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 at . Enter the Old Town and visit the , which houses a museum featuring hundreds of local artifacts dating back centuries. Afterwards, visit the , the second-oldest continuously operating Jewish house of worship in the world. Then walk south a block to the , 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 , where many sights are close by, and then head west. , the home of the Dubrovnik branch of the National Archives, sits just off the square, as does the and the of the two . Once you get to the end of the Stradun, you will reach , where there is the Renaissance-era votive-style , the of the two , and the . Return to your accommodations at the end of the day; you can catch taxis and local buses outside , adjacent to Paskoje Milicevic Square.
Day 2 in Dubrovnik
Wake up early and explore the neighborhood, stopping in at such important sights as , `the Gibraltar of Dubrovnik`, and , the original public beach in Dubrovnik. Then, head to the station and take the cable car up to the top of , a foothill of the Dinaric Alps overlooking Dubrovnik. When you`re at the top, you can visit the nineteenth-century , you can dine at a , and you can visit the large donated to the city by the Archbishop of Brac.
After you made it back down the hill, walk through , the western entrance into the Old Town. From there, walk to the , which housed one of the oldest orphanages in the world. The next stop is the , perhaps one of the finest examples of Baroque religious architecture in Croatia. Another impressive Baroque church in the Old Town is the grand , north and east of St. Ignatius. After stopping by at the Cathedral, visit the museum inside the , the seat of governance during the time of the Republic of Ragusa.
Exit the Old Town at and tour the , which were once used to quarantine travelers arriving by sea to Dubrovnik. Next door is , 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 . 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 at the northern end of the Old Town, on the southwestern end, and finally in the southeast there is the , where there is a multi-floor as well as an . Stroll and people-watch for a while before heading to the , where you can catch a ferry during the high season to , the former home of the Austrian archduke Maximilian. On Lokrum, you can tour the and a . If you are visiting during the low season, go to the in and take the Nona Ana catamaran ferry to the island of , a island 24 miles long that is home to , a lush, green area with a secluded lake.
If you have time in the afternoon, return to Dubrovnik and head to . Enjoy some sun and sand time at , 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 , 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 , located on the ria about 2.5 miles east of the . From there, you can make your own trips to the , consisting of , and . 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 , the largest of the southern Adriatic islands. Take some time to explore Mljet in detail, including the limestone underground .
If you want to stay on the mainland, head south from Dubrovnik and stay a night in the village of . 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 . 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!