City Tour War Tour Dubrovnik

A walking tour where you'll find out about the turbulent 20th century in Dubrovnik. In 80 years, five different regimes controlled Dubrovnik including the rule of Ustase fascist movement and communist Yugoslavia under Tito. Communism collapsed through the brutal Croatian Homeland War and Dubrovnik wasn't spared.

On the contrary, the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was bombed and sieged for the first time in its centuries-long history. Relive those difficult times on the streets where it happened with the help of photos taken by people who risked or even lost their lives to raising awareness of the terror that was happening in Dubrovnik in the 1990s.
Price
185HRK per person
Duration
2 hours
Destination
Dubrovnik
Travellers
1-20
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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DISASTROUS Croatian Homeland War Tour

Take a 2-hour tour on the fall of Communist Yugoslavia, and the Croatian fight for independence in the disastrous Homeland War.
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A walking tour where you'll find out about the turbulent 20th century in Dubrovnik. In 80 years, five different regimes controlled Dubrovnik including the rule of Ustase fascist movement and communist Yugoslavia under Tito. Communism collapsed through the brutal Croatian Homeland War and Dubrovnik wasn't spared.

On the contrary, the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was bombed and sieged for the first time in its centuries-long history. Relive those difficult times on the streets where it happened with the help of photos taken by people who risked or even lost their lives to raising awareness of the terror that was happening in Dubrovnik in the 1990s.
Highlights
  • learn about the roots of the conflicts between the Balkan states and understand the today's situation better
  • did you know Dubrovnik was attacked only once in its centuries-long history? In the Homeland War in 1990s
  • relive the moments through photos made by one of the best Croatian war photographers
  • walk the streets where in 1990s bombs were falling
  • find out more about the fall of Yugoslavia
  • visit The Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders
Tour Dates and Times
Apr 1st to Apr 30th every day at 3 pm
May 1st to Sep 30th every day at 6 pm
Oct 1st to Oct 31th every day at 3 pm
Nov 1st to Mar 31st no tours
Destination
Dubrovnik
Departure Location
In front of the Orlando's Column at Luža Square
Return Location
Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik, Old Town Sponza Palace
Additional Information
Tour language: English Booking information: Instant confirmation How to recognize the guide: Follow the orange umbrella Price: 185HRK / 25€ per person
Price includes
  • Guidance by a certified local guide with 500+ tours experience
  • Multimedia presentation about the Croatian Homeland War
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Luza Square in front of Orlando's Column

Meeting point at the main city square where you will get an introduction to the tour

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Pile Gate

Where a plaque depicting a Serbian king used to be...

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Serbian Orthodox Church

Learn of strained relations between Croatia and Serbia escalating into series of political assassinations

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Dubrovnik Synagogue

Fascist Ustasa movement introduce racial laws and concentration camps

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City Hall

Communism prevails and Tito becomes a celebrity dictator living a lavish lifestyle

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Gundulic Square

Tito's death awakes nationalism in Yugoslavia

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Dubrovnik Harbor

The Croatian Homeland War brings fear and destruction to Dubrovnik, explosions and screams echo through the streets

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Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders

The suffering ends, the war was won, but is it really over?

More about this tour

The Croatian Homeland War Tour is a 2-hour journey through most of the 20th-century history of Dubrovnik and Croatia. Starting with the collapse of Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the tour provides an insight into the complicated 20th century in the Balkan region.

The fascist rule in World War II marked by racial laws and concentration camps. Beautiful forts turned into torture chambers, prosecutions and death lurking on every corner. The resistance partisan movement organized by the Communist Party led by Tito starts a civil war against fascists. Communist Yugoslavia reunites the Southern Slavic nations and it's dictator Tito becomes one of the most prominent politicians in the Cold War. Communism in Croatia was brought to an end through the disastrous Homeland War. The Siege of Dubrovnik was one of the bloodiest battles of the war, an attack on both the people and culture of Croatia.

The tour starts on the Luza Square in front of Orlando's Column. The tour follows two parallel storylines: the first one presenting the 20th century of both Dubrovnik and Croatia, the second one picturing the bombing of Dubrovnik in the Croatian Homeland War. Multimedia provided by the licensed guide consists of photos by prominent war photographers, some of which lost their lives during the Siege of Dubrovnik. The tour includes a visit to the Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders.

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