DUBROVNIK is Croatia’s jewel of the Adriatic
Eternity in Stone & Salt
It is a stunning monumental complex found on UNESCO’s Cultural World Heritage list. Dubrovnik has been the region’s centre since the city was founded in the 7th century. From the once famous Dubrovnik Republic it blossomed into a free, educated and advanced society and its “tradition of the best” is still present to this day. You will here find a well-preserved historic centre which will leave you breathless, prestigious cultural institutions and buildings, and outstanding restaurants and luxury hotels.
Riviera of Beauty, Class and Comfort
Your incentive program, activities, meetings or presentations can be set to the “backdrop” of the city, in the beautiful little nearby town of Cavtat (Greek Epidaurum, founded in the 4th c. BC), Ston (with its 5 km-long walls referred to as “the European Chinese Wall” and salt works where salt is to this day picked by hand) or on the island of Korčula (birthplace of world traveller and explorer Marko Polo).
Captains and Merchants
We can continue into a natural ambiance, sailing towards the beautiful Elaphiti Islands scattered to the west of Dubrovnik on a karaka – a replica of a Dubrovnik merchant ship – or on a speed boat or yacht with some local snacks and a glass of domestic sparkling wine. On the biggest islands – Koločep, Lopud and Šipan – we find lush Mediterranean vegetation, outstanding seafood and villas of the former Dubrovnik aristocracy we can take a peek at today and enjoy history coming to life. And you can breathe easy, because there are no cars allowed on the island of Lopud.
Korčula, the most populated Croatian island, has always been fashionable. The town of Korčula is the hometown of Marko Polo, who inspires us with his life to explore the world ourselves.
Feel the Valley, Rivers & Hills
If we head south the program will be put together in the Konavle Valley with its vast fields, rivers and rolling hills located between the mountains and the sea, where the only cave in the world located at the foot of an airport is found.
Why not hold a short presentation in the cave or simply take it all while tasting full-flavoured wines from Konavle, where the viniculture tradition has been around since the 19th century. We can also experience Konavle with a private local train ride, by jeep, on a quad safari, or horse-back riding or we can have a bicycle tour, go trekking or opt for some free climbing.
More leisurely but no less attractive activities include learning the folk dance of Linđo or visiting a painter in a beautiful village ambient where you will create a piece of art together with her. This can be followed by a tour and a light meal at a medieval fortress.
Celebrating Oysters and Wine
Further on, in the Bay of Mali Ston, with its pristine Adriatic Sea, you will savour the extraordinary flavour of fresh oysters which even the most demanding of chefs have marvelled at, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain among them. Red and white wines from the indigenous varieties of plavac mali and postup from the nearby sun-bathed vineyards of the Pelješac Peninsula will also surely tickle your pallet. Hiding in the cellars we will visit are wines which have taken home gold medals at international wine competitions.
To experience “Dubrovnik in the palm of your hand”, the only thing better than a visit to the walls is the view from the mountain of Srđ (412 m), where you will find Fort Imperial, built in 1806. Have an aperitif and take some photos or video footage at this fantastic location with an unforgettable view. Continue your experience of the city with its history and the energy it exudes to this day at night in “your own personal palace” within the walls, where you can feel blissful and exquisite.