Dubrovnik, often described as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, has to be one of the world’s most glorious fortified towns.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik is probably Europe’s best example of a late medieval walled city, its architecture and fortifications remarkably well-preserved.
The pedestrian-only Old Town of the former independent Republic of Ragusa (1358-1808) is packed with proud aristocratic buildings, a testament to its past as a wealthy seafaring state.
Aside from outstanding architecture, it offers blissful seascapes, decent pebble beaches, excellent fish restaurants and some of Croatia’s most luxurious hotels.
Touted as the new Riviera, this picturesque and culture-rich hotspot manages to seduce and accommodate everyone from trendsetters and celebrities to honeymooners and cruise ship passengers.
Dubrovnik’s fortified Old Town is sandwiched between Mount Srd on one side and the glistening Adriatic on the other. Founded in the 7th century, it gained its present layout in the 12th century.
Stradun, the main thoroughfare and public meeting space, stretches 300m from Pile Gate to Ploce Gate (the two main entrances into the historic centre).
Lapad peninsula, which is home to many hotels, lies 2km west of the Old Town, opposite Gruz port.
Our selection of the best Viator tours of this destination, plus helpful tickets and transfers
Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour
Get an insider’s view of Dubrovnik on this city walking tour. The perfect way to get to know Dubrovnik, this is a must-do introductory tour for new visitors, as well as anyone interested in the city’s colorful history. The tour takes place in the morning, allowing you to enjoy the city’s sights and still have the afternoon to explore the city on your own. From the clock tower to the Assumption Cathedral, you’ll see the city’s best attractions.
Would you like to be introduced to the main sights of Dubrovnik? This unique tour gives you the opportunity to explore the stunning architecture and history of this world famous city. In just one hour a brief history of Dubrovnik will be revealed to you.
Dubrovnik became very popular over the last few years and it is almost impossible to see the real beauty of our city during the summer months. The reason why you should join us on this tour is to get the real feeling of this city.
Let us use the first light of the sun for a tour in the old town.
We will walk through the maze of narrow streets while the town is still sleeping and you will experience real Dubrovnik without the usual crowds. 8 am is the time when all the restaurants are still closed and you can see how the town is preparing for the day to come.
We start walking over the shiny main street that you can only see empty early in the morning and get the real feel of its beauty. By using hidden corners you will explore history,legends and curiosities. On our walk you will see all main monuments and have an introduction for your stay in Dubrovnik that will help you to plan your days and take the best out of it.
This is the perfect experience to start your day in Dubrovnik! Be the first ones in town to explore one of the best preserved UNESCO World Heritage sites there is. Here you get 1400 years of history in a nutshell added with great legends and amusing curiosities. Founded by Slavs and Romans, who transformed a little Island named Laus into a flourishing trading city of the Mediterranean before living its golden age as the Republic of Ragusa. This period was what makes the city so special today.
But this tour also tells you about the dark chapters of Dubrovnik’s history. The devastating earthquake in 1667 accelerating the downfall, with the french occupation finishing it by abolishing the status as an independent Republic. Raising up as a popular tourist destination in the 20th century in Yugoslavia, before getting shelled in a siege during the homeland war between 1991 and 1995.
Haunted Dubrovnik decided to offer another treat for our guests who crave to hear many dark stories of the old town. This walking tour takes you through the dark history of this city, so you can expect to hear many stories about the nightlife in old times, its dance macabre, ghostly apparitions, forbidden love affairs, old beliefs in supernatural, cats and evil spirits, prison escapes and tortures and many other stories and tales that will intrigue your imagination.
Learn about the infectious pestilence that visited Dubrovnik often in old times, hear the story of Dubrovnik's Romeo and Juliet, discover who were Dubrovnik's negromants, learn about noble families and some of their tragic destinies and explore old Pustijerna district which translates as the empty land.
Let's explore the narrow, dark, back streets lit by evening lanterns. Hopefully, you will be enchanted by the magic and glamour that Dubrovnik radiates in the night.
Dubrovnik sightseeing panorama tour & old town Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik panorama is a great way to visit Dubrovnik in a short time. It includes several photo stops around Dubrovnik city. Mount Srđ, bridge and river Ombla. Panorama takes about 90 minutes. . Free time in old Town is very flexible. ( we recommend min. 2 hours.) On this tour we will do our best to represent our city and our country on the best and most secure way. Recommending what is the most important attractions to visit in the old Town Dubrovnik.
See you soon we are waiting for you and your friends!
When you pull into port in Dubrovnik, admire its beautiful setting and medieval architecture on this sightseeing shore excursion in Old Town. This walking tour is the perfect way to get to know Dubrovnik, as you will be accompanied by a local guide and will also have time to explore the streets of the Old Town on your own. During the scenic drive to Old Town, you will have the opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the Dalmatian coast.
Combo: Old Town & Ancient City Walls - 2 tours at a discount
2 tours at a discount!
Discover the best of Dubrovnik on a combined tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town and ancient city walls.
With your local guide, explore Dubrovnik's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see Orlando's Column, the City Bell Tower, the Rector's Palace and the Church of St Blaise.
Then, explore the city ancient walls and see Fort Revelin and Minceta Tower. As you wander around Dubrovnik, learn the interesting history of this walled city from your knowledgeable local guide.
Enjoy two bestselling product at a discounted price!
P.S. Please keep in mind the schedule of the tours, they don't necessarily run one after the other.
This is a small group tour, maximum 8 people in a group so it is very private experience. If you are a family or friends of more then 8 people, you can request from me booking more then 8 people of course. If you dont like spending time with large groups this is perfect for you! Please be aware that ticket for city walls is extra fee 250kn ( you can pay in cash or credit card) and we will buy it at the entrance. Our meeting point will be Large Onofrio's fountain at the beggining of main street Stradun. We will show you the best locations to get best photos of Dubrovnik, we will hang out with local cats and see colorful narrow streets. We hope you will experience Dubrovnik like a local and fall in love with its hidden gems and terracotta roofs! :)
Dubrovnik City Tour: Panorama Drive & Sightseeing Walk
Dubrovnik City Tour three in one - city panorama drive, walking tour through the Old town and return transfer for one, awesome price. Proved by thousands of thrilled tourists. Starting points are from Port Gruž (after you pass pedestrian port exit, at bus terminal platform 8) or from Pile Gate (fountain next to Dubravka restaurant). Choose from one of several departure times and itineraries (panorama first and then walking tour or the other way around) when you book. Your driver will first take you on 1h 30min scenic panorama drive to see all city landmarks; spring of river Ombla, bridge and fort Imperial on Mt. Srđ (cable car summit). Enjoy the comfort of fully A/C modern touristic vehicle while listening the comments about the sites you visit. Panorama drive will finish on Pile gate where your guide will take you on 1h 30min sightseeing walk through old town. Optional free time in old town.
Have you just arrived to Dubrovnik and you are wondering how to make the most out of your stay? An orientational walking tour through the old town will give you a great overview of the history and your guide provides you with valuable tips for the rest of your stay. This tour is perfect to see all highlights and listen to interesting stories and curiosities.
Dubrovnik E-Bike Tour is a specially designed tour for cycling lovers but also for those who would like to turn on the motor and enjoy an easy ride.
*Small group of up to 8 guests*
After a short safety briefing and instructions, we will start exploring Mokosica, the area surrounded by the magnificent Ombla river where Dubrovnik noble families used to have their summer houses.
You will discover the Ombla river waterfall where you will have a chance to taste fresh and clean water that supplies Dubrovnik for centuries.
Dubrovnik also had one of the largest navy fleets in the world and when we reach Dubrovnik Marina, you will hear a story about that too
The last stop on the tour is the famous Dubrovnik Bridge. The view from here is amazing and one of the best places in Dubrovnik to see the sunset.
Prepare your cameras and make memories you will always remember.
After the tour, we will stop at a local tavern for a gourmet snack and wine tasting!
*Cycling experience needed*
Elafiti Islands Sea kayaking: Full-Day Bike and Kayak tour on Lopud and Šipan
Experience Croatia’s Adriatic Sea and Elafiti Islands by ferry, kayak and bicycle on a small-group, 8-hour guided tour. Begin with a relaxing ferry ride to Lopud Island. From Lopud kayak for 1 hour to nearby Šipan Island; swap kayaks for bikes; bike 6 km to lunch (not included) at a wonderful seaside restaurant with views of the outer Elafiti Islands and Peljesac Peninsula. It will be a perfect day filled with sunshine, dramatic scenery, and a perfect blend of activity and relaxation. Bike, kayak, and ferry back to Dubrovnik at the end of the day.
They were wealthy and well-educated, physicians, traders, ship-owners, but second-class citizens at the same time. They founded a synagogue in the rigid Roman-Catholic city, today one of the oldest existing in Europe where they proudly exhibit its own heritage in the first Jewish museum opened in this region.
The focus is on the whereabouts of the Jewish community in Dubrovnik Old Town, from the 14th c until today. From the Jewish fountain at the Pile plateau, over stone fragments in the northern part of the city to the Jewish street where a ghetto was formed in the 16th c, it evokes the life of Jews in Dubrovnik.
The neglect of religion and nationality marked a more recent history of the former communist state and left an impact on the Jewish community in Dubrovnik.
Today just a small number of Jews live in the city, but still they are prominent, influential, educated and successful. They proudly keep remainders of their ancestors.
Stroll the best-preserved medieval fortified city in the world with a local, born in the very heart of it. Get introduced to the major city sights, evoke the glorious past times of the Republic of Dubrovnik and, at the same time, experience the real heartbeat of less than 1000 locals that still live within the City Walls.
This small place, known for its diplomacy, commerce and shipbuilding, was a well-organized city. Almost every aspect of the social life was regulated already in the 14th c. Water supplying and sewage system, health service and garbage disposal service were organized and regulated.
At the same time, peek into the hidden corners, in narrow and steep streets, where you will discover a real life of a small community that still lives in the UNESCO site in ancient homes, struggling with stairs and crowds, coping with strict conserving regulations and demands of tourism, balancing between the history and modern life.
The tour can be extended for a walk over the City Walls.
High season (July and August) sees the city hot and crowded; on the plus side, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival creates a vibrant nightlife scene. Spring and autumn (May-June, September-October) are possibly the loveliest times to visit – the weather is dry and sunny, the sea is warm enough to swim in, and the Old Town is busy but not packed.
In winter (November-April), many hotels and restaurants are shut and the weather is unreliable, but the city is blissfully crowd-free.
Getting there and away
Dubrovnik’s international airport, located near Čilipi, is 17km south east of the Old Town. An airport bus meets all incoming flights, dropping passengers at Pile Gate (the main entrance to the Old Town) and Dubrovnik bus station, next to Gruž port and close to Lapad peninsula. Taxis are also readily available at the terminal.
If you’re staying in Dubrovnik, you really don’t need a car – the Old Town is pedestrian-only, and there are regular, efficient bus services between the Old Town (Pile Gate entrance), Lapad peninsula and Gruz port. In any case, parking can be problematic. However, a car is a bonus for out-of-town excursions. The nearby Elafiti islands are served by a network of inexpensive ferries and catamarans, which depart from Dubrovnik’s Gruz port.
Where to shop
Dubrovnik is not a major shopping destination, but one don’t-miss experience is the morning open-air market in the Old Town. The Old Town is also home to an increasing number of designer boutiques, which are worth a browse.
What to buy
Locally produced wines (notably red Dingac and Plavac from Peljesac, and white Posip from Korcula) and paintings of the Old Town by Dubrovnik-based artists.