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

1. 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: 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 Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

3. 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: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

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

5. 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: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

6. 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 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

7. Split 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

The meeting point for your 3-hour cycling adventure is the Split city harbor. Begin your tour exploring the old city market and the narrow streets of the 1,700-year-old Diocletian Palace and Đardin Park, and take in the busy street life of the town center. Experience the relaxing energy of Marjan hill as you ride through the cool shadows of the pine forests, and enjoy the views of the marina and the other hills that surround the town. After reaching the Marjan cape, your guide will lead you uphill, and you’ll take in fantastic views of the beaches surrounding the town and the islands offshore. See the 15th-century Saint Jerome Chapel and the Hermitage built into a cave. Once you reach the top of the 178-meter-high hill, you’ll then head east and marvel at the panoramic views from the Vidilica. Your next stop is Sustipan, an old city park located on the cliffs just above the sea. From here, you’ll cycle by the city’s largest marina, enjoy a ride along the famous city promenade, and end your trip in the city center.

Split: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

8. Split: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

Upon finding your guide at the intersection of Riva Promenade and Hrvojeva Street, you will begin a 3-hour guided tour that includes generous tastings of traditional Croatian delicacies and wines. Your food and history adventure will begin in the Green Market where you will have a traditional inland brunch made of prosciutto, pancetta, cheese, and "peka" bread.  From here, enter the ancient Diocletian's Palace where you will experience a ''konoba'' tavern-style restaurant and have seafood, handmade macaroni pasta (brought to Croatia by the Croatian Marco Polo), olive oil pies, and south Croatian red and white wines. In the medieval part of Old Town, you'll have the opportunity to visit the oldest pastry shop in Split (their hundred-year-old recipes are top secret). Here, you will have traditional sweets and gelato, of course. Rest assured, you will enjoy this history and gourmet tour with the best of Split and its delights.

Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

9. Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

Explore the historic city of Split on a tour of sites used to film the legendary HBO TV series “Game of Thrones,” and learn the history of the city as you follow in the footsteps of all your favorite characters. Listen as your guide, who is a true “Game of Thrones” fan, takes you on an amazing journey on a fun tour that combines the real history of Split with a special accent on the exact places where the famous TV series was shot. Visit several film locations in the center of Split, such as the cellars of Diocletian's Palace, where Daenerys kept her dragons in season 5, and the site where the Meereenese slaves from season 4 lived. Marvel as the magic of the show is brought to life before your eyes. Hear facts and stories about the filming process, and learn things about Split, its history, and its importance in Dalmatia that you won’t find in the guidebooks.

Split Segway Tour

10. Split Segway Tour

Feel the wind whip through your hair as you glide forward on your very own Segway on this 2-hour tour through Split. Both fast and fun, a Segway is a unique and unusual way to see a city. Feel the thrill, the exhilaration, and the utter enjoyment of traveling around town on one of these fantastic inventions. Your Segway responds to just the slightest of movements. Based on advanced gyroscopic technology, you will learn how to navigate your Segway in almost no time at all, and before you know it, you'll be touring around town. As you travel through Split, your expert guide will help point out the most important sites around. Visit the Diocletian's Palace, with its lavish exterior and incredible art. Go by the Croatian National Theater, which is host to opera, ballet, and theater productions year-round. Then head up Marjan Hill, where you will have the chance to see all of the most important locations and sights of Split. Your 2-hour tour can be designed to meet the group's needs and desires, so come on and see Split from a fun and unique perspective!

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What people are saying about Diocletian's Palace

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4.6 / 5

based on 3,692 reviews

Great history and our guide made it very simple to understand its complexity. Easy to hear her and it was a smaller sized group so we didn’t need headphones to hear like other tours which in my opinion are less engaging.

Really amazing and definitely different experience, would highly recommend it to everyone who wants to find out some interesting facts about palace while having fun.

Christina is a very knowledgeable guide. She is also nice and have an excellent sense of humour. She answered questions with a smile on her face.

Tanja, our guide, was AMAZING!! 90 minutes well spent. I learned so much about Croatia, Split, culture and the palace/history. Highly recommend.

This was an amazing trip Nice long walk with panoramic views of the waterfalls and a half hour boat trip all included