To find the finest and freshest Adriatic oysters around, we are driving 45 minutes up the coastline to a town that once guarded the northern border of the Dubrovnik Republic. Since the time of the Roman Empire, Ston has possessed one of the most important salt factories in the Mediterranean region and in ancient times the inhabitants build stone walls all around their town and all the way to the neighboring village, Mali Ston, to protect it. Town of Ston was one of the first urban planned towns in medieval Europe. But today, Ston's most popular commodity is the specialty oysters and mussels! Take a boat ride with a local oyster farmer to learn about the industry and help harvest your own lunch, complete with local wine from the renowned Pelješac Peninsula. We will return to Ston for a short tour of the town, visit town's treasury, its salt pans and the “Great Wall” before leaving the coast to drive along the elevated road that Napoleon Bonaparte built on his way to conquer Dubrovnik in 1806. This little-traveled route passes through several tiny villages and provides the best panoramic view of the Dubrovnik Riviera and Elaphiti Islands. The Napoleonic road leads our tour back to the coast at a place called Trsteno, where we will visit the oldest and grandest botanical garden in the region. You will see two oldest plane trees in Croatia, an ancient aqueduct and a seaside pavilion that was used to film HBO's Game of Thrones, while your guide tells the story of the wealthy medieval family that first built their home in Trsteno and how they collected exotic plants from all over the world.
This tour will start at your cruise ship/accommodation and take you on an hour drive towards Ston. From the pear in Hodilje we will take boat on oysters and mussels farm, where we will see how shells being cleaned and farmed. Then we are going to the island Ostrog, where our host will serve fresh oysters and prepare local dish of mussels called “buzara”, all spiced with myrtle brandy and home-made wine. After 2h enjoyment we are coming back in Ston where we will have 30min walking tour and visit salt pans and town’s treasury. Walk we can finish with coffee in bar or swim on nearby sandy beach Prapratno. On the way back we will take old Napoleon’s road and take some beautiful photos of Elaphiti archipelago. Upon arrival back on main road we are going to visit Trsteno botanical garden which is situated 30min drive from Dubrovnik. During an hour walk you will see why the founder of garden chose this place for escape from the city. On the pear of Trsteno you have opportunity to take swim in crystal clear sea before return back in Dubrovnik.
English speaking driver/guide and air-conditioned vehicle for 6-8h (additional languages available upon request), pick-up and drop-off at your cruise ship or hotel or apartment, boat tour of oyster farm in Ston with lunch (5 oysters/person, homemade wine and a traditional meal of mussels called “Buzara”), entrance fee and visit to salt pans OR town’s treasury in Ston and entrance fee and visit to botanical garden Trsteno.