Well, we first posted this Overview article in December, with every intention of continuing with the articles in our Dubrovnik Trip Report. But we took some time off over the holidays and didn’t keep it going.
Now, though, it’s time for everyone to start thinking about their summer trip planning, and we have a great summer trip to report on. Let’s re-start this Trip Report and keep it going this time! Here we go with Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond!
This article is part of our Trip Report – Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond!
In August 2018, Middle Age Miles and crew fulfilled a long-standing bucket list destination by visiting the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Besides Philly and me, the travel party for this trip included daughter Katie, son Andrew, and my sister Cymber. Although Dubrovnik was our primary destination, we ventured to several other places on this trip, including:
- Prague, Czech Republic;
- Kotor, Montenegro;
- Ston, Croatia; and
- Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
We like to get off the beaten path when we travel. Our ventures to Ston and Trebinje certainly took us away from the summer holiday season crowds. And we managed to take the road less traveled in Kotor as well, which led to a unique experience that we’ll never forget.
This idea for this summer trip originated when Katie was accepted into an international study abroad program in Prague. In the program, she would intern for a half-day at the very nice InterContinental Hotel in Prague, then have a half-day of class. We wanted to meet Katie at the conclusion of her program to get a taste of her experience in Prague, then venture out to an accessible European destination for the bulk of our trip. We didn’t want to stay in Prague, because we had visited there just a year and a half earlier. After considering a dozen or more possibilities, we chose Dubrovnik, a place that had captivated me ever since I learned of it (even though we don’t watch Game of Thrones, if you can believe that!).
The timing for this trip was dictated by Katie’s program. Her program ended on August 3, so we departed the US on that day and met her in Prague on August 4. We stayed for a full week and returned home on August 11. I wish we’d had more time, but we were limited by work schedules for Philly and Cymber.
As a result of the trip falling in August, it was very hot during our stay. It was completely sunny virtually all of the time, and high temperatures were generally in the mid-90’s. In addition, we couldn’t even beat the heat by getting up early in the morning. Even as early as 8:30 am, it was already well over 80 degrees with direct sun.
Our first piece of advice for this Trip Report is that if you’re planning a trip to Dubrovnik, Prague, or anywhere else in this region, you’ll be much happier if you schedule it during a cooler time. This should also have the benefit of being less crowded. Ideal times would seem to be May and early June, or mid-September through mid-October. During those windows, everything should be open, but temperatures should be cooler and you should have fewer people to contend with.
Despite the heat, though, we pushed through and had a very active trip to Dubrovnik and the other places we visited. We’re happy to report our tips and experiences from the trip.
The rest of the articles in our Trip Report – Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond, will include:
- Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond – How We Got Great Value
- Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond – Our Itinerary
- Flight Review – 767-300 Business Class on AA Between Philadephia and Prague
- Hotel Review – Sheraton Prague Charles Square
- We had two great one-night stays at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square, and we were treated wonderfully there (special shout-out and thank you to Gharib at the front desk). However, the Sheraton Prague Charles Square is now closed. It’s being renovated and is scheduled to re-open in Spring 2019 as a Radisson Blu. A review seems pointless under these circumstances, so we’ll skip it and move along.
- A Walking Tour of Prague
- A Quick Hotel Visit and Mini-Review – InterContinental Hotel, Prague
- Flight Review – Smartwings Between Prague and Dubrovnik
- Basic Information for Travel to Croatia
- Hotel Review – Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera
- The Amazing Race Dubrovnik Sites
- 9 Fun Things to Do & See in Dubrovnik
- Mini-Review: A Quick Hotel Visit to the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
- The “Cheese Shop” We’ll Never Forget – Our Day Trip to Kotor, Montenegro
- Cats of Kotor and the Cats Museum! – Plus a Quick Visit to Old Town Kotor, Montenegro
- When You Play the Game of Thrones, You Win or You Die – A Fun Sea-and-Land GoT Tour in Dubrovnik
- Stone Walls and Salt Fields – A Day Trip to Ston, Croatia
- Now This Is a Harbor Town – An Evening in Cavtat, Croatia
- Can You Really Go to Bosnia? – Off the Beaten Path in Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Airport Lounge Review – the Business Lounge at DBV
- Airport Lounge Review – Menzies Lounge at PRG
We look forward to publishing these articles and hope you enjoy this Trip Report, Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond.
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