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Dubrovnik Shore Excursion Reviews

Dubrovnik (Photo:Phant/Shutterstock)
Dubrovnik (Photo:Phant/Shutterstock)

Popular Things to Do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a picturesque ancient city in Croatia, with much for cruisers to see and do. Lovers of history will enjoy exploring its many churches, synagogues and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, along with the medieval Old Town neighborhood with its cobblestone streets and outdoor cafes. Those wanting to experience the beautiful Dalmatian Coast can book a boat excursion out of Old Town harbor or visit nearby beaches during the warmer months. Traveling further inland, more active cruisers might enjoy a cycling excursion through the countryside with a stop at a local vineyard.

Summer is peak travel season in Dubrovnik, and while it's the warmest time of year, early fall in Croatia is still pleasant and the waters are still warm. Croatian is the official language, though nearly everyone speaks English well. Official currency is the kuna.

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18 Excursions Found

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City Tour

134 Reviews
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.
#2 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Walking Tour

77 Reviews
Dubrovnik is a great walking city for culture and history lovers as it is filled with centuries-old monasteries, churches, synagogues and even one of the oldest operating pharmacies in Europe. It's also a gorgeous spot to simply sit and watch the world go by amid red-roofed stone buildings and the sparkling, aqua Adriatic Sea.
#3 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Walking the Walls

58 Reviews
Walk Dubrovnik's famous walls to gain a new perspective on this medieval paradise.
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Cable Car

51 Reviews
The original Dubrovnik cable car was built back in 1969 and was used by visitors and the locals who wanted to enjoy a magnificent view of Dubrovnik Old City and the surrounding area. Until the war in 1991, more than 2.5 million people were transferred to the top of Srdj Hill. After its destruction in the war, it remained in disrepair until it was restored and reopened in 2010.
#5 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Cavtat Walking Tour

31 Reviews
Tour the village of Cavtat—once home to a prosperous Greek and Roman colony—and experience the town's traditional methods of fishing and handicraft.
#6 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Land & Sea Tour

18 Reviews
Why settle for bus or boat when you can have both - a land and sea tour of Dubrovnik is a great way to see the city from two perspectives.
#7 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Dalmation Coastal Villages

14 Reviews
The sparkling sea views, sleepy harbor villages, and Diocletian's Palace create the perfect environment for a steadily paced tour of the Dalmation Coastal Villages in Dubrovnik.
#8 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Sea Kayaking

14 Reviews
Kayak beneath Dubrovnik's old city walls and explore the caves of Lokrum as you paddle the beautiful blue Adriatic.
#9 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Culinary Tour

7 Reviews
Explore Dubrovnik's culinary neighborhoods to get a true taste of Croatia -- you will savor every bite!
#10 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Pile Gate

7 Reviews
Built in 1537 to protect the city and monitor trade, Pile Gate is the grand entrance to Dubrovnik's old town, and a remarkable landmark to see while in port.
#11 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Village Olive Mill

3 Reviews
Visit this 300 year old olive mill in Dubrovnik to learn all about olive oil production and even sample the latest batch.
#12 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Dominican Monastery

2 Reviews
This fascinating Dominican Monastery resembles a fortress on the outside, but contains within its walls both an art museum and a Gothic-Romanesque church.
#13 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Franciscan Monastery

2 Reviews
Dubrovnik's Franciscan Monastery features an elegant bell tower from the 16th century, valuable documents including Ptolemy's Atlas, and an adjoining church containing paintings from 1583.
#14 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions


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Set out into the clear blue water of Dubrovnik, as you dive below to see what Croatia's marine life is all about!
#15 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Bicycle Tour

1 Reviews
Hop on a bike to start your cycling adventure around Dubrovnik as you discover its beautiful countryside, small villages, orchards, and picturesque vineyards.
#16 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Medjugorje Walking Tour

1 Reviews
Medjugorje has become a popular destination for Catholic pilgrims, following numerous reports that apparitions of the Virgin Mary had appeared to the local faithful.
#17 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Noble Estate

1 Reviews
This beautiful estate once belonged to one of Dubrovnik's powerful noble families. Take a tour to savor all of its beauty and learn of the rich history and culture.
#18 of 18 Dubrovnik Shore Excursions

Rector's Palace

1 Reviews
Dubrovnik's Rector's Palace has a long and turbulent past, but is now content to house the history portion of the city museum.

Food and Drink in Dubrovnik

The cuisine of Croatia's coastal regions relies heavily on traditional Mediterranean flavors -- gelaterias and Italian al fresco trattorias abound in Dubrovnik. For more typical Croatian fare, look for dishes made with fresh, local seafood.

Enjoy lunch with the locals -- Spaghetteria Toni (Nikole Bozidarevica 14; 385-20-323-134) and Pizzeria Castro (Gunduliceva Poljana 5) are two favored restaurants that feature yummy pizza and pasta dishes. For something with a bit more Croatian flair, look for pies topped with local cured ham.

Seafood Galore -- Lokanda Peskarija (Na Ponti bb; 385-20-324-750) and Kamenice (Gunduliceva Poljana 8; 385-20-323-682) both offer outdoor seating and family-style portions.

Proto (Siroka 1) has no view but makes up for it with outstanding dishes; try any of its grilled or fried fish dishes or the seafood risotto. Want a view? Just outside the Pile Gate is Restaurant Nautika (Brsalje 3).

Beaches in Dubrovnik

Best Beach for Tourists: Banje, a pebble beach, is located a few minutes' walk east of the Ploce Gate to the Old Town. There's also a resort-style beach with nice golden sand and a cocktail bar about a mile from the gates and below the Excelsior Hotel (Frana Supila 12).

Best Beach for the Sun Bather: Locals gravitate more towards the smaller, more private beaches like the Lapad peninsula. They sun themselves on flat rocks that hug the wall and access the Adriatic via a flight of steps into the water (best for strong swimmers, by the way). Note the "no nudists" policy crudely scrawled on a wall at the entrance.

Secluded Beach: One beach that does not have a "no nudist" policy can be found on the Lokrum Island. Ferries from Old Port leave every thirty minutes and cost 35 Kune roundtrip.

Don't Miss in Dubrovnik

Historic Stuff: Begin at the entrance to the walled city -- the Pile Gate. Among the highlights is the circa-14th-century Franciscan Monastery (Placa 2). Make sure you check out the adjoining pharmacy -- opened in 1391, it's the third oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe (and yes, you can still buy aspirin). The Dominican Monastery (Sveti Dominika 4) dates back to the same century. The Rector's Palace (Pred Dvorom 3) was the government seat in the 15th century; now you'll find a museum with Baroque paintings and historic artifacts. The Synagogue (Zudioska 5) is Europe's second-oldest Sephardic synagogue. Other highlights include the city's cathedral (Poljana M. Orzica) and the Fort of St. John Maritime Museum and Aquarium (Ul Od Margarite and the waterfront).

Cafe Scene: For people-watching, sip a coffee or cocktail at any of the city's numerous sidewalk cafes. For a waterfront view check out Gradska Kavana (Pred Dvorum); it also has plaza-side tables. Bar Nonenina, the former Hemingway Bar, still known as such by most locals (Pred Dvoram 4), has comfy wicker chairs and more than 180 adult beverages from which to choose -- try the mojito or the Croatian beer Karlovacko.

Walking the Wall: The stone walls that completely encircle the city -- as much as 81 feet high and 1.5 miles around -- have stairs at two points. The easiest to navigate is just inside the Pile Gate, on the left. Views are breathtaking; admire the expanse of the mighty Adriatic, the over-the-terra-cotta-rooftop town, and even peek into the backyards of some of the private homes and apartments that line the edges of the walled city. Note: Steep climbing and numerous stairs are involved. It's a great workout. There's a small fee, payable in local currency only. (At the time of our visit, the cost was 150 Kune for adults.)

Nature Lovers: For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Dubrovnik offers a variety of places to play, aside from its gorgeous beaches. Adriatic Kayak Tours (Zrinsko Frankopanska 6; 385-20-312-770) is more than your average paddling trip down the river. Adventures include sea kayaking, cycling and snorkeling trips from Brsecine. Not feeling so athletic? Hop a ferry (every 30 minutes throughout the day from Old Port; 40 Kune roundtrip) to Lokrum Island, and enjoy unique, abundant subtropical plants in the nature reserve.

Take an excursion boat to Cavtat, a medieval town and resort area on the southern edge of the Rat peninsula where you can swim, shop and sightsee. The boats leave from the old harbor pier numerous times (each direction) every day.

The Museum of Modern Art. (Put Frana Supila 23; 385-20-426-590) Located near Banja's Beach, this museum welcomes you in from the sun to admire pieces by Vlaho Bukovac and other Croatian artists.

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