The historic Croatian city of Dubrovnik is surrounded by a wide number of idyllic islands that make for great excursions and day trips by boat.
There’s nothing quite like seeing the shoreline fall into focus from the ocean, or gliding past secluded islets on a sailboat, feeling the sea breeze in your hair. With an expansive archipelago lying directly beyond the pristine coastline of the ancient city, Dubrovnik is the ideal base for island hopping in Croatia. We’ve picked out 5 of the best organised Dubrovnik islands tours currently on offer.
Elafiti Islands Day Trip with Lunch
Discover the Elafiti Islands of Lopud, Šipan, and Koločep on this full-day island-hopping cruise from Dubrovnik. Over the course of the action-packed trip, you’ll get to admire the Mediterranean water as you sail along Dubrovnik’s glistening coastline, explore villages and historic churches, relax in the warm sun, get a taste of authentic local cuisine including homemade olive oil, and kick back and relax while enjoying a delicious full lunch and unlimited drinks. Guests can also select for a hotel pick-up by air-conditioned vehicle. From €48 per person.
Lokrum Island Game of Thrones Tour
Dive into the magical world of Game of Thrones, the iconic TV series, in Dubrovnik and go swimming, hiking, and cliff diving on nearby Lokrum island during this 3-hour tour. Enjoy fascinating insights, breath-taking views, fun facts shared by your guide, as well as a picture of yourself seated on the official Iron Throne in a real-life Benedictine monastery. There’ll also be the chance to see stunning filming locations like Blackwater Bay, the Red Keep and the Purple, as well as listen to fascinating behind the scenes stories of the hit HBO series. From €27 per person.
Island of Korčula with Wine Tasting
Spend the day exploring Korčula, a medieval walled town on an island of the same name. From Dubrovnik, you’ll travel to the vineyard-laden town of Orebić where you’ll board a boat and be ferried across to Korčula, also famous as the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. Once there, you’ll begin a walking tour of the medieval town, learning about its history and even seeing the building where Marco Polo supposedly lived. There’ll also be a chance to enjoy free time to sip a glass of local wine or coffee at an outdoor cafe, take a dip in the sea or simply roam the streets before the return trip to Dubrovnik, which includes a final stop at a local winery on the Peljesac peninsula for tastings. From €63 per person.
Mljet National Park & 3 Islands Tour
Embark on boat tour to Mljet National Park and its myriad islands during this extended full-day adventure Starting at the port of Gruž, you’ll board a speedboat that takes you to the island of Mljet, the furthest point of the trip at Mljet National Park. Here, visit the legendary Odysseus cave, where you can choose between snorkelling in the cave or cliff jumping. Next it’s onto the secluded bay of Saplunara to relax on the sandy beach or try playing the local game of “Picigin“ with your hosts. You’ll continue to the historic island of Lopud where you can walk under the tallest palm trees in Europe and dive into the turquoise water of a nearby blue cave. Finally, try some snorkelling on the island of Koločep before kicking back and enjoying the ride as the sun sets on your return journey. From €126 per person.
Elaphite Islands Full-Day Kayak and Bike Tour
Explore the natural beauty of the majestic Croatian islands of Lopud and Sipan by kayak and by bike during this small-group tour from Dubrovnik. The perfect way to escape the bustling city crowds, during the 9-hour trip you’ll enjoy a quiet day of paddling on the sea and biking through vineyards and olive groves, and visiting medieval towns and historical sites. The tour comes to an end by boarding a ferry back to Dubrovnik. Your professional guide, ferry tickets and all cycling sand kayaking equipment are included in the tour price. From €82 per person.