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  1. Croatia
  2. Dalmatia
  3. Split
  4. Diocletian's Palace

Split: Wars, Warriors, and Reforms Tour with Snacks

Product ID: 72760
Take a trip through time on an historical tour of Split from the days of Diocletian to the fall of Yugoslavia. Chat with a local who saw the 90s conflicts first-hand and share stories about Croatian culture & daily life over a tasty local snack & coffee.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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  • Learn about the modern history of Croatia from a guide who lived through it
  • Hear the stories of political upheaval that led to the fall of Yugoslavia
  • Visit Split’s most iconic historical site: Diocletian’s Palace
  • Learn about Roman emperor Diocletian and how his reforms shaped Croatia
Full description
From the ancient Roman era to the 1990s fall of Yugoslavia, there’s a lot of history to discover in Croatia — and you are cramming it all in on this epic Split tour that takes you time-travelling through more than 2,000 years of history.

The Roman emperor Diocletian landed in the pages of history as a great reformer, and an enlightened mind who was not afraid of change or their consequences. Yet some might say Diocletian’s most notable move wasn’t his many reforms, but the fact that he voluntarily resigned and retired at the end of his 21-year reign, something unheard of among Roman rulers. Learn about the legacy left by the emperor with a visit to the monumental Diocletian’s Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage site has stood as a witness to many changes in Split’s history, and you’ll learn surprising facts about the palace grounds — like how the ancient property is still inhabited today.

You then fast-forward to Croatia’s modern history, with the Yugoslavian break-up and the War of Independence. It was a time when brave people fought for their freedom and weren’t afraid of the consequences — much like ancient Diocletian, who had left his mark on the Balkans so many years before. This era brought in a clear vision of what the new state would be, and kick-started deep political reforms that would forever change the future of this region.

But don’t worry, this tour won't become a history lecture. Instead, you'll be chatting to a local about their experiences during the wars in the 1990s, over a tasty snack and a coffee. Your tour ends here but before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay in Split.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the cathedral/mausoleum and underground of the palace
  • Snacks
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Beginning of the Riva (Promenade) near the mock-up model of the city, Split 21000

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a child-friendly tour.
• Both men and women should bring modest clothing that covers your knees and shoulders if they wish to enter the cathedral. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour.
• For your tour you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

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    4 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Excellent guide.

Our guide Ted was amazing. He was very knowledgeable in everything. He answered all of our questions and was a great person to chat with. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and time with him. Would highly recommend the tour and our guide.

October 1, 2018

Informative tour, but without visits and picnic

Although we had an informative tour (2 1/2 instead of 3 hours!), As we were the only participants, German-speaking tour. However, the "tour of the cathedral / mausoleum and subway of the palace" included in the price did not take place, as did the promised picnic in the park with Dalmatian specialties. Instead, there was a drink and a toast in a downtown cafe. We also booked this tour because of the announced information about recent history. The introduction given to us in the cafe didn't seem particularly informative or systematic to us. Overall - also because of the higher price - this tour was not satisfactory for us.

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July 30, 2017

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Urban Adventures

Product ID: 72760