Dubrovnik Vacation Packages & Tours

“The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia. Synonymous with romance, it was the place where Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor often liked to escape, wandering the marble-paved streets and getting lost in the narrow alleyways to find intimate bars with private nooks for stealing a kiss. Incredibly atmospheric with centuries-old Romanesque, Renaissance, and gothic-style buildings, the historic center is encircled by medieval stone walls.

Visitors can walk right atop the walls that run interrupted for 6365 feet, built to defend the city from various invaders over the years. They’re protected by round towers, bastions, and multiple forts while providing some of the best views over the Old City. If you start from the main entrance at Pile Gate, your first visit is to the sea, the city, and St. Lawrence fortress often called “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar.”

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Where to Stay in Dubrovnik

One of the most popular places to stay in Dubrovnik is the UNESCO-protected Old City. This is the busiest area, with fabulous boutique hotels and guesthouses while historic attractions, cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops are all just steps from your door. The Ploce and Pile neighborhoods sit at the eastern and western approaches of the Old City, respectively, providing slightly less expensive accommodation options while being close to it all. Secluded Babin Kuk is ideal for tranquillity, hosting luxury sea-view hotels, while Gruz port offers a number of good budget to mid-range properties.

 

Things to do in Dubrovnik

  • Dubrovnik, Pile Gate

    Discover the magic of the Old Town

    The famous and well-preserved medieval city must be visited whilst in Croatia. Admire the enormous stone city walls protecting it from the rugged coastline. The UNESCO-listed cobbled old town is filled with historic architecture, from medieval churches and towers to glamorous villas and lavish palaces. It is also a cultural hub, with museums, galleries, and live music to enjoy. Take a cruise from the city’s famous harbor to reach the numerous charming islands on a day tour or a multi-day trip.

  • Dubrovnik Cable Car

    Take a cable car and enjoy the spectacular views

    The best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are, without doubt, experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built in 1969 and offers beautiful panoramic views where on a clear day, you can see up to 40 miles over the beautiful Adriatic and inland. The 4-minute ride whisks you to the plateau of 778 meters in altitude and you will have incredible photo opportunities. There is also a restaurant at the top. This activity really must be on your bucket list whilst in Dubrovnik.

  • Dubrovnik City Walls, Croatia

    Discover the Dubrovnik City Walls

    Dubrovnik is known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century, which are 1940 meters long. A walk along Dubrovnik’s famous walls is a unique and wonderful experience and a must-do when visiting. Enjoy breathtaking views over the city’s red roofs and St John’s Fortress and the Lovrijenac Fortress which rises above a 37-meter-high cliff. You will also experience amazing views of the Buza beach with the sailing boats and kayakers as they pass by.

 

When to visit Dubrovnik

The tourist season is from April through October, with summer at the peak of the season. This is when it’s hottest and driest with abundant sunshine for enjoying the beaches and swimming while evenings are ideal for outdoor dining. Sightseeing is best done early in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds. Mid to late spring can be a great time to come for pleasant temperatures while avoiding the thickest crowds, although many feel the period between late September and mid-October is best with the water still warm enough for swimming, yet it won’t be too hot or too busy.

 

Dubrovnik FAQ

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How many days do you need in Dubrovnnik?
Many of Dubrovnik’s highlights can be experienced in 24 hours, but ideally you’ll have two or three days which will allow you to explore the historic centre and its magnificent architecture, ride the cable car up Mount Srd for a panoramic view over it all, walk the city walls, and take it all in from the water, perhaps on a kayaking tour. You might spend time relaxing on a secluded beach and sampling delicacies like squid ink risotto paired with a tasty wine from the nearby Peljesac Peninsula.

What is the best time to visit Old City Dubrovnik?
The best time of the day to visit Old City Dubrovnik to avoid the biggest crowds and searing summer heat is either early in the morning, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., or late afternoon, from around 4 p.m. Be aware that the period between late morning and early afternoon in July and August can be very hot.

 

What are the essential sites to see in Old City Dubrovnik?
Most visitors start their explorations of the walled Old City by walking through the Pile Gate. Stradun, the main street, will be right in front of you as will Onofrio Fountain. A celebratory symbol that paid tribute to the establishment of the city’s water supply system, it was a remarkable feat of engineering completed in 1438. To the right is Franciscan Monastery which includes one of Europe’s oldest still-functioning pharmacies, dating to 1391. Other top sites include Rector’s Palace, the baroque Church of St. Blaise, and Sponza Palace. Walking atop the city walls is essential too.

 

Is Dubrovnik worth visiting?
While Dubrovnik is no longer a “hidden gem,” it is one of the world’s most beautiful medieval towns and truly a must-visit. Its prime location along the spectacular Adriatic coast, its centuries-old stone walls, endless red roofs, limestone-paved streets, and fortress, come together to create a fairytale-like experience. There are also some idyllic beaches framed by crystal-clear blue waters for swimming among other impressive natural attractions.

 

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