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Croatia Domestic: One-day Trip To Dubrovnik (pics)  
User currently offlinePilot320 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 94 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 12168 times:

As I promised in my last trip report, here is a trip report from Dubrovnik.

Bjanka, Anja and I were supposed to buy plane tickets ourselves, but Croatia Airlines prize game spoiled our plans.

This year Croatia Airlines is celebrating 15 years of flying under its current name (for a short period of time they were called ZAGAL and they were flying for UPS and transporting exclusively mail).

Croatia Airlines posted prize questions on their website every day from the 5th of May till the 19th of May at 12 o'clock. The person who would e-mail its response quickest would get a free return ticket on one of the domestic lines.
And that's how we played and gained.   
It finally arrived, the 15th of June - the day of our journey.   
Our school finished the day before so we chose the afternoon flight for take off. We didn't want to take earlier flight cause the night before we were celebrating the end of our school year.   

Rijeka and Zagreb are divided by 165 km. We arrived in Zagreb with a new Toyota Yaris who was driven by Bjanka's mother.
We left from Rijeka at 11:30 and arrived at the Zagreb airport Pleso at 13:20.

We then went to the counters to check-in, and after that we decided to rest at a cafe which was located on the 1st floor. We had a view from which we saw the whole apron.
Austrian's plane before returning to Vienna.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h181/pilot320/austrian-dash.jpg

We took some pictures of ourselves in front of the board with arrivals and departures cause it was the girls 1st flight with an airplane.
Anja, me and Bjanka
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h181/pilot320/ispred_displaya3.jpg

Thursday, 15.06.2006
ZAG (Zagreb - Pleso) - DBV (Dubrovnik - Æilipi)
OU 668 operated by Croatia Airlines
Airbus A319 9A-CTI "Vukovar"
Scheduled: 14.45 // 15.40
Actual: 15.10 // 15.57
Gate: 02
Seat: 20 C
Fare: free, award ticket
Load Factor: 90,15 %

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Delivered new to Croatia Airlines: 15.6.1999



At 14:40 we went towards the waiting room for domestic departures. The waiting room was full because people were waiting to board on their planes for domestic destinations; for Split, which later went to Rome, and for Dubrovnik, our flight.


Airport bus soon arrived and took us to the plane. Boarding began.
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We sat on the seats 20A, 20B and 20C.

After moveable stairs detached from the plane, the security presentation began on the monitors above the seats.
Before taking off, the monitors closed.
We took off from the runway 05 in the North-North East direction. 2 minutes after taking off, the plane turned in the SE direction.


Sign 'Please fasten your seatbelts' went off. Boarding crew (flight attendants) started offering passengers with water and Orbit drops.

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Captain informed us that we will be flying on a height of 8500 meters with a speed of 800 km/h.


It was a sunny day in Dubrovnik, the temperature was 29 °C and breeze was blowing.
Today's route was Zagreb - Banja Luka – Mostar - peninsula Pelješac -Dubrovnik.
20 minutes after taking off, the plane started slowing down.


River Neretva just few kilometres before its mouth becomes a fertile delta.



Cruiser in Dubrovnik port Gruž.
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Before landing on the runway 30, the plane made U-turn. Because of that, we could see the old part of Dubrovnik very clearly.
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Airport view during turning downwind...


…another Austrian bound to Vienna…
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...and turning base.


Some general aviation... http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h181/pilot320/avion269i263iudbv.jpg

After we left the plane, we got on a bus that drove us to the terminal.


Old (but restored) and new control tower http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h181/pilot320/kontrola.jpg

We only had hand luggage so we walked through the building and took a bus that drove us downtown.
For anybody's information, bus ticket costs 35 kn/4,80 €, and taxi ride costs 200 kn / 27,60 €.

View from the bus.
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Bus stopped on Pile station in front of the main entrance which led to the old part of town.
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On the entrance there are stairs which lead you to the main square, Stradun.

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We were very hungry so we decided to look for a nearby restaurant or a pizza place. There were some restaurants that were located in little and secondary streets near Stradun.
After the three of us had eaten 2 pizzas and 2 portions of lasagnes, we went sightseeing.
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Time flew by so quickly that we forgotten that our bus was on its way to the airport. We took a cab that drove us to the airport.

Thursday, 15.06.2006
DBV (Dubrovnik - Æilipi) - ZAG (Zagreb - Pleso)
OU 657 operated by Croatia Airlines
Airbus A319 9A-CTL "Pula"
Scheduled: 22.00 // 22.55
Actual: 22.00 // 22.47
Gate: 02
Seat: 20 C
Fare: free, award ticket
Load Factor: 72,73 %

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Delivered new to Croatia Airlines: 23.6.2000




We got to the airport building at 21:20 and went directly towards check-ins.
Because the Zagreb flight was the last flight of the day all of 4 counters were open so each of us went to check-in on their own counter.

We called our parents and told them that we are about to take off.
We then went to the stairs on the right for the 1st floor (stairs to the left lead to international departures).

The announcement was that the boarding will start 20 minutes before taking off, but when we arrived to the security control at 21:25 h, the boarding had already begun. The reason was that our plane for Zagreb arrived earlier from Split, empty.
We were rushing towards boarding gate so I didn't have time to put my belt on until we reached Zagreb.

Bus drove us to our Airbus and we came into the booth first.
We were welcomed by the 2 flight attendants. One of the flight attendants who was standing in front of a seat next to ours smiled at us, so instantly a thought crossed my mind. I asked her if I could go to cockpit when we land in Zagreb.
Guess what she said? «I think that the captain will be very pleased».

The booth started filling slowly and the flight attendant went to the front galley where the captain was situated.
Since I can read from one's mouth very well I found out what flight attendant said to the captain.    She said that the boy and 2 girls would like to go into the cockpit.
Captain said «No problem». The flight attendant came and said: «You can go. The captain is waiting for you. »

Pretty excited, we got up from our seats and went forward.
When we got to the kop kit, I saluted co-pilot but the captain was nowhere to be found, so I took his seat. WHAT A FEELING!

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I asked the co-pilot when are we going to take off and he said on time.

I told him that I was a spotter so we started chatting about how sometimes people wave at him near the runway. And he would like to wave to them but he can't because he has to have his hands on the commands.

Suddenly the captain appeared on the door. He saluted us. And because I forgot that I was sitting on his place, he asked me: «Where is your seat? ».
I: «20 C»
CAPTAIN: «Wanna drive? »
I: «Sure.   »
CAPTAIN: «Good. Then you drive and I will go sit with your girls.    »
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We all took a laugh, saluted them and went back to our seats.

At 10 PM sharp pilot let go the breaks and we started going towards runway 30, then we turned 180° north and soon we were in the air.

When the sign «Please fasten your seatbelts» went off, the flight attendants started serving water and candy.

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In the middle of flying, captain said on the PA system: «Anèi (FA), come hear for a minute so you can give me you cell phone number. Tonight we're going out!»
Half of the plane started laughing. And the other half was foreigners who didn't understand a single word.  

We landed in Zagreb some time before regular landing time. We were waited by Bjanka's mother and my father.

I hope you enjoyed this trip report from one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Cheers!

[Edited 2006-09-03 21:23:55]

[Edited 2006-09-03 21:26:54]

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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1965 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 12129 times:
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Excellent report! I would really like to visit Croatia soon. Great pictures of Dubrovnik.

Looking forward to more reports!

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User currently offlinePdanicic From Serbia, joined Oct 2005, 132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 12113 times:

Wow  Smile Excellent trip report  Wink Greets from Belgrade  Wink

Predrag



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User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 12104 times:
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when pilot offers you control you should accept it  Smile

anyway nice report


//Tomislav
currently resting after hard flying day



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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 905 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 12104 times:

What excellant English. BUT fancy an expert traveller like you missing the bus!!Great pics of dubrovnik which I will see next year maybe.

User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12041 times:

Well, for years I was hoping to see something like this. There were few other TR about flying to DBV, but none of those woke so many emotions and memories as yours did. Thanks for sharing this flight and beautiful photos with the rest of us.

Dubrovnik is the city that stole a piece of me and it was nice to see it again. Some of those photos, like approach with the view of Old City, bus ride and Pile station reminded me of some beautiful days spent there.

My last trip was exactly 20 years ago and we had similar approach, only it was straightforward and on Boeing 707.

Quoting Pilot320 (Thread starter):
This year Croatia Airlines is celebrating 15 years of flying under its current name (for a short period of time they were called ZAGAL and they were flying for UPS and transporting exclusively mail).

Oh, OU is teenager now. Started with MD-80 leased from Adria Airways. But, it wasn't the only airline based in ZAG. Previously, in 1970s and early 1980s there was PanAdria that used DC-9s, F-27s and a leased 727-100.

Quoting Pilot320 (Thread starter):
Anja, me and Bjanka

Posalji veliku pusu Anji i Bjanki umesto mene  wink 

Quoting Pilot320 (Thread starter):
I hope you enjoyed this trip report from one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

I certainly enjoyed it. bigthumbsup 

Quoting 9A-CRO (Reply 3):
when pilot offers you control you should accept it

You're right. He should have taken controls and invite us all on flight of our choice.  Silly

Not to forget, I just remembered that I have a very nice video on VHS about Cilipi. It was a programme made by TV Novi Sad in late 1980s and basically covers the flight BEG-DBV-FCO on brand-new 737-300 and some safety procedures covered with explanations from pilots and FAs. What is very interesting there are scenes from Cilipi showing planes that are now mainly in history like Aviogenex Tu-134, JAT ATR-42 (yes, AT4 and not AT7)727-200 and 737-300, PanAm 727-200 and even Transwede Fokker 28. I'd love to record that on some other format but don't know how to do it.



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User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2465 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12033 times:

Great report Sanjin
Those pilots in that part of the word sure are friendly.
I hope one day all airlines are that friendly and welcoming into the cockpit .
Cheers



On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 11872 times:

Excellent report, lovely country!!! I visited Rovinj last year and had one of the best vacations ever. I was supposed to fly Zagreb - Pula on Croatian and I actually bought the ticket for a ridiculous fare of 30 USD or so but took the bus instead. The drive was awesome...


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User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 11774 times:

great report ! have seen your beautiful country from the air en route to greece contless times!

User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11692 times:

I was in Dubovnik 34 years ago when it was very cheap. The hotels now charge an arm and a leg nowadays. We stayed at the Hotel Excelsior overlooking the city which was great. It does not seem to have changed one bit since then.

User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11678 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
I was in Dubovnik 34 years ago when it was very cheap. The hotels now charge an arm and a leg nowadays.

Yes, times were different then and I also heard that hotels are quite expensive now, but it is the real price of spending time in one of the most beautiful Adriatic towns.

BTW, Hotel Excelsior was always known as one of the most expensive ones.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 11646 times:

Hi, Sanjin,
great report and good pix.
I want to visit DBV also later this year but can´t find a good and acceptable
connection till now.
Nice companions on your trip.
Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11595 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
I want to visit DBV also later this year but can´t find a good and acceptable
connection till now.

The best option would be to go via ZAG. You can use LCCs to ZAG and buy a separate ticket to DBV.

Also, I strongly recommend you to visit the city.



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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11551 times:

Great report, Sanjin, I thoroughly enjoyed every reading every line and watching every photo of it!  Smile Dubrovnik looks like a beautful city - it is hard to imagine that it was heavily damaged after the war in the Nineties. AFAIK the city is even a world cultural heritage site.


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11544 times:

Very nice pics man, and a great report there.

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11479 times:

Hi, Aleksandar,

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 12):
The best option would be to go via ZAG. You can use LCCs to ZAG and buy a separate ticket to DBV.

Thanx for the advice,
there is a direct connection STR-DBV with HLX but only acceptable on weekdays.
One way DBV-ZAG and return from ZAG the next day is to expensive till now.
We will see.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11384 times:

Very good report. I have flown on Croatia Airlines quite a bit in recent years, and on the ZAG-DBV route. Croatia is a wonderful place to visit.


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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 11235 times:

Sanjin, I forgot to ask you something that was bothering me for quite some time. Is observation deck at Cilipi still opened?


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User currently offlinePilot320 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 94 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 11118 times:

Hey everyone,

thank you all for you praises. praise 

I'm really glad you liked my trip report.

That encourages me to make it even better next ime!

Come to Croatia. You'll love it!

Greetings from Rijeka  wave 

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 5):
Posalji veliku pusu Anji i Bjanki umesto mene

Jesam, zahvalile su se!  laughing 

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 17):
Sanjin, I forgot to ask you something that was bothering me for quite some time. Is observation deck at Cilipi still opened?

On Cilipi there is no observation deck but you can see apron from the caffe.


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