Rector's Palace

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Dubrovnik: Old Town Walking Tour

1. Dubrovnik: Old Town Walking Tour

Join your local guide and take a walk through Dubrovnik’s beautiful Old Town and discover how the city became one of the most prosperous and advanced of all the historic maritime republics. As you step through the gates of Dubrovnik’s old city walls, you will be taking a step back in time, losing yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this culturally influential city. Beginning at Pile Gate, at the storied western entrance to the Old Town, your local guide will lead you to Dubrovnik’s most significant historical landmarks (you won't enter any churches or museums). See Large Onofrio's Fountain, Orlando’s Column, Rector’s Palace, and many more. Take in the beautiful sights, and listen as your guide shares mesmerizing stories and remarkable facts from over 1,400 years of Dubrovnik’s dramatic history, including the classical period of the Republic of Ragusa.  This tour will give you a thorough background on the essential role Dubrovnik played in the civilized world’s history. You will learn about the city’s impressive economic, social, and cultural achievements over the centuries, and immerse yourself in the city’s electric atmosphere.

Dubrovnik Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

2. Dubrovnik Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour in Dubrovnik. Download the smartphone app onto your phone and experience Dubrovnik while enjoying the flexibility of exploring at your own pace. After downloading the tour app (instructions received via email after booking), set out on an adventure where you'll walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, and solve challenges. Walk around the medieval old town, take photos of the landscapes, and explore famous sites where “Game of Thrones” was filmed. As you explore, work with your team or compete against them to complete the scavenger hunt. Start your tour at the imposing Pile Gate! Visit Large Onofrio's Fountain with its dreamlike design. Photograph the Clocktower in incredible detail and marvel at the miraculous St. Blaise's Church. The Rector's Palace will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of the Gothic-Renaissance style. Afterwards, Porporela is waiting for you, don't forget to take pictures! Dubrovnik cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire the Church of St. Ignatius, said to be miraculous. Learn about Marin Držić, the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Bokar Fortress, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, reminds you of something from a well-known TV series, which broke the viewership counters? Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity, for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events.

Dubrovnik: Medieval Guided Walking Tour in the Old Town

3. Dubrovnik: Medieval Guided Walking Tour in the Old Town

The meeting point is at the Pile gate. There I will briefly tell you about the political history of Dubrovnik. After that, we will enter the Old Town and continue our tour towards the Franciscan monastery and big Onofrio's fountain. After that, we will move away from crowds on the main street and start exploring the oldest part of town, where other tour guides rarely go. You will be able to see Rector's palace, St. Blaise church, Sponza palace, the old orphanage, and many other attractions. During the tour, you will hear interesting stories about everyday life in medieval Dubrovnik. What they ate, how did they live, what was family life like, what they did for fun, and so on?

Dubrovnik: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour

4. Dubrovnik: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour

This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Dubrovnik with hidden gems that only a local can show you. Get to know Dubrovnik on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, from culture, history, and local lifestyle - this tour has it all! Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Dubrovnik at its best thanks to your local guide’s knowledge and stories. Check out main landmarks like Stradun, Rector’s Palace, Pile Gate and uncover city secrets that will show you the city from a different perspective. As they say, the locals know best! Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Exploration Game

5. Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Exploration Game

Explore highlights of Dubrovnik and see an iconic location from Game of Thrones on this engaging phone game. Discover Onofrio's Fountain, West Harbour, Ethnographic Museum, and more. Start the game at Ploce gate. Take the role of a soldier fighting against invaders. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. It will take between 2.5-3 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Gradac Park.

Dubrovnik: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

6. Dubrovnik: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing Pile Gate! Visit Large Onofrio's Fountain with its dreamlike design. Photograph the Clocktower in incredible detail and marvel at the miraculous St. Blaise's Church. The Rector's Palace will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of the Gothic-Renaissance style. Afterwards, Porporela is waiting for you, don't forget to take pictures! Dubrovnik cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire the Church of St. Ignatius, said to be miraculous. Learn about Marin Držić, the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Bokar Fortress, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, reminds you of something from a well-known TV series, which broke the viewership counters?

Dubrovnik: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

7. Dubrovnik: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

This special time of year brings magic to Dubrovnik. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most festively decorated places and learn local Christmas stories and legends on this walking tour. Visit Dubrovnik’s traditional Christmas fair held in an atrium of the Convent of St. Claire, full of Christmas decorations and items. Shop and taste local Christmas products. Prepare to be spellbound by the city’s charming Christmas atmosphere, something you can only experience this time of the year in Dubrovnik.

From Split: Dubrovnik Guided Day Trip

8. From Split: Dubrovnik Guided Day Trip

Stroll through Dubrovnik's old town, dotted with historic landmarks and hidden treasures, on a guided walking tour. Be transported from Split for an insightful adventure, then enjoy free time to wander around the medieval streets and discover the beauty of this Adriatic gem. Board your bus in Split and drive to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, meet a local guide to dive into the streets of the historic center, filled with monuments from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Walk through the main street of Stradun and reach Orlando’s Column, once used for public punishment. Admire the Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace and the famous Rector’s Palace, as well as the beautiful church and monastery. Learn about the city's fortified walls, built to surround and protect it, which have stood strong throughout the centuries. Afterward, take some free time to continue exploring at your own pace. Choose to climb the city walls up to Srd Mountain to take in panoramic views of the area, or try some traditional food in one of the charming restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous, walk to a nearby beach for a swim. Finally, sit back on your air-conditioned bus as you drive back to Split.

Dubrovnik: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

9. Dubrovnik: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

Starting at Pile Gate, you’ll walk along the city’s elegant main street, seeing its most important sights. Highlights will include the Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio's Fountains, the Sponza Palace, Orlando's Column, the Bell Tower, the Church of St. Blaise, the Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral, the city walls, and more. The old city is surrounded by more than a mile of walls, with a tower at each corner. Afterwards, take a stroll along Stradun, the centuries-old main promenade. At one end of this street you’ll admire the 14th-century Franciscan Monastery, whose cloister ranks among the most inspiring sites in the city. At the other end, you’ll see the church of St. Blaise, the Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and the Rector's Palace. After exploring Dubrovnik’s historical heritage, your guide will take you to Santa Maria, the oldest district of the city, where you’ll experience the real Dubrovnik. You can discover the hidden quarter of Buza, frequented almost exclusively by the locals. Here, the Door of St. Stjepan opens to reveal a view over white rocks and blue sea to Lokrum Island. On the way back to Stradun, you’ll visit Ulica od Puca, a street best known for its traditional jewelry shops, old barber shop, and small churches.

Dubrovnik: Private Family Friendly City Tour with Guide

10. Dubrovnik: Private Family Friendly City Tour with Guide

City exploring with kids has never been easier! On this Dubrovnik private tour, your family is in good hands, under your local guide's care. The best part, this tour is for grown-ups and kids alike. Embark on a journey where you'll get to see Dubrovnik through your kid's eyes. Visit main highlights like Stradun, Rector’s Palace, and Pile Gate, and discover hidden gems through a series of activities like treasure hunts and pop quizzes. Your kids will be able to learn about a new culture, their language, and history, thanks to your local host's stories and knowledge. This tour is both entertaining and educational! Withlocals Family Friendly City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local products and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

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What people are saying about Rector's Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,748 reviews

100% you should do this tour. It's very informative and gives you a taste of all the history. Our guide was brilliant and even opened up about his own personal war experience which was heart wrenching to hear. Dubrovnik is such a beautiful place, I highly recommend this tour. Its a great way to start your holiday.

What a fun and insightful tour! Getting to see the old city on foot while also learning about the amazing history of Dubrovnik was so worth it! If you can request a guide, go for Marin. He's a local and has some pretty cool Game of Thrones related stories in addition to his knowledge of the city!

Good overview of Old Town with stops at multiple locations and an informed but also amusing commentary about Dubrovnik’s history. Great trip to do early on in a stay to give you your bearings.

The Old Town Walking Tour was a brilliant way to start our trip to Dubrovnik. It gave us a great introduction to the city and its history.

Very informative, beautiful old town. Branko was a great tour guide and personality.