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Ancient City Walls & Wars Walking Tour

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

You can stroll down the Stradun and walk the wall of Dubrovnik but it’s much more meaningful if you know what you’re looking at. Which is why this informative and fun walking tour is a must for any visitor to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Learn what makes this UNESCO World Heritage site so amazing and special. Learn about the architecture — Gothic, Renaissance and baroque — and the history behind the palaces, fountains, monasteries and churches. Walk the high walls and get a different perspective of the city.
  • Historical walking tour of Dubrovnik's ancient city walls
  • See Fort Revelin and Minceta Tower with your local guide
  • Wander around Dubrovnik's ancient walls (ticket not included)
  • Learn interesting facts about the city’s defensive and political challenges from your knowledgeable local guide
  • Visit Fort Lovrijenac independently, the only fort physically separated from the City Walls
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Local guide
This tour is in English
City Walls entrance fee (250 Croatian kuna - approx. 35 euros)
Dubrovnik Walks , Orange umbrella, Brsalje ul. 8, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

MEETING POINT is right by PILE bus stop/taxi drop-off point and right behind Dubrovnik Tourist Board office. Address is BRSALJE 8. Dubrovnik Walks representatives & orange umbrella are all there!

Porat Dubrovnik , Ribarnica ul. 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Concludes near the old town port

Learn what makes Dubrovnik so special by booking this informative walking tour. Meet your guide just outside Pile Gate. Lead by a knowledgeable local guide, the tour takes in the limestone-paved streets of the city’s Stari Grad (Old Town), and uncovers the real story behind the city’s churches, monasteries and palaces. Walk the 1.2-mile (2-km) walls (entrance fee not included), which were first built in the 12th century, and get a different viewpoint of the city, as the shimmering Adriatic Sea dazzles you from a distance.

As you stroll, get an insider’s view of the history of Dubrovnik, from the 11th century when a sea channel, in what is now Stari Grad, was filled in. Learn also about the landmarks Fort Revelin and Minceta Tower. In the distance, you’ll see Fort Lovrijenac, the only fort that belongs to the city walls but is physically separated from them.

Listen to your guide regale stories from the city’s long and rich history, about how it was an autonomous republic buttressing both the Ottoman and the Venetian Empires. Your tour then finishes near the port.
*Entrance fee to City Walls not included in price.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dubrovnik Walks
Our meeting point, this is where the guide will meet and greet the guests! Discover the beauty of Dubrovnik while learning about the city’s interesting past on this historical walking tour. Meet your local guide near Pile Gate for a tour of the ancient city walls, a 1.2-mile (2-km) complex structure built in the 14th century that served as defensive structures to protect the city.
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Old Town
We enter the old town, then head towards the city walls entrance.
Stop At:  
Walls of Dubrovnik
We will stop to buy the city walls tickets and then we will walk the city walls. Marvel at the beautiful blue colors of the Adriatic Sea and admire breathtaking views of the port and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while your guide takes you through the history of the city walls. In the 11th century, the sea channel separating the city from mainland was covered up with earth, so a single wall was built to enclose the present-day Old Town. The city walls have been restored several times in history to resemble their original appearance. With your guide, see Fort Revelin and Minceta Tower within the city walls (entrance fees not included), and learn the strategic position of these forts and their role in Dubrovnik's history. You will also see Fort Lovrijenac in the distance, the only fort that belongs to the city walls but it's physically separated from them, and which you may visit after the tour. As you wander around Dubrovnik's ancient walls, your guide will explain the defensive and political challenges faced by Dubrovnik in the past. Hear stories of the rivalry and conquest Dubrovnik has faced and learn the secrets of how the country used defensive fortifications and diplomacy to remain an independent republic for several years, before ending your tour near the port. *Entrance fee to City Walls not included in price.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Porat Dubrovnik
This tour ends close to the old town port
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • MANDATORY City walls entrance fee is ***NOT*** included in the price of the tour. You can buy tickets on spot, upon entering the walls (in 2022 price is 250 kn per person, around 35 Eur per person), or use Dubrovnik Card.
  • A minimum of 4 people per tour is required for winter/spring season (Nov-Mar). Reservation is required for this period.
  • All children aged 0-5 are welcome to join this tour for free. They are eligible for a free walls entrance as well
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • City Walls entrance fee of 100 kn per child (cca 13 Eur, in 2022) applies to children over 5 years (not included in the tour price).
  • Stairs on this tour!!!
  • Due to the stairs, this tour is not suitable for everyone!
  • No restroom stops
  • This tour is in English
  • Not recommended for travelers that don't like walking the stairs
  • If you are booking during the summer months, please do expect hot weather. We have a Mediterranean climate, if you cannot stand the heath, please don't book this tour, as we can only find a limited number of stops in shade (the walls are made that way)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dubrovnik Walks
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "The stairs can be arduous, you need a bit of breath!" See review
  • "Worth the time and the heat in the sun 100%" See review
  • "I would suggest doing this walk either first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon due to the hot weather." See review

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star-5
Incredible Walking Tour - Wow!
Priya_G
, Aug 2022
So glad we did this. Davor was a wonderful guide. Bringing the walls and their incredible history to life. A must if you are visiting Dubrovnik!
star-5
Awesome adventure!
Jaime_P
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience! A bit challenging, but worth the adventure! Our guide was so sweet and knowledgeable!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
An interesting insight into history.
Suzanne_R
, Jul 2022
Our guide Gorun really brought the tour to life. He was knowledgeable, had a clear passion for the history he was talking us through and couldn’t have been more helpful and kind. The tour was a good pace and he tried to find us shade wherever he could. Really worthwhile and interesting.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic tour
Martin_C
, Jul 2022
We had a fantastic time on the tour of the city walls, Goran was such a friendly and knowledgeable guide, he made the tour really interesting and could answer every question that was asked. Would highly recommend!
star-5
Personal Stories Add To Historical Tour
Priscilla_A
, Jul 2022
Radio headsets are genius! I’ve never been on a tour where you can easily hear everything the guide is saying. Usually you have to cram around close to them to hear everything. Ivan was our guide and he was friendly, easy to understand and willing to answer all questions from the group. Having been born and grown up within the walls of the city, he was able to intersperse personal stories that added a richness and authenticity to all of the historical facts presented.
star-3
Too long for the substance it offers
Jelena_F
, Jul 2022
Would be nice to include the ticket price in the price of the tour, so we don’t waste the time of the tour in the queue
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Birdseye view
Andrea_M
, Jul 2022
Our guide was fantastic. To see this city from the top is just spectacular. All in all it’s about 2 km. There are many breaks when walking so it’s not stressful.
star-5
Loved our guide. He made...
Pamela_W
, Jul 2022
Loved our guide. He made the experience special by share history and personal experiences about the area.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth the extra cost!
Wendi_J
, Jul 2022
Having a tour guide explain the history of Croatia, and the history of the walls, brought old town to life for us! It would’ve been a very different experience, less rewarding, had we just walked it on our own.
star-5
Our host, Davor, was...
Walter_B
, Jul 2022
Our host, Davor, was great: really informative. He provided us with a fascinating history of Dubrovnik. Threatened invasions, trade deals and earthquakes. His personal story through the 1990s war was also very emotive. He answered our questions and was a fascinating tour guide. The radio headsets also made it easy to hear every word he said. We thoroughly envied the walk and highly recommend it.
star-5
A A really informative and entertaining walk.
Stuart_F
, Jul 2022
A really informative and entertaining walk. A great way to see the old town, our guide, Ivan was friendly and shared his experiences of growing up in Old Dubrovnik. Excellent value, would strongly recommend.
star-5
Dubrovnik Highlight!
Eric_V
, Jul 2022
Our City Walls tour with Davor was a highlight of our time in Dubrovnik. He provided the right amount of history and humor to truly understand the significance of walls through time. Even though it was hot, Davor always found the shade and the right pace! Amazing
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Walls and War was amazing!
Debbie_G
, Jul 2022
Davor was an incredible tour guide. He shared incredible stories filled with the history of this beautiful and resilient country!
star-5
Worth using a guide!
Rich_B
, Jul 2022
The walking tour itself was superb. David, the guide, was top notch— amiable, lots of interesting stories, and very informative with the history; definitely worth having a guide! However, we highly recommend buying the tickets at the gate instead of online. Tickets MUST be printed, and since we were staying at a Airbnb we had no printer. We spent a frantic hour before the tour trying to find a way to print. Other tourists simply bought their ticket immediately after meeting the guide — 5 minutes over & done, and in they went!
star-5
A must do in Old Town!
Lisa_D
, Jun 2022
Ivan was a personable and informative local, who is an engaging speaker. Ivan helped us understand the ancient and recent past of Dubrovnik. Find a cool time of day for this tour as the wall becomes hot by late morning in the summer.
star-5
Great Tour!
David_H
, Jun 2022
We really enjoyed this tour! The views from the walls are just gorgeous, really a must-see. You get to learn about the history of the area and it's a good introduction to Dubrovnik. Our guide was knowledgable and engaging. We also liked that they provided headsets so you could hear the guide without having to stick right behind him, you could stop for a photo or to take in a view without missing out on what he was saying. Definitely bring water and sunscreen because it gets hot up there without much shade!
star-5
Excellent tour with great guide
Anuj_G
, Jun 2022
Went on the City Wall Tour with Goran, who was a fantastic guide. Enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable, and unflappable, he did an outstanding job of giving us an overview of the City, it's history, and it's development. He gave us excellent recommendations regarding pictures, and sites. We appreciate the opportunity we had to do a walking tour with such a great guide.
star-5
Perfect Wall Tour
Dean_F
, Jun 2022
Guide was very knowledgeable. He provided a great description of the history of dubrovnik and croatia. Very fun and even our children enjoyed the tour. Other tours are 1.5 hours, but I feel that on those tours you would be rushed to get around the walls with decent commentary. This tour is well worth the extra tinny amount of £€$.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Dean_F, Thank you very much for your lovely review! We are always happy to hear that the children enjoyed the tour, they are super honest judges! Yay! :)) Puno hvala!
star-4
An interesting point of view!
Gary_E
, Jun 2022
Interesting and visually rewarding experience with Davor. Great way to get your bearing and appreciate the incredible history of the wall. As in all of Dubrovnik there are steps … a lot of steps!
star-5
Great tour
Margie_S
, Jun 2022
Great tour, learned a lot of history. Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Dubrovnik. There are a lot of stairs(obviously) but the tour guide took his time and went at our pace to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves.

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