Day 1 in Dubrovnik

Welcome to Croatia! Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Make your way to Dubrovnik and arrive at your hotel. Check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!

Most of you will be arriving by air, so you will be coming from the east and arriving in Dubrovnik`s Old Town at Ploce Gate. Enter the Old Town and visit the Dominican monastery, which houses a museum featuring hundreds of local artifacts dating back centuries. Afterwards, visit the Old Synagogue of Dubrovnik, the second-oldest continuously operating Jewish house of worship in the world. Then walk south a block to the Stradun, the wide main avenue of the Old Town. This area boasts a lot of shops and cafes, so stroll to your heart`s content and stop in at every place you like along the way.

To get the full experience, walk east and start your Stradun journey at Luza Square, where many sights are close by, and then head west. Sponza Palace, the home of the Dubrovnik branch of the National Archives, sits just off the square, as does the Church of St. Blaise and the smaller of the two Onofrio fountains. Once you get to the end of the Stradun, you will reach Paskoje Milicevic Square, where there is the Renaissance-era votive-style Church of St. Saviour, the larger of the two Onofrio fountains, and the Franciscan monastery. Return to your accommodations at the end of the day; you can catch taxis and local buses outside Pile Gate, adjacent to Paskoje Milicevic Square.

Day 2 in Dubrovnik

Wake up early and explore the Pile neighborhood, stopping in at such important sights as Fort Lovrijenac, `the Gibraltar of Dubrovnik`, and Kolorina Bay, the original public beach in Dubrovnik. Then, head to the Dubrovnik Cable Car station and take the cable car up to the top of Srd, a foothill of the Dinaric Alps overlooking Dubrovnik. When you`re at the top, you can visit the nineteenth-century Fort Imperial, you can dine at a panoramic restaurant, and you can visit the large cross donated to the city by the Archbishop of Brac.

After you made it back down the hill, walk through Pile Gate, the western entrance into the Old Town. From there, walk to the Convent of St. Claire, which housed one of the oldest orphanages in the world. The next stop is the Church of St. Ignatius, perhaps one of the finest examples of Baroque religious architecture in Croatia. Another impressive Baroque church in the Old Town is the grand Dubrovnik Cathedral, north and east of St. Ignatius. After stopping by at the Cathedral, visit the museum inside the Rector`s Palace, the seat of governance during the time of the Republic of Ragusa.

Exit the Old Town at Ploce Gate and tour the Lazzarettos of Dubrovnik, which were once used to quarantine travelers arriving by sea to Dubrovnik. Next door is Banje Beach, the most popular public beach in the city. You can sun yourself on its sands, go swimming in the beautiful blue waters, and enjoy a number of water sports such as jet skiing and paddle boarding. There is also a bar on the beach with a nightclub component, the latter being a popular place to party in the summertime. Return to your accommodations at the end of the day.

Day 3 in Dubrovnik

Start bright and early and walk the entire length of the Dubrovnik town walls. If you get there early, you will beat a lot of the crowds, and you can enjoy a lot of the views in comparative solitude. Stop at the fortresses along the way; there is Minceta Tower at the northern end of the Old Town, Fort Bokar on the southwestern end, and finally in the southeast there is the Fort of St. John, where there is a multi-floor museum as well as an aquarium. Stroll Porporela Pier and people-watch for a while before heading to the Old Port of Dubrovnik, where you can catch a ferry during the high season to Lokrum Island, the former home of the Austrian archduke Maximilian. On Lokrum, you can tour the botanical gardens and a Benedictine monastery. If you are visiting during the low season, go to the Port of Dubrovnik in Gruz and take the Nona Ana catamaran ferry to the island of Mljet, a island 24 miles long that is home to Mljet National Park, a lush, green area with a secluded lake.

If you have time in the afternoon, return to Dubrovnik and head to Lapad. Enjoy some sun and sand time at Bellevue Beach, and afterwards you can eat a delicious dinner at the Michelin-listed restaurant inside the nearby Bellevue Hotel. If you want to experience nature a little more, head west on the Lapad Peninsula toward the Forest Park Velika and Mala Petka, where you can hike in an oak forest up both of the hills that give the forest park its name. Return to your accommodations at the end of the day.

Additional Days in Dubrovnik

If you have extra days, consider hiring your own yacht and exploring the nearby islands. You can look into yacht rentals at the ACI Marina Dubrovnik, located on the ria Rijeka Dubrovacka about 2.5 miles east of the Franjo Tudjman Bridge. From there, you can make your own trips to the Elaphite Islands, consisting of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan. These islands feature charming villages such as Kolocep, Lopud, Sudurad, and the town of Sipanska Luka. North and west of these three islands is the aforementioned Mljet Island, the largest of the southern Adriatic islands. Take some time to explore Mljet in detail, including the limestone underground Odysseus Caves.

If you want to stay on the mainland, head south from Dubrovnik and stay a night in the village of Srebreno. The village grew in the early 20th century as a summer vacation destination, where the richest families in Dubrovnik owned summer homes. Today, the beachfront in Srebreno is home to top-rated resorts, while still maintaining its quiet ambience. There is also a gem of a destination located on the eastern side of Dubrovnik Airport, in the town of Cilipi. If you are in the area on a Sunday, stop by Cilipi`s main square for a party. Locals dress up in traditional Dalmatian folk outfits and perform dances for visitors, and they want you to know that you are invited to Sunday mass as well!

Your Last Day in Dubrovnik

Depart your hotel and head to the airport for your return home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer; if so, a representative will meet you at the hotel in time to take you to the airport for your flight out. We hope you enjoyed the noteworthy sights of Dubrovnik and South Dalmatia!