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Overview

Discover the ins and outs, secrets and secluded spots of Diocletian’s Place in Split, a UNESCO-World Heritage-listed spot, with a knowledgeable local guide as you traverse this 1,700-year-old palace that has become a part of the city. The 1.5-hour tour takes you through the palace to Peristyle Square, underground cellars, the Temple of St. Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Duje. And if that’s not enough, upgrade the tour to include an additional 2-hour tour of nearby Trogir, a stunningly gorgeous small town that is beautifully preserved and off the radar to many tourists. 

  • 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

Meet up with the guide just outside of Diocletian’s Palace then begin the walking tour of this historical wonder. Built in the early third century as a retirement home for the Roman emperor, the palace was large and lavish. In the seventh century, 400 years after it was built, the palace was crumbling and city residents began incorporating it into the city. Which is why today, the palace is made up of homes and shops and cafes. 

Begin the tour in the cellars and the subterranean tunnels that exist underneath the old palace and learn about their function from your guide. Then head above ground again and linger for a while in Peristyle Square. Stroll the streets of the palace as the guide tells historical tales about the emperor, who was quite an eccentric fellow. Stop into the Cathedral of St. Duje – named for the patron saint of Split – as well as the Temple of Jupiter, and then wander through the market to gawk at the fruit and vegetable and other delights for sale. 

Not had enough? Of course not! Then upgrade the tour to get in an extra two hours. Head to Trogir, a UNESCO-listed town just north of Split. Hop on the shuttle for the drive along the coast to the walled town. Stroll the town at your leisure, your guide regaling the small group with interesting historical tales about the once-important city on the coast. See St. Lawrence Cathedral, designed by lauded medieval architect Radovan. After traversing the city, hop back on the shuttle and split back to Split, ending at the palace where the tour began. 

Reviews

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B
, Jun 2018

Damir was an excellent tour guide having deep knowledge of Croatia's history and culture . As part of the Diocletian Palace walking tour , he showed us all interesting and important places within the old town of Split . For the optional tour of Trogir , we two were the only persons . So it became like a private tour . Damir explained the Trogir cathedral and the old town in a detailed manner after which he gave us about 30 minutes of free time to go around the small but beautiful town of Trogir .

H
, Apr 2018

Good walking tour, covered a lot of information and made as many accommodations as possible to avoid the rain. We didn't do the trip to Trogir but the palace was lovely.

P
, Feb 2018

Muy interesante viaje a la ciudad antigua de Trogir

T
, Oct 2017

We had no trouble finding our tour group at the entrance to the castle. It was cruise ship day Tuesday so the castle was pretty full of touring groups. We wound our way through the castle learning interesting information all the way. We found it very informative. We stayed on and took the 1/2 hour ride to Trogir. The city is super charming and we learned all about the Venetian walled city. We were back in Split at about 3pm. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and it gave us a good understanding of the town and region that we found useful in the coming days.

J
, Oct 2017

We enjoyed this trip- especially the Trogir tour with Kristina! Beautiful town !

K
, Oct 2017

Trogir was a very pleasant surprise

P
, Sep 2017

Excellent knowledgeable and personable guide who was a pleasure to be with.

d
, Sep 2017

Palace walking tour was very informative Trogir is just beautiful

M
, Jul 2017

I would absolutely recommend this walking tour of Diocletian's Palace. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we got a good overview of the city and its history. I really liked that we were a small group, only 7 in total. We did not opt for the optional trip to Trogir. Instead we took a ferry to Trogir another day. Well worth the visit! Because of the ferry schedules we opted to take Uber back, which worked out well for us.

E
, Jul 2017

Tour guide is was very knowledgeable. Its a short tour. Perfect for our first day in Split. If you want to see the cathedral or the basement the tour doesn't see those sites. Might have spent more to see more.


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