Legends of South Croatia
This program was created for those that wish to visit the authentic sites & history of this region. It’s interesting to get to know the past of Konavle by ‘meeting’ the region’s figures from ancient times. This program offers you the opportunity to find out more about the area’s crucial periods in history in a fun and educative way. Thanks to the supernatural powers of the Mandragora plant, the secrets of the forgotten tunnel as well as the legends which you will discover along the way, may provoke your return to Konavle!
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- 1st DAY – Arrival at Kameni Dvori
- 2nd DAY – Myths & Legends
- 3rd DAY – Dubrovnik
- 4th DAY – Forgotten Tunnel
- 5th DAY – Search for Mandragora
- 6th DAY – Time machine Lovorno
- 7th DAY – Departure
In the past, the Mandragora Plant was used all over the world. It was well known to Egyptian pharaohs, the ancient Greeks and the Romans. It was mentioned in connection with the death of Joan of Arc. William Shakespeare also wrote about it on several occasions. In this part of the Mediterranean it can be found only on the Snijeznica Mountain. It was also highly appreciated by the Dubrovnik noblemen so that the habitats of this fascinating plant remained a well kept secret for a long time. The plant and especially its root, was used for the purpose of magic or as an anesthetic, opiate, aphrodisiac and in many cases fertility herb for women.
1st DAY – Arrival at Kameni Dvori
Arrival at Kameni Dvori planned for the afternoon. Accommodation (Should you arrive by plane at the Dubrovnik Airport, a transfer will be organized for you.), welcome drink, tour around Kameni Dvori and presentation of the program followed by Dinner and overnight.
2nd DAY – Myths & Legends
After breakfast, follows the transfer to the village of Mikulici. The search starts in the company of a professional guide at the site of a prehistoric tomb of an unknown dignitary (ilirska gomila). It continues with the quest for Greek deities hidden in the Konavle rocks beneath the village Popovici. After finding the roman sanctified place, a thematic brunch follows. We continue our search for the Lorko, the chained ghost which still lies captured in the medieval monastery wall. Next visit is to Sokol (Hawk) castle, the important historical location, which is tied to a very old legend about the origin of Konavle. (Program lasts for 6 hours.) (Program lasts for 8 hours.)
Break in the afternoon is followed by dinner and overnight.
3rd DAY – Dubrovnik
After a late breakfast the group leaves for Dubrovnik. A cable car will bring them to the top of Srd where they will enjoy a panoramic view of Dubrovnik and drinks. After that, plans are to visit the center where they will have an opportunity to go out on their own to discover the city and to have lunch. During the afternoon the group returns to Kameni Dvori.
Dinner and overnight.
4th DAY – Forgotten Tunnel
After Breakfast, the program starts with the transfer from Kameni Dvori to the village of Mihanici. Then, in company of a guide, follows a 20 minute walk towards the tunnel which has become the home to numerous bats. This location hides also other interesting secrets which you will discover only by participating in this program and by visiting one of the most beautiful tunnels in the Mediterranean area.(Necessary equipment: sports shoes with relatively stiff soles, sports/leisure clothes /Total hiking lasts: 45 min/Total program lasts: 2 hours/Total ascent: 30 meters/Total descent: 30 meters)
The rest of the day is without planned activities, lunch can be organized according to the wishes of the guests.
Dinner and overnight.
5th DAY – Search for Mandragora
The group leaves the Kameni Dvori in direction of the village Kuna. The search for the Mandragora continues in the Garden of Eskulap, located at the southern slopes of the Snjeznica. A small break for tea and homemade biscuits is organized in the region of Njvice, where one can enjoy the beautiful panorama of Konavle. These areas are rich with aromatic and medicinal herbs which one can collect whilst walking down.Should it happen that no Mandragora can be found that day, still we will see a rich variety of numerous other interesting plants, like for example warm wood, sage, heather…
Optional, hiking to the village of Siljeski, 1,5 hours distance. On return to Kameni Dvori the group will enjoy a traditional brunch. Necessary equipment: hiking boots (or adequate sports shoes with relatively stiff soles); adequate clothing for the protection from wind, sun and rain; water/juice (min. 1 litre)/Hiking: 1/2.5 hours/Total program lasts: 3,5/6 hours/Ascent: 100 meters/Descent: 100/300 meters/Total route approx.: 2/5 km)
Rest planned for the afternoon followed by traditional dinner and overnight.
6th DAY – Time machine Lovorno
After breakfast the program starts with a tour of St. Anne’s Chappel overlooking the rural complex Groti telling the story of the host’s family. Closer to the south, one can see the remains of a Roman aqueduct, a channel which used to supply with water the ancient Epidaurus (today known as Cavtat). From those days date also the remains of the villa rustic. Of great interest to visitors is also the site of St. Elijah’s (sv. Ilija), enriched through many stories from ancient times. On the way home, follows a search for laurel (lovorika) spits necessary for the preparation of traditional meals. (Necessary equipment: adequate sports shoes with relatively stiff soles, adequate clothing for leisure time/Total program lasts: 3 hours)
Lunch can be organized according to the wishes of the guests. During the afternoon will be organized the tasting of wine, olive oil and other. At the same time the group will participate in the preparation of a traditional dinner. Overnight.
7th DAY – Departure
Departure planned after breakfast.
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- Included: 6 half boards at Kameni Dvori
- Lunch at Carevina, Brunch
- Educational presentations, wine tastings
- Cable car Tickets and drinks at Srd
- Transportation during the program and professional guidance.
- PRICE: € 698
Additional costs: for single room: € 35, Transfer: Airport – Kameni Dvori v.v. € 13
- Min. number of participants: 2
- Maxn. number of participants: 11
- Note: This program can be reorganized depending on the wishes of the group, weather conditions and other unplanned developments. The hosts and partners will undertake every step to offer their guests diverse and secure adventures. All this means that the original program can be changed without previous notice in order to achieve a higher degree of comfort for the participants and to avoid possible risks which might be caused by unexpected weather conditions and other circumstances.
- Program is being offered from March 15th till June 15th and September 15th till November 15th
- (In case that the group counts more then 5 guests/participants, the starting date of program can be set up according to the group’s wishes.)
- Often, it’s a good idea to have your camera with you!
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