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From Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Walking Tour and Cruise

1. From Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Walking Tour and Cruise

Step into the world of Westeros on a Game of Thrones-inspired boat tour of Dubrovnik. Visit locations featured on the show, try the Dragon Blood cocktail, and learn interesting trivia from your guide. Climb aboard the Karaka ship which was used in the making of Game of Thrones. Sail around the coast of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the location for King's Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Enjoy a refreshing Dragon Blood cocktail on board. Admire recognizable spots, including St. Dominic Street, the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace and much more. Disembark for a guided tour of the Old Town accompanied by your tour guide and visit iconic shooting locations. Hear interesting details about the characters and events from behind the scenes. Get your picture taken with the Iron Throne in a souvenir shop in Old Town before ending the tour in the Old Town.

Dubrovnik Day Tour from Split or Trogir

2. Dubrovnik Day Tour from Split or Trogir

Enjoy a full-day excursion from Split to Dubrovnik, where you will tour inside the historic city walls and along the limestone streets of the Old Town.  First, enjoy a scenic ride along the Dalmatian Coast, stopping once or twice for panoramic views across the Adriatic Sea. This is the Mediterranean as it used to be, before the onslaught of mass tourism. Upon arrival at the pearl of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik, take an official guided tour of the city’s historic monuments.  Each corner of Dubrovnik is a unique experience, and the 90-minute tour is enough to visit attractions such as the monumental Pile Gate, located at the top of Stradun, Dubrovnik’s famous street of limestone, polished by years of footfall. Go to the Franciscan Monastery, where 30,000 volumes, 216 incunabula, and 1,500 valuable handwritten documents are stored in the library. The cloister is one of the most magnificent monuments in the city and houses the oldest pharmacy in Europe, dating back to 1317. A little further on, encounter the Renaissance splendor of Sponza Palace, notable for its portico and columns, and elaborate stone carvings. Today it is home to Croatia’s State Archives.  Your guided tour ends at St. Blaise Cathedral, dedicated to the city’s patron saint and protector. Built on the ruins of a 12th-century church, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1667, then rebuilt in a Baroque style.  You are now free to explore the town by yourself. Feel free to climb the city walls and walk the full 1.24-mile (2-kilometer) circuit, offering breathtaking views across a sea of terracotta tiles and the boats and cruise liners in the bustling port.  Try some authentic Croatian dishes in local taverns, or just enjoy a cup of coffee in an al fresco café and watch the world go by. On your way back to Split we will make a short stop for oyster tasting in Ston which is famous for its very well preserved town walls, its salt works, and its oysters.

Dubrovnik: City Discovery and History Walking Tour

3. Dubrovnik: City Discovery and History Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walk around Dubrovnik’s Old Town starting at the Large Onofrio's Fountain. Head up Prijeko Street to the Old Port, stopping to admire St. Saviour's, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, and see wine-producing vines believed to be over a century old. Ships from Dubrovnik were renowned throughout the Mediterranean. The ships were built and loaded in the legendary Arsenal, which is another stop on the tour. Hear stories of the famous quarantine and the fortresses of St. Luke and St. John, and the history of the Church of St. Blaise, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando's Column.

Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split and Trogir

4. Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split and Trogir

Discover the charm and history of Dubrovnik on this guided day trip from Split or Trogir. Travel in comfort aboard an air-conditioned vehicle. Stroll on the Stradun Promenade, see the Baroque Cathedral, and spy Sponza Palace.  Start your tour of Dubrovnik with a guided tour visit to the Stradun Promenade for your first impression of one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful cities and its astonishing stone walls that extend over 1,940 meters (6,500 feet). Admire the monumental fortifications and city gates, wandering the labyrinthine streets behind the ramparts. Almost entirely pedestrianized, the medieval town is a treasure trove of architectural gems. See columned porticoes and loggias fringing Renaissance squares of marble. Marvel at the 11th-century Town Hall, and go to Sponza Palace, notable for its elaborate stone carvings. Take in views of the Baroque Cathedral, and see the magnificent Treasury. Continue to the fortress-like Dominican Monastery and Baroque Church of St Blaise. Visit the Rector’s Palace of the glorious Republic of Dubrovnik, and marvel at its harmonious blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Have 3 hours of free time when you can try delicious Mediterranean specialities in the old, town get a coffee on Stradun, and buy traditional filigree jewellery. Return to Split at the end of your day trip.

Dubrovnik: Early Bird Walking Tour

5. Dubrovnik: Early Bird Walking Tour

The tour begins at the first light of the sun as you walk through a maze of narrow streets while the town is still sleeping. Departing from the main entrance gate next to Amerling Fountain, the first stop is for the magnificent view at Fort Lovrijenac where you’ll get an introduction to its rich history. The walk continues over the shiny main street Stradun that you can only see empty this early in the morning. Get a real feel for its beauty and hear about the many legends and curiosities to get a more picturesque presentation of the city’s history. Using side streets known mainly by the locals, the tour covers all the highlights of the city including St Blaise's Church and Dubrovnik Cathedral. Take the opportunity to experience the life of the citizens living in the Old Town before the tour finishes, just as the crowds start to emerge.

From Split: Dubrovnik Guided Day Trip

6. From Split: Dubrovnik Guided Day Trip

Stroll through Dubrovnik's old town, dotted with historic landmarks and hidden treasures, on a guided walking tour. Be transported from Split for an insightful adventure, then enjoy free time to wander around the medieval streets and discover the beauty of this Adriatic gem. Board your bus in Split and drive to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, meet a local guide to dive into the streets of the historic center, filled with monuments from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Walk through the main street of Stradun and reach Orlando’s Column, once used for public punishment. Admire the Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace and the famous Rector’s Palace, as well as the beautiful church and monastery. Learn about the city's fortified walls, built to surround and protect it, which have stood strong throughout the centuries. Afterward, take some free time to continue exploring at your own pace. Choose to climb the city walls up to Srd Mountain to take in panoramic views of the area, or try some traditional food in one of the charming restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous, walk to a nearby beach for a swim. Finally, sit back on your air-conditioned bus as you drive back to Split.

Dubrovnik Highlights & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

7. Dubrovnik Highlights & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

Step into the world of Game of Thrones and explore the city highlights and film locations of Dubrovnik on a 1.5-hr walking tour. Relive famous scenes from King's Landing, and learn the rich history of the city as you follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters. Discover why Dubrovnik was the perfect setting for King's Landing. With its stunning natural beauty and rich historical background, this city offers more than just breathtaking views and political intrigue - it's a place where fact and fantasy meet. Your guide will bring the real and imagined worlds to life, taking you to the latest season's film locations and providing a captivating commentary. Enhance your experience by viewing A4 photos that provide context from iconic episodes. Investigate the truth behind the legends and immerse yourself in the world of Game of Thrones.

1.5-Hour Walking Tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town

8. 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town

Rich in cultural monuments, Dubrovnik is the one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns of the Mediterranean. Get an insider's view of the Old Town on this 1.5-hour walking tour. Meet your guide at Pile Gate, then stroll around the narrow streets of Old Town Dubrovnik to experience the history and culture of this magnificent walled city. Your local guide will show you the city's finest sights and all the splendid buildings of Old Town will be viewed along the way. In front of the Pile Gate entrance, you'll see the circular Onofrio's Fountain, which is connected by aqueduct to a spring 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) outside the town. Then see the Franciscan Monastery, containing a restored sculpture of the Pieta and a gorgeous cloister dating back to the 14th century. Continue walking to Dubrovnik's Renaissance highlight, the Sponza Palace. Other highlights on this tour include Orlando's Column, the City Bell Tower, the Rector's Palace, and the Church of St Blaise.

Dubrovnik: Medieval Adventure City Game

9. Dubrovnik: Medieval Adventure City Game

Explore Dubrovnik while completing an exciting exploration game while learning history and solving clues and puzzles on your phone during this exciting city exploration game. Begin at Amerling Fountain and explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it.  Finish this exciting game at Marin Držić’s Statue. Solve challenges and watch as the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone guide you to the next location. Get ready for an exciting city exploration game. Visit some of Dubrovnik's famous sites, like the Jesuit Stairs, Old Harbour, and Sponza Palace, and imagine being a time traveler in 16th century Dubrovnik, sent back to meet a famous writer.

Dubrovnik: 1.5-Hour Guided Old Town Walking Tour

10. Dubrovnik: 1.5-Hour Guided Old Town Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour through Dubrovnik's Old Town accompanied by a licensed local guide. Meet your friendly guide at one of the city's central points – Pile gate. Your guide will be waiting for you at the fountain next to Dubravka restaurant and after a short meet and greet you will set off on your Dubrovnik adventure. Start your tour with a brief introduction, in which you will see sights outside the Dubrovnik walls such as fort Lovrijenac and Bokar. After this you will enter the town through Pile Gate. After entering the Old Town you will get a glimpse into the the lifestyle of the locals in the Republica Ragusa. Here you can see Onofrio’s fountain which was the main source of drinkable water until the beginning of 20th century. You will also learn how Franciscans developed medicine in the oldest functioning pharmacy in Franciscan monastery and walk along side streets towards the Cathedral. As you explore on your walking tour your guide will even show you some Game of Thrones, Robin Hood and Star Wars filming locations. In the Old Town port you will see how modern fleets took over from traditional but still sailing vessels made of wood. Finish your walk on Luza square where you will learn of Rector’s palace, St. Blaise and Sponsa palace. From here you can continue along the main street and have your own adventure. 

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We had an excellent walking tour in Old Town Dubrovnik. The tour guide took the time to share his knowledge of historic facts and stories, which gave us a very good overview of the history of this place. With also nice little anecdotes and details it was a really interesting tour. Highly recommendable!

Ana did an amazing job, she was very personable and knowledgeable about the city and the region. She also gave us great recommendations for places to eat and see. We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend her.

Ivan was amazing. The entire trip was nothing but fun. Elle, the tour guide, was also very knowledgeable and sweet. Overall a great experience

The historic tour with Ivana was great! Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful I would recommend her service without hesitation. Thanks a lot!

Stunning boat and the views! A tad crowded but worth it.