3 Day Itinerary For Dubrovnik

I’ve lived in Europe for quite a few years and I’ve spent a lot of time travelling around. Croatia and Dubrovnik, in particular, have been some of my favourite places to visit. In fact, I never wanted to leave! That’s why I’m so excited to share this 3-day itinerary for Dubrovnik with you all.

Having visited Croatia multiple times myself, I can attest to the authority and trustworthiness of this itinerary. It was created by talking with fellow travellers who weren’t sure what to do in Dubrovnik over three days. So get ready to enjoy stunning views, gorgeous historical sites, and lots of fun activities.

Dubrovnik, often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a stunning city located on the coast of Croatia. With its picturesque old town, ancient city walls and breathtaking sea views, Dubrovnik offers a perfect blend of history, culture and natural beauty.

Whether you are a history enthusiast, a Game of Thrones fan or you are just seeking a relaxing holiday destination, Dubrovnik has something to offer to everyone.

In this 3 day Itinerary for Dubrovnik, you will be able to explore the best places to visit, the top activities to partake in and some exciting tour ideas to make the most of your trip to this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Cityscape image of beautiful romantic streets of old town Dubrovnik, Croatia at twilight blue hour.

The best time to visit Dubrovnik is during the summer months, from late April to early October. This period offers pleasant weather, longer daylight hours and a vibrant atmosphere with various events and festivals taking place.

However, during the peak months of July and August be aware that tourist crowds are a lot higher and so are prices.

When looking for somewhere to stay, consider staying within the old town walls. This will ensure you are close to all of the nearby attractions and immerse yourself in the culture and architecture. Dubrovnik offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to private apartments.

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Overview of 3 Days In Dubrovnik Itinerary

Here is a brief overview of a 3 days in Dubrovnik itinerary. This is the best way to have 3 perfect days in Dubrovnik.

Day 1 in Dubrovnik

  • Soul Kitchen Dubrovnik For Breakfast
  • Explore The Old Town
  • Take A Lunch Break At Zuzori
  • Explore Dubrovnik Cathedral
  • Walk The City Walls
  • Dine At Gradska kavana Arsenal Restaurant
  • Nightlife in Dubrovnik

Day 2 in Dubrovnik

  • Morning Coffee At Caffe on the Wall
  • Lokrum Island
  • Explore Lokrum Botanical Gardens & Benedictine Monastery
  • Lacroma Restaurant For Lunch
  • Hike to Fort Royal and Swim In The Dead Sea Lake
  • Game of Thrones Walking Tour
  • Have An Evening Meal At Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe

Day 3 in Dubrovnik

  • Breakfast at Cogito Coffee Shop
  • Ride The Dubrovnik Cable Car
  • Have lunch at Restaurant Panorama
  • Mount Srđ
  • Enjoy An Evening At Mama’s Pot Tavern
Panorama of old city Dubrovnik in a beautiful summer day, Croatia

Day 1 in Dubrovnik

Soul Kitchen Dubrovnik For Breakfast

To start your 3 days in Dubrovnik, head over for a delightful breakfast at Soul Kitchen Dubrovnik. This charming cafe is warm and welcoming, coupled with a delicious menu that caters to all taste preferences.

Whether you are a fan of classic breakfast dishes or prefer to explore local Croatian flavours, Soul Kitchen has something to satisfy you before your first day of exploring.

Explore The Old Town

Firstly, explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town. With its well preserved medieval architecture, narrow cobblestone streets and historic landmarks, the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a journey through centuries of history.

Make sure you check out one of the main entrances to the Old Town, the Pile Gate. This is an impressive structure that dates back to 1537. As you approach the Pile Gate, you will see a striking stone archway, fortified walls and a drawbridge that once served as a defensive mechanism during times of siege.

Additionally, places to note are the Stradun, also known as Placa and Sponza Palace. The Stradun is the main street of the Old Town and the central area. Lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, the Stradun is a lively hub where you can enjoy a break.

Sponza Palace was built in the 16th century and is a stunning example of Gothic-Renaissance architecture. This historic building houses the Dubrovnik State Archives and is a testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Tour Pick
Dubrovnik Croatia - People at Dubrovnik Cathedral in the Old city of Dubrovnik Croatia

Old Town Walking Tour

  • 1.5 hours 
  • Local Expert guide
Dubrovnik Croatia -  People at Dubrovnik Cathedral in the Old city of Dubrovnik Croatia

Take A Lunch Break At Zuzori

Located in the heart of Dubrovnik, Zuzori offers a delightful place to have a rest for your lunch break. It offers a blend of modern gastronomy and Mediterranean flavours.

The stylish and inviting interior complements a diverse menu, featuring fresh seafood, succulent grilled meats and flavorful vegetarian options.

Explore Dubrovnik Cathedral

The Dubrovnik Cathedral, also known as the The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is a majestic religious landmark situated in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

This stunning Baroque cathedral features a remarkable exterior that is covered with intricate sculptures and statues.

Inside, you can marvel at its grand interior, which includes beautiful altars and a treasury filled with religious relics and artifacts.

As one of the city’s most significant religious sites, the Dubrovnik Cathedral stands as a testament to the city’s rich cultural and spiritual heritage. It is open 24 hours every day and is free to enter.

 Square at St Blaise Church and people at Stradun Street in the Old city of Dubrovnik in Croatia

Walk The City Walls

Whilst exploring, make sure to admire one of the most iconic features of the Old Town, its magnificent city walls. Spanning approximately 6,360 ft in length and 82 ft in height, the walls offer panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the red roofed buildings within the city.

Walking along the walls allows you to soak in the breathtaking views and get a unique perspective of Dubrovnik’s architecture.

Give yourself a couple of hours to explore these walls if you wish to walk around the entire circumference. There is 35 euro per person entrance fee and they are open every day from 9 am until 5 pm.

Tour Pick
Beautiful mediterranean scenery in town Dubrovnik, famous european travel and historic destination in Croatia.

Old Town & Ancient City Walls

  • 3.5 hours 
  • Small Group tour
  • Local Guide
Beautiful mediterranean scenery in town Dubrovnik, famous european travel and historic destination in Croatia.

Dine At Gradska kavana Arsenal Restaurant

Dine at Gradska kavana Arsenal Restaurant for your first evening in Dubrovnik. The menu combines traditional Croatian cuisine with new contemporary flavours.

The restaurant is housed within the historic Arsenal building, offering a dining experience like no other. As you step into the restaurant, you will be transported back in time. Dine outside on the terrace for a terrific sea view.

Nightlife in Dubrovnik

As the sun sets over the city it comes alive and offers a vibrant nightlife scene with an array of entertainment options. Some recommendations include Nina Bar, Bura Bistro Wine & Cocktails and Beer Factory Dubrovnik.

NoneNina Bar is a trendy and lively spot with a vibrant atmosphere. Here you can try delicious cocktails whilst you enjoy a night out on the town.

Bura Bistro Wine & Cocktails is a charming and cosy bistro, known for its exquisite selection of wines and creative cocktails. Whether you are seeking a relaxed evening with friends or a romantic date night, Bura Bistro offers a delightful ambience and a menu that celebrates the best of Croatian and international spirits.

Beer Factory Dubrovnik is a popular brewery and pub that caters to beer enthusiasts looking to experience a diverse range of craft brews. With a wide selection of locally brewed beers and international favorites, it also has a laid back atmosphere. Beer Factory is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a cold pint with friends.

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Spectacular picturesque view old town Ragusa, Dalmatia and Adriatic Sea

Day 2 in Dubrovnik

Morning Coffee At Caffe on the Wall

Start your second day on your 3 day trip to Dubrovnik by having your morning coffee at Caffe on the Wall. This is a charming and unique coffee spot in Dubrovnik that offers a picturesque view of the city’s ancient walls.

With a cup of freshly brewed coffee in hand, you can savour the atmosphere and soak in the sights of the city waking up to a new day. It is the perfect place to start your morning with an unforgettable coffee and a view experience.

Lokrum Island

If you are doing Dubrovnik in 3 days, make sure you spend some time on Lokrum Island.

Spending a morning on Lokrum Island is a delightful way to immerse yourself in nature and history. You can catch the ferry from Dubrovnik’s Old Port over to the Island.

Ferries operate regularly throughout the day, allowing you to choose a convenient departure time. Once you have arrived there are many activities and areas to explore. As you explore, keep an eye out for the island’s resident peacocks that gracefully roam free.

Panoramic view of Lokrum Island Dalmatian Coast of Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik. Blue sea with white yachts, beautiful landscape, aerial view, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Explore Lokrum Botanical Gardens & Benedictine Monastery

Begin your morning on Lokrum Island by heading to Lokrum Botanical Gardens, located near the port. As you stroll through the lush greenery, take in the diverse collection of exotic plants and flowers and embrace the peaceful ambience of this charming garden.

Next, a short walk will lead you to the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery, dating back to the 11th century. Explore this ancient site and discover its intriguing history, adding a touch of mystery to your island adventure.

Benedictine monastery on Island Lokrum near Dubrovnik old town.

Lacroma Restaurant For Lunch

Have a delightful lunch on the island at Lacroma Restaurant. You will be able to enjoy your food whilst sitting back and admiring the stunning sea views.

The menu offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Croatian flavours, featuring grilled meats. It is the perfect spot for a break on the island.

Hike to Fort Royal and Swim In The Dead Sea Lake

Afterwards, begin a leisurely hike and head over to Fort Royal for an amazing view of the island.  Situated on a hilltop it is a relatively easy climb that will reward you with panoramic scenes.

Before you head back to the mainland, indulge in a unique experience at the Dead Sea Lake. A small saltwater lake surrounded by rocks.

Take a dip in its buoyant waters and enjoy an unforgettable moment on Lokrum Island.

View of Fort Royal Castle on Lokrum Island near Dubrovnik in Croatia

Game of Thrones Walking Tour

Once you are back in Dubrovnik, spend a dew hours on a town walking tour. More specifically take a Game of Thrones Walking Tour! For avid fans of the hit series “Game of Thrones,” a guided tour of the show’s filming locations in Dubrovnik is an absolute must do experience.

This tour offers an incredible opportunity to learn more about the fantastical world of Westeros while exploring the real life settings where some of the show’s most iconic scenes were shot.

Dubrovnik, with its stunning medieval architecture, ancient city walls and picturesque coastal backdrop, provided the perfect canvas for bringing the fictional city of King’s Landing to life.

Led by knowledgeable guides who are passionate about both the show and the city’s history, the Game of Thrones walking tour takes you on a journey through time and fiction.

On the Game of Thrones walking tour, you will be able to see recognisable locations such as The Red Keep (Fort Lovrijenac), The House of the Undying (Minčeta Tower) and The Walk of Shame Steps (Jesuit Staircase).

Throughout the tour, the guides share fascinating behind the scenes stories, trivia and anecdotes about the making of the series. They also share storeis on the actors and the crew’s experiences in Dubrovnik.

You will gain insights into the production process, the challenges faced and the incredible efforts that went into bringing George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy world to life on the small screen.

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Dubrovnik walls and Minceta tower view, UNESCO world heritage site in Croatia

Game of Thrones Extended Tour

  • 2.5-3 hours 
  • Max of 9 people 
  • Guide who helped film the series
Dubrovnik walls and Minceta tower view, UNESCO world heritage site in Croatia

Have An Evening Meal At Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe

Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe is a top notch option for an evening meal. Nestled alongside the city walls with stunning views of the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea, this restaurant offers a memorable dining setting.

The menu boasts a fusion of traditional Croatian flavours and innovative culinary techniques.

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a romantic evening, Dubravka 1836 Restaurant & Cafe promises an unforgettable dining affair that will leave you with cherished memories of your time in Dubrovnik.

Day 3 in Dubrovnik

Breakfast at Cogito Coffee Shop

For the final day of your 3 days in Dubrovnik, start with breakfast at Cogito Coffee Shop. This quaint coffee shop offers freshly baked pastries and sandwiches to aromatic coffee and teas.

As you savor your morning coffee you can gather your thoughts for a delightful day ahead.

Ride The Dubrovnik Cable Car

The Dubrovnik Cable Car is an iconic attraction that offers visitors a breathtaking and panoramic view of the city and the surrounding sea. The cable car takes you from the base station just outside the Old Town to the summit of Mount Srđ, providing a scenic ride.

At the top, a viewing platform awaits, where you can soak in the stunning views of Dubrovnik’s red tiled rooftops, the historic city walls and the vast blue expanse of the sea. This vantage point offers a unique perspective of the city’s layout and beauty, making it a must visit spot whilst visiting the city.

Additionally, the cable car station on Mount Srđ houses a restaurant and a souvenir shop, allowing you to take a break with a view or pick up some mementoes of your visit. You can choose to visit during the day to capture the stunning landscapes or at sunset for a magical moment.

Tour Pick
Cable way and panoramic view of Dubrovnik on sunny summer day, Croatia

Dubrovnik Super Saver

  • 4.5 hours 
  • Cable car up Mt. Srd
  • Tour of Old Town & Walls
Dubrovnik cable car, panoramic view from Srd mountain, Croatia

Have lunch at Restaurant Panorama

Restaurant Panorama is a perfect choice for a delightful lunch with a view after climbing to the top of Mount Srđ.

Perched on the hillside, the restaurant lives up to its name, offering panoramic views of the Old Town and the picturesque coastline. Savour a moment of delicious food and scenic landscapes.

Umbrellas providing shadow for restaurant customers on top of a Srd Hill with the view of the old city of Dubrovnik, on the UNESCO list of World heritage site, Croatia.

Mount Srđ

Apart from the viewing platform, the summit of Mount Srđ also houses a fortification known as Fort Imperial, built by the French during the early 19th century.

Today, the fort serves as the Homeland War Museum, providing insights into Croatia’s recent history and the 1991 Siege of Dubrovnik. The Homeland War Museum is open every day from 8:30 am until 10 pm and costs approx £3.50 per person to enter.

For nature enthusiasts and hikers, there are also walking paths leading to the top of Mount Srđ from various points around Dubrovnik. This offers a chance to explore the area’s natural beauty and enjoy a more active approach to reaching the summit, or even an alternative way back down.

View of Dubrovnik city from the top of Mount Srd

Enjoy An Evening At Mama’s Pot Tavern

Savor your final evening in Dubrovnik at Mama’s Pot Tavern. Here traditional Croatian cuisine is served with a huge smile. The restaurant is cosy and filled with the smell of classic Croatian stews, all prepared with love and care.

Whether you are enjoying a romantic dinner or a delightful gathering with friends, Mama’s Pot Tavern promises an authentic taste of Croatia and a cherished evening in the heart of Dubrovnik.

Tour ideas for 3 day in Dubrovnik

Game of Thrones Tour

Embark on an exciting ‘Game of Thrones’ walking tour in Dubrovnik to discover the iconic filming locations of the popular HBO series. Led by an experienced guide, explore the Old Town on foot, visiting top landmarks such as Pile Gate and Lovrijenac Fort.

Dive into fascinating stories and gossip from behind the scenes of the show’s filming process. This themed tour allows you to see the very spots featured in the TV series while avoiding the hassle of navigating on your own.

Join the tour and gain unique insights into the making of ‘Game of Thrones’ in the stunning city of Dubrovnik.

Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Enjoy a fun day trip to Montenegro‘s coastal region, crossing the border for a scenic drive along the southern Dalmatian Coast where you will pass charming villages.

Discover the UNESCO listed town of Kotor, nestled in Europe’s southernmost fjord. Explore lush valleys and opt for an adventurous boat cruise to Our Lady of the Rocks island.

Find yourself amongst the historical charm of Kotor’s cobbled streets and the local culture, all while being surrounded by the breathtaking wonders of Montenegro’s countryside.

Boka Kotorska and town of Kotor bay panoramic view from the hill, coastline of Montenegro

Boat Tour to Mljet National Park & 3 Islands

Embark on a full day boat tour to the beautiful southern Dalmatian Islands, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. This personalised adventure includes visits to the saltwater lakes of Mljet National Park and the historic town of Lopud Island.

You will even get to swim at Odysseus Cave. Led by an experienced crew, the tour ensures both relaxation and safety throughout the journey.

Enjoy ample opportunities for swimming, kayaking and snorkelling amidst the breathtaking surroundings. Safety equipment and bottled water are provided for your convenience and peace of mind and admission fees are included.

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St. Marija  monastery on litle island in national park Mljet, Croatia

FAQs About three days in dubrovnik

is 3 days enough in dubrovnik

3 days is enough to get a good feel for what the city of Dubrovnik has to offer. You can explore its rich culture, stunning architecture, and charming streets.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you can take some time to appreciate the city’s beautiful beaches and cafes. Whatever your preference, 3 days will give you enough time to enjoy all that Dubrovnik has to offer.

is it better to go to split or dubrovnik first?

It depends on what type of activities you’re looking to do and the type of experience you want to have. Split is a larger city with more attractions, while Dubrovnik has stunning views from its walls and a historical Old Town.

If you want an urban experience and to visit a variety of attractions, Split may be the better choice. However, if you’d prefer a quieter atmosphere and sightseeing opportunities, then Dubrovnik is likely the better option.

can you walk into dubrovnik from cruise ship

Yes, you can walk into Dubrovnik from the cruise ship. While the city is about 10km away from the port, there are plenty of transportation options available to get there. If you’re looking for a more direct route, you can take a taxi or shuttle directly to the city.

The bus is another great option that’s affordable and will take you straight into the center of town. There’s also walking paths along the shoreline for those who would like to take a leisurely stroll into Dubrovnik and enjoy some stunning views along the way!

Final Thoughts: 3 day dubrovnik itinerary

In conclusion, Dubrovnik offers an extraordinary experience for travellers seeking a blend of history and exciting activities.

With its iconic city walls, charming Old Town and amazing coastal views, the city is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

Exploring the city’s treasures, such as Lokrum Island, the panoramic views from Mount Srđ, and the behind the scenes experiences from Game Of Thrones, the memories are ready to be made.

Dubrovnik beckons with open arms, promising a truly memorable experience for all who step foot in this remarkable city.

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