Split: Wars, Warriors, and Reforms Tour with Picnic

Split: Wars, Warriors, and Reforms Tour with Picnic

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What You'll Do
  • Learn about the modern history of Croatia from a guide who lived through it
  • Hear the stories of political upheaval that led to the fall of Yugoslavia
  • Visit Split’s most iconic historical site: Diocletian’s Palace
  • Learn about Roman emperor Diocletian and how his reforms shaped Croatia
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic in the most beautiful park in the city
Take a trip through time on an historical tour of Split that goes from the days of Diocletian to the fall of Yugoslavia. Chat with a local who saw the 90s conflicts first-hand, and share stories of Croatian culture over a tasty picnic in the park.
What to Expect
From the ancient Roman era to the 1990s fall of Yugoslavia, there’s a lot of history to discover in Croatia — and you are cramming it all in on this epic Split tour that takes you time-travelling through more than 2,000 years of history.

The Roman emperor Diocletian landed in the pages of history as a great reformer, and an enlightened mind who was not afraid of changes… or their consequences. Yet some might say Diocletian’s most notable move wasn’t his many reforms, but the fact that he voluntarily resigned and retired at the end of his 21-year reign, something unheard of among Roman rulers. Learn about the legacy left by the emperor with a visit to the monumental Diocletian’s Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage site has stood as a witness to many changes in Split’s history, and you’ll learn surprising facts about the palace grounds — like how the ancient property is still inhabited today.

You then fast-forward to Croatia’s modern history, with the Yugoslavian break-up and the War of Independence. It was a time when brave people fought for their freedom and weren’t afraid of the consequences — much like ancient Diocletian, who had left his mark on the Balkans so many years before. This era brought in a clear vision of what the new state would be, and kick-started deep political reforms that would forever change the future of this region.

But don’t worry, you are not going to make this Split tour just a history lecture! Instead, you are going to have a conversation about all of it, over a picnic in the most beautiful park in Split. You’ll get to try a few traditional Dalmatian dishes as you chat with your local guide about Croatia’s past, present, and future. 
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the cathedral/mausoleum and underground of the palace
  • Snacks on a picnic
What's Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Meeting Point

Beginning of the Riva (Promenade) near the mock-up model of the city, Split 21000 (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• This is a child-friendly tour.
• Both men and women should bring modest clothing that covers your knees and shoulders if they wish to enter the cathedral. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour.
• For your tour you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

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