Old Town Walking Tour
After meeting your professionally trained guide at the entrance to Dubrovnik's Old Town, you will begin your walking tour of this fascinating historical and cultural site.
The Old City, also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, was an important Mediterranean Sea power from the 13th century onwards. Dubrovnik is a remarkably well-preserved example of a late-Medieval walled city with its Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains.
Your tour of the Old City begins at Pile Gate, the gated entrance to this ancient city. Cross the wooden drawbridge that was once pulled up each night in order to protect the city. Upon entrance into the walled city, see Onofrio's Fountain. During the Middle Ages, this fountain provided fresh water from the Dubrovnik River through an aqueduct system. Next on your walking tour of Old Town, see the imposing Baroque architectural features of The Franciscan Monastery. This Monastery also features a garden, museum, and the famous Old Pharmacy. Still in operation after 700 years, The Old Pharmacy is one of the oldest working pharmacies in Europe, and visitor's can peruse the jars, ointments, and poisons that date back to the 15th century.
Your walking tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town continues with a walk up and down both sides of the famous main street, the Stradun. A walk along the Stradun will show you a few of Dubrovnik's Renaissance buildings that survived the earthquake of 1667, and will give you an idea of the city's architectural heritage. Perhaps the finest Renaissance highlight is the Sponza Palace, which dates from the 16th century and is now home to the National Archives. The Rector's Palace is a Gothic-Renaissance structure from the 15th century when it was the seat of the Government and Rector of the Republic. It has finely-carved capitals and ornate decoration, which gives us a glimpse into how the ruling class lived. The St. Saviour Church is another glorious remnant of the Renaissance period.
After your guided tour, you may choose to continue sightseeing on your own on Stradun before making your way back to the ship. Stroll the quaint streets, shop in the many boutiques, enjoy refreshments at a local cafe, or simply sit on a bench and enjoy the sights before heading back to your ship.
Please Note: This tour concludes on the main street, Stradun. Guests must make their way back to the ship on their own.
Reviewer: Marvin Williams
We loved the old city of Dubrovnik. Many streets and shops and the history was amazing. The best views of the city are at the top of the mountain. Take the tram for some wonderful views. Also on top is a small but interesting museum of the recent war that took place there. If a history buff this is a must. The videos really showed what happened. Also, one of the docents actually took place in the battle and some of his pictures adorn the walls.
Really enjoyed this tour. The Guide was informative, thoughtful and friendly. Amazing sites and shops in the Old Town.
Reviewer: Marv Williams
The old town of Dubrovnik was where the Game of Thrones is filmed. A great city to explore with so much history. Take a cable car ride to the top of Srdj Hill for some spectacular views of the city. There is a small but wonderful museum at the top which describes what happened during the war when Yugoslavia broke apart. If you are a history buff, this is a must.
Reviewer: patricia opfer
the tour guide was excelent, enjoyed her. she was totally informed explained in great detail.
A very interesting tour and well worth it. Guide was a native who was able to add a great deal of history and some personal thoughts as she explained the very interesting walled city. We also enjoyed our lunch at one of the local restaurants. One of the best tours of the trip.