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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 guided walking tour of Split and 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 second largest city. Uncover sights like the Saint Domnius Cathedral along the way.  Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace and marvel at the remains of an ancient palace from the Roman Empire which now forms about half the Old Town of Split. Stop to view its open colonnades in the palace's central Peristyle square. Continue to the impressive Saint Domnius Cathedral, which is thought to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original form. Hear about the story of Gregory of Nin by his statue in Giardin Park. Stroll along the Riva promenade to admire views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea. Finish your tour where it began at the Golden Gate.

From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

2. From Split: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Tour with Tickets

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on a day trip from Split with your entry ticket and a guided tour. Listen to interesting stories about Croatia before arriving at the park. Walk the path around the lakes and relax on a boat trip. Make your way to the tour office in the morning and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy a brief introduction and start driving out of the city, admiring the Croatian countryside and listening to live commentary on your way to the park. Arrive at the lakes and explore the upper and lower waterfalls. Take amazing photos by the water and discover flowing springs, flowering meadows, and mysterious caves. Rest your feet after the trail with a train ride and a scenic boat trip on the turquoise water with banks of lush green trees. Take one last look at the waterfalls before returning back to Split.

From Split: Ferry Transfer to Bol on Brac Island

3. From Split: Ferry Transfer to Bol on Brac Island

Pre-book a ticket for this one-way ferry transfer service between Split and the town of Bol on Brac Island. Enjoy a quick journey on a modern air-conditioned ferry and begin your exploration of one of the most beautiful islands of the Dalmatian coastline. Hop onboard from either the port on Split, or in the town of Bol. Take a seat inside the comfortable air-conditioned cabin or feel the sun's rays and the refreshing sea breeze on the outer deck. Upon arrival in Bol, explore the island's beautiful beaches at your leisure. To the west from Bol lies the beach Zlatni rat (Golden Horn) one of the largest and most beautiful attractions of the Adriatic. With convenient early morning departure from Split, and an evening journey from Bol back to the mainland, you can explore Brac within a day, or choose to stay overnight.

From Split: Mostar Tour with Kravica Waterfalls

4. From Split: Mostar Tour with Kravica Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in the scenery, history, and culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina on this full-day tour. A scenic route takes you through picturesque villages and countryside. Try local bites and explore artisan shops along the way. Begin in a small medieval town that was built on a rocky cliff on the Neretva River and gives a great overview of the Ottoman Empire. Take a short ride to Mostar – a city from the past. Explore the city with a local guide, and vale find yourself bedazzled at the sight of the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), connecting two medieval towers, giving the city a widely recognizable visual identity. See young locals showing off their daredevil stunts. Cross the bridge to check out the Ottoman quarter, attractively restored after the War in the nineties. Check out the old Bazar, and the Mosque and, after the walking tour, explore the city on your own. This city will inspire you with its oriental structured streets and buildings, friendly people, tasty food, and very distinctive coffee culture, which might remind you of Turkey. Sit back and relax on one of the terraces, try out traditional food or explore the immense line of souvenir shops to bring back home some unique oriental souvenirs. The ride back to Split leads you through the rocky landscapes of Herzegovina, to the amazing natural wonder of Kravica Waterfall, where you can enjoy the amazing views, and perhaps even jump into the refreshing waters of the river to cool down. After arriving in Split or Trogir you will be dropped off at the same place where you were picked up in the morning.

From Split: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour

5. From Split: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour

Visit the beautiful Krka National Park on a day tour from Split by air-conditioned bus. Upon arrival at the park, walk the wooden path through the park and discover a green oasis with endemic species of birds, fish, and butterflies. Visit a beautiful ethno-village where you can see traditional costumes and crafts. Also see the Jaruga hydroelectric power plant below the Skradinski buk, the second oldest hydroelectric power plant in the world and the first in Europe. After spending time in the park with your guide, take a boat ride to Skradin. Visit a small village and sample fine Dalmatian wine before returning to Split at around 5:45 PM.

Split: Hvar, Brač, and Pakleni Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

6. Split: Hvar, Brač, and Pakleni Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Embark on an all-day cruise excursion through the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, and take advantage of your free time to explore three of its beautiful islands. Relax on the deck of the boat, go snorkeling, and eat lunch while admiring the Mediterranean views. After boarding the catamaran in Split, begin your journey with a first swimming stop to discover the Pakleni Islands, a small archipelago just opposite the town of Hvar. Go for a swim, try snorkeling, or bask in the Mediterranean sunshine. Next, you will have a chance to explore the sunny island of Hvar, known for its rich vegetation and lavender fields. Enjoy time to walk around the streets and squares of the main town at your own pace. Make a final stop in a beautiful bay near Brac Island with free time for swimming, before returning to Split by boat in the early evening. Lunch and drinks will be served on board with the option of choosing between a meat, fish, or vegetarian menu

From Split: Trogir and Blue Lagoon Half-Day Tour

7. From Split: Trogir and Blue Lagoon Half-Day Tour

Discover charming town of Trogir and the vibrant color of the Blue Lagoon on a guided boat tour. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Croatian coastline, with some time for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. Depart from Split and reach the town of Trogir, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Experience the special atmosphere of the town as you wander through its narrow streets and its waterfront. Visit the Cathedral of St. Lovre and see the impressive Romanesque doors carved by Master Radovan in the 13th century. Continue the cruise to the Blue Lagoon, and marvel at its color. Snorkel with the gear provided, swim and enjoy time to sunbathe on deck. Explore the pebble beach surrounded by pine trees. Keep your eyes out for dolphins in their natural habitat. Visit old the fishing village of Maslinica and relax in its unique atmosphere. Take the opportunity for more swimming and enjoy time for lunch or dinner (at your own expense).

From Split: Sunset Cruise with Live Music

8. From Split: Sunset Cruise with Live Music

This two-hour cruise starts with sailing beneath the breathtaking green oasis of Marjan hill, the symbol of Split. Then, continue towards the bay of Kaštela where you can enjoy the panorama of the mountains that surround Split, the views of several marinas and the most important institution for all Split citizens, the amazing stadium of the local football club “Hajduk”. Afterwards, sail to the new part of the town, where you can view several city beaches as the sun sets behind the town, creating an idyllic atmosphere. Enjoy your time on board and be entertained by live music on the open deck where your experienced crew will serve you drinks during the whole cruise.

Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

9. Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

Walk in the footsteps of Daenerys on this guided 'Game of Thrones' tour of Split. Discover stunning locations that were used to shoot iconic scenes in the show. Explore Diocletian's palace with a local guide that is a fan of both the books and TV series. Meet your guide and discuss information from the 'Game of Thrones' series and recall incredible tales from Croatian legends and local history. Stroll through the 1700-year old Diocletian Palace. Admire this Roman palace that 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 from this period. Wander the cellars where the Meereenese slaves lived in the show and walk the streets where they ran. View the shooting location for where Daenerys kept her dragons. Gaze 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 about filming spots, your guide is eager to share the history and customs of Split.

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

10. 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.

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Such a fun excursion! Was glad to find this half day trip as we didn’t want a 10 hour boat tour. It was lots of fun, we had 2 sets of free time. We did the afternoon trip and watching the sunset on the way home was amazing! Highly recommend! Great value!

Great history and our guide made it very simple to understand its complexity. Easy to hear her and it was a smaller sized group so we didn’t need headphones to hear like other tours which in my opinion are less engaging.

Really great trip! I would recommend this to anyone coming to Split. Ivan was very helpful and everything ran smoothly.

Beautiful scenery, great live music and the staff were great! Highly recommend this experience.

Klara was an excellent guide, very informative and friendly.