Old Town Tour

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Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour - Small-group city tour led by a local guide!

 

Hey there! Planning on visiting Dubrovnik? Consider taking our ninety-minute walking tour of the Old town to get your bearings, see the main sights and learn the history! It's ideal to start your exploration of our home-town. Read on to see what you can expect from this tour!

WHAT WILL YOU SEE AND DO ON THIS TOUR? 

You will see all the attractions that made you come to Dubrovnik in the first place! Conveniently starting just a few minutes’ walk away from the Stradun, the city’s famous main street, we’ll first take you to the Old harbour and show you the Arsenal, once the main shipyard of the old Dubrovnik Republic and today a cozy restaurant right at the waterfront. You will see the world-famous building of the quarantine, the Lazaretto, before we continue towards the Cathedral, the biggest the and most important church in Dubrovnik.

We’ll take you off the beaten path and as we meander through the streets of Karmen neighborhood to get to the monumental church of St. Ignatius. From there, we’ll walk down the famous Jesuit steps to Gundulić square, which houses the green market in the morning hours. Just around the corner there’s the Rector’s palace, once the seat of the government of the old Dubrovnik Republic and now the city’s main history museum, well worth visiting.

As we continue towards Luža square, the center of the Old town, we’ll show you the elegant Sponza palace, the tall bell tower, the famous Orlando’s column and the imposing church of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. Just a couple of steps off of the main street is the old Jewish street, once the center of a thriving Jewish community and today housing the second-oldest Sephardic synagogue in Europe.

As we stroll along the Stradun, the city’s shining main thoroughfare, we’ll go to Široka street and show you artist Ivo Grbić’s house, known for being completely destroyed during the 1991 attacks on Dubrovnik and beautifully restored after the war. And then, it’s time to show off your football skills!

We will take you to the Za Rokom street, where the youth of Dubrovnik played football back in the 16th century and you too will have to chance to kick the ball around – show us how you dribble, shoot and pass the ball and have fun playing football for a while with your friends, fellow travellers and your tour guide!

Next up is the little corner near the big Onofrio’s fountain from where you’ll see the grandiose Franciscan church and the tiny church of St. Savior next to it. The final part of your tour will take place near Pile gate, the western entrance to the Old town and that is where we’ll wrap up this ninety-minute tour of the Old town!

Your tour guide will make sure to explain the rich history of this beautiful city and also to make you feel a part of it – and they’ll do it through vivid and animated storytelling as well as through their own, personal accounts. We want your tour to be memorable, and we’ll go the extra mile to deliver an entertaining and informative tour, one that will make you want to return to Dubrovnik!

Your guide will share with you interesting stories about great scientists, grumpy poets and playwrights turned revolutionaries. You will hear facts that make up the multi-layered history of Dubrovnik, but also legends and folk tales that add to its mystic charm. Of course, we'll tell you about the everyday life in the Old town and how it really feels to live inside the walls. We'll share with you our local knowledge and make you feel like you've lived here all your life.

We guarantee a personal approach to every guest on our tours and the Old town tour is no exception either – it is the perfect introduction to Dubrovnik, a ninety-minute small-group walking tour designed to leave you with a greater understanding of the complex history of this enchanting city. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want; all of our tour guides are locals of Dubrovnik, born and raised, and will be delighted to offer you advice and helpful recommendations. Our groups are always small as we insist on eight guests per tour guide! 

Itinerary:

  1. Short introduction to the tour at the Arms' square near Ploče gate
  2. Map of the city and the map showing the 1991 war damage
  3. The Old harbour and the Arsenal
  4. Cathedral
  5. Jesuit church
  6. The green market and Gundulić square
  7. The Rector's palace
  8. Statue of Marin Držić
  9. Luža square - Sponza palace, Orlando's column, Saint Blaise church and the bell tower
  10. The old Jewish street
  11. Renaissance football and the church of St. Roch
  12. Onofrio's fountain and St. Savior's church
  13. The last stop - Pile gate park

Highlights:

  • Rector's palace
  • Church of St. Blaise
  • Sponza palace
  • The old Jewish street
  • Onofrio's fountain
  • St. Ignatius' church and the Jesuit steps
  • Dubrovnik Cathedral
  • Football with your tour guide!

Duration: 1.5 hours  

Price: 150 Kn per person ( ~20 EUR / ~17 GBP / ~24 USD)

Meeting point: Ploče gate, see the map for more details.

 

2021 schedule:

Departs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:

                       at 12 noon (January 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021)

                       at 6.30 pm (April 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021)

                       at 5 pm (September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021)

                       at 4 pm (October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021)

                       at 12 noon (November 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021)

                     

The maximum number of guests per group is eight.

Take a look at the COVID-19 safety guidelines

If you like this tour, you might also be interested in our City Walls Tour - if you're passionate about history and the Old town of Dubrovnik, choose our small-group tour of the city walls! It's complementary to our Old Town walking tour but it also provides a deeper insight into the diplomatic and military challenges Dubrovnik was facing while at the same time offering unforgettable views of the iconic red roofs and the Adriatic sea.

Would you like to see the sights online before visiting? Check out the live virtual tour