Best day trips from Dubrovnik
Are you looking for ways to explore beyond Dubrovnik and experience more of the region's beauty?
While Dubrovnik's main attractions can be seen in two days, if you have more time, it's an excellent base for day trips to the surrounding areas.
Some of the most popular day trips include a visit to Mostar in Bosnia or Kotor in Montenegro.
If you're looking for sandy beaches, hiking trails or good restaurants take a day trip to the Elafiti Islands and Mljet Island.
Those seeking off-the-beaten-path destinations should head to the Pelješac peninsula and visit Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo and renowned for its Grk and Pošip wines, delicious food, and secluded beaches.
Mljet Island, dubbed Croatia's greenest island, is also ideal for nature lovers.
Finally, don't miss out on a visit to the Neretva Valley which boasts rugged hills, olive groves, mandarin orchards, rivers, channels, and the magnificent Neretva River estuary. Plan your perfect itinerary and have an unforgettable adventure.
Bosnia and Hercegovina Day Trips (Mostar, Kravice Waterfalls, Međugorje)
Mostar is a popular destination for day tours from Dubrovnik, and for good reason. Mostar is located by the Neretva river and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Old Bridge. The town was established in the 15th century and boasts impressive Turkish-style architecture.
Wander through the old town, admire the mosques, cobblestone streets, and oriental shops. Relax at one of the many river cafes and savor a traditional Bosnian meal at the restaurant Urban Grill & Gourmet.
But why stop at Mostar when you can also visit the stunning Kravice Waterfalls and the spiritual pilgrimage site of Međugorje? Join a small group tour and enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside, with stops at these must-see destinations.
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik
Walk across the famous UNESCO-listed Stari Most bridge and stroll through the city's mosque and bazaar on a guided walking tour of Mostar. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own before heading to the stunning Kravice Waterfalls for a refreshing swim.
Your day trip includes all taxes, fees, and handling charges, plus a driver/guide and a local guide in Mostar. Don't miss out on this opportunity to discover the beauty of Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls.
Mostar and Počitelj Private Tour From Dubrovnik
Private Tour to UNESCO-Listed Mostar and Počitelj.
Take a break from the busy city of Dubrovnik and avoid the tourist crowds on this private tour. Benefit from a round-trip transfer in an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy free time to explore Mostar and Počitelj at your own pace. Discover the landmarks of Mostar including the iconic Stari Most bridge and learn about the history and culture of the region.
Mostar and Medjugorje Day Trip from Dubrovnik
The journey begins in the UNESCO-protected town of Počitelj, where you can explore the rich history and cultural sites. Stop at Medjugorje and see one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics in this area, known for the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1981. Finally, visit Mostar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its iconic Old Bridge. The tour includes comfortable transportation by air-conditioned vehicle and an English-speaking driver and guide.
Montenegro (Kotor, Budva, Perast)
Dubrovnik is an ideal starting point for exploring Montenegro, particularly the northwestern region. The journey to Kotor Bay, the main attraction on a day trip from Dubrovnik, takes only a couple of hours.
Kotor Bay is a stunning fjord-like bay surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, picturesque medieval towns of Kotor and Perast, and towering mountains. To enjoy the most spectacular views of the bay, take a ride up Lovčen Mountain, which features a series of winding roads. Although the route is narrow and winding, the incredible views make it well worth the trip.
Kotor Town is a must-see destination in Montenegro. This fortified medieval town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The charming old town, with its small squares, stone houses, polished cobblestone streets, churches, and palaces, is best explored on foot. Some of the top highlights in Kotor include:
- Kotor Old Town: a well-preserved medieval town with narrow streets, charming squares, churches, and historical buildings.
- Kotor Fortress: a UNESCO World Heritage Site with defensive walls and gates, offering stunning panoramic views of the town and the bay.
- St. Tryphon Cathedral: a beautiful Romanesque-style cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Kotor.
- Maritime Museum of Montenegro: located in a baroque palace, this museum showcases the rich maritime history of the country.
- Grgurina Palace: an elegant palace built in the 17th century, now housing the Museum of Kotor.
- Church of St. Luke: a small church located in the heart of Kotor's Old Town, featuring impressive frescoes and a peaceful atmosphere.
- Clock Tower: a distinctive landmark in Kotor's Old Town, dating back to the 17th century.
- Pima Palace: a well-preserved noble palace, now housing an art gallery and cultural centre.
- Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas: a beautiful 19th-century church located near Kotor's main gate.
- Our Lady of Health: a small church located on a hill above Kotor, offering panoramic views of the town and the bay.
Perast, a beautifully preserved Baroque town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another must-visit destination in Montenegro. Although small, Perast is stunning, with its famed Our Lady of the Rocks Church, which was built on a small artificial island off the coast of Perast.
You can explore Montenegro on a self-drive trip by renting a car or you can book a small-group day trip.
While visiting Kotor Bay, Restaurant Galion and Konoba Scala Santa are popular restaurants to stop for lunch.
Private Tour: Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
Book this private tour with a knowledgeable guide to explore the up-and-coming country of Montenegro.
This trip boasts beautiful seaside towns such as Budva, Kotor, and Perast, and your guide will give you insight into their rich history and present-day happenings. Make sure to pack your bathing suit as there will be plenty of time for a swim in the sea. You'll also have the option to take a boat ride in Perast to see the famous Our Lady of the Rocks church and visit Kotor's St. Tryphon Cathedral to learn about its Romanesque architecture.
After spending time at leisure in Budva, you'll cross the Bay of Kotor by ferry. This full-day tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, luxury air-conditioned transportation, and an English-speaking driver/guide.
Private full day Montenegro tour from Dubrovnik
Discover the wonders of Montenegro on this private tour that lets you explore the country's highlights in just one day.
Visit the charming medieval city of Perast, stroll through the historic Kotor Old City, snap photos of Fort Vrnac, and take time to relax in the beautiful beach town of Budva.
Your tour comes with an English-speaking driver, air-conditioned vehicle, and ferry tickets from Lepetani to Kamenari.
Mljet Island and Mljet National Park
Mljet, known as the greenest Croatian island, offers a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. This unspoiled gem is renowned for its turquoise seas, clear waters, lakes, forests, and hiking trails. The northwestern part of the island has been declared a Croatian national park since 1960.
You can explore the national park by hiking or cycling, visit the stunning Veliko and Malo Jezero lakes, take a boat to St. Mary's Island, discover hinterland villages, go diving, swim at the Odysseus cave, or relax on the sandy beaches of Saplunara. For a taste of local cuisine have lunch or dinner at the charming tavern Konoba Antika in Polače.
From June to September, a fast-speed passenger boat departs every morning from Dubrovnik to Sobra and Polače. Alternatively, you can reach Sobra on Mljet Island by ferry from Prapratno on the Pelješac Peninsula.
Boat Tour to Mljet National Park & 3 Islands
Discover the beauty of the southern Dalmatian Islands on a full-day tour with a personalised itinerary.
Enjoy sailing across the Adriatic Sea, visiting destinations such as the saltwater lakes of Mljet National Park, Odysseus Cave, and the historic town of Lopud Island. The experienced crew will ensure your safety and relaxation while offering opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and snorkelling. The tour includes admission fees and safety equipment, as well as bottled water for your convenience. Explore the stunning natural surroundings in comfort and style.
Pelješac Peninsula and Korčula Island
Pelješac, the second-largest peninsula in Croatia, boasts rugged mountains, pebbly beaches, salt pans, wine-growing hills, and amazing fresh seafood (Ston oysters are a must-try). It's only an hour's drive from Dubrovnik. You can choose to self-drive or join on a small-group tour to Pelješac.
For crystal clear sea, historic Old Town and hidden bays, head to the island of Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. The island is just two hours away from Dubrovnik by boat or car. A daily catamaran ferry from Dubrovnik is available in summer.
Korčula & Peljesac Full Day Private Tour from Dubrovnik
Experience the beauty of Korcula and Peljesac at your own pace on this private day tour from Dubrovnik.
Your professional driver-guide will take you through the Pelješac peninsula, where you'll learn about the history of wine making and enjoy wine tasting at a local winery. Stopping at the medieval city of Ston for a short tour and a coffee.
Explore the old city of Korčula with a private guided walking tour. On return you will enjoy a scenic drive through the Dingač tunnel and take a photo stop in the Dingač wine-growing zone where the Dingač vines grow on 40-60 degree inclined hills, admiring the stunning scenery of the Mljet and Lastovo Islands, as well as the fishing villages of Trstenik and Žuljana.
What's included: Air-conditioned vehicle, professional English-speaking driver-guide, visit to Ston and boat tickets for Orebić-Korčula-Orebić.
Ston and Peljesac Peninsula Day Trip with Wine Tasting
Join us for a private day trip to Pelješac Peninsula, the second largest peninsula in Croatia.
This region is known for its rich history, culture, and delicious food and wine. The first stop of the tour will be in the town of Ston, famous for its oysters and miles of medieval walls that used to form the border of the Republic of Ragusa (i.e. Dubrovnik). There we will visit an old salt factory.
We also stop at family-run wineries to sample Pelješac wines and learn about the region's wine making traditions. The trip includes hotel pickup and drop-off, transport by air-conditioned vehicle and a private driver/guide.
The Elaphite Islands are the ideal destination for those seeking a break from Dubrovnik's hustle and bustle. Only three islands, Koločep, Lopud, and Island Šipan, are inhabited, with all but Šipan being car-free.
Despite being small with just one or two settlements, the islands are known for their breathtaking and pristine natural landscapes, featuring both sandy and rocky beaches. Swim, kayak and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in a relaxed pace. Families with young children love the sandy beaches of Lopud Island.
Ferries depart from Dubrovnik port several times per day from June through September. Sea kayaking tours are also available to explore the Elaphiti islands.
Elaphite Islands Cruise from Dubrovnik by Karaka
Embark on an island-hopping adventure along the Dalmatian Coast with this day trip from Dubrovnik.
Climb aboard the spacious and magnificent replica of a traditional "Karaka" ship from the era of the republic of Dubrovnik and set sail for Koločep, a pine tree-clad island where you can swim, snorkel, and sunbathe. Next, explore the fishing village and Renaissance-era mansion in Suđurađ on the island of Šipan. Finally, visit Lopud Island, known for its proud naval traditions, beautiful sand beaches and enjoy a drink at the onboard bar or just spend some time at the beach. This full-day cruise includes two drinks per person - one bottled water at the entrance and one additional drink (soft drink, beer, or wine) during the day - and licensed tour guides.
Elaphiti Islands & Blue Cave Private Boat Tour
Experience a personalised cruise of the stunning Elaphiti Islands with a private boat charter from Dubrovnik.
With a knowledgeable local skipper you can design your itinerary to include activities such as swimming in the Blue Cave of Koločep, relaxing on Lopud’s sand beaches, or even indulge in wine tasting on Island Šipan. Your captain and guide will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you make the most of your time on each island. Explore the islands with ease and comfort, climb ashore at three different destinations, and swim in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea right off the boat. With a flexible itinerary, you can linger at your favourite spots and make special requests, such as lunch, monastery tours, and more. The tour includes snorkelling equipment, fuel, and a local skipper.
Elafiti Islands Sea kayaking: Full-Day Bike and Kayak tour on Lopud and Šipan
Experience the breathtaking natural scenery of the Elaphiti Islands with a full-day tour from Dubrovnik that combines biking and kayaking. This small-group tour starts with a ferry ride to Lopud Island, followed by a kayaking excursion to Šipan Island. Upon arrival at Šipan we will bike to a seaside restaurant for lunch (at your own expense) while your guide provides information about the area's flora, fauna, and history.
Whether you're an experienced adventurer or a first-time explorer does not matter. This tour is recommended for all skill levels. Included activities are kayaking, biking, hiking and swimming, as well as round-trip ferry transfers.Check availability and prices
Konavle has long been known as the "belly of Dubrovnik" due to its fertile agricultural landscape. Just a 20-minute drive from Dubrovnik it's the perfect destination for those seeking outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, horseback riding, ATV safaris, as well as wine and olive oil tasting, exploring historical sites, and picturesque coastal towns.
Cavtat is the largest town in Konavle and offers a charming Old Town, a picturesque seafront promenade, amazing sea food restaurants and pebble beaches.
Pasjača Beach, one of the most photographed beaches near Dubrovnik, is also located in Konavle. Dont forget to bring a well-packed beach bag, once there, there is nothing but pristine nature.
Adventure seekers interested in horseback riding and ATV tours will find Kojan Coral in Radočići village an excellent option.
The Ljuta River, a protected natural landscape in Konavle, features restored olive oil and grain mills, as well as weaving looms used to make traditional Konavle costumes. Visitors can enjoy lovely restaurants serving authentic Konavle cuisine with river-side terraces.
Konavle can be reached from Dubrovnik by car, bus or taxi. Frequent local buses connect Dubrovnik with the villages and towns of the Konavle region.
Half-Day Private ATV Tour of Kojan Koral from Dubrovnik
Take your adventure to the next level with a private all-terrain vehicle (ATV or quad bike) safari in the beautiful Dubrovnik countryside.
This exclusive experience is limited to your group of up to six travellers and includes door-to-door transfers. Your journey will take you through the Konavle fields, the Ljuta river and wetlands, and the stunning Ćilipi village where you can enjoy local wines.
Safety is a top priority and your guide will provide instruction, helmets, and goggles. After an adrenaline-fuelled ride through the river we stop for snacks and alcoholic beverages before returning to Dubrovnik.Check availability and prices
Horseback Riding in Konavle Region
Embark on a horseback riding adventure in the scenic Konavle Region with this beginner-friendly tour.
After pickup at your accommodation we drive to the forested area where you will be paired with a horse for a leisurely ride through the countryside. At the end of your ride you'll be treated to local wines and snacks before returning to Dubrovnik. Snacks and alcoholic beverages are included in the package, including helmets to ensure safety for all riders. The ride is limited to six participants to ensure personal attention from your guide.Check availability and prices
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