After heading out of Dubrovnik in the morning, relax for the 3-hour drive in the comfortable minivan. Admire the coastal scenery, as you pass over the contemporary Dubrovnik Bridge (also known as Franjo Tudman Bridge) and through rustic fishing villages. Learn about the history of Split from your guide and chat with fellow travelers about your time in Croatia. The itinerary of the day trip is flexible, so your guide can help shape the day to your own interests.
Arrive in Split and begin a walking tour of the center of town. Begin at Diocletian's Palace, an incredible sight: the palace, built in the early fourth century, was home to retired Roman emperor, Diocletian. Around the seventh century, the palace in a state of near ruin, locals in Split began moving in. Today, the palace is part of the fabric of Split, as shops, restaurants and residencies occupy parts of it. Visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius with its tall bell tower, the Roman-era Temple of Jupiter, both located within the palace area.
As the tour expands beyond the palace, stop to rub the lucky foot of the statue of Gregory of Nin, linger for a while in Neo-Classical-accented Republic Square and pass by Metrovic Gallery, an art space dedicated to Croatian sculpture Ivan Mestrovic.
Take a break for lunch (at own expense) at a city center restaurant or continue strolling around the city on your own. Lounge near the sea or while away the afternoon at a cafe. In the late afternoon, hop back in the minivan for the 3-hour journey back to Dubrovnik.