Top 10 Things to do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik – the city that is more popular than the country. The architecture, the history, the gastronomy, the travel industry, it has everything that a tourist could possibly want from a tourist destination. Due to its popularity, it can get very crowded and sometimes it’s good to have a helping hand when learning about the city and the surrounding area. The city offers many day tours to help tourist learn about the city and the nearby region, and give you the possibility to easily explore it in the short time you are here. The tours are mostly concentrated about the city of Dubrovnik itself, boat tours to the nearby islands, wine tours (since the region has very good wineries) and other tours to no so distant cities like Mostar, Budva, Međugorje and Ston. Here is our top recommendation of the available activities in Dubrovnik.
Take a Walking tour of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has a very rich history. To come to Dubrovnik and not learning some interesting facts about the city and some very cool stories that happened in the city would be such a shame. We cannot recommend this enough. Join one of the many offered walking tours and learn the small things that make this city great. Take a look at the walking tours in Dubrovnik.
Take a Boat tour to Elaphite Islands
The closest islands to Dubrovnik are the beautiful Elaphite Islands. They consist of 13 small islands that in total have a population of 850 inhabitants. Taking a boat tour there is a great way to experience the Croatian rugged coastline and have an opportunity to have a swim in the crystal clear sea that the islands offer. Take a look at the boat tours to Elaphite Islands from Dubrovnik.
Visit Korčula Island
Korčula is one of the most history and tradition filled island in Croatia. Among many stories that surround the Island, one of the most notable is that it’s believed that Korčula is the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. The main city of the island named also Korčula, has around 6.000 inhabitants and it’s one of the best representations of a small Croatian seaside city. Visit Korčula by one of the offered tours from Dubrovnik.
Another great option for a day tour if you would like to see a bit of a different culture. Mostar - the city divided into two parts, the Muslim and the Christian, only connected by the old bridge (how the city got its name “Stari Most” -> Old Bridge). It hides a very interesting story including the destruction and the rebuilding of the bride. Take a look at all tours to Mostar from Dubrovnik.
Explore the National Park Mljet
Mljet is the only single island that is a National Park. The most amazing thing about it is that there is lake on the island that has an even smaller island on it, which has a very nice and famous monastery. Take a boat tour to the island, and one more boat tour to the island on the island. Take a look at all the tours to National Park Mljet from Dubrovnik.
Take a Wine tasting tour of the region
The whole region around Dubrovnik is famous for very good wine, and not just good, but one of the best in the world. The problem why these wines are not so popular in the world is that the production capacities are limited so you are not able to buy them in very much places around the world, but every year the wineries get more awards for the fantastic wine. If you like wine, regardless weather you are an expert of just a casual drinker, we suggest taking one of the many offered wine tours around the area, especially the ones going to the Pelješac peninsula. Take a look at all wine and winery tours form Dubrovnik.
Visit the city of Ston on the Pelješac peninsula
The city of Ston is popular for 2 things: the magnificent 5 km defensive stone wall, and oysters. So there is no doubt what should you be doing there, have a history lesson walking on the wall which includes more than 40 towers and 5 fortresses, and then later stop in one of the many restaurants and have some oysters, either fresh with just a sprinkle of lemon or on the grill, and of course, add a glass of the fantastic wine from the Pelješac hills. Take a tour to Ston and Pelješac from Dubrovnik.
Visit the Bay of Kotor and other Montenegro coastline
Dubrovnik is very close to the border of Montenegro, so this might be a good opportunity to visit another country while you are staying in Dubrovnik. Montenegro is getting very popular tourist destination as well and if you have the time, we suggest you go and spend at least one day there. View all the day tours to Montenegro from Dubrovnik.
Take a Game of thrones tour
If you are a fan of the popular HBO show “Game of Thrones” that this is a must! Dubrovnik is actually the real-life representation of Kings Landing, and most of the scenes that occurred in Kings Landing where shot here. Many agencies offer game of thrones tours where they take you to the places where the scenes where filmed and show you screenshots of the scene and the episode where you can see the same scenery. They also give you additional historical background of every place you visit so you might consider taking just this tour to learn about the rich history of Dubrovnik while still having a feeling you are walking around Kings Landing. Take a look at all the Game of Thornes tours form Dubrovnik.
Rafting on the river Tara
If you are an adventurous type, you can consider going rafting on the river Tara in Montenegro. The scenery is so amazing that we consider this rafting one of the best rafting we offer on our entire website. This is also accompanied with the fact that World Rafting Championships are held on this river. Rafting in general is not so difficult, meaning that anyone can do it regardless of your age or physical strength or stamina, so if you ever wanted to try Rafting, this is the time. View all rafting tours to river Tara from Dubrovnik.
Our guests personal experiences on Dubrovnik tours
Our guide Kruno (apologies - spelling is probably wrong) was great. Despite the early start he was very cheerful and gave us lots of interesting facts and stories about the area we werae staying in as well as the places we passed on the wayt o Mostar. His knowledge was fantastic and his English was flawless so we learned a lot.
The day was well structured and, travelling out of season, the border crossings were quiet so we got through them all very quickly and painlessly. It was a long drive but he made sure to break the trip up with rest stops and an additional stop off at the beautiful town of Pocitelj which was a bonus.
Our tour group was quite small (only 6) so we were an easy group to please and Kluno was happy for us to take our time at each of the stops and explore as much as we wanted to.
The waterfalls at Kravice were stunning and had it been ever so slightly warmer it would have been lovely to take a dip.
Mostar was both beautiful and fascinating and was a tark reminder of how recent the war was and what a massive impact it had on the country. Our tour guide was able to really bring the history to life and give us a good sense of what life was like. We were lucky enough to be in Mostar over lunch and got to hear the call to prayer from the local mosques - it really made our trip.
We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone staying in Croatia.
Alice R., United Kingdom
On excursion: Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Group Tour from Dubrovnik
WONDERFUL , would recommend fully, driver punctual pick up at hotel and actual boat trip was stunning with excellent lunch onboard at Sipan with wine and water Included. Boat beautifully clean and staff were great. Really recommend great value!
Susan H., United Kingdom
On excursion: Elaphite Islands Boat Group Tour from Dubrovnik
A great day out. We were picked up promptly - early in fact - by a lovely young man Ivan in a spotlessly clean car and driven to Dubrovnik in plenty of time for our three-island trip on the Regina Maris. We were given the choice of fish or chicken for lunch which was ready for us when we returned to the boat after our first stop. The mackerel was delicious and each table was also provided with wine and water included in the price. With time for a quick look round and a coffee at our second stop we were then off to Sipan for a longer stop with time for a swim if wanted and plenty of places to sit for a drink or to eat and souvenir shops. Lovely ice cream too. When we returned to the port and made our way to the pick up point, Ivan quickly located us and we spent a very enjoyable taxi journey back to our hotel in Cavtat with Ivan chatting away in excellent English and answering all our questions about life in Croatia. He is a real credit to his company. One last point - the toilets on the boat were immaculate! Never seen anything like them on a boat. A very enjoyable day at a very reasonable price - especially given the the hotel pick-up and return and lunch included in the price. Would thoroughly recommend. E & D from Scotland
Elaine C., United Kingdom
On excursion: Elaphite Islands Boat Group Tour from Dubrovnik