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From Split: Small Group Tour of Salona, Klis, and Trogir

1. From Split: Small Group Tour of Salona, Klis, and Trogir

For lovers of history and archeology, there is a wealth of medieval and Roman history to be found in the immediate surrounds of Split. On the first stop, you’ll visit the ancient ruins in Salona, which was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia 2000 years ago, as well as being one of the five biggest towns in the Roman Empire. From here you’ll travel to the village of Klis, which is home to an imposing medieval fortress, perched high on a hilltop. This fortress became castle to many Croatian kings and served as a defense against the Ottoman invasion during the early 16th century.More latterly, it has featured in the blockbuster television series “Game of Thrones”. Next, you'll head to Trogir, a city which has had 2300 years of cultural and architectural influence by Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Austrians. In 1997, Trogir was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. There is also an option for lunch at a local Dalmatian restaurant en-route.

Klis Fortress and Olive Museum Entry Tickets

2. Klis Fortress and Olive Museum Entry Tickets

Take a walk through the marvelous Klis fortress, full of history, a filming site for Game of Thrones, and learn more about why so many different nations wanted to conquer it. Watch a video in the Interpretation Center, explore all the hidden parts of the Fortress, and take some amazing selfies. With the same ticket head over to Stella Croatica to immerse into the tradition of the area. Get the chance to witness the natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage of Dalmatia. Witness the hand-preparation of traditional delicacies before learning how essential oils are extracted out of typical Mediterranean herbs and then used in natural cosmetics. Stroll through the fragrant gardens and visit the Olive Museum, where one can compare the traditional and modern ways of producing olive oil. Sample the traditional products in the Concept store and take the opportunity to have an authentic meal paired with local wine in the Tavern.

Split: Bus Tour to Salona and Klis with Guided Walking Tour

3. Split: Bus Tour to Salona and Klis with Guided Walking Tour

Explore the wonders of Split and its surroundings on this open-top bust tour. Listen to an audio guide in 6 different languages on the bus. Drive to sights like Bačvice beach, sport facilities, and museums. Follow your guide through the picturesque Old Town.   Board the comfortable bus that has Wi-Fi. Capture pictures easily from the open-top bus as you pass by the city's top sights like the turquoise waters of Bačvice beach. Stop in the Old Town for a guided walking tour.  Stroll through the streets of Diocletian's palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best-preserved structures from Late Antiquity. Continue to Klis fortress which was featured in 'Game of Thrones.' Gaze out at panoramic views of Split and the surrounding mountains and islands. After a break, travel to Salona, which was once the largest Roman city in this region. Purchase a ticket to the archeological site which is filled the ruins of ancient basilicas, baptisteries, and an amphitheater. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Split: Trogir, Salona and Solin Day Tour

4. Split: Trogir, Salona and Solin Day Tour

Gaze in awe at the Cathedral of St. Lovro. Construction on the church began in 1193 and was completed around 1500. Because its construction lasted so many centuries, it’s style is an architectural scrapbook of that half-century. Visit the imposing Kamerlengo Fortress, a castle which seems to have lept straight out of a storybook. Admire the many finely crafted coats of arms that deck out Trogir’s City Hall. Built as the Duke’s palace by the Venetians, this building includes a stunning carved lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venice. Make your way through the stunning collection of St. Nicholas’s Convent. See the dazzling 3rd-century relief of Kairos, the Greek god of opportunity carved out of orange marble. As you walk through the historic streets of Trogir, stop and notice the spectacular exterior of the Grand Cipiko Palace, which boasts an intricately carved Gothic triforium. Journey to Solin and explore the ancient ruins of Salona.  Once a critical Roman outpost, Solin is now a suburb of Split, however many relics from its ancient past remain. See the amphitheater where 15,000 spectators once cheered on gladiatorial battles. Explore the Fortress Klis. This massive fortress situated on top of a rocky mass offers gorgeous views of Split. It’s also one of the few castles of its kind that offers so much access to guests. Walk the walls, climb the towers, and be transported to the past. The fortress was recently used to portray the city of Meeren on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

From Sinj: 1-Hour Private Scenic Flight over Imotski's Lakes

5. From Sinj: 1-Hour Private Scenic Flight over Imotski's Lakes

This route begins with a start from the field of Sinj, a town in Dalmatian hinterlands, the area known as Cetinska Krajina. This is an area that attracts more visitors each year, primarily thanks to the traditional Tilters Tournament of Sinj (Sinjska Alka). The flight starts by flying over Sinj and continues along the Cetina River. The source of the river is a karst spring. Cetina has its source in the northwestern slopes of Dinara, in a small village called Cetina. The river is mostly calm with stunning landscapes. The nature in this area is beautiful and the scenery breathtaking. Next - flying over the town of Trilj. This area also has become increasingly popular with tourists. It offers outdoor activities like Cetina River fishing, canoeing, and rafting, horseback riding, cycling, and hiking. Afterward, the plane turns to Imotski flying over the karstic landscapes that in a few minutes turn into a fertile valley bounded by the rocky plateaus. Imotski is a town situated on the northern side of Biokovo massif in Dalmatia hinterlands. It is a nice little town to visit. The town hides two pearls of nature. There are two lakes near Imotski – Blue Lake and Red Lake. They have such names because one is surrounded by blue, and the other one with red rocks. The red lake looks like an eye in the scenery. Both lakes are connected with underground channels to the Adriatic Sea. Blue and red lakes are unique views to see. If you might have an extra day it would be a good idea to go there on an overcast day in the summer. After the flight over the lakes, the route takes you to the town of Omiš. Omiš is situated at the Canyon of Cetina River. Omiš is widely known for its glorious pirate history. A reminder of the times when pirates used to control Omiš stands proudly over the town– it is the fortress of Mirabela. Pirates of Omiš used the fortress as a lookout so that merchant ships couldn’t stay unnoticed when sailing along the coastline. The flight continues along the coastline towards the Split suburbs. The west coast of Split is the extension of Split’s Riva to the west. This is the place with a magnificent view of Split and luxury yachts. Bronze memorial plaques of Olympic medal winners are placed at one section of this promenade by the sea which looks really cool from the air. Next in the route is the Klis fortress. This is a medieval fortress that served as a major source of defense in Dalmatia, especially in the middle ages. The fortress is one of the most outstanding fortresses in Croatia and it is beautifully preserved. It’s a fun place to visit and if you have time, you can easily spend a few hours walking around the fortress. Finally, you return to the town of Sinj. You will probably see Fortress of Sinj which offers one of the nicest views in the area. You can see all of the Cetina River and the surrounding villages. If you are interested in visiting Dalmatian hinterlands this is the best way to give you some preview of what you may expect!

From Zadar: Klis Fortress, Split and Trogir

6. From Zadar: Klis Fortress, Split and Trogir

Departure from Zadar in the morning towards Klis. Built in the 2nd century BCE Klis Fortress is situated at the peak of a rocky ridge. Due to its strategic position at the hill, Klis fortress was controlling the entrance to the valley that leads to Split. You will climb Klis fortress and take in the beautiful panoramic view of Split and nearby islands. Your guide will explain Klis' turbulent past and defending techniques people used to resist frequent enemies attacks. Inside the fortress, you will see displays of swords and costumes. After sightseeing at Klis Fortress, you will proceed to the nearby Split. Visiting Split is unimaginable without visiting its living heart - Diocletian's palace. It was built as a royal residence for Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century and nowadays is protected as UNESCO World Heritage site. As you stroll through the most preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world, your guide will introduce you to the development of Split, you will learn more about the way people lived in this area and discover Game of Thrones filming locations. You will then have some free time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants and to explore the city on your own. From Split, you will depart towards Trogir. It is considered to be the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic city in Europe. Since 1997 entire city is inscribed at UNESCO World Heritage List. There you will have free time to stroll through narrow Dalmatian streets, explore traditional architecture, valuable historical sites and relax in one of the most beautiful cities in Dalmatia.

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What people are saying about Fortress of Klis

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Jadran (Adrian) was an amazing tour guide! We had a grand time with him and our group. He has in-depth knowledge about the culture and the history of the place plus he presents information in an engaging way. He’s also funny. We learned a lot and enjoyed our tour. Thank you very much! Superb and highly recommended.

We had a wonderful day with Jadran, he was an excellent host and very knowledgeable. This is an excellent introduction to some of the key areas around Split without travelling too far away. Recommended to take in some of the essential sights.

A great way to visit Salona, Trogir and the Klis fortress. We travelled with 2 other couples in a mini bus. We left at 9am and arrived back in Split at 6pm. Donesh, our tour guide was so accommodating, informative and friendly.

Toci, our tour guide was amazing. He’s very knowledgeable about literally everything you could ask him. Very helpful, nice and people oriented. We couldn’t ask for more.

Our very knowledgeable guide, Adrian, made sure we had an excellent tour.