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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: Private Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace

2. 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.

Experience Split History Walking Tour With Local Historian

3. 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: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

4. 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 Roman mausoleum.

Split: Old Town Food Tour

5. Split: Old Town Food Tour

Join a guided food tour and discover the historic Old Town of the largest city on the Adriatic Coast. Learn about the city's history while exploring Diocletian's Palace, an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian. See the Cathedral of St. Domnius, Jupiter's Temple, Peristyle Square, and the Golden Gate. Visit the palace substructures and view the cellars that served as one of the many filming locations in Croatia for the HBO series Game of Thrones. Continue your tour by heading to the Green Market to sample some of the seasonal fruits and other goods sold here.

Discover The Old Town Split 1.5h walking Small group tour

6. Discover The Old Town Split 1.5h walking Small group tour

Learn about the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Split on a relaxing 1.5-hour walking tour of the Old City and see streets and squares that date back to the days of the Roman Empire. Meet your guide close to the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Facing the harbor, the palace is one of the most imposing Roman ruins still in existence. Wander the narrow, picturesque streets around the palace and see the cellars and peristyle courtyard of the stone fortress. Part of Split’s UNESCO World Heritage attractions, the ruins of the palace can be found throughout the city, such as at the Cathedral of St Doimus, the former Mausoleum of Diocletian. Learn the history of Split as you experience its Mediterranean atmosphere on squares and streets lined with cafés and souvenir stores.

Split: Guided Walking Tour

7. Split: Guided Walking Tour

Explore the beautiful Dalmatian city of Split on a walking tour with a professional guide. Visit the main hub of the old town, the famous Diocletian’s Palace, and the Peristyle Square. Admire the stunning beauty of the ancient Roman architecture of the city. After a short break at a coffee shop move towards the symbol of the Split town, the St. Duke Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the 13th century and has a bell tower 57m high. It is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings standing today. Climb to the top of the tower and witness a breathtaking view of the entire city and the central Dalmatian islands. Next, move on towards the famous Peristyle Square and admire the ruins of the Roman empire. Stroll through the vibrant and alive narrow streets of the city and reach Jupiter's temple. Your expert guide will share fascinating facts and stories of the city. Leave the Diocletian Palace through the Bronze Gate. At the end of the tour, walk down the famous waterfront called Riva to feel the atmosphere of this beautiful city.

Split: Magical Evening Sightseeing Private Tour

8. Split: Magical Evening Sightseeing Private Tour

Discover Split, the main cultural city of Dalmatia with a 1700-year-old heritage that is now listed as a UNESCO site. Take a magical evening walking tour through the old town to see numerous archaeological, historical, and cultural monuments among which the famous Diocletian's palace takes a special place. Experience the attraction and warmth of a modern Mediterranean town full of cultural life and entertainment. Stroll through the shopping streets, markets, and squares which come alive during summer evenings. After being welcomed by your guide, follow them back in time to the Roman era when Diocletian's palace was built. Visit the well-preserved cellars and walk up the stairs to Peristyle and the Jupiter Temple.  Admire the Cathedral of St. Duje dedicated to the patron saint of Split. Find out how this church was originally the mausoleum of Diocletian, and it is said to be the oldest cathedral in the world.  Step outside Diocletian's Palace to explore the beautiful medieval part of the city. Walk into the People's Square known as Piazza from the period of Venetian rule in the city. End your sightseeing tour in Riva along the beautiful waterfront where you will find lots of restaurants and cafes to continue the evening's merriment. 

Fascinating Heritage of Split - Walking Tour

9. Fascinating Heritage of Split - Walking Tour

The Fascinating Heritage of Split is a 2-hour program led by a local guide who is enthusiastic about the hometown. You will explore and discover some of the most exciting aspects and corners of Split. Why is there a black Sphynx? What was Diocletian's favorite hobby? What does the inside of the Palace hide? Why did the Romans build the secret tunnel to the center of the city? You will be charmed by the antique atmosphere of old Split. We'll walk down antique historical streets and suddenly find ourselves stepping back into ancient Roman times. Then we witness gems and heritage of Venetian history before we step foot into the modern area of the charming Split. The mix of rushing times comes together with interesting legends and stories delivered by the local guide.

From Dubrovnik: Split Private Day Tour

10. From Dubrovnik: Split Private Day Tour

Take an excursion from Dubrovnik to the city of Split on a full-day excursion and private walking tour. See its many sites and learn why Split is known as the heart of Dalmatia. Upon arrival in the city, join your friendly guide for a walking tour of this city and its historical center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a population of 200,000 people, Split is big enough to hold its own but small enough to fascinate and charm its visitors. Visit the oldest parts of town, the world-famous Diocletian Palace, and hear stories and legends about Split along the way. As you walk, let yourself be swept away by the city's 1,700-year-old history before heading back to Dubrovnik.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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Lovely tour! The history of the palace is very interesting and our guide Ivan was great at explaining it. Definitely worth going because it is just the right amount of time to see everything so it isn't overwhelming.

We had a tour with Tanja and I have to say that that was the best walking tour we ever had. Perfect pace, perfect English, great sence of humor and just enough time.

A nice and quiet tour through the streets of the old Split, the guide was very good and gave the explanations very clearly.

Tanja was one of the best walking tours we ever had. Perfect English, great knowledge.

Jakov was fantastic. Really great tour. I'd definitely recommend to anyone visiting.