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Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

1. 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: 1.5-Hour Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

2. Split: 1.5-Hour Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

Learn about the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Split on a relaxing 1.5-hour walking tour of the Old City and see streets and squares that date back to the days of the Roman Empire. Meet your guide close to the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Facing the harbor, the palace is one of the most imposing Roman ruins still in existence. Wander the narrow, picturesque streets around the palace and see the cellars and peristyle courtyard of the stone fortress. Part of Split’s UNESCO World Heritage attractions, the ruins of the palace can be found throughout the city, such as at the Cathedral of St Doimus, the former Mausoleum of Diocletian. Learn the history of Split as you experience its Mediterranean atmosphere on squares and streets lined with cafés and souvenir stores.

Split: Private History and Culture Walking Tour

3. 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!

Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace Visit

4. Split: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace Visit

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: Guided Walking Tour

5. Split: Guided Walking Tour

Explore the beautiful Dalmatian city of Split on a walking tour with a professional guide. Visit the main hub of the old town, the famous Diocletian’s Palace, and the Peristyle Square. Admire the stunning beauty of the ancient Roman architecture of the city. After a short break at a coffee shop move towards the symbol of the Split town, the St. Duke Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the 13th century and has a bell tower 57m high. It is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings standing today. Climb to the top of the tower and witness a breathtaking view of the entire city and the central Dalmatian islands. Next, move on towards the famous Peristyle Square and admire the ruins of the Roman empire. Stroll through the vibrant and alive narrow streets of the city and reach Jupiter's temple. Your expert guide will share fascinating facts and stories of the city. Leave the Diocletian Palace through the Bronze Gate. At the end of the tour, walk down the famous waterfront called Riva to feel the atmosphere of this beautiful city.

Split: Marjan Hill Hiking Tour From Diocletian's Palace

6. Split: Marjan Hill Hiking Tour From Diocletian's Palace

This hiking tour starts from the entrance to the Diocletian's Palace cellars and it will take us through the narrow streets of the old peasants' district of Varoš to the first viewpoint, next to the 16th century Jewish cemetery. From there, we will walk through pine tree forest next to an old abandoned zoo and favorite picnic spot for people of Split, all the way to the top of the hill on the elevation of 178 m above sea level. From the top you will be able to enjoy the view over the entire city and mountains surrounding it. From there, on a clear day, you can see all the central Adriatic islands. After stopping for a view and taking photos, our way will take us to an old hermitage of Saint Jerome. In this place hermits used to live in the dwellings that were built in the caves so that only the front façade is visible. After a photo stop, we follow our way down the hill past the church of Our Lady of Bethlehem and Saint Nicholas church back to the old town. Distance covered is about 6 km highest point is 178 m above sea level. Terrain is mostly gravel, with some concrete and asphalt. Elevation gain/loss is approx.. 300 m Total distance : 6 km Elevation gain/loss: 300 m Highest point: 178m

Split and Salona Cultural Heritage Day Tour from Trogir

7. Split and Salona Cultural Heritage Day Tour from Trogir

When you arrive in Split on this 4-hour cultural heritage tour you’ll take a walk with a local guide to see the classic sights of the city. Virtually every major site in the city center is covered on the tour, including the Diocletian Palace, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, the statue of Gregory of Nin, the Golden Gate, Vestibul, Riva, the statue of Marko Marulic, and the city clock. After the tour you’ll have some free time to relax, have lunch, and do some shopping. Continue on to Salona for a journey into the ancient past. Salona, located on the Dalmatian coast, is the largest site of antiquity-era monuments in Croatia, and is often referred to as Croatia’s Pompeii. See the magnificent Roman basilica, and a number of fine marble sarcophagi in the Archaeological Museum of Split. Visit the Roman amphitheater and the coliseum as well.

From Split : Full-Day Trogir Tour

8. From Split : Full-Day Trogir Tour

Discover Diocletian's palace, which is now the heart of Split's inner city, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the well-preserved cellars of Diocletian's Palace-the architectural purpose was to raise the imperial residential area to the upper floor and then walk up the stairs to Peristil. Peristil was meant to be used by the Diocletian and the cult of the living son of Jupiter. Admire the Cathedral of St Duje (St Duje is the patron saint of Split), which is Diocletian's mausoleum and is said to be the oldest Cathedral in the world. In the people's square Pjaca, you can experience both the Middle Ages and Modern life. You can shop and rest in one of the cafes situated on the beautiful waterfront. Trogir's historical core is a one-of-a-kind cultural monument on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Walk through Trogir's charming streets, the town of happy moments, the town of Kairos with your professional guide. Before entering Trogir's main attraction, stop in front of the Cathedral St. Lawrence and take a deep breath. The Cathedral, along with its Romanesque portal designed by local artist Radovan, is regarded as one of Croatia's finest architectural works. You will time to shop and relax in one of the cafes located within the city walls before returning to Split.

Split: Private Day Tour from Dubrovnik

9. Split: Private Day Tour from Dubrovnik

Take an excursion from Dubrovnik to the city of Split on a full-day excursion and private walking tour. See its many sites and learn why Split is known as the heart of Dalmatia. Upon arrival in the city, join your friendly guide for a walking tour of this city and its historical center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a population of 200,000 people, Split is big enough to hold its own but small enough to fascinate and charm its visitors. Visit the oldest parts of town, the world-famous Diocletian Palace, and hear stories and legends about Split along the way. As you walk, let yourself be swept away by the city's 1,700-year-old history before heading back to Dubrovnik.

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What people are saying about Diocletian's Palace

Overall rating

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based on 45 reviews

Our guide, I don’t remember the spelling of her name but it sounded like Tanya. She was very professional and thorough and spiced up her narrative with great anecdotal stories. We were very pleased with our tour. One hour and a half was the perfect amount of time to keep the group’s attention.

Marko was an amazing tour guide, funny, knowledable and clearly passionate about Split. The tour was originally 1.5 hours long, but he had so much to say that we were there for 2+ hours. Extremly recommended.

Very knowledgeable guide. Kind and funny guide, who was able to make it a good experience. Left the tour much more aware of Croation history than when I came. Can only recommend this tour.

The guide Anna was very friendly and explained to us much more many things that we expected, not just only about history but also a lot of cultural background about Croatia.

The guide was very nice, even though it ended up being just us two, he gave us a great tour. We really enjoyed.