Sitting on the southern Croatia coast, Dubrovnik blends history, culture, and architecture with a rugged Adriatic setting of traditional fishing villages, beaches, and green islands. Travelers usually head first to Dubrovnik’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed heart—a stone-built Old Town dating from the 10th century, perched on a headland and ringed by thick, medieval walls. Guided tours explore the area’s churches, fountains, and squares, or walk the battlement walls to admire the sea views and fairy tale towers. (It’s no wonder Dubrovnik’s a main Game of Thrones filming location.) Beyond the city, popular day-trip destinations include nearby Elafiti Islands and the ancient town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Old Town and Ancient City Walls
With its walls running over a mile (two kilometers) around its perimeter, Dubrovnik Old Town offers limestone-clad streets and squares flanked by red-roofed mansions, palaces, churches, shops and restaurants. In addition to strolls atop the wall, popular walking tours include the main Stradun promenade, Rector’s Palace, and the Franciscan Monastery. Exploring with a guide ensures visitors see the best of the Old Town without getting lost.
This tour combines a guided excursion of the Old Town with a full circuit of the walls, an ideal choice for first-time visitors who want to cover all Dubrovnik’s highlights in one go.
This combo pairs Old Town and a wall tour with a round-trip cable car ride up the slopes of nearby Mt. Srd, so your clients get the bonus of panoramic views over Dubrovnik’s red roofs, with the blue Adriatic as a backdrop.
Perfect for clients who are short on time or who don’t fancy negotiating the walls’ steps and gates, this tour focuses exclusively on Old Town and its big-ticket sights.
This Viator Exclusive is an ideal choice for Game of Thrones fans interested in seeing real-life King’s Landing locations in and around Old Town.
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Basking just off Dubrovnik, the 14 Elafiti Islands are popular with travelers wanting a break from the bustle of Dubrovnik. The three biggest—Kolocep, Sipan, and Lopud—are traffic-free, and boast villages, beaches, forests, and walking trails. Cruises on modern boats or replica galleons are easy, affordable day-trip options. As an alternative, private speedboat and yacht tours offers customizable itineraries that allow visits to other islands, some of them uninhabited.
This quintessential island-hopping cruise features a modern, open-sided boat, and visits the three main isles, with time to stroll and swim at each, plus a choice of lunch menus.
A fun alternative to traveling by conventional boat, this cruise takes clients aboard a replica, white-sailed karaka galleon, adding a historical dimension to the experience.
Ideal for clients traveling in a group or those looking for an off-the-beaten-path Elafiti Islands experience, this private cruise visits smaller islands and hidden bays to snorkel and swim.
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Situated close to the southern Croatian border and easily accessible from Dubrovnik, the ancient town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a popular day-trip destination, thanks to its 16th-century Stari Most (Old Bridge) and East-meets-West atmosphere. Full-day tours cover a range of attractions, but most include explorations of the town’s Ottoman-European architecture, mosques, and bazaars, as well as its UNESCO-listed arched bridge. Many tours combine time in Mostar with nearby highlights, such as Kravice Waterfalls.
Ideal for clients who mainly want to see Mostar, this trip offers a guided tour of the town’s Ottoman-era must-sees, including Stari Most and the bazaar.
For clients more interested in scenery than history, this tour balances a walk in Mostar with a visit to Kravice Waterfalls, with time to swim in the blue-green pools.
Mostar is just one of several stops on this private tour, which is a great option for clients who want a wider experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bonus: A guided white wine tasting in the village of Ravno is included.
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Things to Know
When to Visit
High summer brings big crowds and hot weather. As a result, many prefer the relative quiet and cool that comes with visiting May through June or September through October.
Old Dubrovnik is traffic-free, so walking is the only way to get around. Clients staying outside the Old Town can take taxis and buses to the main gates.
In Croatian culture, it’s considered rude to have one’s hands below the table when dining. Rather, Croatians keep their hands visible on the table’s surface.
Things to Bring
Travelers should stick to flip-flops or comfy flats, as high heels don’t mix with the cobbled lanes or steps. Bring lightweight clothes, sunhats, and sunblock if visiting in July or August.
What the Locals Know
Avoid the largest crowds by entering Dubrovnik’s walls via the less-used Ploce Gate rather than Pile Gate. The stretch between the gates offers the wall’s best scenery.