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  • Location:Split, Croatia
  • Duration:1.5-4.5 hours

Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

Explore Diocletian Palace in Split on a walking tour, and see the highlights of the UNESCO-listed palace complex with an expert local guide. The 1.5-hour tour covers all the must-visit sites, such as the underground cellars, Peristyle Square, Cathedral of St Duje and the Temple of St Jupiter. If you have more time free and want to explore the surrounding area with a guide, then upgrade to add on a 2-hour trip to the nearby town of Trogir. Once there, explore the UNESCO-listed town with a guide, passing by St Lawrence Cathedral and admiring the town’s wealth of Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.


  • 1.5-hour walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Diocletian Palace in Split
  • Hear tales of the Roman Emperor Diocletian who commissioned the palace to be built as his vast home
  • Visit the underground cellars and explore Peristyle Square with your expert local guide
  • Learn about the city’s patron saint while admiring Cathedral of St Duje
  • Upgrade to include an afternoon trip to the UNESCO-listed town of Trogir, and explore it on a walking tour

What You Can Expect

Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

Walk around Diocletian Palace in Split and admire the famous statue of Gregory of Nin

Meet your guide outside Diocletian Palace and then head inside to discover the delights of its incredible ruins. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace was originally built as a lavish home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, but became more like a city in its own right as more buildings were added to it throughout the ages.

Start with a tour of the cellars to explore its network of subterranean tunnels, and then head back above ground to visit Peristyle Square as your guide regales you with tales about flamboyant Emperor Diocletian. Walk around, soaking up the square’s hustle and bustle, and admire the beautiful Cathedral of St Duje – named after the city’s patron saint. Visit the Temple of Jupiter, and then finish your morning tour at colorful Split Market, where your guide will give you tips for the best stalls to visit.

If you want to continue exploring the surrounding area with a guide, then upgrade to include a tour of Trogir, too. After a short break at the market, meet your guide and board your minibus for a scenic drive along the Dalmatian Coast to the coastal inlet of Trogir — sandwiched between Croatia’s mainland and the island of Ciovo. Once surrounded by city walls, Trogir’s historical center has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in recognition of its architecture that dates back to Hellenistic times.

On a leisurely paced walking tour, gaze in admiration at the town’s pretty Romanesque churches, complemented by Venetian Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Hear tales of Trogir’s many different rulers and see the imprint that they left around the town as you walk. Stop to look inside Trogir’s masterpiece — beautiful St Lawrence Cathedral — and hear how it was designed by the famous Romanesque architect Radovan. Admire its architecture, pose for pictures and then return to your minibus for the journey back to Split, finishing your tour at the start point in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our whole family really loved our visit to Diocletian's Palace on August 22 and the tour which the guide gave us. She was warm and welcoming to us all and considerate to the 4 children 9-13. She began by showing us the map/plan of the Palace and this was a great help to our understanding of the overall layout. She then led us more and more from the underground areas to the upper floors and timed the ending dramatically with the scene at 12 noon when 'Diocletian' addressed the crowd outside the central Temple. Thank you so much !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Found the tour very interesting, the guide was really friendly and spoke good English. There was only 4 of us on the morning tour so we got plenty of opportunity for questions etc.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

our tour guide was just lovely, one of our party was late because they were parking the car, and the guide VERY kindly waited with us outside the palace.Sorry have forgotten the guides name but she had lots of interesting stuff to tell us about the area and some great information.This tour is a must to get information at the beginning of your holiday in Split. We have used this company before and they have always been excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide was just excellent. Knowledgable and loved his city

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our tour guide was very knowledgable and relaxed with our children. She was very proud of her beautiful country and was a pleasure to spend the day with. Her English was perfect. We had a lovely day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We did the Palace Walking Tour and the optional Trip to Trojir. We had a group of 12 for the palace tour and then a group of 6 for the trip to Trojir. Our guide, Marija, was very knowledgeable and helpful (she even took the time to assist someone not in our tour). You could walk the Palace on your own, but we find the experience so much richer with a guide who explains the history and significance of the sights you are seeing. I would recommend the trip to Trojir – it is absolutely beautiful and it is a very comfortable trip in a large, air conditioned van. Marija even stayed after the tour to help translate for us when we went to the local pharmacy. What a wonderful guide! Most places didn’t take Euro, so be sure to pick up some Kuna.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour. Only 4 people in the group. Marija the tour guide was exceptional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Being the only person on this tour afforded me such a personal experience. It is always nice to learn of the facts behind what you see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was fantastic! Our guide Iris was extremely knowledgeable and very sweet! We learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The palace is amazing with so much preservation for an area that is heavily used. Of course, the weather helps but still, 1,800 years - wow! The tour was good, though I wish it included the basement, but the tour guide was extraordinary. I am embarrassed to admit I do not know his name but he was one of the best we have ever had. The trip to Trogir and the cathedral with the detailed work on the door that the guide explained was a do-not-miss.

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