The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 13, Girl age 13, Girl age 13, Girl age 9, Boy age 6, & Girl age 1.
Description: Dubrovnik, Croatia is sometimes called the Pearl of the Adriatic, and the old city offers incredible architecture that uses one of several styles. The preservation of the area is remarkable and there is a lot to see and do. Elaborate palaces, monasteries, fountains, churches, and other structures tower over this walled city from before medieval times. Architectural styles include Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance, and many of the structures date back to between 1100 and 1300. Enormous, exquisite gates guard the entrance to the town and there is plenty for visitors to see and enjoy here.
Our Experience: We took a private tour, and although this is not really needed we had a great time. We decided on a walking tour from the western gate of Pile. We saw the Old Jewish fountain at the Pile square, toured the synagogue, and learned about Dubrovnik history. Next was the Old Orphanage house, and we learned about Dubrovnik 1667 earthquake. We also enjoyed seeing the Dubrovnik defenders memorial room inside the Sponza Palace, and a walk through Dubrovnik Old City harbor. Allow plenty of time for shopping if you like art, jewelry and crafts. Dubrovnik was a great and beautiful old city, but it was wall to wall tourists and basically a giant shopping mall ensconced in a medieval city. Despite the crowds and the extremely touristic feel, we really enjoyed the city. Even the kids enjoyed themselves and had fun.
Description: The clear warm water, the Mediterranean sunshine and mild weather all make going to the beach a popular pastime. Many of the local beaches also offer numerous amenities, including water sports in some places.
Our Experiences: We visited Dubrovnik, Croatia in August and it was very hot. Our family walked about 10-15 minutes to get to a local beach in order to try and cool off. There was not an inch of sand to be had, just a smallish sandy area with a crushing amount of people. In spite of the crowded conditions we wedged ourselves in, and both adults and kids had a great time in the water. We also hired one of the boats to pull us in a giant round raft, this is available for hire at kiosk on the beach. Very thrilling ride but it received mixed reviews from our family members. The younger kids and the wife were terrified, and the wife thought boat captain was sadistic based on his speed and the way he did the turns. The older kids and dad loved it and found it very exhilarating though, and would recommend it to others. Going to this beach is a very local experience.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips