8 days in Dubrovnic Itinerary advice

Hello, we will be staying in Dubrovnic and I'm looking for some advice on where to go and overall itinerary. We plan on doing day trips ( using Pepo or Adriactic Explorers), to Mostar, Korcula / Peljesac Penninsula. Im not sure if going to Hvar makes sense or going to Cavtat or Montenegro given our timeframes. We also want to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Dubrovnic soaking up the beauty. We will also be there on Easter sunday and im assuming many places may be closed. Does any one have any suggestions given the timeframes on must sees ? . thank you !

Tentative agenda

Day 1 - Arrive in Dubrovnic - noon Monday.
Day 2 - Enjoy- and explore Dubvovnic
Day 3 - Mostar tour all day
Day 4 - Dubrovnic - Mt Syr- do a kayak around city walls
Day 5- Korcula/ Peljasic Pennisula tour
Day 6- Hvar? or Cavtat ?
Day 7- Dubrovnic - Easter
Day 8- free
Day 9 - fly home

Posted by Jenn
Rick Steves' Europe
270 posts

How nice to have so much time in Dubrovnik. I personally like Korcula over Hvar. Hvar is more glitzy and Korcula has more of a true Croatian island feel. Plus, its easier to get to from Dubrovnik. I would also consider taking a day trip to Montenegro and doing the Bay of Kotor. Montenegro is very different than Croatian. Its like stepping back in time or closer to what you will experience in Mostar. If you do Montenegro on day 6 instead of Hvar that would still give you down time in Dubrovnik.

Posted by Christina
rochester new york
7 posts

Thanks Jenn, yes Korcula looks great and we can stop in a winery on that tour as well which sounds right up our alley. I like your idea of going to Bay or Kotor in Montenegro. we are traveling with our 2 adult kids ( 18 and 23) so that may be a better choice and wont be so crammed. appreciate it ! .

Posted by Peter
Fort Nelson, Canada
53 posts

Christina

You may also want to consider the Dubrovnik cruise ship docking schedule in your plans. Apparently it can get pretty crazy there when multiple ships offload 1000's of passengers. I used the site below to determine the better days to visit Dubrovnik for our trip there this coming September. You might have to move some of your Dubrovnik days to when there are fewer passengers in Town.

http://www.croatiatraveller.com/southern_dalmatia/Dubrovnik/cruise-schedule.html

Posted by Peter
Fort Nelson, Canada
53 posts

On day 4 you plan to kayak around the city walls. That sounds really neat and something we might look at too. Who are you using for this? Is it guided or are you on your own?

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Christina
rochester new york
7 posts

hi , yes there is a company called Adriactic Kayak Tours Near Pile Gate ,. or just ck the web site. They have kayak rentals as well as bikes. So that looked like a great idea and as well we will do the Cable car and walk around Old City ( not on weekend when cruise ships are there.) . Trip advisor gave them excellent ratings. have fun !

Posted by Peter
Fort Nelson, Canada
53 posts

Wow, lucky you...next week!! We're going early September for 10 days; actually Split for 4, Korcula for 1, Dubrovnik for 5. Staying in Cavtat for the Dubrovnik portion and doing day trips to Mostar and Bay of Kotor with a rental car. Really looking forward to it. If you get time after you're back, post a trip report. I'd like to see how it went for you.

Thanks for the info on the kayaks/bikes. Will definitely check it out.

Posted by Christina
rochester new york
7 posts

hi there, we just got back from our trip to Dubrovnik , it was beautiful, but the weather was not that hot. in fact cold and raining a couple days. It was not that busy and old town was marvelous even enjoying an Ojewsko beer on the Stradun when raining. though not real busy, I can't imagine trying to get through Old town during summer season. ! We did tour Mostar ( used tour company called Super Tours..... then we used Adriatic Explorers for our trip to Montenegro and Bay of Kotor. Both were very good. And We did use Petar Vlasic ( dubrovnikriveratours.com, or mobile 091-580-8721) for a private tour and I have to say that was outstanding. He was friendly, very knowledgeable and took us to Ston, Korcula and Peljesac . He was prompt, full of information and took us for the day not only where we thought to go, but some spots he thought we would enjoy. Well worth the $$. !!