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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 walking tour of Split, and discover the largest city of the Dalmatia region with a local guide. 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 2nd largest city. Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace, and marvel at the remains of an ancient palace of the Roman Empire, including the open colonnades of the Peristyle. Continue to the impressive Cathedral of St. Duje (Saint Dominus), considered the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world to still be in use in its original structure. Learn about Gregory of Nin by his statue in Giardin Park, and go to the Riva promenade to admire views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea.

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

4. 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 Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

5. Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

Follow the same path as Daenerys did during your fully guided Game of Thrones Split tour. On this unique Game of thrones Split walking tour with our expert guide at your side, you’ll get to know filming locations while exploring Diocletian's palace. Your local guide, fan of both the books and TV series, will discuss information from the Game of Thrones Split series, recall incredible tales of legend and local history that could come right out of the books. Explore the 1700-year old Diocletian Palace. The Roman palace 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 of the late ancient architecture. Wander the cellars where the Meereenese slaves lived, walk the streets where they ran, come into view where Daenerys kept her dragons, see 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 all about filming spots, your professional tour guide will also help you learn the history and customs of Split city.

Split: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

6. 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 traditional inland brunch made of prosciutto, pancetta, cheese, and "peka" bread. From here you will enter 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 will 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 of the best of Split and its delights.

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

7. 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: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

8. Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

Explore the historic city of Split on a locations 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. Your guide is a true “Game of Thrones” fan and will take 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: Diocletian's Palace Private Food and Wine Tour

9. Split: Diocletian's Palace Private Food and Wine Tour

Feast on the authentic flavors of the Dalmation Coast as you taste local dishes within the luxurious surroundings of the Palace of Diocletian. Marvel at the grandiose architecture of the imperial palace, en route to a local restaurant famed for its handmade macaroni. Taste delicious local wines from Southern Croatia as you tuck into a Dalmatian plate of carefully selected prosciutto and cheese. Savor the taste of Soparnik Pie, a healthy delicacy so good it has been UNESCO recognized! Enjoy handmade pasta with truffles, as well as other local treats, to your heart's content.

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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What people are saying about Diocletian's Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,635 reviews

Jelena is such a sweetheart. Unfortunately, we only had 3 hours until our last ferry left for Solta, but she organized it in such a committed and professional manner that we would have liked more time with her. Her German was so great and the food was a great experience. She even jogs with us to the ferry and we would certainly have thrown herself in front of it before it would have started without us. As always, these private tours are a treasure of our memories that we don't want to miss. But please estimate 4 hours minimum for the experience and charge a little more money for it. It's a great investment for that.

Tania did such a great job. She is an excellent guide! We were very glad we did this. Definitely worth every Penny. When you go through the palace with a guide, you get to experience it on a completely different level than without. We would absolutely recommend going on a guiding tour of the palace in Split with Tania. She’s very kind, knows many interesting facts, has a clear and loud voice and cares for you (looking for spots in the shade etc.).

Had an amazing & insightful experience on this tour. Our guide obviously knew her GOT and had a tablet to show pictures & videos of scenes filmed in the locations we were visiting. She also had a background in archeology & history and essentially gave us a historical tour of Split at the same time. It felt like a city tour & GOT tour all in one which we thoroughly enjoyed & appreciated.

Really enjoyable tour with Carla who was excellent being very informative and interesting making the visit to the city so much more rewarding than had we attempted to do it ourselves. The tour was just the right duration being at one and a half hours, too hot for any longer. Excellent value for money too, easy to book and meeting arrangements clear. Thank you. Gary.

Fantastic trip. Had over an hour at the waterfalls so had time to swim. Mostar was very scenic and had a fantastic guide who gave the right amount of information in a humorous way. Plenty of freebtume to eat and get bargains in the old town of Mostar. Definately would recommend this trip