Go on a walking tour
A good way to get familiar with a new city is by taking a walking tour. Luckily, Dubrovnik has many options. Free Dubrovnik Tours has both an Old Town and Game of Thrones one. Even though they are of no cost, tipping your guide is encouraged. Dubrovnik Walking Tours is another company offering a wide array of tours. You can take a scheduled tour or arrange for a private or group one. And companies like Walls of Dubrovnik offer an early-bird tour if you want to avoid the crowds. Or, you may prefer a tour with a private guide like Ivan Vuković Vuka, who was born and bred in Dubrovnik and has been giving tours since 2006. He offers a variety of two-hour tours, such as topics like Jewish history, war history, movie and photo locations (yes, including Games of Thrones), and an orientation tour of the city. If you want to go on a day trip, he’ll also take you to nearby places like Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and into Montenegro. “My tours are filled with local experience and knowledge,” Vuka says, “I also give my guests pointers and give them tips on things to do in their free time and how to avoid the crowds.” If you prefer to walk around Dubrovnik at your own leisure instead, pick up one of Ana Matušić’s Hello Dubrovnik patented hand fans. In addition to keeping you cool, it’s multifunctional and has a guide of things to see in the city – the perfect aid for a self-guided tour.