• Location: Split, Croatia
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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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. 

Highlights

  • 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 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. 

Customer Reviews

Janet S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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

Philip G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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

Michele k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Liesl G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was amazing!

nicole l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was so much fun! It was one of our favorite tours we took during our entire Croatia 10 day trip! Our guide was so knowledgeable and very friendly! I would highly recommend this!

Jeanette K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a wonderful tour guide who went above and beyond. We absolutely loved our time in Split!

Thomas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

was a great way to get around venice

lynnmorgan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Diocleian's Palace was not what I expected. It's pretty much all of Old Town. The history here and in Trogir is amazing.

lynnmorgan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The history here is amazing. It was fascinating to see how people lived in the 3rd century. The guides are so knowledgeable. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Sonia Alexandra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good tour, Haris told us a lot of stories and the history of the places. We were only 3 so even better!

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