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Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

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Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

1. Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace 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: Krka Waterfalls With Boat Cruise, Wine and Olive Oil

2. Split: Krka Waterfalls With Boat Cruise, Wine and Olive Oil

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: Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Guided Walking Tour

3. Split: Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Guided 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: Entry Ticket to the Cellars of Diocletian's Palace

4. 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.

Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

5. 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: City Highlights Electric Tuk-Tuk Tour

6. Split: City Highlights Electric Tuk-Tuk Tour

Hop into an electric tuk-tuk and discover Split's highlights on a guided tour. Find out about the city from your licensed local guide, and enjoy a silent, eco-friendly ride. Enjoy a short walking tour of Diocletian's Palace, and see the Croatian National Theater and more. After boarding the 100% electric tuk-tuk at the meeting point, set off on your tour of Split. Make your first short stop at Bacvice Beach, then drive through the city market and Dzardin Park toward the city center. At the very center of the city, admire the Croatian National Theater from the outside, as well as the pedestrian street of Marmontova. Hop out of the tuk-tuk for a short walking tour of about 15 minutes of Diocletian's Palace. Afterward, continue toward to the Vidilica terrace, which offers the most beautiful panoramic views of the city and port of Split. Next, head to Marjan Hill and take in panoramic views of the coastline and nearby islands. From Marjan Hill, move on to Sustipan Park where you can take a walk and enjoy the tranquility. Continue to your final stop at the "Prokorative" Square and Split's main promenade: Riva. You can end the tour here or return to the original starting point.

Split: Diocletian's Palace & Trogir Old Town with Transfer

7. Split: Diocletian's Palace & Trogir Old Town with Transfer

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. After the tour of Split take a cozy 45min drive to Trogir and discover one more UNESCO protected sites, the old town of Trogir

Split: Diocletian's Palace Virtual Reality Experience

8. Split: Diocletian's Palace Virtual Reality Experience

Travel back to 305 A.D. as you visit the only virtual reality museum in Croatia and take a journey through Diocletian's Palace the way it was back in its golden era. Learn the history of the building and the city of Split with narration available in English, German, Croatian, French, Spanish and Italian. Take a break from the typical sightseeing activities of the area and take advantage of technology to discover the way residents of the area lived in ancient times. Explore the historic palace from the comfort of an air-conditioned viewing room. Just a stone's throw away from the palace's ruins, step into this modern VR experience and enjoy a recreation of the original palace as it comes to life in an immersive movie. When the activity is finished, step outside to see the real Diocletian's Palace from a brand new perspective. Minimum age for kids is 8yrs old.

Split: Game of Thrones Tour with Diocletian's Palace Cellar

9. Split: Game of Thrones Tour with Diocletian's Palace Cellar

Have you ever dreamed about seeing some of the filming locations of the famous Game of Thrones series? Use this unique opportunity to visit those places and see how they look in real life on a guided walking tour in Split. Enjoy included entry to Diocletian's Palace Cellar. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, this is the perfect tour for you. On this tour, hear about the real history of Split with a special focus on the exact places where the famous series was shot. Explore the area of the town center, Diocletian's Palace cellars (entry tickets included), Golden Gate, Vestibul, and more. Walk the streets to where different scenes were shot alongside a guide who is a local and true fan of the series. Wander the palace cellars where in the fourth season of the series, the Meereenese slaves lived. See where Daenerys kept her dragons in season five, enter the corridor where the Sons of the Harpy waited for the Unsullied, and walk through the streets where the Unsullied Army patrolled.

From Split: Sunset Powerboat Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

10. From Split: Sunset Powerboat Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

Watch a picturesque ocean sunset in Split with a coastal speedboat cruise. Start from the city center waterfront and enjoy views of the beaches and local attractions. Watch the sky turn from blue to a golden orange as you pass the cliffs and caves of Marjan and Brac Island. Make your way to the harbor just in front of Diocletian's Palace to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Climb on board the speedboat and settle down into your seats as your host gives a brief introduction. Cruise out of the harbor and indulge in unlimited refreshments on deck with beer, wine, and soft drinks. Go with the flow out of the city center and waterfront promenade to the nearby beaches and the beautiful Marjan forest park. Sit back and relax and immerse yourself in the sunset over the stretching ocean waves. Pass by Šolta Island as the sky continues to glow and be tempted for a short swimming session before heading back to the harbor.

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4.6
(4,309 reviews)

The walking tour of Diocletian palace was entertaining and informative. Slavko was a very knowledgeable guide. The tour gave good history about the palace and helped to orient us geographically in the old town. This would be a good tour to do if you are in Split for a short time as it is short and helps you understand the importance of this UNESCO site,

Adrian is a very dedicated tour guide. We learned a lot of interesting things. All of our questions were answered well and we were able to learn a lot about the country and Croatian culture. The Tuk Tuk is a nice alternative for a city tour.

The gentleman knew all of the spots and information had photos to show exactly where scenes were Wednesday got to be in the dungeon where the dragons were held So very cool

Great introduction to the history and remaining palace in the Old Town! The staff were welcoming and very helpful.

Jakov is a fantastic guide and he was super knowledgeable. He made the tour a memorable one for us all!