16 Outstanding Day Trips from Dubrovnik + 2 Half Day Dubrovnik Excursions

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, and all the other things on your Dubrovnik Bucketlist. So what now? It’s time to check out some of these great day trips from Dubrovnik.

This article covers 16 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! Both Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina are excellent destinations for day trips out of Dubrovnik.

Most of these Dubrovnik day trips in this list come with transportation included (some even pick up from your hotel!) as a small group tour, others could be done as self-drive. I’ve also sifted out the best Dubrovnik day tours that 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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16 Best day trips from Dubrovnik At a Glance

If you’re in a hurry? then here’s the lowdown of the 16 top day trips from Dubrovnik covered in this article. Why not download this list of the best day trips around Dubrovnik straight to your inbox by clicking here.

  • Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls
  • Montenegro
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Split
  • Korcula
  • Hvar
  • Peljesac Wine Tour
  • Elaphite Islands
  • Kolocep Island
  • Odysseus Cave and Islands
  • River Rafting the Tara River
  • Private Speedboat Hire
  • Mljet Island National Park
  • Cooking Class in the country
  • Krka National Park
  • Medjugorje Pilgrimage Site

Plus two bonus half day trips from Dubrovnik.

    • Cavtat (Half-Day Trip)
    • Lokrum Island (Half-Day Trip)

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Independent day trips from Dubrovnik?

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 sometimes, border crossings. The good thing is that if you’re considering self-drive day trips, Dubrovnik is a relatively easy country to drive in, with well-maintained and signposted roads.

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.

So, do you think you’ve seen everything in Dubrovnik yet? Not sure? Then check out this Dubrovnik city guide to see what you’ve missed.

THE BEST DAY TRIPS FROM DUBROVNIK

Day trip to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik

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Mostar

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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. Alternatively, you could book full-day trips from Dubrovnik to Kravice waterfalls to spend a full day here.

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 Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip continues, where your guide will tell you all about the fascinating history of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Most organised day trips from Dubrovnik to Mostar include 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!

Mostar day trips from Dubrovnik always include 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.

Important Note: If you’re doing this Dubrovnik to Bosnia day trip, don’t forget your passport!

This is one of the most popular Dubrovnik day tours, so be sure to book in advance, especially at peak season.

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Kravice Waterfalls

Dubrovnik to Montenegro Day Trip

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Montenegro

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Located just to the south of Croatia, day trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro are a popular choice. The country border is less than one hour from Dubrovnik.

Montenegro day trips from Dubrovnik depart early 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 Kotor 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’

Day trips from Dubrovnik to Kotor come with a knowledgeable guide, and throughout the day 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.

Important Note: If you’re doing this Dubrovnik to Kotor day trip, don’t forget your passport!

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Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes Day Trip

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Note: Although this is doable in a day, it does involve at least 4 hours of driving each way. If it’s just waterfalls you want to see then you might prefer to visit Kravice Waterfalls instead.

However, if  you’re mind is set on visitng this stunning UNESCO listed landmark, that is, Plitvice Lakes, then you’ll be rewarded for the long journey from Dubrovnik with one of Croatia’s most iconic destinations..

This was the first and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and then in 1979 became a UNESCO world heritage site.

The park consists of 16 picturesque lakes which are connected by a series of cascades and waterfalls. The waters of the lakes are enchanting coloured bright blue, greens and azure depending on the minerals in each of the lakes. You cannot swim in the lakes, but the 8km of pathways and wooden walkways over the water makes it possible to view the lakes and waterfalls up close.

Surrounding the lakes are dense forests, the park covers an area of 29,482 hectares and is home to deer, wild board, a plethora of birds as well as wolves and bears, although they tend to steer clear of tourists.

view of plitvice lakes from above, looking down on waterfalls and the boardward at the UNESCO listed site in Croatia. You can visit the lakes on a day trip from Dubrovnik
Boardwaalk through the Plitvice Lakes

Dubrovnik to Split Day Trip

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Split

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The pretty city of Split offers some of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in the region. There are numerous day trips from Dubrovnik to Split offering full-day tours, all setting off early.

The beautiful city of Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and the main cultural centre in the region of Dalmatia.

Although there are numerous places of interest, be sure to visit the infamous 1700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace. Other places to add to your Split bucket list are the Peristil (also known as the emperor’s square), the Mestrovic Gallery, Split Cathedral and the bell tower of St. Duje.

Similar to Dubrovnik, Split historical centre is filled with picturesque and narrow passages. After you’ve finished exploring the centre, head to the waterfront to walk along the Riva.

Ston and Korčula Tour and Tastings Day Trip From Dubrovnik

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Korcula

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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 if you have time, be sure to taste some of the local wine and cheeses 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 as well as a visit a winery to sample local wines and brandies.

Find out more about tasting day trip to Ston from Dubrovnik here.

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Ston and Korkula Day Trip

Dubrovnik to Hvar Island Day Trip

The view over Hvar from the citadel. looking out over the ocean with a hazy blue sky and small islands in the background
Hvar

Note: Although this is doable in a day, it does involve hiring a car or a private driver, and at least 4 hours of driving each way plus a ferry connection. If it’s just a beautiful island tour you’re after, then you might prefer to visit Elaphite Islands instead.

However, if your mind is set on visiting Hvar, and you’re after a bit of glam, then you’ll love this destination. Because of its distance, you’ll struggle to find organised day trips from Dubrovnik to Hvar. It’s a loooonnng way BUT it is doable if you have your own car and plan the ferry crossings (if you have the time, make this into a two-day trip and stay overnight on the island).  Use Omio App to find the best prices on transfers.

This is a great destination if you’re after some luxury. During the summer months, the Hvar marina fills with yachts. The restaurants and bars surrounding the area become a bustling hub of glamour as well as Hula Hula Beach in Hvar which boasts a lively nightlife.

If you do choose to stay overnight, then you’ll also have time to take one of the local ferries over to the Pakleni Islands, located just offshore. On these islands, you’ll find some of Croatia’s most secluded beaches.

Full-Day Peljesac Wine Tour from Dubrovnik

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Wine Tasting in Peljesac

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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 air-conditioned minivan, sampling some of the best locally produced wines.

Wine tasting day trips in Dubrovnik province are also a great option if you don’t want to spend hours of the day travelling somewhere. The Peljesac peninsula and Dingac is one of Croatia’s best wine-producing regions.

The ancient Greeks started growing 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. Find out more about the Peljesac Wine Tour day trips in Dubrovnik, Croatia here.

Elaphiti Islands Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Church on an island surrounded by trees. surrounded by the blue sea and blue skies. The Elefiti islands are an easy day trip from Dubrovnik.
Elephiti Island Tour

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If you’re after a relaxing day tour from Dubrovnik, then island-hopping around the Elafiti islands will be right up your streak. This is one of the top day trips from Dubrovnik.
Most day trips from Dubrovnik to islands include all your transportation. 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 doable on day boat trips in 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, where 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. This is one of the best island day trips from Dubrovnik.

Cliff and Kayak Tour Around Kolocep Island

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Kolocep Island

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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 not only beautiful to kayak around, but also, covered in hiking trails and footpaths.

Your guide will show you various hidden places and coves on the island, as well as some great swimming spots and if you’re feeling brave, top cliff jumping opportunities, all of them away from the crowded beaches.

Odysseus Cave and 5 Islands Snorkel & Speedboat Tour

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Bilue Cave

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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 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. This full-day multi-island day trips from Dubrovnik is perfect for seeing a lot in a short space of time.

Find out more about day boat trips from Dubrovnik to Odysseus Cave and 5 Islands Snorkel and Speedboat Tour here.

Full-Day River Tara Rafting in Montenegro from Dubrovnik

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Tara River Canyon

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If you’re looking for adventure sport during your time in Croatia, day trips from Dubrovnik include a full day of rafting on the River Tara Gorge in Montenegro.

This full-day excursion starts early and heads towards the banks of the picturesque River Tara. The River Tara passes through Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, it even forms the border between the countries at some points!

The Tara River Gorge itself is the longest canyon in Europe and only second in the world to the Grand Canyon! it stretches for 78 kilometres. The river also flows through the Durmitor National Park and has UNESCO World Heritage status. The river meanders through waterfalls, canyons and springs and you’ll get a chance to stop to swim. This truly is an action-packed one day trip from Dubrovnik.

During the day you’ll raft for approximately 25 kilometres. Transportation, qualified guides, food and equipment are all included in this adventurous day trip from Dubrovnik.

Private Speedboat Cruise to Mljet from Dubrovnik

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Don’t want to be stuck on a boat with a ton of other people? Then why not hire a speedboat for an exclusive tour.

Mljet Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, featuring hidden bays and crystal clear waters.

Your personal skipper can help you to plan one of the best boat day trips from Dubrovnik. You could opt to get out and walk around the stunning Mljet National Park with its sea lakes and 12th-century Benedictine monastery.

The park is only accessible by boat, so it’s a great place to get away from the bustle of the city. Alternatively, you could explore the mythical coves, which the Greek hero, Odysseus, is said to have been lured to.

Whatever you opt for, this is one of the most relaxing and beautiful day trips to islands from Dubrovnik.

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National Park Mljet Island Day Trip from Dubrovnik

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Benedictine Monastery on St Mary's Island

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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

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Croatian Cooking Class

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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.

Typically, you’ll learn how to make Dalmatian “peka” (which is lamb or veal baked under an iron bell) as well as “menestra” (a cabbage and potato stew). You’ll also get to try your hand at creating Dalmatian style bread.

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.

Remember to state any dietary requirements before taking part.

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Day trips to Krka National Park from Dubrovnik

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If chasing waterfalls is your thing, then it’s certainly worthwhile checking out the 17 waterfalls at Krka National Park.

Depart from Dubrovnik and head to the natural wonders at Krka National Park which is home to 17 different waterfalls. During the drive, your guide and personal driver will tell you stories about the 2000 years of turbulent history in this region.

At Krka National Park, you will explore on foot. Your guide will come with you, answering all of your questions as well as giving you insider knowledge and showing you the most scenic places. Don’t miss the medieval Franciscan monastery which dates back to the 14th-century, located in the middle of Lake Visovac.

Look out for Skradinski Buk, the park’s largest waterfall. Other stunning cascades are the stunning Krčić, Roški, and Risnjak waterfalls. You’ll also have plenty of free time to swim in the lakes and rivers, as well as walking the trails and discovering some of the quaint and historical mill cottages.

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Day trips from Dubrovnik to Medjugorje & Apparition Hill

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If you enjoy visiting religious sites, then it’s worthwhile checking out day trips from Dubrovnik to Bosnia & Herzegovina and to the town of Medjugorje.

It’s become a Catholic pilgrimage destination. This is because, in 1981, six local children claimed they had seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since then it’s become Europe’s third most important apparition site attracting over 1 million visitors per year who visit Apparition Hill.

If you time your visit, you’ll also be able to attend a church service here before exploring the town of Međugorje

Remember to take your passport on this tour.

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Half-day trips from Dubrovnik

If you don’t have time during your Dubrovnik itinerary to take a full day trip, but you still want to explore places in the local area, then two great options are Cavtat and Lokrum Island.

Cavtat

Located 18km south of Dubrovnik, this cute little fishing town is accessible by boat, taxi or bus. Historically, Cavtat started as a fishing village, and it still holds on to some of that charm. If the crowds in Dubrovnik become too much, this is a great place to escape and enjoy a much more relaxed vibe.

Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island is a beautiful Nature Reserve just off the coast of Dubrovnik; you can see Lokrum island from Dubrovnik, it’s a 15-minute boat ride away.

Although you could easily whittle away a day on the beaches here (there’s even a nudist beach!) other places of interest here are the botanical gardens, Fort Royal and the Benedictine Monastery.

FAQ & Travel Tips on Day trips from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Is Dubrovnik well connected to travel independently?

Yes. If you don’t want to go as part of an organised tour, then most destinations in this list are accessible by public transport. True, you might be able to do it cheaper by booking your travel independently, but if you only have one day to do an excursion, it’s often worth paying for someone to do the organising and driving for you.

A great place to look for the best transportation deals and options is on Omio.

Is it safe to self-drive in the Balkan states?

On the whole, the Balkans are safe to drive in. Roads to the main tourist attractions are generally well maintained. If you hire a car to self-drive then make sure you’ve read up about the local health and safety guidance, as well as making sure your car insurance policy covers you for taking a vehicle across borders..

Can you suggest some easy day trips from Dubrovnik?

Yes, ones which don’t involve a lot of time spent travelling are by far the easiest. Two great options for this are the traditional Croatian cooking class or full day the wine tour around Peljesac.

What are the best Dubrovnik island trips?

Basically, they are all stunning! Whichever one you choose from this list, you’ll be sure to find beautiful, blue seas and secluded coves. It basically depends on the extra activities you want to do, such as explore national parks or just relax on the beach. But in short, the Elephite Islands or Mljet National Park won’t dissapoint.

Can I do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Venice?

In short. No. If you were desperate to go, you could catch a flight direct to Venice from Dubrovnik. Alternatively, if you have the time, you could go by ferry. Ferries depart several times a week, however, this can take over 20 hours and doesn’t go direct.

Check on Omio app. It will give you the best travel deals for trains, bus, flights and ferry.

Is it possible to do day trips from Dubrovnik to Albania?

Well, you could. If you wanted to drive over 300km each way. You’ll be hard pushed to find any day trips to Albania from Dubrovnik. Realistically, visiting Albania from Dubrovnik is a bit over-ambitious for a day trip. However, this would make a great part of a Balkans road trip itinerary.

Final Notes on the best day trips; Dubrovnik & Beyond

So which of these Dubrovnik trips are you excited about the most? There are so many great options. You can download the quick guide for these Dubrovnik day trips here.

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16 Outstanding Day Trips from Dubrovnik + 2 Half Day Dubrovnik Excursions 3

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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