Fly from Rome to Dubrovnik

Aug 5th, 2005, 11:58 PM
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Fly from Rome to Dubrovnik

Do anyone know whether flight is available from Rome to Dubrovnik? If yes, can I book the flight via web and pick up the ticket while I would be Rome?
Since I am residence in Hong Kong and can't have this kind of ticket at here.
Thanks all of your attention in advance.
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Aug 6th, 2005, 01:03 AM
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hidi,

Croatia airlines flies the route nonstop twice a week (Tue and Sat), on other days you would need to connect through Zagreb.

Though the tickets are quite expensive purchased through Croatia airlines (you can check on their website), you can purchase a one-way ticket on the direct flights for USD 99 + tax through Europe by Air.

If you are flying to Europe on a Star Alliance carrier, you might find the Star Alliance European Airpass an interesting option, since Croatia Airlines is a member. A good travel agent will be able to help you with this.

Website for Croatia airlines:
http://www.croatiaairlines.hr/index.php?setlang=en

Website to purchase the Europe By Air tickets:
www.europebyair.com

Star Alliance Airpass info:
http://www.staralliance.com/star_all..._european.html

Hope this helps,
Andre
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Aug 6th, 2005, 06:56 AM
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Hi hidi,

Also check www.whichbudget.com

You can have your tickets sent to your hotel in Rome.

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Aug 7th, 2005, 03:00 AM
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Andre,

Thanks for your advice.
Do you have experience flying on Europe by Air? OK or not?
I am not understand why only "Business class" is avaliable through Croatia Airline website (my route selection is from Dubrovnik to Rome on 6 Oct 05). Do you think it is possible to buy the ticket through travel agent in Zagreb physically?

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Aug 7th, 2005, 07:00 AM
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Hidi,

Europe by Air is only a sales agent - you will be on the same Croatian Airlines flights no matter how you book. Several people on this forum have used Europe by Air to buy their tickets and I have never heard of any trouble with them. Since I live in Europe, I am not eligible to use them.

An agent in Zagreb would be of no help to you, as your travel would be originating in Italy, not Croatia. PERHAPS an agent in Italy could get you a better deal than Europe by Air, but for one-way travel I strongly doubt it, not to mention the difficulties in arranging this.

Regarding the "only business class" availability, this is because you probably tried to book a one-way ticket instead of a roundtrip and on that route Croatia only offers one-way fares in business class.

The cheapest roundtrip Economy fare I could price out on the Croatia Airlines site with an outbound on October 6th was USD 396 all in, so purchasing your tickets through Europe by Air is definitely a better deal at USD 300 (2 segments @ USD 99 + USD 100 tax, change planes in Split), provided you're only flying one-way.

Hope this helps,
Andre
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Aug 7th, 2005, 07:09 AM
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I should add that depending on how high Europe by Air's processing charges for sending tickets to Hong Kong are, it may be only marginally more expensive to purchase the "cheap" roundtrip directly from the Croatia Airlines site (I used October 21st as a fictitious return date), since that would be an e-ticket with no additional processing/hassles.

It's unclear from the Europe by Air site:
a) how expensive these processing fees are for HK
b) if they need to issue paper tickets for this itinerary, or if it can also be ticketed electronically.
I would call them up and check the matter out before making up my mind.

Hope this helps,
Andre
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Aug 7th, 2005, 07:13 AM
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We flew Croatia airlines via Europe by Air from Rome to Split and then later from dubrovnik to Zagreb to Amsterdam. It worked out just fine and for 99 dollars or euros per ticket you can't beat the price. I'd think a search on europebyair or europe by air should get you plenty of threads saying similar positive things. Good luck.
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Aug 7th, 2005, 09:16 PM
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Thanks again for all of your information. Around USD200 for one way fright is experience for our team. Therefore we will convert our itinerary and take ferry from Bari to Dubrovnik on 19 Sep 05 because there isn't service provided on Oct.
Thanks again.
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Aug 8th, 2005, 07:19 AM
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hidi,

Regarding the ferry from Bari, something to consider.

We took that ferry in September of 2002. It arrives in Dubrovnik -- "Everybody out of bed!" -- around 6:30 in the morning. Not a great time to settle in.

The same ferry dwells in Dubrovnik for an hour or so, and then continues on to Korcula Town, arriving around noon. Stay on the ferry through to Korcula and you won't be rousted at 5:45 in the morning. Get off and overnight in Korcula and you will have the little mini-Dubrovnik all to yourselves when the ships leave. You can catch the next southbound ferry back to Dubrovnik at a civilized hour (depart 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Dubrovnik).
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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:35 AM
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Metlc,

Thanks for your reply.
Do Korcula more valued to stay than Dubrovnik? I have no idea about Korcula. Any suggestion.
Thanks again.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 03:47 AM
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According to Jadrolinija's timetable, this sailing is on the LIBURNIJA and arrives at Dubrovnik at 0600, then leaves at 0800. You would need to ask the ship's purser whether you can sleep on after 0600. Cabin passengers get a free breakfast in the morning, though it isn't really worth getting up early for this. I don't think you would be allowed to sleep through the ship's stay in Dubrovnik because that is where passports are checked.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:40 AM
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Geoff,

Been there, done that.

What with the knock on the door at 5:45 and all of the activity as the ship approaches Dubrovnik, you're not going to "sleep" much after that. However, if you're ticketed through to Korcula (as we were), you won't have to pack up and vacate your room at six in the morning. You can wake up leisurely, have breakfast and watch everyone else head out into town, worrying about where they can go at 7:00 AM.

I don't recall any passport checks upon arrival in Croatia. The Passport Control occurs before you board the ferry in Bari.

The morning cruise from Dubrovnik up to Korcula is quite pleasant, with a small bar on the stern's solar deck.

Korcula is a tiny, beautiful town. Unlike Dubrovnik, which is a city, you can walk from the ferry to the end of the town and back in ten minutes. In September when the cruise ships left, it seemed like we had it all to ourselves. One man's "peaceful" is another man's "sleepy."
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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:48 AM
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Don't the Croatian police check passports of arrivals? Last December, I sailed overnight from Ancona to Zadar and my passport was definitely checked by Croatian police at six in the morning on a cold, dark quayside.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:51 PM
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Geoff,

When we sailed from Bari to Korcula, I can't recall anyone checking our passports. Possibly they glanced at them perfunctorily when we got off in Korcula. We didn't have to get off the ferry when it first docked in Dubrovnik.

Having said that: The Bari passport control when we boarded was somewhat haphazard. Since we had tickets, we thought that we didn't need to stand in a long line at the ticket counter to "check in." So we skipped over to the bus shuttle that connects the ferry dock (a mile away) with the Jadrolinja check-in office. The boarding officials (Croatian Customs?) gave us a hard time and wanted us to go back to the office to get something stamped there.

On the return voyage from Split to Ancona, the Split customs people gave us (and others) a hard time too. And then we spent almost an hour in line after the ferry docked in Ancona to clear Italian (EU) passport control.
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