Guided tour

Dubrovnik: Fall of Communism and Life Under the Siege Tour

Activity provider: Free Spirit Tours

Dubrovnik: Fall of Communism and Life Under the Siege Tour

Activity provider: Free Spirit Tours

From US$ 29.44 per person

A 2-hour tour on the fall of Communist Yugoslavia, and the Croatian fight for independence. Tour includes photos of important war photographers and a visit to the Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders.

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Duration 2 minutes
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  • learn about the roots of the conflicts between the Balkan states
  • Find out more about communist Yugoslavia and it's intriguing dictator Tito
  • Learn how Dubrovnik was attacked only once in its centuries-long history
  • Walk the streets where the 1990s bombs fell
Full description
Go on a 2-hour journey through most of the 20th-century history of both Dubrovnik and Croatia. Starting with the collapse of Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I, this tour provides an insight into the complicated 20th century of the Balkan region. The fascist rule in World War II was marked by racial laws and concentration camps. Beautiful forts turned into torture chambers, with prosecution and death lurking on every corner. The resistance partisan movement organized by the Communist Party led by Tito started a civil war against fascists. Communist Yugoslavia reunited with the Southern Slavic nations, and it's dictator Tito became one of the most prominent politicians of 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, being an attack on both the people and culture of Croatia. The tour begins from Luza Square in front of Orlando's Column. From there it will follow two parallel storylines: the first one presenting the 20th century of both Dubrovnik and Croatia, and the second one picturing the bombing of Dubrovnik in the Croatian Homeland War. Multimedia is provided by a licensed guide, and your tour also includes a visit to the Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders.
  • Experienced certified local guide
  • Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defenders
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Join at Luža Street, in front of Orlando's Column. Look for the guide with an orange umbrella.

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Our guide was amazing. If you’re a historian or profoundly interested in the modern history of Croatia as much as you are interested in the beaches, beauty, nature and food then this tour is for you. Personally, I like to understand the places I visit from a local perspective when possible. I’m not satisfied with the usual tourist activities. I’m a bit of a nerd and this tour is perfect for this kind of person. Also, you get exercise in a beautiful place, while supporting a young historian whose father is a war veteran. My father is a veteran as well and so, I get it. It won’t bring you down, it will lift you up, because it ends with freedom and rejuvenation. It’s a few hours well spent for history, exercise, local perspective and celebrating Croatia’s fighting spirit.

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July 21, 2021

What a great tour! Marin led us through the streets of Dubrovnik recounting the events of the days when the war came to the doorsteps of the people of Dubrovnik. By coincidence, our tour also took place on August 5th when Croatia celebrates ‘Victory Day’

August 6, 2021

You get the whole history that led up to the war just 30 years ago. Great guide who was able to give a nuanced interpretation of the events and backdrop that led to the war. Very interesting.

July 31, 2021

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