Day 2.  Korcula, birthplace of Marko Polo

The ship left Makarska early in the morning, around 5 a.m, but we’re not aware of that since we were sleeping all the time, and our children as well. Our cabins were located under the deck, and regardless that fact, we did not hear the motor running and we slept peacefully. We were woken up by breakfast alarm which was served till 9 a.m. 

It was usual breakfast during the entire 7 days: salami, cheese, cereals, yogurt, juice, coffee, tea, sausages, eggs, scrambled eggs, fruit…

Around 11 a.m. we anchored in the bay of the beautiful blue sea and we were able to see the sea depth from several meters high deck. We were all eager to jump into the sea and enjoy.

We had lunch after the swim and then we headed towards Korcula. We arrived in Korcula around 17:00h, where we had a tour with the professional guide already arranged at 17:15h.

We had a couple of minutes until the arrival of the guide, so we took the kids out for an ice cream so the time passed very quickly.

The guide finally came and the tour around Korcula has started. It was interesting to listen to the guide, actually all 4 guides, throughout our entire journey. They were totally different, and it was interesting to hear their interpretation of history, the funny adventures, and those less funny and sad. Each of the guides was actually an interpreter of historical stories, some of which were extremely interesting. We would especially commend the guides in Dubrovnik and Trogir.

I mustn’t forget to mention that the guides spoke English, since it was a mixed group of guests and adjustments had to be made. However, that was not a problem since most of us spoke very good English.

After the tour finished, we sat down in the restaurant for dinner and then we took a walk through Korcula. While we were walking, we heard great music from one of the bars. A young girl and two men were playing old evergreens. We joined them and enjoyed the great music late into the night, while the children were playing not far from us.

Day 3. Elafiti islands, parrots in Dubrovnik and swim at Banje beach

In the morning, we headed towards the Elafiti islands, where we swam. And of course, used this opportunity for sunbathe.

Around 13:00h we headed towards Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik has a port which is a bit far from the town center (which is not the case in other cities) so we walked from Gruz port (5 minutes of walk) to the bus station where we took the bus to the town center.

Do not be concerned with this fact, since before the disembarkation, the trip coordinator came to us and explained everything in details: where to go, which bus to take and where to meet our guide. Therefore, it was quite easy to find everything and get to the destination Pile where the guide was waiting for us. It was a young girl with an exquisite art of retelling and she took us through Dubrovnik, which is definitely one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean.

After the tour has finished, some went for a walk on Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik, and some went for a walk on famous walls, while others took a cable ride up to Srd hill where they enjoyed in one of the best views on the entire Dubrovnik. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant with great panoramic view. The cable ride lasts only 4 minutes.

Our fellow travelers from Italy went on this cable ride and they showed us stunning panoramic photos of Dubrovnik. Breathtaking!
 

We did not go on this cable ride, but we definitely won’t miss it next time we go to Dubrovnik. We also swam on the famous Banj beach, which is only a few minutes away from the town center.

After that we came back to Stradun, where the kids loved the parrots and cockatoos so we had hard time leaving from there.

The next day we went to the island Mljet. But before going to Mljet, around 7 a.m. the ship passed on the other side of Dubrovnik as well so we were able to take some pictures of Dubrovnik from the sea. You can find some of these photos in photo gallery as well.

by Ana

 

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