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Dubrovnik Walking Tours: Types and Tips

Dubrovnik walking tours are a popular and accessible way to discover the city, particularly for first time visitors. This article will take you through some of the most popular and highly rated tours available, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally booking one that doesn’t meet your needs! Keep reading to discover the types of tours out there, plus prices, tour lengths and accessibility!

For more information on the city of Dubrovnik, check out our article Dubrovnik Uncovered: Exploring the Pearl of the Adriatic, or our article Unlocking Croatia’s Treasures: Discover the Top Reasons to Visit for more information on Croatia.

Things to consider when researching and booking Dubrovnik walking tours

There are multiple things to keep in mind when researching and booking Dubrovnik walking tours. Consider the following:

  • Tour length: Tours range from an hour walking around the Old Town to full day tours. If you want to book other activities on the same day, plan accordingly so they don’t overlap. Also think about how long you can comfortably stay on your feet, and make sure you bring comfortable shoes.
  • Pricing: There are a range of Dubrovnik walking tours to meet all budgets. From free audio tours to private tours with your own guide, you’ll definitely find something to meet your needs.
  • Time of year: Dubrovnik can get quite hot during summer, with temperatures reaching 30° Celsius. On the flipside, temperatures can dip to 0° Celsius over winter, with bitter winds coming in from the sea. The best time to book a walking tour is during the shoulder seasons (April-June or September-October). The city will also be less crowded so you’ll be better able to communicate with your guide.
  • Accessibility: If you struggle to walk on cobblestones or use a wheelchair, the Old Town may be a challenge. If you have additional needs, make sure to check before booking with the tour company what, if any, adjustments they can make to ensure that tours are comfortable and accessible for you.
  • Tour Focus: Dubrovnik is a culturally rich destination, and as such there are a variety of tours available. Consider what will be most interesting about themed tours, or if a tour featuring overlapping areas of interest would be more suitable.

Types of Dubrovnik walking tours

City Walls Tours

City Walls tours are great for learning about the role the walls played in Dubrovnik’s history, and are a great way to begin your exploration of Dubrovnik’s iconic Old Town. Most tours should include your entrance tickets to the walls- double check when booking so that you don’t get a nasty surprise when you have to pay on the day.

Dubrovnik City Walls Walking Tour

With prices starting at £53.34 per person, this three hour tour includes entry to the City Walls. It starts at Pile Square by the Amerling Fountain, where the tour guide will lead you to the City Walls entrance. The tour includes sights such as Minčeta Fortress, St. John’s Fortress, Bokar Fortress and the Maritime Museum.

Private Tour: Dubrovnik City Walls Walking Tour (Tickets included)

This three hour tour includes City Walls tickets, so you won’t have to worry about queueing up to buy them. The tour is also private, so you won’t have to share your guide with other visitors and you’ll be able to go at your own pace. For this reason, the tour is particularly well-suited to families or anyone who may need to go a little slower for mobility reasons. Tickets start at £86.02 per person (remember that includes City Walls entry).

Old Town tours

The Old Town is a favourite amongst visitors to Dubrovnik, and rightly so. Within its walls are many iconic landmarks and famous sites, including Onofrio’s Fountain, the Franciscan Church and Monastery, Rector’s Palace and St. Blaise’s Church.

Old Town tours are best to take at the beginning of your trip to Dubrovnik, as you’ll gain lots of useful information about the city from your guide. This way, if you haven’t planned many activities in advance, you’ll get a better idea of museums and other places of interest you may want to visit, as well as some recommendations.

Old Town Walking Tour

This guided tour, with prices starting at a very reasonable £17.20 per person, lasts ninety minutes and takes in all the classic sites and landmarks. Tours take place daily, no matter the weather.

Old Town Evening Walking Tour

Lasting ninety minutes and with prices starting at £31.38 per person, this walking tour shows visitors the Dubrovnik Old Town at night. See all the same landmarks as you would on a day time tour, with the added bonus of getting to see the city wind down and then light up for the evening.

Game of Thrones tours

Game of Thrones tours are a great way for fans of the hit series to explore the city. Many scenes were filmed in Dubrovnik and feature some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. These include Fort Lovrijenac, which served as the imposing Red Keep in King’s Landing, and the Jesuit Stairs, also known as the Great Sept of Baelor, the location of Cersei’s Walk of Shame.

Tours often start in the Old Town before moving on to filming locations outside of the city centre. It’s a good idea to research tours before booking- this way, you’ll be able to pick the ones which include any specific filming locations you wish to visit.

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Tour

Lasting two hours, this very reasonably priced tour (with prices starting at £21.51 per person) includes all the top filming locations around Dubrovnik’s Old Town. There is also a photo opportunity at a replica Iron Throne (although the tour below features the real thing).

Useful to know: The tour doesn’t include entry to the St. Lawrence Fortress. You can pay during the tour or use your Dubrovnik City Pass.

Lokrum Island Game of Thrones Tour

This tour starts with the filming locations of King’s Landing, taking in all the iconic sights, and ends on the island of Lokrum. Lokrum served as the setting of Qarth in season two, and is now home to the original Iron Throne, which was donated by HBO. The tour lasts three hours, with prices starting at £30.11 per person.

Lokrum is only fifteen minutes from Dubrovnik, with ferries every thirty minutes during peak season. It is a great place to end the tour, offering opportunities for hiking and water activities as well as restaurants, cafes and bars. We recommend taking the tour in the morning and spending the rest of the day exploring the island.

Useful to know: The tour doesn’t include entry tickets for the Lovrijenac Fortress or ferry tickets to Lokrum. You’ll have to pay for these separately.

History tours

History tours are a great way to learn about Dubrovnik’s storied past. Local, knowledgeable guides are usually the best people to ask about the city’s recent history, and they’ll also be able to give you insider tips on off the beaten track historic sites and museums.

Walls and Wars Walking Tour

This two hour tour focuses on the people as well as the fortifications that have protected Dubrovnik’s safety and prosperity over the past 1400 years. Guides are licensed by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism and are highly knowledgeable. Prices start at £21.70 per person.

Useful to know: This tour doesn’t include City Walls tickets, so you’ll have to buy these during the tour when you reach the entrance. You can also buy them in advance, or use your Dubrovnik City Pass.

City Walls & Military History Small-Group Tour

Starting at Revelin Fortress, this two hour tour with a local guide focuses on military history. Learn about maritime and trading activities, Dubrovnik’s relationship with the Ottoman Empire, and the role of the City Walls in defending against enemy attacks. Prices start at £30.99 per person.

Useful to know: As with the previous tour on this list, this tour doesn’t include City Walls tickets. You can buy them in advance, during the tour when you reach the entrance, or use your Dubrovnik City Pass.

Sunset tours

Sunset tours are great for a number of reasons. Firstly, these Dubrovnik walking tours are usually slightly less crowded due to the time of day, even at the height of summer. Secondly, sunset tours are cooler during the summer season, so you’ll be more comfortable. Thirdly, sunset tours are excellent for photography enthusiasts, particularly if your tour includes the City Walls; you have the Adriatic on one side, and the Old Town on the other.

City Walls Sunset Guided Tour

Starting at Amerling Fountain right outside Pile Gate, this two hour tour starts at 6pm local time. Prices start at £21.70 per person.

Useful to know: This is another tour that doesn’t include City Walls tickets. You can buy them in advance, during the tour when you reach the entrance, or use your Dubrovnik City Pass.

Private Sunset Panorama

This private tour includes hotel or apartment pick-up and takes you on a ninety minute journey. You’ll stop by Dubrovnik Bridge before heading up Srđ Mountain for views of the sun setting over the city and the Elaphiti Islands. Prices start at £34.41 per person.

Combo tours

Combo tours are great for booking multiple activities at once without the hassle of dealing with separate tour providers and possible scheduling conflicts. They also usually mean you’ll save money on booking things separately.

Old Town & City Walls Guided Tours Combo

Starting at £36.99 per person, this booking options is for two separate tours. You’ll have to pay for entry to the City Walls separately, but you get a discount if you book the tours together. The first ninety minute tour takes you through the Old Town, while the second two hour tour takes you along the City Walls. Both tours run daily; check with the tour operator for details on scheduling.

Sea Kayaking & Game of Thrones Combo Ticket

This four hour tour combines a walking tour of popular Game of Thrones filming locations with a kayaking tour. With prices starting at £49.89 per person, it’s a great option for booking two activities at once.

Useful to know: If you don’t have a Dubrovnik Pass, you’ll need to pay separately for entry to the Fort of St. Lawrence. Additionally, the kayaking part of the tour is subject to weather conditions, although you should be fine if booking during summer.

General tips for visiting Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a great city to visit, but it’s important to keep in mind a few things before jetting off to explore. Firstly, the city gets very busy during peak tourist season (June- August) so it’s pivotal that you book accommodation in advance.

You should also try to book activities in advance. As well as the tours listed above, Get Your Guide offers numerous other activities and day trips. Popular activities include water sports like kayaking and snorkelling, as well as boat excursions to Mljet National Park and the Elaphiti Islands. Popular day trips include the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro and Mostar and Kravice Falls in Bosnia.

With regards to getting around, you can easily explore the Old Town on foot. If you’d prefer to explore the city and its surrounding areas independently, check out Discover Cars and Qeeq for car rental options. If you don’t drive or aren’t confident driving abroad, use Trainline for booking public transport or Get Transfer to book a private driver.

Dubrovnik is a well-connected city and easy to reach. You can fly to Dubrovnik Airport from most airports in Europe, and if you’re travelling internationally, you can get connecting flights in European capitals such as London, Paris and Berlin. You can also fly into Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and reach Dubrovnik by road.

As well as booking your trip to Dubrovnik independently, you can book an extended tour of Croatia. G Adventures and Tours4fun both offer organised group tours of Croatia and the wider Balkan region. Popular stops include Split and Zadar, as well as neighbouring countries such as Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro.

Finally, Dubrovnik is generally safe, but it’s important to keep an eye on your belongings as pickpocketing is common.

If you require emergency assistance in Dubrovnik, dial 112 to contact emergency services.

Conclusion

Dubrovnik is a fascinating city, and walking tours are a great way to explore, whether you have limited time or are on an extended trip. Hopefully this article has inspired you to start planning your trip, or has helped you select the right tour if you’re already in Dubrovnik.

CTA: Let us know in the comments which tour (or tours) you’d like to take on a trip to Dubrovnik!

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