A Mediterranean cruise can be an exhausting blur of tour buses, museums, cathedrals, and historic attractions. You can save energy and money by slowing down your pace and skipping ship excursions in favor of exploring on your own. Here are some tips for navigating popular ports.
Dubrovnik's old city combines historic attractions with a pedestrian-friendly zone. From the entrance to the fortified city, walk down the main street to hit the shops or peek into the old pharmacy, synagogue, and monasteries. For the best views, climb to the top of the city walls and stroll the ramparts. You can take in Dubrovnik's red rooftops, the Mediterranean, and the nearby hills from this vantage point.
Photo: Neven Jerkovic, courtesy of Oceania Cruises