Saturday, August 29, 2009

Day Trip to Medjugorje

Just 2 hours north of Dubrovnik lies one of Europe’s most important religious sites: the town of Medjugorje. Over 1 million people per year make the pilgrimage to see the hillside where the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to 6 children in 1981. Catholics from all over the world return to the small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina every year, some for months at a time. Many visitors to Dubrovnik choose to visit Medjugorje in a day trip, some as a spiritual journey and some out of curiosity.

The best way to visit Medjugorje is by private tour. Private tours with an English-speaking driver are priced as follows:

1-3 people: 210 EUR
4-8 people: 230 EUR
9-18 people: 460 EUR

Tours may be booked by contacting Dubrovnik Apartment Source.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Travel from Dubrovnik to Zagreb

Many travelers to Croatia arrive in Zagreb and then travel to Dubrovnik or begin their trip in Dubrovnik and travel to Zagreb for their departure. There are three ways to make the journey between these two cities: Bus, airplane, and car rental. The following is a brief overview of the travel options:

1.) Bus: There are daily buses that operate between Dubrovnik and Zagreb in both directions. In Dubrovnik, buses arrive and leave from the main bus station in Gruz 9 times per day. They do the same from Zagreb’s main bus station in the city center. The trip takes approximately 8 hours. A schedule may be viewed at Libertas Dubrovnik.

2.) Airplane: There are daily flights between Zagreb and Dubrovnik on Croatia Airlines. The flight takes approximately 55 minutes and if booked in advance, often costs about the same as the bus. This is the most popular form of transportation between the two cities. Schedules and fares may be viewed on the Croatia Airlines Website.

3.) Rental Car: If you have the time, driving can be the most enjoyable way to travel between Dubrovnik and Zagreb. Leaving Dubrovnik, the first couple hours of the journey takes travelers along the beautiful coastal road, offering stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. Drivers with a day or two to spare may want to continue on the coastal road all the way to Split, making stops in Trsteno, Ston, Gradac, and Makarska along the way. Drivers looking to reach Zagreb in one day should enter the highway shortly after the city of Ploce. The newly completed highway is one of the best in Europe and the trip between Dubrovnik and Zagreb now only takes 7 to 8 hours. There are many local car rental agencies in Dubrovnik and Zagreb, but if you plan to rent a car in one city and return it in the other, it is recommended that you contact a large international rental company that has offices in both locations.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Le Petit Festival du Theatre

It’s almost that time again: international musicians, performers, and artists will soon descend on the small Adriatic city of Dubrovnik for Le Petit Festival du Theatre. The festival kicks off on 27 August at the Marin Drzic theatre in Dubrovnik’s Old Town with an exhibition of the young Croatian artist, Nora Mojas and an evening of tango and jazz with the Argentinean musician Silvana Deluigi. The festival lasts for one week, and includes concerts, art exhibits, theatre, dance, and film, all of which are presented in beautiful venues such as the Marin Drzic theatre, GradsKavana cafe, and Veliki Zali beach in Brsecine. The highlight of the week is sure to be Le Bal Masque, a walking exhibition of masks designed by various European artists, and worn by members of the festival, in a parade through the streets of the Old Town. The exhibition ends at East West Beach Club for an after party with a midnight concert by the young Croatian jazz singer Ines Trickovic.

A program of events may be viewed on the festival website and tickets may be purchased by sending an email to daniela@lepetitfestival.com.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Day Trip to Mostar

One of the best day trips that can be made from Dubrovnik is to the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The small city straddles the Neretva River with its famous bridge, Stari Most, linking the two sides of the city. On one side lies the ethnically Croat Catholic neighborhood and the other side houses the cobbled Ottoman Quarter, home to the city’s Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims). This Ottoman Quarter is home to 16th century mosques, Turkish style houses, artist studios, and cafes.

Mostar is located about 2 hours from Dubrovnik by car. Many of the larger tour companies in Dubrovnik offer bus trips to Mostar, but it is best visited on a private tour. Prices for private day tours are as follows:

1-3 people: 210 EUR
4-8 people: 230 EUR
9-18 people: 460 EUR

According to local law, if visitors to Mostar would like a guided walking tour, it must be provided by a local Mostar resident. A local guide may be hired for an additional 50 EUR.

Tours may be booked by contacting Dubrovnik Apartment Source.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Travel from Italy to Croatia

Many travelers from North America use Italy as their gateway to Europe and then continue on to Croatia. There are 3 ways to get to Croatia from Italy: Airplane, Ferry, and Bus. The following is a brief overview of each mode of transportation:

Airplane: Croatia Airlines flies direct from Rome to Zagreb daily, to Split 5 days per week, and to Dubrovnik twice per week. This schedule is in effect until 24 October and service is reduced in the winter months, with most flights going through Zagreb. Schedules and online booking are available at www.croatiaairlines.com.

Ferry: There are 3 ports in Italy from which to depart to Croatia by ferry: Bari, Ancona, and Venice. Jadrolinija operates crossings from Bari to Dubrovnik and from Ancona to Split and Zadar. These routes are overnight and sleeping cabins or deck tickets may be booked in advance at www.jadrolinija.hr. Venezia Lines operates crossings from Venice to Pula and Rovinj. These routes take approximately 3 to 3 ½ hours and tickets may be purchased online at www.venezialines.com.

Bus: Traveling by bus is slow, but is often the most economical choice and sometimes the only choice. There is a daily bus from Venice to Pula operated by Eurolines from April to October; schedules and fares may be found at www.eurolines.it. There is also a daily bus from Trieste to Rijeka, Split, and Dubrovnik operated by SAF. The trip takes about 2 hours to Rijeka, 10.5 hours to Split, and 15 hours to Dubrovnik. Schedules may be viewed on the SAF website.