Private Seaside Resort Of Cavtat And Dubrovnik
Private Seaside Resort of Cavtat and Dubrovnik
After meeting your professional tour guide on the pier, set off to a look-out point where you will have sweeping views of Dubrovnik and the Croatian Riviera.
Continue on to the picturesque seaside resort town of Cavtat, which was the Ancient Roman City of Epidaurus. Over the years, Cavtat has been a favorite destination for sailors and yacht enthusiasts. After a brief orientation of the town with your guide, you will have time on your own for a pleasant walk along the beautiful seafront promenade, or time to take a coffee in one of the many cafes located along the shore.
After your free time in Cavtat, rejoin your guide and drive back along the coast to the walled town of Dubrovnik. Although the founding of the city is not clear, evidence points to there being a Greek port here sometime in the years before Christ. During the 7th century, the town was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire. After the Crusades, it came under the sovereignty of Venice before ruling itself as a free state from the 14th century until 1808. The Republic kept up with current customs and institutions, and in the 1300s could boast it had a medical service, a quarantine hospital, a refuge for old people and a pharmacy that is still in operation.
Upon arrival, you will enter the town at the Pile Gate entrance, where you will find yourself on the Old Town's main street. Your private guide will take you on a walk along the Stradun, point out some of Dubrovnik's Renaissance buildings that survived the earthquake of 1667, and will give you an idea of the city's architectural heritage. You will see the exterior of the Sponza Palace, perhaps the finest example of Renaissance architecture, which dates from the 16th century and is now home to the National Archives.
Your guide will also point out the exterior of the Rectors Palace, a Gothic-Renaissance structure from the 15th century which was the seat of the Government and Rector or the Republic. The palace has undergone several rebuilding and repairing periods due to several earthquakes and a gunpowder explosion, so you will also see the Baroque style in some of the architecture. Today the palace is the home to the history department of the museum of Dubrovnik.
Continuing your walk with your private guide, you will see the exterior of the St. Saviour Church, another remnant of the Renaissance period, located next to a Franciscan Monastery. The monastery's library consists of more than 30,000 volumes including valuable handwritten documents.
Before departing, your guide will answer any questions you have about additional sightseeing, shopping or where to sample Dalmatian cuisine. If your ship is at the Port of Gruz, you will be given one hour free time in the Old Town before being transferred back to your ship.
About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.
Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.