10 Best Tours In The Mediterranean Paradise Of Dubrovnik, Croatia - Updated 2021

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Croatia is a small, sovereign state, nestled between the Mediterranean and Central Europe. The country’s coastline, along the Adriatic Sea, is home to thousands of steep, rugged islands, each more beautiful than the next. The city of Dubrovnik is one of the most popular Croatian vacation destinations and is renowned for its medieval architecture and cultural richness. Choose from these ten tours, to make your next Dubrovnik trip one to remember!

1. Walk through history in the Old Town (from USD 41.0)

On these short walking tours, your guide will show you the elaborate monasteries, churches, and palaces of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is home to a plethora of impressive buildings and monuments, each with a unique backstory. You can choose from either the Old Town or the Ancient City Walls Walking Tour.

On the Old Town tour, you’ll begin at Onofrio’s Fountain and the Franciscan Monastery and as you walk, your guide will give you an insider’s look into the history of this magnificent city. You’ll stroll down the Stradun, the main thoroughfare in the Old Town and move to the Sponza Palace and toward the Church of St. Blaise. During the Ancient City Walls tour, your guide will regale you with facts about the immensely thick, 80 feet (24.4 meter) tall walls and the invasions and invaders they’ve stopped since the 12th century. As you walk around the walls, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea.

Both of these tours are perfect for the history buff in your group or for those looking to learn a bit more about Dubrovnik’s ancient history. This is a tour you won’t want to miss!

Dubrovnik Old Town and Ancient City Walls Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

254 reviews

2. Take a day trip to Montenegro (from USD 62.0)

Take a day trip to Montenegro!
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Take a day trip from Dubrovnik to the rugged, mountainous medieval villages of Montenegro. On this day long tour, your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Dubrovnik and whisk you away to Montenegro. You’ll drive south from Dubrovnik, past stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and the Dubrovnik Riviera. As you cross the border into Montenegro, you’ll pass through small villages and stop in Perast, where you can choose to take an optional boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks Island, to see the Baroque-era church.

After, you’ll journey to Kotor, a beautiful town at the head of a fjord, where you will have free time to wander around town or climb the 1,350 steps up to the San Giovanni Castle and its amazing view. Your tour will continue through the medieval fishing village of Sveti Stefan and the walled city of Budva. After walking across beaches and on narrow cobbled streets, you’ll take a ferry across the Bay of Kotor and enjoy the scenic drive back to your Dubrovnik hotel.

Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Duration: 11 hours

1174 reviews

3. Kayak and snorkel in shimmering blue waters (from USD 43.0)

Dubrovnik is world-renowned for its fantastic weather and beauty. Take a break from the city and hit the water on this half-day snorkeling and kayak tour. On this tour, you will paddle around the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and make your way to Betina, a cave beach. Once at Betina, you can lounge on the soft, golden sand, or explore the beautiful blue water on a snorkeling adventure.

Your experienced guide will teach you all of the kayaking and snorkeling techniques you will need, so this tour is beginner friendly. This tour is perfect for those looking for a bit of activity during their vacation and for those looking for a unique view of the ancient city!

Kayak and Snorkel Adventure

Price: From 42.11 USD

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

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Dubrovnik Sea Kayak and Snorkeling Half-Day, Small-Group Tour

Duration: 3 hours

156 reviews

4. Raft the Tara River (From 111.53 USD)

Tara River, Montenegro
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This is the perfect tour for those travelers looking for a whole lot of adventure during their Dubrovnik vacation. On this ten-hour rafting tour, you’ll head to the Tara River Canyon, in Montenegro, the second largest canyon in the world. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Dubrovnik, early in the morning and drive you to the UNESCO-protected Durmitor National Park and Šćepan field. Then, you will enjoy a nice buffet breakfast, take an introductory rafting class to learn some basic techniques, and hop into your raft to start the day’s festivities.

The Tara is known for its rugged terrain, though by mid-summer the river is calm enough for children. After a day of excitement on the river, you’ll be treated to a traditional Montenegrin meal, before heading back to Dubrovnik.

Raft the Tara River

Price: From 111.53 USD

Duration: Approximately 10 hours

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5. Cruise Dubrovnik by bike and kayak (from USD 71.0)

This eight-hour biking and kayaking tour immerses you in the beauty of Croatia’s Adriatic Sea and Elafiti Islands. This tour starts onboard the ferry, where you and your guide will travel to Lopud Island. After a 50 minute ride, you’ll paddle from Lopud to Šipan Island, where you’ll enjoy the splendor of the remote Elafiti Islands. You will paddle for an hour and arrive at a small fishing village, where you will swap your kayaks for bikes. After a pleasant 30 minute ride, past vineyards, villas, olive groves, and old churches, you’ll arrive at Luka Šipanska, a beautiful fishing village, at the head of a bay, where you’ll eat lunch amidst wonderful vistas of the Elafiti Islands.

After lunch, you can go for a swim in the warm ocean water before your return cycle and paddle back to Dubrovnik. This trip is a perfect mix of relaxing and active and a great way to see the remote beauty of Croatia.

Dubrovnik Biking and Kayaking Full-Day Tour with Small Group

Duration: 8 hours

204 reviews

6. Go on a “Game of Thrones” tour (from USD 45.0)

“Game of Thrones” fans can rejoice on this two-hour walking and cruise tour of the parts of Dubrovnik used in the show’s filming. On this tour, you’ll visit “King’s Landing” and the other main filming spots for the critically-acclaimed HBO TV show. You will walk through Stari Grad (Old Town) and learn about the history of the city. After, you’ll board a Karaka ship used in the making of the show and cruise around the Adriatic Sea, while you sip on cocktails and enjoy the view of King’s Landing from the water.

This tour is perfect for the “Game of Thrones” fanatics in your group!

Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Tour and Cruise

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

137 reviews

7. Sample the region's best wines (from USD 253.0)

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Croatia’s Pelješac peninsula is home to the country’s finest wines. Just an hour from Dubrovnik, Pelješac is the second largest peninsula in Croatia and boasts enough history culture, wine, and food to dazzle you for a lifetime. On this private day tour, your guide will pick you up at your Dubrovnik hotel and drive you down the Dalmatian Coast to the water-side town of Ston to see the old salt factory and some of the world’s largest medieval city walls.

You’ll then stop for lunch in town and sample some world famous oysters before heading to three different family-run wineries to sample some local varieties. You’ll spend the whole day exploring and wine tasting before getting dropped back off at your hotel.

Ston and Peljesac Peninsula Private Tour with Wine Tasting

Duration: 7 hours

25 reviews

8. Onward and upward! Learn to rock climb (from USD 129.0)


Leave behind the busy city of Dubrovnik and head for the hills. Learn to rock climb on your next Croatia vacation alongside experienced guides, who will teach you the ropes and refine your technique. Your first climbing area will be just outside Dubrovnik’s Old Town. There, you will work with your guide to learn the finer points of climbing efficiently. Once you’ve made it to the top of your first few climbs, you’ll move to Srđ Hill, where you’ll be treated to fantastic views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding towns.

This is a four-hour tour, that includes round-trip travel from your hotel in Dubrovnik. There is no better place to learn how to rock climb than in the Mediterranean paradise of Dubrovnik!

Dubrovnik Rock Climbing Small Group Tour

Duration: 4 hours

2 reviews

9. Hike through the Croatian countryside (from USD 121.0)


Croatia’s rugged terrain is perhaps best seen by foot. Join a local guide on this half day hiking day tour and experience panoramic views of the Croatian countryside. Your tour will start in a small village in the Konavle Hills, called Vojski Do. There you will get beautiful views of Cavtat and Župa Dubrovačka, as you hike along an abandoned railway line beneath the mountain of Snježnica. At the foot of the mountain, you’ll be treated to amazing views of the vineyards, olive groves, and farmlands of the Konavle Valley.

Your hike will finish at Cadmos Village, a small town surrounded by lovely oak woods. This hiking tour will last approximately four hours, including transportation to and from your hotel in Dubrovnik, making it a great, relaxing stroll through the Croatian countryside.

Konavle Hiking Tour from Dubrovnik

Duration: 4 hours

10. Sail around the Mediterranean (from USD 67.0)

The boat you'll sail on
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Get your sea legs ready and hop on a replica galleon sailboat for a day cruise along Croatia’s coastline. On this tour, you will hop on your boat in Dubrovnik and set sail for the Elafiti Islands. You’ll discover the breathtaking coast of Croatia as you learn about each island’s unique history. At each island, you’ll dock and have a chance to explore each island on your own.

About halfway through your cruise through the archipelago’s old villages and countryside, you’ll land on the island of Šipan, where you’ll be treated to a traditional Croatian lunch of seafood and wine while a local band performs traditional Dalmatian folk music. This day-long tour is the perfect way to experience the traditional culture and people of Croatia’s coastal region.

From Dubrovnik to Elafiti Islands Day Cruise with Lunch

Duration: 9 hours

10 reviews

The ultimate Dubrovnik vacation awaits!

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Whether you prefer to travel by foot, bike, or boat, these ten tours are sure to add some excitement to your Croatian adventure. Choose from land or water based activities during your trip to the majestic seaside city of Dubrovnik!

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Gaby is a climbing guide based out of wherever work and life happen to bring her. While traveling, Gaby seeks out the best outdoor adventures she can find, but appreciates a cold beer and a warm...Read more

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