Hi all, We are going on a cruise with a stop in Dubrovnik on March 8th. We only have six hours there and want to see the "best" sites. Does anyone have ideas for a "mini" itinerary?
Taxi to the town from the docks, they are about 2 miles from the town gates. Walk the walls (about an hour) then have a nice lunch, amble around town for another few hours, and head back to the ship. Six hours is not much, but it should be able to give you a taste for the town. Dubrovnik does not have any "must see sights" save for the walls, in my opinion. The charm of the place is the town itself.
walk the wall of old town and get Ricks guide to the old town. It was charming and lots of good food!
We were in Dubrovnik about two years ago off of a cruise ship. As usual, there were a bunch of taxis at the dock and offering various tours. We talks to a couple mainly to judge English. ed a young guy with great english who offered a tour of the country side for 50E for the morning and would drops in town when finish. Actually figured the tour was 40E since the taxi ride to town from the pier was 10E. Had a great tour through the country side, lot of discussion about the civil war, saw several of the war sites in the hills above the town. All in all a good educational experience. Dropped us at the town and we spent the afternoon in the town, walked the wall, had late lunch, etc. and easily back to the ship on time.
You might consider booking a guide in advance (Rick lists some in his book) and asking to get off the beaten path a bit. Cruise ships dump up to 10,000 people per day into that tiny town, and it's jam packed (usually between 8-2) with everyone else seeing the same sights. So if you want to escape the crush, you can try to book someone who can help you beat the crowds (I'm not sure it's possible, but you can try).