Split Culture & history

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From Split: Half Day Split and Trogir Tour

1. From Split: Half Day Split and Trogir Tour

After the 90min walking tour of Diocletian's Palace your tour guide will drive you to Trogir with a comfortable air-conditioned van. You will learn about the history of this awe-inspiring UNESCO old town from the knowledgeable local guide as you walk the narrow lanes, and see ancient churches such as the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of the most impressive works of architecture in all of Eastern Europe. You will have a chance to see 2 amazing small towns and not spend too much time since your guide will know how to show as much as possible and give you some free time to wonder around in the same time.

Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace 1.5 Hour Walking Tour

2. 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: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

3. Split: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

Discover the remains of Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD. Now part of the old town of Split, the imperial palace was built in preparation for the emperor's retirement in 305 AD. Visit different areas of the complex, such as the cellars and monumental Peristyle courtyard. Look at the emperor's private observatory and see the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, originally built as Diocletian's Mausoleum. Discover the site of the Temple of Jupiter and Baptistery, and the original Bronze Gate, Silver Gate, Golden Gate and Iron Gate that provided access to the city. Discover a refuge for the noblewomen of Split at the Benedictine Monastery of St. Arnir, admire the original 15th-century Town Hall and marvel at the Baroque monuments of Fruit Square (Voćni trg).

Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

4. Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

Walk in the footsteps of Daenerys on this guided 'Game of Thrones' tour of Split. Discover stunning locations that were used to shoot iconic scenes in the show. Explore Diocletian's palace with a local guide that is a fan of both the books and TV series. Meet your guide and discuss information from the 'Game of Thrones' series and recall incredible tales from Croatian legends and local history. Stroll through the 1700-year old Diocletian Palace. Admire this Roman palace that was constructed by Emperor Diocletian and today is set in the very heart of Split. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most significant and best-preserved structures from this period. Wander the cellars where the Meereenese slaves lived in the show and walk the streets where they ran. View the shooting location for where Daenerys kept her dragons. Gaze into the corridor where the Sons of the Harpy waited for the Unsullied and walk through the streets where the Unsullied Army patrolled. In addition to learning about filming spots, your guide is eager to share the history and customs of Split.

Split: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

5. Split: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Book your entrance ticket for Split's Museum of Illusions and experience the impossible with mind-blowing exhibits and playrooms containing intriguing games and puzzles that will delight the young and the young at heart.  Defy gravity in a room where water flows uphill and see your friends grow or shrink right before your eyes. Get lost in a maze of mirrors, serve somebody`s head on a tray, or climb up onto the ceiling.  Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand. 

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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: Panoramic Golf Cart Private Tour

8. Split: Panoramic Golf Cart Private Tour

Join a ride through 1700 years of history. The electric cart tour is a fun and eco-friendly way of discovering Split. During the tour, explore many interesting places in the city. 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: Roman History & Market Tour

9. Split: Roman History & Market Tour

Welcome to Split, the capital of the Dalmatia region. Locals believe Split is the prettiest place on Earth. Tip: If you share their admiration towards Split, they are welcoming and polite to you. But if you don't like their Split, they will not like you. Simple as that. The town is more than 1700 years old, founded within the walls of the Roman Palace. The Palace was built by one of the most interesting Roman emperors, the emperor Diocletian. Hence the name The Diocletian Palace. Walking the streets of the Palace in our small groups is one of the best ways we show respect to the residents and their history. Their ancestors inhabited the Palace area more than 1000 years ago creating an incredible blend of antique, medieval, and modern architecture combined with unique and vibrant living conditions and rituals locals still treasure. Joining our tour is the best introduction to the everyday life of Splićana (the people of Split). Walking around with our local guides, born and raised in Split, you will have the honor to walk the same path as Roman emperor Diocletian walked. It is no secret, however, that the way to a Dalmatian’s heart is through the stomach so one of the first stops will be the famous Green Market of Split. You will stop at the Greenmarket to meet some local vendors, and our guides will share their knowledge of the way locals buy at the Greenmarket. Walk around to see, hear and taste the beauty of Split. Let the local guides show you traditional and authentic food and share the stories behind it. You can make a wish at the golden toe of Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski), hear about majestic Hajduk, Split, and why you see this name everywhere, from the suburbs of Split to the old town area. Continue your royal adventure in the not-so-modest home of the emperor Diocletian. His colossal palace is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Monument and home to many but also a popular hangout for locals of Split and the cast of The Game of Thrones. As we wander into the heart of the city, Peristil, we’ll discover the secrets of Diocletian’s life hidden in the walls of the world’s best-preserved Roman palace – find out why he loved the salad so much and why a piece of the mythical White Stone can make you happy. We’ll finish our tour on the Riva promenade leaving you feeling as satisfied and pampered as the emperor Diocletian himself. Our local guides will point you to their favourite coffee shops and the best spots for an evening of Dalmatian delicacies and entertainment.

Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace Visit

10. 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,889 reviews

An amazing way of discovering the story of parts of the city that you usually don't see on many walking tours. Our guide Mario was amazing, he gave us many interesting facts not only about the history but the life of the locals as well.

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

A wonderful way of discovering the city. Our guide Jakov was great at explaining the story of the city and was very funny. Highly recommend 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.