Experience the "Pearl of the Adriatic” with us on our guided Dubrovnik tours to Croatia’s most stunning city. Once the capital of a maritime republic that rivalled Venice, Dubrovnik has been an important seaport for centuries. Located in between rugged mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is the setting for a very special Croatia holiday.
Dubrovnik is one of the top destinations in Europe, offering the perfect combination of sun-kissed coast, stunning views, chic restaurants and beautiful medieval buildings. It was under rule by various dynasties such as the Byzantine Empire and the Venetians. It was built in the 13th century while its well-preserved city walls and towers were built from the 14th to the 16th centuries; it was used as a filming location for ‘Game of Thrones’ for the fictional city of King’s Landing, which certainly helped to increase awareness of one of the top sights in Croatia and inspired many people to take a trip to Dubrovnik. In 1667 a devastating earthquake nearly destroyed the entire city and when the breakup of Yugoslavia occurred in the early 1990s, there was some damage again during the Croatian War of Independence. After the war, with some coordination from UNESCO, the Old Town was restored and when taking a walking tour of Dubrovnik, you can experience examples of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
On our Dubrovnik tours, we’ll explore some of the city’s most famous and important landmarks including the Dubrovnik Cathedral, Pile Gate, City Walls and charming Old Town. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit some of the nearby islands just off the coast of Dubrovnik, including the pristine Elaphite Islands and the lush island of Lokrum. There is also an optional day trip to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we’ll see the iconic Mostar bridge or Stari Most. The destruction of the Ottoman bridge became an infamous image of the Bosnian war. The bridge was rebuilt and today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol for peace and reconciliation.
All our holidays to Dubrovnik include return flights, accommodation, transfers and excursions led by a local expert guide. We also offer a variety of other Croatia tours to inspire you further.
Dubrovnik’s famous City Walls were built between the 13th and 16th centuries and are still completely intact despite the city being under siege for nearly eight months during the 1991 Croatian War of Independence. The walls are over 2km long and 25m high with no less than 16 towers. A walk along the walls, which takes about 2 hours in its entirety, is a must for any trip to Dubrovnik. On our holidays to Dubrovnik, we’ll enjoy plenty of free time to walk the walls at leisure.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is known for its cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings and towering defensive walls. Wandering through the dazzling streets and squares of the Old Town is a great way to spend a few relaxing hours. At night the town is buzzing with activity, and visitors can enjoy a drink outside at one of the numerous bars & cafés and watch the world go by. On our trips to Dubrovnik, we’ll enjoy plenty of free time to explore the Old Town’s historic sites or pick up beautiful local art and handmade items in the city’s quaint shops.
This beautiful gothic cathedral located in the centre of Dubrovnik’s Old Town was famously funded by an English King, Richard the Lionheart. On his way back from the Third Crusade, the King’s ship was caught in a terrible storm off the coast of Croatia, and he vowed to God that if his ship reached dry land, he would build a cathedral on the spot. Today, the cathedral houses the relics of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, as well as numerous paintings and works of art.
The Elaphite Islands are a small group of largely uninhabited islands just off the coast of Dubrovnik. The name Elaphite comes for the Ancient Greek word for “deer” and was named for the large herds of deer that inhabited the archipelago. The first mention of the islands was in the first century AD, when the Roman Geographer Pliny the Elder described them in his 37 volume Historia Naturalis. On our trips to Dubrovnik, we’ll have the opportunity to take a boat trip out to explore a few of these beautiful unspoilt islands.
The island of Lokrum is a densely wooded nature reserve with a spectacular botanical garden and the remains of a Habsburg fortress. The Fort was built in the shape of a five-pointed star by the French army in 1806, and from the top there is an impressive panoramic view overlooking the island and the city of Dubrovnik. The island is just a ten-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik Old Town and can be booked locally. On our holidays to Dubrovnik, we’ll enjoy plenty of free time to explore the island at leisure.
Looking for something a little more energetic? Our sister brand TD active Holidays offers a walking holiday in Croatia, where you can also stay in Dubrovnik.
For centuries, this has been the main entrance to Dubrovnik's Old Town. Built in 1537, it used to be surrounded by a moat and the drawbridge used to close at night time, but it’s open 24/7. Above the gate, there is a statue of Saint Blaise, the city’s patron saint, which was carved by the Croatian artist Ivan Meštrovic.
Stradun is the name of the main street in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. It is full of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and is the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by. Make sure to visit a “gelateria” for a tasty ice cream that will rival any made in Italy!
Take a cable car ride up to the peak of Mount Srđ. The cable car ride is a must do, it takes less than 5 minutes and you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the Old Town and its surroundings.
Although most of the original building was destroyed in the 1667 earthquake, visitors can still enjoy the Romanesque cloister and gardens. Above the church door there is an ornate portal carved by local monks in 1498. It’s also the location of the longest operating pharmacy in Europe since 1317 and an on-site museum housing a collection of art and rare books.
Built in the late 15th Century, this was formerly the residence of the city’s governor. Today this Venetian-Gothic palace houses the Cultural History Museum, where you can learn more about the history of Ragusa, a republic that ruled Dubrovnik from 1358 until 1808.
Dating back to the 14th century and known locally as the Fort of St. Ivan, it was an integral part of the defence complex of Dubrovnik city walls and would help guard the Old Harbour. Today it houses the Maritime Museum, which provides an interesting insight into the naval history of Dubrovnik, and the aquarium.
To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we've outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next trip to Dubrovnik.
The Croatian climate is characterised by warm and dry summers and mild winters. Dubrovnik ranks amongst the sunniest towns of southern Europe.
Croatia is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year. The currency used is the Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Traditional dishes not to be missed include smoked ham and cheese and seafood lovers will find it hard to resist dishes like Dalmatian octopus salad, black squid ink risotto, shellfish and grilled sardines. Dubrovnik also offers a large selection of wines. The winegrowers of the region are proud of the quality of their red wines, the most famous of which is the Plavac Mali.
Dubrovnik is very safe, but as with any destination you should always be vigilant and take care of your personal belongings. Take advantage of the safe at your hotel, leave your valuables and passport there.
For all our tours we have an activity level guide to help you decide which holiday suits you best. For specific advice regarding our Dubrovnik tours and to discuss any special needs, please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist.
When notified in advance, Travel Department can inform our Dubrovnik hotels of your dietary requests, such as gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan foods. Please note that choices may be limited compared to the offering found in hotels at home.
George Bernard Shaw famously said “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik." This part of Croatia is a wonderful holiday destination if you’re looking for a combination of history, culture, beautiful weather, relaxing at your scenic seaside base or do some of your own independent exploration.
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