Fortress of Klis

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From Split: Small Group Tour of Salona, Klis, and Trogir

1. From Split: Small Group Tour of Salona, Klis, and Trogir

For lovers of history and archeology, there is a wealth of medieval and Roman history to be found in the immediate surrounds of Split. On the first stop, you’ll visit the ancient ruins in Salona, which was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia 2000 years ago, as well as being one of the five biggest towns in the Roman Empire. From here you’ll travel to the village of Klis, which is home to an imposing medieval fortress, perched high on a hilltop. This fortress became castle to many Croatian kings and served as a defense against the Ottoman invasion during the early 16th century.More latterly, it has featured in the blockbuster television series “Game of Thrones”. Next, you'll head to Trogir, a city which has had 2300 years of cultural and architectural influence by Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Austrians. In 1997, Trogir was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. There is also an option for lunch at a local Dalmatian restaurant en-route.

Split: Trogir, Salona and Solin Day Tour

2. Split: Trogir, Salona and Solin Day Tour

Gaze in awe at the Cathedral of St. Lovro. Construction on the church began in 1193 and was completed around 1500. Because its construction lasted so many centuries, it’s style is an architectural scrapbook of that half-century. Visit the imposing Kamerlengo Fortress, a castle which seems to have lept straight out of a storybook. Admire the many finely crafted coats of arms that deck out Trogir’s City Hall. Built as the Duke’s palace by the Venetians, this building includes a stunning carved lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venice. Make your way through the stunning collection of St. Nicholas’s Convent. See the dazzling 3rd-century relief of Kairos, the Greek god of opportunity carved out of orange marble. As you walk through the historic streets of Trogir, stop and notice the spectacular exterior of the Grand Cipiko Palace, which boasts an intricately carved Gothic triforium. Journey to Solin and explore the ancient ruins of Salona.  Once a critical Roman outpost, Solin is now a suburb of Split, however many relics from its ancient past remain. See the amphitheater where 15,000 spectators once cheered on gladiatorial battles. Explore the Fortress Klis. This massive fortress situated on top of a rocky mass offers gorgeous views of Split. It’s also one of the few castles of its kind that offers so much access to guests. Walk the walls, climb the towers, and be transported to the past. The fortress was recently used to portray the city of Meeren on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

From Sinj: 1-Hour Private Scenic Flight over Imotski's Lakes

3. From Sinj: 1-Hour Private Scenic Flight over Imotski's Lakes

Discover Sinj from the sky on an exciting private flight over the region. Enjoy verdant landscapes along the way and panoramic views of lakes, rivers, and coastline. Enjoy time to walk around and visit ancient fortresses. This route begins in the field of Sinj, a town in the Dalmatian hinterlands, the area known as Cetinska Krajina. This is an area that attracts more visitors each year, primarily thanks to the traditional Tilters Tournament of Sinj (Sinjska Alka). The flight starts over Sinj and continues along the Cetina River. The source of the river is a karst spring. Cetina has its source in the northwestern slopes of Dinara, in a small village called Cetina. The river is mostly calm with stunning landscapes. Next fly over the town of Trilj. This area also has become increasingly popular with tourists. It offers outdoor activities like Cetina River fishing, canoeing, rafting, horseback riding, cycling, and hiking. Afterward, the plane turns to Imotski, flying over the karstic landscapes that in a few minutes turn into a fertile valley bordered by the rocky plateaus. Imotski is a town situated on the northern side of Biokovo massif in Dalmatia hinterlands. It is a nice little town to visit. There are two lakes near Imotski – the Blue Lake and Red Lake, each one named for the color of the landscape around its borders. After the flight over the lakes, the route takes you to the town of Omiš. Omiš is situated at the Canyon of Cetina River. Omiš is widely known for its glorious pirate history and serves as a reminder of the times when pirates used to control Omiš. The main landmark remaining from the pirates stands proudly over the town – the fortress of Mirabela. Pirates of Omiš used the fortress as a lookout so that merchant ships couldn’t stay unnoticed when sailing along the coastline. The flight continues along the coastline towards the Split suburbs. The west coast of Split is the extension of Split’s Riva to the west. Enjoy a magnificent view of Split and luxury yachts. Next on the route is the Klis fortress, which served as a major source of defense in Dalmatia, especially in the middle ages. The fortress is one of the most outstanding fortresses in Croatia and it is beautifully preserved. If you have time, you can easily spend a few hours walking around. Finally, return to the town of Sinj. You will probably see Fortress of Sinj which offers one of the nicest views in the area. You can see all of the Cetina River and the surrounding villages. If you are interested in visiting the Dalmatian hinterlands this is the best way to give you a preview of what you can expect.

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What people are saying about Fortress of Klis

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4.6 / 5

based on 92 reviews

An excellent tour. The guide, Tonje, was so informative and could answer our questions, plus more. He went beyond his position to accommodate us with recommendations for the future. Thankyou. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Salona, Trogir and Klis Castle. Well worth it.

Well organised trip with very knowledgeable, friendly guide. Absolutely fascinating learning about so much history about Salona, having a relaxed lunch in Trogir and then seeing all the clever construction of Klis. Highly recommend!

All of the people on our tour agreed that Tonič, our guide, was the best guide ever. His English was flawless and his knowledge of Croatian history was impressive!

Excellent day out Our guide Adrian was really good. Very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Would really recommend this tour

Fantastic tour with our knowledgeable & historical Guide and the 3 wonderful beautiful sites made an everlasting impression