4 hour walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town
Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik has something for everyone.
History lovers will be enchanted by the marble streets that weave their way through centuries of architecture in the Old Town. Younger visitors may get a sense of deja-vu as they recognise baroque buildings frequently used as a backdrop to Hollywood productions such as Star Wars and the TV show Game of Thrones.
At the heart of Dubrovnik is the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Littered with outstanding mediaeval, Renaissance and baroque monuments along the crooked streets, the city has been eulogized by writers, royalty, travellers and invaders since the 7th century AD.
Heritage architecture includes forts, museums, churches and palaces, making it a dream destination for anyone with a passion for antiquities, architecture and dramatic coastal scenery.
Walking tours around Dubrovnik Old Town are the perfect way to explore at a leisurely pace. You won’t want to miss the intriguing details on the grand baroque buildings, crumbling stucco facades, monumental gates and marble streets. And oh what tales this city has to tell!
Jutting out into the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was a natural port and maritime trading centre, at one time rivalling Venice in its importance and grandeur.
After a catastrophic earthquake in 1667, the city was largely rebuilt in the grand baroque style you see today. It’s hard to imagine that this atmospheric old city was besieged just 25 years ago, during the bitter Balkans War. Now fully restored by master craftsmen, this attractive historic city once again stands proud.
History and character ooze from the walls of the 11th century Rector’s Palace, now a museum, and the cloistered 14th century Franciscan Monastery which still operates Europe’s oldest drug store. You’ll admire the arcaded Sponza Palace, one of the most beautiful Gothic-Renaissance palaces in Dubrovnik, and learn how it got its name.
Stroll past the imposing Cathedral, rebuilt in 1667, and hear why England’s King Richard the Lionheart funded the original building after the Third Crusade.
Your knowledgeable guide will point out hidden doorways, viewpoints and ancient architecture, drip-feeding local history, facts and legends in easily digestible portions to add to your enjoyment. Our walking tour ensures that you miss nothing as you visit all the main sights including the ancient Pile Gate near Fort Lovrjenac, Onofrio’s Fountain, the City Bell Tower and the beautiful Church of St Blaise.
Walking along part of the 2 km-long Old City Walls is a must as it gives splendid views of the red-roofed city on one side and the shimmering sea, forts and beaches on the other. Stand in awe and imagine the manual labour required to build a wall that in places reaches 25 metres (80 feet) in height!
Beyond the city walls, the Lapad beaches are connected by a coastal pathway, enticing visitors to spend their free time enjoying watersports and sampling the fine seafood restaurants which the area is noted for.
Dubrovnik is a unique, awe-inspiring city where you will not want to miss a thing, and that’s where our Dubrovnik Shore Excursions excel. Our professional walking tours will truly enhance your visit to this memorable and unique historic city.
Make the most of your short time here by allowing us to show you around Dubrovnik as only a local expert can.