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  • From Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour by Bus with 30-Min Cruise

    1. From Split: Krka Waterfalls Tour by Bus with 30-Min Cruise

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Split's city center on a full-day tour of one of Croatia’s most beautiful national parks at Krka. Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace for an air-conditioned transfer to Krka National Park, an approximate 1-hour drive. Alternatively, drive straight to the park in a private vehicle depending on the option selected.

    Upon arrival, go to the small town of Skradin to take a short boat cruise down the Krka River. Disembark at the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, and marvel at Europe’s largest travertine cascade system. Enjoy approximately 4 hours of free time to spend as you like. Take in the fresh air and wild nature, or go to the Ethno Museum in one of the old mills. See the remains of ancient settlements and small stone houses, along with the 1st hydroelectric power station in Europe.

    It was great experience! I liked how the guide created the group chat to communicate updates while we were by ourselves discovering the area

  • Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

    2. Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

    Travel back in time on a walking tour of Split, and discover the largest city of the Dalmatia region with a local guide. 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 2nd largest city. Meet your guide at the Golden Gate of the Diocletian Palace, and marvel at the remains of an ancient palace of the Roman Empire, including the open colonnades of the Peristyle. Continue to the impressive Cathedral of St. Duje (Saint Dominus), considered the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world to still be in use in its original structure. Learn about Gregory of Nin by his statue in Giardin Park, and go to the Riva promenade to admire views of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea.

    Amazing guide with lots of historical knowledge and local recommendations. 1.5 hours flew by!

  • Split: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour

    3. 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).

    Egidio was fantastic. Outstanding, smart, historical, great communicator. We plan to use him again.

  • Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

    4. Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour

    Explore the historic city of Split on a locations tour of sites used to film the legendary HBO TV series “Game of Thrones,” and learn the history of the city as you follow in the footsteps of all your favorite characters. Your guide is a true “Game of Thrones” fan and will take you on an amazing journey on a fun tour that combines the real history of Split with a special accent on the exact places where the famous TV series was shot. Visit several film locations in the center of Split, such as the cellars of Diocletian's Palace, where Daenarys kept her dragons in season 5, and the site where the Meereenese slaves from season 4 lived. Marvel as the magic of the show is brought to life before your eyes. Hear fascinating facts and stories about the filming process, and learn things about Split, its history, and its importance in Dalmatia that you won’t find in the guidebooks.

    Great tour. Our guide was excellent and had a great sense of humor. Our two year old was not being a team player the entire time but our guide took it in stride and didn't treat any of us badly for it.

  • Split: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

    5. 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 traditional inland brunch made of prosciutto, pancetta, cheese, and "peka" bread. From here you will enter 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 will 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 tou...

    Luci is an excellent tour guide. She is passionate about her home and provided lots of really interesting local information. As I was the only one on the tour, we were able to talk more about life in Split. The food was also excellent. Thank you very much

  • Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

    6. Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

    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.

    A slow paced wander around Diocletian’s palace. The tour guide was friendly and really knew her stuff.

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

    7. 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 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 fa...

    There's a wealth of well organised information on the history of the palace and city. Lots of ancient artefacts on display.

  • Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

    8. Split Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons

    Follow the same path as Daenerys did during your fully guided Game of Thrones Split tour. On this unique Game of thrones Split walking tour with our expert guide at your side, you’ll get to know filming locations while exploring Diocletian's palace. Your local guide, fan of both the books and TV series, will discuss information from the Game of Thrones Split series, recall incredible tales of legend and local history that could come right out of the books. Explore the 1700-year old Diocletian Palace. The Roman palace 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 of the late ancient architecture. Wander the cellars where the Meereenese slaves lived, walk the streets where they ran, come into view where Daenerys kept her dragons, see into the corridor where...

    Luka was a wonderful guide, taking us through the key filming locations of Split/Mereen, but he didn't neglect wider Split history, which can be lacking on this kind of tour

  • Split: City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

    9. Split: City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

    Visit the historic Diocletian’s Palace with a guide on this 1.5-hour tour of Split. Take in the churches, cathedrals, city walls, gates and bustling squares, noting the diverse architectural influences. Once you’ve seen the many sights in the city, walk up Marjan Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city and the Adriatic. Head back to the old town of Split and your guide will point out a jazz bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine or the best Guinness in town. Tours operate in the morning and evening when it's cooler, unless you’d rather see the changing of the guard ceremony that occurs around mid-day in high season.

    It was a really informative tour of the city, in particular Diocletian Palace and all its history. Tour finished with a walk up to the first viewpoint on Marjan Hill, with a great view of the harbour below.

  • Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

    10. Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

    Explore the old town of Split on a guided walking tour and marvel at the ancient Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD. Wander the maze of streets in the historical city center to discover a mix of architectural styles, from the last remaining Egyptian sphinx in the black granite Peristyle to more recent buildings from the 20th century. Experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of the locals and learn the history of the magical city as you stroll around the palace grounds from the South Gate to the cellars and main palace square. Admire the North Gate and West Gate, and discover the site of the old fruit market on Voćni Trg (Fruit Square). Go down to the Riva waterfront and get panoramic views of Marjan Hill from the promenade. See the oldest Catholic church in the world at the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, formed from an Imperial Roma...

    Our guide, I don’t remember the spelling of her name but it sounded like Tanya. She was very professional and thorough and spiced up her narrative with great anecdotal stories. We were very pleased with our tour. One hour and a half was the perfect amount of time to keep the group’s attention.

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What people are saying about Diocletian's Palace

Overall rating

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More people need to do this tour! My guide was as big a GoT geek as I was. He was also well versed in the history of Croatia as well. He took me to GoT film sites that are not only not on the itinerary, but sites I've not seen anyone on the internet mention. He let me take my time getting the shots I wanted....there was never a rush. He even got me back in plenty of time to catch my bus to Dubrovnik. In one day I saw Bravos, Meereen. Dorne. My guide was even knowledgeable on photography and took angles to match shots from the show. I've taken Got tours in Iceland and Nortern Ireland and this was one of my favorites. BOOK THESE GUYS if you want an awesome Got experience in Split.

Fantastic trip, worth going as discounted ticket price & guide mejo was very friendly & couldn't do enough for us. Waterfalls beautiful & just the right amount of time spent there. Excellent price for a a brilliant day

The guide was very nice, even though it ended up being just us two, he gave us a great tour. We really enjoyed.

Amazing guide with lots of historical knowledge and local recommendations. 1.5 hours flew by!

Interesting activity to do in addition to the bell tower / crypt / cathedral