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Crowd-free Dubrovnik: Early Morning Sightseeing Tour, Dubrovnik tour

Lonely Planet Experiences Crowd-free Dubrovnik: Early Morning Sightseeing Tour

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They say the early bird gets the worm. If that’s your motto then join us for a tour that will show you the many highlights of Dubrovnik while most other travellers are still asleep! Hear about the origins of our unique city, marvel at its beautiful landmarks (churches, palaces, monasteries, cathedrals and fountains!) and stop by the local market for some tasty and traditional snacks. This is the perfect introduction to our bewitching city and you’ll have the rest of the day to explore at your own pace, armed with expert knowledge from your local guide that will help you get the most out of your stay. Just be sure to set your alarm clock so you don’t miss it!  

Experience the best travel stories for yourself. Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure hand-picked by the world's leading travel publisher. Lonely Planet Experiences powered by Urban Adventures bring stories to life in the best-loved cities around the globe.

  • Experience the world-renowned Old Town of Dubrovnik without the crowds on an early morning tour with a local guide
  • See the Old Town’s top cultural and architectural highlights, including its beautiful monasteries, the cathedral and Onofrio’s fountain
  • Get the best photos of the city, free of the tourist hordes as the early morning light illuminates one historic gem after another
  • Taste some local delicacies and meet the locals at the bustling green market
  • Get a great introduction to the city, get yourself orientated and pick up invaluable tips from your expert guide on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Dubrovnik!
  • Each Lonely Planet Experience comes with six-months free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides App which includes over 8,000 destinations guides and unbeatable discounts to Lonely Planet Guidebooks.

Tour style:City Highlights
Inclusions:Local English-speaking guide; snack (candied orange peels, sugar-coated almonds and dried fruits – a local delicacy) at the green market.
Exclusions:Souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:2 Hours
  • Meeting point:

    Ploce gate - eastern entrance/gate to the old town of Dubrovnik, the stone bench near the taxi stand at the beginning of the bridge leading to Ploce gate.  

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  • Start time: 7.30 AM
  • Finish point:

    The Green Market 

Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • Language: English


Your tour will begin near the Ploče gate and, after a brief introduction to the city and its history from your local guide, we will take a leisurely stroll through the walled city of Dubrovnik, highlighting the main historic and cultural sights as we go.

Our first stop will be in front of the imposing Revelin Fortress on Arms Square; here we will talk about how the city came to be built and why it was essential to fortify it. While you’re listening, you’ll be able to take some swoon-worthy shots of the old port.

Next we’ll take a stroll down St. Dominik street, stopping outside the delightfully gothic Dominikan monestary, featuring one of the biggest gothic churches on the Adriatic coast. Within these sacred walls is a rare collection of Renaissance artworks that not many people know about.

As we walk towards the port, your guide will regale you with tales about the thriving naval trade which became one of the main contributing factors to Dubrovnik’s immense wealth. We will pass by the city’s stunning cathedral, which just so happens to be the birthplace of the original city. Then we will show you arguably the most beautiful of the palaces located within the city walls — the Rector’s Palace.

We’ll continue down some mesmerising side streets connected to the market, where we’ll spend some time reflecting on what daily life looked like during Dubrovnik’s heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries. We’ll admire the Orthodox Church which has recently become an unofficial sanctuary for the city’s stray cats. 

Our next stop is one of Dubrovnik’s most famous landmarks, Onofrio’s fountain. Incredibly, Dubrovnik was one of the first cities in Europe to give fresh water to its citizens and to build a working sewage system. You can fill up your water bottle with pure spring water from the nearby Šumet spring while you’re here.

The spectacular Franciscan monastery, one of the oldest buildings in a city full to the brim with old buildings, is next. Amazingly it houses one of the oldest, continually in-use pharmacies in Europe.

Heading down Stradun now, one of the city’s most famous streets (you may have seen it in a tiny show called Game of Thrones?!).  We will end up on Luza Square with some scintillating tales about some of the landmarks in front of you; Orlando’s Column, St Blaise Church and Sponza Palace.

Our final stop will be the city's green market, and boy do we have a treat for you,  we’ll chow down on local candied orange peels, sugar-coated almonds and a whole host of exceptional dried fruits, chatting to the locals as we do so. Here we will also grab coffee at one of our favorite local places. There are some great breakfast options here too, so feel free to stay on and grab yourself a delicious early morning snack, you have earned it!

This is where we part ways but before you go, don’t forget to tap up your guide for all the current goings on in the city and for recommendations of what else to see and do while you’re here.

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.