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

1. 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: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: Small Group Guided Game of Thrones Tour

5. 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.

Split: Small Group City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

6. Split: Small Group City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

Visit the historic Diocletian’s Palace with a guide on this 1.5-hour tour of Split. Take in the churches, cathedrals, city walls, gates and bustling squares, noting the diverse architectural influences. Once you’ve seen the many sights in the city, walk up Marjan Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city and the Adriatic. Head back to the old town of Split and your guide will point out a jazz bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine or the best Guinness in town. Tours operate in the morning and evening when it's cooler, unless you’d rather see the changing of the guard ceremony that occurs around mid-day in high season.

Split: Diocletian's Palace Private Food and Wine Tour

7. 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 Walking Tour

8. Split Walking Tour

Step into the past as you explore the historic city of Split. Let your experienced tour guide take you back in time when Split was nothing but a summer house of the powerful Roman emperor Diocletian. In a 1.25-hour tour, you will see all the most famous and important landmarks that the 1700-year-old city has to offer.  Before you pass through the golden gate of Diocletian's Palace your guide will provide you with some information about the palace. Once inside you will have a feeling of being in a maze thanks to all the small and narrow alleys that were built to shield the local people from the strong winter wind. While walking you see the magnificent Peristil that used to be the main square of the palace.  Next to Peristil is the Saint Domnius (Sveti Dujam) Cathedral, a symbol of Split. It used to be a mausoleum of the emperor but in the 4th-century before it was turned into a church. Right next to the bell tower is a sphinx brought to Split from Egypt. It is recommended that you climb to the top of the bell tower to experience panoramic views of Split. You will then walk through Diocletian’s cellars and find yourself on the main promenade and the modern center of the city- Riva where your guide will share more about the city and its rich history with you.

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

9. 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

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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We really enjoy our gastron walking tour. Our guide Olga was really friendly and very informative. We experienced delicious meats and cheese in the Green Market while hearing about the history of Split. The tour of the palace was really interesting and Olga was very happy to answer any questions we had. Our lunch was in a beautiful restaurant and was served with local wine. Overall we had a wonderful morning and would highly recommend it anyone visiting Split.

Doris was out guide and we were the only ones on the tour, she was very informative and we had lots of nibbles in the market. She gave us a good overview of the different foods and some history. The restaurant for lunch had amazing wine and she gave us some good information about that too.

Ivan was an amazing guide! His tour was informative, interesting and a filled with humour. I particularly enjoyed his passion for history and this thought provoking opinions about the Diocletian's Palace being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I'd highly recommend his tour!

It was a really nice tour . Although it was Easter we weren’t able to see everything but were able to get a chance to see it the next day

The guide was so nice to us and it is obvious that he loves what he does