Best Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik has a privileged location facing the Adriatic Sea, which will allow you to access the neighboring cities and countries with great ease. Here is a list of excursions not to be missed.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Best Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Botes en el mar azul |©Luca Sartoni

The walled town of Dubrovnikis rich in history, architecture and nature. However, during your stay you can also take the time to explore the surrounding area: islands, national parks and cities, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

So incorporate some excursions into your itinerary of the best things to do in Dubrovnik. For example, visit Lokrum Island to see the places that served as locations for Games of Thrones, take a cruise through the Blue Cave and stop in the open sea to snorkel, join a wine tasting on the Peljesac peninsula, among others.

1. Visit Lokrum Island from Dubrovnik and see some of the locations of Games of Thrones

Lokrum, Croatia|©Csaba&Bea @ Our Wanders
Lokrum, Croatia|©Csaba&Bea @ Our Wanders

Lokrum Island turns out to be a good destination for those who want to enjoy a privileged natural space, away from the hustle and bustle of the walled city. Moreover, this place has become very popular because it is one of the destinations included in the best Game of Thrones tours in Dubrovnik.

For this excursion, you will travel from the Dubrovnik Old City Port to Lokrum Island. This is a sea tour of approximately 15 minutes, where you will enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.

Upon arrival, you will visit the Benedictine Monastery Ruins which, during the second season, gave life to the city of Qarth. There, Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Mother of Dragons, took refuge. You can also sit on the original Iron Throne, given to the island after the end of Game of Thrones.

After this Games of Thrones tour of Lokrum Island in Dubrovnik, you can discover all the places hidden in this historic place. For example, the Botanical Garden with more than 500 different species of trees and plants, the Fort Royal, among others.

Interesting details

  • Price: the cost of this activity starts at 32€ per person.
  • Duration: the excursion usually lasts approximately three hours.
  • Means of transportation: ferry.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to visit the place visited by Mother Dragons in the second season of Games of Thrones and sit on the original Iron Throne.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the entrance fee to the visited attractions is not included in the price of the excursion.

Book a Games of Thrones tour of Lokrum Island in Dubrovnik

2. Take an excursion to the Montenegro Coast from Dubrovnik.

Croatia & Montenegro|©Thomas Pitrou
Croatia & Montenegro|©Thomas Pitrou

Embarking on a guided city tour to Montenegro is an experience you won't regret. You will be able to contemplate a series of incredible landscapes and natural spaces. Without a doubt, this is an activity that you can incorporate into your 1-day Dubrovnik itinerary.

The adventure begins with a drive of just over three hours from Dubrovnik to Montenegro. Upon arrival at the destination, you will be accompanied by a guide who will take you to the most outstanding places, while telling you the history of each one of them.

Some of the places to visit on this excursion to Montenegro from Dubrovnik include the following:

  • The city of Koto, whose old town was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In this town, located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, you will see the Clock Tower, the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, among other architectural works.
  • The Zupa Dubrovacka and Konavle Valleys, with beautiful hills and olive and grape fields.
  • The city of Budva, where you will find some beaches for sunbathing or water sports. Also, Venetian architecture prevails in the place.

Interesting details

  • Price: the price of the experience is approximately 62€ per person.
  • Duration: the excursion has a maximum duration of 12 hours.
  • Means of transport: minibus.
  • Advantages of this option: you will cross the border from Croatia to Montenegro to enjoy beautiful natural areas and architectural monuments of great historical value.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the activity does not usually include meals or drinks.

Book an excursion to Montenegro from Dubrovnik

3. Take a roundtrip tour to Mljet National Park from Dubrovnik.

Mljet lake|©cyrusoxford
Mljet lake|©cyrusoxford

Whether you are in Dubrovnik in December, mid-year or January, you should know that any time is a good time to visit Mljet National Park. Take a guided tour of this natural lung and see its vegetation, lakes, beaches, grottoes and much more.

You will sail across the Adriatic Sea to Mljet National Park on one of the best boat tours in and around Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, you will be amazed with the scenic beauty of the place and you will start the ride together with the guide.

Among the main destinations to visit are the following:

  • The island of Sveta Marija in Lake Veliko. There, you will see a Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century.

  • Lake Malo Jezero, which is connected to Lake Veliko by a narrow channel.

  • The Cave of Ulysses, where, according to legend, Nymph Calypso held Ulysses for many years.

  • Blace beach on the island of Mljet, with its particular crescent shape and turquoise waters.

To continue this excursion to Mljet National Park and 3 islands from Dubrovnik, you will make a couple more stops:

  • Lopud Island, with a white sandy beach, a 15th century Spanish fortress, among other historical sites.
  • Kolocep island, with rocky coves, olive groves and trails. Also, bars and restaurants.

Details of interest

  • Price: the value of the excursion is around 123€ per person.
  • Duration: generally, the experience lasts about 10 hours.
  • Means of transportation: boat and minibus.
  • Advantages of this option: the activity usually includes transfer to and from the hotel.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the excursion is not recommended for people with limited mobility.

Book an excursion to Mljet National Park and 3 islands from Dubrovnik

4. Be part of an excursion to the Elafiti archipelago from Dubrovnik and visit the Blue Cave

Elafiti Islands, Croatia|©alison williams
Elafiti Islands, Croatia|©alison williams

During your stay of 2 days or more in Dubrovnik, you can take part in a guided river excursion in the Elafiti archipelago. There, you will visit the Blue Cave, belonging to the island of Kolocep. You will enjoy the scenery and dive into the waters of this impressive natural area.

You will set sail from Dubrovnik's Old Port accompanied by a guide and the captain in charge of the boat. Once on deck and while arriving at the Blue Cave, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the panorama, take pictures and relax while the sea breeze brushes your face.

Upon arrival at the Blue Cave in Kolocep, you will be amazed by the turquoise blue hue of its waters. During this type of experience you will have the opportunity to put on safety equipment and have the guide teach you basic snorkeling techniques to explore the picturesque marine life.

After the Blue Cave tour from Dubrovnik, you will go to Sunj beach, where you will have free time to enjoy the crystal clear waters. You can surely have a cocktail in one of the bars before heading back to the city to continue with the best activities in Dubrovnik.

Interesting details

  • Price: the average price of the activity starts at 63€ per person.
  • Duration: the tour usually lasts about four hours.
  • Means of transport: boat.
  • Advantages of this option: you will enjoy some drinks and snacks on board the boat.
  • Disadvantages of this option: usually, the transfer to and from the hotel is not included.

Book a tour to the Blue Cave from Dubrovnik

5. Take a trip to Kravica Natural Park and the city of Mostar from Dubrovnik

Kravica waterfalls|©Zrinka Lovric
Kravica waterfalls|©Zrinka Lovric

Kravica Nature Park and the city of Mostar are a couple of popular destinations, which you can visit on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Through this adventure, you will enjoy the privileged scenery and learn about the history, culture and architecture of these places.

Once you connect with your driver-guide in the center of Dubrovnik, you will travel by road on a route of approximately two hours to the Kravica Waterfalls. At this first stop, you will see a waterfall about 25 meters high and 120 meters wide.

This natural spectacle is surrounded by vegetation, creating an amazing contrast that you can take advantage of for photos. In addition, you will have free time to explore the place, swim and improvise a picnic. Next, you will travel to the city of Mostar (about 60 minutes away).

There, you will discover mosques, the 16th century Stari Most bridge, Turkish baths, etc. Also, before finishing this excursion to Mostar and Kravica waterfalls from Dubrovnik, you can visit some cafes and restaurants on your own.

Details of interest

  • Price: the cost of this tour starts at 40€ per person.
  • Duration: the duration of the tour is about 10-12 hours.
  • Means of transport: minibus.
  • Advantages of this option: you will visit a couple of places with an amazing natural scene and a great cultural and architectural legacy.
  • Disadvantages of this option: generally, the activity is not adapted for strollers or wheelchairs.

Book a tour to Mostar and Kravica Waterfalls from Dubrovnik

6. Join an excursion to the Peljesac peninsula from Dubrovnik

Pelješac|©Miroslav Vajdic
Pelješac|©Miroslav Vajdic

On your trip of at least 3 days in Dubrovnik, you can join an excursion on the Peljesac pen insula. In the company of a guide, you will visit some salt factories and wine cellars of this region, learn about its history and do some wine tasting.

You will connect with a driver-guide at the door of your hotel or at an agreed place in the center of Dubrovnik. You will then travel about 60 minutes by road to the coastal town of Ston.

Here you will visit:

The next stop is about 20 minutes drive from the previous destination, reaching the Peljesac peninsula, where you will observe closely the local wine production process and participate in a wine tasting. To do so, you will visit some wineries. For example, Vina Vukas Winery, OPG Luko Ledinić, among others.

Interesting details

  • Price: this excursion has an approximate cost of 260€ per person.
  • Duration: the estimated time for this type of activity is at least seven hours.
  • Means of transport: minibus.
  • Advantages of this option: you will get to know closely the two great export sources of the Peljesac peninsula.
  • Disadvantages of this option: Tips are not usually included in the price of the activity, so you will have to take cash with you.

7. Explore the town of Split from Dubrovnik to learn about its architectural and cultural heritage

Split skyline|©Nicolas Vigier
Split skyline|©Nicolas Vigier

If you plan to spend around 2 to 7 days in Dubrovnik and even longer, you can incorporate a day trip to Split into your itinerary. This town is located about three hours drive from the walled city and you will find an important architectural and cultural heritage.

If you take a guided tour, you will travel to Split together with the driver-guide in charge of this activity. On the way you can relax and contemplate the coastal scenery from the car window.

You will be able to tour the city in search of its main tourist attractions, some of them being:

  • Diocletian's Palace, named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • The Cathedral of St. Duje, which highlights a bell tower of great visual appeal.
  • The Republic Square, representative of the Mediterranean style and bordered by a series of Renaissance buildings.
  • The Mestrovic Gallery, whose interior houses the works of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatian sculptor.

Details of interest

  • Price: the cost of the excursion is around 320€ per person.
  • Duration: the activity usually lasts about 11 hours approximately.
  • Means of transport: minibus.
  • Advantages of this option: you will get to know the architectural and cultural legacy of the city of Split.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the entrance fee to some of the visited attractions is not usually included in the price of the excursion.

8. Take a self-guided tour to Trsteno Arboretum from Dubrovnik

Trsteno Arboretum|©Jagrap
Trsteno Arboretum|©Jagrap

The Trsteno Arboretum is a beautiful Renaissance garden, which you can visit on your own from Dubrovnik. It is an aristocratic residence from the 15th century, in the surroundings of which were planted various species of flowers and trees from all over the world.

This arboretum is located approximately 25 minutes drive from the center of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival you will discover a picturesque and peaceful place, ideal for a scenic walk and amazing photographs. You will see trees over 400 years old along with palm trees, grapefruit trees, tangerine trees, among others.

Also, because the arboretum is located on a hill, you will get a panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea. Also, if you are in Dubrovnik with children, this excursion will be convenient for the little ones to breathe fresh air and be in direct contact with nature.

Interesting details

  • Price: the entrance fee to the Trsteno Arboretum costs an average of €10 per person.
  • Duration: this self-guided tour could take about three hours.
  • Means of transport: private car or cab.
  • Advantages of this option: you will visit a small natural lung with plants from all corners of the world.
  • Disadvantages of this option: since it is not a guided excursion, you will have to take care of the transfer on your own, either renting a car or using a cab service.

What will I see on this type of excursion from Dubrovnik?

View of Arboretum|©geordietyke
View of Arboretum|©geordietyke

Excursions from Dubrovnik will allow you to see the cultural, historical and architectural legacy of villages and towns near the walled city. For example, the old town of Koto on the Montenegrin coast and the town of Split, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

You will also see a number of unique natural spaces in the world. Such is the case of the Blue Cave in Kolocep, whose turquoise blue waters host a picturesque marine life; the waterfall of Kravica Natural Park, with a height of about 25 meters and surrounded by lush vegetation; the Coast of Montenegro, where you will find beaches and farmland, among other places.

Tips for an excursion from Dubrovnik

View of boats in DubrovnikcDerek Durie
View of boats in DubrovnikcDerek Durie

If during your stay in Dubrovnik you plan to take an excursion from Dubrovnik to one of the nearby cities, you should take into consideration some basic tips. This way, you will avoid inconveniences and significantly improve your experience.

  • Don't forget to carry a bottle of water with you, so you can stay hydrated along the way.
  • Have your documents handy, as you may need them to enter and leave the cities visited from Dubrovnik.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, so you can walk long distances during the excursion without hurting your feet.
  • Carry cash in case you need to tip or shop in a street store in a town.