Golden Gate, Split

Golden Gate, Split: Our most recommended tours and activities

Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace 1.5 Hour Walking Tour

1. Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace 1.5 Hour Walking Tour

Travel back in time on a guided walking tour of Split and explore 1,700 years of the city’s history, from the construction of the Diocletian Palace in 305 CE, to its place as Croatia's second largest city. Uncover sights like the Saint Domnius Cathedral along the way.  Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace and marvel at the remains of an ancient palace from the Roman Empire which now forms about half the Old Town of Split. Stop to view its open colonnades in the palace's central Peristyle square. Continue to the impressive Saint Domnius Cathedral, which is thought to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original form. Hear about the story of Gregory of Nin by his statue in Giardin Park. Stroll along the Riva promenade to admire views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea. Finish your tour where it began at the Golden Gate.

Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

2. Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

Journey back in time and explore the history of Split, from Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman emperor in 305 CE, through to the present day. Marvel as history is brought to life before your eyes. See the Cathedral of Saint Domnius with its 12th-century bell tower, and visit the impressive Peristyle courtyard of Diocletian's Palace. Admire the statue of Gregory of Nin by the 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Meštrović. Take a closer look at the impressive Golden Gate that Diocletian walked through to enter his palace. Go down to the Riva promenade to get lovely views of the Adriatic Sea, and see the Old Town Hall and City Clock on People's Square. Walk in a small group for a more intimate experience and the chance to choose what you want to see. Visit the fish market, explore the old neighborhood of Varoš and much more.

Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour with Boat, Swimming & Free Time

3. Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour with Boat, Swimming & Free Time

Escape the hustle and bustle of Split's city center on a full-day guided tour of one of Croatia’s most beautiful national parks at Krka. Glide along the Krka River's calm water on a boat cruise and make the most of your free time in the park once you arrive. Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace for a transfer to Krka National Park. Alternatively, drive straight to the park in a private vehicle, depending on the option selected. Upon arrival, go to the small town of Skradin to take a short boat cruise down the Krka River. Disembark at the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, and marvel at Europe’s largest travertine cascade system. Take in the fresh air and wild nature, or go to the Ethno Museum in one of the old mills. See the remains of ancient settlements and small stone houses, along with the first hydroelectric power station in Europe. After the National Park, visit a sandy beach Skradin's sandy beach for a refreshing rest. Visit a local winery and taste local wines and olive oils, not included in the tour price.

Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace Visit

4. Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace Visit

This will be your private and personalized sightseeing tour to suit your tempo and interests. Your tour is flexible and guided by a professional, highly qualified guide with a real passion for touring Croatia and showing you its beauty.  You will meet your guide in the center of Split, one of the oldest cities in Croatia, with departure times which suit you. From here, you will embark on a walking tour, exploring Split's 12th- and 13th-Century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-Century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style.  Stroll around the Roman portion of the city, throughout which the ruins of Diocletian's Palace are scattered, and visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Known locally as St Duje, this is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings standing today, built in the 5th Century on the site where Diocletian, the last famous persecutor of the Christians, was interred in 311 AD.  Other incredible sights include the statue of the medieval Croatian bishop, Gregory of Nin, the Golden Gate and the tower-clock, which has kept time in Split since the 15th Century. In the Medieval Quarter, you can take in City Hall, the Fish Market -– a focal point of life in Split – and the beautiful promenade over Riva Harbor. Your private guide will share facts and stories with you as you experience the vibrant culture of this historic city. This is a tour the whole family will enjoy and your personal guide will customize the itinerary for you.

Split: Game of Thrones Private Tour with Diocletian Palace

5. Split: Game of Thrones Private Tour with Diocletian Palace

This 2-hour Game of Thrones tour is a fun way to see some of the important sites in Split. Learn about the real history of Split as you visit locations where the famous series was filmed. Explore the center of Split with a local guide, who is a Games of Thrones fan. Visit the cellars of the Diocletian’s Palace, the Golden Gate and Vestibul, and more. Walk along the streets where different scenes were shot. Tour the cellars where the Meereenese slaves lived and continue along the streets where they ran. See where Daenarys kept her dragons. Enter the corridor where the Sons of the Harpy waited for the Unsullied.

Split: Private History and Culture Walking Tour

6. Split: Private History and Culture Walking Tour

Your walking tour takes you on an exciting journey through the ancient history of one of the most significant original structures of the late ancient architecture, Diocletian's Palace, a Roman imperial palace that was enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage and that is today a living museum! Be thoroughly entertained as you set foot on cultural and historical sightseeing of the Palace, imagining how the life of Emperor Diocletian was like within its walls and learning with insider’s perspective how it is today, 1700 years later! During the walking tour, you will see Peristil Square and Vestibul, sacred Roman temples and the Cathedral of St. Dujam which is the oldest cathedral building in the world, as well as the ancient cellars, the famous Golden Gate, Romanesque churches, Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque palaces and more. There will be ample opportunities for memorable pictures, so put your walking shoes on and soak up the atmosphere of this lively, excitable city. Your guide will provide you with insight into the history and culture of Split as well as give you many useful tips about local life, suggestions regarding restaurants and shops to make this trip a memorable one!

Split: Private Walking Tour and Panoramic Cart Tour

7. Split: Private Walking Tour and Panoramic Cart Tour

Don't miss out on this unique tour! First, take a walk through Roman-era Split, medieval Split and Split today with an expert guide who will bring the past to life. See the very best of Split on this walking tour that includes the Diocletian palace, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, Mestrovic’s statue of Gregory of Nin, The Golden Gate, Riva, City Clock, City Hall. You will discover more about the historical highlights of Split but also find out a lot about Split today. The tour has a limited number of participants and it is a personalized kind of tour so you will be able to ask your guide to see the sights you are interested the most – Riva-promenade, the fish market, Varoš-part old town or even see how people in Split live today. Afterwards, just sit and relax on this car tour which is a fun and friendly way of discovering Split. During the tour, you will explore many interesting places in the city. You will enjoy a mix of landscapes and beautiful seaside promenades in part of the city outside of the Diocletian palace zone. Visit the site of the beautiful Marjan, Poljud Stadium, Bačvice beach, Split's Vidilica and Đardin park. Sit back and enjoy the ride while your knowledgeable and friendly, personal guide leads you through the heart of Split. Hear stories about the emperors, kings, warriors, sports, poets, and myths that have shaped this small but awe-inspiring area of the Mediterranean.

Split: Best of history & culture in 90 minute walking tour

8. Split: Best of history & culture in 90 minute walking tour

This tour explores a city that lies on the Adriatic coast and has an amazing climate and majestic 1700 years old historical background which is protected as UNESCO world heritage. It was established by one of the Roman emperors himself who settled here to live in one of the most luxurious retirement palace that the world has ever seen. Side by side with local experts, our guides will point to a mix of ancient ruins, inviting Mediterranean culture and easy going locals that can guarantee a sensational and valuable experience for visitors.

Vegan Food tour of Split with local gastronomy

9. Vegan Food tour of Split with local gastronomy

Split Vegan Tour is a fusion of history, sightseeing, secret venues and a tasty gastronomic adventure. Includes 3 gastro venue stops and profesional licenced vegan guide who will share local tips & tricks and discover historal background of the city as well. Duration is 3h. Starting point is at Strossmayer Fountain in the center of Strossmayer park AKA Đardin at 4PM. Please arrive 5-10 minutes earlier.

Split: 2-Hour Highlights of the City Guided Bike Tour

10. Split: 2-Hour Highlights of the City Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy by bike the must-see beauties of this Mediterranean gem in a small group with a dedicated local guide. The concept of our tours is to show you all the sights you should see at the destination but make it a special experience for you. We don't do lectures about the venues we show you. We like to interact and make you see and feel Split like we, locals, do, understanding all its diversities. Bicycles are a great help to us, since they always bring out the best in people, and take you to desired destinations fast, safe, healthy and chic! In this 2 hours tour, you will be fully introduced to Split and fall in love with it!

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What people are saying about Golden Gate, Split

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,173 reviews

The car tour was great, it was interesting to explore the city in a different way. We got to learn a lot about the history of the city with our guide who was funny and interesting. Thank you!

The best tour I’ve ever been on. Clear instructions, great value and the kindest tour guide. I felt very safe too which is something you don’t usually say about these tours!!

Our guide Mario was amazing, he knew a lot about history, art and architecture, he had so much to say and show us, we were really happy with the tour

Ivan was a terrific guide. He explained the entire history of Split with humor and wonderful education. Highly recommend.

The best tour I ever had. By far. Marta was really full of interesting facts. i could listen it forever.