What to Do On Your Own Dubrovnik Shore Excursion

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Dubrovnik Shore Excursion

View of Dubrovnik from atop the ancient wall.

A cruise day in Dubrovnik, Croatia

A gem in the Adriatic Sea, on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, sits the ancient city of Dubrovnik. Amid ancient winding streets, stone buildings and completely surrounded by a fortress-like stone wall, Dubrovnik is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Your ship may anchor off-shore or dock in the city.  From where you touch land, it’s a very short walk into the heart of the old walled town.  Though Dubrovnik is a thriving metropolis, you’ll probably spend your visit exploring the main promenade inside the walls, walking the complete circuit around the wall or simply exploring the many shops and narrow, sunlit pathways.

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Dubrovnik Shore excursion

Looking down onto Dubrovnik’s Placa shopping promenade.

After you enter the old city, take a walk along the Placa, the pedestrian promenade that runs from the entrance all the way to the end of the path.  Fountains, cobblestone streets, cafés, shops and churches line the promenade and the tiny adjacent car-free streets.

Game of Thrones fans who decide to walk the wall will recognize the scenery from the TV series. Terracotta rooftops, steep drop-offs and sea views are all reminders from GOT as many of the scenes were filmed in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik terra cotta tiled rooftops

Old terra cotta tiled rooftops seen while walking the length of the old wall.

Dining and Shopping

Fresh fish is the highlight in Dubrovnik, which claims to have the most pristine waters in the Adriatic. Award-winning Croatian wines, including the indigenous Malvazija white wine, are produced just over the mountains behind the city. Other popular Croatian drinks include honey, plum and walnut brandies.

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malvazija wine tasting in Dubrovnik

Guests of Viking Star were treated to an evening Malvazija wine tasting at the vineyard.

If you decide to walk the wall, the ticket booth closes about 45 minutes before the wall walks end.  Bring local currency as credit cards are not accepted.  If you get weary along the path, there are several “escape” routes to descend back into the old city.  

Back on your ship, be sure to have your camera ready for the sailaway past Dubrovnik’s spectacular suspension bridge.

dubrovnik suspension bridge

With luck, your ship will dock right in Dubrovnik and cruise past the enormous suspension bridge.

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A day ashore in Dubrovnik Croatia

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