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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: Diocletian's Palace & Trogir Old Town with Transfer

2. 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: Blue Lagoon Pirate Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

3. Split: Blue Lagoon Pirate Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Take to the waters for a boat tour to the Blue Lagoon on a glass-bottomed pirate ship. Enjoy a snorkeling adventure above Underwater Museum. Explore Fumija Bay and Island Jelinak and marvel at the stunning scenery. Admire the wildlife and beauty of the Blue Lagoon. Meet your guide in the middle of the Riva promenade in Split. Climb aboard the pirate ship and get settled before setting sail. First, stop at Fumija Bay. Borrow a snorkel and mask and jump into the water. Spend an hour swimming around. Next, climb back aboard the pirate ship to enjoy a lunch of grilled fish, chicken, or vegan food while sailing to your next stop, Blue Lagoon. On arrival, enjoy an hour of free time exploring amd swiming. Finally, we arrive at islan Jelinak, exploring Underwater Musem (one of a kind with access only restricted to Korsaro Boat), where you can swim, snorkel, and marvel at the scenery. Spot some of the 7,000 animal and 6,000 plant species that call these turquoise waters home. Make the most of happy hour to buy pirate cocktails, snacks, and ice cream on the return journey.

Split: Local History and Culture 90-Minute Walking Tour

4. Split: Local History and Culture 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.

Experience Split History Walking Tour With Local Historian

5. Experience Split History Walking Tour With Local Historian

Experience Split History Walking Tour With Local Historian is a personalized 2 hours city tour with a maximum of 12 participants with history, culture, everyday life topics, interesting stories and legends, hidden gems and with a bit of local vibe. On this Experience Split Walking Tour, which is guided by local licensed guide and professional historian on See, Hear & Feel way, you will discover UNESCO World Heritage site &"live'' historical monument Diocletian`s Palace, including other important sights in the city. The Meeting point for starting the tour is at one of the most significant and popular parts of the Diocletian`s Palace, Golden Gate (northern gate). Here you will be able to hear an introduction to the tour, general information about Split and Croatia as well as a history introduction of the area. You will be able to find out about the name, purpose and importance of the Golden Gate before you enter the palace like the Roman emperor and empress used to. Also, here, you will see and hear about the greatest statue in Split and the person who is presenting, Gregory of Nin. Upon entering the palace, discovering it is what follows. Places in the Palace like main palace square Peristyle, Mausoleum-Cathedral, Jupiter`s Temple, Vestibule, Triclinium, Central Substructures (Central Cellars) and other ones will stand out and "show" its peculiarity through their own stories, facts, legends and intrigues which you will be able to hear from your guide. While walking through the "living room" of Split, Riva promenade, connection between the Roman and Medieval period of Split history will be explained as well as you will be introduced in "pomalo" way of life so that you could participate in it while you are in Split. That Split has, except the magical Roman history, also rich Medieval and Modern history, you will find out while you are standing on two medieval squares, Fruit Square and People`s Square. The secrets which these two squares are "hiding" in their architecture and happenings through the centuries will entice your imagination. Most of the mysterious part of the tour is reserved for hidden gems like narrowest church, narrowest street, lost sphinx head & secret garden about which you will also have a chance to hear about. Even though the history of Split is a treasure chest, the city is not just made of monuments & legends, so you will be also introduced with some everyday topics of locals so you could understand and immerse yourself into everyday life, feel the city vibe and become a part of its "bloodstream". "History to life" on this tour will also be given by 3D reconstruction images & pictures via display book. Join the tour and step into this personalized "more than a tour" experience in the See, Hear & Feel sense and take home great memories from unique Split!

Split: Roman Ruins Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Split: Roman Ruins Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to Split. At its ancient heart is Diocletian's Palace, which is 1,700 years old. It’s on UNESCO’s World Heritage List too, along with the rest of the city’s historical centre. Our tour starts with a bird’s eye view of this old town, at a scale model of it on the Riva Promenade. From there, we’ll visit the cellars of Diocletian's Palace, the imperial residence, the palace’s central square, which is called the Peristyle. We’ll then whirl forward in time after that, making our way into the northern part of the palace compound with its medieval buildings, including the Jewish Ghetto. From there, we’ll take a walk through Split’s historical centre that’ll lead us onto the Riva Promenade again. The tour ends at the elegant Prokurative and Fruit squares, after a leisurely stroll along the city’s French-style boulevards and discover. While you walk, you’ll be regaled with tales of Split’s ancient history as well as the unique jigsaw of architecture and culture you find here today. I’ll also point out some of the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed. Join me, an experienced and licensed local tour guide, as we step back in time and uncover all that Split has to offer. By the end of the tour, I hope you’ll consider this your definitive Split experience. Please note that this tour does not require you to enter any of the ticketed venues along the way.

Best of Split city centre: Private walking tour 2 h

7. Best of Split city centre: Private walking tour 2 h

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 Tour in Private Electric Rickshaw-WEST TOUR

8. Split Tour in Private Electric Rickshaw-WEST TOUR

Explore the stunning city of Split in a unique and eco-friendly way with our electric rickshaw tour! Witness the beauty of Diocletian's Palace (Golden, Silver, and Bronze Gates), stroll along the vibrant Riva promenade, admire the grandeur of Marmontova and Prokurative, and soak in the scenic views of HNK, Matejuska, and the famous West Coast. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Sustipan park and the Walk of Fame in Split. Our expert guides will show you the best of Split with comfort, style, and personalized attention. •Our tours end at Meeting point. •Working hours from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. •THE BEST comments on Tripadvisor!!! (5.0-400+ comments) •BOOK YOUR TOUR TODAY and experience Split like never before! •Please advise while booking at what time you want to start your tour.

Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

9. Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

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: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

10. 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.

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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,

My guide was awesome I learned so much history which made all the incredible sites more memorable. She was also very good at answering UNSECO related questions my group had.

A funny and knowledgeable guide, a gorgeous setting and merciful weather gods. That's how a tour like this was enjoyed by my wife and myself.

Amazing tour, very informative and entertaining. Good humour throughout as well! Would definitely recommend.

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