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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.

Split: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

2. 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 a traditional inland brunch made of prosciutto, pancetta, cheese, and "peka" bread.  From here, enter the 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'll 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 the best of Split and its delights.

From Split: Private Salona Tour

3. From Split: Private Salona Tour

Enjoy this amazing tour to the ancient city of Salona! A minibus will take you to Salona, the remains of the ancient Split suburbs, where you will gaze upon the ruins of a once grand cultural hotspot. The town of Solin developed on the ancient ruins of Salona. In the late ancient times, Salona had great political and religious influence. Salona was founded after the Roman civil war under Julius Caesar and it was a striving town, three times bigger than Pompeii.  Today, Solin is a beautiful town, popular with both locals and tourists.

Split: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

4. Split: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Book your entrance ticket for Split's Museum of Illusions and experience the impossible with mind-blowing exhibits and playrooms containing intriguing games and puzzles that will delight the young and the young at heart.  Defy gravity in a room where water flows uphill and see your friends grow or shrink right before your eyes. Get lost in a maze of mirrors, serve somebody`s head on a tray, or climb up onto the ceiling.  Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand. 

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

5. 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.

Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

6. 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: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

7. Split: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

Discover the remains of Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD. Now part of the old town of Split, the imperial palace was built in preparation for the emperor's retirement in 305 AD. Visit different areas of the complex, such as the cellars and monumental Peristyle courtyard. Look at the emperor's private observatory and see the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, originally built as Diocletian's Mausoleum. Discover the site of the Temple of Jupiter and Baptistery, and the original Bronze Gate, Silver Gate, Golden Gate and Iron Gate that provided access to the city. Discover a refuge for the noblewomen of Split at the Benedictine Monastery of St. Arnir, admire the original 15th-century Town Hall and marvel at the Baroque monuments of Fruit Square (Voćni trg).

From Split: Half Day Split and Trogir Tour

8. From Split: Half Day Split and Trogir Tour

After the 90min walking tour of Diocletian's Palace your tour guide will drive you to Trogir with a comfortable air-conditioned van. You will learn about the history of this awe-inspiring UNESCO old town from the knowledgeable local guide as you walk the narrow lanes, and see ancient churches such as the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of the most impressive works of architecture in all of Eastern Europe. You will have a chance to see 2 amazing small towns and not spend too much time since your guide will know how to show as much as possible and give you some free time to wonder around in the same time.

Split: Game of Thrones Private Tour with Diocletian Palace

9. Split: Game of Thrones Private Tour with Diocletian Palace

This 2-hour Game of Thrones tour is a fun way to see some of the important sites in Split. Learn about the real history of Split as you visit locations where the famous series was filmed. Explore the center of Split with a local guide, who is a Games of Thrones fan. Visit the cellars of the Diocletian’s Palace, the Golden Gate and Vestibul, and more. Walk along the streets where different scenes were shot. Tour the cellars where the Meereenese slaves lived and continue along the streets where they ran. See where Daenarys kept her dragons. Enter the corridor where the Sons of the Harpy waited for the Unsullied.

Split: Game of Thrones Museum Entrance Ticket

10. Split: Game of Thrones Museum Entrance Ticket

As you approach the museum, you will see the great dragon in the window, giving you a taste of what's to come. When you arrive at the entrance you will be greeted by kind hosts who will explain everything to you, answer all your questions and direct you to your amazing guide.  Your guide will then show you around the 5 thematically arranged rooms of the museum. The first room is dedicated to Meereen, which was filmed in Split. The second room is dedicated to Kings Landing, which was also filmed in Croatia, in Dubrovnik. Further along, there is the North, Beyond the Wall, and Three-eyed raven. As you walk, take in the many photos, various weapons, costumes, and city dioramas. Additionally, each room is accompanied by appropriate light, temperature, fog, music, and smells to make the experience more real. The tour ends with your very own picture on the iconic irone throne.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,889 reviews

Wonderful trip to two beautiful cities. The tour was well organised, we learned a lot about both cities and the life of locals. Definitely consider doing the tour at the beginning of your stay.

We had a wonderful time with Jakov, our guide. He picked us up on time and gave us a wonderful tour of the city. We learned a lot about the history and culture of locals. Thank you!

Salona is a great site if you have time to visit. It was so interesting to hear the story of what once was there. Also, the scenery is wonderful and it is suitable for children.

Perfect tour to learn more about both Split and Trogir. Our guide was an excellent storyteller and kept our attention.

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