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Split: Krka Waterfalls with Boat Ride & Swimming

1. Split: Krka Waterfalls with Boat Ride & Swimming

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

3. 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

4. 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: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

5. 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: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

6. 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: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

7. 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 Segway Tour

8. 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!

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

9. 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: Private History and Culture Walking Tour

10. Split: Private History and Culture Walking Tour

Your walking tour takes you on an exciting journey through the ancient history of one of the most significant original structures of the late ancient architecture, Diocletian's Palace, a Roman imperial palace that was enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage and that is today a living museum! Be thoroughly entertained as you set foot on cultural and historical sightseeing of the Palace, imagining how the life of Emperor Diocletian was like within its walls and learning with insider’s perspective how it is today, 1700 years later! During the walking tour, you will see Peristil Square and Vestibul, sacred Roman temples and the Cathedral of St. Dujam which is the oldest cathedral building in the world, as well as the ancient cellars, the famous Golden Gate, Romanesque churches, Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque palaces and more. There will be ample opportunities for memorable pictures, so put your walking shoes on and soak up the atmosphere of this lively, excitable city. Your guide will provide you with insight into the history and culture of Split as well as give you many useful tips about local life, suggestions regarding restaurants and shops to make this trip a memorable one!

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What people are saying about Diocletian's Palace

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Mijo gave is not only a tour of Split in perfect english, but also gave us a information on Game of Thrones scenes filmed in Split and Croatia. He was even an extra in GOT which made it very special (make him show you his video from Season 4 with Khaleesi). His knowledge of Croatian history is great, and he makes it interesting and relevant and entertaining. Go with Mijo, he is a Split native who will take you on the inside track to his amazing city.

What a fun food tour! Jelana was an excellent guide with a lot of information while keeping it fun. The food and wine was excellent with some great stops. We would highly recommend this tour!!

Olga was fantastic and the food as well. While walking she told us about the history of Split and gave us recommendations for places to eat and visit. Fab tour!!

Our guide was educated in history so this guided tour was excellent. He took Split through the last 2000 years easily.

outstanding english and covered a wide area of the city