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Konavle, Dubrovnik Countryside - Half-day History and Wine Tour

Discover the natural and historical beauty of Dubrovnik Countryside – Konavle. Pass by authentic villages, climb up the Sokol Fortress and taste indigenous wines in a family-owned winery.

Description

Konavle is often referred to as the fertile valley of Dubrovnik, where natural and historical heritage are visible in each corner, while the local people keep traditions alive through their customs, handicrafts, folklore, traditional costumes, and much more.

This afternoon's history and wine trip will take us through the authentic villages of Konavle until we reach the village Dunave – home of the majestic Sokol Fortress. Standing proudly on a 25 meter high rock, this medieval fortress was strategically positioned along the border with the Ottoman Empire of that time. Even though its present name was first mentioned in 1373, archaeological findings indicate its existence of several thousand years prior. In addition to its defensive function, the fortress was also used to store ammunition, weapons, grain and wine in the event of exceptional war circumstances. Nowadays, its museum houses various weaponry, including original canons, blacksmith's repair shop, kitchen area with fireplace and various items found on-site during the excavations. In addition to its display, the museum also offers unique sound effects throughout the fortress which take you back in time and offer a special experience. Due to its high position, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the whole Konavle valley. After the visit, a transfer will take you to the southern part of the Konavle valley, to a family-owned winery.

One of the most famous wines of this region is the Dubrovnik Malvasia. This wine in particular, often used as a medicine, was a privilege of Dubrovnik’s aristocracy - it was almost impossible to purchase (only people who had their own vineyards were allowed to sell the tasty & dry wine). The scent comes from unique aromatic varieties of grapes dried on straw mats. Strong but at the same time sweet it is best consumed chilled. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your host with a traditional welcome drink (home-made herb brandy and figs). Your host and his family have been producing wine for generations in this area. You will visit the museum, winery and vineyard, while your host will tell you all about wine production in Croatia and this region. The wine tasting will be expertly guided by oenologist, while you enjoy the tasting of 3 different wine varieties accompanied by home-made cheese, bread and olives.

This area is surrounded by woods, offering cooler temperatures during warm summer days. As our day together comes to its end, heavy-heartedly we will have to leave this peaceful place.

Details

What to wear Comfortable clothes and shoes
What to bring Bottle of water, sunscreen, hat, camera
Currency
Cancellation deadline 48 hrs prior to departure no refund
Note
  • Persons under the age of 18 are prohibited from consuming alcohol.
  • Sokol Fortress has many narrow and steep stairs, and therefore is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.
  • 1 child up to 4 years of age is free of charge. In case of more children, please contact the agency for a quote.
  • Minimum of 4 participants (max. 16) are required for this excursion to take place. In case of less participants, the excursion will be re-scheduled to another day or a full refund will be processed.
  • If you book this tour for 4 or more persons, it will be organized as a private tour only for your group!
  • Book 8 or more persons and get a discount price!

Itinerary

17:00-17:10 Pick up at following bus stops in Župa dubrovačka and transfer to Konavle; Srebreno, Mlini-Popolica, Mlini-Hotel Astarea, Plat-Smokovljenac.
17:45-19:00 Visit of the Sokol Fortress.
19:00-19:15 Transfer to a family-owned winery.
19:15-20:30 Presentation of wine production followed by wine tasting.
20:30-21:00 Transfer back to Župa dubrovačka.

General terms of reservation and purchase of day trips

These General Terms and Conditions regulate relations between the Agency and Travellers, i.e. customers, in case where the customer enters into a contract for the benefit of a third party as a traveller (hereinafter: the Traveller) regarding the organization of a day trip...

Included

  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Licensed English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to the Sokol Fortress
  • Presentation of wine production, visits to the museum and vineyard
  • Tasting 3 wine varieties with homemade cheese, bread and olives

Not included

  • Gratuities for the guide and driver
  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Any service not listed as included

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General terms of reservation and purchase of day trips

These General Terms and Conditions regulate relations between the Agency and Travellers, i.e. customers, in case where the customer enters into a contract for the benefit of a third party as a traveller (hereinafter: the Traveller) regarding the organization of a day trip...