Are you looking for the best day trips from Dubrovnik? From visiting Mostar in Bosnia to sailing around the Elefati Islands, check out these tours for your next holiday!

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I’ve said it so many times on this blog but I adore Croatia; it is definitely one of my favourite countries in the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re wandering the streets of Dubrovnik, sitting in the the shadows of Diocletian’s Palace in Split or island hopping around Hvar, there is just so much to see and do here.

One place everyone flocks to is the capital of Dubrovnik. I’ve been a few times myself and every time I find a new alleyway to explore or local restaurant to eat at.

Outside the old town walls, Dubrovnik is a Mediterranean paradise. From postcard-perfect beaches to cozy restaurants where you can order fish of the day, I really recommend going on a few day trips from Dubrovnik.

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These are the best day trips from Dubrovnik

One of the most popular Dubrovnik day trips is to Mostar in Bosnia. Here you can see locals jumping off the massive 24-metre high bridge (I even did the Mostar bridge jump myself!) and it is such a stunning place in the Balkans.

Another incredible day trip is further down the Adriatic Coast to the seaside towns of Budvar and Kotor in Montenegro. They’re well worth visiting in their own right but a day trip will give you a taster as to what they’re like.

So, from sailing around the Elefati Islands to visiting the gorgeous Kravice Waterfalls, these are some of the best tours from Dubrovnik for your next holiday. 

If you’re looking at basing yourself in the city for these day trips then check out my blog post on where to stay in Dubrovnik featuring some of the best hotels in the city.

Also, if you’re travelling from Dubrovnik to Montenegro then I’ve written a guide on all the best options of how to do it!

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1. Kravice Waterfalls, Bosnia

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Kravice Waterfalls, Bosnia

Not many day trips from Dubrovnik are as awesome as a visit to Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia.

Just image a group of 25 meters high waterfalls that have a natural pool where you can go swimming. It just feels like you have stepped in a hidden paradise.

Kravice Waterfalls basically have the same charm as the popular Plitvice Lakes National Park, just without thousands of tourists and swimming is allowed here. On a warm summer day, there is nothing better than going for a dip in the cooling pools and admiring the forest area that surrounds you.

A tour of Kravice Waterfalls and Mostar costs £44. This is for a full-day tour (10 hours) and includes all guides, entrance fees and transfers.

2. Korčula, Croatia

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Korcula, Croatia

Go on a 2.5-hour catamaran ride from Dubrovnik and you’ll the beautiful island of Korčula. This place is where the famous explorer Marco Polo was born and you can actually see the house in which he used to live.

Steeped in history, the medieval walled town is also worth visiting. From St Mark’s Cathedral to other historical buildings and monuments, the old town offers a number of cultural attractions.

However, the main attractions on the island are the peaceful bays where you can spend a whole day swimming in the beautiful Adriatic Sea. I also like the picturesque countryside here which is dotted with vineyards, pines, and olive trees. You can even pop into a couple of the vineyards for wine tasting too!

A tour of Korcula and Peljesac Peninsula costs £50 per person. This is for a full-day tour (11 hours) and includes all guides and transfers.

3. The Elaphiti Islands, Croatia

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The Elaphiti Islands, Croatia

There are many fascinating day trips from Dubrovnik and a visit to the Elaphiti Islands is definitely one of them. The good news is that these islands are easily reachable, as there are many local boat owners and companies who are willing to transfer you from one island to the other.

Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan are the three main islands on this small archipelago. They are actually the only three inhabited ones out of 13 islands. For the intrepid travellers among you, you can visit the three main islands all in one day.

The peaceful beaches offer an ideal getaway from the busy streets of Dubrovnik. The waters around these islands are quite calm, which means ideal conditions for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. 

A tour of the Elaphiti Islands on board a galleon costs £49per person. This is for a full-day tour (9 hours) and includes all food, wine, guides and transfers.

4. Mostar, Bosnia

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Mostar, Bosnia

I always recommend a day trip to Mostar on any trip to Dubrovnik. Why? Well, this rustic town in Bosnia is well-known for its picturesque Old Bridge and it is such a charm to walk around. I’d even go as far to say it’s my favourite place in Bosnia!

One of the major attractions here is watching the infamous bridge divers looking to impress the locals and the ladies. It really is such an experience to watch and you can even do it yourself too.

For a unique local experience, walk down to the Old Bazaar where you can have a cup of traditional Turkish coffee and purchase local crafts. Personally, I think this is one of the best Dubrovnik day trips you can do!

A tour of Mostar discovering all the city has to offer costs £49. This is for a full-day tour (12 hours) and includes all guides and transfers.

5. Kotor, Montenegro

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Kotor, Montenegro

I love Montenegro and Kotor is one of my favorite places to visit when traveling from Dubrovnik. The medieval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the cutest places around.

Kotor is also a romantic destination and attracts many couples of vacation. I guess it’s because of all the picturesque town squares and the narrow cobblestone streets in the old own. Although there are only a couple of stone beaches here in the city, you can always go to nearby villages like Orahovac and Ljuta where you will be greeted with 2 secluded beaches with turquoise waters.

A tour of Budvar and Kotor in Montenegro costs £46. This is for a full-day tour (11 hours) and includes all guides, entrance fees and transfers.

6. Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia

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Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia

Since I’m crazy about food and wine, a day trip from Dubrovnik to Peljesac Peninsula is always a must for me.

This is the largest peninsula in Dalmatia and one of the best wine regions in the area. Go to Matusko Winery or Milos Winery to sample some of the finest wines Croatia has to offer.

Don’t let me get started about the food here. From shellfish and oysters and cheese plates and prosciutto, every bite you take is just delicious.

As for the beaches, there are spectacular in every way. Explore the hidden coves, book a boat trip and go scuba diving, or have a refreshing cocktail at one of the laid-back beach bars.

A tour of Peljesac and Korcula costs £50. This is for a full-day tour (11 hours) and includes all guides, entrance fees and transfers. There’s even a wine tasting session in there for good measure too!

7. Cavtat, Croatia

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Cavtat, Croatia

For a less touristy experience, I recommend paying a visit to the lovely town of Cavtat. It is located just a 20-minute drive southeast of Dubrovnik and boasts a charming old town with cobbled streets and plenty of historical buildings.

Check out the Rector’s Palace, explore the fabulous Racic Mausoleum, and admire St. Nicholas Church while wandering the streets of Cavtat.

On the waterfront, expect to find dozens of cute cafes and restaurants where you can stop to have lunch. And if you want to go sunbathing, there are 2 beaches that offer ideal conditions for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding too.

Cavtat is one of those very Croatia towns where the pace of life is a lot slower, so it’s perfect for a day trip and to kick back and relax in.

8. Sarajevo, Bosnia

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Had enough of beach time and being lazy on a sunbed? Next on my list of day trips from Dubrovnik is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo. Known for its troubled past, this remarkable city offers plenty of attractions and activities to keep you entertained for a week.

Visit the old bazaar also known as Baščaršija. Here you will have an opportunity to try the traditional food Cevapi.  They are basically dumplings made of minced meat, fried on the grill, and served in somun with garlic. It’s the most famous Bosnian brand and everyone loves them.

A private tour of Sarajevo costs £57. This is for a full-day tour (12 hours) and includes all guides, entrance fees and private transfers.

9. Trogir, Croatia

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Trogir, Croatia

Located just 30 km outside Split, Trogir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dalmatia. Take a walk down the picturesque sea promenade, admire the renaissance and baroque-style buildings, and try local seafood specialties at one of the waterfront restaurants.

There are no beaches in the center of the city, but the Medena beach in the nearby village of Seget Donji is quite amazing. No visit to Trogir is complete without checking out the Ciovo Island, which is located just across the bridge from the city’s old town.

10. Island of Mljet, Croatia

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The Island of Mljet, Croatia

A visit to the island of Mljet is one of the best day trips from Dubrovnik ever. Easily accessible by catamaran, Mljet is a small island that offers a peaceful getaway from the busy streets of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place for travelers who like nature and long walks.

Mljet is also home to some of the most picturesque beaches in all of Europe. Want to hear the good news? You can have them all to yourself, as there are not that many tourists here. There are no fancy resorts on the island, just one supermarket, and a couple of restaurants.

The biggest draw here and the most visited place is the national park that consists of a Big Lake and a Small Lake. I recommend renting a bike and exploring this lovely national park.

A tour of the island of Mljet costs £67. This is for a full-day tour (11hours) and includes all guides, entrance fees and  transfers including a catamaran trip.

11. Budva, Montenegro

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Budva, Montenegro

If you are in the party mode, Budva in Montenegro is the place you want to visit. With plenty of nightclubs and bars, this city is well-known for its vibrant nightlife. There are also nice beaches where you can relax during the day.

Thanks to its old town, Budva is also a good destination for travelers who are interested in history and culture. This part of the city is not that large, but once you step inside these walls, it will feel like traveling back in time. Explore the cute narrow streets of this pedestrian-only area and buy some souvenirs from the locals.

A tour of Budvar and Kotor in Montenegro costs £46. This is for a full-day tour (11 hours) and includes all guides, entrance fees and transfers.

12. Ston, Croatia

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Ston, Croatia

As far as Dubrovnik tours go, this one is right up there.

A truly hidden gem, the village of Ston is located right on the Pelješac peninsula. There are a couple of nice vineyards worth checking out here, as well as the famous Ston Walls Entrance and Fort Kastio.

The medieval town center looks amazing, while the cute village of Olipa is also easily reachable. Ston is a great place to enjoy some fresh seafood, as the city is famed for its flat oysters and mussels.

A tour of Ston costs £50. This is for a half-day tour (5 hours) and includes an oyster tasting session, guides and transfers.

Which of these Dubrovnik day trips would you go on? I would love to know what you’ve got planned for your trip to Croatia so let me know in the comments below!

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