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Dubrovnik City Tour Excursion Reviews

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The medieval Republic of Ragusa, now Dubrovnik, once rivaled Venice in maritime might. Its famous walls, medieval monasteries, and large cathedral are among the sights included on a tour of this fairytale city.

amvmonty

1 review

Dubrovnik is now very commercialised and getting expensive. Too many people visiting at one time, cruise ships are killing this place! Very expensive to walk the walls @ GBP 18 per person.

We took another trip to Korcula ( not on the list ) great place, relaxing super value for money and very friendly and polite people. Visit soon before the cruise ships spoil it.


Provider: P&O Cruises

jonasaa

2 reviews

Dubrovnik Scenic Cruise and Old Town City Tour — Adult Only Departure

We got on a boat straight off the ship and had a little but pretty trip to the old city of Dubrovnik. After being guided around the central street for a little while, we got time to explore on our own. We walked around the entire city wall (worth it, but very long!), and would have tried to get up to the mountain if we could have. Too many tours, so the line was enormous. You get to see a lot in a few hours, and if we had found it we would have dined at the Lady Pi Pi (it's high up close to the city wall).


Provider: Disney Cruise Line

Seaoates

1 review

We took an excursion but would have been much better off taking the shuttle bus (which magically only came into existence after everyone had booked the tours!). We had different opinions about Dubrovnik. I thought it was charming and atmospheric with an fascinating history whereas others thought the town architecture looked like a prison. The guide had some very interesting facts about the war and the history but was impossible to acquire any substantial information because of the sheer volume of people. The Tour Guide did her best but there were lots of other tours and it was not possible to hear what she was saying and consequently couple by couple we peeled off! I still feel very guilty about our ‘escape’ through the side door of the cathedral! Missing lunch again we made for a café…..…a café that told us that they did not have any food! In remembrance of when I was last in Dubrovnik before the war we had a glass of šljivovica - its still very strong stuff!


Provider: Costa Cruises

cltraveler

1 review

On a previous trip to Dubrovnik, we toured the city on our own. This time we chose a walking tour and we were not disappointed. Maris was able to give us a lot a history of the city along with visiting many of the important sites. We also took the cable car to the top of the hill for a great view of the city. This excursion also allowed for some free time which was greatly appreciated. We were very lucky that the trip ended just as it started to rain.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Morton Salt

7 reviews

Started early with bus from the ship, which is docked far from the old city of Dubrovnic.
Went off by the old city, walked the walls of the castle and saw the old city in the morning, before the heat of the sun became hot.

Then we took a local boat, from the old towns small port, 20 minutes to the island of Lokrum, where be had a hike, a bath and suntanning. Nice island with ruins of small castle and monastry, lots of peacook birds, beaches and nude beach.

In the afternoon, we took the cable car to a mountain-top, with a fantastic view over Dubrovnik and the surroundings. Absolutly worth the time and money.


Provider: Princess Cruises

usc76

1 review

Great overview of city and area. Walking in the city area and within the old walls of the city were interesting and worthwhile.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

EIslander

1 review

Go on the City Walls and see the city. It is so beautiful!

Provider: MSC Cruises

GtrJim

2 reviews

Dubrovnik was our favorite port to visit. The walking tour included a cable car ride to the top of the mountain for great views. The city was most attractive with its ancient walls and broad promenade or walkway. Excellent tour guide.

Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line

travelnnana

4 reviews

We actually had two mini-buses. We first drove up to the hills and viewed the walled city from high up - we spotted red things in the water below. They wer kayaks.

Provider: Independent Operator

luczai

3 reviews

We booked a private tour in Dubrovnik. It is a beautiful coastal city but the political climate is a little dicey. The cable car that goes to the top of the mountain overlooking the city was fun and we got wonderful pictures walking the wall. There's a museum honoring those killed during the Balkan conflict that is very moving.

Provider: Cunard Line

cb1968

13 reviews

Highlights of Dubrovnik Riviera Tour takes you to a restaurant for a glass of wine and a cheese and meat sandwich. It is a bit of a waste of time.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

FitchburgWIFamily

1 review

Croatian Riviera and Dubrovnik. All of the stops were well thought out, and our guide was excellent. The Riviera town was really left for us to explore at our own pace, which allowed us a chance to get some great photos and buy a few very reasonably priced souvenirs. The stop for a light lunch was at a rural mill, served by people in regional costumes. The tables were outdoors and the setting was lovely. The historic city tour was a walking tour. The pavement, worn down by 100s of years of foot traffic, is very slippery and I saw more than one person slip and fall down. Shopping opportunities were plentiful during the free time after the tour, and the prices were very affordable.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

tanimmo

1 review

My sister, her son and his family bought a tour from cruise line. Lots of walking but they enjoyed the tour, especially the wine and olive tasting.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

deecafecruiser

1 review

Our tour guide was adequate. Again, due to the amount of people within the city that were on tours it was overcrowded, and not pleasurable.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Robin Pardella

1 review

Best of Dubrovnik, had a fabulous guide there were 12 people on this tour, we rode to see the sights for an hour, then went to the walled city for three hours!!!

Provider: Independent Operator

L16GSY

1 review

The tour guides did not make themselves easily identifiable so had to make a couple of local phone calls before locating her. We visited a local mill and were shown how they use water power to grind grain and pulp wool, given a local drink and a couple of open sandwiches. We were then taken to a local port where it was recommended we walk around the promontory. We decided not to do the walk and sat and ate an ice cream instead. The most important part of the tour should have been the walled city of Dubrovnik, and we were then told it wasn't on the itinerary. We asked to be dropped off anyway and to be honest it was the best part of the day, the city is excellent and well worth a visit.

Provider: Independent Operator

lexmiller

8 reviews

Our first port of call was Dubrovnik, Croatia, on August 6, 2012. We booked the shore excursion DU10 Highlights of Dubrovnik Riviera. The stop at the Konavoski Dvori Restaurant was a bit of a throwaway as we spent nearly all of our allotted time there waiting in a very long line for the bathroom. We managed to snap a few photos and eat a quick snack of local ham, cheese, bread, wine, which was very nice, but hurried. I do wish the bathroom situation there had been better, as it was a picturesque spot - an old mill next to the Ljuta River. Cavtat was a beautiful seaside village, very lovely, scenic, although for us, frankly the highlight of this excursion came after our children took the bus back to the ship, leaving my husband and I to explore Dubrovnik on our own. We discovered the most charming local jeweler inside the old city, inside the wall; here is their information - BENI, vi Toma Barisa, Od Puca 25. It was a family run store, the son, his wife, and the 'old man'. I found a pair of traditional Dubrovnik Puca/Kolarin earrings - round silver balls, fairly ornate but also simple at the same time. I wasn't happy with the length of the hook, so the 'old man' in his broken English with the help of his daughter-in-law, completely replaced the hooks, put in a chain - all very nice, and extremely reasonably priced. My husband and I then walked the entire wall of the old city, up and down, in blistering heat, but loved every minute, finding the views unparalleled. He and I then grabbed the Celebrity shuttle outside of the walls and returned to the ship on our own. That is something crucial to know about nearly all of the Celebrity excursions - usually, you don't need to return to the ship with your actual guide/bus - the ship nearly always runs shuttles to the key destinations and you can leave your shore excursion and return to the ship on your own - very handy!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Lanny01

1 review

Cable car was fantastic, best view to take photos.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

KfordRedSox

1 review

Interesting town but it was too hot and way too busy, not helped by the slow departure from the ship by tender

Provider: MSC Cruises

Jasper50

2 reviews

Walk through the old town. Very crowded if other ships are in shore at the same time.

Provider: Oceania Cruises

babertie

1 review

Dubrovnik is beautiful. Again guide spend 1/2 hour explaining the city inside the walls. We had 45 minites to walk around by ourseleves. He was very clear on where we should go and also the meeting place at the end.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

CruiseNovice10

1 review

We went on a ship tour to the Cable Car and to the Old Town. It was wonderful. Just enough time to sit and relax in a cafe as well as go for a quick swim.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Mazla

1 review

You can easily visit the Old City and go by gondola to the look out under your own steam.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Seacucumber

12 reviews

We just a bought a shuttle bus pass. This was very convenient and well organized. In the old walled city, we did our own tour. We were here about 2.5 years ago, and did a walking tour then.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

LocardsChild

1 review

We tendered to shore in Dubrovnik. If you don't like rough seas, avoid the tenders. They are small boats and toss around. If you want to know the local history, take an excursion. Otherwise, Dubrovnik is the ideal port to explore on your own. The old city is contained, small, easily traversed, and the NCL tent is bright blue/green and sticks out for easy finding when it's time to go back.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

traceygirl

5 reviews

Good tour through the city. Guide spoke good english.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

sbca

1 review

Dubrovnik is beautiful, many interesting sites- walk the city walls, see the Dominican pharmacy, have some oysters for lunch at one of the many lovely restaurants. Cavtat is like a French riviera port with expensive yachts in the marina, waterfront pathways.

Provider: Independent Operator

pauline cocker

1 review

Excellent, guide very knowledgeable made trip enjoyable. Dance troupe were very good entertainment.

Provider: Princess Cruises

BunnyboyFLOH

2 reviews

Bus ride to a working mill which grinds grains, sampled local meat & cheeses along with local wines, which were very good, and we would have purchased if offered for sale. Then traveled to Cavtat and did a walking tour around the harbor---not much time. There should be longer time allowed for this part of the tour. Then traveled to the walled city of Dubrovnik, and did walking tour thru city, but did not do the wall which everyone says is a must.... Save this for next time.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Superior-Shores

2 reviews

Like so many other ports on the Adriatic, there seems to be two common themes; (1) the origins are either unknown or under dispute, and (2) the cities and towns have been occupied or conquered by multiple invaders, each leaving their mark on the construction and culture of the land. Dubrovnik (Ragusa), Croatia is no exception. One theory is that the Greeks lay claim to both theories of how the town was founded. The first lists the town as a Greek refuge site in the 7th century, while the second, which seems to be supported by the scientific community, indicates that Greek sailors used the port when sailing from Greek port to port. Sighting that Greek sailboats typically sailed only 50-75 miles in a day during the 8th century, and Dubrovnik fell right in between two major Greek ports at that time. Adding even more credence to theory is that Dubrovnik has an ample supply of fresh water which often determined how far a ship could sail. Over time the Ottomans overtook the city, an alliance with the town of Ancona, Italy then closer aligned to the city with the Republic of Venice since Ancona was on the opposite side of the Adriatic. In 1272 the Port of Ragusa developed their own statutes, essentially modeling those of the Roman codification and local customs. The first pharmacy was opening on 1301 and remains open to this day. For centuries Ragusa held a tenuous balance in shipping between bitter enemies, The Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire. In 1667, after a disastrous earthquake leveled the city and killed more than 5,000 residents, the shipping industry collapsed and portions of the city were sold off to the Ottoman Empire. Today those two strips of land are in possession of Herzegovina, allowing that otherwise landlocked country to have access to the Adriatic Sea. In 1806 Napoleon wanted to march through Ragusa Enroute to quell a Montenegrin disturbance. Napoleon however was met with stiff resistance from the Montenegrin forces causing over 3,000 shells to land on the city. The French then ruled the city for a brief time 1806-1808, before the city surrendered to Captain Sir William Hoste in 1814. Soon British and Austrian forces were occupying the fortress. With the fall of Austria-Hungary in 1918 the city was incorporated into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. At that time the city's name was changed from Ragusa to Dubrovnik. During World War II the town was occupied by German and Communist Yugoslavian troops. Through bloody conflicts in which many prominent citizens were executed by German troops, Dubrovnik eventually fell under the rule of Croatia. In 1929, George Bernard Shaw visited the city and said, "If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik". Modern history saw bloody conflicts with Montenegro with the famous war criminal Slobodan Milosevic attempting to take back the city claiming the city was always a part of Montenegro. The siege on the city lasted for seven months before the Croatian army was able to lift the siege and free the citizens. In 2005 repairs to the old city were nearly complete however vestiges of pock-marked walls remain as a constant reminder of the conflict with the neighboring country just a few miles south, Montenegro. By 6AM when the alarm went off we were well inside the passage to the port town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. After all that we had heard the pictures and video we had seen this was one port of call that we just had to see. The weather cooperated fully with only a few high thin cirrus above and temperatures in the upper 70's to low 80's. Now where the cruise ships dock the Old Town was two miles away. We opted to take a Celebrity shuttle bus to Old Town and then find our way around. Being on the first bus into the city had its advantages but once we got inside the Old Town gates, it was already packed and only getting worse by the minute. We knew we wanted to get up on a gate as soon as possible and so we walked until we saw this massive set of steps. That had to be the entrance. Once at the top of about 90 odd-shaped steps, we found that I was wrong. We paralleled the wall for several hundred more feet only to find a local who could tell us we had to go back down to the bottom, buy tickets then go back up a different set of steps. Down a different set if steps we went, got lost, got found, and finally got tickets. It was just our luck that by the time we bought the tickets to walk the wall, the worst set of steps up just opened! This time it was 82 steps up and then a left to begin the walk along the walls. About 500 feet into the walk we ran into our friends and so we just trekked slowly with them. These are the same two couples we are spending three days with in Rome at the conclusion of this trip. The first third of the wall provided many great vistas of the city but it was beginning to get very hot and all of us were somewhat fatigued by the time we reached the first exit point. Three of the men and one of the women continued on while the remainder went to the surface for a different view of the Old Town. Those of us who continued on saw what was ahead of us and it was going to be a challenge as the highest peaks on the wall remained. Once we reached almost to the top we found a tiny bar and bought four $3.50 Croatian beers. That didn't help the balance of the climb at all but it gave us an incentive to get down to join the remainder of our friends. Having reached the summit, the four of us followed the crowd and exited onto the same 82 steps leading us back down to terra-firma. The walls in most spots are wide enough to pass one at a time. The steps on the other had require so friendly touching as you proceed down while others are going up. At the base of the steps was a gelato shop and the sign was all we needed to headed in for our rewards for conquering the 1.8 mile of wall surrounding Old Town. While many say there is a photos around every corner, we found in Old Town Dubrovnik, there was a photo opportunity with every step. Between the two of us we shot 175 photos in a little over two hours. Once outside the main gate to the wall we followed our friends to a cab stand for a "panoramic" view of the Old Town. As long as there was minimal walking we were all up for that! Susan negotiated a deal with two cabbies and off we went for an incredible drive up the side of a hill for an even more spectacular view of everything. On the way up our driver was telling us that the Serbian army used the hill we were climbing to lob bomb shells onto the town below. At one point, over 2,000 Serbian militia were being held off by only 200 Croatian army personnel. There was some damage to the Old Town but post-war, citizens gathered together to restore the Old Town to its original condition. Still some pock marks can be seen on some of the homes and churches in the area. At the top of the hill we looked across one hill to the Bosnian Border. The Bosnians are very friendly with the Croats. Shortly after the war, a friend of ours, who is a judge in Minnesota volunteered to come over to teach the American Judicial System to the Croats. He raved about this area but I never fully understood until now. Thanks Phil! The two cab drivers were wonderful and suggested they take us to "the other coast" for 30 more euro. Seemed like a deal to us, so off we went. The drive was nice but a little long. We ended up in a town called Cavtat, basically pronounced "cevat". Cavtat is a beautiful and very clean seaside resort town but since we only had about 25 minutes we couldn't spend as much time as desired to fully explore the area. Maybe on our return visit. The cabs dropped us off right at the ships entrance on the dock! We had to walk a mere 25 feet to get through the first phase of ship's security. Both Split and Dubrovnik have left such an incredibly positive impression on us. That speaks well for all of Croatia. While there are problem areas for Croatia, these two cities show the positive side of the country by providing beautiful scenery, friendly people, and opportunities to explore ancient history. Thank you Croatia! We'll miss you....

Provider: Independent Operator

pne1881

3 reviews

Really nice place. A bit disappointing we only had 1/2 a day there. 1st time we had been on a tender to get to the dock!! Took the trip up to the walls, and viewed most of the narrow streets. We went out of the city walls, and walked up the road overlooking the bay were we docked at anchor. This is a great viewing place of the bay, the walled city and the little islands surrounding. Nice quiet place to enjoy the views and well away from the tourist hoards in the city itself.

Provider: Independent Operator

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