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Đivo Sjekavica

What is this?

A rare opportunity to explore Dubrovnik's secret fortresses, medieval sites, and a 16th-century underground foundry, well outside the typical tourist trail. Discover Dubrovnik's enigmatic past on a 2-hour walking tour, starting at the City Guard building by the iconic bell tower. Venture into Minčeta Fortress to traverse its historic hallways and casemates, learning about Dubrovnik's early adoption of firearms. The walk continues along the city walls, offering a unique perspective of Dubrovnik and photo opportunities. At the Gornji Ugao tower, dive beneath the city's surface to a 16th-century foundry, revealing Dubrovnik's industrial prowess in metallurgy and water systems, integral to its international trade. Then climb Bokar Fortress for a detailed account of late medieval to early 19th-century firearms. The tour concludes at the Benedictine nunneries' site and underground granaries. Here, you’ll learn about church history, urban development, and medieval grain storage methods.

What makes this unique?

This exclusive tour offers a unique and interesting exploration of Dubrovnik’s hidden archaeological treasures, in a section of Dubrovnik which feels undiscovered. It delves into the interiors of Minčeta and Bokar fortresses, normally unseen by visitors, offering a vivid account of the city's military evolution and strategies. Without a guide, this wouldn’t really have context. The highlight is the underground foundry beneath Gornji Ugao tower, showcasing the Republic of Dubrovnik's advanced technological capabilities. At the Benedictine nunneries and granaries, you'll step back into the Middle Ages, gaining insights into the religious and socio-economic aspects of Dubrovnik’s past. The tour's interpretive approach, aided by the archeologist’s wealth of knowledge and detailed illustrations, provides an immersive understanding and imagery of the past, envisioning what it would have looked like, back in time: a captivating experience for history enthusiasts and curious explorers alike.

What is the profile of the host?

Đivo, an archeologist and historian, is fluent in English and deeply knowledgeable about the city's past. He brings a wealth of information and engaging storytelling to the tour. His expertise transforms historical facts into vivid narratives, making the tour both educational and memorable.

What to bring?

To access the tour location, you’ll need to purchase a Ticket for the City Walls or a Dubrovnik Pass (not included in the tour price). Comfortable shoes and water are also recommended. **Parking can be challenging in Dubrovnik, so if you are driving in just for this experience, allocate an extra 30 minutes for parking.
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EUR 65
per person

Private experience

2 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 participants. You will be expertly guided by the archeologist who designed this tour. Included are: Access to Minčeta and Bokar fortresses, underground foundry, West bulwark, Benedictine nunneries and underground granaries.
Offered in English

Private experience

2 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 participants. You will be expertly guided by the archeologist who designed this tour. Included are: Access to Minčeta and Bokar fortresses, underground foundry, West bulwark, Benedictine nunneries and underground granaries.
Offered in English
calendar
EUR 65
per person

Private experience

2 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 participants. You will be expertly guided by the archeologist who designed this tour. Included are: Access to Minčeta and Bokar fortresses, underground foundry, West bulwark, Benedictine nunneries and underground granaries.
Offered in English

Private experience

2 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 participants. You will be expertly guided by the archeologist who designed this tour. Included are: Access to Minčeta and Bokar fortresses, underground foundry, West bulwark, Benedictine nunneries and underground granaries.
Offered in English