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Split: Old Town and Diocletian Palace 1.5 Hour Walking Tour

1. 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

2. 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: Krka Waterfalls w/ Boat Ride, Swimming & Food Tasting

3. Split: Krka Waterfalls w/ Boat Ride, Swimming & Food Tasting

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. Ride in comfort in an air-conditioned bus on a group tour or sit back and relax in a private car on a private tour. 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, an approximately one-hour drive. 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. If you've chosen the tasting option, visit a local winery and enjoy a wine tasting, olive oil tasting, or combination.

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: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

5. 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

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: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

7. 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.

Split: Game of Thrones Tour with Diocletian Palace

8. Split: Game of Thrones Tour with Diocletian Palace

This 2-hour Game of Thrones tour is a fun way to see some of the important sites in Split. Learn about the real history of Split as you visit locations where the famous series was filmed. Explore the center of Split with a local guide, who is a Games of Thrones fan. Visit the cellars of the Diocletian’s Palace, the Golden Gate and Vestibul, and more. Walk along the streets where different scenes were shot. Tour the cellars where the Meereenese slaves lived and continue along the streets where they ran. See where Daenarys kept her dragons. Enter the corridor where the Sons of the Harpy waited for the Unsullied.

Split: Small group Walking Tour and Wine Tasting

9. Split: Small group Walking Tour and Wine Tasting

Take a walk through Roman-era Split, medieval Split and Split today with an expert guide who will bring the past to life. See the very best of Split on this walking tour that includes the Diocletian palace, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, Mestrovic’s statue of Gregory of Nin, The Golden Gate, Riva, City Clock and City Hall. You will discover more about the historical highlights of Split but also find out a lot about Split today. The tour has a limited number of participants and it is a personalized kind of tour so you will be able to ask your guide to see the sights you are interested the most – Riva-promenade, the fish market, Varoš-part old town or even see how people in Split live today. After, you will enjoy wine tasting in a Local winery in Dalmatian Hinterland, where a friendly, informative and kind sommelier will greet you. Wine tasting lasts 90 minutes during which time guests have the opportunity to taste the most famous Dalmatian wines and hear stories about picking grapes and wine preparation. The guests will have a choice of tasting Dalmatian snacks which include typical Dalmatian food such as prosciutto, cheese and olives. The unique ambiance of the local winery and the excellent selection of wines and local foods, make this an unforgettable experience for those who enjoy good food and beverages. 

Split: Small Group Guided Game of Thrones Tour

10. Split: Small Group Guided Game of Thrones Tour

On this Game of Thrones tour of Split, you will see many of the significant and recognizable Game of Thrones film locations. You will begin the tour with the spectacular and unmistakable fortress at Klis, where so much Game of Thrones filming took place. At this location in season 4, Daenerys overthrows the Meereen, the largest of the three great Slaver Cities. With panoramic views across the valley and the city of Split beneath, this imposing fort has protected the seat of many a Croatian King. Today, it’s a tranquil but spectacular location. You can climb to the top of the fortress to see where Khalisi answered "injustice with justice", by nailing the city’s former rulers to crosses for hundreds to see. You will also visit Kaštel Gomilica, which was the setting of the free city of Braavos. Finally, you will finish your tour at the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the setting of some of Daenerys Targaryen’s most memorable scenes. This 1,700-year-old Diocletian Palace was constructed by Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century and remains the city’s most famous site. It is here that you see Daenerys in her throne room, where she trained her dragons, and where the famous "kill the masters" scene in season 4 takes place.

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,635 reviews

Brilliant little tour of split centre you get to see all the hidden gems and get to know all the interesting facts and where to visit after the tour ends great guide fully recomend to anyone who visits split

Great activity!! It's worth the detour. We hesitated with Plitvice Park, a little further, but we did not regret our choice!

The guide was perfect, the visit impressive and we took a very good moment, leaving with plenty of memories. Thank you

Our guide was very informative and gave a great insight into the old town. Highly recommend.

Tanya was great fun, very informative and made the day really enjoyable.