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Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

1. Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

Explore the old town of Split on a guided walking tour and marvel at the ancient Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD. Wander the maze of streets in the historical city center to discover a mix of architectural styles, from the last remaining Egyptian sphinx in the black granite Peristyle to more recent buildings from the 20th century. Experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of the locals and learn the history of the magical city as you stroll around the palace grounds from the South Gate to the cellars and main palace square. Admire the North Gate and West Gate, and discover the site of the old fruit market on Voćni Trg (Fruit Square). Go down to the Riva waterfront and get panoramic views of Marjan Hill from the promenade. See the oldest Catholic church in the world at the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum.

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

2. 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: Entry Ticket to the Cellars of Diocletian's Palace

3. Split: Entry Ticket to the Cellars of Diocletian's Palace

Embark on an adventure and see the Diocletian’s Palace, the oldest core of the City of Split. Marvel at one of the best-preserved and unique examples of Late Antiquity structures. Be inspired by its exceptional archaeological, historical and artistic value.  Discover a palace built on an inadequate geological base which was the main reason why the imperial residence was constructed above the monumental basement area. The cellars of the palace can be found within the southern half of the building. The floor plan mirrors the layout of Diocletian’s residence due to the fact that the structure in the basement acted as support for the walls above.  See the halls of the cellar which were used as the entrance to the palace via waterway. Nowadays, the substructures present a significant and the largest preserved ancient complex of the underground vaulted premises in the world.  Game of Thrones fans might recognize this place as it has been used to shoot the scenes of the Slave City of Meereen. Some sequences have actually been shot in this very basement, come and see for yourself.

Walking Tour Split

4. Walking Tour Split

This walking tour will provide the most interesting facts about the history and heritage of Split. You will have opportunity to walk through the ancient palace with an official tour guide and learn more about old and contemporary Split. You will have a local tour guide who will introduce you to the history and culture of Split town. On this tour you will walk around the UNESCO protected Diocletians Palace. You will see the most important sights in Split like the Cathedral of St. Duje, Peristyle, Jupiters Temple, Vestibul, the Golden Gates and Grgur Ninski statue, Pjaca and Fruit Square. You can ask our guide for any information about additional activities around the city center after this tour so that you can enjoy the rest of this lovely day in Split.

Split: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

5. Split: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Split is the main urban, cultural and traffic center of Dalmatia. This 1700 year old town is a part of UNESCO’s world heritage, with its numerous archaeological, historical and cultural monuments among which the famous Diocletian’s palace takes a special place. This city is full of cultural life and entertainment, especially during the summer when Split, with its shops, yards and other places, becomes a big stage under the clear sky. After meeting you will be taken through the historical part of the town. Diocletian’s palace is today the heart of the city of Split and part of UNESCO world heritage. Visit the well preserved cellars of Diocletian’s Palace which architectural purpose was to raise the imperial residential area in the upper floor. The cellars of Diocletian's Palace were also a Game of Thrones filming location.  Next you will walk up the stairs to Peristil. Peristil was meant to be used by Diocletian and the cult of living son of Jupiter, whose temple will also be seen. You will admire the cathedral of St. Duje (St. Duje is patron of the Split), originally the mausoleum of Diocletian, for which it is said that it is the oldest Cathedral in the World. Next to Diocletian's Palace is the beautiful medieval part of the city with People's square known as Pjaca, from the period od Venetian rule. The sightseeing will end in Riva, the beautiful waterfront with a lot of restaurants and cafes.

Split: Magical Evening Sightseeing Private Tour

6. Split: Magical Evening Sightseeing Private Tour

Discover Split, the main cultural city of Dalmatia with a 1700-year-old heritage that is now listed as a UNESCO site. Take a magical evening walking tour through the old town to see numerous archaeological, historical, and cultural monuments among which the famous Diocletian's palace takes a special place. Experience the attraction and warmth of a modern Mediterranean town full of cultural life and entertainment. Stroll through the shopping streets, markets, and squares which come alive during summer evenings. After being welcomed by your guide, follow them back in time to the Roman era when Diocletian's palace was built. Visit the well-preserved cellars and walk up the stairs to Peristyle and the Jupiter Temple.  Admire the Cathedral of St. Duje dedicated to the patron saint of Split. Find out how this church was originally the mausoleum of Diocletian, and it is said to be the oldest cathedral in the world.  Step outside Diocletian's Palace to explore the beautiful medieval part of the city. Walk into the People's Square known as Piazza from the period of Venetian rule in the city. End your sightseeing tour in Riva along the beautiful waterfront where you will find lots of restaurants and cafes to continue the evening's merriment. 

1.5-Hour Walking Tour of Split Old Town

7. 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of Split Old Town

Enjoy a walking tour of Split to learn about its 17-century long history. This tour will cover the city's most important historic sights. The Diocletian's Palace with its cellars, dating from the 3rd century, the Peristyle, the Golden and Silver Gates, the Cathedral and Jupiter's Temple are only part of the city's wealth of historical monuments. Meet your guide at Diocletian’s Palace, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Stroll the streets of the palace, first constructed in the early 4th century as a retirement home for Diocletian, the Roman Emperor. About 400 years later when the palace was in near ruins, vendors and shops began settling in, giving the palace its current look. It’s fascinatingly now part of the city, blended in with shops and restaurants and residences. Begin the tour in the cellars and tunnels that exist beneath the palace and learn about their historical function. Soak up the atmosphere of this most unique site and then stroll the streets, stopping in the Cathedral of St. Duje, the patron saint of Split, as well as lingering in the atmospheric Peristyle Square. Finally, hit nearby Split Market to see the colorful fruits and vegetables on offer.

From Sinj: 30-Minute Private Flight over Split & Solin

8. From Sinj: 30-Minute Private Flight over Split & Solin

This route starts by taking off from Sinj airport, flying over the city of Sinj and the beautiful field of Sinj. This paradise of water, fields, and stone hides some of the most endemic species of flora and fauna in Croatia. Landscapes and underground of the Cetina River are rich with everlasting, sage, heather, and thyme. You might even see the Sinj fortress which was historically a very important location. Heading on to Split where you'll be flying over Klis fortress. On the cliffs between Mosor and Kozjak stands the Klis fortress. It was built on an extraordinary strategic location that allowed military control over the Klis valley. Klis fortress has been beautifully preserved in whole. After flying past Klis fortress, you will see the city of Split, with its green oasis Marjan. You will even see the island of Brač and the island of Šolta. You will see amazing blue seas below! Split is the second biggest city in Croatia and the largest ferry port. It is the cultural and economic center of the region. Largest green surface in Split, Marjan was declared a Park Forest in 1964. According to archaeological findings, it was inhabited as early as prehistory. Pieces of prehistoric pottery were found here. Also discovered are remnants of the temple of Diana – the goddess of the hunt. Until the 15th century, Marjan was covered with forest. Due to expansions of settlements, wars, and Turkish conquests, arson, and clearing, Marjan became a barren wasteland in only two centuries. Reforestation commenced by planting the first pines in 1852. As years passed, the forest was renewed and the animals returned. The first sea aquarium was founded on Marjan in 1928. After flying over Split the end of your flight will take you over the small town of Solin. Solin was the capital of Roman providence. However, Solin (or Salona) disappeared at the end of the middle ages never to be renewed again. Today it is a town of rich cultural heritage from ancient Salona (forum with temples, amphitheater, and graveyards with Salonitan martyrs) to the Middle age, time of queen Jelena and Trpimirović dynasty, the coronation of Zvonimir as King of Dalmatia and Croatia. Located by the river Jadro, Solin today is and youngest town in Croatia. It has been visited by Pope John Paul II in 1998. Afterward, you will fly towards the western side of Split where you can see some magnificent beaches of Split. Popular sandy beaches, pebbled beaches, rocky places, all can be found in Split. The final step is heading back to the airport. This is one of a kind tour and you will see everything you have to see in only 30 minutes.

Split and Salona Cultural Heritage Day Tour from Trogir

9. Split and Salona Cultural Heritage Day Tour from Trogir

When you arrive in Split on this 4-hour cultural heritage tour you’ll take a walk with a local guide to see the classic sights of the city. Virtually every major site in the city center is covered on the tour, including the Diocletian Palace, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, the statue of Gregory of Nin, the Golden Gate, Vestibul, Riva, the statue of Marko Marulic, and the city clock. After the tour you’ll have some free time to relax, have lunch, and do some shopping. Continue on to Salona for a journey into the ancient past. Salona, located on the Dalmatian coast, is the largest site of antiquity-era monuments in Croatia, and is often referred to as Croatia’s Pompeii. See the magnificent Roman basilica, and a number of fine marble sarcophagi in the Archaeological Museum of Split. Visit the Roman amphitheater and the coliseum as well.

From Split or Trogir: Day-Trip to Šibenik and Zadar

10. From Split or Trogir: Day-Trip to Šibenik and Zadar

Following pickup from your accommodation, your first stop will be the city of Šibenik. Whilst there, admire the ancient walls alongside the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic Coast. The most famous sight of Šibenik is undoubtedly the UNESCO-protected St. Jacob's cathedral, following which you can choose to walk around the stoned streets, buy some souvenirs, and enjoy a coffee on Riva Promenade. Your next stop is Zadar, the oldest continually inhabited city in Croatia. Evidence of human settlement there stretches all the way back to the 4th century B.C. This history passes through tribal, Greek, Roman, Venetian, and Italian rule, before its modern situation as a part of Croatia. Check out several historic monuments from the medieval and Renaissance periods, in addition to contemporary constructions such as the world's first sea organ. Once your busy day sightseeing comes to a close, your tour concludes with your guide returning you to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Split

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Jadran (Adrian) was an amazing tour guide! We had a grand time with him and our group. He has in-depth knowledge about the culture and the history of the place plus he presents information in an engaging way. He’s also funny. We learned a lot and enjoyed our tour. Thank you very much! Superb and highly recommended.

We had a wonderful day with Jadran, he was an excellent host and very knowledgeable. This is an excellent introduction to some of the key areas around Split without travelling too far away. Recommended to take in some of the essential sights.

A great way to visit Salona, Trogir and the Klis fortress. We travelled with 2 other couples in a mini bus. We left at 9am and arrived back in Split at 6pm. Donesh, our tour guide was so accommodating, informative and friendly.

Toci, our tour guide was amazing. He’s very knowledgeable about literally everything you could ask him. Very helpful, nice and people oriented. We couldn’t ask for more.

Our very knowledgeable guide, Adrian, made sure we had an excellent tour.