The Adriatic city of Dubrovnik has a picturesque medieval district known as a filming location for the Game of Thrones television series. Dubrovnik shore excursions run the gamut, and include expeditions up and down the Dalmatian Coast, city and wine-tasting tours, and, of course, Game of Thrones-themed tours.
Compact with marble streets and a slew of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Old Town Dubrovnik is easy to see during one day in port. Many shore excursions begin at Pile Gate, one of Old Town’s main entrances dating back to 1537, and continue along the pedestrian Stradun to the city walls. Inside these old walls are incredible churches—including St. Saviour’s and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin—as well as Sponza Palace, a 16th-century Gothic-Renaissance structure that houses the State Archives. The Dubrovnik cable car offers excellent views of the city and coast from atop Mount Srd. Other shore excursions allow visitors to kayak in the Adriatic Sea or check out surrounding coastal towns such as Cavtat. Dubrovnik also serves as a jumping-off point for farther-flung adventures in the Mediterranean.
Things to Know Before You Go
- If you’re exploring Dubrovnik on foot, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for some steep streets.
- The steep, narrow, and often cobblestoned streets make travel by wheelchair or with a stroller difficult.
- To eliminate the hassle of flagging down a taxi or navigating public transport, book a shore excursion that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
How to Get to Dubrovnik from the Dubrovnik Cruise Port
The port in Gruz, a neighborhood about two miles (three kilometers) north of Old Town, is the most common docking spot for arriving cruisers. Otherwise, the ship may dock in the Old Town harbor or anchor in the bay; from there, passengers will be tendered into Old Town. Buses or taxis are available outside both ports.
English is widely spoken in Dubrovnik. The Croatian currency is the kuna; euros are occasionally but not always accepted. Get cash from the Gruz port or the ATMs located around town.