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Private Dubrovnik Historic Highlights

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.

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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.
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About Shore Excursions Group
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 memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.