Half day trips - Dubrovnik and Konavle Walking Festival

Dubrovnik sightseeing

4th of October 2018.
Dubrovnik sightseeing

An enjoyable walk through the history of Dubrovnik and its monuments is simply a must in this gorgeous seaside city. We will start our tour from the heart of the Old City, the main street Stradun. We will continue towards the 15th century Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik’s Maritime Museum located in St. John’s fort. It was rebuilt after a heavy earthquake which damaged it in 1979.

After that, we will visit the Rector's Palace (15th century) which has been the seat of the government of formerly independent Republic of Dubrovnik (abolished by Napoleon in 1808). Today this place shows us the way aristocracy of the place used to live.

Our tour will continue through “Sponza” Palace, famous for its atrium and carved stone columns. You will also visit elegant cathedral built on the ruins of a 12th century church.

Transfer time 1,5 Hours
Activity time 4 Hours
 

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Intrudction to the Wine World

4th of October 2018.
Introduction to the Wine World

Ksenija Matić (WSET Level 3) introduces you to exciting world of wines at this interesting workshop. You will learn about different styles of wine and taste 6 Croatian wines - sparkling, white, rose, two reds and a dessert wine.

These samples will serve to discuss production techniques and styles, as well as important factors influencing the wine. 

You will also learn about production of sparkling wines and about most famous white and red varieties of the world. You will master the basic tasting technique in order to recognize aromas and other important characteristics of wine (sugar content, alcohol, acidity, tannin) which will help you asses it properly. Duration of the workshop is 2 hours.

Transfer time 1,5 Hours
Activity time 4 Hours
 

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Scenic train ride through konavle valley

5th of October 2018.
Scenic train ride through Konavle valley

Experience the traditional spirit and genuine village atmosphere on this distinctive excursion taking you for the tourist train ride through vineyards in Konavle! 

Experience the traditional and original village ambiance on this marvellous excursion to Konavle. After paying a visit to the first winery, absorb the region by riding on a tourist train through its rich vineyards. Past customs are presented in the village of Ljuta in the water-powered mill where you get to see how flour was once produced. 

Just a few meteres forward, there is another traditional craft on display – wool processing. Relish in some of the best wines originating in this part of Croatia in the following three vineyards. You may also find it particularly interesting to pick at the traditional ploughman’s lunch of bacon, onions and hard-boiled eggs served in a customary manner of the old folks from Konavle who laboured in the fields.

Transfer time 1,5 Hours
Activity time 4 Hours
Altitude 200 Meters
Distance 20 km

Itinerary

Hotel departure followed by:
14:45 - arrival to village Brajkovic and visit the wine cellar
15:30 - continue by train to the village Ljuta
15:40 - visit of water mill Đivanović with demonstrations of flour production
16:30 - continuation to vineyard Vodopić and wine tasting 
17:00 - visit of vineyards of Mr Ivo Karaman, wine tasting and snack
17:45 - continuation to vineyards of Mr Niko Karaman, Prosecco and wine tasting
18:30 - return to Dubrovnik
20:00 - arrival in Dubrovnik

 

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Craft Beer workshop

5th of October 2018
Craft beer workshop

Discover unique walking path and various endemic plants, as well as aromatic herbs of the region Konavle located close to Dubrovnik.

Hike along picturesque landscape, located in the ambience of traditional rural architecture on the south of Croatia from village of Popovici towards village of Čilipi, the biggest settlement in Konavle and surely the best place to meet the traditions of Konavle.

After a short break our walking adventure would proceed towards country house Čilipi wich is run by the Novakovic family for a presentation of first craft beer in Konavle region.

Curious about craft beer? Do you want to know why some beers are dark while others are light? You will get your answers on Novaković craft beer workshop.

Transfer time 1,5 Hours
Activity time 3 Hours
Altitude 200 Meters
 

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Stone crosses walking tour

6th of October 2018 
Stone crosses walking tour

Our hiking tour starts from 15th century church of St. George in Cavtat. Unique hiking route will lead us to the beautiful small village of Močići. A sanctuary of the god Mithras, Mithraeum, is located there so it’s a great opportunity to find out more about ancient pagan cult.

Along the path you will discover many stone crosses that were visited in a procession during the field blessing ceremonies. On the road you can find various endemic plants, as well as aromatic herbs of the region.
Our walking path will bring us to Carevina Agritourism estate which is surrounded by a picturesque landscape, and is a quiet area for enjoyment. Enjoy your vacation in the ambience of traditional architecture and taste the typical regional region dishes, the wines and desserts of Konavle. Savor the products from the garden – fruit, vegetables and flowers.

After short break and a snack our walking adventure will proceeds towards village of Čilipi, the biggest settlement in Konavle and surely the best place to meet the traditions of Konavle. We will visit the largest church in Konavle, the parish church of St. Nicholas, a square surrounded by traditional family stone houses.

The perfect place to feel the rural lifestyle is Vukorep family estate. Relaxing moments are even better after tasting local agricultural products.

Finally we will proceed to eco-friendly adventure park Cadmos Village for a lunch. This amazing property (adventure park, restaurant and treehouse) is situated in the picturesque region of Konavle, near the tranquil village of Komaji. Nestled deep in unique oak woodland, guests would enjoy in a beautiful, secluded spot while tasting unique and delicious local delicacies surrounded with untouched nature.

Route Cavtat/Moćići/Čilipi/Cadmos Village
Level Moderate
Altitude 200 Meters
Distance 15 km
 

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Old railway road

6th of October 2018
Old railway road

Our hiking tour starts from small village Vojski Do located in Konavle mountains. Will visit Tavern Konavle for a snack.

Old railway road located beneath mountain of Sniježnica and two tunnels between former trail station near village of Mihanići. Even though the old railway road was closed in 1969 nowadays it is still usually used by hikers.

Our walking tour will proceed towards former railway station for a break and refreshment. Unique breathtaking Konavle valley, with its vineyards, olive plants and other farmlands, a true countryside of Dubrovnik hides unique small family-owned vineries.

We will visit Miljas Winery which is located on the old wine road on sunny southern slopes of Konavle region. The tradition of winemaking family Miljas is cherishing over one hundred years. Today, the fourth generation of Miljas family uses the latest technology for production of produces high quality wines.

Try local wines Malvasia Dubrovačka, Grk, Maraština and Plavac Mali. Tradition that goes back from Roman times, dedication and unique terroir left a mark in every drop.

After wine tasting our walking tour would lead us to the Cadmos Village, lovely, cozy and ecofriendly place hidden in the oak woods for a lunch. This amazing property (Adventure Park, restaurant and treehouse) is situated in the picturesque region of Konavle, near the tranquil village of Komaji. Nestled deep in unique oak woodland, guests would enjoy in a beautiful, secluded spot while tasting unique and delicious local delicacies surrounded with untouched nature.

DISTANCE: 15 km
LEVEL: Moderate/difficult
ROUTE: Cavtat/Moćići/Čilipi/Cadmos Village

Route Vojski do/Mihanići/Cadmos village
Level Moderate
Altitude 200 Meters
Distance 15 km
 

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Following Napoleon steps

7th of October 2018.
Following Napoleon steps

Our walking tour starts from east side of Dubrovnik with old streets lined with stone houses. Narrow path leads us uphill to the Fort Imperial built on Mount Srđ during the French occupation of Dubrovnik Republic in 19th century.

There is Croatian War of Independence Museum within the Fort. Exhibition tells the story of heroic defense of Dubrovnik, its heritage and people. The main themes include Dubrovnik in the Croatian War of Independence 1991 - 1995 and the history of Fort Imperial. The exhibits include: documents, art and documentary photographs, printed materials, weapons, mines and explosive devices, war maps, commands, parts of military equipment, objects from every-day life which belonged to the residents and defenders of Dubrovnik under the aggressors siege, authentic recordings and video material, reminiscences of the participants, the armed forces war flags, the original flag which waved on Srđ in 1991, mine fields maps, war log books, etc.

After sightseeing we will visit cozy village of Bosanka for a lunch.

Our goal is to display a different face of Dubrovnik – the one away from crowds, oriented towards local flavors and paths, with the sense of freedom, calmness and belonging to nature.

Route Dubrovnik/Mount Srđ/Imperial Fort/Bosanka village
Level Moderate
Altitude 200 Meters
Distance 6 km
 

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Old Dubrovnik aqueduct

7th of October 2018 
Old Dubrovnik Aqueduct

Discover unique walking tour by following the old Dubrovnik waters supply system. Interesting trail is a historical one – that of an old aqueduct, designed in such a perfection and precision of inclines in order to bring the water to the City by sole gravity from 11.7 km distance.

Built in the 15th century, the aqueduct was the most important water supply method for centuries, noted for its water channels covered by stone slabs. Southern Croatia’s aqueducts brought pristine, drinkable water from the fresh spring in Sumet, a small village nearby. In 20th century a new plumbing system was built in Dubrovnik and since then old aqueduct is abandoned, but there are still remains from that time and nice walking path that follows the old system in distance of 7 km above river Ombla.

Modern plumbing gradually eliminated the need for the old Dubrovnik aqueduct, but we will hike through all its archaic wonder, periodically learning about unique Croatian technological history and seeing the Elaphite islands, a Dubrovnik Port area with a spectacular modern bridge.

We would proceed towards small village of Šumet for a short break and a snack. Later on, an old railway road would lead us through hidden and forgotten old villages with to the marina and yacht club located in Komolac and Ombla river. We will have the opportunity of tasting local delicacies and traditional meals.

Route Dubrovnik/aqueduct/railway road/marina
Level Moderate
Altitude 200 Meters
Distance 12 km
 

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