Descent 100m, 2.5hrs. 
    On our final evening we will be having dinner at a local restaurant.

  8. Day 8

    Today we leave Croatia and travel to neighbouring Montenegro. After breakfast, we transfer to Dubrovnik port by coach, where we board the ferry to Kotor. Our sailing takes approx 3.5-4 hours and we will be accompanied by wonderful Adriatic views as we go.  On arrival into Kotor, we make the short transfer to our hotel located in Dobrota, 2.5kms from Kotor Old Town

  9. Day 9

    We get to know the Old Town of Kotor today with a guided visit of the city and the city's walls. After free time for lunch, we take a boat trip around Kotor Bay including Lady of the Rock island with its fascinating church and museum. 

  10. Day 10

    We travel to the famous village of Njegusi, the birthplace of Prince Njegusi (Montenegro's national hero), which lies on the slopes of Mt Lovcen. We visit a smokehouse and taste the local products before we continue to Lovcen National park, where we walk up to the prince's mausoleum and the mount's summit. 5kms/3.5 miles; 1.5-2 hours; A/D 350m

  11. Day 11

    We start our day in Budva, with time to explore the town, before continuing to Brajici to begin our day's walk. We pass by the Kosmac-Fortress and reach St Spiridon mountain church. Here we start our descent to Praskavica Monastery with views of iconic Sveti Stefan as we go. 13kms/8 miles; 5 hours; A200m/D900m

  12. Day 12

    Today is a free day. You may choose to relax at the hotel, take an optional excursion or explore the area around the hotel.

  13. Day 13

    From Kotor Town, we'll walk amongst the mountains on a zig-zag trail which takes us to the top of Mt Vrmac. The views of Kotor Bay are spectacular! Today's walk will have the most challenging descent of the week's walks. 11kms/7 miles; 6 hours; A605m/D670m

  14. Day 14

    A super day offering breath-taking views of Skadar Lake, the largest in Europe. Our day culminates in the old capital city of  Cetinje. 8kms/5 miles; 3.5-4 hours; A/D 350m We return to our hotel with time to freshen up before eat go out for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

  15. Day 15

    Following breakfast, we make the transfer back to Dubrovnik for our return flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Dubrovnik (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Huma

The Hotel Huma Kotor Bay holds an enviable position on the seafront with its own private beach area. It is located in the historic town of Dobrota, on the bay of Kotor, approximately 2.5kms from Kotor's Old Town. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant, beach bar and wellness spa. This is truly a superb hotel. All rooms are en suite with TV, mini fridge, hairdryer, tea/coffee maker, safe deposit box and complimentary wi-fi. We enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel each day, with the exception of our last night, when we go out to a local restaurant.


The Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik

Highly categorized 4-star hotel with 244 modern and spacious rooms all with balconies guaranty a relaxing stay.

It is located in the most beautiful part of Dubrovnik, close to the promenade that will take you to the Lapad Bay and subtropical parks and Mediterranean plants surround the hotel.


With distinctive Italian interior design, all rooms are richly equipped with:

  • Intelligent Smartcard System
  • Air-conditioning
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Mini-bar
  • LCD Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wifi

The hotel is in a lovely location and is surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants; the hotel is close to shops, banks, the post office and even tennis courts. What makes this even nicer is that the main area of Lupad where our hotel is situated is in a pedestrianised area. 


The Grand Hotel Park has a wide range of facilities on offer including: 
  • In and Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • 24hr Reception
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gym
  • Bar

Buffet breakfasts and dinners are included where both breakfasts and most dinners will be taken in the hotel.

On our last night we will eat out at a local restaurant well respected and frequented by the locals as well.

Lunches are not included, and can be purchased at local supermarkets, bakeries, and cafes or restaurants.