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  • Location:Split, Croatia
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour

When your cruise ship docks at Split Port, head out to discover two of Croatia’s finest UNESCO World Heritage sites on a half-day shore excursion! Visit Diocletian Palace on a morning walking tour, and explore its underground cellars, Peristyle Square and the Cathedral of St Duje. Hear of the flamboyant Roman Emperor Diocletian who commissioned the grand palace as his home, and then visit the historical coastal town of Trogir.


  • Half-day shore excursion from Split to Diocletian Palace and Trogir
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian Palace on a walking tour
  • See top Split attractions within the palace grounds, like Peristyle Square and the Cathedral of St Duje
  • Relax on a scenic journey along the Dalmatian Coast to the coastal town of Trogir
  • Visit St Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir with your expert guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour

Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour

Leave Split’s cruise ship terminal and stroll to Diocletian Palace to meet your guide. Head inside and start discovering the delights of the incredible palatial ruins – Split’s captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built as a lavish home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the palace complex became more akin to a city as more buildings were added to it throughout the ages.

Start with a tour of the cellars to explore its labyrinth of subterranean tunnels, and then head back above ground to visit Peristyle Square. Walk around, soaking up its 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 Diocletian Palace tour at Split Market, where you have free time to browse the colorful stalls independently and enjoy lunch (own expense).

Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and board your minibus for a scenic drive along the Dalmatian Coast. After traveling west for just over half an hour, arrive in the town of Trogir, on a coastal inlet just 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 undeniable masterpiece – beautiful St Lawrence Cathedral. Designed by the famous Romanesque architect Radovan, the cathedral is considered as Dalmatia’s finest piece of architectural work. Soak up its Romanesque glory, pose for pictures and then return to your minibus.

Travel back along the Dalmatian Cost to Split, and then finish your tour at the start point in the early afternoon.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to Split Port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Unfortunately our tour in Split was not as nice a I had hoped because it rained the entire day. No fault of our tour guide Ana she did a wonderful job considering the conditions. She tried to keep us as dry as possible and still tell us about the history of Split. Would really like to compliment her and also her driver Misha. Both very personable and knowledgeable about the Croatia.

Thank you,

Hilde and John Loeffler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Saw alot in short period of time. I would go back

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide was very professional and informative. He spent time answering all the questions. Would use these folks again. They were a good alterative to the higher priced tours offered on our ship,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We really "lucked out"....when we went to meet our tour it was only us and the guide. I was surprised it wasn't cancelled. Having our guide all to ourselves was great and she was excellent.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Great Tour. Iris our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We took this tour for the opportunity to not only see Diocletian's Palace but Trogir as well. We enjoyed the trip down to Trogir. We only had 45 minutes in Trogir to eat, go to the bathroom, look around and shop-just too short! We had no time to look around the medevil part of Split. I would rate this tour a 5 if it was a little longer. It was very hot in Europe when we were there and Iris gave us the opportunity to get dropped off at the ship or the town. Everyone chose the town. If heat weren't an issue getting dropped off in town would give you the opportunity to visit the old town, but it just wasn't an option for us. I would recommend this tour.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2013

Not too bad, but the tour guide left without us even though we got there on time, so we had to phone someone to come and help us find the group...admittedly the place was extremely crowded, but she should have waited.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2013

Oh MY! Tour group was too big. No headphones/microphones, which would have helped. Site was crowded and difficult to hear or keep up with the "run" through it. People started peeling off until we were down to maybe a dozen; which was almost manageable. Tour guide was not unfriendly, but a bit indifferent. Worst part was on the bus to and from the second site. At beginning of bus-ride we were asked if the temperature was comfortable. We asked that it be cooler; although the AC was apparently on, it didn't seem to be working properly. The guide then proceeded to speak to the bus driver which quickly devolved into a somewhat heated argument. Very unprofessional. The bus did not get cooler. We all suffered in silence until our arrival. While at the second site; minimal attempts were made by the tour guide to assist in locating a restroom before re-embarking. It all seemed to be too much trouble. Upon entering the bus for the return trip it became apparent why the AC had not been working properly as the bus driver had both his front windows open the entire time. When a request was made of the guide to have the driver close the windows, she declined to do so and indicated that it was useless to ask as he would not comply. Again a silent unbearably hot bus-trip back. Since we were assured of an air-conditioned bus, we were gravely disappointed. To summarize: It was awful from start to finish.

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