Trsteno Arboretum Tours

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Built by nobles in the late 15th century, this verdant arboretum is one of Dubrovnik’s top tourist attractions. In addition to plants sourced from the four corners of the globe, the garden also has a 50-foot-long (15 meter) aqueduct used for irrigation purposes, a baroque Neptune fountain, and a pavilion overlooking the Adriatic.
 
The Basics
The Trsteno Arboretum is a tranquil getaway for travelers based in Dubrovnik. Many guided tours of Dalmatia combine a visit to the garden with trips to nearby sights, such as the walled village of Ston and its salt ponds.
 
The HBO series, Game of Thrones, used the gardens as a filming location, serving as the on-screen Red Keep Palace garden. For this reason, Trsteno Arboretum is often visited on Game of Thrones-themed tours, which typically go to other filming locations, such as Dubrovnik Old Town and Lovrijenac Fortress. Some Game of Thrones experiences venture as far north as Split to visit additional filming sites, such as Klis Fortress and Diocletian’s Palace.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Trsteno Arboretum is a must for nature lovers.
  • Though the foliage provides ample shade, bring along sunscreen as the sun’s rays can be strong here, especially in summer.
  • Pick up a map of the garden at the ticket office to help you find your way around.
  • Some, though not all of the paths, in the arboretum are wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
The drive to Trsteno Arboretum, situated about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Dubrovnik, follows a scenic coastal road and should take about 25 minutes. Bus numbers 12, 15, 21, 22, and 35 all depart from Dubrovnik bus station.
 
When to Get There
Trsteno Arboretum is busiest in summer. Yet, even in the peak months of July and August, the gardens are calm and quiet when compared to bustling Dubrovnik. They are open year-round and are especially pretty in autumn, when the fall colors set in.
 
Highlights of the Arboretum
Among the most striking—and unmissable—plants at Trsteno are the pair of 500-year-old plane trees near the entrance. These two leafy giants tower to a height of more than 195 feet (60 meters). Within the garden itself, you’ll find a hedge maze to puzzle your way out of, as well as exotic palms and ponds filled with fish, frogs, and lilies.

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Address: Potok 20, Trsteno, Dalmatia 20233 , Croatia
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From Stone Walls to Green Gardens - Private Excursion from Dubrovnik

See an untrammeled part of the Dalmatian Coast on this day trip from Dubrovnik to enchanting Ston and Trsteno. Riding comfortably in a Mercedes E-Class or Mercedes Vito/Viano, cruise up the coast taking in the gorgeous rugged coastline. Once in Ston, marvel at 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) of medieval walls, stroll the cobblestone streets and indulge in some raw oysters for which the town is famous. Later stop in Trsteno, home to a famous arboretum with over 300 exotic trees and plants and also the location of many scenes from HBO's Game of Thrones.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

Discover ‘Game of Thrones’ film sites of Dubrovnik on this walking tour that takes in the real-life attractions used for some of the television show’s fictional locations. As you explore the city’s World Heritage-listed Old Town with an in-the-know guide, enjoy views of the red-roofed skyline you’ll recognize as King’s Landing. Follow in Joffrey’s footsteps at Lovrijenac Fortress, stand where Ayra Stark stood and hear behind-the-scenes stories about filming in the city. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include a 1.5-hour tour to Trsteno Aboretum, which was used as the palace gardens. This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Viator Exclusive Combo: 'Game of Thrones' in Dubrovnik and Split

Go all ‘Game of Thrones’ while in Split by booking this cool combo tour. This Viator Exclusive allows you to walk in the footsteps of your favorite GoT character. Travel to the fictional city of Meereen and stop by the mountainside fortress of Klis. Then go to the real UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace. On the second day, go to Dubrovnik and get all the gossip about the series and the filming of the show. Please note: Depending on the availability of the tour, you can decide on the day and the order in which you wish to do the tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Dalmatia Day Tour from Dubrovnik with Salt Ponds

Take a comprehensive tour of Dalmatia's highlights on this tour from Dubrovnik. With a guide to help you understand the area's history and culture, visit the towns of Trsteno, Orasac, Ston, and the area's salt ponds. In addition to guided tours, travelers will have free time in each destination to explore or have a meal (own expense). Round-trip transportation from Dubrovnik included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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