8. Dubrovnik: Lokrum Island & Betina cave swimming adventure
Embark on this nature and sea swimming adventure as you cruise from Dubrovnik to the stunning natural beauty of Lokrum Island, a UNESCO Heritage site. On the island, explore the gardens, monastery, caves and beaches. Discover the culture of the area as you sightsee and cruise back to Dubrovnik. Begin your tour from the historic port of Dubrovnik, where you'll meet your captain and embark a glass-bottomed boat. As you set sail for Lokrum Island, take in the views of Dubrovnik's iconic City Walls and the Fortress Lovrjenac from the coastline. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze on your cheeks. Approaching Lokrum Island, admire the stunning rocky cliffs that plunge down to the crystal-clear, blue waters. Cruise past Lokrum Cave and the island's famous nudist beach. After cruising around the island, disembark for about two hours of free time to explore the unique charms of Lokrum. Stroll through the lush beauty of the Botanical Gardens and the ancient Benedictine monastery grounds. As you walk, spot filming locations from the Game of Thrones, including the Iron Throne. Admire the brilliant hues of peacocks roaming freely and dip your toes in the Mrtvo More, or the "Dead Sea." Once you've explored the island on foot, set sail once more for the beach of St. Jacob. Here, relish the serenity of crystal-clear waves lapping gently along the shore. Swim and snorkel along the seabed, or savor a cocktail or ice cream while you gaze at the panoramic views of Dubrovnik in the distance. Finally, head to the natural wonder of Betina Cave, accessible only by sea. Jump into the water to snorkel around and explore the beach inside the cave. Afterwards, sail back to Dubrovnik, marveling at classic sights along the way, including the Villa Sheherezade and the historic Lazarets site.