We arrived in Dubrovnik early morning. The water was calm and the view of the city nestled in the mountains was amazing. Imagine being on a cruise ship and waking up to this view!
I arranged ahead of time for a 3-hour private tour. Our excellent tour guide walked us around the Old City and recounted the tumultuous history of this region. As early as 1991, Dubrovnik was under attack by the Serbs and Montenegrins and evidence of the shelling was on the stone buildings and stone pathways. They have an excellent museum in memory of the voluntary freedom fighters.
As part of the tour we arranged for a mini-bus to take us to the top of the mountain behind the city. The vistas of the Adriatic Sea, city and islands are amazing from the top. Two months ago they opened a cable car that will take you to the top of the mountain which is much faster than by car and more direct.
The Old City of Dubrovnik is surrounded by walls that have a built-in pathway. It takes about 70 minutes to walk the walls and take in the incredible views.