So, you’ve explored the UNESCO listed Old Town of Dubrovnik, walked the Medieval city walls, hiked up (ahem….took the cable car up) Srd Hill and swanned about on Lokrum Island for a bit. So what now? It’s time to check out some of these great day trips from Dubrovnik.
This article covers 10 of the best tours from Dubrovnik and includes something for all travel styles including tours for adventurous types, foodies, Dubrovnik island tours, and ancient cities for the history and culture vultures.
Because of its location, it’s easy to do day excursions from Dubrovnik into different countries in the Balkans! Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina are all in close proximity.
All of the tours from Dubrovnik in this list come with transportation (most even pick up from your hotel!) as well as a guide to make sure you get the most out of your trip. I’ve also sifted out the best tours which come with a cancellation policy of up to 24hours before departure.
So, go grab a brew or your favourite tipple, and let’s find out about some of the top tours from Dubrovnik.
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If you’re confident at trip planning and driving abroad, then a lot of these Dubrovnik day trips are perfect to self-drive (although if you’re doing the wine tour, then obvs don’t drive!)
Although you get the freedom of working to your own schedule, you’re also going to have to deal with navigating, parking and then border crossings. If you’re only staying in Dubrovnik for a few days, then it’s probably not worth the hassle of hiring a car, just stick to doing organised tours from Dubrovnik instead.
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THE BEST DAY TRIPS FROM DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik to Mostar Day Trip + Kravice Waterfalls
One of the most popular day tours from Dubrovnik is to the beautiful city of Mostar in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Your day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar starts early as you head straight to the crystal-clear waters of the Trebizat River and Kravice waterfalls. The waterfalls are a natural beauty spot and now protected area, surrounded by nature and untouched greenery. Don’t forget your swimsuit, because you can swim in these waterfalls too.
After visiting the waterfalls, your tour will continue to Mostar where your guide will tell you all about the fascinating history of Bosnia and Herzegovina. When you arrive you’ll have a guided tour of the picturesque city which straddles the Neretva River. This includes the most iconic bridge in the Balkans, the Stari Most (Old Bridge).
The original medieval arched bridge was destroyed during the Balkans war but since has been painstakingly reconstructed and is what you will see standing today. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you can even jump off the bridge!
You’ll have plenty of time to explore the city by yourself where you could wander the pretty cobbled streets, visit the many museums or just relax by the river taking in the local vibe. If you’re doing this Dubrovnik to Bosnia day trip, don’t forget your passport!
Dubrovnik to Montenegro Day Trip
Located just to the south of Croatia, a Montenegro trip from Dubrovnik is a great option. The country border is less than one hour from Dubrovnik.
Overview: The tour departs Dubrovnik in the morning stopping at viewpoints to get a different perspective of the city. You’ll carry on travelling south through the photogenic regions of Župa Dubrovačka and the Konavle until you get to the border crossing to Montenegro.
The journey takes you past Boka Kotorska Bay and onto your first stop at the picturesque coastal town of Perast. From here you can even opt to take a short boat trip over to the quaintly named ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’
Throughout the day your guide will tell you about Montenegro’s history and legends. In the town of Kotor, after the tour, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore by yourself and take in the iconic landmarks.
The final destination is Budva, with its cobbled old town and clean sandy beaches to relax on. Your guide will show you all the best bits before leaving you with time to enjoy the tranquillity. If you’re doing this Dubrovnik to Kotor day trip, don’t forget your passport!
Ston and Korčula Tour and Tastings Day Trip From Dubrovnik
If you’re looking for a great excursion from Dubrovnik and you want to try some authentic food and drink, then this is the perfect option.
This tour starts with a visit to the medieval town of Ston which is famous for its 5-kilometre city wall, oysters and salt ponds which still to this day, produce salt the traditional way. From here, head on to Potomje to taste local wine and cheese before catching the ferry from the port at Orebić and sail to the island of Korčula. The birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo.
Once on Korčula, you’ll have a tour of the island and find out fascinating facts about the importance of Marco Polo. Did you know at the age of 17 he visited China and on his return, introduced Europe to civilized ways of life he discovered out there? He also discovered paper money and how to use oil as energy.
This Dubrovnik to Korcula day trip also gives you free time to do some exploring of the island on your own. After visiting the island, it’s time to start heading back via Prapratno where you’ll get to sample clams and local wine before the return journey to Dubrovnik.
Full-Day Peljesac Wine Tour from Dubrovnik
For wine lovers, this has to be one of the top Dubrovnik day trips. You’ll be driven around the Pelješac peninsula in a comfortable airconditioned minivan, sampling some of the best locally produced wines.
The Pelješac peninsula and Dingac is one of Croatia’s best wine-producing regions. The ancient Greeks started growing of grapes here over 4,000 years ago.
The tour meanders through the stunning peninsula, with hillsides and fields filled with vineyards. This is a great insight into local and traditional life compared to that in Dubrovnik. You’ll get to visit three different wine cellars on this tour, sampling several wines at each of them. These cellars have been chosen for the tour because they serve some of the finest wines in the country.
As part of this tour, you’ll also get to visit the town of Ston, which is known for salt and oyster production.
Elaphite Islands Day Trip from Dubrovnik
If you’re after a relaxing day tour from Dubrovnik, then island-hopping around the Elaphiti islands will be right up your streak. This is one of the top day trips from Dubrovnik.
You’ll get picked up from your hotel and driven to the port of Gruž where you’ll pick up your boat. You’ll be visiting the three islands that make up the Elaphiti islands; these are Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan, all just a short sail from Dubrovnik.
The first island you’ll stop at is Koločep. This island is the summer residence of the nobility of Republic Ragusa, and you can see why! You’ll have plenty of time to wander about and explore the medieval history of Koločep island before moving on to your next stop.
The next stop is Sipan island, here you can choose to relax or follow the walking trail around the island to work up your appetite for lunch. Lunch is served on the boat, you’ll have a choice of three menus; fish, meat or vegetarian.
The final stop for the island hopping tour is the island of Lopud. Here you’ll have the option to swim or sunbathe on the sandy Šunj Beach. beach before sailing back to Dubrovnik in the late afternoon.
Odysseus Cave and 5 Islands Snorkel & Speedboat Tour
If you’re looking for more adventurous trips from Dubrovnik, then combining a speedboat tour, with caves and snorkelling will right up your street. On this tour, you’ll also get to visit some of the places near Dubrovnik where there are the quieter beaches.
This day tour consists of zipping between various islands and coves stopping in a speedboat, stopping off at hidden bays and caves to snorkel and swim. You could, of course, spend the time relaxing on the nearby beaches, but with the crystal clear water looking so inviting, it would be rude not to go in.
You’ll get to visit the Odysseus Cave, which boasts pristine blue water, perfect for snorkelling and trying to spot fish and other sea life. From here, you’ll head to Blace Beach. The sand here is a unique colour, some say it resembles the surface of the moon!
You’ll then stop off at Šipan island, one of the Elaphiti Islands, where you could explore the town, although it does have a pretty divine sandy beach and clear blue waters for more snorkelling. This is also where you will have lunch.
From here, you’ll head back to the speedboat and head towards the Blue Cave of Kolocep Island. This stunning cave is filled with crystal clear azure waters. No one can resist a swim and snorkel here. After some time at the cave, you’ll head back towards Dubrovnik with a panoramic view of the sun setting over the city, greeting you as you return to land.
Full-Day River Tara Rafting in Montenegro from Dubrovnik
One of the most action-packed Dubrovnik day tours is to head off to Montenegro for a river rafting experience on the River Tara, and the longest canyon in Europe, the Tara River Gorge!
Departing Dubrovnik early in the morning, you head straight to the rafting camp located on the banks of the River Tara. Because it’s such an early start, you’ll have a local breakfast before your briefing. Then head to the start of the rafting course.
The River Tara runs through both Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, which sometimes forms the border between the two countries. Along the course of the river, you’ll see waterfalls and wild springs, where you’ll get to stop for photos and swimming.
In total, you’ll be rafting long 25 kilometres of the River Tara when you’ll eventually finish up at the rafting centre.
There are hot showers on site to freshen up before a being served a local lunch. You’ll have time to relax and enjoy the stunning vires of the river below before having to head back to Dubrovnik in the late afternoon.
Hiking & Swimming on Kolocep Island
If you’re looking to escape the bustle and crowds of Dubrovnik and get out into nature, then this tour is for you. This beautiful green island provides a great location to get out into nature. The smell of the Adriatic plants is remarkable as you breathe in the aromatic air.
Kolocep Island is the southernmost inhabited island in Croatia. This is one of the best day trips from Dubrovnik to if you’re desperate for some tranquillity and something a little bit different. The island is covered in hiking trails and footpaths.
The hike lasts for about 3 hours, where your guide will point out various hidden places on the island, some great swimming spots and if you’re feeling brave, top cliff jumping opportunities, all of them away from the crowded beaches.
National Park Mljet Island Day Trip from Dubrovnik
The Dubrovnik to Mljet day trip is the most efficient way to see the National Park. The (creatively named) Big and Small Lake as well as the beautiful Benedictine Monastery on St Mary’s Island are popular attractions here.
Your day starts at the port of Gruz where you’ll take a catamaran over to the Island of Mljet. You’ll then drive to Pristanište before starting your guided hike in the National Park. This is followed by a short boat ride over to the island of St Mary to visit the Benedictine Monastery.
After lunch, you’ll have time to explore the island on your own, walk some of the trails, relax or swim in the cooling water before heading back to Dubrovnik.
Traditional Dalmatian Cooking Class from Dubrovnik
If you’ve been in Croatia for even just a short time, one thing you’ll already know is that Croatian food is delicious! Fragrant fruits, fresh produce and wholesome food. One of the best things to do near Dubrovnik if you’re a foodie is to take part in a cooking class.
You’ll spend the day in a beautiful rural estate in the Dalmatian countryside learning the secrets on how to recreate delicious and authentic Croatian dishes.
Enjoy a welcome drink as your instructor talks you through the day before you get set up and equipped for a full day of cooking. What you cook will vary depending on the season and which produce is available from the household garden. Although you might not know exactly what you’ll be cooking too far in advance, you can rest assured that it’s going to be delicious.
Naturally, after all that cooking, the best part. You’ll get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour as you feast on everything you’ve created during the session, all over a glass of locally produced Croatian wine.
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