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Riva, Split: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Split: Private Walking Tour and Panoramic Cart Tour

2. Split: Private Walking Tour and Panoramic Cart Tour

Don't miss out on this unique tour! First, take a walk through Roman-era Split, medieval Split and Split today with an expert guide who will bring the past to life. See the very best of Split on this walking tour that includes the Diocletian palace, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, Mestrovic’s statue of Gregory of Nin, The Golden Gate, Riva, City Clock, City Hall. You will discover more about the historical highlights of Split but also find out a lot about Split today. The tour has a limited number of participants and it is a personalized kind of tour so you will be able to ask your guide to see the sights you are interested the most – Riva-promenade, the fish market, Varoš-part old town or even see how people in Split live today. Afterwards, just sit and relax on this car tour which is a fun and friendly way of discovering Split. During the tour, you will explore many interesting places in the city. You will enjoy a mix of landscapes and beautiful seaside promenades in part of the city outside of the Diocletian palace zone. Visit the site of the beautiful Marjan, Poljud Stadium, Bačvice beach, Split's Vidilica and Đardin park. Sit back and enjoy the ride while your knowledgeable and friendly, personal guide leads you through the heart of Split. Hear stories about the emperors, kings, warriors, sports, poets, and myths that have shaped this small but awe-inspiring area of the Mediterranean.

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

3. 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: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

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

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: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

5. Split: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Split is the main urban, cultural and traffic center of Dalmatia. This 1700 year old town is a part of UNESCO’s world heritage, with its numerous archaeological, historical and cultural monuments among which the famous Diocletian’s palace takes a special place. This city is full of cultural life and entertainment, especially during the summer when Split, with its shops, yards and other places, becomes a big stage under the clear sky. After meeting you will be taken through the historical part of the town. Diocletian’s palace is today the heart of the city of Split and part of UNESCO world heritage. Visit the well preserved cellars of Diocletian’s Palace which architectural purpose was to raise the imperial residential area in the upper floor. The cellars of Diocletian's Palace were also a Game of Thrones filming location.  Next you will walk up the stairs to Peristil. Peristil was meant to be used by Diocletian and the cult of living son of Jupiter, whose temple will also be seen. You will admire the cathedral of St. Duje (St. Duje is patron of the Split), originally the mausoleum of Diocletian, for which it is said that it is the oldest Cathedral in the World. Next to Diocletian's Palace is the beautiful medieval part of the city with People's square known as Pjaca, from the period od Venetian rule. The sightseeing will end in Riva, the beautiful waterfront with a lot of restaurants and cafes.

Vegan Food tour of Split with local gastronomy

6. Vegan Food tour of Split with local gastronomy

Split Vegan Tour is a fusion of history, sightseeing, secret venues and a tasty gastronomic adventure. Includes 3 gastro venue stops and profesional licenced vegan guide who will share local tips & tricks and discover historal background of the city as well. Duration is 3h. Starting point is at Strossmayer Fountain in the center of Strossmayer park AKA Đardin at 4PM. Please arrive 5-10 minutes earlier.

Experience Split History Walking Tour With Local Historian

7. Experience Split History Walking Tour With Local Historian

Experience Split History tour is personalized 2 hours city tour with maximum of 10 participants with history, culture, everyday life topics, interesting stories and legends, hidden gems and with a bit of local vibe. On this Experience Split Walking Tour, which is guided by local guide and professional historian on See, Hear & Feel way, you will discover Unesco World Heritage site &"live" historical monument Diocletian`s Palace, including other important sights in the city. Meeting point for starting the tour is at one of the most significant and popular parts of the Diocletian`s Palace, Golden Gate (northern gate). Here you will be able to hear an introduction to the tour, general information about Split and Croatia as well as history introduction of the area. You will be able to find out about name, purpose and importance of Golden Gate before you enter the palace like Roman emperor and empress used to. Also, here, you will see and hear about the greatest statue in Split and the person who is presenting, Gregory of Nin. Upon entering the palace, discovering of it is what follows. Places in the Palace like main palace square Peristyle, Mausoleum-Cathedral, Jupiter`s Temple, Vestibule, Triclinium, Central Substructures and other ones will stand out and "show" its peculiarity through their own stories, facts, legends and intrigues which you will be able to hear from your guide. While walking through the "living room" of Split, Riva promenade, connection between the Roman and Medieval period of Split history will be explanied as well as you will be introduced in "pomalo" way of life so that you could participate in it while you are in Split. That Split has, except the magical Roman history, also rich Medieval and Modern history, you will find out while you are standing on two medieval squares, Fruit Square and People`s Square. The secrets which these two squares are "hiding" in their architecture and happenings through the centuries will entice your imagination. More from the mysterious part of the tour is reserved for hidden gems like narrowest church, narrowest street, lost spfinx head & secret garden about which you will also have a chance to hear about. Even though the history of Split is a treasure chest, city is not just made of monuments & legends, so you will be also introduced with some everyday topics of locals so you could understand and immerse youself into everyday life, feel the city vibe and become a part of its "bloodstream". "History to life" on this tour will be also given by 3D reconstruction images & pictures via tablet with Wi-Fi connection. Join the tour and step into this personalized "more than a tour" experience in the See, Hear & Feel sense and take home great memories from unique Split!

Split: Best of history & culture in 90 minute walking tour

8. Split: Best of history & culture in 90 minute walking tour

This tour explores a city that lies on the Adriatic coast and has an amazing climate and majestic 1700 years old historical background which is protected as UNESCO world heritage. It was established by one of the Roman emperors himself who settled here to live in one of the most luxurious retirement palace that the world has ever seen. Side by side with local experts, our guides will point to a mix of ancient ruins, inviting Mediterranean culture and easy going locals that can guarantee a sensational and valuable experience for visitors.

Split: Roman History & Market Tour

9. Split: Roman History & Market Tour

Welcome to Split, the capital of the Dalmatia region. Locals believe Split is the prettiest place on Earth. Tip: If you share their admiration towards Split, they are welcoming and polite to you. But if you don't like their Split, they will not like you. Simple as that. The town is more than 1700 years old, founded within the walls of the Roman Palace. The Palace was built by one of the most interesting Roman emperors, the emperor Diocletian. Hence the name The Diocletian Palace. Walking the streets of the Palace in our small groups is one of the best ways we show respect to the residents and their history. Their ancestors inhabited the Palace area more than 1000 years ago creating an incredible blend of antique, medieval, and modern architecture combined with unique and vibrant living conditions and rituals locals still treasure. Joining our tour is the best introduction to the everyday life of Splićana (the people of Split). Walking around with our local guides, born and raised in Split, you will have the honor to walk the same path as Roman emperor Diocletian walked. It is no secret, however, that the way to a Dalmatian’s heart is through the stomach so one of the first stops will be the famous Green Market of Split. You will stop at the Greenmarket to meet some local vendors, and our guides will share their knowledge of the way locals buy at the Greenmarket. Walk around to see, hear and taste the beauty of Split. Let the local guides show you traditional and authentic food and share the stories behind it. You can make a wish at the golden toe of Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski), hear about majestic Hajduk, Split, and why you see this name everywhere, from the suburbs of Split to the old town area. Continue your royal adventure in the not-so-modest home of the emperor Diocletian. His colossal palace is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Monument and home to many but also a popular hangout for locals of Split and the cast of The Game of Thrones. As we wander into the heart of the city, Peristil, we’ll discover the secrets of Diocletian’s life hidden in the walls of the world’s best-preserved Roman palace – find out why he loved the salad so much and why a piece of the mythical White Stone can make you happy. We’ll finish our tour on the Riva promenade leaving you feeling as satisfied and pampered as the emperor Diocletian himself. Our local guides will point you to their favourite coffee shops and the best spots for an evening of Dalmatian delicacies and entertainment.

Private Split Rickshaw Ride Tour West

10. Private Split Rickshaw Ride Tour West

You start your Rickshaw tour at Riva, going over it to the ferry station, through all-important, old streets and squares in Diocletian Palace, and then heading for HNK - Croatian National Theatre. After that, you are going down the main Marmont street to the West coast and an old city park Sustipan where the marina is located. Besides the guide you can have the audio presentation in four different languages: Croatian, English, German and French. Besides the tour all your wishes can be fulfilled. Working hours from 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Please advise while booking at what time you want to start your tour.

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What people are saying about Riva, Split

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,341 reviews

Stunning city that has a very interesting story. Mario was an amazing guide, he left us with a lot of helpful tips for the rest of our stay.

We saw everything important in the old town and outside of it. Our guide spoke perfect english and we really enjoyed the tour.

Jacob was wonderful! He provided lots of information and took us to some amazing sites. We loved it!

Amazing tour of the Palace, we have heard a lot from our guide that was very informative.

I really enjoyed the tour with Tania, she was very funny and informative.