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Emma in Dubrovnik: An Insider's Guide

Emma in Dubrovnik: An Insider's Guide

Viator's team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel (and live). From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we scour the options and find the coolest activities—which is fun for us, and helpful for you! See below for tips, insights, and hand-selected things to do from one of our travel experts.

**The Traveler:**Emma Knock, Assistant Managing Editor, Product

Describe your time in Dubrovnik.

After writing quite a bit about Croatia for Viator, I knew I had to visit. I planned a weeklong road trip through the country, which ended with three days in Dubrovnik. 

What was your favorite attraction?

Definitely the Franciscan Monastery Museum. It's full of history, and it's also a great place to take a break from the heat and the crowds. The cloister is stunning, with intricate jewel columns, and the garden in the middle is filled with the smell of orange trees. And it's home to one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in all of Europe, dating back to the 14th century.

What are three things a first-time visitor can't miss?

1. Get in the water.

Dubvronik gets hot in the summer, and the surrounding Adriatic Sea is the perfect escape. Most tourists end up at Banje Beach, a city beach located just outside Ploče Gate. There's a great restaurant there where you can also rent lounge chairs. But if you want a more local experience, head to Danče Beach, just down the path from Pile Gate. The water is clear and deep, making it a popular spot for jumping. And there are large rock slabs perfect for laying out on a towel and soaking up the sun.

2. See Old Town from above.

As beautiful as it is to look up at the city's red-roofed buildings, it's even better to look down on them. For your first view, walk the ancient city walls. I wish I had booked a tour, because there were no informational placards up there and I missed so much of the historical significance. To take things to the next level, ride the cable car to the top of Srd Hill. The views there are incredible, stretching from Old Town to the Adriatic Sea.

3. Go island hopping.

Choosing your island depends on what you’re looking for and how much time you have. Lokrum is a 15-minute boat trip away, and according to legend, Richard the Lionheart shipwrecked there on his way back from the Crusades. Bonus: It has free-roaming peacocks. If you have a little more time, I suggest the Elafiti Islands — home to old fishing villages, citrus and olive groves, and beautiful beaches.

What's the best Insider Tip you can offer future visitors to Dubrovnik?

The main street in Old Town is paved in marble, and there are loads of steps, so definitely wear comfortable shoes. I also recommend visiting the city walls when they first open to avoid the hottest part of the day, as well as the crowds of cruise travelers who arrive mid-morning.

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Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

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Discover ‘Game of Thrones’ film sites of Dubrovnik on this walking tour that takes in the real-life attractions used for some of the show’s locations. As you explore the city’s World Heritage-listed Old Town with your guide, enjoy views of the red-roofed skyline you know as King’s Landing. Follow in Joffrey’s footsteps at Lovrijenac Fortress, stand where Ayra Stark stood, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about filming in the city. When booking, you can choose to upgrade to include a tour to Trsteno Arboretum, which was used as the palace gardens. This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else.
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  • 3 hours
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Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour

Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour

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Get more for your money with this Dubrovnik Super Saver that combines a cable car trip up to Mt. Srd and a walking tour of the Old Town and the city walls. Ascend up the craggy Mt. Srd in the spacious comfortable cable car affording incredible views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic. Then descend to the Old Town and begin an information-packed walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Finally, climb up to the walls, strolling along the medieval fortifications and admire this historic part of the city.
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Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

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See the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' from the water on a kayak tour from Dubrovnik. Accompanied by a guide, paddle past the city's medieval walls, leaving time for some snorkeling, swimming, and snacks at an isolated beach cave along Dubrovnik's coastline. For an extra perk, book the evening tour and enjoy the sunset with a chilled glass of wine.
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Dubrovnik Walks - Old Town 1.5 h Discovery Tour

Dubrovnik Walks - Old Town 1.5 h Discovery Tour

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Dubrovnik is known for its history and architecture, but appreciating its many sights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Forget the guidebook and learn from a local on a tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, exploring landmarks including the Franciscan Monastery, Stradun monument, Cathedral of the Assumption, and more. Enjoy the intimate perspective of a walking tour as you gain insight into the city’s far-reaching heritage and culture.
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Dubrovnik Walks - Ancient City Walls & Wars 2h Walking Tour

Dubrovnik Walks - Ancient City Walls & Wars 2h Walking Tour

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You can stroll down the Stradun and walk the wall of Dubrovnik but it’s much more meaningful if you know what you’re looking at. Which is why this informative and fun walking tour is a must for any visitor to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Learn what makes this UNESCO World Heritage site so amazing and special. Learn about the architecture — Gothic, Renaissance and baroque — and the history behind the palaces, fountains, monasteries and churches. Walk the high walls and get a different perspective of the city.
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Dubrovnik Sea Kayak and Snorkeling Small-Group Tour

Dubrovnik Sea Kayak and Snorkeling Small-Group Tour

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While in Dubrovnik, take advantage of the great weather and the beautiful Adriatic Sea by booking this small group kayak and snorkeling excursion. Paddle along the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Betina, a cave beach. Here you can lounge on the shore or snorkel, exploring the world beneath the surface of the water. No previous kayaking or snorkeling experience is necessary. This small-group tour means you get extra attention from the guide, ensuring a great experience.
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Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour

Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour

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First-timers, even third timers, should not miss this info-packed walking tour of Dubrovnik. Stroll the limestone-covered streets of Old Town, or Stari Grad, with a knowledgeable guide learning the secrets behind the palaces and plazas, cloisters, and cathedrals. Start the tour in the morning, the best time of day to walk the streets of the city. Go from the clock tower to the Assumption Cathedral, traversing the entire Old Town while learning about the history of the place.
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Dubrovnik Island-Hopping Cruise in the Elaphites

Dubrovnik Island-Hopping Cruise in the Elaphites

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Get a taste of the southern Dalmatian sweet life with this full-day trip that will take you via boat around the verdant Elaphite Islands. Lounge on the deck of the boat consuming unlimited amounts of soft drinks and wine. Chat with the boat’s captain about what life is like at sea. Explore the coniferous forests and citrus groves on Koločep Island. Wander the ruins of 600-year-old manner houses and churches on the island of Šipan. Indulge in a lunch made up of local ingredients. Finally, stroll the streets of Lopud town and sunbathe on Šunj beach, before returning to the mainland.
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  • 8 hours
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Dubrovnik Walks Combo: Old Town & Ancient City Walls - 2 tours at a discount

Dubrovnik Walks Combo: Old Town & Ancient City Walls - 2 tours at a discount

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Learn why Dubrovnik is called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ on this tour of the city’s Stari Grad, or Old Town, and its thick centuries old city walls. See the monasteries and churches, the palaces and the burgher houses, learn the history behind them, and stroll the streets with your guide. Hear about daily life in Dubrovnik during the Middle Ages, as well as, during the battles in the early 1990s. Then ascend to the walls, getting great views of the city and the sea. This Combo is a great way to get two tours—of the city and the walls—at one discounted price.
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