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Private Dubrovnik Historic Highlights

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In order to understand the present, we must first understand the past! History buff or not, some of the stories of the long and intriguing history of Dubrovnik are bound to fascinate you. On this private Dubrovnik tour, learn how this small city was able to guard its freedom throughout many centuries, check out all of the significant city landmarks with a local and visit one of the oldest working pharmacies in the world at the Franciscan monastery hidden within the city walls.

This wonderful and private tour while in Dubrovnik affords you the opportunity to discover the historic highlights of Dubrovnik and explore its spectacular medieval, renaissance and baroque architecture. Stroll through limestone alleyways as you seek out the best city vistas, listen to bygone tales of survival, cunning diplomacy, and thriving trade from your local and knowledgeable guide. Learn about the intriguing rise of the Republic of Dubrovnik and its ever-present spirit of freedom and visit one of the world's oldest working pharmacies.

Come along to explore and learn on an in-depth private history tour through Dubrovnik. You will meet your friendly and passionate guide at Pile gate, the western city gate, and start by learning about the fascinating beginnings of Dubrovnik and the construction of the city walls.

Next, enter the old city and learn about one of the oldest water supply systems in Europe after which you can fill up your water bottle at a 16th-century fountain. Then visit the nearby Franciscan Monastery, which is home to one of the oldest continually working pharmacies in Europe.

Continue as you next make your way through the narrow alleys of the old town, hearing amazing stories of daily life in Dubrovnik during the 15th and 16th centuries. As you walk, pass one of the oldest orphanages in Europe and then visit Gundulic Square. The square is named after the renowned 17th century poet Ivan Gundulic, known as the godfather of Croatian literature. The square is also home to a lively, open-air green market, stop here to briefly to explore.

Marvel at Rector's Palace up close, where the city's founding fathers once dispensed their wisdom. It's also one of the most beautiful palaces within the city walls. Continue from here towards Dubrovnik's cathedral where you stop to hear amazing facts about the city's origins. The next stop will be at the small gate to the old city port where you will hear stories about the city's rich naval history and tales how Dubrovnik defended itself against pirates! Admire the Dominican Monastery and see one of the largest Romanesque churches on the Dalmatian coast, meet a local resident who does traditional embroidery work.

Walk to Zudioska Street and pass the oldest Sephardic synagogue in the world and then come to the last stop, Luza Square. Here you will see the Church of St. Blaise and learn about Dubrovnik's Patron Saint. Near the church are Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace, hear some interesting facts and history about these landmarks.

As your tour comes to an end, feel free to continue exploring the area, or if you prefer, make your way back to the pier area and your ship.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $112.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
2 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier, or an approximately 5 minute walk from the cruise ship tender pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
All guests must carry an original photo I.D. when going ashore. Photocopies are not accepted. Please advise us at the time of booking if you'll be bringing a child under the age of 6. Guests must be able to walk over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, inclines and steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.