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Explore Dubrovnik’s Old City and other Croatian Churches with VBT

The Walled Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia Vacations

All International VBT Vacations include optional Pre- and Post-trip Extensions that we offer to enhance your vacation travelers on our Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands biking tour have the option to spend three nights in the coastal city of Dubrovnik—often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities, especially in the “Old City”—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—which features Angel Statue in Dubrovnik Croatiastill intact medieval walls, ancient architecture, and some of the best churches in Croatia. Visitors can immerse themselves in travelers can still visit the Dubrovnik’s beautiful convergence of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style architecture that reveal its long, storied history. Here are a few of the most well-known attractions within the walls of the Old City…

Franciscan Monastery
When sight-seeing around the Old City, keep left after entering Pile Gate (the western entrance) to reach the Franciscan Monastery. The Monastery’s museum is a beautiful convent, featuring one of the oldest monastic pharmacies. Here, 14th-century Franciscan monks prepared medicinal remedies. The Monastery’s library contains ancient writings, music manuscripts, and gold and silver art objects, and is also definitely worth a visit.

Church of St Blaise, Croatia ChurchesChurch of St. Blaise
If you walk down the main street in the Old City towards the eastern entrance you’ll find the Church of St. Blaise—an 18th-century Baroque church—a tribute to Dubrovnik’s patron saint, Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise). You’ll notice a number of statues of St. Blaise elsewhere around the city as he has an importance similar to that of St. Mark the Evangelist does to Venice.

Onofrio’s Fountains
Another unique site within the Old City walls is the domed Onofrio’s great fountain. Onofrios Fountain Completed in the 15th century, this ornate fountain is located near the western Pile Gate and is the terminus of the city’s first aqueduct. Today, visitors may rest their feet on the ledges and steps that surround the fountain’s sixteen water taps. There is a smaller fountain on the opposite end of the Old City near the eastern Ploca Gate.

Croatian SteepleThe churches of Dubrovnik’s Old City are just a few of the highlights of VBT’s Biking Tour in the Dalmatian Islands. If you don’t opt for the Pre-trip Extension in Dubrovnik, you will be able to see beautiful churches elsewhere on tour.  In the main square of Trogir, the tour’s starting point, you’ll find the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, which was built on the site of an earlier church that was destroyed in the Middle Ages. In Postira, on the island of Brac, you’ll see the remains of a basilica in Lovrecina, a bay with a very beautiful sandy beach. And finally, in the town of Vrboska on the island of Hvar, sits a unique fortified church. The structure resulted from a strange but urgent need for both the church and the secular citizenry to fortify their village from invaders.

For more information about the bike routes, accommodations and cultural highlights you’ll experience while on our Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.

Enjoy the Beaches of Croatia with VBT

Croatia Beach
The Dalmatian Islands—located in the heart of the Adriatic Sea— are home to some of the most renowned beaches of VBT Bikers WEB, Croatia beaches Croatia. Travelers on VBT’s Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands​ biking vacation will visit both the islands of Brac and Hvar, and will get to bike along gorgeous white pebble beaches and cool off in the pristine, clear waters of the Adriatic.

On Brac—the largest of the Dalmatian islands—you’ll spend time in the charming village of Postira, which dates back to the 14th century. Immerse yourself in the history of Postira with visits to centuries-old olive fields and the remains of a 1,400-Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia Beachesyear-old basilica on Lovrecina beach. You’ll also take in breathtaking views as you roll downhill to Zlatni Rat—which translates to “Golden Horn”—highly regarded as the best beach of Croatia. This spit of land reaches out almost a quarter mile into the water with its gently sloping beach at the tip. Swim in the Adriatic’s crystal-clear water while you admire views of Hvar across the channel.

On the west coast of Brac, we’ll cycle to the port of Milna, the most beautiful marina on the island. One of the first established villages in Brac, Milna is also known as the “Bay of a Thousand Ships” due to its history of offering safe harbor to boats of all sizes for hundreds of years. In the summer months, Milna is quite the popular destination for yacht owners while on holiday.
Hvar, Croatia Beaches

Ferry over to the island of Hvar—called “one of the most beautiful islands in the world” by Condé Nast Traveler magazine—for the remainder of your vacation.  Hvar town, the island’s hub, is a medieval Croatian town with a strong Venetian Croatia beaches Sea Urchin Web, influence dating to the 16th century. Other Hvar attractions include the Arsenal, built in 1612 as the first municipal theater—Europe’s oldest and perhaps smallest—that was designed to bring the aristocratic and bourgeois classes together. While cruising around Hvar Town be sure to take in the expanse of Saint Stephen’s Square, the largest town square of the Adriatic after Saint Mark’s in Venice. Enjoy worry-free cycling as the town’s center is free from car traffic.

These gorgeous beaches and seaside towns are just a few of the highlights of VBT’s biking tour in the Dalmatian Islands. For more information about the bike routes, accommodations and cultural highlights you’ll experience while on tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.

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